Contemporary Romance

B
Some Enchanted Season

I have enjoyed Marilyn Pappano's series romances very much. She is a wonderful storyteller with a knack for developing characters you truly care about and who remain with you after you close the book. Her mainstream romances have those same qualities of emotional intensity and memorable characters t ...

F
Love Me Tender

Who wouldn't want a fairy godmother or father? Someone to make your dreams come true? Throw in a little romance and you've got the guaranteed Cinderella formula, right? Wrong. I knew from the moment I read the back cover of Love Me Tender that I might be in for a rough read. Fir ...

B
Hot Chocolate

Anthology
Much as I love Jayne Ann Krentz's books, I can't get into the whole Seattle coffee drinking thing. Coffee is something you have to learn to like and I never learned. Now chocolate is a whole other thing. I'm certain we are born loving it. Hot Chocolate is a tasty anthology of four stories all featur ...

B-
Impulsive

Catherine Hart's Impulsive is a treat for readers out there like me who enjoy sports. Note: Editors, there are quite a few of us out there hint, hint. Impulsive is, in part, a great romantic comedy. Unfortunately, a tacked-on mystery subplot added nothing to the book. It all evens out to a B-. ...

A
Walking After Midnight

Karen Robards is a very uneven writer. Some of her earlier books are old-fashioned bodice rippers at their worst. In her most recent book, The Senator's Wife, main character Ronnie Honneker is a selfish, greedy, air-headed, little twit and I'm being kind to describe her in those terms! But in 1995, ...

D
Full Circle

You know how in the movies you can tell when a story is going to be strange because of the music? They play that minor-key violin underscore which has a kind of sick sound to it, just to keep you on edge and to prepare you for the icky stuff that's coming. When I opened Full Circle, I heard that dam ...

C
The Blessing

The first real romance I read was The Raider by Jude Deveraux, so I kind of have a soft spot for her work. While in general the quality of her books seems to be slipping, every now and then she'll write one that's pretty good. The Blessing is a mixed bag. Some of it was fun in an over-the-top sort o ...

C
Mountain Dreams

Anthology
I finished Mountain Dreams a couple of days ago, and have been struggling ever since with this review. Mountain Dreams is an anthology containing two complete novels by the same author. These stories were purposefully published together because they each deal with innocent young heroines, secret age ...

B
Loving Evangeline

I don't know where Linda Howard wants to go with her writing, but wherever that is, I sure hope she keeps writing romance novels. True, I've not loved every book she's written (I've read them all), and I've hated some of her heroes as much as I've loved others. But, when it comes to writing romance, ...

D+
Three Kisses

When a novel gets off to a really bad start, it's pretty difficult to recover, and Three Kisses has a very bad beginning. Too much information is packed into a short space, and my progress was slowed by some awkward passages. Though the novel got a little better, I never recovered from that initiall ...