Reviews by LinnieGayl Kimmel

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No Living Soul

All it took was four magic words – mystery set in Egypt – for me to jump all over No Living Soul. It didn’t matter that it’s the ninth in a series; I had to read it. I was initially a bit lost sorting out the characters and their relationships, but I was soon wrapped up in the mystery, and i ...

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On Second Thought

In On Second Thought Kristan Higgins returns to the fictional town of Cambry-on-Hudson, the setting of her recent book If You Only Knew, to tell the story of two half-sisters. I tend to shy away from women’s fiction, preferring more traditional romances, and was nervous when I learned this book le ...

D+
Solo

Jill Mansell's books have been reliable, comfort read for me for years, so I’ve been delighted that many of her older, hard to find books are being released as e-books. Sadly, however, Solo – originally a 1991 release – didn’t work for me. While I liked parts here and there, overall I despis ...

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Molly's Mr. Wrong

I love romances set on college campuses, so Molly's Mr. Wrong seemed like a natural fit, as it features a heroine who is a college instructor. The early sections, in which we learn about the heroine’s and hero’s pasts are interesting, but I had major problems with the romance as the heroine give ...

C+
The Oddest Little Gingerbread Shop

In an effort to get into the holiday spirit I went in search of some holiday romances, and came across The Oddest Little Gingerbread Shop. After all, as a fan of all things ginger, a story about a gingerbread shop has to be wonderful, right? This short romance delivered in terms of holiday story, al ...

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This Is Our Song

In this fourth installment of Samantha Chase’s Shaughnessy Brothers series, rock star Riley Shaughnessy finally gets his story, which I’ve been waiting for ever since I read the first book, Love Walks In. It was obvious he was troubled, and here, we find out what’s wrong. If you love hot rocke ...

B-
Wild at Whiskey Creek

Wild at Whiskey Creek offers a twist on the friends-to-lovers theme, with the long-standing friendship between the hero and heroine having recently fallen apart. Unfortunately, however, I found the book difficult to get into, and put it down multiple times. Neither the hero nor heroine captured my i ...

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When All the Girls Have Gone

Jayne Ann Krentz is the author who turned me into a romance reader in the late 1990s. While I’ve liked many of her recent books, I never expected I would give another a DIK, until I read When All the Girls Have Gone. It’s truly one of my favorites of hers. Charlotte’s Sawyer’s sister is a ...

B
Welcome Home for Christmas

Just as I like to indulge in a few sugary Christmas cookies during the holidays, I also like to read a few comforting Christmas romances. While there’s nothing particularly earthshattering about Welcome Home for Christmas, it served up just the comfort I craved within a sweet holiday story. All ...

B-
More Than a Lawman

Hands down, More than a Lawman has the most unusual opening for a romance I’ve read this year: the book opens with the heroine hanging like a slab of meat in a locked freezer. When she looks around the freezer she discovers eight – now dead – individuals hanging there along with her. This unus ...