Reviews by Nicole Miale

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The Spiral Path

(originally reviewed on December 21, 2001) In her second contemporary romance, Mary Jo Putney tells the tale of a memorable tortured hero and the woman who refuses to give up on him. While this sounds like a conventional love story, the special characters prove that, as always, Putney can be reli ...

B
Dead as a Doornail

Dead as a Doornail is book five in the Southern Vampire series told in the first-person by telepathic small-town Louisiana bar waitress Sookie Stackhouse. I've enjoyed all the books in this series and am happy to report that Dead as a Doornail is a worthy follow-up to the last in the series, Dead to ...

B-
Call Waiting

Sometimes the heroines of Chick Lit novels come across as only a bit more mature than your average high school freshman. Their extreme insecurity, their reluctance to take any sort of emotional lead in a relationship, their devotion to winning "The One Ring" - as the heroine of Call Waiting calls an ...

D
Hot Legs

Hot Legs is a book based on a fairly interesting premise - a mystery surrounding a missing painting - that is failed by one-dimensional characters, repetitive (to the point of being boring) hot sex, and, well, bad writing. There isn't a euphemistic way to put it. The writing in this book is laughabl ...

B-
Cooking Up a Storm

First things first: Cooking Up a Storm is billed by the publisher (Cheek is an imprint of Virgin Books) as an "erotic romance," but it was previously published in 1998 by Black Lace (a line of erotica novels for women). There is a sex scene on page four and nearly every page thereafter contains eith ...

B-
The Marriage Test

The Marriage Test is the third in a series of comedic medieval novels about young ladies from the fictional Convent of the Brides of Virtue and their adventures in pursuit of marriage and love. This third installment is my favorite of the series, though it's still not as good as my favorite books by ...

B+
Mortal Sin

Mortal Sin is one of the best books I've read in 2004. However, I know as I write this that not everyone will like it as much as I did. Containing a myriad of hot-button issues such as the state of the Catholic church, a priest hero undergoing a crisis of self, teen runaways, porn shops, a heroine w ...

D
Carolina Girl

As a romance reader I generally appreciate stories and characters that are a little off-center, a tad different, or present atypical issues or difficulties. Light and fluffy books often bore me - I appreciate authors taking risks, even if they're not 100% successful. For this reason, I've enjoyed Pa ...

C-
Wild Highland Rose

My first book by Dee Davis was, regretfully, not a successful experiment. Part time travel, part Scots medieval, part mystery - this novel seems like an ambitious attempt by the author to do something a little different from the norm. Unfortunately, throwing away the character clichés would have b ...

B
To The Nines

I'm a Joe Morelli fan. Ranger's hot, but he's definitely no long-term bet for Stephanie Plum, New Jersey's most inept, but luckiest bounty hunter. I state my bias on the love triangle right up front, so fellow fans of the Plum series - of which To the Nines is the ninth book ­ know where I stand. ...