Pandora's Box

B-
While the Duke Was Sleeping

AAR staffers Emily Wittmann and Sara Elliott were excited to discuss and share their thoughts on Sophie Jordan's While the Duke Was Sleeping, the first in her new Rogue Files series.  If you've read it, then we'd love to know what you thought of the book, too! Poppy Fairchurch is in love wit ...

B-
Just Kiss Me

Rachel Gibson an author whose books I come back to again and again.  She is at the top of my go-to list for contemporary romances and on stand-by when I need a good comfort read.  But I've been a little disappointed in her last few books.  They seemed to lack that certain lagniappe or a little ...

B-
Sheikh's Mail Order Bride

Today, AAR reviewers Maggie Boyd and Caz Owens discuss The Sheikh’s Mail Order Bride, the second book in Marguerite Kaye’s Hot Arabian Nights series. Here is Maggie’s summary of the novel: Constance Montgomery is a dutiful daughter. When her family encounters severe financial trouble, sh ...

B
Falling for Mister Wrong

This book is nominated for a 2016 RITA. The lighthearted look at the reality of romance continues in Falling for Mister Wrong. Filming of the latest season of Marrying Mister Perfect has just wrapped and the winning suitorette Caitlyn Gregg is trying to lay low back in her home town until the ser ...

A
A Court of Thorns and Roses

Dabney: Haley picked Sarah Maas's Court of Thorns and Roses for her best Romance Novel of 2015. Here's what she said about the book: This is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, or perhaps East of the Sun West of the Moon, set in a world where humans live precariously alongside dangerous fae. The w ...

B+
Maybe This Christmas

Sarah Morgan's Maybe This Christmas is the third in her O'Neil Brothers series. The first two (Sleigh Bells in the Snow and Suddenly Last Summer) received a B+ and an A- here at AAR. Today Dabney and Haley discuss the novel. Haley: So, Dabney, I'm excited to discuss this book because Sarah M ...

C+
A Highlander Never Surrenders

A Highlander Never Surrenders frustrated me. At times it bored me, at others, particularly when the author explores the historical backdrop of Scotland in the 1650s, I was intrigued. The primary romance didn't really work, but a secondary one did. Scottish rebel Claire Stuart has two goals: to sa ...

A-
Laird of the Mist

I’m definitely for new spins on the old romance formula, something to shake up the genre. But I can’t help but feel all warm and fuzzy inside when an author comes along with an old fashioned love story. Add a great plot, just enough historical detail, and a lovable cast of characters...well (sig ...

D+
Lady Merry's Dashing Champion

I love romances set during the Restoration - the bawdy court of Charles II, The Plague, The Great London Fire - there is lots of scope for the imagination in this too-rarely used historical period, and Westin has obviously done her research. However, she also has improbable and annoying leads intera ...

C+
The Vagabond Duchess

Temperance Challinor is a tradeswoman who inherited her linen draper business from her father. The Plague has been bad for business, but in 1666, things are beginning to look up. Just in time for the Great London Fire. Temperance meets John Bow, a poet and troubadour, who is singing in a tave ...