Reviews by Claudia Terrones

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Mackenzie's Heroes

A DIKlassic Review originally published on March 6, 2000 The books in the Mackenzie saga are among Linda Howard's best, where the men are capable, sexy as hell, and the heroines a perfect match in their own way. Mackenzie's Heroes deals with two of the children of Wolf and Mary Mackenzie from Ma ...

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Chesapeake Blue

Like Chance Mackenzie from Linda Howard's Mackenzie series, Seth Quinn proved to be such a popular character from Nora Roberts' Chesapeake Bay series that fans asked for and now have the chance to read his love story. Sea Swept happens to be one of my all-time keepers, and although Chesapeake Blue d ...

C
The Woman Next Door

The premise of the story is this: A woman, widowed for slightly over a year, is now visibly pregnant. Given those circumstances, she - and the identify of the father - become the center of speculation by the neighborhood women who both shun her and desperately wish that she would reveal the answer t ...

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Breaking All the Rules

How much you like Breaking All The Rules will probably depend on whether you think the heroine and her mentor are eccentric and spirited, or strange and annoying. As you can tell from the grade above, I, unfortunately, could see little worthy of adulation or even amusement, and the story was, for th ...

B+
The Pink Magnolia Club

Three woman, each spanning a different generation, are at the center of Geralyn Dawson’s newest book, The Pink Magnolia Club. There is also an issue at the center of the book, and it is one that will probably touch the lives of all of us, directly or indirectly: breast cancer. ...

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Bliss River

A well-told erotic story can definitely be a good thing. However, just because a book is filled with sex acts and sex words doesn't mean that it doesn't still owe it to the readers to have a good plot, and most importantly, characters the reader can relate to or care about. In this case, Bliss Riv ...

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Baby, Baby

The film world can be a great theme for a book – there is undoubtedly intrigue and scheming, strong characters determined to make it against all odds, and the inevitable “plot twist” that can make for a fabulous story. In Baby, Baby, the tone is right, but the execution leaves a lot to be desi ...

C
Catch as Cat Can

I love cats. Okay, actually, I love animals in general, but I especially love my cat. Having never tried a mystery that was "co-authored by a cat" I decided to give Catch as Cat Can a try. The result was that while the mystery was merely okay, the style of the prose was a little corny, and the main ...

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Dead Run

I have been on a mystery reading kick lately, finally catching up with all those authors I always meant to read but never had the time to. In the case of Erica Spindler's Dead Run, however, all I discovered was how an interesting and timely plot can be marred by boring characters and less-than-stell ...

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Black Silk

After reading romance for a few years now, I have realized that it is truly rare to find a book that so completely manages to fulfill all of its "duties." Is the writing smart enough to assume the reader can comprehend subtleties, yet accessible enough to keep the reading pace fluid? Does the author ...