Contemporary Romance

B+
Montana

I have an admitted weakness for Western romances. They can be historical or contemporary, but as long as they have a ranch, a couple hundred head of cattle, and a hero who rides the range, I am willing to give the book a chance. This book was definitely worth the chance. Set in modern-day Swee ...

B
Simply Irresistible

My brain is full of factoids. That makes me a great Jeopardy player but it's kind of frustrating because sometimes I can't remember where I read a certain thing. Anyway, I read somewhere that editors of romance novels think readers don't like books about athletes. Well editors, this reader loves the ...

C+
No Ordinary Man

Suzanne Simmons surely had it right when she created Mitchell Storm - he's no ordinary man. But then again, Victoria Storm is no ordinary woman. Neither is her friend, Alice Fraser, and his right hand man, the MacClumpha, a giant Scots who Torey first spies as he moons her society guests for assumin ...

C
Sharp Edges

We expect a lot of JAK. As a talented writer, she is expected to maintain a certain standard by her devoted fans, and I suppose we tend to be a bit critical when we don't think she is writing her best. Sharp Edges is not a book that is up to JAK's best, at least in my mind, for many reasons. ...

F
The Senator's Wife

Have aliens abducted Karen Robards and left a changeling in her place? Surely the person who wrote this awful mess is not the Karen Robards who wrote Walking After Midnight, One Summer, and Heartbreaker. That Karen Robards wrote books with strong heroes and heroines and a good mix of action and roma ...

C
Fantasy

Lori Foster has attempted a modern-day version of Sleeping Beauty. While the attempt was admirable, the results were merely adequate. Sebastain Sinclair is a successful security consultant who allows himself to be auctioned off to benefit a women's shelter, even though he's reluctant to s ...

C+
Fever

Elizabeth Lowell books are one of my guilty pleasures. I know when I get one of her older novels, I am in for some serious sensuousness. Characters? Well, the man is usually (hell always!) scarred, bitter, does not like women, thinks they're all money grubbing vixens who only want to get their perfe ...

D
Fire and Rain

Elizabeth Lowell and I sort of have a win-some, lose-some relationship. When she's hot, she's hot (and how!), and when she's not, well, you get Fire and Rain. I've read several of the books in the Western Man series (since they are mostly reissues, I have no idea which came first or in what order I ...

A
The Golden Chance

Philadelphia Fox meets Nick Lightfoot when she comes home from work one day and finds him waiting for her. She immediately senses he's trouble with a capital "T". Once she finds out who he is, she knows for sure. Phila is a liberal with a left-wing heritage. Nick Lightfoot's fami ...

B-
Warrior

In every Elizabeth Lowell I've ever read, the hero has always pinned a nickname on the heroine - "little cat," "sunshine," "schoolgirl," "city girl" among them - that serve to emphasize the hero's adult-ness and the heroine's youth and assumed helplessness (and indeed, this has sometimes been the ca ...