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Never Kiss a Notorious Marquess

While this final book in Renee Ann Miller’s Infamous Lords series starts out with a strong concept, poor plot work and a childish heroine quickly ruined it.  The relationship between the hero and his siblings provide the story’s sole spot of charm in Never Kiss a Notorious Marquess. Posing a ...

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The Royal Secret

Originally published in the UK under the title The Love Letter, Lucinda Riley's The Royal Secret is finally available to US readers. It's a novel that's hard to categorize as it contains elements of romance, mystery, and a touch of historical intrigue, but whatever one chooses to call it, it's a fas ...

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Queenie

Queenie is, quite simply, the best novel I’ve read this year so far.  The publicity describes the book as Bridget Jones meets Zadie Smith, but I’d go a step farther – this is an original voice with something fresh to say about the lives of young black British women struggling to maintain thei ...

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Rogue Nights

Rogue Nights is a multi-author anthology featuring seven new novella length romances, stories of women and men fighting back against political ideologies that seek to disenfranchise women and minorities through racist and oppressive policies. It's part of the Rogue series that came about as the resu ...

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Tight Quarters

The Out of Uniform series has been a reliable favorite of mine since the first book, Off Base.  That book introduced me to the whole military sub-genre in queer romance, and I’ve been hooked ever since.  I wasn’t wild about the last couple of books though, and thought the series was losing ste ...

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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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Love and Ruin: A Novel

Martha Gellhorn had, in so many words, one hell of a life.  The daughter of a respected doctor and a well-known suffragette, she bucked social expectations and became a gutsy, daring reporter of topics that women were rarely allowed to report upon at the time, from the effects of America’s depres ...

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The Love Experiment

When the Chicago Courier’s Jackson Haley, king of hard news, is ordered to help lifestyle reporter Derelie Honeywell recreate an 'intimacy experiment,' he’s not just unamused; he’s downright hostile. But farm girl Derelie can’t bear the thought of running back to her small town a failure, so ...

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An Unnatural Vice

Spoiler alert:  If you haven’t read the first book in the Sins of the Cities trilogy, An Unseen Attraction, this review may contain spoilers. I thought the first book in the Sins of the Cities trilogy was terrific, but this one is even better.  Each book in the trilogy features a different co ...

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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 ...