Reviews by Megan Frampton

C-
Legendary Warrior

Legendary Warrior begins promisingly enough with an interesting set-up, a dark, tortured soul of a hero, and a heroine with a fascinating talent. Unfortunately, though, the journey quickly takes the main road, eschewing interesting twists for the predictable. At times, its larger-than-life drama an ...

D
Love Bites

With a fang-in-neck title like Love Bites, it's pretty clear that this vampire story is supposed to keep company with some of the more light-hearted vampire books reviewed elsewhere on this site. Unfortunately, the humor is hard to discern, the vampire aesthetic weakened for the sake of convenience, ...

C+
Mr. Valentine

Mr. Valentine tells the story of Jack Killigan, a glasses-wearing, junk-food ingesting blue collar guy who works in the shipping department of a paper manufacturer. At night, however, he follows his writing muse and enters his romance novel in an unpublished author contest. His friend, Krysta Lueken ...

B-
Thrill Me

Thrill Me features two very memorable characters with flaws and charm galore. Sophie Winchester lives in a small town - a very small town - where she works for the local pastor. One of the newest generation of a family who has lived in the town forever, all the local residents think of Sophie as a " ...

B-
Up and Out

Remember the first time a pimple appeared the morning of a super-special evening? There it was, smack dab in the middle of your nose and you had a prom to go to that night. Would your light pink dress match the angry red zit? Could you get through the evening without anyone mentioning Rudolph the Re ...

C-
Kissing the Countess

This book starts with such promise it's hard to believe it becomes so thoroughly bogged down with its own minutiae in the middle. Had the author focused more intently on her hero and heroine, and less on ancillary details, it would have been a riveting story. As it is, however, it is one good story ...

D-
Taboo

The only reason this book did not receive an F is the fact that the sex scenes are hot. If that's all you want, and nothing else, then maybe you will want to plunk down your $12 for this 181 page book. (My math indicates that's roughly $1 for every 15+ pages - about twice the price of your average $ ...

B-
Beloved Highlander

If the thought of one more Aye canna ken spoken by a man in a skirt to a red-headed, feisty female makes you groan, but you still love Scottish historicals, give the latest from Sara Bennett a try. There are clichés (the accent, the skirt, the red hair), but also plenty of new twists on some old, f ...

C
The Pleasure of Her Kiss

It's the classic chicken and egg conundrum: Are historical authors beginning to write about periods other than the Regency because readers are interested, or are readers interested because authors are writing about different periods? In either case, you wouldn't know The Pleasure of Her Kiss was set ...

B+
Under Cover

Anthology
Debates continually rage on our message boards about what makes a book great: Is it the plot, the characters, the unexpected twists? For a lot of us, it is the voice. Marianne Stillings wrote a little bit about this in her latest journal, and it seems to be what editors are searching for, as well. A ...