Banner O’Brien by Linda Lael Miller

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Grade: B+
Hotness Level: Blaze
Kink Level: No Kink
Genre: Historical
Series: The Corbins #1
Published: 1991
Reviewed by Kate
310 pages

Linda Lael Miller takes us back to Washington Territory 1886 in a book that brought back many fond “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman” memories with a large dose of hunky man doctor thrown in.  What a delicious read!

After divorcing her abusive and unfaithful husband, Banner O’Brien does an almost unheard of thing-she becomes a doctor.  When she discovers that her ex is back in town, she takes the first offer she gets and heads to the Washington territory to take over for an injured doctor.  One of the first people she meets is Adam Corbin, hunky, sexy doctor extrodinaire.  This one is filled with all the romance I’ve come to expect from Linda Lael Miller and more.  Adam has his own secrets that he’s keeping and in the beginning they frustrated me.  What were they and why couldn’t he share? But when the big reveal happened…I understood and the book became all the better.

This was the perfect book at the perfect time.  If you liked Dr. Quinn but always wished her relationship with Sully was more steamy, this is the book for you.  Do you have any TV shows you’d like to see recreated in a romance?

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Once Upon a Plaid by Mia Marlowe

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Grade: C
Hotness Level: Inferno
Kink Level: No Kink
Genre: Historical
Series: Spirit of the Highlands #2
Published: 10/7/14
Reviewed by Kate
352 ebook pages

Kat and William have been married for four years now, but she feels like he never shares any of his emotions with her.  Add that together with the fact that she’s not been able to provide him with the required heir and Kat decides that the best course of action is to leave him.  That’s right, she loves him so much that she figures it’s best if she leaves him so he can find someone else to love and give him a son.

The funny thing with this one is I actually enjoyed it while I was reading it, but looking back at it now when I’m writing my review I can’t help but think of how syrupy sweet this one was.  She loves him so much, he loves her so much, but of course there’s no communication between the two of them.  There’s also a secondary storyline about a cousin who’s trying to overthrow Kat’s dad, but it seemed to me that that storyline was simply introduced because the plot between William and Kat was so sweet.

If you enjoy Highland historicals, this one might work for you.  I just quickly got tired of the “I love him so much…” side of it.

Make Believe Wedding by Sarah Mayberry

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Grade: B
Hotness Level: Blaze
Kink Level: No Kink
Genre: Contemporary
Series: Montana Born Brides #9
Published: 7/28/14
Reviewed by Kate
160 pages

Andie has had a secret crush on Heath, her boss and her brother’s best friend, for years.  Unfortunately, other than on the job site, Heath doesn’t really know she exists.  One night, while drunk at a party, Andie fills out an application for a dream wedding and lists Heath as her fiancée.  She uses all her dreams of Heath as the basis for her entry.  Then, promptly forgets about it until she discovers that she and Heath have been chosen as finalists in the competition.

I really enjoyed the unrequited love angle here, but I’m kind of a sucker for that kind of story line.  And Sarah Mayberry does a beautiful job with it.  Heath decides to go along with the whole scheme to help Andie save face, but of course he quickly falls for her.  If you’re looking for a quick, low-conflict, light hearted read give this one a try.