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Devil in Disguise

We were all hoping for a high grade for Devil in Disguise weren’t we?  Well, good news friends!  This longtime Kleypas fan was well pleased by the story and the romance, and I couldn’t read it fast enough.  There are some problems - instalust really isn’t my jam; I think our hero might be s ...

B+
A Scot to the Heart

I haven't read many books by Caroline Linden, but I'm rethinking that oversight after reading A Scot to the Heart. A sweet story about two middle-class people (although there is the potential of a dukedom thrown in), I enjoyed the chance to read about a dance at an oyster cellar instead of a grand b ...

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The Viking Chief’s Marriage Alliance

Reader, Viking romances are my jam.  I’m here for long-haired men with braids and beards and muscles for days, tattoos and runes, long-houses and long ships, long winters and starry night skies, cinnamon roll Chieftains, and Valkyrie-esque women.  More please.  Unfortunately, there are too few ...

B
One Thing Leads to a Lover

This is the second book in Susanna Craig’s Love and Let Spy series about jaded spies finding unexpected love. The premise of the series is that the spies' boss, General Scott, is match-making behind the scenes with his assignments. Like the first book in this series, Who’s That Earl, One Thing L ...

B+
The Christmas He Loved Her

A Retro Review originally published on October 11, 2013 My tolerance for treacle tends to be low, so it probably surprises no one when I say that small-town contemporaries tend to be a mixed bag for me. Happily for me, The Christmas He Loved Her ended up being both a wonderful read and something b ...

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My Last Duchess

My Last Duchess is a wonderful, engaging story about finding new love after heartbreak, and taking a risk on happiness instead of contentment. It is a sweet, hopeful book that shows that love comes around more than once. Lady Ophelia Astley is a respectable widow, raising her daughter alone after ...

D+
The Single Mom's Second Chance

The Single Mom’s Second Chance takes on so many topics - grief, cancer, parenting, step-parenting, second-chance romance, brother’s widow - and, quite unfortunately, fails to deliver on any of them. Widowed Roz Martin has been diagnosed with cervical cancer, and the only person she can think ...

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The Care and Feeding of Waspish Widows

Olivia Waite creates another winner in The Care and Feeding of Waspish Widows, the story of an engraver who enters into a late-in-life romance with the town beekeeper. London-based Agatha Griffin is an engraver and printer whose business is her life and whose public depends on her for accurate re ...

B
The Secrets of Love Story Bridge

The Secrets of Love Story Bridge greatly improves upon the last Phaedra Patrick novel I tried out.  Perhaps she enjoys a better mastery of the masculine perspective, or maybe this particular set of characters resonated more for her, but a sense of warmth cuts through the treacle, making it a pleasa ...

B+
The Happy Ever After Playlist

Narrated by Zachary Webber and Erin Mallon Abby Jimenez’s The Happy Ever After Playlist, both as a story and audiobook, is full of peaks and valleys. The highest of its peaks is undoubtedly the love story, and that peak rises so high above not only the story’s valleys, but all the neighboring ...