Reviews by Cheryl Sneed

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The Spymaster's Lady (#11 on our Top 100 Romances list)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on January 11, 2008 I almost passed on reviewing The Spymaster's Lady. The cheesy cover (open ruffle-shirted hunk - yawn) and even cheesier title (oh, no - not another spymaster!) led me to believe that it would be yet another boring, cookie-cutter, Rege ...

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The Last Hellion (#60 on AAR's Top 100 Romances)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on December 9, 2008 Loretta Chase's Lord of Scoundrels is an annual reread for me, and, when I close the book with a big smile on my face, I automatically reach for The Last Hellion, whose hero is the drunk Dain fights at the inn on his wedding night. Th ...

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And Then He Kissed Her (#69 on AAR's Top 100 Romances)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on July 11, 2007 I've always enjoyed Laura Lee Guhrke's writing although I was disappointed with her last, She's No Princess. However, I am happy to say that And Then He Kissed Her is her best book yet. Emmaline Dove, 30-year-old spinster, has been secr ...

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Vexing the Viscount

I've been sitting here looking at my computer monitor for five minutes trying to come up with a pithy introduction to sum up Vexing the Viscount. I got nothing. It's a C. That's about it. Daisy Drake had a crush on the half-Italian Lucian Beaumont, the Vexed Viscount, when they ...

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Tempting Fate

Tempting Fate is Alissa Johnson's second book and has one of my favorite storylines: the childhood friends to lovers relationship. Though I had a few problems with it, I liked it well enough to order Johnson's first book, As Luck Would Have It. Whittaker Cole, the Earl of Thursto ...

B-
The Runaway McBride

The Runaway McBride has an interesting premise for a new series and is a second-chance-at-love story, a favorite of mine. However, there were some problems along the way. Lady Valeria, descended from a long line of Scottish seers, is on her deathbed surrounded by her three grand ...

B+
So Enchanting

After three long years, Connie Brockway has written another historical romance, with the promise of more to come, as well as more contemporaries. As one who mourned the loss of her unique historical voice I say, "Huzzah!" So Enchanting has a similar feeling to her wonderful Bridal Season, and whil ...

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Seduced at Midnight

Jacquie D'Alessandro's last two books trod that precarious line between a B- and a C+ for me. Sadly, Seduced at Midnight crossed over that line. While there were a couple of things I was willing to overlook in the previous books in this series, there are just too many problems - among the admitted ...

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Wild

I usually find Margo Maguire to be a steady and reliable writer, though it's been a couple of years since I read her. However, I found Wild, which read like a cross between Tarzan and Pygmalion, to be a disappointment. Anthony Maddox is the long-lost Earl of Sutton - lost when hi ...

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Surrender to Me

I've never read a Sophie Jordan romance before, and if Surrender to Me is any indication, I will not be reading any more. Aggravating martyrs for leads, a cookie-cutter villain and pasteboard history all made for a frustrating read. Lady Astrid Derring is Martyr #1. Her good-for ...