mistaken identity

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Take What You Want

Every damn day I search for Steals and Deals for AAR's readers. Recently, Take What You Want showed up. I remembered loving it years ago so I bought it and read it again. I don't read a lot of NA and I think good novellas are few--Take What You Want is both and, yes, I still think it's great. Ell ...

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Flirting with His Forbidden Lady

Flirting with His Forbidden Lady is the first in Laura Martin’s Ashburton Reuinion series. It’s the tale of the romance between Mr. Joshua Ashburton and his brother’s intended, Lady Elizabeth Hummingford, The forbidden love element adds much of the tension in their story, with a small myster ...

B+
Gentleman Jim

I loved everything about Mimi Matthew’s Gentleman Jim - the set-up, the principal characters, the pacing and tension, the swoony, second chance romance (le sigh) - and I was prepared to give it a DIK.  But then I read the epilogue.  Oh dear.  Ms. Matthews makes casual reference to the happy eve ...

C+
Gentleman Jim

Mimi Matthews’ Gentleman Jim reminds one of a mid-Regency The Count of Monte Cristo, featuring as it does a poor sailor’s son who assumes a fresh identity and seeks romance with the woman he’s always loved after being unjustly accused of a crime.  It’s a fairly engrossing ripper of a tale, ...

B+
Virtually Yours

Set in the near future, Sarvenaz Tash’s Virtually Yours explores virtual romance and the complications that set in when reality and fantasy collide. Mariam Vakilian isn’t the type of person to sign up for a dating service, but now that her ex, Caleb, has thrown himself out onto the market aga ...

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Desire Lines

The Welsh Blades series is darker and significantly more complex than most of the historical fare I read; its heroines are strong and powerful - far from cookie cutter in every way.  Clever, complicated and thought-provoking, each of the novels in the series has engaged my heart and mind in equal m ...

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The Five Minute Marriage

Joan Aiken is renowned for The Wolves of Willoughby Chase series and her Jane Austen sequel novels. The Five-Minute Marriage is not as well known, and so I came upon it completely by chance when a fellow blogger recommended it. The book proved to be a rather lucky find. Miss Philadelphia (Delphie ...

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The Earl Takes All

I’ve been desperate to read The Earl Takes All since I finished Falling into Bed With a Duke, the first book in Lorraine Heath’s Hellions of Havisham Hall series. Even though at that point no synopsis had been published, I had an inkling of where this story might be going – which says a lot fo ...

B
The Game and the Governess

The Game and the Governess is a very strong start to Kate Noble’s new series, wherein she takes a seemingly trite plot and turns it into a compelling story which is by turns funny, charming and poignant. The story opens upon Miss Phoebe Baker on her final day at the exclusive school where she h ...

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A Weekend with Mr. Darcy

As Jane Austen might write if she were here to see the industry her works have propagated: It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a female reader in possession of a copy of Pride and Prejudice, must be in want of a Mr. Darcy. Or so today’s publishers would have us believe. While Austen mi ...