Escape to the Past: The Rock Creek Six

After several years of reading romance novels, I've narrowed my preferred romance story type for reading and writing: Contemporary tales featuring ordinary people, with strengths, flaws, and pasts, who are happy on their own, but find another person who helps them grow. I've enjoyed other types - paranormals, millionaire, billionaire, suspense, and so on - …

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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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What We Find

Just like Sleepless in Manhattan, What We Find, from Robyn Carr, is a 2016 mirabooks imprint from Harlequin, and first in a series. However, What We Find is drama, not comedy. No worries about too much rom-com here. Instead, I found the book alternately frustrating and wonderful. Maggie is a thirty-six-year-old neurosurgeon in Denver. She's …

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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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One Unashamed Night

One Unashamed Night, by Sophia James, is a Harlequin historical, first published in 2010. The cover includes the tagline "The Undoing of a Lady," but this is selling the sizzle. The story open in the English countryside, on a dark and snow stormy night, in 1826. Lord Taris Wellingham, suffering from failing eyesight, is traveling …

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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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