Reviews by Sandy Coleman

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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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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 ...

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A Discovery of Witches

The hype for this book has been off the charts. According to the buzz, A Discovery of Witches is Twilight for adults with action, romance, and epic clashes between magical beings. For my money, however, things move at a glacially slow pace for much of the book that, frankly, seems anemic and simply ...

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Last Night's Scandal

We’ve often discussed at AAR what books we would include in a “Conversion Kit” to bring non-romance readers over to the joy of the genre. Last Night’s Scandal, showcasing a great writer at the absolute top of her game, is most assuredly in mine.Honestly, I liked, but didn’t love Don’ ...

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Medium Raw

In the ten years since Kitchen Confidential, doting (and non-smoking) dad Tony Bourdain has settled into the kind of fat cat celebrity raconteur he once took delight in ridiculing. It’s clear that he thinks he’s sold out (he cheerfully admits Rachael Ray bought him off with a fruit basket), but ...