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Review: The Luck Factor by Richard Wiseman

Review: The Luck Factor by Richard Wiseman

If you're new here, why not subscribe to our email updates or follow us on Facebook? You can also add us to your Google Reader. Thanks for visiting! Six years ago I was out at a bar with a girlfriend. I was there under the guise of being her lesbian partner, a roadblock against the advances of another girl my friend had unwittingly led on. Unfortunately I...

Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter: a guy’s perspective

Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter: a guy’s perspective

My husband Jono and I have pretty divergent reading tastes: his section of the bookshelf is largely business books and non-fiction, whereas mine’s largely fiction with the odd piece of narrative non-fiction thrown in. But there is some overlap in our reading habits, and zingy fiction that treads the line between MG and YA definitely comprises a large part...

Review: A Girl Less Ordinary by Leah Ashton

Review: A Girl Less Ordinary by Leah Ashton

My poor husband has been quite disappointed that in all the romance novels that have made their way on to my bookshelves, his own occupation has not so far represented. Where’s the IT geek love? he wants to know. With Leah Ashton’s A Girl Less Ordinary, he can finally feel vindicated, because the hero in this one gives my geeky husband a run for...

Review: An Outlaw’s Christmas/McKettrick’s Luck by Linda Lael Miller

Review: An Outlaw’s Christmas/McKettrick’s Luck by Linda Lael Miller

My husband is starting to get a little bit disgruntled with the number of Linda Lael Miller books I read. (“Cowboys again? Why do you want to read about men who are cows?” he grumbled this time. What a wit he is.) But honestly, there’s something so warm and cheery about Miller’s books, and returning to her work is a guaranteed...

Review: Tins by Alex Shearer

Review: Tins by Alex Shearer

In my experience, tins and fingers don’t go well together. A few years back I found myself at the hospital after losing terribly in a battle against a tin of kidney beans. Kidney beans are good for iron levels, I hear. Bleeding all over the kitchen floor, not so much. Oh, the agony of my hand and its plaintive sobs of haemoglobin. In tears, I called up...

Review: Big Sky River by Linda Lael Miller

Review: Big Sky River by Linda Lael Miller

With a fair chunk of romance novels under my belt now, I’ve developed a few tentative hypotheses and correlations about the genre. One of these is that the more ridiculous the hero’s name, the more fun the book. (I remember fondly a book last year involving a hero called Obediah “Dyer” Straits.) If this correlation holds true, then with...

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