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Husky

When I wrote a blog post for AAR called “Male fatphobia in romance novels,” I didn’t dare hope or ask for the bigger guys I find attractive to be heroes; I just begged authors to avoid stereotyping them as pathetic losers. Clearly, I had to try Jessa Kane’s short story Husky, which stars an ...

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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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Ache For You

"I don't want to talk to you." "Ah. You are a lesbian." – Matteo meets Kimber, Ache For You The above quotation was the harbinger of bad things to come, like thunder before a tornado.  J.T. Geissinger’s Ache for You continues her Slow Burn series of rewritten fairytales, this one a Cinde ...

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Duchess by Design

Maya Rodale opens up her new series set in Gilded Age New York with Duchess by Design. Brandon Alexander Fiennes, the brand-new Duke of Kingston, has inherited an impoverished estate and has no idea what to do about it.  He desperately wants to restore Lyon House to its former glory, but with h ...

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Couldn't Ask for More

Kianna Alexander’s The Southern Gentlemen series continues charmingly with the story of a fashion designer and the textile manufacturer who falls in love with her. Alexis – Lex - Devers lives, breathes, sleeps and eats fashion.  She’s the kind of girl who spends hours in a hardworking daze ...

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Runaway Groom

I’m not a big follower of The Bachelor or any other reality dating shows. While I’ve seen the occasional episode, I don’t have the patience to follow week after week of fabricated drama. But I will admit, the premise sometimes intrigues me… so I jumped at the chance to read Runaway Groom, a ...

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More Than Fashion

Julie Hong’s Korean parents want her to be a doctor, but Julie dreams of a career in design. A win at Comic-Con gets her onto a Project Runway-type reality show called Behind the Seams. The night before filming starts, Julie tackles her nerves by drinking heavily and picking up a hot Brit in a bar ...

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Too Hot to Handle

After I had finished reading Too Hot to Handle by Nancy Warren, the word that seemed best to sum up my impression of the book was adorable. It is funny, sexy, and romantic. And it combines the glamour of the 1940s with a firm grounding in today’s world. I loved it. Alexandra Drake is a rising j ...

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Feet First

Jenny Prillaman works in the design department of an upper-end shoe company, Bellagio shoes. When her boss checks into rehab, Jenny is suddenly thrust into a new position, leading the design team for Brooke Tarantino, a society belle who is getting married. Jenny is in charge of designing shoes for ...

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Southern Comfort

I recently started two books around the same time, one by a favorite author and the other by Sandra Kitt. Though I'd never before read a book by Ms. Kitt, I almost immediately dumped the book by the favorite author in favor of Southern Comfort. There is something very human and natural in the proble ...