Reviews by Dabney Grinnan

B-
Return to Christmas

Anne Stuart's Return to Christmas is startlingly sentimental for the author while still--for better and worst--having the hallmarks of her work. I enjoyed it but didn't love it.It's December in 2020 (this is a Covid free tale) and Madison Simcoe is furious. Yet another asshat at work has groped ...

A
Ninth House

The 1800 freshman matriculated at Yale University are likely a storied bunch. Over 35,000 applied to the famed Ivie--those accepted were likely the rock stars of their high schools with sky-high SATs and absurdly impressive resumes. None of them however have the talent that garners Galaxy "Alex" Ste ...

B+
Girl, Forgotten

The first book I read by Karin Slaughter was Pieces of Her. Like our reviewer, I couldn't put it down and, upon finishing it, I read EVERY SINGLE NOVEL she's written. That said, Pieces of Her is bonkers and I wasn't crazy about Andy, the young woman whose mother's past is told in the book. Thus, whe ...

B+
Willed to Wed Him

There was a time when I read lots of category romances... almost all of which were written by the fabulous Sarah Mayberry, none of which were Harlequin Presents. But I like Caitlin Crews/Megan Crane's work and I thought it would be fun to check out what she does with the rules of Presents. They are, ...

B+
The Family Remains

Early one morning on the shore of the Thames, DCI Samuel Owusu is called to the scene of a gruesome discovery. When Owusu sends the evidence for examination, he learns the bones are connected to a cold case that left three people dead on the kitchen floor in a Chelsea mansion thirty years ago.Ra ...

B
The Last To Vanish

In the latest from Megan Miranda, The Last to Vanish, seven people have vanished in the small North Carolina mountain town of Cutter's Pass over the past twenty odd years. What happened to them? And can we trust the narration of Abby Lovett--the book is in her first-person voice--about whom we know ...

B
Wolf in the Shadows

Shifter Julia Martel has been spoiled and pampered by all the alpha males around her whose urge to protect her have left her uninformed and vulnerable. Now the Great North Pack has relegated Julia to the care of the wolf at the very bottom of the Pack hierarchy, Arthur Graysson. Julia wants nothing ...

B-
A Little Wilder

A Little Wilder is Kane Wilder story, he of the famous Wilder family. (This is the fourth full book of the series and, I suspect, given that each book is about a Wilder brother, the penultimate one.) And though I love me some Wilder--Bell is one of my favorite contemporary romance writers--in A Litt ...

A
Gone Girl

Ten years ago, on June 5th, Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl arrived. It wasn’t Flynn’s first book or even her second—she’d published two unsettling works both of which had sold reasonably well. But Gone Girl rocketed to the top of the best-seller list in the summer of 2012—it spent eight weeks ...

B
The Heir Apparent's Rejected Mate

I've read four of Cate C. Wells books - this one, its predecessor The Tyrant Alpha's Rejected Mate, Hitting the Wall, and the second book in that series (Stonecut County) Against A Wall. I've enjoyed them all - The Tyrant Alpha's Rejected Mate is my favorite followed by Hitting the Wall. This book i ...