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A Week to be Wicked

Narrated by Carolyn Morris. Although recommended often by friends who read historical romance, I had yet to read this one and when the chance came up to review the new audio edition, I grabbed it eagerly. I’m so very glad I did, because the story is every bit as good as I’d been told. And ...

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The Countess Conspiracy

Narrated by Rosalyn Landor I read The Countess Conspiracy immediately upon its release back in December and it was easily one of my favourite books of 2013. Reading it was a highly emotional experience, however, and I had to keep taking breaks because I found it so intense. It’s clearly a book ...

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Beautiful Wreck

First things first - don’t judge this book by its cover. From the official cover, I was expecting something a bit childish - definitely with Vikings, but still childish. This is the author’s first work, after all, and it’s unusual to read a first romance that fully moves the reader. Well, cons ...

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Fangirl

The title of this book perfectly describes my relationship to writer Rainbow Rowell. I’ve now read two of her books and both have easily earned DIK reviews, and I’m thrilled to add a new auto-buy author to a very, very short list. I’m also happy to set Fangirl as the bar to which, in my opinio ...

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The Luckiest Lady in London

I’m a huge fan of Sherry Thomas’ writing, and of the way she injects a degree of grit and realism into a genre that is so often seen through rose-colored lenses and softened around the edges. Her characters are, for the most part, rich, titled and good-looking, but it’s what’s underneath the ...

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Mortal Arts

There is something about a well-done mystery that grabs the reader, regardless of whether or not you are a mystery lover. I am not a mystery lover. That being said, I love Sherlock Holmes (kind of the ultimate detective, yeah?), I love the Lady Julia series by Deanna Raybourn, and I love Laurie R. K ...

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Flowers from the Storm

Narrated by Nicholas Boulton One of the first books I read when I got back into reading romance a few years ago was Flowers From the Storm. I remember being caught up in heart pounding fear for Jervaulx as he was mistreated in the asylum; of feeling rage on his behalf. I remember being so captiva ...

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A Woman Entangled

This latest installment in Cecilia Grant’s Blackshear series is as different from the two titles that preceded it (A Lady Awakened and A Gentleman Undone) as those two books are different from each other, but is every bit as good. Nicholas is the middle Blackshear brother and has been making his ...

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Her Hesitant Heart

When I read the synopsis of this story, I thought it looked simple and sweet, and although I don't read a lot of Westerns in general, I wanted to read this one. While the romance between our two main characters could definitely be classified as sweet, I would never call this book simple. It is amazi ...

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Miss Whittier Makes a List

Have I mentioned how happy I am for indie presses, self-publishing, and the internet lately? I am. I really am. Normally, in the old days, I’d have to scour the internet for those old Carla Kelly Signet Regencies, and save up for outrageous amounts. But reprints are fantastic (especially once you ...