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Mr. & Mrs. Smith meets Outlander in this action-packed Scottish romance where a marriage of convenience leads to secrets that could be deadly.

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He’s a heavenly outcast. She’s a mortal woman with unearthly gifts. Can they ward off a rising apocalypse?

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When times are tough, there’s always a little Blessings to go around

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A rugged Texas sheriff who must protect the woman who was once his sworn enemy...

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He's sent to kill his soul mate...can he?

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Is love just something you find in books?

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Is he on the rebound or just escaping a crazy Bridezilla?


Death of a New American
by Mariah Fredericks
"Murder in the Gilded Age..."
Posted April 4, 2019

DEATH OF A NEW AMERICAN is Mariah Fredericks' second novel featuring my favorite kind of character: the plain lady's maid, daughter of the Gilded Age, whose unobtrusive appearance belies a bright wit. If this were a Romance novel, Jane Prescott would charm Read more...

A Palm Beach Wife
by Susannah Marren
"Palm Beach is no vacation for society dame"
Posted February 10, 2019

It was wonderful to begin reading A PALM BEACH WIFE on a day that was cold and dreary, forecast to go from all-day rain to overnight snow. On a day like that, I welcomed the escape to the tony Floridian world where people "divide their summers between Read more...

No Exit
by Taylor Adams
"Stranded with a monster..."
Posted February 1, 2019

Darby Thorne's mother has horrible timing. She would choose to be dying of pancreatic cancer in Utah just as a blizzard blows through the Rockies, trapping Darby on top of a mountain pass overnight. I don't know if author Taylor Adams intentionally chose Read more...

The Right Kind of Rogue
by Valerie Bowman
"The right kind of Regency romp"
Posted March 2, 2018

There is something swoon-inducing about your best friend's older brother, isn't there? The familiarity makes him attractively safe while the proximity lends an irresistible air of the forbidden. This dynamic is drawn out to satisfying conclusion in Valerie Bowman's THE RIGHT KIND OF ROGUE. Meg Timmons Read more...

Tangled in Time
by Barbara Longley
"Irish love across time and space"
Posted November 16, 2017

This story has enough in it to appeal to supernatural fans of every stripe. There are ghosts, psychic powers, and fairies. Even the hero's nickname, "Little Wolf," hints at some lupine possibilities. Luckily for Regan MacCarthy, the beautiful, masculine Faelan is neither a ghost nor a werewolf. No, this Read more...

The Determined Heart
by Antoinette May
"Determined? Maybe; With Heart? No"
Posted October 5, 2015

No one could rightly accuse Antoinette May of not doing her research in writing THE DETERMINED HEART: THE TALE OF MARY SHELLEY AND HER FRANKENSTEIN. However, no one could likewise assert that May has not fallen so in love with her research that she sacrificed storytelling for biographical detail.


The Visitant
by Megan Chance
"Un-scary with a side of un-romantic"
Posted September 17, 2015

At a taut 192 pages, The Woman in Black by Susan Hill is perhaps the classic example of a good ghost story's ability to suggest the terrifying and let our imagination do the rest. THE VISITANT: A VENETIAN GHOST STORY by Megan Chance is a classic example of the Read more...

Scheduled to Die
by Alan Cupp
Posted May 22, 2015

Attorney Mike Sweeney is the cherry on top of Dana Carrington's successful business trip to North Carolina. Not only is Mike attractive, charming, and driven, he's also from Chicago like Dana. After a chance encounter, they spend an evening getting to know each other over dinner, at the Read more...

The Far End Of Happy
by Kathryn Craft
Posted April 21, 2015

From Oedipus Rex to Monster-in-Law, stories about romantic love are often equally stories about parental love -- and hate. Kathryn Craft's novel, THE FAR END OF HAPPY, follows in this tradition. It is the story of a man's suicidal standoff with police. Which is really the story Read more...

Meeting the English
by Kate Clanchy
Posted March 29, 2015

1989: What a year, right? You will recall 1989 as the year of the fatwa against Salman Rushdie and the death of the Ayatollah Khomeini. Perhaps you remember where you were when you heard about the Exxon Mobil disaster or the debilitating stroke of playwright Phillip Prys. If you're Read more...

Leaving Before The Rains Come
by Alexandra Fuller
Posted March 4, 2015

If ships at a distance carry every man's dreams on board, as Zora Neale Hurston wrote in Their Eyes Were Watching God, then ships at proximity carry the realization or denial of those dreams. In Alexandra Fuller's third memoir LEAVING BEFORE THE RAINS COME, the ships are people Read more...

When Lies Crumble
by Alan Cupp
Posted February 20, 2015

The first installment of the new Carter Mays mystery series by Alan Cupp, WHEN LIES CRUMBLE introduces us to a seamy underbelly of Chicago's upper middle class and the private investigator who uncovers it. When Cindy Bedford's fiancé disappears on their wedding day, she's crushed Read more...

Andrea Johnson

Andrea once hid her copy of "50 Shades of Grey" under her bed when she returned to college. Her mother soon called to chide her for owning the smut ... and ask if she had the sequel somewhere. Needless to say, that's where she got her love for romance. If it's set in Ancient Rome or Regency England, Andrea is reading it, and probably reviewing it for Fresh Fiction or on her blog, www.andiefromkc.com.

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