Reviews by Maggie Boyd

B+
Resurrection

Resurrection is the fourth installment in Karina Bliss' Rock Solid series. This charming tale works well as a stand-alone novel, but the experience is definitely enriched by having read the previous books in the saga. She used to be known as Stormy Hagen, model and professional girlfriend to rock ...

B-
Number One Chinese Restaurant

It’s been over forty years since Marlon Brando uttered the words, “I’m going to make you an offer you can’t refuse” but Number One Chinese Restaurant proves that not everyone took that warning to heart. When our story begins, Uncle Pang is eating at The Beijing Duck House in Rockville, ...

B+
You Were Made for This

Michelle Sacks delivers a chilling, disturbing thriller with her debut novel, You Were Made for This. It will make you question everything you have ever believed about happiness, friendship and family. Before I begin my review, I want to emphasize the “disturbing” part of my description. This ...

B
Prisoner of the Crown

Jeffe Kennedy offers an exciting new look at the world she created in her Twelve Kingdoms and Uncharted Realms series with Prisoner of the Crown. The opening tale in the trilogy about the lost princess of Dasnaria, this is one of the best books in this fantasy saga. It is a standalone novel, so you ...

B+
The Girl in the Moss

Loreth Anne White's two Angie Pallorino novels, The Drowned Girls and The Lullaby Girl received high praise here at AAR. The third and final book in the trilogy releases this month, and Maggie Boyd and Dabney Grinnan - both fans of the author's work - read The Girl in the Moss and are here to share ...

C-
The Concubine's Child

I was drawn to The Concubine’s Child by the unique premise and even more unique location. Set primarily in 1930s Malaya (known today as Malaysia) it is the story of a group of women and how they handle the limited choices life gives them. Madame Chan is praying to – although it’s more like ...

C
A Defense of Honor

It’s unfortunate when a favorite author pens a novel you don’t love but it is also a reality of life that such an event typically occurs at least once in a writer’s career. Hopefully, A Defense of Honor will be the aberration in Ms. Hunter’s lexicon since her previous novels have brought me ...

A-
A Daring Venture

Fabulous historical tales can be hard to come by which is why I treasure the work of Elizabeth Camden. Able to combine real history with sweet romance, she is a master of her craft. Her latest novel, A Daring Venture, continues the story of the history of clean water in New York begun in A Dangerous ...

A
More Than Meets the Eye

More Than Meets the Eye is a fantastic tale of finding love in the American west that captured my heart from the start. When she first steps on the orphan train, Evangeline – Evie - Hamilton is a tiny child full of dreams. The day she gets off she is a heartbroken little girl, aware that her mi ...

C
What Happens in Summer

Books with Hispanic heroines are rare, so I was excited that What Happens in Summer had a leading lady with Cuban heritage. Unfortunately, that heritage played no significant part in the story and the book itself was a very average romance. Connie Reyes has a plan for her life, a plan that doesn ...