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Her Favorite Rival

What could be better than an Australian coworkers-to-lovers romance with a promotion rivalry, and family disappointed that their kid didn’t grow up to be a doctor? No, I’m not talking about The Hating Game - which I loved. Sarah Mayberry did a similar story three years earlier, and Her Favorite ...

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Must Love Coffee

Sarah Mayberry is an author well known to those who read contemporary romance. It's been a while since she's released anything new so when I saw that she had a romantic comedy novella coming out, I made sure to pick it up. She's good at evoking a lot of emotions in both her characters and her reader ...

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The Bushranger's Wife

I was genuinely excited by the prospect of this book. Australia is not a hard sell for me – I associate it with Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman in the movie Australia, and Colleen McCullough’s exasperating and excellent book The Thorn Birds. In The Bushranger’s Wife, it is 1861 and Prudence ...

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An Unconventional Heiress

Circa 1810, Sydney society is in transition. The new governor Lachlan Macquarie is raising the status of freed convicts (‘emancipists’), much to the wrath of exclusives who arrived from the United Kingdom freely and, often, temporarily. Sarah Langley, wealthy gentlewoman newly arrived in the cit ...

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Christmas Where They Belong

Bawling my eyes out doesn’t usually go with “holiday romance” for me as I tend to prefer my Christmas stories a bit more on the fairytale side. However, this year  I picked up something a bit different with Christmas Where They Belong by Marion Lennox (from 2014). Though at times a very dif ...

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The Kraken King

The Iron Duke is #80 on AAR’s Top 100 Romances (2013), but in my opinion, The Kraken King, the fourth book in the series is even better. Zenobia Fox is the author of the novels starring her adventurer brother Archimedes, but these books have made her a ransom target for people seeking to extort ...

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Playing Dirty

Playing Dirty is the latest installment in Amy Andrews’ incredibly enjoyable Sydney Smoke series, about the rugby players of the team by the same name. This novel centers on the team’s newest hot shot player, Kyle, and the coach’s daughter, Val. There’s insta-lust all over this one, along wi ...

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Suddenly You

I don’t read many category romances—I like longer stories. Sarah Mayberry’s, however, are the outstanding exception to that rule. I’ve read twenty of her novels. Suddenly You is my favorite. It’s funny, sexy, feminist, and wonderfully real. Harry is a nice guy who likes to take it all e ...

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Playing by Her Rules

Y'all, I love me some Amy Andrews books. I especially love her books that involve rugby. This one, the first in her Sydney Smoke series, is about Matilda and Tanner. Once high school sweethearts, the two suffered a traumatic break up when it was time for Matilda to head off to college. Now both b ...

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One Good Reason

This Harlequin SuperRomance from 2011 is one of those books that I did not put down while I was reading it - literally. I made dinner with one hand that evening as I was so engrossed in the story of Gabby and Jon, and shushed my husband whenever he attempted to interrupt me. Ms. Mayberry is one of m ...