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When He Was Wicked

To celebrate the arrival of Netflix's Bridgerton, AAR is running, in reading order, our reviews of the original nine books in the series. (originally published on July 13, 2004) Julia Quinn delivers another winner in the sixth addition to the Bridgerton series. Francesca and Michael’s story is ...

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An Offer From a Gentleman

To celebrate the arrival of Netflix's Bridgerton, AAR is running, in reading order, our reviews of the original nine books in the series. originally published on June 8, 2001 I've said it before: I'm a sucker for Cinderella stories. An Offer From a Gentleman definitely takes its inspiration from C ...

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The Viscount Who Loved Me

To celebrate the arrival of Netflix's Bridgerton, AAR is running, in reading order, our reviews of the original nine books in the series. (originally published on December 8, 2000) If an author has done her job, I will be swept away into another world and introduced to people I would like to kno ...

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The Wall of Winnipeg and Me

One of my favorite things about the Top 100 Romances reader poll is all of the suggestions that come in. When I first started reading romance it was my go-to place to find the most beloved books in the genre, and I continue to look forward to it as a chance to hear from our many readers about curren ...

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Devil in Winter

Let me begin by stating that Sebastian, Lord St. Vincent, wins the award in my book for most anticipated future hero. As I finished reading It Happened One Autumn, I was stunned to discover that extreme bad boy Sebastian would be featured as the hero in its sequel and I must admit that I was enthral ...

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Pride and Prejudice (#3 on our Top 100 Romances list)

An AAR Top 100 Romance review originally published on December 18, 2000 Blythe: Few people who knew me in high school would have guessed how much I loved Pride and Prejudice. The image I cultivated was more sarcastic and smart alecky than romantic, and I definitely preferred jeans to prom dresses ...

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Outlander

Calling Outlander a time travel romance is like calling a Dove Bar ice cream on a stick. Mere labels can't possibly prepare you for the totally engrossing and sensual experience of either one. If you are ready for 850 pages packed with action, sex, life and death, then take the plunge. But then be p ...

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Flowers From the Storm (#6 on our Top 100 Romances list)

An AAR Top 100 Romance review originally published on April 07, 1999  If you want to read a book that comes as close to perfection as any historical romance, then pick up Flowers from the Storm. The story, the language, the emotional intensity: this book has everything. It's Laura Kinsale at the ...

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Slightly Dangerous (#7 on our Top 100 Romances list)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on May 22, 2004  To put my assessment of this book in perspective, I haven't loved every book ever written by Mary Balogh and I've found the Slightly series to be more uneven than it seems many readers did. With that said, though, I most assuredly do l ...

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Mr. Impossible (#12 on our Top 100 Romances list)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on February 16, 2005 While last year's Miss Wonderful was an appropriately wonderful book, I have to admit that it felt somewhat mannered to me - almost as if the author kept a deliberate distance between herself and her characters. I learned a great dea ...