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Games of Command

After finishing Linnea Sinclair’s novel, I felt a strong urge to go on a marathon of Star Trek episodes. However, despite its similarities to the TV series, the plot of Games of Command is its own, a thoroughly entertaining one and toward the end, an incredibly exciting, thrilling read Long-tim ...

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The Preacher's Daughter

Cheryl St. John is keeping the flame of Western Romance alive almost single handedly and doing a wonderful job of it. Her latest, The Preacher’s Daughter, is sweet, romantic, and just plain sigh-worthy. It came thisclose to being a DIK, but fell just a tiny bit short. Can I rate it a B++? Lorab ...

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The Wedding Officer

How would I describe The Wedding Officer? In a word - beautiful. I so enjoyed this book that I wanted more of the wonderful characters and setting. Anthony Capella does an amazing job of describing wartime Italy, the seductive beauty of the Southern part of the country, the richness of Italian food, ...

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Always To Remember

I can count on one hand the number of romance novels that have ever moved me to tears. Lorraine Heath's classic Always to Remember sits at the top of that elite list, head and shoulders above the rest. In the ten years since its initial publication, it has only gained power, as its themes seem even ...

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Unleash the Night

In Kenyon’s Dark Hunter novels, there are two kinds of were-animals: the Katagaria, who are animals able to take human form at puberty, and the Arcadians, who are able to take animal form at puberty. An ancient curse has pitted these two sides against each other for centuries. There are a few area ...

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Kiss Me, Annabel

I am going to have to go back and read Much Ado About You, the first book in this series about the Essex sisters. I'll admit to being a bit lost, but only a bit. This was a sparkling book with delightful characters - both primary and secondary. There are two more Essex sisters and I will definitely ...

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A Matter of Temptation

A Matter of Temptation is the heartrending story of one man's reemergence into life after enduring years of unbelievable cruelty at the hands of his brother. While the heroine does play a part in the redemption of his tortured soul, she primarily acts as mere romantic window dressing in the life of ...

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His Secondhand Wife

In the Harlequin Historical line, Cheryl St. John is an auto-buy for me. I have read all of her books and have enjoyed them very much. She is one of the best ever at depicting wounded heroes (and heroines) and His Secondhand Wife shows just how good she can be. Noah Cutter seldom sets foot outsid ...

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Stolen Magic

With this novel, Mary Jo Putney's Guardian series gets a makeover. The books will no longer be a part of Ballantine's Romance wing, but moves to the publishing house's SF/Fantasy adjunct, Del Rey, and Mary Jo Putney becomes M. J. Putney. While the fantasy elements in the series merit the move, rest ...

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The Naked Duke

To a casual browser, The Naked Duke looks like a light Regency-era historical romance, and it does have its share of witty banter and eccentric characters. But it also hearkens back to the old fashioned bodice-ripper, especially when it comes to the villain, who is a skanky piece of evilness with ra ...