Reviews by Lisa Gardineer

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The Raven Prince

A DIKlassic Review originally published on January 19, 2007   The Raven Prince is classic romance. It is the type of book that reminds me why I love this genre. Elizabeth Hoyt’s debut novel brings emotion, sensuality, and wit to the forefront, blending it all together with a deft hand. T ...

C
Paradise Valley

This second generation of Virgin River is really a hit or miss. Unlike the triple threat that started the series, the connection isn’t hitting home with the last three. Paradise Valley is merely nice with a dash of disappointment. No one had to hold me down to finish - in fact I was gunning throug ...

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Sweetheart

The sequel to Chelsea Cain’s superb Heartsick is just as satisfying as the first book. Sweetheart, despite the cute name, isn’t a romance. It might be more apropos to call it an anti-romance. Still, if you read the first, you must read the second. Sweetheart picks up shortly af ...

C
Second Chance Pass

It is not without great regret that I give Second Chance Pass an average grade. I, too, was one of the legions who discovered Robyn Carr with her phenomenal Virgin River series. I enjoyed the first four books immensely and looked forward to the next installment. Yet, I was never hooked in and even f ...

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Miss Cheney’s Charade

Poor Emma Cheney! She is much too sweet and unassuming a girl to be saddled with such dreadful writing. Even worse, her hero, Peter, played her like a fiddle. All she wanted was to see a mummy and do a little drawing and she ends up exhausted, confused and used. The pity I felt for Emma is the only ...

B+
MacGowan’s Ghost

Cindy Miles certainly knows how to write an addictive tale. I’ve been enchanted with her backlist so far and MacGowan’s Ghost is a nice addition. Her sweet style with a paranormal twist shines through each page. Allie Morgan is a something of a therapist for ghosts. Since sh ...

B
Too Good to be True

Shortly after Kristan Higgins debuted as a writer, I found her first novel at a book sale at my local library. The cover was cute, the description was cute, and - best part - it was only fifty cents. I felt like I found gold, though, when I read it. Since then I’ve felt a type of responsibility t ...

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Marrying the Captain

Carla Kelly can do no wrong! It’s a rare treat to read a novel with the perfect blend of wit, charm, humility and intelligence. I could be referring to anything on Kelly’s backlist as they all fit the bill. But I am charged with reviewing Marrying the Captain. A sweeter job cannot be found. ...

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Simple Wishes

It’s a shame to find a book by a new author that would be a real treat for you if it wasn’t for one huge problem. This is what happened to me while reading Lisa Dale’s debut novel, Simple Wishes. Adele Matin is returning to the Pennsylvania cabin that she and her mother visi ...

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The Pagan Stone

Nora Roberts ends her Sign of Seven trilogy with a bang. Considering that the first two books in the series lacked an engaging romance, the strength of The Pagan Stone comes from its love story. We pick up where The Hollow ends; two happy couples, two singles wanting to avoid the ...