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This Is How I Lied

Heather Gudenkauf has done it again! With This Is How I Lied, she reminds readers why she's one of the most popular writers of domestic thrillers around. Her latest novel is full of all the twists and turns a mystery lover could want without sacrificing plausibility. Twenty-five years earlier, th ...

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You Were Always Mine

Nicole Baart’s thriller, You Were Always Mine, examines the threads of an ordinary life gone disastrously awry when choices made in secret are exposed to the harshness of daylight. Lit teacher Jessica Chamberlain is dealing with her separation from her doctor husband Evan, whose cheating and fr ...

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The Hope of Azure Springs

Rachel Fordham’s début novel, The Hope of Azure Springs, is a very tender story about an abused woman and the sheriff who becomes enamored of her. Nineteen-year-old Em Cooper has had a difficult life.  Ending up on the Orphan Train and sent west from New York with her sister, they were separa ...

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Famous

Romances featuring characters who are famous are my booknip, so I was admittedly always inclined to at least like Jenny Holiday’s Famous, the first book in her new series. There’s good news for me and for fellow fans of the set-up, because I loved this book. Ms. Holiday avoids the potential for ...

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Called Up

Jen Doyle brings us the second of her baseball-centric stories in Called Up, the story of two best friends who must deal with a host of complications when their ten-plus year old friendship suddenly takes a turn for the romantic. Max “Deke” Deacon is living the good life.  Owning a bar and m ...

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Emergency Contact

Amnesia plots aren't the hot button for me that they are for many romance readers. Yes, it is a huge cliché that is seldom done well and could stand to be used a lot less often than it is. But I've read too many books where the author manages to build a good story around the plot device to complete ...

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Nick All Night

I knew if I waited long enough I'd find a another good series romance. And I did. I have loved Cheryl St. John's Harlequin Historical titles, so when I saw her name on this book, I grabbed it. What I found was a book that praises small town life without putting down the city. It is a hymn to family, ...

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A Heart Full of Miracles

In A Heart Full of Miracles, Stephanie Mittman returns to the late 1800s Midwest. This is a setting that really plays to her strengths, and indeed this book is much better than her last two, which both departed from her usual style. While it takes a while for this book to really come together, it's ...