Reviews by Caroline Russomanno

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The Kraken King

The Iron Duke is #80 on AAR’s Top 100 Romances (2013), but in my opinion, The Kraken King, the fourth book in the series is even better. Zenobia Fox is the author of the novels starring her adventurer brother Archimedes, but these books have made her a ransom target for people seeking to extort ...

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The Admiral's Penniless Bride (Manga Edition)

In order to give Harlequin Manga a fair shake, I looked for a book where I had read and enjoyed the original. When Carla Kelly announced that her book The Admiral’s Penniless Bride had been selected for adaptation, I knew I’d found my test case. And the verdict? It’s delightful! The story i ...

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The Tycoon

Once upon a time, ranching princess Veronica King was engaged to Clayton Rorick, the up-from-nothing second-in-command at her father’s company. But when she discovers that her father, who wants a male heir, had set lucrative terms for the son-in-law who marries her, Veronica ditches her wedding. W ...

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Emergency Contact

College is a much better fit than high school for odd, self-contained Penny Lee, getting her away from her bland high school boyfriend and her teenybopper mom. While getting a fresh start at the University of Texas, she meets Sam Becker, who’s living above the coffee shop where he bakes and makes ...

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The Warrior's Bride Prize

A book set in Britain during the time of the Roman Empire, hooray! Widow Livia Valeria’s brother has sold her in marriage yet again. This time, it’s to a young man named Lucius Scaevola, whose gaming debts to her brother are to be forgiven in exchange for his excellent, high-status family connec ...

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Playing the Dutiful Wife (Manga Edition)

Sometimes you get a D read that is so absolutely crackerpants that ultimately, it brings almost as much joy into your life as a DIK. Playing the Dutiful Wife is that D read. Meg Hamilton is flying from Oz to LA to work for her parent’s real estate company, and her business class seatmate is Bra ...

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Double Play

In Double Play, the third book in Maggie Wells' Love Games series, Professor Avery Preston wants a baby, not a relationship, so she turns to a sperm bank. But a data leak at the clinic reveals that her baby’s father is not only someone she knows, but someone she knows intimately: Dominic Mann, ba ...

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Pas de Deux: A Dance for Two

Mina Allende, the world’s fourth highest paid ballerina, needs a new challenge after her triumphant run as Giselle. She accepts Zack Coen’s offer to co-star alongside him as Camille, the tragic courtesan of his directorial début, dance-centered musical The Lady in Red. Facing a mad rush to perf ...

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Love Game

A novel starring a national champion basketball coach - and she’s the heroine? Sign me up! Kate Snyder’s Wolcott University Women Warriors are back-to-back champs and her contract is up for renewal, but the athletic department has spent a fortune bringing Danny McMillan in to coach their cellar- ...

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Everything to Me

The Caribbean island of Tobago is hosting its annual jazz festival, and music journalist Dakota Merrick is there to cover it - except her assistant failed to book her a hotel room. Producer Trent Walker takes pity on the damsel in distress and lets her take a room in his suite at a couples resort. B ...