amnesia

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A Husband By Any Other Name

Cheryl St. John is most acclaimed as an author of western romances. I confess, I haven't read any of them, but one of her contemporaries, A Husband By Any Other Name, is among my favorite series romances. Dan Beckett always loved Lorraine Loring, but he was forced to stand aside as his father pus ...

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Stolen Memory

I admit it: I love amnesia books, especially where the amnesiac is the hero. I know it’s overused and medically inaccurate, but something about a strong man made uncertain and confused by a loss of memory really appeals to me. It’s not just an effective romance novel plot point, either: I’ve r ...

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Guarding Jane Doe

Not all keepers are created equal. Some are simply wonderful overall, while others have something about them that make them special. Guarding Jane Doe fits in the latter category. I wouldn't have called it a keeper the first time I read it, although I did remember it fondly afterward. Rereading it r ...

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Slightly Sinful

Certain writers seem to have beloved premises that they revisit again and again. With Lisa Kleypas, it's cross-class romance. Brockmann likes vulnerable tough guys who just can't get involved with their fellow team members. And Mary Balogh never met a prostitute plot she didn't like. Slightly Sinful ...

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Emergency Contact

Amnesia plots aren't the hot button for me that they are for many romance readers. Yes, it is a huge cliché that is seldom done well and could stand to be used a lot less often than it is. But I've read too many books where the author manages to build a good story around the plot device to complete ...

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A Clean Slate

Don¹t let the Red Dress Ink label fool you. A Clean Slate isn't a hip Chick Lit novel filled with sardonic humor and ditzy characters. Instead it's a fascinating, compelling, thought-provoking book about one woman's efforts to find five missing months of her life, and what she learns about hersel ...

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Trick Me, Treat Me

Trick Me, Treat Me is a fun, light seasonal read. There's a little bit of everything here, from ghosts, to amnesia, to a misunderstanding and a mysterious old house. Sometimes the cornucopia of plot devices runneth o'er, but then there's a lot here for such a short book. Gwen Compton and he ...

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Song from the Sea

Normally, a book like this would be way too sweet for me. I'm not that sentimental, but I can get all teary-eyed over a basket of puppies, and Song From The Sea was the book equivalent of a big-eyed puppy. Callista Melbourne's father has promised her to Harold Carlyle, the son of a fri ...

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Uncommon Vows

Uncommon Vows is my favorite among Mary Jo Putney’s books, more romantic to me than even the wonderful Shattered Rainbows. Putney’s only medieval begins under the omen of an eclipse of the moon whose light is devoured by shadow on the night of a Christmas tragedy. Fifteen year old Adrian de Lanc ...

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Unforgettable

Unforgettable by Meryl Sawyer is a complex story with interesting characters and a lot of twists and turns. It's not perfect, but it's a page turner. In an isolated area of the Hawaiian island Maui, Greg Braxton is training his dog, Dodger, in search and rescue. Dodger unexpectedly finds an uncon ...