Troubled Relationship

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An Infamous Marriage

Susanna Fraser's An Infamous Marriage has a not-unusual marriage of convenience premise, but what I really liked about this book was that at least a third of it is taken up with showing us what life is like for the protagonists after they have made a go of their marriage and admitted their love for ...

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Men of Valor: His Treasure

Set in South-Eastern Nigeria before the colonization by the British, His Treasure is an excellent story of yearning and what marriage means to a proud man and woman. Adaku is the pampered daughter of an indulgent father, used to getting her way in things through a combination of guile and tantrum ...

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Rend

I tend to either wildly love Roan Parrish’s books or dislike them intensely, and Rend, my friends, falls squarely in the ‘wildly love’ category.  Although much of its subject matter is somber and heavy, the author deftly balances the darkness with a passionate romance that’s heartbreakingly ...

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On Hart's Boardwalk

Samantha Young returns to one of her most beloved couples, Nate and Liv of Before  Jamaica Lane, and dares to ask: what happens after happily ever after proves a little less charming than you thought it would be? Ten years after their marriage and fourteen after becoming a couple, Nate and Olivi ...

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Not Quite a Husband (#14 on our Top 100 Romances list)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on June 12, 2009 If you want to read Sherry Thomas's third novel, Not Quite a Husband, choose a moment when you have some time to yourself, because this is a book not so much to devour, but to savor at leisure, like a glass of excellent wine. A short ...

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The Sins of Lord Lockwood

It’s been a decade since Liam Devaliant, the Earl of Lockwood, stepped onto the pages of Meredith Duran’s début novel, The Duke of Shadows. Handsome, charming and enigmatic, Lockwood immediately captured my attention, the mention of his mysterious four year absence from society and his obvious ...

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A Midnight Feast

After months of watching NASA videos on YouTube of shuttle launches and various spacecrafts and astronaut interviews and the movie Hidden Figures, this sixth book in the Fly Me to the Moon series fell on fertile imagination and I loved it. Former World War II pilot Mitch Dunsford loves his job as ...

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Love in a Sandstorm

Pine Harbour, Ontario is the fictional setting for a small town contemporary romance series by indie author Zoe York. Some romances in this kind of setting veer into stereotypical territory – think gossipy neighbors, the coffee crowd at the local diner, high school sweethearts, etc.. This author h ...

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Enlightened

Note:  The books in the Enlightenment trilogy build on each other.  To understand the relationship between the principals and to avoid spoilers in this review, you should read Provoked and Beguiled first. Enlightened is the last book in the Enlightenment trilogy and the strongest. Unlike the pr ...

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The Day of the Duchess

Sarah MacLean concludes her Scandal and Scoundrels series with The Day of the Duchess, the book many of us have been eagerly anticipating since Sophie, youngest of the scandalous Talbot sisters, pushed Malcolm Bevingstoke, Duke of Haven, into an ornamental fish pond in book one, The Rogue Not Taken. ...