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B+
A Piece of Heaven

Barbara Samuel is a great favorite of many AAR reviewers, and here she again shows why. Her lyrical writing and her real characters create a comforting place for readers to stay a while. Luna McGraw is a recovering alcoholic struggling to fix her life. Her alcoholism allowed her ex-husband to ...

A
The Lymond Chronicles

It is the 1540s. Suleiman the Magnificent is the sultan of the Ottoman Empire. The tsar of Russia is a man who will someday be known as Ivan the Terrible. England is ruled by the boy-king Edward VI. Mary Queen of Scots is four, and she will be used as a pawn in the high-stakes game of politics betwe ...

A
Libby's London Merchant

Reissues of old titles usually produce grumbling from the AAR staff, as we see precious bookstore shelf space going to the umpteen-billionth reprint of titles by the usual select group of superstar authors. Not this time, though. For us, the news that Signet is bringing back Carla Kelly’s delightf ...

B+
Reclaiming Lord Rockleigh

The characters in Reclaiming Lord Rockleigh made this one of the most enjoyable Regency Romances I have read this year. Lord Rockleigh Conniston and Mercy Tavistock are not new character types - she's a bluestocking and he is a rake - but they transcend their one-word descriptions and become very al ...

A
Bliss

The first time I read Bliss, I was absolutely intoxicated by it. It absorbed me and kept me completely in its power. For a whole two days all I did was eat, sleep, dream, breathe Bliss. I read it over and over, wondering each time that it should so affect me. Because by any measure this book should ...

B+
Baby Love

Baby Love is intense and I mean intense. I wavered between biting my nails and reaching for hankies until I reached the end when I closed the book and went to lie down for a rest. I did say this was an intense book! Two years ago - Rafe Kendrick had it all. He and his brother owned a large and pr ...

C
Baby Love

Catherine Anderson's Baby Love features some fabulous writing - the premise which begins the book is explosive and riveting. While there is much to recommend about Anderson's effort, it is also necessary to point out that the story devolves into a series of clichés that verge on the melodramatic. ...

A
Dancing with Clara

One of the great taboos in romance novels is adultery. Many readers simply refuse to bother with a book in which it is featured. While I am not fond of adultery in a book, I am loathe to tie an author's hands - especially an author like Mary Balogh who has made a specialty of breaking the rules of R ...

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 ...

B+
Glory

Heather Graham has another winner in this, the latest chapter in the saga of the McKenzies, a Florida family whose loyalties are torn and tested during the Civil War. It came very close to being a Desert Isle Keeper for me; only the ending really spoiled it. Dr. Julian McKenzie leads his patrol o ...