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Lynn Spencer - All About Romance

I'm one of the publishers of All About Romance. I love reading romance, as well as mysteries, fantasy, history and historical fiction, and all kinds of other things. Staying on Goodreads for now but trying this out in case I decide to switch.

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The Pirate Next Door -  Jennifer Ashley Okay, this gets 4.5 stars. In honor of this book being 99 cents today (9/19/2012) and since I still remember how much I enjoyed reading it, I'm reposting my 2003 review from AAR. I was a brand new baby reviewer fresh out of school when I wrote this:If you haven't tried any of this author's books yet, you just might want to get to it because The Pirate Next Door is, quite simply, a lot of fun. Watching proper widow Alexandra Alastair learn to let down her guard and actually enjoy falling for her rather unorthodox (to say the least) neighbor was sweet at some points and absolutely hilarious at many more. What's more, the tongue-in-cheek purple prose adds to the fun, making for a slightly campy and very fun read. Alexandra has already suffered the indignity of being married to a shameless adulterer who cheated on her openly. Now that he's dead, she's determined not to make the mistake of marrying such a rascal again. To that end, she carefully constructs a list of dull, dependable souls she deems eligible for her hand.This plan, however, is turned upside down when Alexandra meets Viscount Stoke - her pirate next door. An enigmatic pirate turned aristocrat, Stoke has recently returned to England with his daughter Maggie, determined to settle down and provide a stable life for his child.Unfortunately, a pirate can only have so much stability. Stoke's old partner has become a self-proclaimed pirate hunter who is determined to exact vengeance on his former friend. And between pirate hunters, aristocratic spies, and madcap plots to hunt down the exiled king of France, Stoke has his hands full even before Alexandra enters his home one fateful night to rescue him from hanging. From that point on, one might safely say Stoke's heart is no longer his own. The chemistry between these two sizzles from the very beginning.In fact, that chemistry between the prim Society lady and the not-totally-reformed bad boy of the seas, together with the author's wonderful, fast-paced plotting, take this novel a long way. What really makes it fun, however, is the sparkling dialogue reminiscent of an old-fashioned romantic comedy film. This is a partial review. You can find the full text at All About Romance: http://likesbooks.com/cgi-bin/bookReview.pl?BookReviewId=1322