Reviews by Alexandra Anderson

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Forbidden

Forbidden is the first book I’ve read by Beverly Jenkins. I’m always interested in a good Western romance, and since I knew Ms. Jenkins has received good reviews before, I snapped this one up when I saw it was available. Based on this book, I expect I’ll be returning to read more of Ms. Jenkin ...

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The Dutch Girl

American Historicals—particularly those set during the American Revolution—have always been of particular interest to me. I love the time period, love learning more about that war, and I particularly enjoy getting a glimpse of what my home, the northeast part of the United States, looked like ba ...

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Just This Night

Fiction is a funny thing, isn’t it? Movies, books, TV shows—fictional stories offer us the opportunity to experience a different life for a time. Often they play out scenarios that would be either impossible or undesirable in real life. Take Just This Night, for example. It uses the old, “My o ...

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A Convenient Engagement

One of the most exciting things about reading a début author’s work is the moment when you first open the book, completely unsure of the direction the author will take. A Convenient Engagement begins with a hungover rake exhausted from a night of debauchery, and develops into a lighthearted romp ...

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Rock Redemption

I’ve read my fair share of novels with tortured heroes and heroines. Sometimes it seems there’s nothing more romantic than a hero with a tragic backstory. Unfortunately, if those stories are well written—as Rock Redemption is—then they’re guaranteed to put you through the wringer (which Ro ...

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Dancing in the Duke's Arms

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Josette

I picked up Josette the way I’ve picked up many other review books—on a whim. The blurb for the book didn’t provide any real hints, just a direct quote from the book describing a woman’s beautiful raven locks, dewy mouth, and so on. It’s a good thing I didn’t let that flowery prose stop ...

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The Stolen Mackenzie Bride

Jennifer Ashley first made it onto my radar with her book The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie, which remains one of my favorite stories to this day. Since then I’ve read more of her work and found it all to be fairly enjoyable, if not quite up to the level of Lord Ian’s book. The Stolen Mackenzie ...

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The Highwayman

Dashing rogues are a staple of the romance genre. They come in all shapes, sizes, and time periods, appearing frequently as pirates, dukes, or Navy SEALs. In this case our hero, one John Nevinson, appears as a notorious highwayman. His hijinks—as reported in the newspapers—capture the interest o ...

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Highlander Redeemed

I have far too many books languishing around my house. Do you? Do you have piles upon piles stacked on shelving units in the corners of rooms—some being beloved classics and others random stories that, while good, you have no need to read again? I have trouble giving up any books at all, which is ...