Reviews by Marian Perera

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 ...

D
The Bride Wore Blue

Originally published in 2002, The Bride Wore Blue is the first in Cheryl Bolen’s Brides of Bath series, and while the rest of the books could only improve from here, I won’t be checking them out. This was a tepid story with a helpless heroine and some irritating moments to break up the boredom. ...

B+
The Angel

I don’t usually read erotica or erotic romance, but I knew before going in that a book byTiffany Reisz would have great characters and witty dialogue. So because of a reading slump, I picked up The Angel, the second book in her Original Sinners series. It was as good (and evil, in some ways) as I ...

B+
Love and Other Perils

Love and Other Perils is a light-hearted pair of romances that will especially appeal to cat lovers. These novellas also make a good introduction to the work of the authors, if you’re not already familiar with them. Lieutenant Mayhew’s Catastrophes by Emily Larkin Grade: B- Sensuality Rat ...

D+
It's Marriage or Ruin

In Liz Tyner’s It’s Marriage or Ruin, Emilie Catesby dreams of being a painter, but her mother wants to see her married instead. Finally, her mother threatens to take away her art supplies, so Emilie decides she must either marry a man who’ll leave her alone, or ruin herself. If no one ever wa ...

D
The Counterfeit Husband

Ruth Anne Nordin’s Her Counterfeit Husband is what you’d get if you put Sommersby and While You Were Sleeping in a blender and set the dial to ‘farce’. It never for one moment rings true in terms of plausibility, nor is it in the least romantic, but it has a fairly original setup. And if tha ...

F
Chills

I started reading Heather Boyd’s Chills because of its title, which seemed unusual for an historical romance. Well, the title turned out to be most apropos. I was chilled through by this long-drawn-out description of manipulation and abuse masquerading as romance, and I hope never to read anything ...

B+
Caroline: Little House Revisited

I must confess that when I read the Little House books, Ma Ingalls was never my favorite character. Her hackles-raised reaction at the mention of Native Americans didn’t sit well with me, and she always seemed a bit stiff and humorless compared to Pa. But I did enjoy the books, so when I saw there ...

B+
Saints

Orson Scott Card’s Saints is an unusual book - written by a devoutly religious author about devoutly religious people, but never coming across to me as inspirational fiction. While it wasn’t a perfect read, I not only enjoyed it but actually teared up once or twice. The story is a sprawling h ...

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 ...