Reviews by Katie Mack

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Holiday Outing

A Retro Revieworiginally published on December 31, 2009 I decided to take a chance on Holiday Outing after Jessica at Racy Romance Reviews posted a review of this novella. I’m so very glad I did, because this was a nice little gem to add to my holiday reading this year.Jonah Levinson hasn ...

C+
Kissing Santa Claus

I have on my bookshelves a number of anthologies that I keep for just one of the stories in the book. Kissing Santa Claus is now the newest addition to that pile.Bah, Handsome! by Jill Shalvis is a marked improvement, and is easily the best story of the book. Hope O’Brien has a bit of a pr ...

C+
Burning Up

Susan Andersen used to be one of my auto-buy authors, but in the last few years her books have been hit-or-miss for me. Her latest wasn't a total miss, but it definitely doesn't rank as good as many of her previous books. Macy O'James couldn't wait to get out of small-minded Sugarvil ...

C+
Hot-Blooded

I asked to review Hot-Blooded for one primary reason: The setting is a rural Afghanistan military base. (Seriously, how awesome is that?) Unfortunately, while the setting proved interesting, the romance proved too lackluster to earn a recommendation. When Elena de la Vega catches her ...

A-
Hot Island Nights

I know they've become cliched, but I still love Good Girl Meets Bad Boy romances. (I really love Bad Girl Meets Good Boy romances, but those are quite rare.) As you'd expect, most are average and forgettable. But on those occasions when I read a really good one - like Hot Island Nights - it's oh so ...

B
The Heat is On

If you're a Blaze fan, you've probably already discovered Jill Shalvis. If you're new to the line, The Heat is On is a good example of the type of books you'll find: Fun, fast, and very sexy. It's not revolutionary or extraordinary, but I don't often need revolutionary or extraordinary to find a boo ...

B+
The Temptation of Savannah O'Neill

I'm the first to admit that I'm a sucker for Misunderstood Heroines. Throw in a Tortured Hero and a Self-Righteous Small Town and I'm all over it like white on rice. So when I read the cover blurb for The Temptation of Savannah O'Neill, I knew I had to read it. Lucky for me, my instincts steered me ...

B-
Heat of Passion

I often have trouble believing in a one-woman-forever HEA for heroes with a “casual sex only” history, but when the author shows that the hero is truly ready for a change - irrespective of the heroine - I'm able to set aside my disbelief and enjoy the romance.Holly Lawson's boyfriend - a man ...

A-
Shining in the Sun

If you prefer your romances uncomplicated and your heroes to be winning examples of morality, this isn't the book for you. Shining in the Sun is as far from uncomplicated as you can get, and both heroes walk the line of moral ambiguity, one much more than the other. But those qualities are part of w ...

B+
Slow Heat

I loved Double Play, the first entry in Ms. Shalvis’ Pacific Heat baseball series, so I was eagerly anticipating this next release, Slow Heat. I’m happy to report that it lived up to my expectations, and now I’m eagerly awaiting the next one. When a woman goes to the press claiming to be ...