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A
The First Time

While reading this book, I began to bawl like a baby after being shouted at by my daughter regarding a pair of socks. As if that weren't enough, by the time I finished The First Time, I was crying so loudly I scared the cat. Joy Fielding, whose earlier works are thrillers, has, in The First Time, ...

B
A Man Like Mac

Fay Robinson makes a strong debut with A Man Like Mac, which features one of the best heroes to come down the romance road in a long time. John "Mac" McCandless is a teacher, a coach, a world-class athlete and a paraplegic. When paraplegics are featured in a romance, the plot often consists of the h ...

B+
Miss Emmaline and the Archangel

Rachel Lee has made Conard County, Wyoming her own little corner of the world. The cast of characters who live there - Nate Tate the sheriff, Maude at the diner, Reverend Fromberg at the Community Church, have become old and dear friends and I eagerly await each book so I can see them again. I ha ...

C-
Picture Perfect

Picture Perfect has a serious issue at the center of its plot: the sickle cell anemia disease that afflicts far too many African Americans. The central question at the center of this book is, should a young woman in love push aside a chance at happiness because of the disease? Photographer Ca ...

B
Wish You Were Here

Christie Ridgway is a wonderful new discovery for me. In fact, I liked Wish You Were Here so much, I've glommed two of her previous novels (and I've already read one and liked it). Wish You Were Here is a sweet romance that can be funny, touching and frustrating all within a few pages. Yeager Gat ...

A-
Lord St. Claire's Angel

I almost didn't buy this book because RT gave it only two stars. I'm glad I decided to listen to word of mouth instead and buy this book. Psst, Laurie, is it too late to change my vote for best Regency of 1999? Celestine Simons doesn't envision a bright future for herself. She is a governess, she ...

A
Silent Melody

This is my kind of romance: two people drawn inexplicably to each other who, for various, often noble reasons, feel they must fight what they feel for each other. The struggle is a moot one, however, as the spell that holds the two lovers in its grip is too powerful to undo. After reading a book lik ...

A
Dancing with Clara

One of the great taboos in romance novels is adultery. Many readers simply refuse to bother with a book in which it is featured. While I am not fond of adultery in a book, I am loathe to tie an author's hands - especially an author like Mary Balogh who has made a specialty of breaking the rules of R ...

A+
Barefoot in the Grass

Some time ago, I read a review of Barefoot in the Grass by Judith Arnold. The story line intrigued me enough that I went out of my way to find it through an internet used book site After I received the book, I put it in my library for later. A year later, looking for something a little bit different ...

B-
Family Affairs

Family Affairs is labeled as straight fiction, but that's not quite accurate. The primary focus of the book is the love story between the hero and the heroine. So is it romance? Well, not exactly. The hero and heroine both sleep with other people, and though their relationship seems to be solid at t ...