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Accidental Bride by Susan Barrie

Accidental Bride by Susan Barrie

I very much enjoyed this book despite the exceedingly silly and implausible plot. Samantha goes to stay with an old schoolfriend in the family's Austrian schloss, and ends up in ...
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Storm in Paradise by Judith Worthy

Storm in Paradise by Judith Worthy

Who the hell wears tights on the Great Barrier Reef? The temperature never falls below 23c/74F even in midwinter.We have here an Australian Mills & Boon "Medical Romance" where the ...
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Dangerous Enchantment by Anne Mather

Dangerous Enchantment by Anne Mather

Possibly the most outrageously hideous outfit ever is to be found in Dangerous Enchantment (1969):She had dressed with care in a new Crimplene two-piece of a delicious shade of salmon ...
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Caroline by Anne Mather

Caroline by Anne Mather

Caroline is the first book that Anne Mather wrote, in 1965 when she was just 19. While her talent is already apparent, it's a very naive work in many ways ...
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Chase a Green Shadow by Anne Mather

Chase a Green Shadow by Anne Mather

Three things irked me about the hero in Chase a Green Shadow: 37-ish Welsh writer Hywel, who's paired with 17-year-old Tamsyn.The first is that his name - Hywel Benedict - ...
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Forbidden Love by Karen Robards

Forbidden Love by Karen Robards

Forbidden Love is a pure, unadulterated bodice-ripper - in the most literal sense - from start to finish. If that's what you're after, and you're happy with an alpha sexually ...
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Sea Fever by Anne Weale

Sea Fever by Anne Weale

Sea Fever is an excellent book. It's a truly lovely and believable romance, between orphan Evangeline "Angel" Dorset, 17-years-old when the book begins, and 33-year merchant banker Charles Thetford.Angel's grandfather ...
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Wipe Away the Tears by Patricia Lake

Wipe Away the Tears by Patricia Lake

Wipe Away the Tears features 19-year-old Jassy (the name irritated the hell out of me, and it occurs 508 times in the book) falling in insta-lust with wealthy business magnate ...
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Haunted Dreams by Charlotte Lamb

Haunted Dreams by Charlotte Lamb

Haunted Dreams is an absolute scorcher of a vintage age-gap romance, with 20-year-old virgin heroine Emilie and 40-year-old ultra-alpha man-of-the-world business tycoon/banker Ambrose Kerr. First published in 1995, it feels ...
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Love in the Afternoon by Claude Anet

Love in the Afternoon by Claude Anet

I was curious to read this 1920 novel having seen the Audrey Hepburn/Gary Cooper film that was based on it. The original novel, in French, is titled: Ariane, jeune fille ...
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A Little of What You Fancy by H E Bates

A Little of What You Fancy by H E Bates

Wonderful finale to a lovely series. I've just re-read all five Larkin family novels back-to-back, and they are consistently lovely, a homage to rural England, great food, natural sensuality, kindness ...
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Stranded by Rosalind Tate

Stranded by Rosalind Tate

"Stranded" is an absolutely outstanding book. It's time travel with a twist with plenty of mystery and romantic tension ...
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Trade Secrets by VK Tritschler

Trade Secrets by VK Tritschler

An engaging, witty office romance set in an advertising agency in Adelaide, Australia ...
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Cecilia or Too Tall to Love by GL Robinson

Cecilia or Too Tall to Love by GL Robinson

An absolutely delightful traditional Regency Romance by British author GL Robinson, with themes of women's education ...
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Rosemary or Too Clever to Love by GL Robinson

Rosemary or Too Clever to Love by GL Robinson

Rosemary or Too Clever to Love is a charming, traditional Regency Romance by a British author that will suit fans of Georgette Heyer and Jane Austen ...
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Adeline's Aria by Laynie Bynum

Adeline’s Aria by Laynie Bynum

This was a highly enjoyable read: a real "wish fulfilment" romance fantasy of a US high school student falling in love with a famous British rock star/Hollywood actor. I did ...
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A Man of Means by Kay Thorpe

