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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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In Too Deep anthology (Brenda Jackson and Olivia Gates)

17 Aug
Cover for In Too Deep: A long chaise by the side of a pool at dusk; there's a red bikini top hanging precariously from the top of the backrest, a side table with half-full wineglasses, and some lit candles by the side

This month’s TBR Challenge theme is Blue Collar, but I’m throwing in the towel entirely when it comes to the theme. On the other hand, this has been sitting in my TBR print shelves over a dozen years, so at least that part of the challenge is working.

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The Right Sort of Man, by Allison Montclair

29 Jul
Cover for THE RIGHT SORT OF MAN; watercolor-type illustration; silhouette of a woman wearing a two-piece suit, period appropriate for 1940s, skirt below the knees. Background is a slightly blurry five-stories building

Spurred by this review by the lovely Kay, I finally read my ARC of this novel, the first title in the Sparks and Bainbridge series.

Reader beware: loss, trauma, mental health issues, alcoholism (mostly off page), and more threat of violence than actual violence. One of the protagonists is having an affair with a married man.

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Master of Dragons, by Angela Knight

20 Jul
Cover for MASTER OF DRAGONS: on a background representing a masonry wall and a stone arch, a muscular, barechested white man with long dark hair, and a sinuous dragon tattoo over his sternum; hands akimbo and a sword on his left hip

This is my entry for July’s TBR Challenge, and I’m making it fit in a very idiosyncratic way: I was aiming for any unread print book in my house, published at least 20 years ago (VINTAGE, get it?). Of course, I couldn’t find even one (watch me find a dozen as soon as the review is up). So I moved my goal to “oldest paper ARC in my possession”, and…look, I’ve had it for over fifteen years, I’m going with it (not taking bets on how many I’ve actually have had for longer, or how soon after posting I’ll find at least three).

It’s been a minute since I’ve read any of Ms Knight’s work, and this is the fifth novel (and eighth overall installment) in the Mageverse series, so please do take that into account when reading this review.

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