Reviews by Liz Litchfield

B-
The Heir and the Spare

Looking back on The Heir and the Spare, I cannot say that the book left any deep impression on me. What stands out most clearly in retrospect is not the actual story itself, but rather a memory of reading this book on the bus and enjoying it. The plot points are a bit silly and the characters just ...

C+
A Talent for Trouble

A Talent for Trouble is charming enough, but this bubbly trad Regency does not break any new ground, and begs the question as to why, fifteen years after it was originally released by Signet Regency, it has been republished in hardcover format for nearly $40. Apart from the format of the book, the s ...

C+
Tempting

While I did enjoy Tempting, there was not enough romance in this fourth installment of Mallery’s Buchanan series to keep me engaged with the main couple. Complex and interesting family relationships could not compensate for weak chemstry between the leads. I ended up enjoying the scenes with the ...

A-
Whispering Rock

It seems to me that romance readers are always worrying over the “forced seduction” book. Is it coming back? Is it really about rape? Can violent, abusive men be heroes? I loved Whispering Rock because it made those stories look shallow. Here all of the pain and suffering that someone experience ...

C+
Doing It Right

Anthology
Thief of Hearts was originally published by Ellora's Cave in 2003 - Wild Hearts is a new short story I was a huge fan of Batman: The Animated Series, so don’t take it the wrong way when I say that the book worked best for me when I pretended it was set in Gotham City. There was just something abo ...

B
Wild Sweet Love

I generally find myself rolling my eyes when I read a girl-in-pants historical novel. They seem to be packed with clichés and full of overdrawn characters. So when I flipped through Wild Sweet Love and noticed how often the heroine gallivanted about in a pair of leather pants, I worried. My fear ...

D
Gamiani, or Two Nights of Excess

My goodness. I thought that I had seen it all when it came to historical erotica: earthy stories translated from Latin, charming how-to texts written in Arabic, fleshy romps through Victorian London. None of them came close to the outrageous and unquenchable needs portrayed with knowing horror in de ...

C+
Her Outlaw

Before starting I should come clean and say that I have an enormous affection for Geralyn Dawson’s books. The Bad Luck Wedding Cake was one of the first romance novels I read and I've enjoyed checking up on the McBride family featured in so many of her books ever since. That being said, while I ...

C-
Mother-To-Be

Parts of Trish Wylie's Mother-To-Be were almost good, and parts were almost bad. In the end this book averages out to the most average of reading experiences. Years ago Eamonn Murphy left his home in a small Irish village order to pursue independence and success. He left behind hi ...