Reviews by Dee Sains

B+
Dead Sexy

It’s official! Dead Sexy is Dead Funny. Initially I was a little leery of this Brit Chick Lit novel, which sat in my TBR pile for a while giving me the evil eye and throwing off postmodern feminist vibes. I was pleasantly surprised by how laugh-out-loud funny it is, and how intelligently and sensi ...

B+
This Magic Moment

There’s something about the quirky characters in Patricia Rice’s novels that have always done it for me: ethereal, eccentric heroines; earnest, all-too-serious heroes; and secondary characters that, rather than getting in the way and bogging the plot down, add vividness and color to the surround ...

B-
Hot Stuff

Okay, so we’ve all seen it done a million times, and done pretty well: rich, handsome jock with an inferiority complex falls for babe with tortured romantic past, so when they fall in love, neither is willing to admit it. Cue Big Misunderstanding that carries the whole rest of the story through to ...

B
So In Love

A long-time fan of Karen Ranney's romances, I looked forward to reading this latest offering. It didn't disappoint, with as well portrayed a hero and heroine as I have read in a long time, a memorably original plot and exquisite prose. Although a powerfully written novel, some problems kept it from ...

D
Heart of Texas

Heart of Texas is a bland, unmemorable novel that has nothing particular to recommend it. I might as well be repeating the words of colleagues who have reviewed others of O'Banyon's books, but loathe as I am to do so, the unsurprising plot and wooden dialogue, as well as the half-hearted hero and he ...

C
Dearly Beloved

Coming straight from a reread of Mary Jo Putney’s incomparably romantic Uncommon Vows, I couldn’t help but think that the earlier Dearly Beloved could have been written by another, less skilled writer. Though it contains the attention to historical detail and well-fleshed characters for which th ...

B
The Heiress of Hyde Park

The second in the Mayfair Brides series, The Heiress of Hyde Park makes me reconsider a recently-formed opinion that historical romances are becoming somewhat bland and uninspired. There are so many positive aspects to this sparkling, meaty novel that it is with reluctance that I acknowledge that th ...

D
Private Pleasures

Private Pleasures, Bertrice Small's latest offering, is billed as "her first contemporary novel - and her sexiest tale yet!" That's not quite how I'd describe it...it's mostly shoddy porn. The book consists of crude sex scenes interspersed by Small’s occasional attempt to remember an actual plot b ...

D
A Taste of Reality

A Taste of Reality is not the first book I’ve read that centers on a sassy black heroine who’s making her way in life despite relationship and career issues. It is, however, the first one I have intensely disliked, owing to a selfish, two-faced heroine, a sagging plot, and some very confused rac ...

C+
Grand Passion

When I picked up this book, I was familiar with the historical novels of Krentz’s pseudonym, Amanda Quick, and hoped I’d find the same magic within its covers. While on one hand, there is nothing wrong with this book - a fast-paced plot, likable enough characters and definite hero/heroine chemis ...