Reviews by Diana Ketterer

C+
Waiting for the Rainbow

The Johnstown flood of 1889 - when a dam created to make a lake for a wealthy country club burst, sending a wall of water through the poor mining town downstream - sets the scene for Waiting for the Rainbow. Nearly three thousand people died in the flood. It was hard to pick this book up, because a ...

B
Undead and Unreturnable

Undead and Unreturnable is the fourth Betsy Taylor book, the chronicles of a shoe-obsessed secretary who gets hit by a car and wakes up as undead Queen of the Vampires. This would obviously freak out most people, and Betsy's (mis)adventures as she tries to cope with drinking blood and sleeping all d ...

D+
The Unwilling Bride

This book gave me a terrible feeling: that I've become completely jaded as a romance reader. The Unwilling Bride is a Medieval - one of my favorite subgenres - and it's about two people betrothed as children, but separated ever since, finally marrying - a plot I really enjoy. So why did this book al ...

C-
Wanted: One Sexy Night

This is the final installment in McCoy's Starlight trilogy about alien women coming to Earth. Not having read the previous entries, I wondered if I would have a problem getting the story, but that was no issue. I got the story, I just didn't like it terribly much. Mira is a woman on a ...

C-
Earthly Joys

This book wasn't what I expected. The cover promises a story "[that] witnesses the making of history, from the Gunpowder Plot to the accession of King Charles I and the growing animosity between Parliament and court." OK, this sounds fascinating to me! I haven't read a really rich historical novel i ...

C
Emily's Reasons Why Not

The premise of this book is smart: instead of chasing after Mr. Right with increasing desperation, the heroine decides that maybe she should try to avoid Mr. Wrong. She even goes to therapy, something many a Chick Lit heroine ought to consider. However, the range and depth of the reasons Why Not onl ...

C
Gone with the Nerd

I'm not sure what to make of this title. Isn't the point of this book that the heroine gets the nerd? Where does he go? Or is he no longer a nerd in any way once he gets busy shagging a Hollywood sex symbol? Sure it's an obvious homage to Gone with the Wind, but it doesn't quite match the story. As ...

D+
No Strings Attached

The hero and heroine of this story have a relationship that is friendly and non-sexual; no strings attached, they like to call it, "strings" meaning any sort of commitment or romantic entanglement. But strings can also anchor a person - to reality. The heroine of this story really does have no strin ...

B+
Unmasked

The one thing I require of a book that claims to have a gutsy, kickass heroine is that she actually does something gutsy, and hopefully even kicks some ass. All too often a heroine of this description turns out to need rescuing (by the hero, naturally) far too much to keep her tough grrrl credential ...

B+
The Givenchy Code

One knock against Chick Lit is that the heroines, generally speaking, are not the brightest bulbs in the chandelier. They know their Prada from their Kate Spade, have explored every dead-end job publishing has to offer, and can identify any brand of designer vodka just by sniffing the bottle cap, bu ...