Grit meets Grace: Season of Wonder

Since it's shortly before Christmas, let's review a Christmas romance. Season of Wonder (Harlequin, 2018), from RaeAnne Thayne, is her ninth Haven Point novel (and her 60th book). Haven Point is an idyllic small town (is there any other kind?) in Idaho, and the new home for Dani and her two daughters. Dani left the …

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It’s all taken care of: The Marriage Pact

The Marriage Pact, Wendy Sotis, 2018 Several years ago, Sotis started writing Austen fan fiction, and has published many variations of Elizabeth and Darcy's relationship, with more promised, but The Marriage Pact is an original Regency romance. James and Celia have been friends for years, due to connections between their families, and as the story …

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Snowstorm Seduction: Stranded with the Rancher

One of the challenges of romance is getting your couple together, and keeping them together until propinquity kicks in, in a short period of time. A favourite device for this is weather enforced isolation. I do this in my Romance One, where a rainstorm and bridge washout leave my couple stranded and alone. I was …

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I’d really love to see you tonight: Healed with a Kiss

When I'm writing stories or essays, I listen to light classical music, or Enya. For other online work, such as these posts, my music of choice is soft rock from the 1970s and 1980s. As I started drafting this post, "I'd Really Love To See You Tonight," from 1976, started to play, and it seemed …

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We Should Have Talked About this Years Ago: The Sheriff’s Pregnant Wife

I'll admit being hard to please. Sometimes the titles are too vague, while other times they are too specific. The Sheriff's Pregnant Wife sounds more like a working title than a release, but I must admit it's a better working title than I use (Romance 1, Romance 2, etc.) This is a 2007 Harlequin from …

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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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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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