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B+
The Dangerous Viscount

Sometimes an author manages to take a plot device I usually despise and turn it into a novel I thoroughly enjoy. In the newest book by Miranda Neville the plot device in question is the revenge plot, and what can I say? It works just fine, and the resulting romance is both moving and fun to read. ...

A
Lover Awakened

Favorite Romance Audiobook Poll Winner - First place - Favorite Paranormal Romance Audiobook 2011 Narrated by Jim Frangione Although I’m generally not a fan of vampire romance, I’ve now read (or listened to) Lover Awakened five times (a personal record). Declaring that it is a romance favo ...

B-
Lessons in French

I have been waiting, along with all the rest of Laura Kinsale’s fans, for Lessons in French for a very long time. Now, having received it and read it, I can say that it’s good, but it’s not what I was expecting and it’s not my favorite book in Kinsale’s oeuvre. Lady Callista Taillefaire ...

B
Breath of Fire

There's a lot of urban fantasy and paranormal romance out there on shelves now, but a good fantasy romance is harder to find. Readers of Breath of Fire won't find werewolves, vampires, or edgy, streetwise leads, but if you like dragons and epic, otherworldly tales, this book tells a wonderful story. ...

B+
Gentle Conquest

I miss Signet Regencies. One day when I had a hankering for a quality Regency, I did something I'd been longing to do but never got around to: I went down to the library and parked myself for three hours with an old Mary Balogh I'd never before read. By page 45 I was panicking. Was I seriously re ...

B
Under Fire

No one could say that Under Fire is realistic, elegantly written, or populated with believable characters. I’ve read books like that. Some are excellent, and some are elegant, but kind of dull. Then there’s Under Fire. Nothing is realistic, everything is over the top, and the plot could only hap ...

B
When the Duke Returns

Eloisa James is normally a hit or miss author for me, and I’m happy to say that When the Duke Returns is one of her hits. The vivacious heroine, reserved hero, and sympathetic secondary characters ratchet up a familiar plot. Isidore married Simenon, Duke of Conway, by proxy when she was twelve. ...

B+
Untouched

Untouched, Anna Campbell's sophomore effort, is a flat-out terrific book whose leading man has just landed on my short list for Favorite Hero of the year. Widow Grace Paget wakes up from a laudanum-induced sleep to find herself strapped to a table and in the company of a madman. After wandering a ...

D
Lure of the Wolf

When I picked up The Lure of the Wolf, I thought that I was in for another fun shapeshifter series. Unfortunately, I found cardboard, beefcake males who spurn clothing, and the women who have sex with them for two days straight and call it love. There was also a fantastic alternate reality world tha ...

B+
Caressed By Ice

What is it about emotionally distant men that make my inner heroine stand up and take notice? Inner masochism? Love of a challenge? Bone-deep belief in the power of love? Whatever it is, it was on high alert through Nalini Singh’s third installment in her Changeling/Psy/Human world - Caressed by I ...