Reviews by Anne Marble

D
The Governess Comforts the Disconsolate Duke

I looked forward to reading this Regency novella about a hero recovering from the horrors of war. Unfortunately, it read more like a textbook for show versus tell and often reads like an outline rather than an actual story. The hero and heroine don't have a real encounter until about 20% into the b ...

B
The Ice Twins

It's official. I've stumbled into the latest thriller trend - unreliable narrators. In fact, I just about fell into The Ice Twins, even though I wasn't crazy about the premise at first. A twin dies in a tragic fall, and only later does her mother realize she may have buried the wrong sibling. Haven' ...

A-
St. Nacho's

Narrated in the first person, St. Nacho's is a story of contrasts. Cooper, the narrator, is struggling with his past, and yet for all the angst, the story is full of hope. Also, although Cooper is a skilled violinist, he falls in love with a deaf college student. Yet it's Cooper's past that truly ge ...

C-
Something More

Something More is a menage romance. Not only that, but it is m/m/f, with a strong m/m element, so it goes without saying that this is not for all readers. However, while this isn't one of those stories where everyone magically accepts the gay and menage relationships, I didn't completely buy into th ...

B-
Tangled Web

Tangled Web is a historical romance set in London during 1816. The hero, Brendan Townsend, has always known he was attracted only to other men, despite the dangers of such a relationship. He finds himself in a case of hero worship with Philip Carlisle, an older widower whom he asks for help. The rel ...

B
Altered Heart

In Altered Heart, an m/m werewolf romance, the heroes come from two different worlds. Mick Matranga has been a werewolf for all his life and is part of the Committee for Supernatural Behavioral Enforcement. Rio Hardin is a runaway and hustler who was forcibly turned into a werewolf by Sutter, an alp ...

C+
The Bachelor's Bargain

Are you sick of Regencies where characters treat servants like their best buddies or where class distinctions are ignored? The Bachelor's Bargain might be just the tonic you need. Be aware, however, that the heroine's faith is a strong element in this book. This is, after all, a marriage of convenie ...

C+
A Lady of Secret Devotion

A Lady of Secret Devotion is the third book of the Ladies of Liberty series, which are all about women at work in Philadelphia in the 1800s, but it stands on its own. While it was a pleasant read, at times, it seemed too pleasant - because other than the villain and his cohorts, most of the main cha ...

C+
Meridian

Thanks to the success of the Twilight books, the young adult shelves are filled with paranormals with a romantic element. Yes, Meridian is about a heroine who finds herself part of a new world and meets a love interest. At the same time, it's not the same old song. No vampires and werewolves here. M ...

C+
Forgiven

Forgiven is an inspirational romance set among the Amish - a popular trend for inspirationals lately. It's also the third book of the Sisters of the Heart series, and if I had realized that, I might not have bought it because I so often get lost in series. At times, it was hard to keep the character ...