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“A Kiss for Midwinter” by Courtney Milan

22 Aug
On a field of yellow gold, a dark haired young white woman wearing an off-the-shoulder white gown with a wide skirt, and white lace fingerless gloves. She's wearing a couple of poinsettia flowers on her updo, and looking to the side, with a knowing/flirty half-smile on her lips.

I have often talked about my love of Ms Milan’s novellas; for my money, she consistently writes some of the best in genre romance. Inevitably, I immediately realize I have reviewed so few of them (see footnote 1 for links). So for a change, here’s a re-read and a review.

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Strange Love, by Ann Aguirre

3 Jun
Cover for STRANGE LOVE by Ann Aguirre, showing an armored figure silhouetted in profile over a luminous backdrop of buildings and other urban structures; upon examination, the buildings aren't your usual Earth architecture, and neither is the armored figure.

It’s been a minute since I last reviewed any of Ann Aguirre’s books 1 , but I remain very much a fan of her work, both writing voice and worldbuilding.

This novel, the first in what is now the Galactic Love trilogy, is an absolute and utter delight.

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Gone Too Far, by Suzanne Brockmann

4 Feb
Cover for Gone Too Far; a couple running towards the right side of the cover, on a road in the middle of nowhere, at dusk. The lights of a car are visible ominously in the distance behind them.

For years I’ve been convinced that at some point I wrote a review of Gone Too Far. I even remember a paragraph from said review! And yet, I can’t find it anywhere. After wracking my brains, I finally realized that I did, in fact, write a review shortly after the book came out in 2003. Only, I wrote it as a post to Ms Brockmann’s reader board, which was hosed at least a decade ago.

What’s a reader to do, but indulge in a re-read, and write a new version of that review? Maybe that way it will stop haunting me!

Reader, beware: on the page there’s explicit sex, explicit language, violence, racism, alcoholism, some Islamophobia, and references to off-the-page child abuse.

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For the Love of April French, by Penny Aimes

26 Jan
Cover of For The Love Of April French, showing a while woman with slightly square jaw and long blonde hair looking out to the viewer with intense, almost sad eyes

I got this one because author K. J. Charles tweeted a link to her review, so I read the sample, and then proceded to read the book in one sitting. This is a lovely, soft, sweet story about two lovely, soft, sweet people, and while there’s a bleak moment, it’s very much in context with the story and the characters, and it’s not unduly drawn out.

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