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Morning Glory (#25 on our Top 100 Romances List)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on March  26, 1998 So often heroes and heroines of romances are larger-than-life characters. Lords, ladies, knights, cowboys, and swashbuckling types in general. There's nothing wrong with that, we all like a little wish fulfillment and fantasy in our r ...

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Into the Woods

a DIKlassic review review originally published on February 22, 2001 I was a little doubtful when I picked up Into the Woods, because it’s based on the fairy tale “Hansel and Gretel.” Have you read it lately? “Hansel and Gretel” is about two children who are abandoned like an unwanted lit ...

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Sea Change

When looking on Amazon for information about the latest book in Ms. White’s Tradd Street series, I came across this book. I enjoy Ms. White’s “grit lit" - southern women’s fiction - and her writing is eloquent and evocative. Both aspects are present in this book, but I did have some problems ...

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The Witness

I didn't much care for the movie Country Strong starring Gwyneth Paltrow. But there is a song in that film that describes this book exactly, Timing is Everything by Garrett Hedlund. Here are the lyrics I am thinking of: You know I’ve had close calls When it could have been me I was young whe ...

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The Peach Keeper

After finishing this book, I could have easily started over at the beginning and read it again. While the characters do have love interests, the book encompasses considerably more. Ms. Allen's writing is exceptional. It has been accurately described as lyrical for she fills the pages with images of ...

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Demon Hunting in Dixie

I like funny paranormal romances, but have to draw the line at one filled with juvenile humor and penis jokes. Add in a hero who speaks like a robot and lots of sex but no romance, and the book just doesn’t work for me. If not for a cute talking dog and a flying faery cat, this book might have an ...

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Ain't She Sweet?

Like most super-successful women's fiction and romance authors, Susan Elizabeth Phillips elicits strong opinions from readers who either love or hate her distinctive style. Ain't She Sweet won't change anyone's mind. On the one hand, it will probably please most fans because the author mines previou ...

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The Bachelor Party

I'm sure that a lot of us remember the first romance book we ever read, especially that one book that changed our minds about the genre and banished the phrase "bodice-ripper" from our vocabularies. While I never was a romance snob - I was, and I blush to admit it, a series romance snob. For ...

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Between the Lines

I'm a sucker for match-making romances, so when I found Between the Lines, I thought I'd pick it up. And while it wasn't as good as I'd hoped after hearing raves about author Angela Benson, it was a nice evening's read. Our match-makers are two widowed fathers. Mathias Sanders owns a small Al ...