New York City

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Pas de Deux: A Dance for Two

Mina Allende, the world’s fourth highest paid ballerina, needs a new challenge after her triumphant run as Giselle. She accepts Zack Coen’s offer to co-star alongside him as Camille, the tragic courtesan of his directorial début, dance-centered musical The Lady in Red. Facing a mad rush to perf ...

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Not Our Kind

It was a dark and stormy night. Well, not really. It is however a rainy morning when our heroines meet. Eleanor Moskowitz is on the way to a job interview, frustrated by how her cab is stuck in traffic as the minutes tick away, when the impact occurs. The blow to the back of the cab pushes her into ...

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Severance

Severance is the hotly anticipated end of days tale by newbie author Ling Ma. It’s a provocative look at the future which shows the dangers of getting caught in a meaningless present and being obsessed with a sentimental view of the past. This story shifts back and forth in time between chapter ...

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A Daring Venture

Fabulous historical tales can be hard to come by which is why I treasure the work of Elizabeth Camden. Able to combine real history with sweet romance, she is a master of her craft. Her latest novel, A Daring Venture, continues the story of the history of clean water in New York begun in A Dangerous ...

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Truly

Ruthie Knox is my latest binge author, and her hot, honest contemporaries are consistent pleasers. After the world’s most disappointing marriage proposal, May Fredericks walks away from her NFL quarterback boyfriend (leaving her shrimp fork in the back of his non-passing hand). Unfortunately, a mu ...

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Temporary

Temporary is the first collaboration between authors Sarina Bowen and Sarah Mayberry and I enjoyed every bit of it.  The co-authors find a perfect balance of plot, romance and sex, and I read it from start to finish in one afternoon.  I liked the characters, their backstories, the plot twist that ...

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Daughters of a Nation: A Black Suffragette Historical Romance Anthology

I truly enjoy historical novels where I’m not only entertained by a well-written story, but I also learn about a part of history of which I had no prior knowledge. So I really appreciated seeing a bibliography at the end of three of the stories in this anthology – a welcome first, because I’m ...

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Magnate

I read and enjoyed Joanna Shupe’s first historical romance, The Courtesan Duchess, and in my review, said that while it wasn’t without flaws, it was one of the strongest débuts I’d read in a while. I read or listened to the two books that followed it (The Harlot Countess and The Lady Hellion, ...

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Just Surrender

There’s a telling exchange between Edie Higgins and Tyler Hart — the heroine and hero of Ms. O’Reilly’s latest Harlequin Blaze novel Just Surrender — when the two first meet. Edie, moonlighting for a night as a New York cabbie, picks up Tyler from JFK and takes him the very long way into t ...

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Chasing Stanley

I picked up Deirdre Martin’s first hockey-related book simply because it was hockey-related. There's not a whole lot of recourse for Canadian ex-pats in the land of eternal sunshine (Australia). So combining two of my great loves - hockey and romance novels - together in one cutely-covered package ...