Reviews by Rachel Potter

B+
Kiss an Angel (#43 on our Top 100 Romances List)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on June 5, 2002 Kiss an Angel is one of my favorite comfort reads. I drag it out when I need to smile. It's a wonderful story of personal growth, filled with humor, emotion, and some pretty sexy love scenes. This is Susan Elizabeth Phillips at her most e ...

A
Bound by Your Touch (#71 on AAR's Top 100 Romances)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on June 15, 2009 I read about half of Meredith Duran's debut novel, The Duke of Shadows, last year. Somehow, the book just didn't hit me right, but I thought the author showed promise and her choice of setting was very interesting. So when I saw this one ...

B
Sworn to Silence

Sworn to Silence is the first book of the Kate Burkholder series about a formerly Amish chief of police who is charged with maintaining the safety of both the Amish and the English citizens in her small Ohio town, Painters Mill. I quite enjoyed it and look forward to the next in the series, coming t ...

C+
The Things We Do for Love

I’d read and enjoyed Margot Early’s books before, so when I came across a copy of The Things We Do for Love at a library book sale, I snapped it up. The story has a vaguely magical premise that sounded like fun. Mary Anne Drew is the society journalist for a small West Virgin ...

B-
Lessons in French

I have been waiting, along with all the rest of Laura Kinsale’s fans, for Lessons in French for a very long time. Now, having received it and read it, I can say that it’s good, but it’s not what I was expecting and it’s not my favorite book in Kinsale’s oeuvre. Lady Callista Taillefaire i ...

C
A Christmas Promise

I picked up my copy of A Christmas Promise at a library book sale a couple of months ago for a dime. My experience in the past with Mary Balogh has been spotty, but I thought there was a chance this might have resale value and my initial investment was hardly steep, so decision made. When this boo ...

A-
Sunshine and Shadow

I owe Sharon and Tom Curtis a great debt. Their romance classic The Windflower is my absolute favorite romance, and I have read it many, many times over the years both for entertainment and for comfort. Sunshine and Shadow I have read twice – once right after I discovered their writing ten years ...

C+
Undone

I have read all three books in the Will Trent series this year and enjoyed them in differing amounts, but having finished Undone, I think I’m ready for a little break from the bleak and violent world Slaughter has created. The book opens with retired couple Henry and Judith Coldfield traveling ...

B-
Lord of Scoundrels

I have read Lord of Scoundrels three times now. The first time in 1999 when I discovered AAR’s Desert Isle Keeper page (back when there was a special page), again in 2004 after it won the #1 slot on that year’s Top 100 Romances poll, and this last month for AAR’s Book Club. From reading to r ...

C-
Beauty and the Duke

You’ll have to forgive me. This review for Beauty and the Duke appears later than it should have; I simply couldn’t make myself read it any faster. Christine Sommers is a spinster with ambitions to become a great paleontologist. She has spent most of her life following her f ...