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Grin and Bear It

Stacy Kavanaugh is just trying to get on with her life. Hopefully just days, if not hours, away from negotiating the final property settlement with her soon-to-be-ex husband Daniel, she decides to give into his latest requests - the fondue set and pasta machine. Dealing with him or his bimbo girlfri ...

C
Ain't No Valley

Ain’t No Valley is proof that the inspirational sub-genre is expanding its horizons. Sharon Ewell Foster has little in common with Lori Wick. Her characters are more flawed, more urban, less traditional, and certainly less white bread. The bread here is thick, warm, and full flavored. Unfortunatel ...

B
Time for Love

I have always been a sucker for the old-fashioned governess-finds-love-with-her employer plot. Nothing fancy, you mind. Give me a plain governess, some kind of troubled aristocrat, a bit of forbidden love and chances are, I am a happily engaged reader (personally, I blame it all on Charlotte Brontë ...

C+
Old Boyfriends

Rexanne Becnel becomes the latest historical romance author to try her hand at contemporary women's fiction with Old Boyfriends. Part of the new Harlequin Next series fiction line for "older women" (older than 35 that is), it's a decent read, if a little too uneven for me to recommend wholeheartedly ...

B
The Perfect Rake

Anne Gracie burst upon the romance scene in 2001 with two stellar books, Tallie's Knight and The Gallant Waif. It has been three long years since she has had a new novel published, but she is back with The Perfect Rake, the first book in a new series about the Merridew sisters. After their parent ...

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He Loves Lucy

Advertising Executive Lucy Cunningham sells one of her accounts on the idea of doing a makeover of a hapless overweight woman in "real time." Little did she guess that the guinea pig would be her. When she shows up to meet her gorgeous trainer Theo Redmond looks like Malibu Ken and is training a sup ...

B
He Loves Lucy

The reality TV show craze has passed me by, I have to admit, and so I opened this book warily. A woman with self-esteem issues wants to publish her body-fat index on the Internet? She wants to get weighed on live TV? But then the hero strolled in, and oh my, he melted more than pounds. For you, Theo ...

B-
Night Play

I'm something of a sucker for Sherrilyn Kenyon. Although I don't believe this is the strongest book in Kenyon's Dark Hunter series - mainly due to confusion with her background mythology - I still had a great time reading about Vane and Bride. It was also refreshing to have a "less than perfect" her ...

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Bet Me

Jennifer Crusie's newest, Bet Me, is straight-up 100-proof women's fantasy. I think you're gonna love this one. Plump, plain, fashion-impaired Minerva Dobbs suffers one of the harshest fates of a single girl's life: she gets dumped by her boyfriend three weeks before her beautiful sister Diana's ...

B-
Table for Two

Table for Two is Dara Girad's debut novel and a promising start for a new author. The book's heroine is a plus-sized woman with lots of emotional baggage of which she remains unaware while the hero is a chef obsessed with food. Cassie Graham is a self-help guru who helps people deal with thei ...