Reviews by Laurie Shallah

A+
The Quantum Rose

Catherine Asaro's science fiction novels have all had romantic threads and larger than life heroes but her newest novel, which is being serialized in the May, June, July/August 1999 issues of Analog magazine, has its roots firmly imbedded in the romance genre. Kamoj Quanta Argal ...

C-
Wedding Spell

Imagine living 300 years without love? Never mind that, imagine living 300 years without ever having a lover! Well, Alisande Wyrrd is a witch who has done just that. That's all about to change, however, because she's rapidly losing her paranormal powers and needs a "recharge" that only a powerful ...

B-
Forbidden

Forbidden is an odd title for this story. Odd because the love story contained within its pages is a healthy, loving one and is not some sordid extramarital affair that the title brings to mind. It is also a Blaze - A Red Hot Read From Temptation title so you may be thinking (or hoping) that the ...

C
To Tame A Texan

Anthology
To Tame A Texan has a sexy cover, a trendy name, and oodles of cowboys but few of the women who attempt to tame these hunks with love succeed believably. ...

B+
The Silver Wolf

The Silver Wolf is a dark fantasy with a romantic happily ever after ending. I enjoyed it immensely but it's not a book for everyone. It contains huge amounts of explicit violence and a teensy bit of untraditional sex. But if you're like me and are willing to venture into the unusual to satisfy the ...

B-
Unforgettable

Unforgettable is one of the better paranormal books I've read recently even if it is a little light on conflict. The author devotes most of the book to her two main characters and writes scorching sexual tension that doesn't fizzle out early on. Many stories bury the romance beneath a plethora of du ...

F
Snow in Summer

Snow In Summer is a ghostly paranormal tale that starts out with many things going for it - an unusual premise, a hunky ghost of a hero, and a heroine with some haunting secrets - but the writing style left me in such a state of utter confusion that attempting to finish it turned into an exercise i ...

B+
Red, Red Rose

There aren't many books that haunt me days after I've finished them but Red, Red Rose did just that. It is a powerful and heart-rending story that's not easily forgotten. I also tore my hair out trying to rate it because the beginning and end of the story are desert isle keeper material; unfortunate ...

A
Manhunting

Recently I finished reading a heartbreaking fantasy novel that left me in a blah mood and I was in dire need of a guaranteed funny read. Luckily I had one unread Crusie left in my tbr pile and it more than did the trick! At first glance Kate Svensen is the type of woman who is easy to envy. She's ...

D+
Untamed Time

I had high hopes for this book, I really did. The back cover touts the book as a gentle love story about a woman who gets along better with animals than people, and teaches the hero to love. I adore these types of stories. Unfortunately, Untamed Time doesn't deliver the goods. The story starts ...