Retro Review

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Home for Christmas

a Retro Review originally published on October 31, 2003 Patricia Potter's first Silhouette Intimate Moments release, Home for Christmas, didn't receive the attention it deserved when it first came out. Maybe because it was released the same month as Ruth Wind's For Christmas, Forever and Suzanne B ...

B+
The Price of Innocence

A Retro Review originally published on April 17, 1999 Susan Sizemore's book, The Price of Innocence, takes place in late Victorian London. Sherrie Hamilton is an American - a widow with an eight-year-old daughter, Minnie. She has come to London with her cousins, Faith and Daisy and her aunt Dora t ...

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Duchess for a Day

a Retro Review originally published on July 25, 1999 There are no two ways about it - Duchess for a Day is a book that defines the word "cheesy." The love scenes could be entered in the Purple Prose Parody Contest. The plot relies on contrivances like fake amnesia and an unrealistic marriage of co ...

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Masques of Gold

A Retro Review originally published on December 30, 1999 I was never much of a history student. Dry textbooks just didn't hold my interest. Because of my love for adventure, intrigue and romance, much of what I've learned about medieval England has been gleaned from historical romances. I believe ...

C+
The Captain of All Pleasures

a Retro Review originally published August 8, 2003 Nicole Lassiter and Captain Derek Sutherland are natural enemies - he hates her father and she hates him. When Nicole's father is imprisoned, she takes her father's ship to sea for the Great Circle Race in hopes of saving his business. A sabot ...

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The Wild Swan Series

A Retro Review (originally published on February 2, 1998) Celeste De Blasis was ahead of her time in her portrayal of strong romantic heroines who took control of their own lives and demanded equal footing with their men. Give Heather from (Kathleen Woodiwiss') The Flame & the Flower her due, ...

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The Color of Love

A Retro Review originally published on May 6, 1999 Could there be a more controversial topic to write about in a romance novel than this interracial romance between a white cop, Jason Horn, and an African American graphic designer, Leah Downey, who live and work in and around New York City? I doub ...

D-
To Tempt a Rogue

A Retro Review originally published June 20, 1999 To Tempt a Rogue concludes the trilogy telling the story of the Delaney brothers. Your tolerance for this book will depend on whether you can put up with roguish and distrustful heroes, silly dialogue tags, big misunderstandings, and plots that rel ...

B+
The Virtuoso

a Retro Review originally published on October 25, 2011 Music has never really been my thing. I enjoy listening to it, but don’t have the true appreciation of it that some have. Grace Burrowes, the author of The Virtuoso, is one of those people who really understands the emotions, depth, and mea ...

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Beyond Duty

Peterson fans should be delighted with her newest couple, two career Marines who are on the verge of retiring just as the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy is about to be revoked in 2011. Of all the writers of gay romance who have a handle on what love really is, Peterson outshines them all. Gunne ...