Reviews by Leigh Thomas

B
Disappearing Nightly

It's not often I'm willing to shell out more than ten bucks for a book I've heard nothing about, but the cover copy of Laura Resnick's Disappearing Nightly sounded so good I went ahead and ordered it. Luckily, it didn't disappoint and I got my money's worth. Actress Esther Diamond ...

C-
Hot Spot

Harlequin Blaze's Do Not Disturb miniseries suffers its first misfire with Debbi Rawlins's Hot Spot. For a book that takes place at a sex-themed hotel, it's strangely lacking in heat. Even worse, it's really boring much of the time. The story not only continues the mini-series, it' ...

C-
The Amulet

The gothic Mists of Fernhaven series comes to an unimpressive conclusion in Joanna Wayne's The Amulet. It starts with the potential to be the moodiest, most atmospheric installment yet, only to have its promising story fall victim to lackluster execution. One winter night, Deputy Bart Finnegan resp ...

C+
Give Me Fever

Give Me Fever sounded like it would be right up my alley. The heroine is a lounge singer searching for a pirate's long-lost treasure, with the pirate himself providing aid in ghost form. It's not a bad read by any means, but also isn't as good as I'd hoped. After her mother abandoned their family, ...

C+
Red Hot Santa

Anthology
Red Hot Santa is a collection of four romantic suspense tales set during the holiday season. Each of the heroes works for an elite agency specializing in "victimization prevention." Unfortunately (or perhaps quite fortunately), each of the heroines finds herself in need of some personal protection f ...

A
Heart vs. Humbug

Every autumn brings a plethora of holiday-themed romances to bookstores. Like most readers, I've read my share of them. M.J. Rodgers's Heart vs. Humbug remains one of my all-time favorites. The third in her Justice, Inc. miniseries, it's a marvelous blend of intelligent characters, razor-sharp dialo ...

B+
The Adventuress

For anyone who ever dreamed of stepping out of their mundane everyday life and living a grand adventure as someone else, M.J. Rodgers serves up that irresistible fantasy in The Adventuress. Librarian Pamela Gibson has a secret life neither her overprotective parents nor her stolid fiance knows ab ...

C+
The Edge of Eternity

Amanda Stevens weaves a creepy tale about a marriage under siege by forces both living and dead in The Edge of Eternity. The second book in the Mists of Fernhaven series (the first is B.J. Daniels' When Twilight Comes), it serves up some good chills, even if it's too uneven to be entirely satisfying ...

C
The Dark Horse

The Dark Horse is the second book in Patricia Simpson's series The Forbidden Tarot, about an ancient set of tarot cards that bring trouble to those who find them. Despite a fascinating premise, it turns out to be a decidedly average read. Doctoral student Claire Coulter is a gifted cr ...

C
Temptress

Lisa Jackson's Temptress is a medieval romance where the main focus is on the suspense plot, while the love story almost seems like an afterthought. I'm not a reader who minds when a romance novel is actually more suspense than romance, so that wouldn't necessarily be a problem. But while it is a re ...