Old Friends and Old Computers: Take Hold of Tomorrow

Take Hold of Tomorrow is one of those generic romance titles that tells you nothing about the book, and the cover does not give much away either. This is a 1984 Harlequin, which I approached with some caution, after a bad experience with another from the same year and line, Savage Pagan. Fortunately, this was …

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Puppy Love

When I was younger, I occasionally looked at friends' comic books, but the stories were hard to follow. They were all serials, so they continued from something I hadn't read, carried on in something not yet in the friend's collection, and frequently referred to other stories (*See Muscleman vs Waterman #235 to understand this remark). …

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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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The Little Old Lady Behaving Badly

A friend is convinced we need more romance novels featuring characters in their 50s and 60s, instead of their 20s and 30s. In other words, our ages, as opposed to the ages of our children. I disagree. I reject a simplistic model of literary identification, where we identify with characters who are like us. 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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Jill Kennedy – Telephonist

"Jill finds a new life - and a new boyfriend." The tagline on the back cover suggests this book is a romance, but a blurb about the series reveals this is actually a book intended to encourage women to enter the workforce. "Green Knight career novels are entertaining, up-to-date stories about girls in actual jobs, …

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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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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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