Retro Review

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Honey Moon

originally published on March 13, 1999 I thought at first that this book was going to be about someone's honeymoon which didn't much appeal to me. But no, Honey Jane Moon, is the name of the delightful heroine of this novel. Brought up in a dilapidated South Carolina amusement park, she makes the t ...

B+
The Devil's Waltz

A Retro Review originally published on February 5, 2006 Tired of fake rakes and Sex and the City-ish young women in Regency garb? As someone who once had some degree of tolerance for wallpaper romances but who’s now had it up to here with the endless supply of “historicals” (air quotes inten ...

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Forever Blue

And in honor of Memorial Day, check out all our romances with soldiers as leads! A Retro Review originally published on October 27, 2000 I recently completed my collection of Suzanne Brockmann's Tall, Dark and Dangerous series and I've started reading them in order. Talk about a feast! Ther ...

D
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 ...

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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 ...