Reviews by Laurie Likes Books

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The Deception

The Deception is told in the first person narrative, from the heroine's point of view. Because many of us read romance for the heroes, this is a problem. For we get to see the hero and learn about him through the eyes of his heroine and younger brother, but never get to really know him ourselves. ...

B-
Spring Rain

The cover of Spring Rain illustrates a man and woman in ecstasy under a waterfall. I don't blame them; I nearly needed a cold shower myself after reading this book! The road romance plot device works wonderfully here; the hero and heroine are alone for most of the book, traveling the beautiful Color ...

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Midsummer Moon

Midsummer Moon is an intriguing read. Not a book to pick up and leaf through at odd moments, it requires some effort on the part of the reader to grasp what the author offers in the way of characterization, theme, and complexity of plot. <!-- var browName = navigator.appName; var SiteID = 1; ...

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Lady of Winter

Lady of Winter is a road romance involving a Druid priestess, a Viking warrior, and a quest for golden apples akin to the search for the holy grail. This is Emma Merritt's last book, published posthumously. It is the fourth book in a quartet set at the dawn of the Middle Ages. The dedication is from ...

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Tempting Miss Prissy

Sharon Ihle has written about 80% of a fine romance here; Tempting Miss Prissy is funny, ribald, sexy, and romantic, but there are a couple of holes that prevent this book from being as great a read as The Bride Wore Spurs, her wonderful western of a couple of years back. Ther ...

B
The Marriage Wager

I think you're really going to enjoy The Marriage Wager. It is one of the finest marriage of convenience stories I've read, and features, as do many historicals these days, a widowed and adult heroine as opposed to a nubile teenager.This is the Regency-era historical of Lady Emma Tarrant, whose ...

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Then Came You

I first read Then Came You in 1993, shortly after discovering romance, and it is one of the reasons I fell in love with the genre. Different than most of the romances I'd read, it featured a heroine more tortured than the hero, a so-called "fallen" woman with a wicked reputation. Perhaps I fell in l ...

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Velvet Bond

Velvet Bond is my favorite Medieval Romance. It isn't filled with Court intrigue or warriors and battles. Instead it is simply the story of an incredible romance between a man and a woman amidst the country setting of medieval Britain.Lord Raynor and Lady Elizabeth are forced into marriage by ed ...

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Wild Roses

Wild Roses opens brutally, after a young Irish girl has been raped by Norman soldiers in the 13th century. Juxtaposed against the cruel and wild setting is Duncan, Lord FitzWilliam, the Norman warrior who is hero in this tale. We learn shortly after he orders and watches the hanging of the soldiers ...

C
A Man's Touch

A Man's Touch pits hired gun Dalton MacKenzie against himself when he is hired to clear a Wyoming valley for a wealthy rancher and his duplicitous daughter. Because, against all odds, this killer has fallen in love with the plain and decent Jude Amos, who represents to him all that can be good in th ...