comfort read

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Real Men Knit

Though I don’t have the time for it that I used to, I love knitting. I enjoy watching my sometimes clumsy hands weave things into being out of the yarn, but perhaps more importantly, I love how it can be an inclusive and communal craft. Online and offline, knitting communities seem to spring up wh ...

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Morning Glory (#25 on our Top 100 Romances List)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on March  26, 1998 So often heroes and heroines of romances are larger-than-life characters. Lords, ladies, knights, cowboys, and swashbuckling types in general. There's nothing wrong with that, we all like a little wish fulfillment and fantasy in our r ...

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A Crown of Bitter Orange

The first Laura Florand book that I read was The Chocolate Kiss, the second story in her Amour et Chocolat series. I loved it, and since then I’ve been a pretty dedicated fan, so any new book by her is a cause for celebration. The author has now moved from the world of haute cuisine to the world o ...

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Her Hesitant Heart

When I read the synopsis of this story, I thought it looked simple and sweet, and although I don't read a lot of Westerns in general, I wanted to read this one. While the romance between our two main characters could definitely be classified as sweet, I would never call this book simple. It is amazi ...

B+
Emily and the Dark Angel

Comfort reads occupy an unusually clear-cut place on a reading shelf. These are the books of unconditional love. They may or may not be the best romances ever written, and I can count several comfort reads that do not qualify as such. But every year, or even more often, I go back to them for the com ...

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My Fair Gentleman

When it comes to authors Missing In Action, I really miss Jan Freed. She wrote some of the best Harlequin Superromance titles ever including this Pygmalion inspired little gem – My Fair Gentleman. It’s one of my all-time favorite comfort reads and one of the books I simply must have on the deser ...

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The Mighty Quinn

Romance readers often refer to certain books as "comfort reads." A comfort read is not the same as a Desert Island Keeper. It need not be an exceptionally well-written book. But a comfort read resonates with the reader, it makes her feel good and she finds herself bringing the book out to read, enjo ...