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The Bachelor List

The Bachelor List is the first in a trilogy focusing on three sisters living in early 1900’s England. In this installment Constance Duncan holds center stage, in a romance that pits her feminist sensibilities against those of Max Ensor, a politician who believes women should stay at home - barefoo ...

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Night Swimming

Laura Moore's Night Swimming is a fleshed-out retelling of the Ugly Duckling story, in which the metamorphosing swan must now face its final challenge, the ultimate test of whether its transformation goes more than skin deep. It's a truly exceptional tale, comprised of breath-stealing romance, a mys ...

A
French Leave

With French Leave, Sheri Cobb South wins, places and shows. She makes the hat trick, achieves the trifecta, threepeats. This book brings her Weaver trilogy to a delightful close, and I was charmed from the very first word. Lord Waverly (the villain in The Weaver Takes A Wife) has fallen on ha ...

B
Halfway to Heaven

Halfway to Heaven is a book I’ll not soon forget, not only because it was a good book, but because of the circumstances under which I read it. I read it during a time of national tragedy, when I was stuck in another state, without my family. When I couldn’t watch the news anymore, I took refuge ...

B
A Scandalous Affair

I don’t know about you, but I’ve read way too many contemporary romances featuring virginal or sexually-unawakened heroines in their 30s. I’ve also read too many romances that either ignore race entirely or try to present all possible sides of the issue, robbing it of its power. Donna Hill has ...

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Sweet Talking Man

Nineteenth century New York was a place with as much decadence and grandeur as Regency London. It also had a host of recognizable settings and lots of famous characters to play walk-on roles. Betina Krahn's Sweet Talking Man makes good use of this richness, taking readers everywhere from an upscale ...

A
Welcome To Temptation

I'd never read a book by Jennifer Crusie, and I'm always nervous about picking up a book by an author everyone loves. In this case, I need not have worried. Her new hardcover, Welcome To Temptation, is sexy, intelligent, unexpectedly moving, and Crusie is a heck of a good writer. Her descriptions ar ...

B
First Lady

This is the type of story I would be afraid to pick up if it didn't have the name Susan Elizabeth Phillips on the cover, because there aren't many authors out there that could get me to suspend my disbelief long enough to read a romance about the First Lady. For one thing, those of us who were born ...

B+
A Stranger's Wife

I don't much care for Westerns. I picked up A Stranger's Wife on the recommendations I'd heard from others, deciding to give it a try despite the setting. I'm very glad I did, and what's more, I can't wait to read more of Maggie Osborne's work. A Stranger's Wife is the story of Lily Dale, a woman ...

F
Heart's Desire

It's still early yet, but Heart's Desire already has my vote for worst read of the year. The lead characters behave abominably toward each other, the heroine's introduction to the hero made me laugh out loud, and the author threw in so many catastrophes, it seemed like a parody of the worst soap ope ...