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Dating-ish

I have a disorder that could be plaguing other romance readers - instant-gratification-itis. I’ve become so conditioned to expect instant-lust, instant-love, and almost-instant-sex in my romance novels that I forgot how enjoyable delayed gratification can be. I get a little fidgety and uncomfortab ...

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Beard Science

Penny Reid’s Beard Science is awkwardly and wonderfully odd, and no carefully selected combination of adjectives can adequately communicate the mind-bending deliciousness of this thoroughly enjoyable book. The author's creativity beats to its own drum, and she's successfully written something diff ...

B
Wicked My Love

Wicked My Love is the second book in Ms Ives’ Wicked Little Secrets series - although there are no characters from the previous book involved, so it works perfectly well as a stand-alone. The author sets her romance against the backdrop of the world of banking and finance in the mid-19th century, ...

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Nodame Cantabile

Brilliant in piano and violin, Chiaki Shinichi aspires to be a conductor, but his career will be limited as long as his fear of travel traps him in Japan. After he breaks with his professor and his girlfriend on the same night, he gets drunk and wakes up in the squalid apartment of his next-door nei ...

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The Countess Conspiracy

Narrated by Rosalyn Landor I read The Countess Conspiracy immediately upon its release back in December and it was easily one of my favourite books of 2013. Reading it was a highly emotional experience, however, and I had to keep taking breaks because I found it so intense. It’s clearly a book ...

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Let It Be Me

Although Let it Be Me is billed as the fifth in a series of books and features the Forrester family from If I Fall, I don’t think it’s necessary to have read that book or the others in the series in order to enjoy this one – and enjoy it, I did. The heroine of this story is Bridget, the mid ...

B+
A Gentleman Undone

When I started reading A Gentleman Undone, I could tell almost immediately - within a page, really - that the writing was simply a cut above. It’s just that good. It’s not necessarily my favorite premise (war-scarred, ex-military hero meets and falls in love with life-scarred, ex-prostitute/curr ...

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Nobody's Baby But Mine

As I began reading Nobody’s Baby But Mine for the third time to prepare for writing this review, I had such a smile on my face. I knew I was in for a delightful time because this book is delectable – absolutely delectable. This type of witty repartee doesn’t get old and Susan Elizabeth Phillip ...

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Mr. Impossible

While last year's Miss Wonderful was an appropriately wonderful book, I have to admit that it felt somewhat mannered to me - almost as if the author kept a deliberate distance between herself and her characters. I learned a great deal about canal construction in early 19th century England, laughed a ...

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The Lymond Chronicles

It is the 1540s. Suleiman the Magnificent is the sultan of the Ottoman Empire. The tsar of Russia is a man who will someday be known as Ivan the Terrible. England is ruled by the boy-king Edward VI. Mary Queen of Scots is four, and she will be used as a pawn in the high-stakes game of politics betwe ...