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The Game and the Governess by Kate Noble

When I picked up The Game and the Governess, I knew the setup: an earl and his secretary switch identities. This isn’t a spoiler. The opening scene (past the prologue) is about the discussion that leads to the bet that leads to them trading places—just as the earl is to return to his childhood village. But…

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Foreigner by CJ Cherryh

I’ve redeveloped an interest in CJ Cherryh’s work this past year. Thus far, admittedly, I’d only read Merchanter’s Luck. But when discussing different Cherryh books—she’s a prolific author—the Foreigner series came up a few times. Some were more enamored than others, but what piqued my interest was that people were reminded of Foreigner when they…

Crazy Thing Called Love

Crazy Thing Called Love by Molly O’Keefe

I really liked this romance. It was messy and complicated and gripping. It had elements I don’t always like: the hero and heroine were married when they were young and have baggage; they fight a lot, which can weary me; he undergoes a makeover. None of that mattered. The book’s opening is terrific—a flashback to…

The Missing Juliet

The Missing Juliet by Sam Cameron

The Missing Juliet is book three of Sam Cameron’s Fisher Key Adventures. These are mysteries—and adventures—with teenage amateur sleuths and contain romantic elements. The first two, Mystery of the Tempest and The Secret of Othello, feature identical twin sleuths Denny and Steven, and over the course of two books while solving mysteries, Denny falls in…

Merchanter's Luck

Merchanter’s Luck by CJ Cherryh

Many years ago, like more than fifteen (ack!), I picked up Rimrunners by CJ Cherryh. I can still remember the house we were renting, and the bedroom where I read it. I was completely taken by the book; it felt fresh and new, something I hadn’t read before yet loved. It was probably my most…

What Makes This Book So Great

What Makes This Book So Great by Jo Walton

I read through a number of the articles in Jo Walton’s What Makes This Book So Great. These were originally written for tor.com and are still up. Walton has a depth of knowledge about science fiction and fantasy books, and I found her articles fun and insightful. I know authors tend to be discouraged from…