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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 ...

A
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 ...

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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 ...

B+
The Gladiator's Honor

There's something so thrilling about reading a really good debut novel and, while Michelle Styles' debut is not perfect, there is something quite compelling about it. The setting is one not often seen in historical romance and she manages to create characters who are strong without coming off like 2 ...

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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 ...

B
Shotgun Nanny

Shotgun Nanny by Nancy Warren was my favorite of the two stories. It's set in Vancouver, British Colombia (how refreshing!) and involves a former RCMP (Mountie) and the woman he hires to take care of his orphaned niece. This story has a lot of well-written humor in it, making it a very fun read. ...

B
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 ...

C+
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 ...

B
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 ...