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Hope Flames

Sometimes the hardest books to review are the ones that are neither all that good or all that bad. That was how Hope Flames was for me. It is difficult to describe my feelings for this read because, although it was an easy read, it wasn’t particularly compelling or exciting. Burton has moved ...

B+
Dog Days

I don’t always believe lists, especially lists of the best books of the year, which sometimes leave me wondering “What were they thinking?” However, after reading Publishers Weekly's list of best romances of 2012, I was intrigued by Dog Days. I downloaded and read the first chapter, and though ...

B+
Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts

One of the highest compliments that you can pay an writer upon finishing her book is to search for her backlist. That is exactly what I did upon finishing Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts. Lucky readers in Great Britain have had access to this book since November 2009, but it is just now being released i ...

B
Home is Where the Bark Is

This is a follow-up to an earlier book and features the best friend of the author's previous heroine. I didn’t catch the first book, but this one had me laughing from the start, filled with some funny dialog and hilarious situations. Despite that, I never felt the humor was over-the-top, nor did i ...

B-
Ain't Too Proud to Beg

For the most part, this one works. But be prepared for major clichés, a high degree of wackiness, and painfully obvious series set ups along the way.  San Francisco newspaper writer Josie Sheehan is 35 and a veteran of a string of failed relationships. In a miraculous three paragraphs, she lose ...

B+
Too Hot to Handle

There was a lot of positive buzz last year regarding Robin Kaye’s debut romance Romeo, Romeo and it was buzz in which I happily participated. Still, I didn’t go too far over the moon because I thought there was a dated element to the story in the person of the heroine’s mother. Dear Old Mom wa ...

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Catch of the Day

Though I had actually read, and greatly enjoyed, Kristan Higgins before, it was my sister who handed me Catch of the Day. “I think you’ll really like this,” she said. “It’s kind of a romance between a woman and her dog.” While I’m not sure I’d entirely agree with that assessment, I l ...

B
Dogs and Goddesses

Considering the talent behind Dogs and Goddesses, I’ll confess that I expected more than an amusing and fun story. I didn’t get it, but I did enjoy the ride. To put my reaction to this one in perspective, I liked it better than The Unfortunate Miss Fortunes, the first collaboration between Ms ...

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The Secret Hunter

The Secret Hunter could easily have been renamed A Regency Miss and her Pug: A Love Story for I felt more of a connection between Gwenllian and Oliver (the pug in question) than with Daniel, the hero. Gwenllian Lloyd and Daniel Wyckliff "meet cute" in Sydney Gardens, Bath when Oliver c ...

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Bride of the Rat God

On rereading Barbara Hambly's Bride of the Rat God for the purpose of writing this review, I was surprised once more by what a truly superb novel it is. On rereading, I found new details to savor, ones that I had overlooked before because I had been too caught up in the excitement of the plot. I sti ...