Reviews by Mary Dubé

C-
The Legendary Lord

It was apparent from the first chapter of Valerie Bowman's The Legendary Lord that this Historical Romance was not going to be historically accurate and that the characters would find themselves in implausible situations considering its setting of 1816. At this point, I made the conscious choice to ...

B-
Going Deep

I’ve heard wonderful things about Anne Calhoun, so I was excited to read the fifth book in her Alpha Ops series, Going Deep, which is a bodyguard-protects-the-starlet romance. My expectations were high - possibly unrealistically so - because I found Going Deep to be enjoyable with appealing cha ...

C+
Getting Dirty With the CEO

Considering its title, I expected Getting Dirty with the CEO to be more of a category romance that used tropes like the Billionaire Playboy or the Office Romance; so I was surprised to discover it is a calm and realistic romance featuring two mature, relatable adult characters who embark on a straig ...

C
When a Marquess Loves a Woman

If something is satisfactory but not especially good, it is okay. This is true of Vivienne Lorret's third book in her Season's Original series, When a Marquess Loves a Woman. It’s well written and pleasant, but the story is neither original nor memorable and can best be described as bland. W ...

D
Four Letter Word

‘Fuck’ is the first word that popped into my head when I read the title Four Letter Word. I suspect this was the author’s intention and it’s clever and brilliant. The title captures the attention of the potential reader and invites them to consider which four letter words are implied. I assu ...

B+
The Girl in the Castle

After reading The Irish Girl, I am exhausted and need a glass of wine. If I smoked, I'd gladly take a cigarette too. It’s a compelling, complex and poignant read that slowly lures the reader in and weaves itself into the mind and heart. Almost every human emotion is experienced during the book an ...

B+
The Earl Next Door

The Earl Next Door by Charis Michaels has everything I love and expect in a well written regency romance but feels fresh and original. Immediately after finishing the book, I searched for other works by Ms. Michaels and was surprised and impressed to discover that this is her début novel. It is a s ...

B
Intercepting Daisy

As much as I enjoy a gut-wrenching and emotional novel, I also sometimes like to read an uncomplicated and predictable story that is well written and entertaining. This is exactly what Julie Brannagh delivers with her sports romance Intercepting Daisy, where the professional quarterback falls for th ...

C
Mad for the Plaid

We all begin reading a book with certain expectations that define our reading experience. We form ideas and make assumptions based on the book’s assigned genre, cover art, title, and description. If our expectations are not met, we are often disappointed, which is why a book’s presentation is so ...

A
For Better or Worse

I assign all my books a #hashtag to organize them and a book’s tag normally changes and evolves as I read. The story might feel like an #originalpremise in the beginning but fade to #forgettablebutgood when suddenly it ends as a #didnotseethatcoming. But sometimes a book earns its tag within th ...