Texas

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Uncommon Passion

Uncommon Passion is one of my very favorite romances. I’ve read it again and again—it’s my favorite of Calhoun’s books and has been since it was first published in 2013. It’s a virgin/rake story and, like the best of that trope, is a testament to the redemptive power of love. Rachel Hil ...

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Jane of Austin

Jane of Austin falls somewhere in the middle of a Venn Diagram of Texas, tea, and Jane Austen, and since I consider all three of those interests of mine, I thought I would give it a chance. Sadly, I found it lacking on all three fronts, too slow, and overly long with little to say. There are quotes ...

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Heaven, Texas (#52 on our Top 100 Romances List)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on March 6, 1999 Heaven, Texas is the second book in Susan Elizabeth Phillip's football series, all of which can be read independently from one another. The first book in her football series is It Had To Be You, continues with Nobody's Baby But Mine, and ...

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A Missing Peace

Arranged is a 2007 movie which focuses on the friendship between two first year teachers, one an Orthodox Jewish woman, the other Muslim. What I loved about this film is that it focused not on the politics of their situation or the religion of it, but on the fact that friendship can transcend cultur ...

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The Sleeping Night

Starcrossed lovers show up often enough in romance, but rarely with such convincing emotion as in The Sleeping Night. Barbara Samuel's tale of an interracial couple in postwar Texas takes readers through a rollercoaster of emotion as we see her characters dealing with love, loss, and poisonous bigot ...

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Hunter's Prize

I love stories about treasure hunts. It's not the money that intrigues me but the mystery and the long search for forgotten clues and mislaid information. I also love the idea of history rediscovered. In many cases it brings to light where loved ones rest and allows for a proper burial and monument. ...

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Texas Blue

Finding a husband for a girl living on a remote ranch in the late 1800s was difficult when the only men she saw with any regularity were crusty ranch hands or those already married. For three sisters in their early 20s, there just weren’t enough possible beaus to go around. Thomas cleverly tackles ...

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Rainwater

There is something about spring that is always warm and exciting and full of promise to me. But summer can go in any direction - it can be a warm and delightful season full of lazy heat, trips to the swimming pool, ice cream and baseball games. Or it can be ominously hot, full of air so heavy it alm ...

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Call Me Irresistible

Talk about your perfect day. I spent the day inside, watching big fluffy snow flakes fall from the warmth of my home, while I snuggled up on the couch with a warm blanket, a cup of coffee, and the brand new Susan Elizabeth Phillips book, Call Me Irresistible. As with all of Ms. Phillips' books, t ...

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Texas Princess

For the most part, Texas Princess is a very average story, with somewhat likable characters and a decent enough plot. The story wasn’t bad, but it didn't grab me, and I had enough negative feelings about the writing style that it pushed the book into the minus category. Tobin McMurra ...