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What the Lady Wants

It seems to be commonly accepted among most romance readers that an author's single-title books are better than any category romances she may have written. So it may sound absurd (or just like my typical foolishness) when I say I prefer just about all of Jennifer Crusie's series books over her longe ...

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Take a Chance On Me

Contemporary romances don't get much better than Take A Chance On Me. It's got the thinnest suspense plot in the universe, but the characters! Such wonderful characters! But wait there's more. You want sexual tension? This book drips with it. How about a love scene that is everything that a love sce ...

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Diamond in the Ruff

Do you like stories with animals? How about stories with a little paranormal element? Stories with likable, honorable characters? If so, Emily Carmichael's Diamond in the Ruff should be right up your alley. Joey DeMato is a successful professional who runs her own wedding planning business. She's ...

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The Search

Iris Johansen became one of my favorite suspense authors with The Face of Deception and The Killing Game. Both kept me on the edge of my seat with intricate twists and turns. The Search is scaled back a little in the intricacy of plot, but it is a still a good follow-up to her earlier books. Sara ...

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Romeo and Julia

Romeo & Julia is the antithesis of the “sweet savage romance,” which is why I enjoyed it as much as I did. There’s not a lot of ugly, melodramatic conflict. There’s no overwhelming “I hate you, but I lust after you anyway” passion. Instead, there’s a hero who’s quite a bit younge ...

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Crazy For You

I'm hard to please. There I've said it, and there you have it. Reviewers are occasionally taken to task for not "giving out" A-ratings more often, and it's true, grading is as subjective as anything else; personal opinion is all it boils down to. But, as far as I'm concerned, to earn a Keeper rating ...

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Crazy For You

To most romance readers, Jennifer Crusie is a goddess. I sometimes feel that I am in a minority of one in not worshipping at her feet. Yes, she is a wonderful storyteller and has an excellent sense of humor, especially if you like girl talk, but her women characters seem to bond so closely with each ...

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Finding Mr. Right

Ever have a friend who was a total bitch? Figuratively we all have, but what about literally? What if the friend you thought were dead came back to earth as a dog with the intention of making up for the terrible wrong she did you? Lydia Keane always considered herself a good friend to Amy Cameron ...

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Anyone But You

There are really three lead characters in Jennifer Crusie's Anyone But You - Alex, the 30-year-old doctor with a penchant for Daffy Duck shorts, Nina, the 40-year-old divorcee who left her first husband because she no longer wanted to be a "Country Club Wife," and Fred, the sad-eyed, bad-breathed, O ...

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Forever After

Catherine Anderson has written an exciting contemporary novel in Forever After. I must warn you that it is not for the squeamish. There is violence in the book, along with strong language and descriptions of the emotional and sexual abuse of Meredith, the heroine, that were almost painful to read. O ...