realistic parenting

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Sweep of the Blade

Sweep of the Blade is the swashbuckling conclusion to the romance of Arland and Maude, which began in One Fell Sweep, book three of the Innkeeper Chronicles.  It very much reads like the completion to their love story, so I would recommend starting the saga at its very beginning with Clean Sweep. T ...

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Sleepover

What if your insanely hot, super satisfying one-night-stand moved in next door to you? Let me add one more layer - what if your children became automatic best friends? This is exactly the situation that Elle and Sawyer find each other in in Serena Bell’s The Sleepover and is it delightful. The ...

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Unmask Me if You Can

Shana Galen’s Unmask Me if You Can reminded me of The Phantom of the Opera – minus the stalker-ish behavior of the hero, and plus a whole lot of tender romance and tropes I adore. Jasper Grantham, third son of the Marques of Strathern, had once been the most handsome man in all of England, bu ...

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Way Down Deep

Have you ever received a text from a wrong number? Have you ever sent a text to the wrong number? The resulting conversation can be hilarious or humiliating, possibly both. This book explores what could happen if a man sends a text he doesn't believe will ever be answered. Then he receives an answer ...

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The Boy is Back

Meg Cabot always makes me laugh. What distinguishes her best books from her less successful efforts is the depth of characterization behind the humor. Unfortunately, The Boy Is Back ranks among her less successful and shallower efforts. This is a story told entirely through text sources (text messag ...

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The Dark Affair

The Dark Affair is the third book in Ms. Claremont’s Mad Passions series, and features James Stanhope, Viscount Powers, who was an intriguing secondary character in the previous book in the series, Lady in Red. In fact, I found him so intriguing, that I was far more interested in him than in the h ...

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Kiss and Make Up

Divorced Rand Waddell persuades his ex-wife Kat to let him move into the basement apartment of their British Columbia house to be their children’s new nanny. He wants to prove he’s changed and win back his family; she’s skeptical and wants to avoid raising false hopes in their two kids. If it ...

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Making It Last

I don’t read short stories or novellas and avoid marriage-in-trouble books. If I’d realized this was a novella about a 14-year marriage that’s in trouble I never would have picked it for review. Sometimes ignorance truly is bliss. While definitely not what I expected, this was a powerful, touc ...

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Swept Away

I recently downloaded this 2005 release to my Kindle. Why? My original paperback is falling apart from countless readings. Yes, this book is a DIK for me and a buried treasure since I’ve seen virtually no buzz about it online. Sam Frazier and his four-year old son are heading to town when a cam ...

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Lady Sarah's Son

I don’t usually like books with cute, precociously sweet children in them. Maybe it’s because as a mother and grandmother, I know how quixotic children really are, and many novels I’ve read would have me believe children are always cute and cuddly little angels all the time. That’s why I’m ...