cons and frauds

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Sins and Needles

Narrated by Veronica Den I wonder what it says about me that I've always liked reading about con artists and people on the run. There's a certain amount of desperation in books with that plot line, and it draws me in. That's exactly what happened when I started listening to Sins and Needles, the ...

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The Luckiest Lady in London

I’m a huge fan of Sherry Thomas’ writing, and of the way she injects a degree of grit and realism into a genre that is so often seen through rose-colored lenses and softened around the edges. Her characters are, for the most part, rich, titled and good-looking, but it’s what’s underneath the ...

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The Wicked Deeds of Daniel Mackenzie

The general problem with The Wicked Deeds of Daniel Mackenzie is that nothing goes quite far enough. There are no wicked deeds. The worlds of the hero and heroine - engineering and spiritualism, respectively - aren’t detailed or thoughtful enough. The characterizations are full of unrealized poten ...

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The Handbook to Handling His Lordship

I’ve read and enjoyed the other books in this series, so came to this one with reasonably high expectations of enjoyment, and I’m pleased to report that I wasn’t disappointed. I liked the story and the way the author built the romance between two people for whom life hasn’t been particularl ...

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Lessons After Dark

The paranormal romances I like best are those that make magicians and supernatural beings not larger-than-life and above the rest of society, but instead show the struggle of creating a society that consists of both magical and mundane beings. Lessons After Dark is such a story set in an alternative ...

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Night After Night

Revenge might be a petty motivation, but when it’s all a guy’s got left in his life, it’s enough to get him out of bed every morning. Or so former con man Sean O’Brien thinks. Sean’s swindler father is currently in prison because he was the one holding the bag when he and his ...

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To Touch the Knight

Medieval stories have long been a favorite of mine, yet they seem to have fallen out of favor with publishers. And the few recently published ones I have read I considered lackluster at best. To my most pleasant surprise, Lindsay Townsend’s latest did not fall into this category.  When Edith ...

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Proof by Seduction

As debuts go, this is very, very good. As books go, I can recommend Proof by Seduction to you, but only with a few provisos. Jenny Keeble is a fraud. She calls herself Madame Esmerelda and, with no hidden magic that resurfaces when she least expects and no slumbering telepathic gene that transmit ...

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Lie to Me

I’m always on the lookout for new contemporary romance authors, but didn’t have a lot of hope for Starr Ambrose’s Lie To Me since the description on the back cover sounded a bit too predictable. Happily, I was wrong - very wrong. I found this to be a wonderful debut novel, with engaging main c ...

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So Enchanting

After three long years, Connie Brockway has written another historical romance, with the promise of more to come, as well as more contemporaries. As one who mourned the loss of her unique historical voice I say, "Huzzah!" So Enchanting has a similar feeling to her wonderful Bridal Season, and while ...