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The Duke I Tempted

As we all know, début novels are notoriously hit-or-miss, so I’m delighted to tell you The Duke I Tempted fits squarely in the ‘hit’ column.  Deeply moving, tender, and romantic, this is the first novel in Scarlett Peckham’s Secrets of Charlotte Street series.  Charlotte Street is home t ...

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The Forbidden Garden

The Forbidden Garden is a story of a haunted Shakespeare Garden in Wiltshire, England, and brings together together a troubled American horticulturalist and a troubled English rector. I confess to never having heard the term 'Shakespeare Garden', but thanks to Wikipedia, I now know that it’s a the ...

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The Dare and the Doctor

This third book in Kate Noble’s Winner Takes All series is another beautifully written romance featuring likeable central characters, a very well-drawn secondary cast and dilemmas that feel realistic while also being problematic enough to provide the necessary degree of conflict.  The Dare and th ...

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The Widow and the Sheikh

I love stories about Arabia. The historical Middle East is, to me, a land of fairy tale and passion. Given the sheer volume of romances containing the word “Sheikh” in the title I think I can safely say I am not alone. Julia Trevelyan awakens from a drugged sleep to find herself in quite the ...

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The Spinster's Guide to Scandalous Behavior

This second book in Jennifer McQuiston’s Seduction Diaries series re-acquaints readers with Lucy Westmore, the free-spirited, rather hoydenish younger sister of the heroine of the previous book. The Spinster’s Guide to Scandalous Behavior is a deftly written story that packs quite the emotional ...

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The Countess Conspiracy

Narrated by Rosalyn Landor I read The Countess Conspiracy immediately upon its release back in December and it was easily one of my favourite books of 2013. Reading it was a highly emotional experience, however, and I had to keep taking breaks because I found it so intense. It’s clearly a book ...

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Untouched

Untouched, Anna Campbell's sophomore effort, is a flat-out terrific book whose leading man has just landed on my short list for Favorite Hero of the year. Widow Grace Paget wakes up from a laudanum-induced sleep to find herself strapped to a table and in the company of a madman. After wanderi ...

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Behind Closed Doors

I thoroughly enjoyed this book to the point where I could not put it down to attend to such routine things like eating. I was riveted from the first page to the last. This second book in Quinn’s Ivory Nation trilogy should go on everyone’s must buy list. Botanist Laura Clark and her history p ...

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River Of Eden

Despite a few minor problems, Glenna McReynold's River of Eden is a pulse-pounding thrillride, a sensual love story, and a surreal adventure into the mystical unknown, all rolled into one. And this page-turner will hold you in its thrall long after those minor problems are forgotten. Dr. Anni ...

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One Perfect Mate

As I read One Perfect Mate I kept trying to think what it reminded me of. A novel that's a cross between a mail-order bride romance and Logan's Run doesn't come my way very often, and yet I had that nagging feeling. By book's end I realized where the feeling was coming from. The protagonists and t ...