Reviews by Mary Skelton

B-
Slow Burn

Anne Marsh’s Slow Burn is the second book in her Smoke Jumpers series. The writing is even paced and the plot is believable. The hero is a great big loveable teddy bear and the storyline was interesting enough to keep me entertained for over three hundred pages. The most disappointing part of the ...

C+
One Heart to Win

I really thought for the first 75 pages of this book that I had a D book on my hands. I put down the book several times before I steeled myself to read it to the bitter end. I am glad that I persevered because I discovered a nice little story waiting for me among the mistakes.Tiffany Warren is a ...

A-
What a Lady Needs

After reading and reviewing books for All About Romance for three months, I was almost giddy when I finished reading my first DIK. Kasey Michaels' second book in the storyline about the Redgraves is actually better than the first. I liked the heroine when I first met her in What an Earl Wants and I ...

C
Simply Scandalous

I remember the first time that I read Dune by Frank Herbert. It took me 150 pages to figure out who was who and what was going on. There were so many characters and intrigues and Hebert just dropped the reader right into the middle of the action to figure it out for ourselves. I sort of felt this wa ...

B+
The Mystery Woman

I have read a few of Amanda Quick’s Arcane Series books and while entertaining, those paranormal historicals were just above average for me. I have always preferred her straight historical romances. This second book in her Ladies of Lantern Street was a much better paranormal and just barely misse ...

B+
If He's Tempted

I believe that I have read every book that Hannah Howell has written. While each book in her medieval series has a predictability and formulaic feel, there is something about Howell’s books that is just comforting to me. Even so, there is not one of her medieval books that I would award a very hig ...

B
The Rake to Redeem Her

I have read a few of Julia Justiss’ novels and always enjoyed her stories. The Rake to Redeem Her is also an enjoyable book, the second in her Ransleigh Rogues series. It might have even been a special book without a few problems. This is a book that I would recommend to others, but I doubt I woul ...

C
Never a Mistress, No Longer a Maid

I think that it's harder for me to review a C book than one that is higher or lower than an average grade. There are things to like about Never a Mistress, No Longer a Maid, but it misses the mark for me. There are B rated books and even B- books that I would read again. I am a great re-reader of bo ...

B
The Love Shack

The Love Shack is the follow up book to Christie Ridgway’s Beach House No. 9. In Beach House, we learn the story of Griffin Lowell and Jane Pearson. In The Love Shack, the story shifts to Gage Lowell, Griffin’s twin. Like his twin brother Griffin, Gage Lowell is an artist who ...

B
The Mistress Memoirs

The Mistress Memoirs is the tenth book in Jillian Hunter’s Bocastle Family series. One does not have to have read all of the books in this series to enjoy The Mistress Memoirs, but not having read all of them may have affected the grade I gave this particular book. <!-- var browName = naviga ...