Reviews by Lisa Gardineer

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My Wicked Pirate

I can’t begin to tell you how much I wanted to like My Wicked Pirate. After hearing so much about the old-fashioned romance feel that author Rona Sharon put into her debut effort, I went and bought it for myself. It couldn’t be all bad, I tell myself a few pages in. It has one of the most delici ...

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How Elizabeth Barrett Browning Saved My Life

Mameve Medwed’s How Elizabeth Barrett Browning Saved My Life gives a fresh spin to the Chick Lit genre, trading in high-end fashion shops and corporate offices for the flea markets of New England. I learned plenty about the antique world - more than I thought I would want to - and had a good time ...

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Dancing Shoes and Honky-Tonk Blues

Wow, I loved this one. Reality TV has landed in Misty Creek, Kentucky by way of Dancing with the Rednecks, a spoof on the popular Dancing with the Stars, produced by the Comedy Corner network (read: the fictional version of Comedy Central). Twelve Average Joes will compete for the gran ...

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Klondike Doctor

Lovers of Western/Frontier romances sure have there work cut out for them. If you are like me and have a strong affection for this subgenre, you know the pickings are mighty slim. Thankfully, Kate Bridges seems to know a thing or two about a good historic romance not set in 19th century England. Eve ...

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Careful What You Wish For

I had such high hopes for Lucy Finn’s debut, Careful What You Wish For. I wanted something light and fun, sweet even. Loved the genie in a bottle thing and thought this would just have to work on some level. It didn’t, enough. Ravine Patton is a single mother who recently left h ...

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Shopaholic and Baby

Becky Bloomwood and I have always had a Love/Hate relationship. Since we were first introduced in Confessions of a Shopaholic, I can’t seem to shake the urge to call her up and see what life has thrown at her, even though we disagree on many different levels. So over the years, as someone would in ...

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The Fortune Quilt

The Fortune Quilt has something for everyone: A sweet romance, snazzy chick-lit type heroine, and enough family and personal dilemma to satisfy the women’s fiction lovers out there. I’ve been a fan of Lani Diane Rich since picking up her debut novel, Time Off for Good Behavior. While I have love ...

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Shelter Mountain

My husband posed a hypothetical to me not too long ago: If there was a book I wanted - really, really wanted, but the only way I could get it was to drive to a town 300 miles away, what would I do? My response: “Road Trip!” This conversation, singled out from the many we have had regarding my ad ...

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The Last of the Red Hot Vampires

Katie MacAlister is not for everyone. She has her own, distinct style that I have enjoyed over the years. So, reader, beware! If you have already tried and disliked a previous MacAlister novel, The Last of the Red Hot Vampires is not going to be the one to turn that opinion on its ear. Yes, I liked ...

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Winterbourne

I wanted to do something special for my 50th review for AAR. After reading Susan Carroll’s magnificent Winterbourne (originally published in 1987), I knew this was that something. The Medieval Romance is one of my favorite sub-genres, and they are few and far between. Good ones are hard to find ...