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B+
The Cuckoo's Call

Lily Morton’s The Cuckoo’s Call is a charming and heartfelt age-gap, opposites-attract romance that looks at what happens to a holiday romance after the holiday is over.  You generally know what you’re getting with a Morton book – steamy sexytimes, witty banter, engaging characters and a go ...

B+
Lizzie & Dante

Lizzie & Dante has all the elements of a great romance - a woman on vacation in Italy, a hot Italian chef with great moves in and out of the kitchen, days on the beach, and nights under the stars. But it also has one element of a great tragedy - Lizzie is sick with cancer. Lizzie Delford, a S ...

B
Eternal

Friends. Lovers. Rivals. Enemies. The ties that bind all four are strong but malleable, especially in wartime. This fact is at the heart of Eternal, a story of three young people who find themselves in three very different positions as the Nazis and Fascism storm across Europe. Elisabetta, Marco, ...

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Her Dark Lies

There are many, many books and blogs dedicated to helping you create a “killer” wedding. For the bride and groom of Her Dark Lies that doesn’t just mean designing a dress to die for and booking a location you’d commit murder for - it means an actual body count. At the beginning of the tal ...

B-
A Rogue to Remember

This historical romance début from Emily Sullivan shows promise, but despite its good points (likeable characters with great chemistry and well-written love scenes) the book is ultimately derailed by a lack of focus and clear direction, uneven pacing, nonsensical plot points and some poor editing. ...

A
Our Darkest Night

Our Darkest Night - a tale of how one young Jewish woman survived and thrived in WWII Italy -  had me riveted from the first page to the last. Antonia Mazin’s  father had been a famous doctor but by Autumn of 1943 the racial laws had stripped him of that title. Now the two of them live in a g ...

B
Princess From the Past

I often finish an ordinary-heroine, imperious billionaire/prince/etc. Harlequin Presents title and, with a roll of my eyes, think, ‘Well, that’s never going to last.’ Caitlin Crews took this reaction and made it the starting point for her second-chance romance, Princess from the Past. Betha ...

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The Hitman

A romantic comedy with a hitman hero definitely doesn't follow the norm of mafia romances, which tend to be of the 'dark romance' variety. Yet author Katrina Jackson has done a delightful job of combining a lot of humor, sexy scenes, and yes, action too, in The Hitman, the second book in The Family ...

B
Lilian and the Irresistible Duke

Virginia Heath’s Lilian and the Irresistible Duke is the final book in the multi-author Secrets of a Victorian Household series – a fact I didn’t realise until I read the author’s notes after I’d finished, so I can honestly say that it works perfectly well as a standalone!  I’m a big fa ...

B+
The Truth Behind Their Practical Marriage

This is the third Marguerite Kaye book I’ve read in 2019 and, once again, I am impressed by her mastery of story-telling. Ms. Kaye captivates her readers from the first few pages and keeps the spell going throughout the novel. In The Truth Behind Their Practical Marriage, we begin in Florence, wit ...