Reviews by Cheryl Sneed

B-
Whispers of the Night

Whispers of the Night started out with a bang - great writing with a fabulous setting and complex characters - only to become a bit of a frustrating read when a clichéd plotline was introduced.Alcyone Carter is the stunningly beautiful daughter of a wealthy industrialist who wishes h ...

C+
Magic Man

Magic Man is the latest in a long series by Patricia Rice. The leads were engaging, but sometimes got lost in what seemed like a cast of thousands, and for those readers like me who haven't read previously in this series, confusion reigned for some time until I was able to determine what was going ...

D+
Phyllida and the Brotherhood of Philander

AAR doesn't usually review Vanity press books; we have too many books from mainstream publishers and too few reviewers to review them to do so. But every once in a while, something completely different will come along and pique someone's interest. So it was with Phyllida and the Brotherhood of Phil ...

A-
One Perfect Rose

One Perfect Rose is the final book in Mary Jo Putney's Fallen Angels series and features Stephen Kenyon, the Duke of Ashburton and older brother of Michael Kenyon from Shattered Rainbows. I was surprised to find that there was no AAR review for One Perfect Rose for it has always been special to me ...

B
Bridgerton Second Epilogues

Anthology
The Viscount Who Loved Me: Epilogue II and It's in His Kiss: Epilogue II are available for download at HarperCollins e-books Avon is releasing in e-book format two short stories (approximately 25 pages each) of additional epilogues for two of Julia Quinn's popular Bridgerton series novels. My init ...

C-
Midnight Secrets

Midnight Secrets is a gothic tale that takes place on the Cornwall coast in an atmospheric castle inhabited by a very mysterious and elusive master. Too elusive a master for my tastes, for, as the story is told in the first person by the heroine, we don't get to know the hero very well at all. Writi ...

C
Parlor Games and Other Stories

Anthology
Avon has gotten into the Erotic Romance genre with two simultaneous releases in its new trade-size imprint Avon Red. Parlor Games and Other Stories is the historical companion piece to the contemporary anthology If This Bed Could Talk. ...

C+
Much Ado in the Moonlight

Don't you just love it when a big, braw, kilt-wearing, Medieval laird is knocked for a loop and completely flummoxed by a small, feisty redhead? I know I do. But when the laird in question has been dead for 700 years, romance becomes a very complicated proposition.Victoria McKinnon, who produc ...

A-
Duke of Scandal

The long-awaited sequel to Duke of Sin is here, and it was worth the wait. In Paris, Lady Olivia Shea had a whirlwind courtship before wedding Lord Edmund Carlisle. He deserted her on the wedding night - pre-consummation - and absconded with most of her money. Heartbroken, but ev ...

D
Tempt Me

This is the second book of a trilogy in Lucy Monroe's first attempt at writing historicals. I read the first book, Touch Me, and gave it a C in my personal database, but thought Monroe showed some promise. Reading Tempt Me changed my mind about that. To get out of marrying a man old enough to ...