Reviews by Kelly Parker

B+
Wild Orchids

While here at AAR we all do our utmost to approach each book we review with an open mind, I must admit that based on Jude Deveraux's last few reviews here, I didn't have a lot of hope when I opened her newest release. Thirty-six hours later, I closed the book with a sigh. Wild Orchids is a tense and ...

A-
Love With the Proper Husband

The last time I reviewed a book by Victoria Alexander, my editor was surprised that I gave it only a B+, because I obviously loved the book. I think my subconscious knew that there was even better to come, because I'm delighted to report that Alexander's latest, Love with the Proper Husband, is one ...

C+
A Pair Like No Otha'

A Pair Like No Otha' is one of those books that's really hard to grade. There were several things that I really liked about it, but there were several other elements that kept me from enjoyint it as much as I could have. Shemone Waters and Darnell Williams were good friends in high school, but ...

A
The Lovely Bones

Susie Salmon, "like the fish," is only fourteen years old when she is raped and murdered by a neighbor, her body never found. This may sound like the worst possible beginning for an uplifting story, but amazingly, Alice Sebold makes The Lovely Bones a compelling, haunting, and even humorous story. ...

F
Mulligan Stew

In my time reviewing, I've given plenty of D's but very few F's. I have a strict personal policy on what makes a book an F for me: A book can bore me or annoy me and still have a shot at a D, but in order for it to get an F, it has to offend me. Mulligan Stew is an unequivocal F and has the dubious ...

B
The Rose and the Shield

If I'm reading a book that says "Romance" on the spine and has a clinch on the cover, but halfway through I have to skip ahead to the end just to make sure everything turns out all right, then I figure I'm reading a pretty darn good book. While Sara Bennett's sophomore effort, The Rose and the Shiel ...

B+
Once Upon a Pillow

Anthology
Star authors and friends Connie Brockway and Christina Dodd had a cute idea: why not write a book together? Once Upon a Pillow differs from most anthologies in that all the stories are directly linked - they're the tales of the Masterson family, English nobility known throughout the generations for ...

B
Tapestry

Anthology
While I rarely read anthologies, I jumped at the chance to review Tapestry because it features two authors I've greatly enjoyed in the past, Madeline Hunter and Sherrilyn Kenyon, and two I've heard good things about, Lynn Kurland and Karen Marie Moning. The four stories in this anthology all have so ...

C+
The Rebel

Husband-and-wife writing team May McGoldrick's latest romance, The Rebel, was a difficult one for me to grade. On the good side, it had a terrific hero and heroine. On the not-so-good side, it had a supporting cast so loathsome that I kept putting the book down in order to avoid them. After a ...

A-
I Think I Love You

When was the last time you read a book that left you laughing, smiling, and overall feeling great? I hadn't had one of those books in a while - until I picked up Stephanie Bond's latest. I Think I Love You is the story of a dysfunctional Southern family whose secrets are finally catching up with the ...