Reviews by Jennifer Schendel

C+
The Charmed Sphere

While I found The Charmed Sphere a quick and intriguing read, there's something missing that keeps me from unequivocally recommending it to readers. The kingdom of Aronsdale is at a crossroads. The king is dying and his heir needs a queen. So to the castle of Sun Croft two girls ar ...

A
Honest Illusions

Even though I am a huge Nora Roberts fan (I've managed to collect all but one elusive book from her backlist), there are probably less than 10 books by her I'd grant DIK status. Honest Illusions is one of those ten. Luke Callahan is on the run when he stumbles across a traveli ...

B
Royally Jacked

A couple of years ago I had the pleasure of reading Nicole Burnham's debut novel, Going to the Castle, and was pleasantly swept away into a modern day fairy tale. Since then I've felt that she was one of those great undiscovered treasures, and was excited to see her spreading her wings outside her S ...

C
Obsession

Reading Obsession I remembered why I gave up watching soap operas; they're too frustrating. Speaking of frustration, I don't know how anyone who read its prequel, Devotion, with its mother of all cliff hanger endings, handled it without giving up on Sutcliffe altogether. Unfortunately I'm not sure t ...

B
Dance with the Devil

Dance with the Devil picks up right where Night Embrace left off. At least that's what I'm assuming based on the names of the lead characters in the review of the prequel (without having read the previous books in this series). There are so many secondary characters and brief mentions about back-sto ...

D
Hard Lovin' Man

Last year I discovered Lorraine Heath's books and she immediately went on my auto-buy list. She's written some of my favorite stories, so when I started to hear a lot positive buzz for Hard Lovin' Man I really looked forward to reading it. Unfortunately it didn't live up to my expectations, let alon ...

B+
Loaded

You might say Callaway Wilde is having a bad week. First, after a business meeting she's approached by people who seem to be muggers, and Callie is forced to kill one in self-defense. The next day the victim's brother shows up dead in her house, in an apparent attempt to frame Callie for murder. If ...

A-
The Time Traveler's Wife

On an autumn day in 1977, six year old Clare Abshire goes outside to the meadow behind her house to practice her penmanship. There she finds a very naked 36-year-old Henry DeTamble. Clare knows she shouldn't talk to strangers, but this stranger knows her name and he seems to know her. He tells a fan ...

B
The Shadow Side

It's been a so-so few months of reading for me. Fortunately I can say The Shadow Side by Linda Castillo has been a high point, and makes me eager to read her previous book The Perfect Victim which has been on my TBR pile for ages. The story opens with a brutal murder/suicide and the cops notifyi ...

D
Twist of Fate

Let me start off saying that in 99% of cases I'm against the death penalty. It's final and offers no way to undo it, and I'm also vengeful enough that I'd want a guilty person to spend years suffering for their crime. You'd think that I'd have enjoyed Mary Jo Putney's latest release, in which views ...