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To Tempt a Rogue

A Retro Review originally published June 20, 1999 To Tempt a Rogue concludes the trilogy telling the story of the Delaney brothers. Your tolerance for this book will depend on whether you can put up with roguish and distrustful heroes, silly dialogue tags, big misunderstandings, and plots that rel ...

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The Magnolia Sword: A Ballad of Mulan

During the unstable Period of the Northern and Southern Dynasties in China (484 AD by the Western calendar), Hua Mulan’s much-awaited duel with her family’s rival is called off because both Mulan and her opponent, Yuan Kai, have been called up to a different fight. The emperor anticipates an inv ...

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A Debutante in Disguise

History has shown time and again that women have adopted male personae to answer a deep-rooted calling to be doctors, soldiers, priests, and other such jobs strictly restricted to men. Women were meant for house and hearth and babies, not to be striding out into the world dealing with problems and s ...

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The Prince and the Dressmaker

How about a fairy tale where the heroine is the fairy godmother and the prince needs a beautiful gown? Prince Sebastian of Belgium is hiding a secret: he loves wearing gowns, and dreams of donning something more bold and glamorous than his mother’s old castoffs. When he sees a ballgown by seamstre ...

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The Prince

Katharine Ashe hits only high notes in this memorable fourth book in the Devil’s Duke series.  The Prince elevates two previously minor secondary characters - and my friends, the pairing is brilliant.  He’s an exiled prince of a fictional Mediterranean realm, hidden away in Scotland and biding ...

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Almost a Scandal

Sally Kent’s brother Richard lets the family tradition down when instead of joining the Navy, he escapes to the clergy. So it’s Sally, who’s got the family saltwater blood, who dons midshipman’s blues and sets sail on the Audacious just before Trafalgar. She finds herself under the supervisi ...

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Untamed

Untamed is one of those rare books that I suspect most readers, after having read it, will not forget anytime soon. After all, how often does one encounter a cross-dressing duke as a hero? This book has burned itself pretty far into my memory, but I still found it wickedly hard to grade. On the one ...

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Seduced

Some readers avoid Virginia Henley because they believe she uses too much purple prose. I've read all of her books and this one does not have that problem. In fact, this book has an exuberance about it, a sense of humor even, unlike any other Henley I've ever read. Seduced has a cross-dressing based ...