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Romancing the Novel

While I am an avid reader, I primarily stick to romances. I would say that my favorites are historical romances, but I love romance novels in every category.

Currently reading

Through the Smoke
Brenda Novak
How To Tame Your Duke
Juliana Gray
Thunder and Roses (Signet Historical Romance) - Mary Jo Putney I wavered between 4-5 stars, wish we had that 1/2 star, but it had too many of my favorite things to be a 4 :)
As my GR friend Juliana pointed out, it had mostly everything I love in a good HR:

1) Emotionally damaged hero
2) Bad boy / Rake
3) Gypsy
4) Strong spinster heroine who saves bad boy

It also had a good plot and lots of sexual tension. Some of the big plot issues were silly things that were very contrived just to make the book work, but it is fiction so we expect that :) My only issue is that he is supposed to be this big bad rake, but I found nothing really rakish about him other than he wanted to get h to be his mistress. He was actually a very honest and honorable man.