A Man of Means by Kay Thorpe

Superb stuff. Classic vintage age-gap melodrama and super steamy. Dana's 17, Mark's 35, and they can't stop lusting over one another despite his scruples about sleeping with someone half his ...
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Grace Before Meat by Sara Seale

Grace Before Meat by Sara Seale

I finally got a copy of this oddly titled book (though still have no idea how "Grace Before Meat" describes it). It's classic Sara Seale: a mid-teens heroine who looks ...
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Valentines from Bath (various authors)

Valentines from Bath (various authors)

Wonderfully fun collection of Regency Romance stories. Some were more authentically Regency than others, but all were an enjoyable read with an all-important HEA. I particularly enjoyed Candles in the ...
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Sauce for the Gander by Jayne Davis

Sauce for the Gander is a well-written and highly enjoyable Historic Romance - though it's as much of an adventure story as a romance ...
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Dangerous Temptation by Anne Mather

Spineless little rich girls and endlessly angry, rapey men don't really do it for me, but I hung on to this novel to get to The Big Reveal ...
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Phantom Marriage by Penny Jordan

The "hero" of this book is a solid-gold angry misogynistic bastard. I spent every page being glad that he had been deprived of knowing his children for six years. It ...
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Captivity by Margaret Pargeter

This book was absolutely unbearable. The hero, Chase, was loathsome and the heroine, Alex, pathetic. And I say this as someone who typically enjoys a bit of age-gap-alpha. Let's start ...
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The Curtain Rises by Mary Burchell

The problem with this book, although a very enjoyable read, is that a month after reading it, I couldn't even remember the name of the heroine (Nicola, as it turns ...
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When Love is Blind by Mary Burchell

"That's the strangest and most macabre thing.... It started—oh, months ago, when I adjudicated at a big music exam... Among the candidates was a girl.... her technique was quite outstanding, ...
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The Broken Wing by Mary Burchell

A wonderful read, but hugely disappointing both as a romance and as a rags-to-riches/stardom story, in this second instalment of Mary Burchell's Warrender series, set in the world of opera ...
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Alien Wife by Anne Mather

I so wanted to adore this: Anne Mather, age-gap (19/39), innocent heroine/alpha older man. But I was left... bewildered ...
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A Song Begins by Mary Burchell

A devastatingly arrogant and attractive conductor falls in love with his student in the first instalment in Mary Burchell's opera-themed Warrender series ...
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Except My Love by Mary Burchell

This is a lovely and well-written book, but it is not a lovely romance. Rich businessman Oliver Leyne marries his secretary Erica in a "marriage of convenience" since he's decided ...
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Kingfisher Morning by Charlotte Lamb

Somewhere in the mountains of Peru is an illiterate llama herder who has never heard of Charlotte Lamb, let alone read "Kingfisher Morning", yet who has guessed THE TWIST more ...
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Take Me with You by Mary Burchell

Glorious. Absolutely glorious, vintage romance with a spirited and smart teenage heroine and a wonderful, slightly older (~10 years) hero). Orphan Leoni meets rich businessman Lucas, who happens to be ...
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Out of Control by Charlotte Lamb

Bob Tanner is my absolute favourite fictional journalist ever. Bob's target is Liza Thurston, a former model who now runs a modelling agency, and has such a perma-frosted foo-foo after ...
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Disturbing Stranger by Charlotte Lamb

Disturbing Stranger by Charlotte Lamb

Absolute five-star vintage trainwreck of a romance novel, that's full on crazy! It does not get more WTF than this. This is seriously strong stuff and not recommended for those ...
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Storm in a Rain Barrel by Anne Mather

For me this was a vintage winner: a guardian-ward romance with a massive age gap (17/37). There's a devastatingly sexy, older hero who's 100% in the mould of Mills & ...
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Handful of Stardust by Yvonne Whittal

Take your feminism out and put it into a box. Firmly shut the lid, and put it on a high shelf. Keep it there until you've finished reading this novel, ...
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