Reviews by Dabney Grinnan

B+
Wilder for the Win

I'm a fan of Bell's Wilder series and had thought there'd be six books, one for each Wilder sibling. It appears, however, that the story of the lone female Wilder, the already married Amanda, is told in a short story included in the anthology Tinsel and Tatas. This collection, a charitable endeavor ...

A-
Walk on the Wilder Side

If ever there were a man ho who could steal your heart, it's Brody Wilder. Brody is the second of five absurdly sexy brothers who live in the small town Rush Creek, Oregon where they run, with their sister's help, Wilder Adventures, an outdoor adventure outfit trying to stay in the black. Unlike ...

B-
Ice Planet Barbarians

Here's my one sentence review of this book: "Ice Planet Barbarians is predictable, ridiculous, and a damn good time." You're looking for more, however, aren't you? You want to know why Ruby Dixon's wildly successful series about a group of women who, after being kidnapped from Earth and imprisone ...

B-
Four Dukes and a Devil

When it comes to anthologies, it pays to keep your priorities straight. This is how I square it: Entertainment + No Real Problems + Happy Feelings = Satisfaction. So after reading Avon's latest anthology and doing some calculations, I can conclude that it works. And the cover is not bad either. ...

B-
When Stars Collide

Thaddeus Walker Bowman Owens, the backup quarterback for the Chicago Stars, is a team player, talented sideline coach, occasional male underwear model, and a man with a low tolerance for Divas. Olivia Shore, international opera superstar, is a driven diva with a passion for perfection, a craving ...

B-
The Devil and the Heiress

No one would guess that beneath Violet Crenshaw's ladylike demeanor lies the heart of a rebel. American heiresses looking to secure English lords must be on their best behavior, but Violet has other plans. She intends to flee London and the marriage her parents have arranged to become a published au ...

A
Hostage

Last fall, trapped at home and dreaming of flying far away—anywhere!—I picked up Hostage. I thoroughly enjoyed Mackintosh’s previous books, especially her first two, and was hopeful this too would be diverting. Two days later, having alienated everyone I encountered—I did not want to be d ...

B
Make Me Wilder

The first book in Serena Bell's new Wilder Adventures series is rife with romance tropes. Big city East Coast girl comes to a small town in the Pacific Northwest to work with a family with five brawny, gorgeous brothers (and one married sister) who run a failing outdoor adventure company. All five a ...

D
Second First Impressions

Sigh. My first (reading) impression of this book was that it was worse than the last Sally Thorne book, 99% Mine, a book I gave a C grade to only because I so liked the best friend that I couldn't bring myself to give it a D. Thus, after reading about 25% of Second First Impressions, I put it dow ...

B
The Absolutely Positively Worst Man in England, Scotland and Wales

If you love Reckless, my personal fave of Stuart's historical romances, you'll like The Absolutely Positively Worst Man in England, Scotland and Wales. The latter has all the trappings of the former with not quite the panache or charm. In TAPWMiESaW, our anti-hero is (Earl) Kit Adderley who, if t ...