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Lord of the Night

Having enjoyed several of Susan Wiggs' recent books (especially The Charm School) I've been picking up her older works whenever I find them. And in Lord of the Night, I found a real treat. Sandro Cavalli is a Lord of the Night, one of the aristocratic aids to the doge of Venice who inv ...

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The Older Woman

The Older Woman certainly started my series romance reading on a high note for 2002. Much as I enjoy them, I have to admit that many series romances are not all that distinctive when it comes to style. This one is. Cheryl Reavis is an original writer with her own unique voice. There is no way that a ...

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Voyager

Voyager, the third installment in Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series, is a sharp contrast to the previous book, Dragonfly in Amber. Whereas Dragonfly began and ended with Claire and Jamie separated for twenty years, Voyager, as the title indicates, is the story of Claire’s return to the past and ...

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The Fiery Cross

When The Fiery Cross arrived in the mail, I knew it already had a leg up on the competition. I can't remember another time when I have been so excited just to open a package and hold a book. I had another book to finish the day it came, so I kept giving it fond, longing looks whenever it caught my e ...

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Dragonfly in Amber

I spent a year and a half staring at the four installments of this story, sitting neatly on one of my shelves. Diana Gabaldon’s books are filled with plot devices I had always shied away from in romance novels. "They’re written in the first person, the heroine’s older than the hero, they’re ...

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Drums of Autumn

If there's a novelist whose hand with plot, character, dialogue, prose, sensuality, historical detail, humor, and emotion is very near perfect, I'd say without a qualm that it's Diana Gabaldon. Several books after the incomparable Outlander - the one that started it all - she can still produce a 1,0 ...

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Soul to Soul

After a hellish marriage that ended three years earlier, Leone Weathers has come into her own as the owner of Soul to Soul, a successful jazz nightclub. Her teenage daughter, Raven, has weathered the divorce and is doing well despite her absentee father. Cole Fleming, Leone's bandleader and club man ...

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Romeo and Julia

Romeo & Julia is the antithesis of the “sweet savage romance,” which is why I enjoyed it as much as I did. There’s not a lot of ugly, melodramatic conflict. There’s no overwhelming “I hate you, but I lust after you anyway” passion. Instead, there’s a hero who’s quite a bit younge ...

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Infinity

Fantasy and science fiction authors are familiar with a concept called "world building," which is the process of creating a coherent "universe" for your characters. The rules may not necessarily be those of our world - time travel can work, or humans may have faster-than-light warpdrive technology - ...

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The Accidental Bride

I'm happy to report that the latest offering from Jane Feather was just as enjoyable for me as most everything else I've read by her. An unusual setting, a strong hero who has some room to grow, and an endearing but not bubble-headed heroine made reading The Accidental Bride a real pleasure. Cato ...