Reviews by Marianne Stillings

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Mr. Perfect (#44 on our Top 100 Romances List)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on August 10, 2000 What does it take to finish a book in one sitting? First, you need the time. Second, you need a book you just cannot put down. Last Saturday, I discovered I had both. Linda Howard's foray into big-time romantic comedy has paid off, and ...

A
Dream Man (#51 on our Top 100 Romances List)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on April 16, 1998 So, I'm reading Dream Man, and my husband idly says to me, "Say, how's your book?"With cool deliberation, I lift a brow and raise my glassy and dilated gaze, and say in a voice both low and menacing, "Go away. Take the kids to your ...

B
After The Night (#72 on AAR's Top 100 Romances)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on July 3, 1998 In case you're doing a keyword search, here are a few terms that will bring up After The Night: hot ... steamy ... Southern ... alpha ...hammering ... silken ... rigid ... hilt ... summerhouse porch ... courthouse lady's room ... no ... y ...

B
Scoring

Kristin Hardy combines an energetic writing style, snappy dialogue, and sizzling love scenes to make Scoring a major league hit. This book follows Hardy's debut, another Blaze title Hardy published last year. My Sexiest Mistake received a highly favorable review from AAR's Nora Armstrong. Having ...

D
Falling Star

Falling Star concerns the least sympathetic creatures on the planet. No, not mosquitoes . . . an even lower life form . . . TV reporters. More precisely, those stars of the media better known as news anchors The author, a former anchorwoman herself, offers nothing new under the sun in this non-roman ...

C-
The Other Twin

Generally speaking, by the time I'm finished reading a book, I pretty much know what grade I want to assign in. In five years of reviewing, there have been only a handful of exceptions, and The Other Twin is one of them. Basically, I settled on a C, since none of the other grades fit; the minus is f ...

B
Taking the Heat

Taking the Heat took me by surprise. Not only did it have a stalwart hero, it had a pretty stalwart heroine as well. Now, you wouldn’t think there'd be much appeal to a romance that centers on a female corrections officer in an Arizona state prison, would you? But somehow, some way, Brenda Novak m ...

C+
Lead Me On

Lead Me On has some very nice moments and I would encourage you to give it a try. I hadn't read the first book in what I assume will be a trilogy, so the St. Claire siblings (Adrian, Allison, and Aurora (Rory from Falling for You) were strangers to me. This is Allison's story, and begins with a prem ...

B
The Ring on Her Finger

I was just about to give up on this book when a simple turn of the page changed everything. I've not read this author before, and her style grated on my nerves to the point I was ready to put this book down and avoid it forever. But a subplot caught my attention, sucked me in, kept me reading, cause ...

B
Deadly Intent

Deadly Intent pretty much says it all: somebody intends to hurt somebody else. We know pretty much right off the bat that lovely gourmet chef and restauranteur Abbie DiAngelo is the intended victim, but who wants to harm her? There are enough suspects and red herrings to keep you guessing right up u ...