Reviews by Enya Young

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Rivals

I don’t know when the British term “bonkbuster” was coined, but as far as I’m concerned it was invented for Jilly Cooper. Her novels regularly run over 700 pages - that’s the “buster”. And the “bonk“ - goes without saying. At their worst, Ms. Cooper’s novels are cornucopiae of or ...

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When Harry Met Molly

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With its association to the movie, this title cannot help but evoke wit, snappy dialogue, and an enemies-turned friends-turned-lovers story. I can attest that Ms. Kramer’s debut provides all of that. I can also claim, with complete impunity, that the premise isn’t just ludicrous or nutty or im ...

F
Renegade

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Renegade, how do I hate thee? Let me count the ways. I hate thee to the level of all the repetitive prose; I hate thee freely as the sex scenes rose and rose. I hate thy misnomered hero with a vocabulary of ten-odd words, and I hate thy heroine who is dumber than the birds. I hate thy inherent c ...

B
The Lawman

I love libraries. Their existence means I can take a line of books I rarely read (say, Harlequin Blaze), coupled with a very hit-and-miss for me genre (the Western) and an author I’m unfamiliar with (Patricia Potter), and voila! Even if the book is a total failure, I haven’t lost. Since I enjoye ...

C
The Tempest: A Guy of Gisborne Story

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For the first half of the book, I was very happy. This book is good, says I. This story rocks, thinks I. This author takes a beloved legend, turns it on its head, and makes it positively great, goes I. But then after a fantabulous first half, the book falls to pieces. The Tem ...

C+
Riding the Waves

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Not all romance novels can be summarized in a nutshell. But if a book is borderline between two grades, then I’ll trot out the bottom line. Personally, I consider a B-grade book (a recommendation) to be a pleasant read that provides happy feelings. Bottom line. And on that qualification, Riding th ...

C+
Jane and the Damned

Curiosity has led to some interesting reads in the past. In this case it was combination of an author I’ve heard to be unique and witty (Janet Mullany), writing about a subject I’m sick to death of (vampires), set in an overdone era (Regency), starring a heroine that made me think “oh good gra ...

C+
Midnight Crystal

It’s been a while since I read Jayne Castle (aka Jayne Ann Krentz and Amanda Quick). And, while I didn’t expect her to have changed, I wondered if her formula still works. Just because a book is derivative doesn’t mean it can’t be enjoyable, right? Well, if you’ve read AAR before, then you ...

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Second Time Around

Going back to early favourites can be frightening, for fear that memory played tricks on you. When I decided to re-read and review the first chick lit book I ever read, I was a bit anxious. But luckily for me and my peace of mind, I found that Second Thyme Around stands up to both time and closer ...

C
My Lord Scandal

Usually in every book, you can find one line that sums everything up for you. This occurs here on page 276, when our Regency Romeo reflects on his star-crossed great-aunt and he and his star-crossed Juliet, and thinks, “The star-crossed theme is getting tiresome.” Hey, you said it buster.The ...