Seduced at Sunset

Seduced at Sunset, by Julianne MacLean, is a 2013 release, and the sixth of the Pembroke Palace series, a mix of novels, novellas, and shorts. Some, including this one, are self-published, but others are published by Avon. I haven't read any others. This one was a freebie I picked up from the Romance Writers of …

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Only Yesterday

Only Yesterday is a Harlequin Temptation, from 1990, by Karen Toller Whittenburg. This is one of her earlier Harlequins. She started writing in 1981, took three years to get published, and became a Harlequin author in 1987. Whittenburg starts off with a fabulous meet. Merry is on a plane experiencing problems. As they come in …

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Hidden

Hidden is a 2013 novel from Catherine McKenzie. It's an international best seller, same as her previous three. Her novels share one word titles, and women exploring their lives and relationships in various circumstances. Hidden tells how one man's death affects two women: his wife, and a co-worker he was involved with. The story unfolds …

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Learning to Hula

Classical Greek theatre had comedies and tragedies. The older comedies featured competing groups, and usually ended with everyone on stage. The humour comes from pranks the groups play on each other, and there are lots of references to sex. Any movie about zany students versus teachers or other students, especially if it ends with a …

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S.E.C.R.E.T.

S.E.C.R.E.T., by L. Marie Adeline, was published in 2013. It's erotica, and the author freely admits that she and her publisher were inspired by Fifty Shades of Grey. I find this a little odd. Erotic fiction featuring a female protagonist's sexual awakening at the hands (so to speak) of multiple men is hardly new. It …

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The Midwife

Carolyn Davidson's The Midwife, from 1999, is a Harlequin historical western. It's 1892, and widow Leah Gunderson, almost thirty, is living in the small Minnesota town of her childhood. She takes in laundry, and does a little health care, having learned medical skills growing up with her single mother. Money is tight, and while there …

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Good Neighbors

Good Neighbors is a 2013 ebook by regular Harlequin author Sheila Roberts. It is part of the "More Than Words" series that are inspired by real women. More Than Words is a Harlequin program that recognizes three women each year for their contributions to their communities. It started in 2004, but it is currently "being …

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A Winter’s Love

The title of A Winter's Lovesounds like a romance, and the cover illustration shows an embracing couple with an unhappy less handsome man looking on, but the blurb makes sure I'm not deceived: "The moving story of a woman's conflict between her marriage and an exciting new love..."  Hmm. Not a plot that interests me. …

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A Baby for Christmas

Not long ago I reviewed His Best Friend's Wife, and wondered why it took seven years for Best Friend to get together with widowed Wife. Things seem to move faster in Joanna Sims' similar A Baby For Christmas. Sophia is eight months pregnant, and just six months a widow when Luke comes calling. Luke is …

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The Daddy Project

I'm feeling very hard to please. When the story is over the top, I whine about it being unrealistic. Handsome young non-psychopathic billionaires, if they exist, tend not to suddenly fall for cheerful single mothers and propose within a week. Courtships rarely involve light shows in city parks. And first sex with a new partner …

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