Reviews by Leigh Thomas

B+
Raintree: Sanctuary

One of the more welcome aspects of Linda Howard's Raintree: Inferno was its originality, as it contained none of the usual series romance hooks or gimmicks. Of course, her collaborators in the Raintree trilogy write for Silhouette on a more regular basis these days, and they know what side their b ...

B
One Night Standards

Cathy Yardley is one Blaze author I make a point to read. Even when her books don't entirely work for me (as was the case with her last release, Jack & Jilted), they're still a cut above the norm, mostly because they feature a strong story at their core. Her Blazes feel like stories with sex, rather ...

C+
Unbound

It almost pains me not to be able to give Lori Devoti's Unbound a higher grade than the one you see above. It's so sharply written that I actually sat up a little straighter while reading the first few pages, excited to see a series romance with such crisp prose. In addition, the author introduces ...

C+
Call Me Wicked

I used to feel that I had to finish every book I started, especially if I paid for it. But as I found myself with less time and far less patience, that rule became a thing of the past. As a result, any book that doesn't grab me within a few chapters gets tossed aside, never to be heard from again, a ...

C
Forbidden Temptation

Paula Graves' Forbidden Territory was one of the more promising debuts I read last year. In it she took the usual psychic heroine romantic suspense premise and did some interesting things with it, avoiding the typical serial killer element and giving her cop hero perfectly valid reasons to be skepti ...

B
Raintree: Haunted

I've been following with some amusement the dismay online that Linda Howard lowered herself to collaborate with two friends and fellow authors on the Raintree trilogy. I mean, how dare Linda Winstead Jones and Beverly Barton have the audacity to think they have any right to create a series with a f ...

C+
Pleasures of the Night

Sylvia Day introduces an intriguing new paranormal world in Pleasures of the Night, but the overall lack of development prevents it from having the impact it should have - or much at all. The story takes place in a world where dreams are real and Nightmares can be deadly. Aidan Cr ...

B
Raintree: Inferno

Linda Howard makes a welcome return to series romance, a subgenre that desperately needs her, with Raintree: Inferno. The first in a new trilogy co-written with Linda Winstead Jones and Beverly Barton, it doesn't rank among Howard's best (series or otherwise), but it's still a good read. For ...

C
Secret Contract

In Secret Contract Dana Marton kicks off a four-book series with a very cool premise. Sort of Charlie's Angels crossed with The Dirty Dozen, Marton's Mission: Redemption series is about four female convicts who are offered freedom if they come together to take on a secret mission for the government. ...

B-
The Dark Gate

Pamela Palmer's debut romance The Dark Gate is the best of Silhouette's new Nocturne line that I've read so far. It benefits from having an intriguing plot that avoids most of the usual paranormal tropes (no vampires here!) as well as a genuinely unsettling villain who actually gave me the creeps. ...