The Playboy’s Proposal

The Playboy's Proposal, by Ashlee Mallory, is a 2016 publication from Entangled, a romance publisher. Benny, a doctor, has recently finished her residency, and celebrated by moving into a new high-rise condo. Unfortunately her neighbour, Harry, has a reputation as a local playboy, and often has loud, late parties. He also parks in her spot. …

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Almost a Family

Donna Alward's Almost a Family is a self-published romance from 2014. I'm a fan of Alward, and the gentle mix of realism and fantasy in her books. This one did not disappoint, though it sailed dangerously close to cliché a few times. Molly and Jason were high school sweethearts, and lovers through university, but when …

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Lord of the Privateers

Stephanie Laurens' Lord of the Privateers is a 2016 Harlequin from their Mira Books imprint. Mira appears to be a premium line for established authors. Although the web address (www.mirabooks.com) redirects to Harlequin, the book does not mention that it is a Harlequin. This particular story is a historical romance, but I've got another Mira …

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Counterfeit Princess

Raye Morgan's Counterfeit Princess, from 2003, is a contemporary romance featuring royalty from a pair of small fictional European kingdoms. Based on my experiences with this sub-genre (The Prince She Never Forgot, Accidental Princess), I was expecting a fun story, and this one started that way. Shannon is a Texas waitress, working to pay off her …

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Safekeeping

Safekeeping is a 1994 Harlequin by Peg Sutherland. It's part of the Dangerous to Love series, a set of fifty books each set in a different American State. This is #46, Virginia. It's also part of the Women Who Dare series, and it's no longer in print or available electronically. Sutherland wrote for Harlequin in …

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The Prince She Never Forgot

The Prince She Never Forgot, by Scarlet Wilson, was originally published in 2015 by Mills and Boon in their Cherish line. It quickly came across to North America as a Harlequin in the equivalent Romance line ("uplifting escapes featuring real, relatable women and strong, deeply desirable men"). Alex and Ruby have a wonderfully romantic meet. …

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The Good Girl’s Second Chance

I picked up another set of free sample Harlequins, just to keep up with the different lines (and, of course, FREE BOOKS!). Getting a set like this means there will be some books I like less than others. Which brings me to The Good Girl's Second Chance, a 2015 Harlequin Special Edition, by Christine Rimmer. …

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