Reviews by Maria K

B+
The Wagered Wife

Wilma Counts’s The Wagered Wife is a rare thing indeed: a big misunderstanding story that actually worked for me. The Honorable Trevor Jeffries lost his twin brother and a friend in a curricle racing accident four months ago. He blames himself bitterly and forswears all equine sports forever, w ...

B-
Confessions of a Shopaholic

Ironically, Rebecca Bloomwood writes financial articles in a magazine called Successful Saving, although she could write an encyclopedia about all the things she doesn't know about successful saving. "I shop, therefore I live," is her motto. Or wait, maybe it was "I live, therefore I shop." Shopping ...

C
His Rebel Bride

Shelley Bradley's His Rebel Bride has one of my least favorite plotlines: the hero uses his position of power to to force the unwilling heroine to marry him. Despite some anachronisms, the book was mostly a pretty good read, which enabled me to overcome my prejudices; and at one point my grade rose ...

F
Sweet Destiny

Leticia Gomez's Sweet Destiny has an interesting setting, but the characters' absurd behavior spoiled it for me. I kept sighing "Yeah, right," which isn't a good sign. The book contains lots of laughs, but unfortunately most of the humor is unintentional. Amparo Reyes keeps an inn ...

B-
Someone Like You

Welcome to the first meeting of Someone Like You Anonymous. "Hi, I'm Emma and I'm a doormat. I live in the shadow of my sister. My father is a bullying bigot, and I'm worried about my mother who may be terribly ill. I'm happily married but desperate to conceive, which I won't tell m ...

C-
Mightier Than the Sword

Peggy Waide’s Mightier Than the Sword is a rather stock Regency-set historical featuring a war hero and bluestocking as its leads. While nothing particularly out of the ordinary, this light romp of a read isn't totally without merit. Adam Hawksmore, the Earl of Kerrick, has been imprisoned by ...

A
Rachel's Holiday

Marian Keyes's Rachel's Holiday is a warmly-recommended story about addiction, denial, and the need for acceptance. Rachel Walsh is a 27- year-old Irishwoman who leads a high-flying New York party girl's life. She strives to be chic and groovy and wants nothing more than to be accepted by those she ...

C-
A Convenient Affair

Have you ever thrown a glass of red wine on a man's silk shirt over lunch and then moved in with him the same evening? Me neither. I usually recommend letting both cool off for a couple of days. But as there's little time to lose in short category romances, that's what the heroine of A Convenient Af ...

D
Twin of Fire and Twin of Ice

Jude Deveraux's Twin of Ice and Twin of Fire, originally published separately in 1985, have now been reissued in one volume. The two novels have parallel, simultaneous plots and work best read together. Twin of Ice describes Houston Chandler's relationship to her husband Kane Taggert; Twin of Fire t ...

B+
In Fidelity

In Fidelity was an intriguing and powerful reading experience which somehow managed to touch me deeply. I have difficulty analyzing what exactly had the most effect, even though I could not put the book down the whole night through. It's a compelling tale about human emotions and the possibility or ...