second chance romance

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Princess From the Past

I often finish an ordinary-heroine, imperious billionaire/prince/etc. Harlequin Presents title and, with a roll of my eyes, think, ‘Well, that’s never going to last.’ Caitlin Crews took this reaction and made it the starting point for her second-chance romance, Princess from the Past. Betha ...

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Queen Move

As a reviewer who drops in on Twitter, Goodreads, and the lot, I’ve grown accustomed to taking rave reviews for books with a grain of salt. When I saw the buzz Queen Move was getting, I hoped it would be good, but I didn’t count on it. Well, guess what? It’s as good as everyone says. It mig ...

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One Wicked Lick from the Drummer

Ainslie Paton can always be counted on to write sexy, compelling, and unique romances and she's done it again with One Wicked Lick from the Drummer, the third story in her The One series. Mena Grady had a wild life as an older teenager, hitting the groupie circuit for popular rock groups, and hoo ...

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The Road Home

Narrated by Greg Boudreaux and Michael Ferraiuolo L.A. Witt’s The Road Home is a tender, poignant and sensual romance that combines a number of familiar tropes to produce a story that transcends all of them.  The author tackles some difficult issues - PTSD, addiction, living with chronic illne ...

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Working Stiffs : An m/m vampire charity romance anthology

Working Stiffs : An m/m vampire charity romance anthology is a collection of thirteen short stories and novellas, and proceeds from sales will go to the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.  I generally find anthologies to be a mixed bag and that’s true of Working Stif ...

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House Rules

It’s too bad that the couple in Ruby Lang’s House Rules hadn’t stayed together in the first place because their second-chance romance is a dull love story. This third standalone installment in the Uptown series features mildly sympathetic protagonists whose largely uncomplicated reunion unfold ...

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Bingo Love

A bingo hall brought Mari McCray and Hazel Johnson together as young women in 1963. Prejudice and family ultimatums pushed the two apart, but forty years later, a bingo hall brings them back together. In the meantime, however, both Hazel and Mari have married and had families. Is it too late for a s ...

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House Rules

House Rules is the third story in the Uptown series by Ruby Lang. Set in some of New York's original neighbourhoods, the houses and apartments the characters live in are as much a part of the stories as the characters themselves. I loved the first in the series, Playing House, especially the fact th ...

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Gilded Cage

Last night I finished Gilded Cage, and moments ago, I finished reading the latest batch of responses to the [email protected]:  Does Historical Romance have a quality problem?  Well, if you’re exclusively reading K.J. Charles, the answer is a resounding ‘no.’  This is an author absolutely getting his ...

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The View from Alameda island

The View from Alameda Island is a book title dear to my heart because I used to live near Mill Valley, which, in this story, is the location of Lauren Delaney’s home during her marriage. The community is a metaphor for Lauren’s stifling existence because up-market houses like hers are closed off ...