Reviews by Joan Lee

D+
Double Dare

Sometimes books improve as they go along, but with this one, the opening scene pretty much symbolizes all the problems I had with the rest of the story. Unrealistic and silly, and not a whole lot of fun. Audra Walker is a lingerie designer celebrating her promotion with her friends at a club. Unfo ...

B+
Take Me Tonight

Sometimes silly, sometimes serious, Take Me Tonight is a fun book that is happily more hit than miss.  Sage Valentine is an investigative reporter living in Boston. Her roommate Keisha was found dead, supposedly from suicide, but Sage doesn’t believe it, suspecting instead that her death was c ...

C+
Beyond a Shadow

Despite the author’s strong writing ability and a believable attraction between the two lead characters, ultimately this novel doesn’t provide a memorable romance. In the small town of Comfort Bay, Oregon, Ezra Moore and Alexa Counsel are the two people who don’t belong. While on the surf ...

C
Mistress of Scandal

Reading this romance wasn’t a hardship, but in the end I never felt it was anything special or memorable. The notorious Madame Aphrodite, owner of one of London's most infamous brothels, hires Sebastian Thorne to track down an enemy who stole her three daughters away when they wer ...

C
Too Wicked to Tame

Sophie Jordan gives Too Wicked to Tame a strong opening. While the author has a smooth and enjoyable writing style, it's unfortunately not enough to make this book a success. Lady Portia Derring is on her way to meet a wealthy earl whom her family hopes will make a suitable match ...

D-
The Knight Before Christmas

The title is a bit goofy and the cover is cheesy, but none of that matters in light of the fact that the story is downright awful. Myles Donal, powerful warrior and eldest son of the laird of the Donal clan, is reluctantly making his way through a snowstorm to marry the heiress of E ...

C+
What a Lady Wants

What a Lady Wants has a strong beginning and a likable heroine, but, unfortunately, it’s weakened by a shallow hero and an unexciting second half. Nigel Cavendish is one of a group of four men who originally bet a shilling and a bottle of cognac on who would remain unmarried the ...

B-
Gone

Gone is a solid and engrossing mystery with a fairly suspenseful plot. However, readers should not expect a romance, because this isn't one, although it does examine the relationship between a husband and wife. Rainie Connor Quincy, a capable former cop turned child advocate, h ...

A-
Fall from Grace

I’ve enjoyed Kristi Gold’s romances before, but off the top of my head, I can’t think of any one that was truly special. In Fall from Grace, one of the debut romances in Harlequin's new Everlasting line (which explore romantic relationships over a period of time), she truly impresses with a he ...

D
Haven

The plodding pace of Haven and the author’s bland style result in a book memorable only for being forgettable. After being shot by a bank robber, Aaron McBain, the sheriff of the Ottawa Falls community in Colorado, counts himself as fortunate - not only for surviving, but also because he is ...