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West End Girls

Jenny Colgan has written some of my very favorite novels but sometimes a book and a reviewer just aren’t right for each other and such was the case with me and Ms. Colgan’s West End Girls. This reissue of one of her older works (from 2013) simply didn’t enamor me the way many of her newer volu ...

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Ticking the Boxes

Book two in L.J. Hayward’s Gold Coast Collage series, Ticking the Boxes is a sexy and emotional character-driven romance about two men who lives have diverged from the paths they’d had mapped out, and the importance of not closing yourself off to possibility. Sean Sale had it all worked out f ...

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The Heiress: The Revelations of Anne de Bourgh

Molly Greeley’s The Heiress: The Revelations of Anne de Bourgh, inspired by the tertiary character in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, is a pleasant enough - but not remotely revelatory - piece of historical fiction. Anne de Bourgh, daughter of the infamous Lady Catherine de Bourgh, and cou ...

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The Stormbringer

The Stormbringer is a fantasy romance set in something like a post-apocalyptic world, about a century after a tyrant named Thyran blazed a path of destruction through the land. Even as people struggle to recover from Thyran's legacy of harsh winters and roaming monsters, word comes that he is coming ...

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Foreplayer

Mia Wallace had her professional hockey dreams dashed several years back, but she’s ready to get back on the ice. With a spot on the Olympic team in her grasp, she just needs some extra oomf in her training. Enter Cal Foreman, the newest member of the Chicago Rebels, and Mia’s brother’s old fr ...

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Any Rogue Will Do

I saw Any Rogue Will Do on a “Best of 2020” list and picked it up right away. I’m so glad I did! This début novel by Bethany Bennett has everything regency fans love - wit, drama, loveable characters, steam, and romance all in an entertaining story. Lady Charlotte Wentworth’s first Londo ...

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The Bachelor Earl

The Bachelor Earl is the prequel novella to Darcy Burke’s The Untouchables series.  I have not read that series yet, but did not find it difficult to follow the story in this novella. Eugenia Aldwick, the Dowager Duchess of Kendal, decides to slowly re-enter society following two years of m ...

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Tidewater Bride

Laura Frantz’ characteristically immaculate research choices uncharacteristically falter in Tidewater Bride, about a bright matchmaker and a land baron with a secret. Selah Hopewell stands among the recently-arrived-from-England phalanx of tobacco brides who have arrived to marry the single men ...

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Unexpectedly Wed to the Officer

Although this is book two in Jenni Fletcher’s Regency Belles of Bath series, I didn’t feel I’d missed anything by not having read book one (An Unconventional Countess), as the author incorporates everything I needed to know about the events of that story into this one.  Unexpectedly Wed to th ...

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A Family for the Titanic Survivor

Lauri Robinson’s A Family for the Titanic Survivor has a decent grasp on the times and pretty good research going for it, but the reactions of two of its characters to the tragedy is incredibly implausible, and its lack of true tension works against it in the end. It’s 1912, and Irish immigra ...