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Friday, December 25, 2009

Best Romance Novel Reviews

Merry Christmas!

For the holidays, I decided to do something a little different. I've searched for and found the best Christmas romance novels I could find on Amazon. Some are new books, and some are a little older. All average five stars. I hope you find a wonderful holiday romance novel to read!

Just click the book to find the title on Amazon.

All I Want for Christmas
All I Want for Christmas
Sheila Rabe
Jove, 2000
Contemporary romance

Luke Potter vows to put an end to Susan Carpenter's gaudy Christmas display. But before his case gets to court, he gets to know the surprisingly charismatic woman he's up against. And suddenly the season seems much more joyful....



Can This Be Christmas?
Debbie Macomber
MIRA, 1998
Contemporary romance

Strangers stranded discover the true meaning of Christmas. December 24. A shabby train depot in a small New Hampshire Town. A group of people is stranded there on this still and snowy night, their beautifully wrapped gifts piled uselessly around them. Can this be Christmas?


The Christmas Bride
The Christmas Bride
Grace Livingston Hill
Thorndike, 1997
Inspirational/Christian romance

When Greg Sterling glances out his hotel window one bleak afternoon, hes startled to see a young woman slip from the park bench where she had been sitting and fall in a crumpled heap to the ground. He races to the womans aid and vows to help her overcome her desperate circumstances. Soon though, he realizes that his interest in Margaret is more than that of a benefactor. Captivated by her beauty and indomitable spirit, Greg knows he's falling in love. But before he can share his feelings with Margaret, she disappears without a trace!


The Christmas Edition (Turtle Creek Edition, Book 1)

The Christmas Edition
Robin Shope
White Rose Publishing, 2008
Inspirational/Christian romance

Lucy Collins has given up on Christmas since the painful break-up with her fiance. Things only get worse when a large newspaper is about to come to town and threatens the livelihood of their family run business, The Turtle Creek Newspaper. At the staff Christmas party, she makes a wish and what seems like the answer to her prayer walks in the front door to apply for the editor position, which they are hoping will bring new life to the paper.


A Christmas To Remember (Harlequin Superromance)
A Christmas to Remember
Kay Stockham
Harlequin, 2007
Category romance

Is he living someone else's life? He wakes up in a hospital unaware of how he got there or who he is. Memories tease him--haunting images that seem to come from someone else's life. But the biggest mystery of all is the woman who stuns him with news that's like a punch to his heart.


A Coventry Christmas

A Coventry Christmas
Becky Cochrane
Zebra, 2006
Contemporary romance

With a scrooge of a boss, her family thousands of miles away, and the only male in her life a hamster, Keelie Cannon is anticipating her worst Christmas ever when her friend Ivy convinces her to spend the holidays with her in the small Texas town of Coventry....(From Booklist)


I'll Be Home for Christmas

I'll Be Home For Christmas
Linda Lael Miller and others
Pocket, 2006
Contemporary (Anthology) romance

LINDA LAEL MILLER delivers a holiday miracle in the bittersweet tale of a young woman who can't hide her broken heart -- or her past -- when she returns to her hometown. But a sexy widower may just help her discover the true meaning of home in "Christmas of the Red Chiefs."


Season for Miracles

Season for Miracles
Marilyn Pappano
Warner, 1997
Contemporary romance

Emilie Dalton, fleeing Boston with her nieces and nephew, takes refuge from a bitter snowstorm in an old Victorian house. When the neighbors welcome her, assuming she is the mysterious owner, she goes along the charade and melts everyone's hearts, including the handsome police officer, Nathan Bishop. Yet dangerous secrets from her past return to threaten her new life--and her love for Nathan--until a little angel intervenes.


A Season Of Miracles: Shepherd MoonWishing On A StarrBlind FaithA Christmas Serenade

A Season of Miracles
Rochelle Alers and others
Kimani Press, 2006
African American (Anthology) romance

"Shepherd Moon" by Rochelle Alers
Tragedy forced Rhianna Campbell to leave the small town of Shepherd, New York, for Los Angeles. Years later she returns to find an angry Emery Sutherland, her former fiancé's brother, who resents her for having left after his twin brother and parents were killed in an auto accident on Christmas Eve. Can Emery find a way to forgive Rhianna? And will these two ever find love in this holiest of seasons?


The Sicilian's Mistress (Harlequin Presents No. 2139) (Amnesia Christmas)
The Sicilian's Mistress
Lynne Graham
Harlequin, 2000
Category romance

Milly doesn't remember Gianni D'Angelo. All she knows is that she was found after a hit-and-run accident, pregnant and with her memory gone.
So Milly is horrified when she learns that she was once Gianni's mistress...and now he's claiming her little boy is his son! Gianni's solution is simple marriage!


A Springwater Christmas (Springwater Seasons)

A Springwater Christmas
Linda Lael Miller
Pocket, 1999
Historical romance

When Jack McLaughlin drifted into Springwater, he carried little more with him than his bitter memories of the Civil War and the shattering secret of a promise betrayed in the heat of battle. Wounded soul-deep, and fearing the wrath of his own parents, Jack has hidden his identity and come to Springwater to see his mother and father from afar, even if he can't bear to face them. Taking odd jobs and keeping a low profile, Jack finds a safe haven at the town's new rooming house.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Best Romance Novel Reviews

Welcome!

