Reviews by Sandy Coleman

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The Devil's Waltz

A Retro Review originally published on February 5, 2006 Tired of fake rakes and Sex and the City-ish young women in Regency garb? As someone who once had some degree of tolerance for wallpaper romances but who’s now had it up to here with the endless supply of “historicals” (air quotes inten ...

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An Affair To Remember

a Retro Review originally published on July 2, 2002 I've been a bit worried about European historicals lately. In the past year or so I've run across far too many featuring ridiculously contrived cutesy plots, heroines for whom the TSTL designation is unquestionably an understatement, and, of cour ...

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Slightly Dangerous (#7 on our Top 100 Romances list)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on May 22, 2004  To put my assessment of this book in perspective, I haven't loved every book ever written by Mary Balogh and I've found the Slightly series to be more uneven than it seems many readers did. With that said, though, I most assuredly do l ...

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Mr. Impossible (#12 on our Top 100 Romances list)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on February 16, 2005 While last year's Miss Wonderful was an appropriately wonderful book, I have to admit that it felt somewhat mannered to me - almost as if the author kept a deliberate distance between herself and her characters. I learned a great dea ...

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Private Arrangements

To put it simply, rarely have I read a debut book as accomplished and polished as this one. Private Arrangements isn’t perfect, but there is more than enough here to satisfy readers tired of formulaic romps and longing for books as intriguing and adult as those once written by the great Judith Ivo ...

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Devil's Cub (#41 on our Top 100 Romances List)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on July 6, 2006 Quite honestly, romance simply doesn’t get any better than this. Though I always knew that Devil’s Cub was my favorite book by the inimitable (though, nevertheless, often imitated) Georgette Heyer, I don’t think I really understo ...

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Death Comes to Pemberley

Like many romance readers, I can’t get enough of Elizabeth, Darcy, Jane, and Mr. Bingley. However, unlike many romance readers, I haven’t fallen prey to the seemingly endless supply of Pride and Prejudice sequels. Until P.D. James, one of my favorite modern authors, tried her hand at it, that is ...

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Lightning that Lingers

There are many reasons to celebrate the resurrected Loveswept line, but the republishing of classic romances is certainly one of the biggest. I’d somehow missed this Sharon and Tom Curtis classic when it was first published and I’m delighted I had the chance to read it without paying an exorbita ...

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The Dark Enquiry

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With a plot that sounded more interesting than it actually was, I found myself liking – but not loving – this latest in the series featuring Lady Julia and her beloved Nicholas Brisbane. As the book opens, Lady Julia and Nicholas appear to have settled into an arrangement in which Julia assis ...

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Dead Reckoning

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When readers must wait an entire year for a new entry in a beloved series, the pressure is on the author to deliver a book that will leave her readers satisfied and primed for the next installment. After reading Dead Reckoning, sad to say, I am neither. The plot in this one is waaa ...