Reviews by Caroline Russomanno

B
The Spaniard's Innocent Maiden

A conquistador/indigenous Totonec romance novel? I had to give that a try. The Spaniard's Innocent Maiden sees Benicio Villafuerte sets sail for the West Indies in the hopes of becoming wealthy enough to support his beloved Luisa. Once there, he joins Cortes on his first expedition to Mexico. Tul ...

D
The Deep End

I hated the first half of The Deep End and had I not been reading for review it's likely I wouldn't have finished it. But I persisted, and thank goodness the second half was better. Amélie is top Domme at an expensive, exclusive sex club called The Bee’s Honey, but she’s bored with her prosp ...

B+
Wait for It

Fans of gritty, blue-collar romance will enjoy Wait For It, a dark and sexy look at a woman emerging from an abusive relationship. Tiffany married Blake’s abusive brother Phil, whose messes Blake has been cleaning up for decades. Blake is wealthy, thanks to managing the racecar inventions of h ...

D+
The Rule Maker

Overwritten, unfunny, and implausible, The Rule Maker is everything that leads me to stay away from the New Adult sub-genre. A twenty-four year old new-hire Manic Pixie Dream Girl designer (Zoey) given sole responsibility for making over an entire ski resort? A trust-fund baby (Ryder) who refuses to ...

B-
Driven to Distraction

It’s hard to resist trying a series called Lovestruck Librarians. Constance Chen, queen of the Bookmobile, constantly squabbles with Sam Wolcott from the IT department because as her best friend’s brother, she considers him off-limits, and their fighting is the only thing keeping them out of eac ...

A
Jane Eyre - Manga Classics

FINALLY, my beloved Jane Eyre gets the adaptation it deserves. I enjoyed this graphic novel so much that I picked it for my best read of 2016. The pacing of this long (324 page) novel is excellent. Jane Eyre is much bigger than the love story, a fact which seems to escape most adapters. Certainly ...

B+
If I Was Your Girl

Amanda Hardy is starting over in a new town, where nobody knows her big secret - she used to be Andrew Hardy. After a suicide attempt, she completed a full transition (including hormones and surgery) to female. When, as part of trying to establish herself in a new female life, Amanda also falls in l ...

C+
A Hunter Under the Mistletoe

I loved this cover so much that I requested the book knowing nothing about either author or the series. The book, unfortunately, does not live up to the cover. The two Stavros brothers, Rafe and Gabriel (if I never see heroes with those names again, it will be too soon) run a mega-successful Las ...

A
Alex + Ada

This is a review of the complete series of the graphic novel ALEX + ADA, a sci-fi/drama set in the near future. In a first for meddling old biddies, Alex’s grandmother ships him a state-of-the-art android to take his mind off a recent breakup. Alex is uncomfortable with this un-sentient be ...

C+
Christmas Baby for the Princess

I have a soft spot for Harlequins about royals, and Barbara Wallace is a solid writer, so I gave Christmas Baby for the Princess a try. It’s a mild, sweet, and predictable Christmas story with two flat leads. If you want something harmless to pass a Christmas themed couple of hours, it’s fine, b ...