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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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A Wife Worth Investing in

I know when I pick up a book by Marguerite Kaye that it’s going to be something different and A Wife Worth Investing In - the second book in her Penniless Brides of Convenience Series – is no exception.  It can be read as a stand-alone but I know I am definitely going to go back and read book o ...

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Once Ghosted, Twice Shy

Whenever I read a lesbian romance novel, my heart expands by two sizes.  As a queer girl, back in my youth I used to long for books featuring heroines who liked girls the same way I did, and that the publishing industry is beginning to open up and publish more queer romance gladdens me.  Once Ghos ...

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As Good as the First Time

K.M. Jackson’s latest romance, As Good as the First Time, features a driven, practical heroine conquering past hurts when she returns to the small town where she had her young heart broken. Naturally, the boy who left her among the walking wounded has grown into a handsome, heroic single dad and w ...

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One Night at the Palace Hotel

In this Philippines-set novella, Consuelo de la Red’s night of reckoning has come. Her property tycoon boyfriend is opening the Palace Hotel, and he’ll be asking her to marry him, a bargain that exchanges his family’s money for Consuelo’s family’s old and storied name. What the boyfriend d ...

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Damaged Goods

STOP reading if you are new to the Ravenswood series.  There will be spoilers in this review. Talia Hibbert's A Girl Like Her was a unique and a refreshing change from typical contemporary romance.  While fans patiently wait for the second book in the series, the author pivots away from her p ...

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The Sins of Lord Lockwood

It’s been a decade since Liam Devaliant, the Earl of Lockwood, stepped onto the pages of Meredith Duran’s début novel, The Duke of Shadows. Handsome, charming and enigmatic, Lockwood immediately captured my attention, the mention of his mysterious four year absence from society and his obvious ...

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Snowdrift and Other Stories

Before  you accuse me of giving an 'A' to Georgette Heyer and not to her work, let me hasten to assure you that each and every one of the stories in this collection is fabulous! I smiled from the first page to the last, so delighted to be enjoying my introduction to Heyer’s short stories - I had ...

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The Pirate and I

The Pirate and I is a delightful, romantic and utterly charming novella set in between books two and three of Katharine Ashe’s current Devil’s Duke series.  Our reluctant pirate is Charlie Brittle, and his true love is Esme Astell, a perfumer whom he once knew in another - better - life.  Fans ...

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Famous

Romances featuring characters who are famous are my booknip, so I was admittedly always inclined to at least like Jenny Holiday’s Famous, the first book in her new series. There’s good news for me and for fellow fans of the set-up, because I loved this book. Ms. Holiday avoids the potential for ...