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Unguarded

Jay Hogan takes the number of books in the Vino and Veritas series into double figures with Unguarded – the story of a closeted, repressed bisexual veterinary surgeon and an ex-pat Kiwi running from an abusive relationship – and it’s the best book of the series (that I’ve read) so far.  If ...

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An Earl, the Girl and a Toddler

Vanessa Riley’s Rogues and Remarkable Women series continues apace with An Earl, a Girl and a Toddler, the heartbreaking but ultimately exhilarating story of lady’s maid Jemima St. Maur. While readers definitely remember Jemina from the first book in the series (A Duke, the Lady, and a Baby), ...

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An Affair To Remember

a Retro Review originally published on July 2, 2002 I've been a bit worried about European historicals lately. In the past year or so I've run across far too many featuring ridiculously contrived cutesy plots, heroines for whom the TSTL designation is unquestionably an understatement, and, of cour ...

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Just a Heartbeat Away

I haven't read too many début stories this year, but I heard good chatter on social media about Cara Bastone's Just a Heartbeat Away, the first full length novel in her Forever Yours series. (Technically her first book is a prequel novella to the series, When We First Met, but this is her first ful ...

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Would Like to Meet

I don’t know about y’all, but These Times have made it exceptionally difficult for books to hold my attention. There’s not even a magic formula either where I know a certain trope will work or even a certain author. So when I do find one that I struggle to put down, the feeling of “ahhhhhhhh ...

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The Secrets of Love Story Bridge

The Secrets of Love Story Bridge greatly improves upon the last Phaedra Patrick novel I tried out.  Perhaps she enjoys a better mastery of the masculine perspective, or maybe this particular set of characters resonated more for her, but a sense of warmth cuts through the treacle, making it a pleasa ...

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The Family We Make

Dan Wingreen’s The Family We Make is a charming, funny and incredibly touching contemporary romance featuring a single dad with a teenaged son and a guy who feels as though he’s lost his way in life.  It’s well-written and sharply observed, with brilliantly drawn relationships, a teenager who ...

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Love Hard

Love Hard is the third book in the Hard Play series, a fact you can’t miss because the book opens by narrating the wedding of previous characters - for EIGHT CHAPTERS. Eventually, you’ll get to the actual plot of this book, and it’s quite nice, but it takes way too long to get there. As a t ...

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Love Hard

Sexy ‘enemies-to-lovers’ romance Love Hard is book three in Nalini Singh’s Hard Play series. This tender love story is thoroughly satisfying from its amusing chapter titles down to the hero’s amply-filled boxer briefs. When Jacob ‘Jake’ Esera’s high school sweetheart died, he lost h ...

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Her Homecoming Wish

Her Homecoming Wish is a beautiful surprise of a novel, a small-town romance with a sense of humor drawn exquisitely from life. Mackenzie (Mack) Wallace is living in flux.  Having left her marriage, cheating husband and home in the snooty town of Glenfadden, Connecticut, she’s returned to her ...