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"Babydoll," a non-review

Review book courtesy of Penguin Group   To recap: when I put up a “non-review,” it means I couldn’t finish a book. I’m not going to review it on Epinions or Amazon, and this isn’t going to be a full-on

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"Trolls in the Hamptons," Celia Jerome

Pros: Very original world; neat story Cons: Overly chatty; too many annoying characters Rating: 3 out of 5 Review book courtesy of Penguin Group   Willow Tate is a graphic novelist who just came up with a new idea for

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"The Demon King and I," Candace Havens

Pros: Interesting premise Cons: Poor pacing; plodding; stiff emotional content; romance reads like parody; SF material is out of place and ill-used Rating: 1.5 out of 5 Review book courtesy of Penguin Group. Visit Candace Haven’s website.   The Guardian

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"The Sleeping Beauty Proposal," Sarah Strohmeyer

Pros: Great premise; fantastic characters; pithily hilarious; great commentary on the social politics of marriage Cons: Rather painful to read in places (only sort of a ‘con’) Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Review copy courtesy of Penguin Group. Visit Sarah

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"Because Your Vampire Said So," Michelle Bardsley

Pros: Hysterically funny and surprisingly moving Cons: Character chemistry is weak at first; one or two weak plot devices; doesn’t stand alone well Rating: 4 out of 5 Review book courtesy of Penguin Group. Visit Michelle Bardsley’s site.   Michelle

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"Real Vampires Get Lucky," Gerry Bartlett

Pros: Fun and entertaining bunch of characters; wild and crazy plots Cons: Huge cast; too much brand-name obsession Rating: 4 out of 5 Advance review book courtesy of Penguin Group. Expected publication date: 6/3/2008. Visit Gerry Bartlett online.   Gerry

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"A Little Less Talk and a Lot More Action," LuAnn McLane

Pros: Silly & fun; wish-fulfillment fantasy; entertaining characters Cons: Some mild frustrations; so many couples coming together at once Rating: 4 out of 5

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"By Appointment Only," Janice Maynard

Pros: Unusual and interesting side characters; interesting premise Cons: Beginning glossed-over; the therapy is a little too quick & effective Rating: 2.5 out of 5

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"How to Knit a Wild Bikini," Christie Ridgway

Pros: Fun characters; good chemistry; wacky and fun storylines; laugh-out-loud funny dialogue Cons: Tried to fit too much into one book; perhaps a few too many coincidences Rating: 4 out of 5 Review book (uncorrected proof) courtesy of Penguin Group.

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"Red-Hot and Royal," Susanna Carr

Pros: Hilariously fun romantic romp Cons: Some smudged plot details Rating: 4 out of 5

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