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B+
One Reckless Summer

One Reckless Summer is the first in a series set in Destiny, a fictional small town in Ohio. It’s a lovely combination of sexy, fun, and heartbreak, and I look forward to checking out more books by this author. Jenny Tolliver has always been a good girl. She’s never broken the rules, she’s ...

B
When Love Blooms

One of the reasons I don’t always like inspirationals is that the spiritual element seems forced, inauthentic, or overdone. In When Love Blooms by Robin Lee Hatcher, this wasn’t the case at all. The religious tones of the book are actually at times more believable than the romance. Emily Harr ...

B
Too Good to be True

Shortly after Kristan Higgins debuted as a writer, I found her first novel at a book sale at my local library. The cover was cute, the description was cute, and - best part - it was only fifty cents. I felt like I found gold, though, when I read it. Since then I’ve felt a type of responsibility to ...

C
The Night Villa

When I was a child, a friend's mother decided that we had insufficient exposure to "culture" and she set out to remedy this deficiency. We spent many Saturday mornings being marched off to well-intentioned poetry readings, lectures, and art openings in my hometown. I remember endless cheaply tiled r ...

A-
Beyond a Wicked Kiss

Because of the good buzz surrounding Jo Goodman (particularly after her showing in this year's annual reader poll, I decided to try one of her books. Whenever I first explore a new author, I go to the safest source I know for books: My mom’s closet. I know I can find something there by almost any ...

A-
Snowbound

Janice Kay Johnson is one of my few auto-buy category romance writers. Snowbound not only reinforces her status, it moves the book to the top of my list for the author. The book begins with a vivid, terrifying drive through the Cascade Mountains. Fiona MacPherson, a teacher at a private high ...

B+
Unfinished Business

The hero and heroine of Unfinished Business couldn’t be more different: black and white, bleeding-heart liberal and ultra-conservative, urban and rural, peace activist and war hero. I admit that some personal politics made me wary of the book, as I didn’t see myself liking the hero. Erica Joh ...

B-
Redemption

Sometimes I'm just in the mood for a good tearjerker - a romance that is touching and emotional and shows how powerfully love can change someone's life. Redemption is that kind of book. The plot has its rough spots, but the romance is ultimately very sweet and well worth the time spent reading. ...

A
Miss Chartley's Guided Tour

A young woman, left at the altar by her vanished fiancé, is forced to become a teacher when her family suffers a major financial loss. Years later, while traveling to another position, she meets up with her ex-betrothed, now a nobleman. Does this sound like any number of Regency romances you've rea ...

B-
A Family Christmas

A Family Christmas is one of the better series romances I've read this year. You won't find spies, cowboys, or babies here, though there is a child, and it's set in a small town. It's not glamorous or fast-paced, but it fits the bill if you're looking for romance between two ordinary people. ...