Reviews by Dabney Grinnan

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Love and Other Scandals

Caroline Linden's Love and Other Scandals is the best historical romance I've read this summer. Joan Bennet, the spinster heroine, has a sharper tongue and a sharper mind. The louche hero, Tristan Burke, is witty and wicked. Together, they are an engaging couple whose path to true love is sweet, bel ...

B
It Happened One Midnight

It Happened One Midnight is the eighth book in Ms. Long's Pennyroyal Green series. The hero is Jonathan Redmond, the youngest of the Redmonds.This fact alone made me consider downgrading this book. I and the rest of Ms. Long's fans have been impatiently waiting since I Kissed an Earl (#5) to learn w ...

B+
Flirting with Disaster

I am a fan of Ruthie Knox's works. Her books are filled with characters it's easy to care for, zingy conversations, smoking love scenes, and realistic relational conundrums. Thus I am not a whit surprised I like her latest, Flirting with Disaster, the third book in her Camelot series. This consisten ...

B
Taste for Trouble

The last Susan Sey book I read, Money Shot (2011) was set on a remote island in Lake Superior and had deadly money laundering villain, pagan ceremonies, and a smokin' ex Navy SEAL for a hero. This book, Taste for Trouble, is set in the suburbs of DC, has a scheming Martha Stewart wannabe, and a prof ...

C
Exposed to You

The first chapter of Exposed to You is so wildly erotic and intriguing I'd recommend it to anyone who wants to see how great erotica is written. The rest of the book, however, does not live up to the promise of the first twenty-one pages. The book opens with Joy Hightower, a rather p ...

C+
The Seduction of Elliot McBride

I, like many readers, was entranced by the first book in Ms. Ashley's the Mackenziesseries, The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie. Ms. Ashley's latest entry into the series, The Seduction of Elliot McBride, is nowhere as strong as the first. That said, it's not as weak as The Many Sins of Lord Cameron a ...

C
Under the Mistletoe

Ms. Shalvis’s very brief novella Under the Mistletoe gives fans of her Lucky Harbor series Mia’s story. Mia, the birth daughter of Ford and Tara (the leads in The Sweetest Thing), is now twenty-two, living in New York and in love with a guy named Nick. (This may be a letdown for all those who ho ...

C
A Royal Pain

A Royal Pain is Megan Mulry’s debut novel and it’s liked by many… just not me. I thought the heroine was a brat; the hero, a bath mat; and the plot both convoluted and at times, dull. A Royal Pain strays far from what would be considered traditional romance. Its heroine, Bront ...

C
Heart of Danger

Lisa Marie Rice’s latest, Heart of Danger, is the first in her new series Ghost Ops. The premise of the series is fairly outrageous. The books are set ten years after the death of Osama Bin Laden and the heroes are members of the “famed SEAL Team Six” that killed him. (Bin Laden was indeed tak ...

B+
Down for the Count

Ms. Bell’s racy book Down for the Count begins with a bang… one Lacey Garrity wishes she’d never seen. Because, really, out of all the things a bride hopes for minutes after saying “I do,” finding her fiancé with his pants around his ankles, having sex in a linen closet with one of her br ...