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Cowboys who thrill outside the arena as much as in.

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Spy school for young ladies in Jane Austen’s world.

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He’d give his life for her, but his heart was never part of the bargain

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Can happily ever after exist somewhere between virtue and valor?

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With his K-9 partner at his side, can he survive false accusations and a bomber?

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Two people inexplicably drawn to each other even though they have almost nothing in common.

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The Last Curtain Call
by Juliet Blackwell
"A delicious mix of ghostly thrills, complex mysteries, and great storytelling!"
Posted July 5, 2020

THE LAST CURTAIN CALL is the eighth book in Juliet Blackwell’s cozy paranormal “Haunted Home Renovation” series. Mel Turner is a professional home renovator and she can see and communicate with ghosts. In THE Read more...

After All
by Kristen Proby
"Full of family highs and lows, complex characters, and plenty of passion!"
Posted July 3, 2020

AFTER ALL is the third and last book in Kristen Proby’s “Romancing Manhattan” series. This book has the classic “single father” and “boss/employee” romance tropes. Nora Hayes has worked Read more...

Ripped from the Headlines!
by Harold Schechter
"A must-read for film buffs and true crime fans alike!"
Posted July 3, 2020

In RIPPED FROM THE HEADLINES! Harold Schechter discusses several films and the true crime cases that inspired them. This book appealed to me for so many reasons. I always enjoy a Harold Schechter with that mix of history Read more...

One Last Kiss
by Jessica Lemmon
"An explosion of emotion and a fantabulous second-chance-at love story!"
Posted June 29, 2020

ONE LAST KISS is the third book in Jessica Lemmon’s “Kiss and Tell” series. I think all romcoms about divorced couples rekindling a flame are held to the standard of the classic film THE Read more...

Cowboy Strong
by Carolyn Brown
"Hot cowboys, tender moments, electric chemistry, and great storytelling!"
Posted June 27, 2020

COWBOY STRONG is the seventh book in Carolyn Brown’s “Longhorn Canyon” series. This is a great book for readers who enjoy the “second chance at romance” and “fake romance that turns Read more...

Killing Time
by Suzanne Trauth
"A delightfully eerie and includes a myriad of mysteries for readers to puzzle over!"
Posted June 26, 2020

KILLING TIME is the eighth book in Suzanne Trauth’s “Dodie O'Dell” cozy mystery series. Although this is the eighth book in a series, this is the first “Dodie O’Dell&rdquo Read more...

Never Gonna Happen
by Cynthia Eden
"NEVER GONNA HAPPEN has spies, a shadowy mastermind, and plenty of passion!"
Posted June 20, 2020

NEVER GONNA HAPPEN is a standalone romantic suspense novel by Cynthia Eden. This book will appeal to readers who like the “brother’s friend” trope. NEVER GONNA HAPPEN is also a great book for romance Read more...

Sassy Blonde
by Stacey Kennedy
"A story about fate, friendship, and forgiveness with some sexy thrown in!"
Posted June 19, 2020

SASSY BLONDE is the first book in Stacey Kennedy’s “Three Chicks Brewery” series. The death of Laurel still reverberates and connects Maisie Carter and Hayes Taylor. She lost her best friend and he lost Read more...

When She Purrs
by Ruby Dixon
"Super steamy romance with substance!"
Posted June 19, 2020

WHEN SHE PURRS is the first in Ruby Dixon’s “Risdaverse Tale” series. I’m a huge fan of Ruby Dixon’s big blue alien hotties with horns and tails, but this furry Read more...

The Rake is Taken
by Tracy Sumner
"Lyrical prose, superb storytelling, and explosive chemistry!"
Posted June 18, 2020

THE RAKE IS TAKEN is the second book in Tracy Sumner’s “League of Lords” historical paranormal romance series. I was so happy to read the description for this book. My favorite romance subgenre is Read more...

A Very English Murder
by Verity Bright
"Cozy English charm, a bold female sleuth, and thills!"
Posted June 9, 2020

A VERY ENGLISH MURDER is the first book in Verity Bright’s “Lady Eleanor Swift” mystery series set in the 1920s. Lady Eleanor is twenty-nine and has traveled all over the world and had Read more...

A Dark and Stormy Knight
by Kerrigan Byrne
"A marvelous mix of madmen, dark avengers, and gothic romance!"
Posted May 30, 2020

A DARK AND STORMY KNIGHT is the seventh book in Kerrigan Byrne’s “Victorian Rebels” series. Although it’s part of a series, I think this works well as a standalone novel as well Read more...

The Cowboy Meets His Match
by Jessica Clare
"A strong, silent, swoon-worthy cowboy hero and a romance that’s the perfect mix of sexy and sweet!"
Posted May 30, 2020

THE COWBOY MEETS HIS MATCH is the fourth book in Jessica Clare’s “Wyoming Cowboys” contemporary romance series set in the small town of Painted Barrel, Wyoming. In the previous book, Becca’s longtime Read more...

The Magnificent Cyborg
by Honey Phillips
"A futuristic fun with hot cyborg wild west lawmen and a sizzling romance!"
Posted May 25, 2020

THE MAGNIFICENT CYBORG is part of the “Cyborgs on Mars” sci-fi romance series by Honey Phillips. Although it’s part of a series, I feel like THE MAGNIFICENT CYBORG works as a standalone story Read more...

Barbarian's Treasure
by Ruby Dixon
"Sweet, sexy, and totally addictive brain candy for romance fans!"
Posted May 23, 2020

BARBARIAN’S TREASURE is the twenty-first book in Ruby Dixon’s “Ice Planet Barbarians” series. Even though this book is part of a series and is about characters mentioned in previous books, this Read more...

