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B+
When a Duke Says I Do

There's something about a deeply emotional love story that just makes me want to savor it. That's exactly what happened as I dug into When a Duke Says I Do. I discovered one of the most sweetly emotional stories I've read in ages and, even if it wasn't perfect, it was a solid read and I just loved i ...

B
The Reluctant Nude

Let’s suspend reality and say I see this on the shelf: Naked man + woman in the middle of an orgasm = Probably moving on. Let us then suppose I’d heard the book was really good and that it’s set in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, which happens to be one of my favorite places on earth. But $14.00 = n ...

B-
Seduced by Her Highland Warrior

Seduced by Her Highland Warrior is a book I liked but didn’t love. It’s somewhat unique in that the couple has already been married for several years at the start of the book. And that’s several years where they have been together, not several years during which one or the other ran off becaus ...

B-
Portrait of Seduction

I didn’t like Carrie Lofty’s Portrait of Seduction only because of its unusual setting, but I admit that being set in 1805 Salzburg gave it a huge leg up on the competition. Throw in a noble heroine who is in love with a valet (not your typical valet, but a valet nonetheless), and you have a pre ...

B+
A Scotsman in Love

For me, comfort reads often involve a lot of angst. Something about the theme of love as redemption, and seeing love heal characters and help free themselves from their suffering reaches me on a deeply emotional level. That's one of the reasons I enjoy Karen Ranney's work; she does tortured characte ...

A-
She’s Got It Bad

We’ve all read the story of the tortured bad boy hero who uses sex and alcohol to escape the pain, and the heroine who breaches his walls of defenses to find the man underneath and heal his soul. Reverse the roles of the hero and heroine, and you’ve got She’s Got It Bad, a compelling story of ...

B-
Not the Marrying Kind

I’ve always found Hailey North’s books to be satisfying reads and her latest is a perfectly pleasant, if somewhat innocuous one. The author returns to the small town of Doolittle, Arkansas (yes, it’s a series, but not an overwhelmingly stifling one, if you know what I mean) to tell the ...

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Hot Dish

I don’t think it’s any secret to AAR regulars that I’ve been moaning and groaning ever since Connie Brockway, the author of my favorite historical romance, announced her defection from the genre. While I will still allow myself a boo-hoo every now and then, Hot Dish is a dazzling and fun conte ...

B
Every Boy's Got One

Even though I enjoy the occasional Chick Lit book, I am not exactly a huge fan. But from the beginning, Meg Cabot's fun and silly story, written primarily in journal entries and emails, pulled me in for an enjoyable read I had trouble putting down. World renowned cartoonist Jane Harris has never ...

D
The Demon's Daughter

The Demon's Daughter suffered from a serious identity crisis. It could never figure out whether it wanted to be Victorian, alternate reality, romance, or erotica. In the end it was just plain bad. I had to read this in short increments to keep my sanity. Perhaps if the alternate reality setting been ...