Reviews by Dabney Grinnan

B
A Golden Grave

In A Golden Grave, Erin Lindsey has crafted a novel that is mystery, romance, paranormal, and history lesson all in one. A few months before the story begins, Rose Gallagher was a poor Irish maid in the household of Thomas Wiltshire. After helping to solve the mystery of Thomas’ kidnap in the prev ...

A
Puppy Christmas

Sunny, warm, touching and sweet – you can pick any of these three words to describe Puppy Christmas, the second book in Lucy Gilmore’s series about a sisterhood of service dog trainers.  A good story that combines a light heart with reasonable emotional heft, it’s a darned good romance novel. ...

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Scandalous

Scandalous is the third book in Minerva Spencer’s series The Outcasts, and it takes as its hero Martín Etienne Bouchard, the beautiful , enigmatic and seductive privateer who was introduced in the previous book, Barbarous. Ms. Spencer’s sophisticated, precise prose continues to impress, as does ...

B+
Murder at Kensington Palace

In Murder at Kensington Palace, the third book in Andrea Penrose’s Wrexford and Sloane series, the author once again sets an intriguing, well-conceived mystery against the backdrop of the scientific discovery and innovation taking place during the Regency era while also continuing to explore the s ...

C
She's Got Game

She’s Got Game combines pulse-pounding competition with candy-sweet ruminations about love.  Part chick lit, part romance, its reads-slightly-too-young-for-her-age heroine and predictability keep it from being a wholly recommendable experience. Travel blogger Gwen Williams is a major devotee o ...

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The Nanny Rules

A super-hot football player with trust issues and his daughter’s super-hot nanny with secrets ‘tackle’ each other between the sheets in Melynda Price’s fumbling sports romance, The Nanny Rules. Single dad and star quarterback of the Browns, Brody Evans vows to never love again after his w ...

B
When the Marquess Was Mine

Amnesia plotlines aren’t easy to pull off well, so I’ll admit to a little trepidation when I picked up Caroline Linden’s When the Marquess was Mine, book three in her Wagers of Sin series.  Fortunately, she handles that aspect of the plot well and also creates a wonderfully romantic love stor ...

B
Arctic Heat

Arctic Heat is the third and final book in Annabeth Albert’s Frozen Hearts trilogy of romances set in and around the spectacular landscapes of Alaska, and in it, we meet winter state park volunteer, Owen Han, an energetic, outgoing guy who has recently survived testicular cancer, and the reserved ...

D
It Only Takes a Kiss

I can’t remember why I checked out Wilma Counts’ It Only Takes a Kiss, unless it’s because it’s an historical romance and I’ve been trying to read as many of those as possible lately. I may have to rethink that plan. This book just gave me the impression of an author going through the moti ...

B
The Landowner's Secret

Set in New South Wales, Australia in 1885, The Landowner’s Secret provides a slow-moving but captivating tale of a marriage of convenience between classes. Alice Ryan is awakened in the night by intruders lurking outside her modest cabin. Her parents are dead and her brother, currently absent, ...