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Fix Her Up

Do NOT judge Tessa Bailey’s superbly steamy rom-com Fix Her Up by its cover image of a cartoon couple demurely kissing. I wouldn’t normally read a novel that gives off a cutesy vibe, but, given Bailey’s reputation as a prolific bestselling romance author, and the sexy series title (Hot and Ham ...

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Rough Terrain

Off Base, the first in the Out of Uniform series, was my first military romance.  Although I didn’t love that story, I liked the writing and the premise of the series, and decided to stay with it.  I’m so glad I did.  Over the course of seven wonderfully disparate books, the series has been r ...

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The Earl I Ruined

The best way to make me devour a book is to have characters that absolutely pine for each other. Even better if they have some kind of history between them that means they’re hiding their feelings, afraid to get hurt, or have been secretly in love for years. The Earl I Ruined checked all my boxes ...

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Duchess by Design

Maya Rodale opens up her new series set in Gilded Age New York with Duchess by Design. Brandon Alexander Fiennes, the brand-new Duke of Kingston, has inherited an impoverished estate and has no idea what to do about it.  He desperately wants to restore Lyon House to its former glory, but with h ...

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Fool Me Forever

What does a modern day Robin Hood look like? That’s the question author Ainslie Paton tackles in her latest series, The Confidence Game. It’s about the Sherwood family and their allies, modern day thieves who excel at breaking the law but do it with a sole purpose in mind – to rob the rich of ...

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Desperately Seeking Scandal

Desperately Seeking Scandal is a charming fake-relationship story that originally appeared in the novella duo, The Duke’s Bridal Path. I have a sneaking fondness for the faux-couple trope, and Ms. Romain makes very good use of it here, creating a believable emotional connection between her princip ...

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Real Kind of Love

What do you do when your well-meaning but overly intrusive family can’t stay out of your love life? Well, you invent a fake boyfriend of course! Then you have to find someone to play the part. That’s the theme in Sara Rider’s new romance Real Kind of Love, the first in her Books & Brews se ...

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From Courtesan to Convenient Wife

Marguerite Kaye’s research glimmers in a well-told, engrossing and tender story from her Matches Made in Scandal series, about a courtesan who’s never (really) been kissed seeking to leave behind a past she had no say over, and a man running from a (possibly) falsified betrothal. In From Courtes ...

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Ruined

In the mood for something spicy as the dead of winter surrounds us?  Jackie Ashenden gives us a heated but somewhat difficult story in Ruined, her first release for Harlequin’s new Dare line, about a will-they-or-won’t-they relationship between two childhood friends who fake a relationship to p ...

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Once a Charmer

Sharla Lovelace’s series about the small town of Charmed, Texas continues along prettily with Once A Charmer, a fine story about lifelong friends who become much more. Allie Greene and Sebastian “Bash” Anderson have been best friends since they were very young and – aside from a drunken k ...