Reviews by Robin Uncapher

B-
A Wallflower Christmas

When the wind is cold and the snow is high, and you have too many presents left to wrap, it's nice to have a comforting book to take to bed with you. If you loved Lisa Kleypas' Wallflower books you will enjoy this peek at the heroines' married lives. Though the main love story could have been more ...

C-
Burning Tigress

All through my reading Burning Tigress I shook my head at this missed opportunity. Author Jade Lee is a good writer with a strong knowledge of 19th century Shanghai. When she’s describing the Chinese scolding each other and struggling with life among English people whom they detest, she is marvelo ...

F
The Deadliest Denial

At five o’clock one morning two police officers awaken Claire Winslow. Her husband, Spence, also a police officer, hasn’t come home. The police, one of whom is Spence’s boss, tell Claire that Spence was arrested for plotting to murder someone. That someone is Claire. This s ...

B
My Perfectly Imperfect Life

After a long hiatus from romance reviewing I looked forward to getting back to reading a good love story and telling the world all about it. So much for my expectations; Jennifer Archer’s new release for Harlequin's Next line is not a romance, nor can I tell you much of the plot, as that would sp ...

B-
Rachel's Change of Heart

Author Donna Simpson has a knack making difficult people seem sympathetic and interesting. Rachel's Change of Heart is the story of how a girl who seems to have everything re-examines her values and discovers that what she has attained is not nearly so valuable as what she gave up to get it. ...

A
Belle of the Ball

Fortune hunters abound in traditional Regency Romance and, for the most part, they are not heroine material. They sidle up to the heroes at Almack's. They gossip about the heroine. They dress in vulgar, albeit expensive, clothing and never get a husband unless he is old and depraved. At first glance ...

D+
The Troublemaker

What is it with 19th century Americans who show up in romance novels? They talk about sex to English virgins. In watching Bostonian hero Marshall MacDougal take advantage of heroine Sarah Palmer I felt like an elementary teacher who asks the naughty little boy, "Does your mother let you talk like th ...

C
Regency Christmas Spirits

Anthology
Is there anything better for getting into the Christmas spirit than curling up with a really good Regency Christmas anthology? I know I have saved a number of these books and pull them out once a year just to get me in the mood. Unfortunately, in comparison to previous years, the 2001 Signet Regency ...

B-
A Woman Betrayed

A Woman Betrayed opens with thirty-nine year old Laura Frye wide-awake, knuckles white. It's five in the morning and Jeff, her husband, never arrived home from work. There has been no call, no message, nothing. Laura is frantic. The two have been married for twenty years, have many friends and two c ...

D+
In My Wildest Dreams

This book has a really great story in it, not a good story, a great one. So why the grade? Unfortunately the book has a big problem. I'm going to tell you the story and you can guess what the problem is. Celeste, a tomboyish gardener's daughter grows up on a wealthy estate. There ar ...