Desert Isle Keeper

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Let's Talk About Love

One of my students recently asked me for some reading on asexuality - she’s thinking it’s a label she may want to own, and wanted to know if I could recommend some fiction books to help her understand it better. I couldn’t, so I headed to the direct messages of some friends and asked for their ...

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Dead Until Dark

A Retro Review originally published on May 28, 2001 An unread Dead Until Dark is a smile waiting to happen. This crossover book is appealing on a variety of levels, which makes for a very nice change. Usually, if I have a long list of things I want to point out, they generally have to do with the ...

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Cry Wolf

Cry Wolf is the fifth instalment of Charlie Adhara’s paranormal/romantic suspense Big Bad Wolf series,  and I started reading it with mixed feelings;  eagerness at the thought of another story featuring Cooper and Park, and sadness at the thought of having to say goodbye to them, because I thoug ...

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Pretty Little Wife

When you read a ton of books in a certain genre, be it romance, thrillers, or fantasy, it's easy to start feeling just a little jaded by the repetitive plots and characters that blend one into another. But then, something super special, something like Pretty Little Wife, comes along, totally renewin ...

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Prisoner of My Desire

A Retro Review originally published on June 24, 1998 Now here's a book you can't judge by its cover, or rather, by its title. Yes, it's about desire, more like ire and desire. . . The story starts with a beating, the one of a mother before the eyes of her daughter; the ultimate test of power of ...

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His Compass

His Compass – the second book in Con Riley’s His series - is a beautifully written, emotionally charged May/December love story featuring two characters we met briefly in book one, His Horizon.  That was the first book I’ve read by this author, and while I liked it, it didn’t knock my socks ...

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Find Me in Havana

Find Me in Havana is a difficult book to grade.  Startling, original, frank and powerful, it spellbinds and breaks a reader’s heart. The book tells the tale of Estelita Rodriguez, a Cuban actress whose time in the spotlight led to a supporting role in Rio Bravo and a series of Roy Rogers films ...

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The Last Garden in England

I’m an avid gardener and a lover of Historical Fiction so I was delighted to pick up The Last Garden in England. I’m happy to report it was everything I hoped it would be! The Last Garden in England tells the story of the Highbury House garden across three different time periods. The first be ...

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Write Before Christmas

I haven't read anything by Julie Hammerle before but that will definitely change as I really enjoyed the setup and romance in this fun Christmas-themed story! Write Before Christmas is the type of story that would feature in a Hallmark Holiday special and would definitely be one I'd watch. When f ...

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Our Darkest Night

Our Darkest Night - a tale of how one young Jewish woman survived and thrived in WWII Italy -  had me riveted from the first page to the last. Antonia Mazin’s  father had been a famous doctor but by Autumn of 1943 the racial laws had stripped him of that title. Now the two of them live in a g ...