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Books Read March-April 2009

A Mad Desire to Dance by Elie Wiesel (March 18--Comments)

A Season of Eden by J.M. Warwick (April 30--Comments)

Candy by Kevin Brooks (March 9--Comments)

Captive at the Sicilian Billionaire's Command (April)

Captive by Leda Swann (March 23--Comments)

Dark Enchantment by Janine Ashbless (April 20--Comments)

Deadly Little Secrets by Laurie Faria Stolarz (March 16--Comments)

Desire Unchained by Larissa Ione (March 4--Comments)

Embracing Midnight by Devyn Quinn (April 8--Comments)

Hittin' It by Amie Stuart (March)

Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey (March 30--Comments)

Lucas by Kevin Brooks (March 8--Comments)

Man after Midnight by Devyn Quinn (April 8--Comments)

Married by Mistake by Abby Gaines (April 14--Comments)

Midnight Angel by Lisa Marie Rice (April 2--Comments)

Midnight Run by Lisa Marie Rice (March 13--Comments)

Night Falls Darkly by Kim Lenox (March 11--Comments)

Port of Paradise by Lisa Marie Rice (March)

Taken and Seduced by Julia Latham (April 17--Comments)

The French Tycoon's Pregnant Mistress by Abby Green (April)

The Lost Duke of Wyndham by Julia Quinn (April 27--Comments)

The Road of the Dead by Kevin Brooks (March 20--Comments)

Twice Bitten: My Immortal Knight by Delilah Devlin (April 6--Comments)

Until It's Over by Nicci French (March 3--Comments)

Wild by Margo Maguire (March 16--Comments)

Woman on the Run by Lisa Marie Rice (March)

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