Reviews by Jennifer Keirans

D
Rainbow’s End

an IDKlassic (It's Dreadful) originally published on November 27, 2000   While reading Rainbow’s End by Rebecca Brandewyne, I mentally played a little game called “Who Would I Throttle?” Would it be the hero, who seems not to be able to perform sexually unless he threatens and domina ...

B+
Into the Woods

a DIKlassic review review originally published on February 22, 2001 I was a little doubtful when I picked up Into the Woods, because it’s based on the fairy tale “Hansel and Gretel.” Have you read it lately? “Hansel and Gretel” is about two children who are abandoned like an unwanted lit ...

C
Curse the Dark

Parts of Curse The Dark by Laura Anne Gilman are quite nifty. Because of those parts, I’d really like to give it a better grade. But I usually reserve grades of B- and up to books that make a little more sense than this one. There is an entire society of magical beings existing s ...

B+
The Marriage Bed

Obviously I’m a sucker for marriage-in-trouble books. Last year, I gave a very controversial B+ grade to Your Wicked Ways by Eloisa James, a book about how a rather unsympathetic estranged married couple fell in love again. This book, The Marriage Bed by Laura Lee Guhrke, has a similar plot, but d ...

F
The Cobra and the Concubine

I really like the title of this book: The Cobra and the Concubine. The cover illustration is nice, too, and the book is action-packed and never dull. And if you’re a person who only likes to read positive things in reviews, you might want to stop there. It is the 1890s in Egypt, where the r ...

C
The Misted Cliffs

Catherine Asaro’s new romantic fantasy novel, The Misted Cliffs, is the sequel to The Charmed Sphere, a book I haven’t read. It opens with a somewhat confusing mass of exposition about the political situation between three kingdoms. I will attempt to summarize. The three kingd ...

B
The Chase

There are a lot of Regency-set historical romances that deal with war or espionage in some way. Too frequently, this takes the form of a minor suspense subplot that seems pasted into the love story to provide an artificial air of suspense to the end. The Chase by Cheryl Sawyer is unusual: it is a sp ...

A-
Warprize

I haven’t had the best of luck with Tor’s new Romantic Fantasy line, and when I picked up Warprize, I admit my expectations were low. My expectations sunk lower when I learned that the heroine is named Xylara, princess of the land of Xy – that sounds really cheesy, doesn’t it? However, it wa ...

C+
Beyond Temptation

I'm really sorry I'm not giving Beyond Temptation a better grade. The author, Mary Reed McCall, wrote a wonderful segment for a recent ATBF column. Also, she took a chance on an unusual conflict of honor between the hero and heroine. Unfortunately, that conflict didn’t work for me; it just kept ...

C+
Inventing Memory

Here’s the theory. Once women were revered for their miraculous ability to bear children. This miracle was associated with the moon’s phases, the tides, and the fertility of the earth. Men worshipped the Mother Goddess. Life was good for women, who enjoyed their bodies and their sexuality, a ...