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Hello, and welcome back! I hope youīre all enjoying spring now that itīs arrived. Since weīre moving, Iīve given myself permission not to worry about the weeds among the flowers--packing is a tad more important. That also leaves me a bit more reading time than I normally have in the spring. (That, however, is about the only plus I can find in this whole thing.)

First up this week is Dawn in Eclipse Bay
Dawn in Eclipse Bay
by Jayne Ann Krentz (Jove Fiction). This time out in the Madison-Harte families, the sparring partners are Lillian Harte and Gabe Madison. Lillianīs trying to close her business, but her last client, Gabe, refuses to leave. Gabe is attracted to Lillian, but sheīs definitely not the type of woman he plans to spend the rest of his life with. I have a shelf of Ms. Krentzīs books downstairs, two deep, and usually I adore her stories, with the sexy heroes and wonderful characters. This book, however, was a slight disappointment in the romance department, though the suspense portion of the plot had me wondering until the very end. Iīm giving it only three of Cupidīs five arrows, and hoping for more romance in her next book. In the publisherīs defense, they are marketing this book as fiction, rather than romance, so be warned.

I also read "Marrying Money," by Susan Meier (Silhouette Romance) this week. Bailey Stephenson may be attracted to Tanner McConnell, but she has plenty of reasons for not wanting to spend enough time with him to do damage to her heart. Most importantly, he doesnīt plan to stay in their small West Virginia hometown any longer than necessary to repair his car, and then heīll be on his way to Florida. But Tanner finds heīs strangely reluctant to leave while heīs truly attracted to a woman for the first time in years. Peopled with characters you might meet walking down the street of your own small town, Ms. Meierīs latest is a winner. This pair has really believable dilemnas, and thereīs a secondary character here who deserves her own book as well, I think. This one gets four arrows.

Until next week, happy reading!

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