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Memoirs of a Millionaire's Mistress

Memoirs of a Millionaire's Mistress features an intriguing mix of old-school Harlequin Presents premise and more modern characters. The heroine really is the hero's kept woman to a certain extent, but the story has a much more contemporary feel than it sounds. Though uneven in spots, I found it basi ...

C
Claiming His Bought Bride

While Rachel Bailey’s debut romance has some interesting aspects, overall, it didn’t work for me.  Lily Grayson and Damon Blakely were together for six months when Lily ended their relationship because she felt Damon was emotionally unreliable. He was never there for her when she needed him; ...

C+
Her Secret Fling

Her Secret Fling is a well-written, promising book that only just misses the mark. It starts out with an intriguing conflict and sexual chemistry to spare - and then descends into a plot and conflict that I find particularly annoying. Poppy Birmingham is an Australian gold medal swimmer forced to ...

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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 ...

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The Forgotten Garden

You know a book is good when nearly 600 pages seem to fly by in the blink of an eye. This very accurately describes my experience with The Forgotten Garden. Beautiful and bittersweet, this family saga roams from the turn of the 20th century to the modern day as it tells an intricate story of secrets ...

B+
Burning Up

Right up front Sarah Mayberry confesses that Burning Up is all about wish fulfillment. Part of it is the beautiful location, part of it is the delicious food, but mostly it’s about a gorgeous movie star playboy falling for a not-so-gorgeous girl instead of a supermodel. It’s a fun, sexy story fr ...

C
The Boss's Bedroom Agenda

One thing I enjoy about Harlequin Presents novels is their exotic (well, exotic to me) settings. One thing I don't particularly like is that the heroes tend to be arrogant. There's a fine line between sexy alpha and sexist jerk, and it's one they often cross. Such is the case with The Boss's Bedroom ...

B
Tempting Evil

Despite marketing efforts (the cover for the second book in this series touts the author as "the new star of paranormal romance"), I wouldn’t classify Tempting Evil as a paranormal romance. I would place it firmly in the Urban Fantasy section of your local library. That’s not to say there isn’ ...

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Photo Opportunity

Three things about me that readers should know: I live in Australia I work in a Children’s Hospital I absolutely adore Best Friend Romances Three major plot points about Photo Opportunity: It’s set in Sydney The hero decides to change his life after spending time in a child ...

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The Dairy Queen

The Dairy Queen describes Dicey Dye's return to her tiny Australian hometown of Moo after her business fails and she separates from her husband. Along with her sister Titch and best friend Sally, Dicey must learn to face her problems instead of avoiding them, while developing the self-awareness to d ...