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B+
The Virtuoso

a Retro Review originally published on October 25, 2011 Music has never really been my thing. I enjoy listening to it, but don’t have the true appreciation of it that some have. Grace Burrowes, the author of The Virtuoso, is one of those people who really understands the emotions, depth, and mea ...

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How to Catch a Duke

How to Catch a Duke is the sixth and final book in Grace Burrowes’ Rogues to Riches series about the members of the Wentworth family.  The first book – My One and Only Duke – saw a ducal title conferred upon Quinton Wentworth, a wealthy banker from extremely humble origins who grew up doing w ...

B+
Second First Impressions

Second First Impressions is the latest contemporary romance from Sally Thorne, this time following a young professional who needs to focus on more than work. Ruthie Midona is only twenty-five, and is already living like the elderly folks she caters to at her job with Providence Retirement. She li ...

D
Second First Impressions

Sigh. My first (reading) impression of this book was that it was worse than the last Sally Thorne book, 99% Mine, a book I gave a C grade to only because I so liked the best friend that I couldn't bring myself to give it a D. Thus, after reading about 25% of Second First Impressions, I put it dow ...

F
Love Me Tender

A Retro Review originally published December 12, 1998 Who wouldn't want a fairy godmother or father? Someone to make your dreams come true? Throw in a little romance and you've got the guaranteed Cinderella formula, right? Wrong. I knew from the moment I read the back cover of Love Me Tender th ...

B
Present Danger

Present Danger includes a reunion romance, but the love story takes a definite back seat to the intriguing mystery the characters need to unravel. As the first book in the Rocky Mountain Courage series, the author strives to introduce a large cast of characters spread across an expansive geographic ...

B+
What the Devil Knows

This sixteenth book in C.S Harris’ series of historical mysteries featuring aristocratic sleuth Sebastian St. Cyr is an entertaining page-turner which sees Sebastian investigating a number of particularly gruesome murders in and around London’s East End.  As always with these books, the histori ...

D
The Earl's Lady Geologist

The Earl’s Lady Geologist is the first in Alissa Baxter’s The Linfield Ladies series.  It features Cassandra Linfield, an amateur geologist who writes papers under a male pen name, and Edward, Lord Rothbury, her cousin by marriage.  Cassy happily spends her days digging for fossils along the b ...

B+
To Love and to Loathe

To Love and To Loathe is the follow-up to Martha Waters’ 2020 début historical romance, To Have and To Hoax.  Our reviewer was less than impressed with it, citing problems with the premise and immaturity of the leads, and overall, reviews were mixed. With so many other books to review on my plat ...

B
The Last One Home

The Last One Home is an interesting combination of women’s fiction and thriller that manages to keep its pace tense and its characters interesting, and its unique premise makes it worth a look even though its conclusion is a bit forgone. Influencer Lauren Abrams is returning home to the family ...