Category Archives: romance

Any Boy But You by

Any Boy But You is a sweet romance set in a town obsessed with Christmas. We have a “Romeo and Juliet” situation between two rival sporting goods stores and the legacy established by the grandparents of our two mains. The … Continue reading

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The Hidden Heart by Laura Kinsale

Back in the 1980s, I was focused on historicals or science fiction/fantasy and never had an interest in romance at all. But one day at a used book store I couldn’t find anything interesting in either of those categories. On … Continue reading

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The Lawrence Browne Affair by Cat Sebastian

The Lawrence Browne affair is a solidly written Regency romance that ticks off all the right boxes of the genre: scruffy scoundrel, ‘damaged’ noble, loyal dog, dastardly characters, misunderstandings, and a happily ever after ending. If the book adds nothing … Continue reading

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Mer by Joelle Sellner

In trying to sum up Mer, I couldn’t help but think that this is the mermaid verison of Twilight – but dumbed down even further for graphic novel format. The plot is silly, the characters unrealistic, the romance forced, the … Continue reading

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Heartstone by Elle Katherine White

Heartstone follows the trend of so many Austen-inspired novels: the outline of the plot is intact but so much of the charm and wit of the inspiration material is completely missing. In this modern age of ‘tell but fail to … Continue reading

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Maid-Sama 2 in 1, Volume 7 by Hiro Fujiwara

Ah, I still love this series – so surprising that after 14 volumes it still manages to be so good. Fujiwara keeps the storyline fresh and new without resorting to silly melodrama. Especially in this volume, where we get the … Continue reading

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An Unseen Attraction by K.J. Charles

One thing I’ve really come to expect from a K.J. Charles book is a very understated and grounded story that has a lot of heart. She eschews the melodrama that can be so rampant in this genre and instead focuses … Continue reading

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