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B+
Mistress Firebrand

I have a friend who refuses to read any book set during or before the American Revolution. She claims that she’s not interested in sitting through another dull history textbook, but I’ve found that I’m never so interested to learn about a time period as when I’m pulled into a story by an aut ...

B
Darling Beast

Narrated by Ashford MacNab Elizabeth Hoyt’s Maiden Lane series is, I think, her only one where I’ve not read any of the books, but have listened to all in audio format instead. Normally with long-running series, I find I do a bit of each – read some, listen to some (and in some cases read a ...

B-
Demon's Curse

As a fan of paranormal and historical romances, I was very intrigued by the new series by Alexa Egan that combines the two genres. Though this is the first in the series and not a great book, the series shows a lot of potential.         There is a very dark tone that pervades Demon’s C ...

A-
Sunshine and Shadow

I owe Sharon and Tom Curtis a great debt. Their romance classic The Windflower is my absolute favorite romance, and I have read it many, many times over the years both for entertainment and for comfort. Sunshine and Shadow I have read twice – once right after I discovered their writing ten years a ...

B+
Burning Up

Right up front Sarah Mayberry confesses that Burning Up is all about wish fulfillment. Part of it is the beautiful location, part of it is the delicious food, but mostly it’s about a gorgeous movie star playboy falling for a not-so-gorgeous girl instead of a supermodel. It’s a fun, sexy story fr ...

C+
What I Did for Love

I assumed that Susan Elizabeth Phillips' newest would be an A or A- read for me, or at worst, a B+. Unfortunately, it didn't work out that way. While in the end there were a number of things I liked about the book, I'll be honest: If not reading it for review, I would have put it down repeatedly, pe ...

B-
Just the Sexiest Man Alive

Here’s the good news: This is the second smartly written contemporary I’ve read in the last few weeks. The not so good? The heroine spends too much time bending over backwards to dislike the hero and, in a shocking twist, there’s no sex – and I really mean that – and I definitely felt the ...

B
Miss Billings Treads the Boards

Carla Kelly's 1993 trad Regency features a most unlikely romance hero: Henry Tewskbury-Hampton, Fifth Marquis of Grayson, has thinning hair and an expanding waistline. Since leaving the army after fighting in the Peninsular War, he has become lazy, bored, and afraid that he is no longer likable. Tra ...

B+
The Prada Paradox

Julie Kenner's previous two books in the Play. Survive. Win trilogy were non-stop action rides through New York City's shopping district on a deadly scavenger hunt. I wondered how the author would wrap up this series without repeating herself, but never doubt a good writer. In a case of "art imitati ...

C
Surviving Demon Island

Surviving Demon Island would have made a wonderful series romance. Unfortunately it is padded with so much mental lusting in the first half and so much sex in the second half that I soon grew weary. The premise of the book is interesting, but the execution is clumsy. Gina Bliss is a successful ki ...