Reviews by Mandy S

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The Five Minute Marriage

Joan Aiken is renowned for The Wolves of Willoughby Chase series and her Jane Austen sequel novels. The Five-Minute Marriage is not as well known, and so I came upon it completely by chance when a fellow blogger recommended it. The book proved to be a rather lucky find. Miss Philadelphia (Delphie ...

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Rock Chick Reawakening

The recently released novella is a prologue to the Rock Chick series by Kristen Ashley, but can easily be read as a standalone. Daisy is a pretty, sassy, ever-optimistic woman à la Dolly Parton, but a recent disastrous episode has left Daisy shattered and in despair. Enter Marcus Sloane, king of s ...

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Wait for It

Wait for It was a bit of a surprise; I had expected a light, breezy read but it turned out to be so much better. Diana “Buttercup” Casillas doesn’t need a boyfriend or a husband. She has two adorable nephews, a giant dog to care of, a new house and a decent job. Or so she thinks, till she meet ...

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The Undying King

I recently read this, and as usual, Draven does not disappoint. The tale is a twist on the Beauty and the Beast trope, except in this case, both characters carry their own curses. The maiden Imogen has been cursed with the touch of death, and wants to be rid of it; the King Cededa’s enchanted immo ...

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Body of Evidence

Mara Garrett, our heroine in Body of Evidence, begins in a bad place. She is a forensic archaeologist, who has dedicated her life to searching for the remains of American soldiers who were lost or have died in combat. Mara graduated from Stanford, is beloved by the media, and is the niece of a forme ...

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Chase Me

Chase Me, the second book in Laura Florand’s Paris Nights series, is an unlikely tale of a French chef and the American secret ops/ anti-terrorism agent she catches burgling her kitchens. He is not a burglar, though; he is simply doing his job and hunting for evidence of an impending ricin attack. ...

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Cottonwood

I first heard of R.L. Smith when I read The Last Hour of Gann, one of the finest science fiction romance books I have ever read. It was difficult to read Cottonwood without similar expectations, but that would be doing the book an injustice. Twenty years ago, an alien spaceship came to Earth, onl ...