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Anything For His Children

2002 has not been a good year for me when it comes to series romances. I have been cowboyed, secret babied and sheiked to the point where even my easy going self is about to scream "enough already!" One day at the used bookstore, I went on an extended browse and settled on Karen Templeton's Anything ...

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Julie and Romeo

Julie and Romeo is simply a heart-warmer of a tale. Loosely based on the classic Romeo and Juliet, it has a happy ending and enough interesting twists for those who like something different in a romance. Julie Roseman is a sixty-year-old divorcee who owns a failing family flower business. Her ...

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Romeo and Julia

Romeo & Julia is the antithesis of the “sweet savage romance,” which is why I enjoyed it as much as I did. There’s not a lot of ugly, melodramatic conflict. There’s no overwhelming “I hate you, but I lust after you anyway” passion. Instead, there’s a hero who’s quite a bit younge ...

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The Bachelor Party

I'm sure that a lot of us remember the first romance book we ever read, especially that one book that changed our minds about the genre and banished the phrase "bodice-ripper" from our vocabularies. While I never was a romance snob - I was, and I blush to admit it, a series romance snob. For ...

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One Christmas Knight

I not only love to read, I live to read. I'll have to admit that a lot of the books I read go past me leaving me with just a pleasant feeling. Sometimes though, I read a book that activates my sense of wonder and stays with me for a long time. One Christmas Knight is one of those books. It tells a s ...