Reviews by Stephanie Ford

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To Distraction

There has been a lot of talk this year about the "Avonization" of romance novels. When people say that, the first author who usually comes to mind, for me, is Stephanie Laurens. Since To Distraction is her 20th book for Avon, perhaps it's no wonder that for me they've become almost synonymous…bu ...

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Dreaming of You

Successful and innovatigve Santa Fe hotel owner Faith McBride is unlucky in love and suffers from unrequited love for Brandon Grayson. Brandon is a very successful restaurateur in his own right, and he just happens to be one of Faith's brother's childhood friends - and Faith has been in love with hi ...

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Forbidden Pleasures

Thirty-something best-selling romance novelist Emily Shann hides a "terrible" secret - she's a virgin. She's been told by her publisher that she needs to write something hotter, something explicit, in order to renew her contract. She's at a loss about what to write until it's suggested to her that ...

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Knights of the Round Table: Lancelot

Elaine of Corbenic has a crumbling castle, an insane father, a crippled brother, and a slew of poor villagers who all depend on her. (Making her, thus far, your pretty typical romance novel heroine.) Lancelot du Lac is the greatest knight in the world, gifted by the magical Lady of the Lake with inh ...

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Queen of Diamonds

Queen of Diamonds is the third book in Barbara Metzger's House of Cards trilogy; it traces the story of the kidnapped Lady Charlotte Endicott. Charlotte was three when a man with a gun - professing to love her mother - caused a carriage accident that killed her mother and all other occupants but h ...

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Your Planet or Mine?

Jana Jasper is the nine-year-old heir to an American political family dynasty. The only problem? Unlike the rest of her family she wasn't blessed with the gift of gab; in fact, she's mute. That is, until she meets a strange boy who glows, can fly, and who seems to cure her inability to speak. Tha ...

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Mad About Max

I was really enchanted by this book, the first of this author's that I've ever read. Mad About Max is a screwball romantic comedy with a seemingly contrived set-up. Successful business Max Nolan wakes up one morning to find his irate girlfriend is dumping him; as a parting shot she decides to "donat ...

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Infamous

By sheerest coincidence I was just finishing Virginia Henley’s A Year and A Day when I received Infamous to review. The books were published eight years apart, and it seemed from the back cover blurb that this sequel was to have continued Marjory de Warenne's romance with Robert Bruce after being ...