Pandora's Box

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Like a Love Song

I read Like a Love Song from cover to cover and I am still not completely sure what it is about. It’s certainly not a love story; it’s kind of about baking; it’s sort of a coming-of-age story, but is not fully any of those. Let me explain. When we first meet Maahi, she’s a depressed unive ...

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The Edge of the Blade

AAR staffers Maggie Boyd and Caroline Russomanno discuss Jeffe Kennedy’s latest fantasy novel The Edge of the Blade, book two in her The Uncharted Realms series in our latest Pandora’s Box. In the Thirteen Kingdoms, a woman may sample the pleasures of a man with no strings attached. Jepp ...

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The Viscount and the Vixen

Caz Owens and Emily Wittmann compare notes on Lorraine Heath’s latest book, The Viscount and the Vixen, the third and final full-length novel in her Hellions of Havisham Hall series. Love begets madness. Viscount Locksley watched it happen to his father after his cherished wife’s death. B ...

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Someone to Love

Mary Balogh's latest novel, Someone to Love has divided opinion among AAR staffers.  Caz Owens loved it while Kristen Donnelly and Keira Soleore were less than impressed.  Here are their thoughts on the book. In Someone to Love, an orphan discovers she’s actually not one and a duke reali ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...