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Lord of Scoundrels

An AAR Top 100 Romance review originally published on May 15, 1997 Lord of Scoundrels held the #1 spot in our Top 100 polls in 2013, 2010, 2007, 2004, and 2000. It was #7 in our first poll, in 1998. We're about to do a new one...  One of the greatest thrills about reading, for me, is to ...

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Devil in Winter

An AAR Top 100 Romance review originally published on February 28, 2006 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 woul ...

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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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The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie (#4 on our Top 100 Romances list)

An AAR Top 100 Romance review originally published on April 18, 2009 When you’re reading a book that is a step or two – or six or seven – above the norm, you know it almost immediately. Such is the case with The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie. The characters here are so complex and so rea ...

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Outlander (#5 on our Top 100 Romances list)

An AAR Top 100 Romance review originally published on August 30, 1997 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 pac ...

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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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Dreaming of You (#8 on our Top 100 Romances list)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on September 30, 1998  He was born in a drainpipe, abandoned by his mother and raised by prostitutes until he was old enough to work as a climbing boy cleaning chimneys. He gave himself a name as he was born without one. He does not know how old he is ...

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The Viscount Who Loved Me (#9 on our Top 100 Romances list)

An AAR Top 100 Romance 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 know in real life, and when I leave this fictional world I will have been moved in some way. With The Viscount Who Loved M ...

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Romancing Mister Bridgerton (#10 on our Top 100 Romances list)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on June 7, 2002 While reading Romancing Mister Bridgerton was great fun, reviewing it is no picnic. Especially since readers at AAR expect a nicely detailed first-half of the book plot summary with every review. Well, in this case, I just can't do it ...