Marriage of convenience

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A Caribbean Heiress in Paris

Well-known contemporary romance writer Adriana Herrera pens her first historical romance with A Caribbean Heiress in Paris, the story of an marriage of convenience between two ambitious, strong-willed people seeking to gain control of their lives. Caribbean-based Dominican/Scottish heiress Luz Al ...

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To Marry and to Meddle

This third instalment in Martha Waters’ Regency Vows series is, I think, my favourite so far.  It’s a charming marriage-of-convenience romance between two characters we’ve already met – the rakishly charming and somewhat scandalous Lord Julian Belfry and the very proper Lady Emily Turner.  ...

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A Duke, the Spy, an Artist, and a Lie

The final instalment of Vanessa Riley’s Rogues and Remarkable Women series, A Duke, the Spy, an Artist and a Lie suffers from and yet thrives upon the one thing that pushes the story forward: the utter inability of the hero and heroine to sit down and tell each other the truth. It’s the weakest ...

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Marriage or Ruin for the Heiress

Lauri Robinson’s Marriage or Ruin for the Heiress is the first in her new miniseries The Osterlund Saga.  This book is set in Chicago during the Great Depression and features a hero and heroine who are both determined never to fall in love.  This is a delightful and easy read, with the tiniest b ...

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A Heiress's Guide to Deception and Desire

Manda Collins’ A Lady’s Guide series adds another chapter with the romantic historical mystery A Heiress’ Guide to Deception and Desire, which gives us Caroline and Val’s story.  The memorable heroine and fun mystery helped put this one above a C for me, but a lack of true originality holds ...

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Isn't It Bromantic?

So this is the Russian’s book. When I read the first two books in Lyssa Kay Adams’ The Bromance Book Club series, the humor involving this guy quickly wore out its welcome. I felt it was crass and narrow-minded for the only foreigner in the gang to not even have a name and to be the comic rel ...

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Winter's Orbit

I’m not usually drawn to Science Fiction/Fantasy or Space-Opera Romance but I may have to rethink that after reading Winter’s Orbit by Everina Maxwell. Kiem, Prince Royal of Iskat, has been asked to marry Count Jainen, the Thean representative to the federated empire ruled by Iskat. Jainen wa ...

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The Work of Art

What made me pick up Mimi Matthews’ The Work of Art was the simple fact that the rich, powerful duke with the dark past was the villain rather than the hero. What kept me reading, though, was a well-crafted story with a compelling hero and heroine. It has a couple of issues which I’ll mention la ...

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Rightfully His

A Retro Review originally published on June 3, 2002 Tracy Grant's newest release, Daughter of the Game, was not a keeper for me, but I did find it intriguing enough to seek out her backlist, and I'm glad that I did. Rightfully His was a most engaging read - exquisitely plotted, full of interesting ...

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White Whiskey Bargain

‘Moonshiners’ as an occupation makes me think of the 1920s and 1930s, so I was interested in White Whiskey Bargain, a book about moonshine making in the twenty-first century. Hannah Hawkins has inherited the family business - a long-running distillery - from her mother, just in time to face the ...