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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 ...

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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Cabin Fever

In the romance-novel industry, the word “sweet” signifies that a book has no sex scenes. In that sense, the word does not apply to Cabin Fever by Marilyn Pappano, as the characters do make love. But in every other sense of the word, this is an extremely sweet book. A sheltered Arkansas wo ...

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What A Man's Gotta Do

Last year I discovered Karen Templeton and glommed her books. I enjoyed all of them, fell in love with the town of Spruce Lake, Michigan, where most of them are set, and put her on my automatic buy list. When I began What A Man's Gotta Do, I was happy to see it takes place in Spruce Lake, and it fea ...

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Good In Bed

I picked up a copy of Good in Bed as a result of a discussion I was in about Brit Chick Lit. This book is not British, but in many other ways, it does fall into the same sub-genre. The heroine is young, urban, professional, single, and somewhat neurotic. She's also quite funny and rather endearing i ...

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The Bride and The Beast

We all know the current trend: romance author hits the big time and scores a hardcover deal. Of course we're thrilled that our favorite writer is finally garnering the attention she deserves, but secretly we cringe because we fear we've lost yet "another one" to mainstream fiction or gritty suspense ...