road romance

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Jaran

"Jane Austen meets Genghis Khan on the set of Lawrence of Arabia." - that's how author Kate Elliott sums up Jaran. It's an apt description for a rich tapestry of a novel filled with adventure, romance, and clashing cultures, all combined with a certain comedy of manners sensibility about which I bel ...

C+
Derik's Bane

If you asked who the breakout star of 2004 was for me, I'd say MaryJanice Davidson. And if you asked me which book was the biggest disappointment, I'd tell you it was Derik's Bane. When I read Undead and Unwed I raved. The book was funny and witty and fresh. Same went, to a slightly lesser extent, f ...

B-
The Scarlet Empress

Susan Grant's The Scarlet Empress is a brisk pageturner with a fast-moving storyline and likable characters. But while it's an entertaining read, it's also a less satisfying conclusion to the 2176 saga than it might have been. Grant, the creative force behind this mini-series, kicked things o ...

B+
Must Have Been the Moonlight

Lawrence of Arabia meets Sylvia Pankhurst? Though this is the Victorian rather than the Edwardian era, the idea of a be-robed English soldier and fiery suffragist falling in love in Egypt is undoubtedly an intriguing one, and one ably executed by Melody Thomas. Brianna Donally, a photographer, an ...

B
At Twilight

I've read so many disappointing westerns lately that I am almost afraid to pick them up. But At Twilight's back cover copy sounded intriguing, so I gave it a shot - and I'm glad I did. It's easily the best western I've read in the last couple of years. Slow paced and thoughtful, it's a great charact ...

C
Calico Queen

Self-published books can sometimes provide an interesting reading experience since the author herself is usually investing both her time and money into a book born simply out of her love for the story. It's obvious in Calico Queen that her love of writing and fascination with the people and settings ...

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She Went All The Way

If you're looking for a book to jump-start your reading during these gray January days, look no further. She Went All the Way is a fast, funny, sexy, romantic ride. I'll admit right off the bat that I'm a sucker for those Hollywood romances. And, even though I've polished off quite a few of them ...

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Prairie Moon

How far would a man go for honor? What if the last words to your husband were said in anger? How do you reveal a secret that will shatter a person's life? In asking these questions this romance created more heart and soul than I found in any other romance this year. There were no extraneous subplots ...

B+
The Wedding Journey

The Wedding Journey is a rather whimsical title for a book that so clearly juxtaposes humanity's potential for both great good and terrible evil. A more accurate, if less appealing, title would be Retreat Into Hell. That would better convey what these characters have to confront and overcome. Eli ...

B+
The Renegade and the Heiress

Judith Duncan - who knew? Well, a number of people, apparently, from the grades other reviewers have given her books. This is only the second book I've read by her, but at this point, she's two for two. The Renegade and the Heiress is a very good read indeed. Finn Donovan is a loner. Years ag ...