Reviews by Guest Reviewer

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Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone

The past may seem the safest place to be . . . but it is the most dangerous time to be alive. . . .Jamie Fraser and Claire Randall were torn apart by the Jacobite Rising in 1746, and it took them twenty years to find each other again. Now the American Revolution threatens to do the same.   It ...

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The Time Traveller's Guide to Regency Britain

Those of us who love Historical Romance, especially the Regency Historical Romance (RHR) have had numerous discussions here over the years about all sorts of things.  Most recently there was an exchange of views on whether the RHR comprises a ‘canon’.  Some said yes; others no.  Over the year ...

B+
Where the Allegheny Meets the Monongahela

Warning: this book is filled with serious discussions about, and memories of, various characters’ domestic abuse. There are no active descriptions of abuse on page (everything is related via memories or off-page), but one of the minor characters does die at the hands of her abuser.This is one ...

D-
A Blues Singer to Redeem Him

The blurb for A Blues Singer to Redeem Him, promising a perilous interracial romance between the son of a Mafioso and a blues singer in a Jazz Age speakeasy amid the looming threat of the KKK, earned this title an instant high place on my TBR.  Sadly, it failed to live up to my expectations in almo ...

C+
Wait For It

Jenn McKinlay’s Wait For It is a breezy contemporary romance with humor and heart, and a complex look at loss, courage, and happiness. What starts off as a mostly chick lit kind of book wraps up as a romance with a quick HEA. McKinlay spends so much time setting up Annabelle’s impulsive life and ...

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The Man Ban

The best thing about a man ban: resetting life and expectations for yourself. The worst thing about a man ban: falling off the wagon. It’s inevitable, unless you’re heading for a life of abstinence, that following any dating ban you’re going to have to get back in the game at some point. How y ...

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Such a Pretty Face

I have read each and every book by Annabelle Costa and for me all have been A-/B+ reads.  Until this one.  This story, told by Emily, a twenty-seven-year-old virgin, tells how she finally finds love with Brody.  We first meet Emily as she undergoes a physical exam by a doctor as part of her emplo ...

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Masques of Gold

A Retro Review originally published on December 30, 1999 I was never much of a history student. Dry textbooks just didn't hold my interest. Because of my love for adventure, intrigue and romance, much of what I've learned about medieval England has been gleaned from historical romances. I believe ...

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The Color of Love

A Retro Review originally published on May 6, 1999 Could there be a more controversial topic to write about in a romance novel than this interracial romance between a white cop, Jason Horn, and an African American graphic designer, Leah Downey, who live and work in and around New York City? I doub ...

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The Boy Next Door

I didn’t realise until I took a close look that Annabelle Costa’s The Boy Next Door was first published in 2012.  But then again, I have not read much contemporary romance until the last year or so, and started picking it up because so much historical romance (my first love) has not made me ver ...