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The Duchess War

Narrated by Rosalyn Landor To start with, I’d like to thank both Ms. Milan and Ms. Landor for a wonderful audio experience. I laughed and I cried – the story was superb, the characters engaging and well-drawn, and the performance exceeded my expectations. Ms. Landor is always excellent, but h ...

B-
Once Upon a Tower

If you like Lord of Scoundrels or the Julia Quinn Bridgerton novels, you are going to like Once Upon a Tower. But if, like me, you’re not a huge fan of those books, then you won’t like this one either. It starts out strong, cruising towards B+ or even DIK territory before everything unravels, an ...

B
Heart of Obsidian

Do you like your heroes dark, dangerous and difficult to know? Does your dream of love include an intense relationship between two people, one in which there is no room for another, into which the world dare not intrude? If so, this novel may just be what you have been looking for. Sahara Kyriaku ...

B+
The Duchess War

It's not uncommon for me to take some time to get around to reading an author everyone else has been enjoying for some time. Our reviewers request their books early, and rather than pulling rank I tend to let others go ahead. So no, I haven't been living under a rock, but yes, this is the first time ...

B
Desperately Seeking Shapeshifter

The second book in the Midnight Liaisions series revolving around a dating service for shapeshifters charmed me. And in a shocking turn of events, made me long for a were-bear of my very own. In this world, nearly all shifters belong to a pack consisting of creatures of their own kind. Sara Ward ...

B-
On the Island

As I read On the Island, I found myself growing ever more addicted to the story. This teacher-student romance set on a desert island is one of those books that really shouldn't work. Yet, it does. It really does. Though not without flaws, there's just something about this book that makes for fun, co ...

B-
Thief of Shadows

Thief of Shadows is the fourth book in Ms. Hoyt’s Maiden Lane series. Three of the books, including this one, feature siblings who run the Home for Unfortunate Infants and Foundling Children in the London slum of St. Giles. The hero of this book, Winter Makepeace, is by day a grave, severe man sob ...

B+
If I Fall

Thisclose. That’s how close this extraordinary book came to DIK status. Sarah Forrester is beautifully flawed and wonderfully real; there were times I wanted to pull her ears, and times I wanted to hug her and tell her I’d still be her friend. I’ve complained about cookie-cutter, annoyingly pe ...

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Pleasure Me

Monica Burns' latest is an excellent read about two characters with problems that have been intensified by the cruelty of those around them. I greatly enjoyed this character and dialogue-driven novel and was certainly able to sympathize with the main characters as well as share in their triumph of f ...

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In Pursuit of the Green Lion

There are defining texts in many of romance’s subgenres for me: Novels that may be among the first I read in a subgenre, but, more important, encompass for me all that is fascinating about the subgenre. For historical novels (or romances) set in the Middle Ages, among these texts are the Margaret ...