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A Wanted Man

A Wanted Man, Susan Kay Law's latest, has all the elements of an enjoyable western: a fine-looking cowboy, a sympathetic heroine, plus trains, horses, and an evil villain. All of these elements come together for an entertaining and romantic read. Laura Hamilton, a talented artist, is out on h ...

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Captives of the Night

For me, there are keepers, then there are keepers. Those in the first category have some element(s) which resonated with me upon first reading, and while I don't necessarily re-read them from cover to cover, I have favorite scenes I like to revisit once in awhile. But the books I cling to most zealo ...

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The Italian

I was excited to be assigned The Italian for review; I enjoyed Coffman's historicals years ago, when I first started reading romance, and I looked forward to a pleasant reacquaintance with her work. While the book turned out to be decent, it also turned out to have a far less romantic component than ...

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All American Girl

Books are keepers for many reasons. Some are intricately plotted. Some have fascinating, one-of-a-kind characters. Some are beautifully written with lush prose and thoughtful symbolism. And some just make you smile over and over until you sigh in happiness at the end. All-American Girl fits into the ...

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Beyond Seduction

For those of you who tried Emma Holly's first historical romance, Beyond Innocence, you will find that Merry Vance, a secondary character from that book, takes center stage in Beyond Seduction. If you haven't tried Emma Holly but are looking for something spicier than your typical historical romance ...

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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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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 ...

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Scandal in Venice

A man is sent to retrieve a runaway lady and ends up falling in love with her, each of them unaware of the secret the other is hiding. This sets up the main conflict in Scandal in Venice, a conflict born of desperate actions and many secrets. Lady Elizabeth Everdean is in shock. She ha ...

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Beautiful Stranger

I read this book with a pack of post-it notes handy so I could mark striking phrases and images. When the book became very thick from yellow flags sticking out of it, I knew I had to take this one to the Desert Island. Beautiful Stranger is one of the most beautifully written books I have read in a ...

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Legend of the Sorcerer

It may be cliched, but enthralling is the best word I can use to describe the latest book by Donna Kauffman. I finished this one in less than 24 hours, stopping only to sleep last night. If you're a fan of anything with even a hint of wizardry in it, this is the book for you. Jordy Decker is a sc ...