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At the Gutter: Nice Guys, Sewers, and Other Relics of the Past

Romance Editor Chris Szego has gone on a historical romance binge:

This trip down the historical record lane is due largely to author Sherry Thomas.  More to the point, to her recent novel Ravishing the Heiress.

No one was more surprised that me.  First, I usually have a marked preference for contemporary stories.  Second, (no doubt influenced by the first), I’ve had occasionally difficulty connecting with Thomas’ work in the past.  This is not a criticism:  I certainly like her stories and style to have read everything novel she’s written.  But I never quite reached the reader’s high.  Which, in case you’re wondering, that’s the feeling that makes you want to A) read it again immediately, B) stop strangers in the street to tell them how good it was, C) be all sad and mopey that it’s over.