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Christmas at Candlebark Farm

I tend to stick with anthologies for my holiday reading, but I noticed a fair number of full-length holiday stories on shelves this year, so I thought I'd broaden my horizons. While it has a few cheesy Hallmark Hall of Fame-style moments, Christmas at Candlebark Farm is basically a well-written and ...

B+
The Best Laid Plans

Is is a truth universally acknowledged that every heroine (and hero) of a Harlequin Superromnance must be in want of a baby. But few of these couples go about it as directly, and few romances describe the emotional side of it so realistically and in such down-to-earth fashion as Sarah Mayberry’s T ...

C+
Deserted Island, Dreamy Ex!

I’m a huge fan of reality television, so this book sounded like a surefire winner, with the hero and heroine stranded on a deserted island as competitors in a reality documentary. I was disappointed that the reality TV portion of the book was glossed over, but found it to be a light, generally enj ...

A-
Hot Island Nights

I know they've become cliched, but I still love Good Girl Meets Bad Boy romances. (I really love Bad Girl Meets Good Boy romances, but those are quite rare.) As you'd expect, most are average and forgettable. But on those occasions when I read a really good one - like Hot Island Nights - it's oh so ...

B-
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 ...

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 ...

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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 ...