Contemporary Romance

D-
Cyber Bride

Cyber Bride has what sounds like a cute plot. The hero and heroine meet on line in a chat room and get to be good friends. They actually live in the same building, and each figures out the identity of the other. It's not unlike You've Got Mail, or so you would think. Unfortunately, most of the book ...

C+
Until. . .

Timmothy B. McCann is the latest author to enter the booming African-American fiction market, following the path blazed by Terry McMillan and Eric Jerome Dickey. His first novel, Until. . ., mines the already well-worked vein of contemporary male-female relationships, much of which will seem familia ...

C-
The Island

"O brave new world with such people in't!" Shakespeare's Miranda may have said it first, but it's a quote that kept running through my mind while I read The Island, because Keely Cochrane is a modern day Miranda. Raised on an isolated island full of odd superstitions, Keely has had almost no cont ...

B+
Lost Highways

Want to come away from a book all smiley-faced and misty-eyed? Want a story to leave you with a feel-good tingle and a sad-sweet grin? If you do, then Curtiss Ann Matlock's Lost Highways is just what you're lookin' fer. Oklahoma gal Rainey Valentine is a barrel-racer, as was her ...

A
Lost Highways

Rainey Valentine is 35 years old. She's been married and divorced two times and now she's facing her life alone.. Her mother has just died and while Rainey still has family in her father, brother and sister, she now realies that a vital part of her life is missing. Rainey's mothe ...

B+
Diamond Bay

I just finished a marvelous Linda Howard book featuring a secret agent in deep cover and in deep trouble and the brave and resourceful woman who saves his life and falls in love with him. No, it wasn't her latest hardcover All The Queen's Men, I'm talking about Diamond Bay one of Howard's earlier an ...

A
What The Heart Knows

"Oh, man," I thought, when I read the cover of Kathleen Eagle's new book, "not another secret-baby story!" But saying Eagle has written a secret-baby book is like saying Margaret Mitchell wrote about the Civil War. What the Heart Knows is a finely crafted and moving tale of love, loss, and a c ...

F
Love Lessons

The best thing I can say about Love Lessons is that it isn't boring. It's jam-packed with trite dialogue, cliché characters, unrealistic settings and purple prose, but it retains a sort of campy charm that kept me reading until the last page - if only to see what situation the too-stupid-to-live he ...

D
Yesterday's Shadow

What started out as an average read floated away to darker waters because of an overabundance of editing problems, transparent plot twists, and tea - yes, tea. Lacey Summers has been asked by her beloved Uncle Henry to do some art research, specifically to delve into the origins of an obscure ...

F
One Summer Evening

What is a story without a good plot and good characters? Sometimes a terrific plot can make up for less than terrific characters, and vice versa. When elements of a plot make me uncomfortable and angry and characters creep me out, I know I'm in for an unpleasant read. Such was the case with Mary ...