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A Taste of Heaven

AAR started posting reviews online in January of 1996! This is one of the very first reviews we ran on January 1, 1996.    A Taste of Heaven is a wonderful mail-order bride romance, set in the fictional town of Heaven, Montana, in the 1880's. Our lovely heroine, the widowed and destitute ...

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Infamous

Though romances starring rock star heroes or heroines aren't usually on my list of favorites, I may have to make an exception after reading this latest romance by Jenny Holiday. On the strength of my enjoyment of previous stories of hers, in particular the 49th Floor series of romantic comedies, I e ...

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When Beauty Tamed the Beast (#63 on AAR's Top 100 Romances)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on February 17, 2011 In When Beauty Tamed the Beast, Eloisa James’ second fairy tale based novel, our hero is Dr. Gregory House, the TV doctor with the crotchety brilliant medical mind. OK, so our hero isn’t actually Gregory House. He’s Piers Yelve ...

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Dream a Little Dream (#82 on AAR's Top 100 Romances)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on February 23, 1999 Dream A Little Dream is my very first Susan Elizabeth Phillips. Have I been living under a rock somewhere? In a manner of speaking, I guess I have, but it's pretty comfy under here, with no controversy to speak of. Which brings me wh ...

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My Beautiful Enemy

So, here’s where I make my confession that this is my first book by Ms. Thomas. It’s a literary crime that it took me this long to pick up one of her spellbinding stories, but I’m paying my penance by devouring her back catalogue, I promise. Regarding this work, while I really liked a lot of p ...

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Broken

This is the first title by Nicola Haken that I have read, indeed I had not heard of this author until recently and I’m so glad to have discovered her. Broken is not an easy read, but it is very well written and the three-dimensional characters ensure an enjoyable and intensely emotional time for t ...

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When Everything Feels Like the Movies

When Everything Feels Like the Movies is the arresting début novel from twenty-five year old Canadian author, Raziel Reid. This is not a romance. There is the dream of love, but this is a ‘punch in the gut’ – a ‘wake-up call’, for our society. Already the winner,of the Governor General ...

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The Things We Keep

I've heard good things about the writing of Sally Hepworth, but it was not until The Things We Keep was released that I felt compelled to try one of her books for myself. Ms. Hepworth is one of those authors who transports her readers out of their own lives and into the lives of her characters. Narr ...

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Unclaimed

Courtney Milan has ruined my day. First, this book was so damn good I had to stay up to finish it, so now I’m tired. Second, it was so damn good I had to immediately write a review to tell other people how good it was, and do you know how hard it is to write a review that lives up to this book? Es ...

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After All These Years

After a car accident took at least one parent from two-year-old Curry Trent, Huck James, and Tom Winchester, the three grew up inseparable in the small South Dakota town of Gleeson. Until, that is, Curry married Huck, and both Huck and Tom went to Vietnam - but only Tom came back. Fifteen years late ...