Reviews by Colleen McMahon

C
Passing Through Paradise

I've read and enjoyed several of Susan Wiggs' historical romances; I've marveled at how she can bring periods and locations as diverse as Renaissance Venice and Gilded Age Chicago to life, and people them with vivid, believable characters. Passing Through Paradise is her second contemporary and the ...

B
Diary of a Mad Mom-to-Be

Laura Wolf debuted in the burgeoning chick-lit field last year with Diary of a Mad Bride. The heroine of that book, Amy Thomas Stewart, returns in Mad Mom-to-Be, again clutching a definitive guidebook in one hand and an endless to-do list in the other, her often-befuddled husband, relatives and frie ...

B
Slippery When Wet

Slippery When Wet is the kind of book I've been hoping for in the Harlequin Blaze line. There's hot, envelope-pushing sex, yes, and it's very well done (yummy, even). But the sex enhances a surprisingly realistic story of two people falling hesitantly in love. Blaze books can be fun, and some are ...

B-
7 Days and 7 Nights

I picked up 7 Days and 7 Nights eagerly because I had recently been pondering two romance novel topics: the dearth of interesting workplace romances, and the ripeness of the "reality programming" trend as a romance backdrop. This novel, the story of two competing talk radio DJs (one male, one female ...

B-
Mother Road

Dorothy Garlock first drew my attention when she moved from 19th century to 20th century American settings, mining a time period that I love, and that has so far been underused by romance authors. I've read and enjoyed several of her books, and Mother Road is another to add to the list. Garlock s ...

B-
Letters to Kelly

Letters to Kelly takes a lot of risks in a relatively short book. Any one of them would make this stand out as a series romance; the sum total, however, interesting as they all are, make the book a little too crowded to work everything out in 250 pages. Author Brockmann wrote this book very early in ...

B-
The Sweetest Taboo

One lonely horny evening, after reading erotica and lusting after her upstairs neighbor but before engaging in a bout of self-gratification, Erin Thatcher dashes off an email to her two on-line buds, throwing down a gauntlet. Inspired by a Cosmo-style article, "Men to Do Before Saying I Do", Erin c ...

C+
This Dangerous Magic

Jayel Wylie's 2001 debut novel, A Falcon's Heart, was a wonderful surprise in the midst of a personal romance reading slump last year. It was a quintessential sleeper of a novel: a book from which I expected very little, having heard nothing about it or the author, and instead found myself swept up ...

C-
A Place Called Trinity

I find stories of spiritual discovery and renewal of any faith appealing. Moreover, I really like well done historical novels, romance or otherwise, especially those featuring more common folk as opposed to the elite classes usually shown. Thus I requested to review A Place Called Trinity by Delia P ...

C+
Rose in the Mist

Rose in the Mist is certainly not a bad romance novel. It was a painless, mildly diverting read that went down quickly and easily. However, neither did it stay in my mind for any time after I read the last page. Niall Riordan finds himself in the unfamiliar court of Queen Elizabet ...