Reviews by Nora Armstrong

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Flowers From the Storm (#6 on our Top 100 Romances list)

An AAR Top 100 Romance review originally published on April 07, 1999  If you want to read a book that comes as close to perfection as any historical romance, then pick up Flowers from the Storm. The story, the language, the emotional intensity: this book has everything. It's Laura Kinsale at the ...

B-
Shadowheart

Sometimes it's hard to predict whether any single element in a story is going to be a deal-breaker or a deal-maker; you just have to read the book to find out. The intense, almost violent, nature of the sexual relationship between the hero and heroine almost ruined this one for me, but Kinsale manag ...

D
Tallulahland

For some people it takes years before they can come to grips with the loss of a loved one. Tallulahland is the story of a young woman who's been emotionally stuck since her mother's death four years ago. Tallulah West is the daughter of superstar interior designer Joseph West, and as the story ...

C+
The Sinner

An interesting hero and a deeply conflicted heroine barely compensated for my frustration over secrets that were kept too long in Madeline Hunter's latest. I almost gave up caring about the heroine, because it took so long for her to reveal what motivated her thoughts and actions. A chance enc ...

B-
Sheik Surrender

This book gets the romance/suspense balance backward. Don't pick it up looking for a love story that will move you to your soul. Rather, pick it up for an interesting whodunit that throws a little romance into the mix. Sheik Zahad Adnan arrives in the small California town of Mountai ...

C+
A Will of Her Own

A Will of Her Own reinforced something that I've just come to realize about my reading preferences: I read more for characters than for plot. Unhappily, the reinforcement was of the negative sort - even though I liked and admired the heroine, I just couldn't warm up to the hero. ...

B+
My Life Uncovered

Everything I know about the movie business I learned from reading Entertainment Weekly and watching The Player, but I'm a sucker for a Tinseltown story. That said, I wasn't sure what to think of this book as I read the back-cover blurb: how could a book about somebody in the "adult film" industry be ...

B
How To Treat A Lady

There are several ingredients in How to Treat a Lady that should have made it harder for me to enjoy this book than I did. Dialogue that sounded a bit anachronistic to my ear, and that creaky old plot device, amnesia, should have turned me off. But I discovered that in the right author's hands, even ...

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The Iron Rose

Attention, readers in search of an exciting historical with a lush love story: have I got a book for you! Marsha Canham hits one out of the park with this gender-bending tale of pirates, spies, and love on the high seas. At the helm of her ship the Iron Rose on what's supposed to be a short shakedo ...

C
Letting Go

Letting Go struck me as more of a character study than a plot-driven novel, which was a problem since I didn't come to like or even care about most of its main characters. It's the story of four generations of one family: Great-grandmother Wilma, her middle-aged daughter Ellen, Ellen's daughter Ambe ...