Reviews by Laurie Likes Books

B-
The Bridegroom

The Bridegroom is a pretty good read, but not as good as it could have been, not as good as it should have been. An intense romance between a revenge-driven hero and an ice princess suffers somewhat from a secondary romance that, while involving on its own, suffers somewhat from its own clichéd con ...

D
The Kissing Stars

When your favorite moments in a romance are food references about a pet pig, that's generally a good indication the story failed to capture your heart. Such is the case with Geralyn Dawson's The Kissing Stars, a romance set in Texas during the latter part of the 1800's of loved lost then found. Whil ...

C-
Say "Ahhh. . . "

Say "Ahhh. . . ." is written well, with characters the reader will come to like, but it features a premise this reviewer nearly always finds hard to swallow - amnesia. Whether feigned or real, this is a very difficult premise to pull off. Some readers love amnesia stories - I usually don't. Not beca ...

B+
Dangerous Gifts

Beginning with a scene in which Claire DePeche is accused of being a witch by her mother-in-law, then turned out of her home by her conniving brother-in-law after the death of her husband, Lord of Compton Castle, Dangerous Gifts begins with a wallop. In order to save the life of her young son, Clair ...

B+
Inner Harbor

Wow! In the conclusion of Nora Roberts' Chesapeake Bay trilogy, Nora very nearly hits one out of the park. Those of us wondering how the parentage of Seth Quinn would be resolved will be totally taken by surprise. Those of us who have come to love Seth, Cam, Anna, Ethan, Grace, and Phillip will deli ...

B+
Anyone But You

There are really three lead characters in Jennifer Crusie's Anyone But You - Alex, the 30-year-old doctor with a penchant for Daffy Duck shorts, Nina, the 40-year-old divorcee who left her first husband because she no longer wanted to be a "Country Club Wife," and Fred, the sad-eyed, bad-breathed, O ...

A-
Lady Be Good

Susan Elizabeth Phillips' Lady Be Good is, in a word, terrific. The characters are richly drawn, and that includes both the primary hero and heroine, and the secondary characters as well. It's hilarious too, incredibly sexy, and extremely well written - included in all that funny and sensual writing ...

B-
Love at First Sight

Sandra Lee's debut as a romance author is a fairly good one - her voice for comedy and off-beat characters is a delight, and her earthy prose well suits the medieval setting. This book is well-paced and fun to read for the most part. Where the author gets into trouble, however, is in the Big Misunde ...

B+
Portrait of my Heart

Portrait of My Heart is wickedly funny, wickedly sexy, and just downright wicked. It is a hybrid, strangely enough, of a screwball comedy and a black comedy. Through witty writing, author Patricia Cabot has created a selfish and immoral hero but made him lovable from the start. ...

B
Homecoming

Belva Plain's novels have a movie-of-the-week quality to them, and I don't mean that in a pejorative sense. They remind me more of those Hallmark Hall of Fame movies than the Woman in Peril/disease-of-the-week variety that are staples today. It's hard to say why her books have this quality, because ...