Reviews by Jane Jorgenson

B
Dagger-Star

With her debut Warlands trilogy, Elizabeth Vaughan established herself as an author capable of balancing good fantasy world-building with romance. It was a mix that worked perfectly for me and was well done throughout the three books. Given that, I expected good things from her new novel set in the ...

C
Halfway to the Grave

I know all the reasons why people are tired of the endless stream of paranormal novels being pushed in the bookstores. Take a glance at the new paperbacks display in any Borders or Barnes and Noble and you get it. Here's a mystery with a heroine who can sense dead people, here's a chick lit with a ...

D+
Lord of the Night

I was going to give Popp's latest a somewhat higher grade until I went back to re-read a bit to refresh my memory. Every frustrated arghh! returned tenfold. A heroine who is supposed to be kick-ass but who's nothing but a bratty, immature, frequently foolish wannabe, one more noble vampire hero who ...

B+
Lady of Light and Shadows

It's been a while since I last reviewed for AAR, partly because my life had become hectic and partly because I'd read what felt like dozens of books that made me go meh. I decided to dip my toe back into the reviewing pool and picked what I thought would be a safe bet: The sequel to Ms. Wilson's gr ...

B+
Rumble on the Bayou

"This day just keeps getting better." Deputy Dorie Berenger stared at the alligator in front of her. It had to be the swimming pool...The pool owner, Maylene Thibodeaux, bulged out of a lawn chair next to the structure of cloudy water, jug in hand, wearing a pink bikini and sitting in stoned silenc ...

C+
Magic Study

I loved Ms. Snyder's first Luna book (Poison Study) so much that I was counting the months and days until the sequel came out. Imagine my disappointment when I got the book and didn't love it like I had the first. What was fresh and sparkling in book one came through as somewhat forced in book two. ...

C-
Hard Evidence

I'm a big mystery reader. And because of that, I'm often impatient with romantic suspense novels that contain many of the same elements as a mystery but don't know what to do with them. Because a crime novel is about the mystery and the protagonist figuring out that mystery, the authors in that ge ...

D
Heart Quest

I'm always surprised when an author can work so totally for me in one book or series and completely leave me behind when it comes to another. When the Heartmates series began, Ms. Owens was publishing with a small press but I sought the books out because they sounded like something I'd enjoy. Not ...

C+
Dance of the Gods

If there's one thing Nora Roberts has more then anyone else, it's her ability to create realistic, recognizable people in every one of her books. Be they billionaire moguls or vampire hunters, they all come through as genuine and relatable. That ability is once again front and center in Dance of the ...

C-
On the Edge

As I wrote my most recent review - for Tempting the Wolf - I realized that I liked the book more than I should have. With Ms. Britton’s newest the opposite was true. Though the writing was solid and I really enjoyed the first half, by the time I finished the book and discussed it with a friend I r ...