Reviews by Andrea Pool

B+
Open Season (#75 on AAR's Top 100 Romances)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on July 11, 2001 Don't start Open Season looking for another Mr. Perfect. While there are some similarities, Open Season is its own book and enjoyable on its own merits. Daisy Minor wakes up on her thirty-fourth birthday to realize that she needs help ...

B+
An Offer From a Gentleman (#84 on AAR's Top 100 Romances)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on June 8, 2001   I've said it before: I'm a sucker for Cinderella stories. An Offer From a Gentleman definitely takes its inspiration from Cinderella. Sophie Beckett is the bastard daughter of the Earl of Penwood. She knows it, and she lives ...

A-
Double Trouble

A DIKlassic review originally published on November 29, 2001 There's definitely something about Mary, Aunt Mary that is. Aunt Mary is the Internet advice columnist who is known as Maralys O'Reilly in real life. She may be my favorite heroine of any book I've read this year. With Maralys as narrator, ...

A
Indiscreet

Mary Balogh has created some of the most tormented of heroines in modern romance, and Catherine Winters is no exception. When Rex Adams, Viscount Rawleigh, and his friends accompany his twin brother Claude Adams and sister-in-law Clarissa to their country estate for a house party, Mrs. Winters mista ...

C
Goddess of the Sea

Maybe I've been watching too much Newlyweds, but every time I think of the title of this book, I think tuna. It's just too close to Chicken of the Sea. Goddess of the Sea combines lavish descriptions, modern sensibilities and mythological characters for a mildly entertaining story. ...

C-
The Street Where She Lives

The Street Where She Lives suffers from more than a goofy title (My Fair Lady fans notwithstanding). Characters who talk about everything but what's most important and a middling suspense plot make this story just one more romantic suspense on the shelf. Ben Asher, photojournalis ...

B
Winter Fire

Fans of Jo Beverley's Malloren series will be hard pressed to resist Winter Fire. The Mallorens return in a supporting role as their cousin finds love and a long-standing feud resolves itself. Genova Smith finds herself spending Christmas as companion to the elderly Trayce sister ...

C-
Losing It

Losing It promised to be just the kind of story I love: a transformation story. However, a main character who started out so odd killed the potential and the execution for me. Diana Christopher is miserable. In the prologue to the story, we find out that 32-year old Diana just crashed her car th ...

B-
Sense of Evil

I'm hooked on Kay Hooper's psychic series. The concept is such an interesting one, and it's a twist on romantic suspense that sets her apart from most other suspense authors. Her latest entry, this time in hardback, is another consistent entry in the series. A serial killer is after women in t ...

B-
Beachcomber

Beachcomber is the most genuinely suspenseful romantic suspense novel that I've read in quite a while. A smart and genuine heroine balances a not-as-likable hero - add a downright creepy villain and you have a good read. That said, after finishing Robards' latest, I've officially overdosed on romant ...