Books by Julie Leto

B
Hard to Hold

This is one of the first books in the new True Vows line that tell the stories of real life romances. It’s an interesting concept, one similar to AAR’s own “Isn’t it Romantic?” contests of the past. While this means it’s different than other romance novels, it also is a nice grounding in ...

C
Phantom's Touch

Early in Julie Leto's Phantom's Touch I thought I was mistakenly reading an erotica novel, not a paranormal romance, for the hero and heroine barely said "Pleased to meet you," before they were rolling around naked. I was not ready for their relationship to progress so far, so fast - it made me fee ...

B-
Phantom Pleasures

I like ghost stories. And, even if this one is a bit plot-y, it’s still a fun read. Gazillionaire hotel owner Alexa learns she has in her family portfolio a German castle rebuilt during the 1940s on an isolated island off the coast of Florida. Always mysteriously drawn to castles – not to eve ...

C+
Stripped

Stripped begins well, but even though the leads are engaging, the sub-plot and the addition of too many secondary characters interfered with their screen time. I appreciate that the author tried to do something different here, but her execution wasn't all it could be. At the start ...

B-
Dirty Little Lies

Last year I really enjoyed Dirty Little Secrets, which introduced Julie Leto's kickass heroine Marisela Morales. The bounty-hunter-turned-private-investigator is back to somewhat diminished returns in Dirty Little Lies. The book delivers the expected suspense; too bad the characters have lost some o ...

B
The Domino Effect

The Domino Effect is the second of Harlequin's Extreme Blazes, books that are purportedly more daring than the usual Blaze. Julie Elizabeth Leto's entry certainly lives up to its billing, pushing the envelope with subject matter that may make some readers uncomfortable. Those edgier elements were ex ...

B
Dirty Little Secrets

When Dirty Little Secrets first appeared on the list of books available for review, I passed it over for another of Downtown Press's Bad Girls books, Awaken Me Darkly, a paranormal that sounded right up my alley. That turned out to be a mistake, because the book wasn't very good. Luckily, I got a se ...

C+
Undeniable

Undeniable has one of the more interesting premises I've seen in a series romance. Nicholai Vaux is a Gypsy who died a hundred years ago, and has come back to life through magic. After spending some time acclimating to the 21st century and refining his American accent, he sees a newspaper article wi ...

C
Line of Fire

Harlequin's new Code Red continuity series - featuring the first responders (police, firefighters, EMTs) of Courage Bay, California - promises excitement, adventure, and romance. While Line of Fire certainly delivers its share of excitement, in the end this book is merely average. As t ...

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Double the Pleasure/Double the Thrill

Double The Thrill and Double the Pleasure are two connected books released in August from the new Harlequin Blaze line. The double books are about Zane and Grey Masterson, identical twins who switch places. Double the Thrill by Susan Kearney follows the travails of Zane Masterson as he takes over ...