Reviews by Jane Granville

B
A Kiss for Midwinter

We're sharing older reviews of some of holiday themed romances. This one's a winner. Originally published on March 12, 2013.  I definitely enjoyed A Kiss for Midwinter. Courtney Milan definitely seems to have adopted the trend of publishing e-novellas between full-length novels, and I a ...

A
The Forbidden Rose (#62 on AAR's Top 100 Romances)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on June 10, 2010 Plodding through forgettable spy novels (and historicals in general) sometimes makes me forget what a truly great book looks like – and then I read one like The Forbidden Rose. Joanna Bourne’s latest novel has everything I love about ...

B+
Mine Till Midnight

Lisa Kleypas was one of the first romance authors I read and is one of the few from my early days I still read voraciously. A solid half of her books are on my DIK list, so when I got the chance to review her new historical, I was thrilled. While this book isn’t quite as fantastic as some of her o ...

B-
Tempted Into Danger

I'm not a huge fan of military romances. SEALs and the like don't hold much appeal for me, and those stories tend to be so over-the-top I spend the entire book rolling my eyes. While Tempted Into Danger an ICE: Black Ops Defenders book does stray into the ridiculousness territory more than once, it ...

D+
The Rogue Steals a Bride

Sometimes my initial impression of a book is incorrect. Usually, that’s a good thing, when my first thoughts about a book are negative and then things improve. In The Rogue Steals a Bride, though, it was the opposite. What started out as an interesting, light-hearted book, went downhill quite quic ...

C+
What the Duke Desires

I started writing this review a day or two after I finished reading What the Duke Desires, and was poised to give it a B or B-. Then a couple of days went by, and I got back to writing this review, and... I had nothing. I didn't remember this book at all. And that was within a week of finishing it. ...

B
Down London Road

Is Down London Road a technically good book? Maybe not. The writing is a bit unpolished, and the storyline may seem a bit trite to some. But despite its occasional flaws, I couldn’t put it down. Johanna (Jo) Walker knows what she’s good at: being a girlfriend. She dropped out o ...

B+
A Hundred Summers

A Hundred Summers is the second novel by Beatriz Williams (the hardcover, mainstream fiction alter ego of historical romance writer Juliana Gray). It’s a compelling novel, one that builds relationships and characters and suspense with great skill. Lily Dane was drawn to Nick Greenwald from the ...

B-
Exposed

The premise of Exposed is an interesting one (even if I have seen it before): a photographer unknowingly captures a crime taking place, and thus is targeted by the perpetrators. While I had some initial misgivings about this book, things improved and it ended up being an exciting story. ...

C-
The Officer and the Secret

Many romances with military heroes (or heroines, though that's less common) are doing interesting and good things about recognizing and dealing with PTSD in their characters. At the same time, there's also a one-upmanship happening. Whose hero can deal with the most traumatic event? How many best fr ...