Reviews by Dabney Grinnan

C-
Contracted as His Countess

Louise Allen is an author whose work I’ve enjoyed many times in the past, and I always look forward to a new release from her.  Contracted as His Countess is a standalone historical romance that puts a slightly different spin on a familiar trope, and the very different backgrounds of the two prot ...

B
A Tale of Two Christmas Letters

A Tale of Two Christmas Letters is a conventional, traditional, competent and entertaining romance about two co-workers who fall in love thanks to a twist of fate. Rehab nurse Bess Monroe has been working with handsome surgeon Jack McCabe for years; they’re good friends, and she is used to his ...

B+
Red Carpet Redemption

Aside from a weak third-act breakup, Red Carpet Redemption is a nice story about two people who have to get over themselves to find true love. Dane Stewart, playboy actor, is looking for an image change.  While watching a news report about bone marrow screenings, he hears the sad tale of six-yea ...

C+
Surrender to Ruin

Carolyn Jewel’s Surrender to Ruin begins with the kind of premise I couldn’t resist. The hero of the story was deeply in love with the heroine’s older sister, who found her HEA in a previous novel with someone else. He’s still in love with her, but now has to marry the heroine. I had to see ...

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Blitzed

Blitzed is the third book in the Playbook series, which focuses on the love lives of the Denver Mustangs football team. Written by a former NFL wife, these fun, flirty, sexy stories sing with authenticity and humor. You don’t have to read the first two books to enjoy this one but you definitely sh ...

B-
Once a Spy

Once a Spy is the fourth and final installment in Mary Jo Putney’s Rogues Redeemed series. It’s a mixed bag of lovely romance, questionable circumstances, interesting war story, and unbelievable outcomes. In the end, I was entertained but it left me scratching my head a few times. British int ...

B
Don't Breathe a Word

I’m a big fan of the current thriller market, with its dark often psychotic villains and flawed narrators, but every once in a while I miss the classic police procedural romantic suspense novels that were popular back in the nineties and nones. Fortunately, some writers are still producing good no ...

C-
The Goddess Gets Her Guy

The Goddess Gets Her Guy is a romance of supreme silliness and goofiness – an alright journey with a message that love isn’t bound by class or status.  But its extremely lightweight nature and total inability to stand on its own without having read…well, almost everything else the author’s ...

A
In the Dark

A secluded mountain lodge. The perfect getaway. So remote no one will ever find you. The promise of a luxury vacation at a secluded wilderness spa has brought together eight lucky guests. But nothing is what they were led to believe. As a fierce storm barrels down and all contact with the outside ...

C-
Fishnet

I'm always on the lookout for thrillers that don't shy away from the darker, grittier side of life, so Fishnet by Kirstin Innes seemed like something that would appeal to me. It's the story of one woman's obsessive search for the truth about the sister who went missing six years earlier. Unfortunate ...