Reviews by Donna Newman

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Do Not Disturb

My pleasure in reading a wonderful book is surpassed only by the excitement of discovering a new-to-me author; it's not just the anticipation of great books to enjoy in the future but also the idea of an immediately available backlist. Having just finished Christie Ridgway's Do Not Disturb, I'm now ...

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Cold Feet

Brenda Novak's Cold Feet is a phenomenal read, full of exemplary story-telling which completely entertains and satisfies as both romance and suspense. Madison Lieberman is struggling to make her new real estate agency succeed and to maintain stability in the life of her six-year-old daughter Briann ...

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Kissing Frogs

I'm not a stickler for absolute reality in my romances. Heaven knows, I've loved more than one historical romance with a backdrop so flimsy you could practically see it wobbling whenever someone breathed heavily. But Laura Marie Altom's Kissing Frogs doesn't manage to stay consistent even with itsel ...

B
Tall, Dark and Texan

I just love a smart-mouthed heroine who can bring uncharacteristic smiles to the lips of a stony-faced hero, and that is one of the primary draws of Jane Sullivan's Tall, Dark and Texan. The flip side, of course, is that said heroine is also likely to actually deserve the duct-tape gag the hero cons ...

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Dark Melody

There's something to be said for an author who paints such an erotic image of a woman getting her blood sucked that you find yourself appraising the incisors of every man you meet. But although I enjoyed reading about the Carpathians in Christine Feehan's Dark Melody, the writing style was problemat ...

C+
Frontier Christmas

Anthology
Reading Christmas anthologies is always a nice way to prepare for the holidays. But while Frontier Christmas, featuring authors Ana Leigh, Carolyn Davidson and Kate Bridges, managed to set a pleasant tone with its homespun traditions of Christmases past, the stories themselves were pretty average. ...

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One Kiss From You

For anyone thinking to pick up Christina Dodd's One Kiss From You, be aware that there's a typo on the opening page; a very significant word was omitted from the heading of the first chapter, which should read "Bizarro London, 1806." Once you realize that, the antics that ensue from that point for ...

B+
The Widows of Wichita County

It's not often that I finish a story with multiple primary characters and feel satisfied that I know each of them as well as I'd like, but Jodi Thomas more than delivers the goods in The Widows of Wichita County. When an oil rig explosion in Clifton Creek, Texas, leaves only one survivor, too ba ...

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Key of Light

It's purely amazing the variety and complexity of stories that can flow from one author's pen - they don't call her Queen Nora for nothing. But while I loved a lot about Key of Light, Nora Roberts' first in a new trilogy dealing with Celtic gods and goddesses and those pesky spells that ensnare them ...

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Night Swimming

Laura Moore's Night Swimming is a fleshed-out retelling of the Ugly Duckling story, in which the metamorphosing swan must now face its final challenge, the ultimate test of whether its transformation goes more than skin deep. It's a truly exceptional tale, comprised of breath-stealing romance, a mys ...