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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Romancing Mister Bridgerton (#10 on our Top 100 Romances list)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on June 7, 2002 While reading Romancing Mister Bridgerton was great fun, reviewing it is no picnic. Especially since readers at AAR expect a nicely detailed first-half of the book plot summary with every review. Well, in this case, I just can't do it ...

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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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The Duke of Shadows (#68 on AAR's Top 100 Romances)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on March 23, 2008 As those who love historical romance know all too well, the landscape these days is littered with wallpaper. The Duke of Shadows, written by the winner of the Gather.com romance first chapter contest, aspires to be – is being promoted ...

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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 whi ...

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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 ...