Are you looking for a great romance novel to read? This blog, in association with Best Romance Novels Today (bestromancenovelstoday.com)  is dedicated to posting the best romance novels we can find.

We scour the web, searching independent review sites for the best romance novels. We consider books from large publishers, and also gems from the small presses. Each book posted has earned at least one 5 star review from a respected reviewer. In addition, we check that novel's average star ranking on Amazon. If a book earns 5 stars from both sources, we post it here.

We're sure you'll find some wonderful books to read. Enjoy!


An older book, but a great one...

best historical romanceThe Duke's Wager
Edith Layton
Signet, 2000
Historical romance

Beautiful Regina Berryman-pursued by the most notorious bachelors in London in a competition where her innocence was the ultimate prize-turns the tables on her pursuers-and changes the rules of the game of love....
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“This book, in a word, is exquisite.” – Sarah, Smart Bitches, Trashy Books …full book review

Available at Amazonbest historical romance


best romantic suspense bookHard to Hold
Stephanie Tyler
Dell, 2009
Romantic suspense

THE SPECIAL OPS HERO FEARED NOTHING—
UNTIL HE MET A WOMAN TOO HOT TO HOLD.…


Lieutenant Jake Hansen has survived some of the riskiest missions known to man. But now the wounded Navy SEAL faces his toughest job yet: smuggling Dr. Isabelle Markham out of Africa without triggering an international incident.
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“Tyler (Beyond His Control) bundles thriller and romance in a very appealing package…” – Publishers Weekly
…full book review

Available at Amazonbest romantic suspense book


category romance,  paranormal romanceImmortal Wolf
Bonnie Vanak
Silhouette, 2009
Category Paranormal romance

Exiled to a life of extreme loneliness because everyone she touches dies, Emily Burke has every reason to distrust Raphael Robichaux. The immortal werewolf possesses immense power and has been summoned by her pack to end her life. And yet, from the moment she lays eyes on the powerful rebel, he awakens all the longings she's kept bottled inside...and gives her hope.
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“As always, Bonnie Vanak delivers a dangerously dark, deeply romantic story…” – Kelley A. Hartsell, CK2S Kwips and Kritiques …full book review

Available at Amazoncategory romance,  paranormal romance

Friday, December 11, 2009

Best Romance Novel Reviews

Welcome!

Are you looking for a great romance novel to read? This blog, in association with Best Romance Novels Today (bestromancenovelstoday.com)  is dedicated to posting the best romance novels we can find.

We scour the web, searching independent review sites for the best romance novels. We consider books from large publishers, and also gems from the small presses. Each book posted has earned at least one 5 star review from a respected reviewer. In addition, we check that novel's average star ranking on Amazon. If a book earns 5 stars from both sources, we post it here.

We're sure you'll find some wonderful books to read. Enjoy!

Hot Under Pressure, best contemporary romance novelHot Under Pressure
Kathleen O’Reilly
Harlequin Blaze, 2009
Contemporary romance
Rating: Hot

Boutique owner Ashley Taylor hates flying. Especially when there's a sugar-fueled little hellion on board. But then David McLean (sexy!) sits next to her, and suddenly Ashley finds herself hoping the delay will last forever—and that David won't notice her comfy pink bunny slippers (sadly, the opposite of sexy).
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“It’s sexy, engaging, and just a whole lot of fun to read.” – Katie Mack, All About Romance …full review

Hot Under Pressure depicted realistic, wounded people recognizing that perhaps they’ve outgrown the habits that used to keep them safe.” – Sarah, Smart Bitches, Trashy Books …full review
Available at AmazonHot Under Pressure, best contemporary romance novel

My Brother Michael, best romantic suspense novelMy Brother Michael
Mary Stewart
Chicago Review Press, Reprint 2009
Romantic suspense

Perhaps Camilla Haven unintentionally invoked the gods that afternoon in the crowded Athens cafĂ© when she wrote to a friend, “Nothing ever happens to me.” But a few hours later, an extraordinary train of events had dispatched Camilla to Delphi, to be in the company of a charming but quietly determined Englishman named Simon Lester. Simon told Camilla he had come to the ancient Greek ruins to “appease the shade” of his brother Michael, killed some fourteen years earlier on Parnassus.
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“I have reread My Brother Michael several times… each time with great enjoyment.” – Rike Horstmann, All About Romance
…full review
Available at AmazonMy Brother Michael, best romantic suspense novel
Madam Will You Talk, best romantic suspense novelMadam, Will You Talk?Mary Stewart
HarperTorch, Reprint 2003
Romantic Suspense

Much of a strange and tragic drama of revenge, lust, fear, and death has already been played by the time Charity Selborne arrives at a plush resort in the South of France. But by befriending a terrified boy and catching the attention of his enigmatic, possibly murderous father, Charity has inadvertently placed herself center stage.

Madam, Will You Talk? remains one of my all-time favorite romances.” – Rike Horstmann, All About Romance
…full review
Available at AmazonMadam Will You Talk, best romantic suspense novel

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