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My Immortal

As a devoted fan of Erin McCarthy, it was no question I would read My Immortal even though I’m not too happy with that whole vampire thing she’s trying to pull. Now she’s going with a new angle: a darker fantasy romance that counters her humorous contemporaries and vamp books. Damien du ...

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Pleasure for Pleasure

Pleasure for Pleasure is an adorable Regency-era story, charmingly written, and although it's the final in a series about four sisters, the reader new to Eloisa James (such as I) will have no trouble following the characters or plot. Josephine Essex is the youngest of the sisters, and has rec ...

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It's a Wonderfully Sexy Life

Historical author Hope Tarr makes her contemporary debut with It's a Wonderfully Sexy Life, the third of Harlequin's Extreme Blazes. This holiday-themed tale makes a few missteps, but overall it's an enjoyable read. Baltimore cop Mandy Delinski doesn't think she has much to celebrate t ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 Bront ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...