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B-
Bishop's Endgame

After the rather disappointing Bishop's Queen, the middle instalment of Katie Reus’ Endgame Trilogy, I confess I was on the fence as to whether I was going to finish the series.  But in the end, I decided to read Bishop’s Endgame because I was still interested in finding out what happened to th ...

B-
Arctic Sun

Sometimes, if I’m familiar with an author, I can overlook flaws in a story - especially if/when the author is trying something new; I’ll round up and qualify the recommendation to AAR readers with the reasons why.  But that familiarity can be a problem when I can’t quite decide if the problem ...

A-
Emergency Contact

College is a much better fit than high school for odd, self-contained Penny Lee, getting her away from her bland high school boyfriend and her teenybopper mom. While getting a fresh start at the University of Texas, she meets Sam Becker, who’s living above the coffee shop where he bakes and makes ...

A
A Dangerous Invitation

Erica Monroe's début historical romance, A Dangerous Invitation, takes us into the back alleys of London in an engrossing tale of betrayal, redemption and second chances. Kate Morgan has been forced into the rookeries through the bankruptcy of her father's company, which happened as a direct result ...

A
Redeemed

I loved Redeemed, even with its dark subject matter and deeply flawed characters. Ms. O’Keefe has a masterful touch and capably leads the reader out of the darkness and into the light as the story concludes. Though I’m often frustrated by short stories, this is lush with detail and engaging from ...

B
The Dark Affair

The Dark Affair is the third book in Ms. Claremont’s Mad Passions series, and features James Stanhope, Viscount Powers, who was an intriguing secondary character in the previous book in the series, Lady in Red. In fact, I found him so intriguing, that I was far more interested in him than in the h ...

D
An Outlaw in Wonderland

An Outlaw in Wonderland sounded like it was right up my alley. A Union doctor who spies in a Confederate hospital? A Virginia heroine with mixed loyalties? Sign me up! Or not. All the exciting stuff on the back cover takes place at the beginning of the book, which rapidly devolves into kitchen sink ...

B+
Against the Tide

Anyone who has ever spent the night pacing the floors with a teething baby knows just how desperate a person can get when trying to soothe a child. Many parents become frantic for a solution. In the mid-1800's such a solution came in the form of Mrs. Winslow's Soothing Syrup. It quieted restless, pa ...

C-
The Saint

Is that you, Santy Claus? No, it sure isn't. Forget everything you know about Santa Claus because I have news for you, he sure isn't a right jolly old elf. Try immortal, gorgeous and fey instead - a death fey to be exact. For those that haven't read the previous books in Melanie Jackson's lutin (gob ...

A
Heart Throb

Okay, I have to eat a little crow. When I first read the synopsis of HeartThrob and saw the bright pink cover, I really thought it looked like a mainstream, Jackie Collins-type novel, even though I knew the writing would be better than that. I was wrong, and I should have known better. I've read Suz ...