Retro Review

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Dead Until Dark

A Retro Review originally published on May 28, 2001 An unread Dead Until Dark is a smile waiting to happen. This crossover book is appealing on a variety of levels, which makes for a very nice change. Usually, if I have a long list of things I want to point out, they generally have to do with the ...

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Prisoner of My Desire

A Retro Review originally published on June 24, 1998 Now here's a book you can't judge by its cover, or rather, by its title. Yes, it's about desire, more like ire and desire. . . The story starts with a beating, the one of a mother before the eyes of her daughter; the ultimate test of power of ...

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Say You Love Me

A Retro Review originally published on November 1, 1996 If you're looking for a great Johanna Lindsey to read, look no farther. . .than your keeper shelf and re-read one of her older releases. Because Say You Love Me is not a keeper and will not be joining those other treasured Lindsey's in your c ...

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Lion's Legacy

A Retro Review originally published on February 1, 1996 Lion's Legacy is the fitting finale to a Scottish medieval trilogy written by Suzanne Barclay. This book is a quick, but exciting romance that sets treachery and betrayal against the wildness and isolation of Scotland. Set in the 1300's ...

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The Wedding Night

A Retro Review originally published on April 23, 1999 One of the great things about being a reviewer is that every once in awhile you read a book that makes you think, "My God, what a fantastic book!" I am happy to say that The Wedding Night made me think just that. The year is 1858 and Mairey ...

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The Sandalwood Princess

A Retro Review originally published on July 5, 2012 The Amazon synopsis for this 1990 book quotes the Library Journal review, which made me laugh: “This book is only for hardcore romance readers.” Presumably this means that the only thing this book has to offer is a tear-inducing, heart-tuggin ...

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Honey

My best read of 2020 thus far comes off like a highlights list of AAR’s recent reviews and tags. Sports romance? Got it. Diverse couple? That too. Feminist heroine desperate to succeed at something bigger than herself? All right here. Plus, Stef Ann Holm’s Honey isn’t just any sports romance, ...

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Radiance

A Retro Review originally published on September 10, 2015 This is easily my favorite book of 2015. What makes it absolutely perfect to me are the likable, intelligent characters, the superb handling of the subject matter and the excellent writing.Most people I have recommended it to have loved it ...

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Be My Baby

A Retro Review originally published on February 23, 1999   And to think I almost put this book down because one of Beau Dupree's first lines is: "The minute Jose Lee's out the door though, I'm picking it up right where I left off. First thing I'm going to do is find me a little blond with ...

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Sinful Pleasures

I'm a sucker for tortured heroes and heroines, as well as rich, even intense, historicals, so Mary Reed McCall's latest novel was a must-read for me. Her tale of love and healing set against the violent dissolution of the Templars is absolutely beautiful. There were a few minor irritants that kept i ...