Reviews by Katarina Wikholm

B
The Shelters of Stone

I can be very patient when it comes to holding out for sequels to books and movies I love, and The Shelters of Stone was well worth the 12-year wait. If you demand that it must be 12 times as good as a sequel you've anticipated for a single year, you will be disappointed. Ignore those 12 years of wa ...

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Greenfire

If you are sensitive about spoilers, please stop reading this review right now. Please shade your eyes and click your "back" button. There. Anyone still with me? There is no possible way I can describe Greenfire without telling you up front that two-thirds through the book th ...

C+
My Lord Conqueror

After finishing My Lord Conqueror, I began hunting down more Samantha James medievals. Yes, this book has its weak points, but it also holds enough promise and enjoyment to recommend its siblings. My Lord Conqueror also wins the prize for best recovery, ever. At page 25 I violently hurled the book t ...

D
Lady Miranda's Masquerade

When it comes to Regency Romance, we have the excellent, the inoffensive, and the terminally silly. Try as it may, Lady Miranda’s Masquerade comes off as inoffensively silly. It is not just the silly hero and the heroine. It is not just the weak plot. It is not just that the book reads like it was ...

C-
Firestar

“But she loved Gage to the point of foolishness and beyond.”You know a book is in trouble when you agree with the heroine on this point. Try as I may, Meriel summarized Firestar more aptly than I ever could. Now, if she only had drawn the obvious conclusions from that realization, this book woul ...

A
Prince of Shadows

Once in a while you run across a romance that is a wonderful, re-readable keeper in every way, but which is very difficult to review. In the case of Prince of Shadows, the difficulty in reviewing it is mainly based on having to elaborate why I love it. That's the price of being an avid but picky rea ...

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A Slip in Time

Is this a paranormal? Is this a time travel? Is this a mystery? The answer is a little of each. A Slip in Time can be seen as a straight time travel, but here the stress is more on the process than the actual event. Whatever it is, A Slip in Time is a captivating read, despite its flaws. ...

C+
The Raven's Lady

Some C level books are run-of-the-mill and mediocre, while others suffer from some detail the reviewer simply couldn't tolerate. The Raven's Lady has neither problem. Instead, it should be classified under could-have-been-excellent - which is the most frustrating category of all. ...

C
Forbidden Passion

When I first put my hands on Forbidden Passion I thought it was a piping hot love story in a Viking setting. Given my past experiences with the accuracy level of other Viking romances, I gritted my teeth in advance, but they quickly unclenched. This is one romance that gets the facts mostly right, a ...

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Princess

Be careful what you ask for; you might get it. My number one complaint about many romances I have read and reviewed is lack of editing. If only they had been disciplined, polished and given all that surface shine they richly deserve they would have been so much better. Princess is the opposite: a bo ...