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His Lessons on Love

His Lessons on Love is just to the right of pure fluff, but it’s the kind of fluff that’s quite enjoyable.  The characters are likable, their growth believable, their romance sweet and tender, and their problems understandable.  However, the plot contains too many quibbles for me to give it a ...

C+
A Song of Secrets

I reviewed Jayci Lee’s Harlequin debut Temporary Wife Temptation, and while it didn’t quite meet my expectations, Lee has released a lot of books in the meantime, so I thought perhaps practice had made perfect. In th case of her latest book, A Song of Secrets, the answer is, sadly, no.Angie ...

B+
Something Fabulous

If you’re looking for an historical romance with a complex plot, serious characters and a bucket-load of angst, then move right along, because Alexis Hall’s Something Fabulous isn’t it.  If, however, you’re up for a frivolous romp through Regency England bubbling with wit and brilliant comi ...

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Take What You Want

Every damn day I search for Steals and Deals for AAR's readers. Recently, Take What You Want showed up. I remembered loving it years ago so I bought it and read it again. I don't read a lot of NA and I think good novellas are few--Take What You Want is both and, yes, I still think it's great.Ell ...

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The Missing Page

The Missing Page is the second book to feature country doctor James Sommers and spy Leo Page, whom we first met in Hither, Page, a cosy mystery  (sort of – true cosies aren’t supposed to include sex or swearing and there’s a little bit of both here!) set in a sleepy English village a few year ...

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Real Easy

Ruby is one of a number of girls who dance at the Lovely Lady, selling fantasies and lapdances to the lonely and the horny during the day.  It’s 1999, the women stand on the brink of a new millennia, and they are weary and jaded, but do not lack humor about their lives.One of the many who wor ...

B+
Cream and Punishment

Susannah Nix is a new-to-me author but I've heard good things about her writing so I decided to give her King Family series a try. I'm not a stickler for reading a series in order unless there are continuity/world building concerns, which usually isn't the case in contemporary romances with multiple ...

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Electric Idol

Katee Robert continues her exploration of Greek and Roman mythological tales with Electric Idol, which retells the story of Cupid (or Eros) and Psyche. While the world building is good and the romance well-paced, the tale misses out entirely on the best point of tension in the legend, making it some ...

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Lights. Camera. Murder.

Lights. Camera. Murder. originally appeared in the Footsteps in the Dark anthology from 2019 (along with stories from Josh Lanyon, Dal Maclean, S.C. Wynne, Z.A. Maxfield and others) – and as I’ve had good experiences with C.S. Poe’s work lately, I thought I’d give this novella a go for th ...

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Playing House

Playing House, a novella by Ruby Lang, is first in a trilogy I’ve been meaning to read. The best parts of this story definitely live up to the rave reviews I’ve seen on Twitter, though I found myself wishing that there was a bit more to this one.Fay Liu has quite the meet-cute with her forme ...