The Original Marriage of Convenience: The Convenient Marriage

After a complex book exchange (and some trading) at a meeting of romance writers, one of my gifts was a copy of Georgette Heyer's The Convenient Marriage. At first glance, it appeared to be a standard Regency romance. The Earl of Rule is obligated to marry, and has selected Lady Elizabeth to be his bride. …

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More Small Town Bliss: The Best Man Takes a Bride

In The Best Man Takes a Bride, by Stacy Connelly (2018, Harlequin Special Edition, Home and Family), Jamison Porter is a single dad struggling to look after his four-year-old daughter. He had an unhappy marriage, separated, and a few months ago his wife died in car crash that also injured his daughter. His parents divorced, …

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Small Town Bliss: Coming Home to Crimson

One of the many things about literature that I learned from film studies is how to spot the 'right romantic couple.' They are the couple that speak the same language. In other words, their conversations with each other suggest a deeper connection or a greater understanding than their conversations with others. In genre romances, the …

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Cheap, Cheerful, and Chaste – Regencies from Joyce Alec

Although my eReader of choice is Kobo, I have the Kindle app on my phone. I have my phone with me when busing (and ferrying) about town, so I do most of my reading on that. When I finish a book, suggestions for something similar are right there. Buy Now With 1-click is a terrible …

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Romance One Update: A Better Hero

  Some months ago I published a few excerpts from the draft of my romance novel, Romance One, and asked for comments. Thanks again to all who commented here, by email, and on Facebook. I also submitted a portion of it for a writing class, and discussed it at a writers' retreat. Now I am working …

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Love on Ice: Game Changer

Game Changer is a new release from Carina Press, an ebook imprint of Harlequin, and the debut novel from Rachel Reid. Scott is the captain of an NHL team. He's off his game, but one morning he tries a fruit smoothie from the cute Kip, and that night he returns to top form. He credits …

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More Alward Cowboys: Crooked Valley Ranch

Several years ago I read (and loved) The Cowboy's Homecoming, third book in the Crooked Valley Ranch series. In my review, I praised both the story and the series. Now I've finally read the first two: The Cowboy's Christmas Gift, and The Cowboy's Valentine. The Cowboy's Christmas Gift has a slightly misleading title. Duke isn't …

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