Western Canada

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Kiss and Make Up

Divorced Rand Waddell persuades his ex-wife Kat to let him move into the basement apartment of their British Columbia house to be their children’s new nanny. He wants to prove he’s changed and win back his family; she’s skeptical and wants to avoid raising false hopes in their two kids. If it ...

C-
High Passion

I don’t like oysters. No matter how well prepared a dish, if it contains oysters, I will not enjoy it. Vivian Arend’s High Passion contains an element that I dislike so completely, it tainted my opinion of the entire book. I admit it’s a personal thing that won’t apply to everyone – a lot ...

C-
The Cowboy Father

One of the best things about romance as a genre is the availability of books for a wide spectrum of reading tastes, from fundamentalist Christian to near-porn erotica. While some might say the binding thread is sex, the truth is that the binder is love, specifically the main characters’ search for ...

B
Klondike Doctor

Lovers of Western/Frontier romances sure have there work cut out for them. If you are like me and have a strong affection for this subgenre, you know the pickings are mighty slim. Thankfully, Kate Bridges seems to know a thing or two about a good historic romance not set in 19th century England. Eve ...

N/A
The Engagement

Dr. Virginia Waters was sure she was marrying the wrong brother! She wanted quiet, safe Andrew, but he had jilted her after a 6 year engagement. Andrew's brother, Inspector Zack Bullock, was a Mountie looking for a wife. A wife who would be busy with her own life and leave him alone to pursue his ca ...

B+
The Surgeon

I always love to see historical romances set in times and places I don't encounter as often those set in, for example, Regency England or the American West. Therefore, I was excited about reading a novel set among the Mounties in late 19th century Alberta. Sarah O'Neill travels all the way fr ...

D
A Convenient Proposal

The second book in C. J. Carmichael's Proposal trilogy features a love story that is neither particularly involving nor convincing, between two less-than-rational characters, alongside a much more interesting story about those two characters' struggle to save a pair of innocent children from neglect ...

C-
The Third Daughter

I'd never read an historical romance set in Canada before, so I was looking forward to reading The Third Daughter. Unfortunately, this book turned out to be a real mixed bag for me. Fox paired a likable hero who had an interesting job with a thick-skulled, overly tomboyish heroine, and those two did ...

B+
The Renegade and the Heiress

Judith Duncan - who knew? Well, a number of people, apparently, from the grades other reviewers have given her books. This is only the second book I've read by her, but at this point, she's two for two. The Renegade and the Heiress is a very good read indeed. Finn Donovan is a loner. Years ag ...

A
Streets of Fire

I picked up a copy of Streets of Fire on the recommendation of Sandi Morris, AAR's technical editor. She told me to expect a heavy read, but a good one. She was right. Sydney Foster is a successful businesswoman who has dabbled a bit in lost causes over the years. Her own history is as painful as ...