Category Archives: Romance

romance novel reviews

Saved by the Monarch — Dana Marton (Harlequin Intrigue)

Recently at Dear Author, Jane led an discussion about “arranged marriages” and questioned why there aren’t very many of them written in a more positive light. In the comments, Sally gave recommendations of some titles she thought best exemplified the … Continue reading

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The Bellini Bride – Michelle Reid (Harlequin Presents)

In “The Bellini Bride” by Michelle Reid (2001), you have a rich, sexy, Italian hero and his mistress, who’s a beautiful, penniless English “nobody” with a scandalous past. Can love transcend money, class and family expectations? Why, yes, it can. … Continue reading

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His Son's Teacher – Kay Stockham (Harlequin Super Romance)

All the talk about categories made me impulsively buy this one. I’d never heard of this author but I’m told she’s a popular author for this line. His Son’s Teacher by Kay Stockham (July 2008) has a rather interesting dedication … Continue reading

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The Lighter Side of Life and Death – C.K. Kelly Martin

The Lighter Side of Life and Death (2010) written by C.K. Kelly Martin is a YA novel and Ms. Martin’s third book. I was drawn into this story from page one and I read it almost straight through. I’m sure … Continue reading

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Texas Splendor – Lorraine Heath [an attempted read]

Texas Splendor (1999) is the last book in a trilogy featuring the Leigh brothers who were all named after Texas towns: Houston, Dallas and Austin. I read and enjoyed the first two books in the series but for some reason, … Continue reading

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The Hero Returns, Catherine Blair

This month I’m writing about a book that actually came out of my TBR pile.  I chose The Hero Returns by Catherine Blair, and it’s one of the old Zebra Regencies (RIP).  The Honorable Miss Amelia Harrow has been waiting … Continue reading

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A Bunch of Harlequins, Part Two

Here are some more books I read last month while I was neglecting the TBR Challenge. Wedding Night with a Stranger by Anna Cleary.  Harlequin Presents Extra, August 2010.  Australian-born Ariadne was orphaned at a young age and taken in … Continue reading

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A Bunch of Harlequins, Part One

I’ve pretty much figured out that I fail at TBR 2010 Summer Edition.  It’s not that I haven’t been reading, it’s just that I haven’t been reading anything with an eye to reviewing it.  Some books I know I will … Continue reading

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The Sleeping Beauty, Mercedes Lackey

The Sleeping Beauty is the latest in Lackey’s Five Hundred Kingdoms series. The Five Hundred Kingdoms are bound by The Tradition, a force that can and does manipulate people into various fairy tale roles, good and bad. In this instance, … Continue reading

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Nurse, Nanny…Bride!, Alison Roberts

I’m writing about this book because I can’t get it out of my head since I read it a couple of weeks ago, but this isn’t a review.  Nurse, Nanny …Bride! has one of the most ridiculous backstories I’ve ever … Continue reading

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Adam's Fall, Sandra Brown [1988 Romance]

Adam’s Fall, Sandra Brown [Fanfare 1994 Reprint, 208 pages] is an early romance that actually reads well today outside of the datedness that is inherent in contemporary romance novels. It’s a real shame that this book isn’t available in ebook … Continue reading

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