Reviews by Laurie Shallah

C+
Bad Boys Next Exit

Anthology
The stories in Bad Boys Next Exit are short on plot and all about fantasy sex between virtual strangers. Authors Shannon McKenna, Donna Kaufmann and E.C. Sheedy pull off their romances with varying degrees of success. ...

C-
Where You Least Expect It

The premise of Where You Least Expect It attracted my attention, but, unfortunately, it didn't hold it for more than a few pages at a time and, even worse, when it did perk up, it only managed to annoy me. Any 248 page book that takes me a full three weeks to slog through isn't something I can recom ...

A-
Undead and Unwed

Undead and Unwed is a riot of a book that, like its heroine, never takes itself seriously and pokes fun at romance, vampire and chick lit clichés. The language is rough, the sex and "almost" sex is a perfect blend of edgy meets funny (and fits the tone of the book), and I haven’t laughed so hard ...

B-
They Wear What Under Their Kilts?

The cover of They Wear What Under Their Kilts? has to be one of the cutest I¹ve ever seen. Better yet, its perfectly manicured hand mischievously lifting up the edge of a male's kilt fits the light-hearted, outrageous tone of the story. Emily is the teen narrator and her story is told entirel ...

B+
My Life as a Snow Bunny

Who needs thigh-expanding hot chocolate when one can read My Life As A Snow Bunny? It's a warm, feel-good book with just enough sweetness (minus the calories) to liven up a dreary winter day. Written in a chatty, first person style, the story is told by Jo Vincent, a pretty, playful, often ...

C
Hunting Midnight

Bunny slaying, bloodletting, and down and dirty sex? What more does a girl need? Though Hunting Midnight wasn't a memorable romance, it will certainly stick with me for other reasons! Ulric is pack leader of the upyr, a race of unearthly, beautiful vampires who possess magical powers a ...

C
Love and a Bad Hair Day

Love and a Bad Hair Day is 282 pages long, costs $13.95, and took me well over a week to read (and I was immobile for two of those days). It has a deceptively cutesy cover featuring an adorable brunette twenty-something chick wearing a big smile and a big floral hat. (To cover up bad hair? We'll ...

C
My Big Old Texas Heartache

Geralyn Dawson is another author who jumped into a more mainstream style of writing when I wasn't paying attention. After reading My Big Old Texas Heartache, I realize just how much I miss those homespun historical romances published in the 1990's. These new mainstream dramas may be all the rage, bu ...

C-
Say You Want Me

Say You Want Me is one of those books whose details are all but forgotten once the final page is turned (luckily I'm a fast typist). And, if you're a series reader, you've probably read versions of these characters and the plot elements 100 times over. There's nothing new here and, unfortunately, li ...

B
By the Book

I've read many Blazes and at this point most of the blurbs sound identical. The premise of By the Book, though, sounded like so much fun that I couldn't resist picking it up. Previously, I'd read one Nancy Warren Blaze titled Live A Little! and remember it made me laugh, but also drove me a little n ...