Always a Bridesmaid
by Cindi Madsen
"A flirty, fun, and fabulous romance with great storytelling!"
Posted May 23, 2020

ALWAYS A BRIDESMAID is the second book in Cindi Madsen’s “Getting Hitched in Dixie” series. Although it’s part of a series, ALWAYS A BRIDESMAID works well as a standalone story as well Read more...

The Trouble with Hating You
by Sajni Patel
"An enticing concoction of tears, laughter, and romance!"
Posted May 20, 2020

THE TROUBLE WITH HATING YOU is a standalone romance by Sajni Patel. This is a great book for readers who enjoy the “enemies-to-lovers” trope, and good character-driven stories. The book refers to some Read more...

By the Book
by Amanda Sellet
"A phenomenal mix of literary high school shenanigans and a stellar character-driven story!"
Posted May 16, 2020

BY THE BOOK is a standalone YA novel by Amanda Sellet. For her sophomore year at high school, Mary Porter-Malcolm discovers that she will be attending Millville High. Up until now, Mary’s had a non Read more...

The Summer Set
by Aimee Agresti
"A sparking and very romantic character-driven story that satisfies!"
Posted May 14, 2020

THE SUMMER SET is a standalone novel by Aimee Agresti set in the world of actors and drama both on stage and off. This is a great book for readers who enjoy character-driven and “second chance at Read more...

And the Killer Is . . .
by G.A. McKevett
"Determined detectives save the day and avenge the dead!"
Posted May 11, 2020

AND THE KILLER IS… is the twenty-fifth book in G.A. McKevett’s “Savannah Reid” cozy mystery series. Although this book is part of a series, I believe it works well as a Read more...

Miranda Owen

I work in a library and that helps my book addiction. My favorite genres are romance (just about any kind) and cozy mysteries. I also enjoy true crime books - especially time periods 1950 & earlier. I like anti-heroes, personal journey stories, character-driven stories, and ones with strong, smart female characters. I also enjoy graphic novels & manga. I am in several online book groups.

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19 comments posted.

Re: A Crafter Hooks a Killer (11:24am July 22):

Nice collection of cozies :)

Re: The Desires of A Duke (1:50pm December 13, 2017):

Devil Cynster, Duke of St. Ives :)

Re: Undercover Attraction (4:17pm November 28, 2017):

Jennifer Ashley's Mackenzies, Mary Balogh's Westcotts,
Vivian Arend's Colemans, Stephanie Laurens' Cynsters

Re: Once Upon A Ghost (5:24pm October 10, 2017):

Sounds good!

Re: Dreaming of a White Wolf Christmas (1:45pm October 6, 2017):

Love Terry Spear's werewolf books!

Re: Elliott Redeemed (12:25pm September 5, 2017):

Play by Kylie Scott & Wicked Beat by Olivia Cunning

Re: Brazilian Capture (2:12pm May 22, 2017):

My fav Almodovar film is Flower of My Secret. I liked the
adaptation from a billion years ago of the Anne of Green
Gables series. I loved the book version of The Shining
more than the film. I love just about any of the Jane
Eyre adaptations but the Fassbender version with it's
switched around format gets the mood exactly right.

Re: The Thief Steals Her Earl (2:58pm September 22, 2016):

Yes! This is what I live for - witty and intelligent
characters. Love Stephanie Laurens' heroines because they
are intelligent and look at the big picture. Love witty
dialogue like in a Celeste Bradley novel or Claudia Dain's
Courtesan Chronicles series.

Re: This Loving Feeling (1:36pm July 21, 2016):

Sounds good, and I love small town romance.

Re: Fire Danger (1:35pm July 21, 2016):

Always fascinated by banshees and Medusa. Heard of Wyvern
but never read a story with one.

Re: Torn (1:33pm July 21, 2016):

I have the Ward and Ione books but haven't had time to read
yet. In the Lara Adrian series - Tegan & Rio are my fav
heroes/books. :)

Re: Billionaire in Wolf's Clothing (4:33pm July 7, 2016):

So excited about this - love billionaires & love werewolf
books. :)

Re: Missed Connections (2:35pm June 14, 2016):

I never really understood the whole "step-brother"
romance phenomenon. I mean I guess there's no biological
connection so one level of ick is removed but....I don't
know. I read a story once by Red Garnier about a man and
woman who were not biologically related & didn't have a
"step-" connection, but the guy's family always looked at
the woman and her sister as family and tried to treat
them that way and force the future H/h to fit that mold.
They became friends in their youth and suppressed their
natural attraction that developed over time organically.
But to me, that's different.

Re: Test Drive (6:38pm June 8, 2016):

Yes to all of the above. This book is a lot of fun & I liked
Johnny's sweet/sexy mix. Really loo forward to next one.

Re: The Progeny (3:43pm June 2, 2016):

Sounds like an interesting topic.

Re: Bride of a Distant Isle (9:45pm March 25, 2016):

LOVE gothic romances. First I read was Juniper Hill by
Dorothy Daniels. :)

Re: Runaway Vampire (6:28pm February 25, 2016):

Nice interview! :)

Re: Secret Sisters (5:03pm December 8, 2015):

Great info & article :)

Re: The Secret Mistress (2:03pm July 31, 2012):

I love beta heroes as well as alpha types. One of my favorite beta heroes is Reggie from "The Pursuit of Marriage" by Victoria Alexander. He's a sweetie, good to his family, a loyal friend, and very easy going. After wearing his heart on his sleeve too many times, he invents an alpha alter-ego to try and win him love. His friends help spread stories of his supposed exploits to help him out because they want to help him since he's such a good friend and a good guy. Very funny story. My favorite beta hero.

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