Reviews by Laurie Likes Books

B+
The Star King

A DIKlassic review* originally published on November 1, 2000 The Star King, Susan Grant's second novel, proves that her first terrific romance, Once a Pirate, was no fluke. This is an author who writes romantic and exciting books that conjure up exotic locales and peoples. Grant is equally at home ...

B
Woven Dreams

Woven Dreams is third in a series of erotic fantasy romances set in a world resembling Medieval Earth. In each of the first two books, Christina's Tapestry and Bakra Bride, a modern American woman buys an ancient tapestry depicting a castle and two knights that draws her into sexual dreams with the ...

F
Wildwood

Last month my husband read my review of a book that I graded D-; his question to me was, "What does it take to actually get an F from you?" I tried to explain to him that as bad as it was, I've actually read worse. As I finished Wildwood, I turned to him and said, "This book is why that one only got ...

B-
The Deed

The Deed was Lynsay Sands' first published romance, and marked the start of a prolific career, albeit one that for me has been characterized by uneven writing. What's best about her books - the humor and a certain naive sweetness in her heroes and heroines - reminds me in some ways of vintage Julie ...

B-
Mercury's War

Earlier this year I granted DIK status to Dawn's Awakening, the previous single title release in Lora Leigh's Breeds series, and just last month gave her Breeds short story in the Shifter anthology a B-. It's clear I'm a fan of this series, but since my review of another of her recent single titles ...

D-
The Pleasure of His Bed

Anthology
The erotic romance The Pleasure of His Bed did not arouse, titillate, or otherwise excite. It took me a week to read two of the three short stories, mostly because I couldn't tolerate more than a few pages at a time. My eyes rolled so often while enduring most of this book that I feared my contact ...

D-
Can't Say No

Can't Say No, third in Bette Ford's Prescott family series, is one of those books I'd never have finished had I not been assigned it for review. With a heroine who is too stubborn to live, an annoying focus on the hero - and his family's - wealth, and an over-abundance of lust-thought from both lead ...

C+
Shifter

Anthology
There are two reviews of this bookShifter is that rare anthology that features no disasters; each of the four short stories involving shapeshifters are above average. Unfortunately, none really rise all that far above average. One is more memorable, but the remaining three don’t linger in the mind ...

B-
Master of Wolves

Angela Knight's Master of Wolves is part of her Mageverse series, and though I've been collecting it for a while, it's actually only the second title in the series I've read. Unfortunately, I determined rather late that as far as "monsters" go, I prefer werewolves to vampires, which is why ...

B-
The Wild Road

Late last year I discovered Marjorie M. Liu's Dirk and Steele series, and read all but one of the full-length books and her short story from the Dark Dreamers anthology. That short story introduced a family of gargoyle brothers into the author's urban fantasy romance world, and added one to the rank ...