Paranormal Romance

D
The Twilight Before Christmas

I enjoyed Christine Feehan's first story about the magical Drake sisters in the Lover Beware anthology earlier this year and looked forward to seeing more of them. I can't say the same after reading her second story about them in The Twilight Before Christmas. It has a beautiful, atmospheric cover ...

B+
Blood and Chocolate

Blood and Chocolate was one of the first werewolf books I read, and it's still one of my favorites, second only to Kelley Armstrong's Bitten. I stumbled across it on a list of recommended young adult books. It was a 1998 American Library Association Best Book and Quick Pick for teens, which basic ...

B-
Shadow Game

Christine Feehan must face an interesting set of challenges when she sits down to write a book. On the one hand, as the author of the extremely popular Carpathian series, she is surely under a great deal of pressure to continue writing the same best-selling formula. On the other hand, she undoubte ...

B-
Edge of the Moon

Some people might think comparing a single title to a very good series romance isn't much of a compliment, but in this case it is. Rebecca York is a veteran series author, primarily for the Harlequin Intrigue line, whose books I used to enjoy a lot. Her most recent series books have disappointed, th ...

B+
The Only One

Anthology
I love Paranormal romance, at least in concept, but actual Paranormal romances are often not very good. Picking up an anthology of nothing but vampire and SF romance is something of a risky business. But have no fear: this anthology is excellent. ...

D+
Shadow Magic

Shadow Magic gets off to such a dreadful start - with its flat prose, slow pacing, and weak characters - that it initially seems doomed. But Karen Whidden concocted an interesting enough premise for her story that not even the weaknesses in the telling can completely ruin it. That only makes the boo ...

B+
Wild Orchids

While here at AAR we all do our utmost to approach each book we review with an open mind, I must admit that based on Jude Deveraux's last few reviews here, I didn't have a lot of hope when I opened her newest release. Thirty-six hours later, I closed the book with a sigh. Wild Orchids is a tense and ...

A
Whispers In The Woods

The Silhouette Shadows line probably took more risks than any other line of romances, series or mainstream. While this did result in some bombs, it also led to some truly singular books being published, including this one. Whispers in the Woods is one of the most unusual romances I've ever read. Thi ...

C
Poseidon's Kiss

Poseidon's Kiss had a lot of potential - an interesting plot, original paranormal elements, and for the most part, smooth writing. Author Crease unfortunately squanders a number of opportunities and the end result is a merely average read. Chelsea Porter is a workaholic interior design ...

B+
Stolen

I was so impressed with Kelley Armstrong's debut book, Bitten, that I did something I've never done before: I ordered the sequel, Stolen, from another country. I just couldn't wait until the book came to the good old U. S. of A. to read what happens next. What happens next is somewhat complicated ...