Romance

B+
Beach Hut Surprise

Nothing gives you instant gratification like reading a short story anthology.  One hour and – boom! – you’ve already finished a book! No need to tell others it was only sixty-two pages, natch!  Beach Hut Surprise Anthology by Louise Allen, Lesley Cookman, Liz Fielding, Joanna Maitland, Sarah ...

B+
Christmas Presents and Past

I was a small child during the last years of the Vietnam War era, and unlike the hero and heroine of Christmas Presents and Past, have no first hand memories of the conflict or the political upheaval it caused. Learning about the events through their eyes has given me a new appreciation for this per ...

B+
Star Crossed

This book was pulled by the authors for editing. We will relist it when it is again available.   Star Crossed, the fourth volume in Emma Barry and Genevieve Turner’s Fly Me To the Moon series, is the the well-told and quite lovely tale, set in the early 1960s, of a mathematician and an wo ...

B+
A Courtesan's Guide to Getting Your Man

If ever there was an absolute necessity to ignore the title, this is it. I saw the title, and I thought, “Ooh, light, frothy, funny story by two humongously competent authors! Bring it on.” I scored 50% with that assumption: Ms. Bradley and Ms. Donovan work magic, but frothy this book is not. ...

B+
The Temptation of the Night Jasmine

The Temptation of the Night Jasmine is the fifth entry in Lauren Willig's Pink Carnation series. I'm a big fan of the books and enjoyed this entry a great deal. Just like the rest of the series, the book features a blend of a stand-alone European historical romance and a continuation of the chick li ...

B-
An Enchanted Season

Anthology
My first taste of the holiday anthology lot for this year and it wasn’t too bad. An Enchanted Season has two standout pieces which made this moderately overpriced collection worth it for me. Let’s hope there are more where they came from. ...

B+
The Deception of the Emerald Ring

Eloise Kelly is still digging up information on nineteenth-century spies and swooning over Colin Selwick in The Deception of the Emerald Ring, third in Lauren Willig's Pink Carnation series. While investigating the Pink Carnation’s involvement in the quashing of the Irish rebellion of 1803, Ellie ...

C+
Twice the Temptation

Anthology
Long time historical romance author Suzanne Enoch combines her Regency-set franchise along with her newer contemporary series in this above-average combo themed around a large diamond pendant rumored to be cursed. ...

C-
Hot Desert Nights

Anthology
In romances I do not usually expect in-depth discussions of current political or social problems. Some elements may be necessary, but not so much as to overshadow the romance. Still I was curious when opening Hot Desert Nights to what extent the authors permit realities of the present relationship b ...

C+
Kick Ass

Anthology
Kick Ass is an anthology of four novellas about supposedly kickass heroines. As is usually the case, some of these women live up to their billing better than others. ...