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Salt Magic Skin Magic

This book.  Oh my goodness.  I was bewitched and captivated from the first page to the last, and I barely took any breaks in between.  Magical.  Romantic.  Suspenseful.  Mysterious.  Sexy.  It’s all of those things and a tremendously engaging story.  It’s also Ms. Welch’s first full-l ...

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Spinning Silver

Spinning Silver is a lush, richly imagined, gloriously magical fantasy novel that takes its inspiration from Russian and Jewish folklore. A story full of adventure, wit, dangerous fey and clever queens, it is everything, EVERYTHING that a fairy tale for adults should be. Irina is the plain daught ...

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Highland Dragon Warrior

Paranormal plus historical. Yeah, I wasn’t sure what to think either, but I couldn’t resist the lure. Isabel Cooper creates a historical world based in fantasy with the elements of a more contemporary paranormal and kept me entertained for over 300 pages with it. It’s the fourteenth century ...

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Preacher, Prophet, Beast

Preacher, Prophet, Beast is the seventh in Harper Fox’s wonderful Tyack and Frayne series of mysteries set in Cornwall, and it may be the best - or is it? Every time I finish a book in this series I say, ‘Oh, that was the best one’. I suspect every reader will have their favourite. We find ...

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Moonshadow

Thea Harrison spins her Elder Races series off into a new direction with the release of Moonshadow, book one in a self-titled series.  Expanding on the world building of the previous series and using European myths and legends as inspiration, Moonshadow finds renewed energy in an action packed stor ...

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Unmasking Miss Appleby

It’s no secret that my least favourite trope is the one in which the heroine passes herself off as a man.  I find it too difficult to believe that nobody would notice she wasn’t one, even within the idealised setting of a romantic novel.  That’s not to say that some authors haven’t managed ...

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A Promise of Fire

You know when you start a book, get about 25% into it and your spine starts to tingle and you KNOW it’s going to be big because it has already sucked you in to the point that you are oblivious to all of your surroundings?  Yeah…début author Amanda Bouchet did that to me with her first publishe ...

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The Cottage on Pumpkin and Vine (Anthology)

They say never judge a book by its cover, but the cover is why I picked out The Cottage on Pumpkin and Vine. I love all things autumnal, and I can’t recall seeing another romance that focuses around Halloween. This collection of three novellas centers around Rose Cottage Bed and Breakfast and its ...

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A Promise of Fire

Raise your hand if you’ve been looking for a new fantasy series to start. Keep it raised if you’ve been waiting quite a while. I don’t know about you, but I feel like fantasy romance, with a few notable exceptions, has been a bit slow to develop, unlike some of the more recently popular contem ...

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Carry On

How dare this book make me love it so much? It had a slow start, and the premise seemed a bit like Harry Potter fan fiction, so I was all ready to toss it aside and give up. I am so glad I didn’t. Rowell’s first foray into fantasy has all of the heart and awkwardness that I love about her contem ...