Reviews by Kate Smith

C+
Homeport

I was tired of being looked at like I had three heads whenever I told people I've never read Nora Roberts, so when Homeport came in, I volunteered to read it. After years of hearing Roberts hailed as a goddess, I expected to completely lose myself in the book. It took longer than I ...

D-
Yesteryear's Love

One of the things I look forward to in a time-travel romance is seeing how the author transports the character back or ahead in time. Sometimes they get pretty inventive. Sometimes they don't. In Yesteryear's Love Janet Quinn uses a stained glass window as the portal to the past/present, which I tho ...

B
McClairen's Isle: The Passionate One

Connie Brockway books are like snowflakes. No two are ever the same. Her latest is another original love story, with intriguing characters and a compelling plot, yet shrouded in dark uneasiness. Many of the characters are capable of both great good and astounding evil, and prove it throughout the co ...

B+
The Nobody

It had been so long since I read a Regency Romance that I had forgotten how much I enjoyed them. The Nobody by Diane Farr was a delightful reminder. Caitlin Campbell is a heroine not unlike some of those brought to life by Jane Austen. Although her family's financial circumstances are below what ...

D
Texas Empires: Crown of Glory

There's a thin line between fiesty and foolish, and Ellie Chase straddles the fence between the two in Evelyn Roger's newest romance, Crown of Glory. One minute she's a capable woman, the next she's an idiot. It's the only facet of her personality that remains the same throughout the entire book. ...

B-
The Reckless Barrister

I've read many Regency period romance novels in which at least one character worries about being carted off to Bedlam, but in The Reckless Barrister by April Kihlstrom, it actually happens. The heroine is carted off to the mental asylum after accosting the hero's brother outside his club. Unfortun ...

D
Sweeter than Sin

Don't you just hate plot problems? They kill an otherwise enjoyable book. Everytime I thought I was going to be able to enjoy Kit Garland's Sweeter Than Sin, I'd be hit by a problem in the plot or with the characters that I just couldn't get past. Kate was taken in by the Remington family as a c ...

B
Diamond Rain

Imagine not showing up for your own wedding because you figured the person you were marrying wasn't going to show up either! That's exactly what happened the first time Isabel De Quincy and Benedict Costigan were scheduled to wed. Both were from rival fireworks-making families, and convinced that th ...

A
The Wedding Night

One of the great things about being a reviewer is that every once in awhile you read a book that makes you think, "My God, what a fantastic book!" I am happy to say that The Wedding Night made me think just that. The year is 1858 and Mairey Faelyn is continuing her father's legacy. A scholar of a ...

C-
The Price of Innocence

"The Price of Innocence is what someone is willing to pay to destroy it." These are the words that echo in Sherrie Hamilton's head in the opening passage of The Price Of Innocence. It has been nine years since she has seen the man who rescued her from becoming another man's slave, ...