Reviews by Marianne Stillings

A
All Through the Night

A DIKlassic Review originally published on March 19, 1998 Imagine yourself a young boy trapped in a wretched existence. A demon appears and offers you a hideous choice. A choice so vile that if you did what you knew was morally right, you would be left behind to surely decay and die. But, if you sol ...

B
Scoring

Kristin Hardy combines an energetic writing style, snappy dialogue, and sizzling love scenes to make Scoring a major league hit. This book follows Hardy's debut, another Blaze title Hardy published last year. My Sexiest Mistake received a highly favorable review from AAR's Nora Armstrong. Having ...

D
Falling Star

Falling Star concerns the least sympathetic creatures on the planet. No, not mosquitoes . . . an even lower life form . . . TV reporters. More precisely, those stars of the media better known as news anchors The author, a former anchorwoman herself, offers nothing new under the sun in this non-roma ...

C-
The Other Twin

Generally speaking, by the time I'm finished reading a book, I pretty much know what grade I want to assign in. In five years of reviewing, there have been only a handful of exceptions, and The Other Twin is one of them. Basically, I settled on a C, since none of the other grades fit; the minus is f ...

B
Taking the Heat

Taking the Heat took me by surprise. Not only did it have a stalwart hero, it had a pretty stalwart heroine as well. Now, you wouldn’t think there'd be much appeal to a romance that centers on a female corrections officer in an Arizona state prison, would you? But somehow, some way, Brenda Novak m ...

C+
Lead Me On

Lead Me On has some very nice moments and I would encourage you to give it a try. I hadn't read the first book in what I assume will be a trilogy, so the St. Claire siblings (Adrian, Allison, and Aurora (Rory from Falling for You) were strangers to me. This is Allison's story, and begins with a prem ...

B
The Ring on Her Finger

I was just about to give up on this book when a simple turn of the page changed everything. I've not read this author before, and her style grated on my nerves to the point I was ready to put this book down and avoid it forever. But a sub-plot caught my attention, sucked me in, kept me reading, caus ...

B
Deadly Intent

Deadly Intent pretty much says it all: somebody intends to hurt somebody else. We know pretty much right off the bat that lovely gourmet chef and restauranteur Abbie DiAngelo is the intended victim, but who wants to harm her? There are enough suspects and red herrings to keep you guessing right up u ...

B-
This Day in North American Indian History

Phil Konstantin runs the History Web Ring and AAR is one of a thousand member sites. When LLB learned Konstantin had written a book about the history of native Americans, she thought it would be interesting to have it reviewed, particularly since so many readers ask about quality Indian Romances an ...

F
The Adventurer

Egad. Here we go again. Another Scottish historical with badly written brogue. "While ye're aff sleepin' in the grass like a bluidy lamb, Lachlann and I are working our arses off pullin' stones outta tha' scabbert excuse for a field . . . You hinna gathered a single winkle all the day!" No. Not a si ...