Reviews by Laurie Likes Books

B
A Taste of Heaven

AAR started posting reviews online in January of 1996! This is one of the very first reviews we ran on January 1, 1996.    A Taste of Heaven is a wonderful mail-order bride romance, set in the fictional town of Heaven, Montana, in the 1880's. Our lovely heroine, the widowed and destitute ...

A
A Knight in Shining Armor (#40 on our Top 100 Romances List)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on June 8, 1997 Back when A Knight in Shining Armor first came out in hardcover, I bought it, read it, loved it, and immediately started reading it again. I was at a friend's house sitting by her pool one afternoon and was pronounced "anti-social" becaus ...

B
Woven Dreams

Woven Dreams is third in a series of erotic fantasy romances set in a world resembling Medieval Earth. In each of the first two books, Christina's Tapestry and Bakra Bride, a modern American woman buys an ancient tapestry depicting a castle and two knights that draws her into sexual dreams with the ...

B-
The Deed

The Deed was Lynsay Sands' first published romance, and marked the start of a prolific career, albeit one that for me has been characterized by uneven writing. What's best about her books - the humor and a certain naive sweetness in her heroes and heroines - reminds me in some ways of vintage Julie ...

F
Wildwood

Last month my husband read my review of a book that I graded D-; his question to me was, "What does it take to actually get an F from you?" I tried to explain to him that as bad as it was, I've actually read worse. As I finished Wildwood, I turned to him and said, "This book is why that one only got ...

B-
Mercury's War

Earlier this year I granted DIK status to Dawn's Awakening, the previous single title release in Lora Leigh's Breeds series, and just last month gave her Breeds short story in the Shifter anthology a B-. It's clear I'm a fan of this series, but since my review of another of her recent single titles ...

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The Pleasure of His Bed

Anthology
The erotic romance The Pleasure of His Bed did not arouse, titillate, or otherwise excite. It took me a week to read two of the three short stories, mostly because I couldn't tolerate more than a few pages at a time. My eyes rolled so often while enduring most of this book that I feared my contact ...

D-
Can't Say No

Can't Say No, third in Bette Ford's Prescott family series, is one of those books I'd never have finished had I not been assigned it for review. With a heroine who is too stubborn to live, an annoying focus on the hero - and his family's - wealth, and an over-abundance of lust-thought from both lead ...

C+
Shifter

Anthology
There are two reviews of this bookShifter is that rare anthology that features no disasters; each of the four short stories involving shapeshifters are above average. Unfortunately, none really rise all that far above average. One is more memorable, but the remaining three don’t linger in the mind ...

B-
Master of Wolves

Angela Knight's Master of Wolves is part of her Mageverse series, and though I've been collecting it for a while, it's actually only the second title in the series I've read. Unfortunately, I determined rather late that as far as "monsters" go, I prefer werewolves to vampires, which is why ...