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Hello, and welcome back. My "team mom" duties have begun for Little League already, but I don't expect them to get in the way of my reading time--there simply isn't that much work involved. Plus I can read while the kids are practicing. Win-win.

Anyway, I have three new releases to share with you this week, including another anthology of Kay Hooper's older romances, Enchanted
(Jove). In it, you'll find two of her paranormal stories, "Kissed By Magic" and "Belonging to Taylor," as well as "Eye of the Beholder," which is just straight category romance. If you loved the old romances from the eighties, you'll really enjoy these, and if you like the old romances and paranormal romances, you'll like this even better. It was fun, and the stories are short enough for you to read in no time, making this a good choice for your evening reading. I'm borrowing three of Cupid's five arrows for this one.

Next is Robin D. Owens's Heart Duel
Heart Duel
(Berkley), a sequel to two of her previous books. Lark Collinson is a healer, so the world she lives in, with its constant fighting, keeps her too busy to mourn her late husband. Holm Holly is the heir to the family her own calls 'enemy,' but his touch makes her forget that--briefly. Perhaps it would have helped me if I'd read the first two books, to ground myself in this futuristic world. Perhaps I was just not in the right frame of mind for a fantasy. I don't know, but while I enjoyed it, I didn't find it a keeper. For a man so determined to have his Heart Mate, Holm retreats too easily for me later on. I'm giving this one three arrows as well.

Finally is Lucy Clare's Breaking the Trust
Breaking the Trust
(NAL), which isn't romance but women's fiction. Yes, there are romantic elements in this story, but it isn't the main focus.

Until next time, happy reading!

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