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You Know Me Well

You Know Me Well is a funny, bright YA coming-of-age story about love, friendship and identity – I loved it and would be happy to have it with me on my Desert Island. <!-- var browName = navigator.appName; var SiteID = 1; var ZoneID = 4; var browDateTime = (new Date()).getTime(); if ( ...

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Submerging Inferno

Brandon Witt is an author whose name I see a good bit within my online circle of m/m romance and gay fiction writers. But this is the first book of his that I’ve read, and on the strength of my enjoyment of the first “Men of Myth” series, I’ve bought the next two. Since I’m new to AAR, ...

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Platinum Promises

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Life’s most urgent question is what are you doing for others?” The heroine of this novel takes that advice to heart, giving everything that she has for those around her. Just like in real life this doesn’t turn her into a doormat; instead it turns her into s ...

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Champagne Kisses

Bette Davis said that "There comes a time in every woman's life when the only thing that helps is a glass of Champagne." I should have taken that to heart while reading this novel. While the subject matter was lovely and romantic, the story was sadly slow and pedantic. A good glass of bubbly might h ...

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Redwood Bend

I’ve loved Robyn Carr’s Virgin River series since Jack pulled into town and set up his bar and wooed midwife Mel in book one, aptly titled Virgin River. Carr’s love for the redwood country shines through even to the latest 13th book in the series. Widow Katie Malone and her five-year-old tw ...

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Stranded With Her Ex

The title Stranded With Her Ex is rather sordid and suggests deserted tropical islands and bickering that turns into sex. The story, however, is not that at all. I was very pleasantly surprised to find a story with true heart and depth. Daniela Flores is a marine biologist signed on to a research ...

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Wild Man Creek

I enjoy the Virgin River books by Robyn Carr. As with any book in a series, some work better for me than others. Wild Man Creek was a definite winner for me. Jillian Matlock has worked in the business world since her graduation from college. Now as Vice President of Corporate Communication, hard ...

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A Summer in Sonoma

Waaay back in 1980 I picked up a book titled Chelynne. It sucked me in right away, and I was thrilled that I had found this author just as she began her publishing career. I have passed many an hour with her over the years and been delighted to watch the success she has achieved with her Virgin Rive ...

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Set the Dark on Fire

I’m always on the lookout for new romantic suspense authors. While I love the subgenre, I don’t like gruesome, graphic violence, nor do I like endless series about SEALs and other special ops, which kind limits the number of potential titles for me. I chose to review Jill Sorenson’s Set the Da ...

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Virgin River

The third time was the charm for me. After reading two not very enjoyable books, I picked up Virgin River and was totally engrossed in a charming story. The good thing is, it’s the first in a trilogy – I will be at the store to buy the other two books as soon as they come out. Melinda Monroe ...