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C-
Crazy for You

I opened this book feeling sympathetic to the author: there's a typo in the cover quote! (Either that, or someone email me what a "sexy ramp" is.) Also, I had just watched a show about the Titanic, and was really keen to read about the tragic flapper ghost haunting an old luxury liner. Sadly, I only ...

B
Stargazer

Stargazer is a rousing space adventure set in a fascinating universe brought vividly to life. Exciting and action-packed, it's one of the most purely fun books I've read this year. Lilly is a princess from Oasis, a garden planet currently at war with the neighboring Ravigans. Raviga is a desolate ...

A-
Kinsman's Oath

Susan Krinard has again superbly demonstrated why she is one of my favorite authors. She has written a remarkable and complex universe, and a great romance too! This book absorbed and captivated me and I read most of it in one sitting. In Krinard's universe, mankind populated distant planets ( ...

B-
The Pirate Prince

Gaelen Foley's debut is an old-school romance heavy on the fairy-tale aspect as it comes complete with a handsome prince, a fair maid whose esteem he must win, and a devastated kingdom requiring his noble touch to return it to its former glory. But if The Pirate Prince is a fairy tale, it's a dark o ...

A
The Iron Rose

Attention, readers in search of an exciting historical with a lush love story: have I got a book for you! Marsha Canham hits one out of the park with this gender-bending tale of pirates, spies, and love on the high seas. At the helm of her ship the Iron Rose on what's supposed to be a short shake ...

B+
Perils of the Heart

Pity poor Evangeline Clemens. She was educated at a proper English academy where young ladies were taught "only to expect the conventional from life, and to be indignant when the extraordinary thrust itself upon them." Evangeline is headed for Boston to become a governess. Along the way, however, th ...

B+
The Storybook Hero

It is a rare Regency Romance indeed that can tackle adult issues while still maintaining the usual light, spirited Regency tone. With only a few caveats, The Storybook Hero does just that, giving me another author to add to my glom list. Octavia Hadley is penniless, and rather than foo ...

C-
The Diamond King

In general, pirate ships duke it out with harems for the Most Implausible Setting award, so it's refreshing to read a pirate romance that seems a little more in touch with reality. Unfortunately, the reality of pirate ships seems to be long stretches of tedium interrupted by short bursts of activity ...

A
Beast

Beast by Judith Ivory is one of my two all-time favorite romance books and also simply one of the best books I have ever read. When I read books or watch movies, afterwards I have a certain feel for them, a textural sensation. Beast has left me with one of the richest, most voluptuous "feels" ever. ...

A
My Love, My Enemy

A great book is a always a welcome find but one recommended by a friend is even better. My Love, My Enemy is this kind of book. When her name was first mentioned to me, I thought, "Jan Cox Speas - who"? Now I think, "Jan Cox Speas - great author"! Everything about her writing is a joy. The main char ...