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The Heiress Gets a Duke

The Heiress Gets a Duke is a wonderful, character-driven novel about the gray area between family responsibility and duty to self. It’s the first book I’ve read by Harper St. George (more known for Viking and Western romance) but it certainly will not be the last. New Yorkers August Crenshaw ...

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The Princess

Elizabeth Elliott’s fine Montagues series follows another young woman through a new marriage in Medieval times in the aptly titled The Princess. The widowed-young Isabel Plantagenet of Ascalon, Dowager Countess of Rheinbaden in Germany, possesses a spine of iron – which is a good thing when s ...

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The Bride

The first time I read The Bride, I was captivated by Alec and Jamie's story. I refused to put the book down and I ended up reading it in record time. Wild horses could not have dragged me away from this book. Many people I've met still list The Bride as not only their favorite Julie Garwood, but the ...

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The Heart of the Dragon

As a reviewer, one runs out of ways to say "this book wasn't bad". Offer too little praise and you're shortchanging an author who did a decent job, too much and you're building unrealistic expectations. So, hey readers, this book was OK/not bad/nice/readable/alright/(any other phrase meaning pleasan ...

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In Pursuit of the Green Lion

There are defining texts in many of romance’s subgenres for me: Novels that may be among the first I read in a subgenre, but, more important, encompass for me all that is fascinating about the subgenre. For historical novels (or romances) set in the Middle Ages, among these texts are the Margaret ...

B+
Gentle Conquest

I miss Signet Regencies. One day when I had a hankering for a quality Regency, I did something I'd been longing to do but never got around to: I went down to the library and parked myself for three hours with an old Mary Balogh I'd never before read. By page 45 I was panicking. Was I seriously re ...

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The Legacy

Where does Medallion Press find its debut authors? This is the second time in a fortnight I have read a debut novel published by this house, and each time I have been overwhelmed by the quality of the writing, by the fascinating characters, and by the authors’ happy disregard of the usual formulas ...

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How to Abduct a Highland Lord

I’m sick of rakes! I say this to myself every time I read the opening scene of a Regency era romance where our hero is fleeing the jealous husband of his current mistress. This is how we find Jack Kincaid, lying in the mud after being flung from his horse during a storm. He is soon trussed up and ...

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Moon in the Water

Moon in the Water is an uncommonly lush and lovely historical romance. Most of the story takes place aboard a steamer on the Mississippi River, a very nice setting for the gentle love story that unfolds there. Owning a riverboat seemed like an impossible dream for a steersman like Chase Hardesty. ...

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His Bride

After reading His Bride I tried to remember the last romance I'd read that focused almost entirely on the relationship between the hero and heroine, and you know, I couldn't think of one. So many current romances include a mystery, paranormal experiences, the dreaded evil villain - or all of the abo ...