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January 2004 Releases

Hello, and welcome back! More wintry temperatures are rushing in here, so perhaps we'll get more snow soon to make it really feel like winter? Hey, it's a good excuse to curl up with some tea or hot chocolate and read, right?

This week, I have three new romances to share with you, so let's get started! First up is Donna Fletcher's Remember the Magic (Berkley). Witch Sydney Wyrrd is going home: to the Scottish Highlands. Only she's been living in the future and has no idea what she may find when she gets back. She just knows she needs to go back for Duncan, the man she loves. Well, you can see what kind of trouble a witch in mid-1500's Scotland can get into right? Imagine now how much worse it can get when some of her friends come along to help her out. This is a fun story, if you can overlook some things no real witch would ever be able to accomplish. Not a keeper for me, but fun. I'm borrowing three and a half of Cupid's five arrows for this one.

Next up is Heather Cullman's Secrets (Signet). Christian English has endured much to return home to England from India, but he doesn't know what he's returning to: he suffers from amnesia. He's been saved by Gideon Harwood, but it's Gideon's sister who truly helps him to heal as he searches for his true identity. I have to warn you, the opening scenes of this book are extremely graphic and disturbing. Some romance readers may be turned off, as I was. I had a very hard time reading the rest of the story because of the beginning of the book, and a difficult time enjoying the tale. There are simply some things I don't think are conducive to romance. I'm giving this one only two arrows.

Finally, we have Patricia Potter's Cold Target (Berkley). Meredith Rawson gets quite the shock when her dying mother tells her she had another daughter and makes Meredith promise to find her. Little does she know the danger that promise will put her in, or that Detective Gage Gaynor will become so important to her. Plenty of intrigue to satisfy suspense fans, though at times it overshadows the romance. I hope she's not leaning toward writing more straight suspense. In any case, I liked this one just fine, and I'm giving it four arrows.

Until next time, happy reading!

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