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Dockside - Lakeshore Chronicles Series, #3

"Dockside" by Susan Wiggs is the third in the popular Lakeside Chronicles series. Each book stands alone, but it helps to have read the previous two, "Summer at Willow Lake" and "The Winter Lodge," to understand all the family entanglements...

4 Stars
  • Author: Susan Wiggs
  • Review by: Paloma
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary, Women's Fiction
  • Publisher: MIRA

Guarding the Coast

The passionate, virile men of the United States Coast Guard are front and center in "Guarding the Coast" by Samantha Gail. The new e-book from eXtasy Books features a cast of handsome, studly Coasties and the female officer in charge of the...

3 Stars

Traceless

"Traceless" by Debra Webb is about a man who spent ten years in prison after being falsely accused of murder, and the woman who single-handedly put him there. Clint returns to his Alabama hometown after his stint in prison is up, hoping to...

2 Stars

Your Saving Grace

Would you show up for jury duty if you knew you'd end up threatened, harassed, and endangered? Minnesota resident Hannah Paxton fulfills her judicial duty, only to find herself stalked and eventually kidnapped by a serial killer. With the g...

Stars

Groom's Gift - Naughty Nuptials

What would you be willing to do if the man of your dreams was marrying someone else in just a few days? Break into his apartment wearing nothing but high heels and a strategically placed bow? That's what Libby is desperate enough to try in...

3 Stars

Best Man - Naughty Nuptials

"Best Man" by Shelley Munro is a smoking hot m/m erotic romance from Ellora's Cave set in exotic New Zealand. The story centers on Grayson and Jesse, two burly rugby players who are the best men at their teammate Nolan's high society weddin...

4 Stars

The Romancipation of Maggie Hunter

The concept of romancipation, as noted in the forward of Jane Sigaloff's new chick lit "The Romancipation of Maggie Hunter," is defined as "The freedom for women to love whom they choose while retaining their own space and identity." That t...

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The Suicide Club

Someone in a small Alabama town is burning down churches, and as the police increase their investigation, the crimes escalate. Detective Jace Nolan is certain one or more of the students in Lindsey Sloan's talented and gifted class is respo...

4 Stars
  • Author: Gayle Wilson
  • Review by: Paloma
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romantic Suspense
  • Publisher: MIRA

Tag, You're It!

"Tag, You're It,"a new romantic suspense by Penny McCall, is long on chase scenes and short on romance. Biology researcher and former beauty queen Alex is thrust into a treasure hunt when FBI agent Tag falls out of an airplane and into a sn...

2 Stars

The Summit

Out of the blue, schoolteacher Autumn Sommers starts to have terrible nightmares about a little girl being abducted. After doing some research, she learns the missing girl is the daughter of Ben McKenzie, a man she's seen in her gym. She ha...

3 Stars
  • Author: Kat Martin
  • Review by: Paloma
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romance: Speculative / PNR
  • Publisher: MIRA

A Wanted Man - A Stone Creek Novel

"A Wanted Man" by Linda Lael Miller tells of two people shrouded in secrets, trying to live peacefully and not fall in love with each other. Lark Morgan is the local schoolteacher, hiding out in Stone Creek from her rich, abusive ex-husband...

4 Stars
  • Author: Linda Lael Miller
  • Review by: Paloma
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romance: Historical, Western
  • Publisher: Harlequin

Heart's Delight

How do you prove you are who you claim to be? That's the problem facing U.S. Marshal Hodge Egan in "Heart's Delight," a new book by Ruth Ryan Langan. The tall, handsome marshal takes one last job before retiring to a life of leisure, cigars...

3 Stars

Heat Wave

"Heat Wave," a compilation of three contemporary short stories, is a perfect summertime read. Beaches, bikinis, and hot bodies feature prominently in each story. In the first, "Rex on the Beach" by Stephanie Bond, a female private investiga...

3 Stars
  • Authors: Stephanie Bond, Leslie Kelly, Heidi Betts
  • Review by: Paloma
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary
  • Publisher: Harlequin

Shadow Bear

Cassie Edwards is an author known for one thing: Indian romances. You always know what you're getting when you pick up one of her books. Her latest in the Lakota series, "Shadow Bear," follows that script exactly. Handsome young Lakota chie...

2 Stars
  • Author: Cassie Edwards
  • Review by: Paloma
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romance: Historical
  • Publisher: Signet

Literacy and Longing in L. A.

"Literacy and Longing in L.A." is a breezy, cheeky chick-lit by first time authors Jennifer Kaufman and Karen Mack. Narrator Dora (named after Eudora Welty) is a 35 year old, unemployed newspaper writer who is obsessed with books. They kept...

2 Stars

Careful What You Wish For

Lucy Finn's new book, "Careful What You Wish For," has a sweet, improbable premise that holds up well over the course of the story. Ravine, a single mom who has moved back to her rural Pennsylvania hometown, is given a Diaper Genie as a gif...

4 Stars

The Man from Stone Creek

Arizona ranger Sam O'Ballivan is a true hero, a man who reads classical literature, rescues stray animals, and saves an entire town from a gang of bad guys. Undercover as a teacher in a small Arizona town on the Mexican border, Sam uses a f...

4 Stars
  • Author: Linda Lael Miller
  • Review by: Paloma
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: Western, Romantic Elements
  • Publisher: HQN Books

Nightsong

Although western historical romance novels are getting harder to find, it doesn't mean that the few still being published are the cream of the crop. "Nightsong" by Carolyn Davidson, for example, bores the reader into complacence with long d...

2 Stars
  • Author: Carolyn Davidson
  • Review by: Paloma
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: Western, * Romance: Historical
  • Publisher: HQN Books

Sweet Release

Pamela Clare's historical novel "Sweet Release" follows the tired old plot of a nobleman falsely accused, imprisoned, and enslaved, only to fall in love with the strong-willed daughter of his new master. Alec must prove his innocence and re...

2 Stars

Susannah's Garden

"Susannah's Garden" by Debbie Macomber is loosely tied to the knitting series, which includes "The Shop on Blossom Street," "A Good Yarn" and a future release, "Back on Blossom Street". More novel than romance, it tells the tale of 50-year-...

3 Stars
  • Author: Debbie Macomber
  • Review by: Paloma
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary
  • Publisher: MIRA

Love's Strategy

Third in a Regency-era series, "Love's Strategy" follows Kurt and Valentine as they search for a woman to complete their family. They find Leah, a young widow with two children and a huge debt incurred by her gambler husband. Initially, the...

3 Stars

Where Truth Lies

Grace McKenzie, museum curator, inherits an art gallery from an ex-fiance who was murdered in his gallery. Her stay in lovely New Hope, Pennsylvania, starts off with a bang as she's attacked.in the same gallery. With the assistance of hands...

2 Stars
  • Author: Christiane Heggen
  • Review by: Paloma
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romantic Suspense
  • Publisher: MIRA

Cover of Night

When a guest slips out of Cate Nightingale's Idaho bed-and-breakfast, he sets into motion an elaborate chain of violence. The seemingly minor matter of a missing toiletry bag leads to an entire town being held hostage, with tragic results....

4 Stars