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B-
Never Lie to a Lady

Liz Carlyle begins her new trilogy with Never Lie to a Lady, a somewhat uneven book in terms of momentum, but one that I ultimately enjoyed due to the interesting characters - both old and new. Xanthia Neville and her brother Kieran, the new Baron Rothewell, have recently arrived in London from t ...

A-
Duchess of Fifth Avenue

Normally a book cover does not influence me, but I thought the cover of Duchess of Fifth Avenue was quite stunning. Would the story inside be as good as the cover?  Lana and her best friend Siobhan escape their harsh lives in Ireland and settle in New York City. Unfortunately, Siobhan’s husban ...

A
Anna's Book

I first read Anna’s Book in 1998, before once again starting to read romance. I’d recently made my way through almost all of Stephen King’s oeuvre, and I remember asking the librarian if she had any good recommendations for fiction. She handed me this book, and I took it home and quickly becam ...

B
A Perfect Cover

Like other novels in Silhouette’s new Bombshell line, A Perfect Cover is not a romance. It’s a suspense novel starring a smart and resourceful female heroine, working undercover to solve a series of ugly murders. It’s pretty darn good. The book opens with a couple of episodes out of the ...

A
A Countess Below Stairs

A Countess Below Stairs was the first Eva Ibbotson romance I ever read, and I've been an avid fan ever since. Why? Because her stories are so vivid. In A Countess Below Stairs, Anna Grazinsky, a White Russian in exile goes to work as a housemaid in a beautiful mansion called Meersham. The owner is t ...

A
Tatiana and Alexander

One can argue that this is but one of a million love stories ever written. A tall, brave soldier and a diminutive blonde nurse; the heartbreak and terror of World War II; sex, partings and reunions, deaths. And yet to say that Tatiana and Alexander is a love story is like saying that Niagara is a wa ...

A
Mrs. Mike

I was 12 the first time I read Mrs. Mike. Like all book lovers, I have keepers…and then I have keepers. Mrs. Mike is in my sacred keeper pile - the kind of book that begs to be re-read every few years - and only gets better every time. The story is about Katherine Mary O’Fallon, a 16 year old ...

C
The Nightingale's Song

The Nightingale's Song is author Kathleen Eschenburg's debut book, and as debuts go it is quite encouraging. Taken as a whole, though, it's no more than average; the pacing is off, especially in the first half of the book, and the hero and heroine engage in some aggravating behavior towards the end. ...

D+
Sophie's Heart

Sophie's Heart qualifies as one of the most frustrating books I've read in a long time. The story is interesting and at times, highly engaging, but there are a number of inconsistencies and so many preachy moments that I couldn't enjoy it. These inconsistencies, which forward the plot at the expense ...

B-
Tides of Love

If you're tired of the same old westerns and regency-set historicals, you might find a respite in Tracy Sumner's Tides of Love. Set in turn of the century North Carolina, this book has a strong sense of place, and it's a place and time we don't often see. Adding to the originality is the hero's occu ...