Widower

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Uncovering the Merchant's Secret

Uncovering the Merchant’s Secret is a lot more tough-minded than the last two Hobbes novels I’ve read – and a lot darker.  It’s also very entertaining, with the most fascinating heroine I’ve read about recently, and is set in a period I’ve not often come across in historical romance. Wh ...

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The Broken One

Ruth Cardello impresses with the first story in her Corisi Billionaires series, The Broken One, in which a single mom meets a lonely widower dealing poorly with a very personal tragedy. Cautious, organization-happy Heather Ellis is not having a great day.  Her four year old adopted daughter Ava ...

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Sleepover

What if your insanely hot, super satisfying one-night-stand moved in next door to you? Let me add one more layer - what if your children became automatic best friends? This is exactly the situation that Elle and Sawyer find each other in in Serena Bell’s The Sleepover and is it delightful. The ...

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Herons Landing

It’s a cause for celebration when a favorite author gifts us with a new series. Welcome to Herons Landing, the first of JoAnn Ross’s new Honeymoon Harbor series. Honeymoon Harbor is a town in the Pacific Northwest - rest assured, it’s full of stories to be told. Brianna Mannion grew up in H ...

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Dream a Little Dream (#82 on AAR's Top 100 Romances)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on February 23, 1999 Dream A Little Dream is my very first Susan Elizabeth Phillips. Have I been living under a rock somewhere? In a manner of speaking, I guess I have, but it's pretty comfy under here, with no controversy to speak of. Which brings me wh ...

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Duty and Desire

Duty and Desire is the second book in the author’s Hearts of Honour series, but can be read as a standalone. The two protagonists are both gentry fallen on hard times – so no dukes or debutantes – and the slow-burn romance between them is really well-developed and the problems they face feel q ...

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Sex: Straight Up

I'd definitely classify Sex: Straight Up as a buried treasure. Why buried? Well, the title is more than a little embarrassing. I get that it's called that because the hero's family owns a bar, but still – you read it and think that the book is just about tawdry sex. Straight up. It's not, though; ...

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Time After Time

Usually when it comes to time travel books, I'm not too picky. My father, who is an omnivorous reader, can't read time travel at all since the whole concept offends his sense of logic. I accept the premise and don't worry how the characters travel in time, but once they do, if they act like Kelly Br ...

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Dream a Little Dream

Ever put a book down with the intention of finishing it and then just letting it sit there for weeks on end until finally, you tell yourself you're gonna finish the story, no matter what? Well, that's what I did with Susan Elizabeth Phillips' Dream A Little Dream and now I'm kicking myself that I di ...