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Flowers from the Storm

Narrated by Nicholas Boulton One of the first books I read when I got back into reading romance a few years ago was Flowers From the Storm. I remember being caught up in heart pounding fear for Jervaulx as he was mistreated in the asylum; of feeling rage on his behalf. I remember being so captiva ...

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Dance with Me

Cullinan delves into professional disappointment from two totally divergent viewpoints, one from a semi-professional football player and the other an internationally acclaimed ballet dancer. On the surface a man clad like a gladiator in football pads and gear and a man clad in tights and ballet slip ...

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New Life

Sometimes an author takes a risk, and has me hooked. This happened with Bonnie Dee’s new romance New Life, which features a hero with a mental disability. When I discovered that the first pages of the book were actually told from said hero’s point-of-view, my surprise doubled. Would it work? It ...

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Dex in Blue

What does it mean to be gay? If you’re an eighteen-year-old guy and your best friend turns you on, are you gay? If you’re straight and have a girlfriend but work for a gay-for-pay porn site having sex with other straight guys, are you gay? Lane tackles these and other weighty questions in the co ...

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The Proposal

Gwendoline, Lady Muir, has been a secondary character in some of Mary Balogh's most beloved books. Her story has been one hotly anticipated by fans. It can be hard to deliver under that kind of pressure, but Mary Balogh shows herself to be up for such a daunting task. Not only was I delighted with G ...

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When a Duke Says I Do

There's something about a deeply emotional love story that just makes me want to savor it. That's exactly what happened as I dug into When a Duke Says I Do. I discovered one of the most sweetly emotional stories I've read in ages and, even if it wasn't perfect, it was a solid read and I just loved i ...

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Heart's Blood

What a lovely book to break me out of my reading slump. Juliet Marillier’s single-title offering is a Medieval Irish Beauty and the Beast fantasy, with a small dash of history, a medium dose of romance, and a whole heap of bloody good storytelling. Caitrin is an unusual and beautiful young woma ...

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The Perfect Scandal

What does it take to make a seasoned romance reviewer say, “I’ve never seen that before?” I don’t know about you, but in my case a one-legged Polish heroine and a hero who cuts himself certainly did the trick. While I did wonder at times if this novel was too novel, I also really enjoyed the ...

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Pleasure Me

Monica Burns' latest is an excellent read about two characters with problems that have been intensified by the cruelty of those around them. I greatly enjoyed this character and dialogue-driven novel and was certainly able to sympathize with the main characters as well as share in their triumph of f ...

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Lady Sarah's Son

I don’t usually like books with cute, precociously sweet children in them. Maybe it’s because as a mother and grandmother, I know how quixotic children really are, and many novels I’ve read would have me believe children are always cute and cuddly little angels all the time. That’s why I’m ...