New Zealand

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Rock Hard

This second entry in Nalini Singh’s Rock Kiss series is a completely delightful experience in audio. While both the hero and heroine have major issues from the past, this is my “favorite funny” romance of 2015. Ms. Singh deftly intertwines the true grief and trauma experienced by the character ...

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Rise

A few months ago I did a Pandora’s Box here with Dabney about Karina Bliss’ Rise. For me, it’s a clear DIK, while for Dabney it’s a B. I liked it so much – and have actually reread it since writing the Pandora’s Box – that I thought it deserved a full review and spot in the AAR reviews ...

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A Prior Engagement

Dr. Seuss said, “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” That statement perfectly describes how I feel towards DIK reads. They are such a pleasure to experience and so difficult to put down. Nothing quite beats that special feeling of finding a truly special book. When SA ...

B+
The Man She Loves To Hate

Broken record time: Harlequin Presents are my guilty little romance reading pleasures. The independent woman in me feels a twinge of guilt over my fondness for alpha men rescuing damsels in distress and whisking them away to a glamourous life, and The Man She Loves to Hate is probably the best HP I' ...

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Here Comes the Groom

Having read a couple of other Karina Bliss romance novels, I went into this one expecting a quirky, but interesting plot peopled by a complex hero and heroine. Happily, I got exactly what I expected from this New Zealander. When they were thirty, in a bit of fun best friends Jocelyn Swann and Dan ...

B+
What the Librarian Did

Although there are few romances I've come across with a celebrity as a leading man, I find the premise an attractive one. Do I want to read about an egomaniac who is intent on being famous? Not really. But give me a male celebrity retiring from the game and I’m willing to give it a try. Devin F ...

D+
Mr. Imperfect

Mr. Imperfect took a long time to get started, but when it finally did, it moved along at a good clip. However, I never warmed up to the main characters, and sneered at the happy ending. The story is set in New Zealand - a nice change of pace - and begins with Christian Kelly crying at ...

B-
Dangerous Illusion

Dangerous Illusions has just about everything a good romantic suspense novel should: complex characters, plenty of passion, a lot of emotion, taut action sequences, manipulation, betrayals, sustained tension and a strong heroine. Unfortunately, the execution often gets in the way of the story. It's ...

B
I Am Not Esther

I find the topic of religion to be fascinating, so I’m always up for a book that includes religion as part of the plot. I Am Not Esther is a rather chilling book about a cult that allows no individual thought. Kirby Greenland has always had a chaotic life with her flaky mom. She’s used to t ...

C
Makeshift Marriage

As you might guess from the title, Makeshift Marriage is a marriage of convenience story. The writing is competent and the story is sometimes interesting, but when you come down to it, it's pretty much like every other marriage of convenience story you've already read. It's not bad, but there's noth ...