cabin romance

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Beguiling the Beauty

Whether described by Sappho — “she that far surpassed all mortals in beauty” — or Marlowe — “the face that launch'd a thousand ships” — there’s not a woman in literature more lovely than the famed Helen of Troy. In Ms. Thomas’s latest historical romance, Beguiling the Beauty, the ...

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The Proposal

Gwendoline, Lady Muir, has been a secondary character in some of Mary Balogh's most beloved books. Her story has been one hotly anticipated by fans. It can be hard to deliver under that kind of pressure, but Mary Balogh shows herself to be up for such a daunting task. Not only was I delighted with G ...

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The Accidental Wedding

Maddy Woodford is the Regency version of the woman who does too much. She cares for her orphaned half-siblings as if they were her own children, she keeps her modest house spotlessly tidy, and she helps the needy in her community. But Maddy doesn’t dream of having it all—she’s given up on find ...

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Surrender of a Siren

Just to let you know: It was really, really close. Sophia Hathaway is a spoiled, selfish, pampered heiress to social-climbing parents. At the beginning of the book she has abandoned her aristocratic fiance at the altar and, with her art supplies in one trunk and four dresses in another, she board ...

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Marrying the Captain

Carla Kelly can do no wrong! It’s a rare treat to read a novel with the perfect blend of wit, charm, humility and intelligence. I could be referring to anything on Kelly’s backlist as they all fit the bill. But I am charged with reviewing Marrying the Captain. A sweeter job cannot be found. L ...

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Untamed

A Colonial American setting allows for strong, rugged heroes; nasty villains; situations fraught with danger; and any type of heroine one could imagine. Pamela Clare has taken advantage of this little-used time period to create a powerful story about two people who discover love despite war and betr ...

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Make It Hot

The second installment to the Hightower Servicemen series, Make It Hot, is a nice, sweet read. Sweet in terms of the relationship dynamics, not the love scenes; those were as hot as the title. Joel Hightower is a fireman and is proud to continue the generational tradition of Hightower ...

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Snowbound

Janice Kay Johnson is one of my few auto-buy category romance writers. Snowbound not only reinforces her status, it moves the book to the top of my list for the author. The book begins with a vivid, terrifying drive through the Cascade Mountains. Fiona MacPherson, a teacher at a private high ...

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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 wandering a ...

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The Rogue's Return

The newest entry in Jo Beverley's Company of Rogues series features The Missing Rogue, Simon St. Bride who, when mentioned at all in previous books, has simply been "in Canada." In The Rogue's Return we finally learn what Simon has been doing all this time. While Simon's family are tra ...