Pride and Other Worlds: The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic

The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic, by Emily Croy Barker, is a 2013 fantasy novel. As I said when I reviewed The Demon's Daughter, many stories marketed under the umbrella of fantasy have the superficial aspects of the genre, but not the core elements. I'm happy to say that Guide to Magic has the …

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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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Seducing the Accomplice

Seducing the Accomplice is a 2011 Harlequin Romantic Suspense from Jennifer Morey. The story opens with Sadie being abandoned by her boyfriend. In Albania. Without money or a passport. Fortunately a handsome stranger comes to her aid almost immediately. Unfortunately, Calan has a macguffin, and when the bad guys see Calan and Sadie together, they …

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Safe Harbor

Safe Harbor, by Hope White, from 2013, is a Harlequin in the Love Inspired Suspense line. Love Inspired romances are chaste, with nothing more than a few kisses, and there are occasional references to vaguely Christian faith, expressed as non-denominationally as possible. Love Inspired Suspense adds lots of action, at the level of a cozy …

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Perfect

There is a setting on my camera called vivid. It transforms ordinary landscape pictures into dazzling displays of colour and light, suitable for calendars. Impressive at first, the longer you look at them the more you realize they are manipulated through saturation, and eventually they just seem too contrived. Which brings me to Judith McNaught's …

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