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Island Queen

Island Queen is a very good novel about a very extraordinary woman that feels like a return to epic sagas about strong women persevering against the impossible popular in the 1970s – think A Woman of Independent Means or The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman. But Island Queen is based on the real ...

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Know My Name

Chanel Miller’s Know My Name is a devastating memoir. It was a must-read for me, but the pain and fear and frustration in this book is so raw and immediate that I had to wait for the right frame of mind to tackle it. Nevertheless, it’s one of the best books I’ve read this year, and the only ch ...

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The Governess Affair (#86 on AAR's Top 100 Romances)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on May 15, 2012 Perhaps my favorite novella in romance is This Wicked Gift, written and published by Ms. Milan in 2009. In it, Ms. Milan presents a hero who forces the heroine to make love with him. Things, however, are not what they seem, and in that t ...

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It Happens All the Time

In It Happens All the Time, author Amy Hatvany takes a closer look at a story we've all heard time and time again. Date/acquaintance rape is an issue that receives relatively little attention in fiction, and Ms. Hatvany has done a stellar job of drawing our attention to this very serious problem. ...

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Asking for It

As I read Louise O’Neill’s Asking For It, I had mixed feelings. I hated the story; it was not a pleasant read, and it left me feeling unsatisfied. Ironically though, the reason why I now appreciate it so much is because of how uncomfortable and angry I was while and after reading it. I knew goi ...

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Hadrian: Lord of Hope

Readers who have followed Grace Burrowes’ Lonely Lords from the beginning may recall the heroine of this book – Lady Avis Portmaine - as the sister of the heroine of the third, Ethan: Lord of Scandals. In that story, we learned that governess Alice Portman (in reality Lady Alexandra Portmaine) h ...

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Whispering Rock

It seems to me that romance readers are always worrying over the “forced seduction” book. Is it coming back? Is it really about rape? Can violent, abusive men be heroes? I loved Whispering Rock because it made those stories look shallow. Here all of the pain and suffering that someone experience ...

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Gabriel's Woman

By the time this review is posted, many Robin Schone fans will already have read Gabriel's Woman and decided how they feel about it. Before reading this book, I checked out reviews of this author's previous efforts, including posts to various lists. Some readers have loved it, others have not. Some ...

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Her Secret, His Child

In Her Secret, His Child, Paula Detmer Riggs confronts the delicate issue of date rape head-on when she brings hero Mitch Scanlon, disabled now but still potently attractive, back into Carly Alderson's life. This book earned its place on my keeper shelves because in Mitch, Riggs created a hero so po ...