Reviews by Rebecca Ekmark

A-
Be My Baby

A Retro Review originally published on February 23, 1999   And to think I almost put this book down because one of Beau Dupree's first lines is: "The minute Jose Lee's out the door though, I'm picking it up right where I left off. First thing I'm going to do is find me a little blond with ...

B+
Ransom (#78 on AAR's Top 100 Romances)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on February 2, 1999 Before you all tar and feather me, please hear me out. I know this is a Julie Garwood Scots romance (her best sub-genre, in my mind) and we have all been waiting for this book for a long time (what was that For the Roses series about, ...

B+
Rogue's Reform

Anthology
I want to admit, rather sheepishly, that I bought this book by mistake. Over the summer I saw a new Stephanie Laurens' title at Amazon.com and assumed, very illogically, that it was the new Bar Cynster romance. After receiving it, I beat myself up for not checking first, and headed right back to Ama ...

C
You Belong To Me

You Belong to Me is the third in the ambitious twelve book Montana Mavericks series from Silhouette, and the only one in the series written by Jennifer Greene. It is also another "man finds out about his love child" story, which, although done tastefully by Greene, is a storyline just tad bit overdo ...

B
With this Ring

When I pick up a book by Amanda Quick, I expect to not have to worry about a "big misunderstanding." I expect to enjoy a lot of quality interaction between the hero and the heroine, and I expect that there will be some humor, some passion, and some intrigue. In short, I expect a comfort read. In Wit ...

C+
The Rebellious Twin

There are many of us who think that if Regency Romances want to keep and gain readership, the sub-genre needs to somehow change, to become more believable, to have more complex heroes and heroines, and to deal with difficult issues. To me, this would be a good thing. This doesn't mean, however, that ...

D-
Whisper Always

There have been authors and readers who have suggested that we at AAR should only write nice things about the novels we read. I have a few nice things to say about Whisper Always: The hero became almost likable during the final third of the book. It takes place during the Victorian times - a ...

C-
Time of the Wolf

Time of the Wolf is dark. Anne Rice dark. Laurell K. Hamilton dark. Blood is drunk. Humans are tormented. The dead are rising. Creatures from the pit are called forth. Dark. Hey, I like dark. Dark is good. Even though publisher ImaJinn's website states "ImaJinn Books specializes in romances dealing ...

D+
A Knight's Vow

From the blurb on the back, A Knight's Vow sounds like about 50% of all Medieval Romances: "He was her father's enemy, and now he was her husband by the king's decree." Sounds familiar, doesn't it? Actually, A Knight's Vow is a mite different from similar medievals I have read, an ...

F
Taming Rowan

"Just you wait, Rowan Mardsen, I'll show you 'manage.' Just you wait!" Does our heroine, Karin Williams, a woman who has nothing in common with Eliza Doolitle (even though the quote would suggest otherwise), actually show our hero what manage really is? The title, Taming Rowan, would indeed imp ...