Reviews by Lisa Gardineer

C-
High Stakes

Vampires in Vegas! Why hasn’t anyone thought of this yet and if they did, why haven’t I heard anything? The premise had almost everything I love in a book: vamps, humor and hot lovin’. I hoped and prayed this would be a winner but it wasn’t. Erin McCarthy just didn’t pull through this tim ...

A-
Queen of Babble

I loved this book. I was amazed that I did - Chick Lit not being my thing, and all. But I’m not prejudiced against any genre, really, having read all the prerequisites for Chick Lit 101: Helen Fielding (amusing), Sophie Kinsella (not a fan), and Jane Green (rather good), along with some other popu ...

B-
What, No Roses?

I am always eager to get my hands on a good time travel book. Some of my all- time faves feature time travel. I will generally give anything in this genre a shot. Not being a big fan of the Roaring Twenties, I’m glad I pick this one despite the time period. Dora Duncan is a TV report ...

F
Her One and Only

Well, there was six hours of my life I’m not getting back. I didn’t want to be harsh, but I feel it’s a must. I have utter respect for any writer who is able to get published, but after reading Her One and Only, I nearly called the local “Save The Trees” chapter to report it as a crime ag ...

B-
Never a Lady

After three books by this author, I’m still not sure if I like her work. Never a Lady fared better than the others and the last fifty pages, along with a beautiful ending, bumped my grade up so that this one earns a qualified recommendation. Alexandra, Madame Larchmont, is a ski ...

D
I Went To Vassar for This?

This book gave me the mother of all headaches. Most likely because my brow was knitted together from the “What the…?” face I made during the entire reading. Sadly to say, the author took a rather interesting premise (which she got from her editor: see acknowledgments) and turned it into a disa ...

A-
Days of Summer

I was slightly leery about reading this book, the first for this author in several years. I have read most of Jill Barnett’s backlist. When she’s on, her books take on a life of themselves. But there have been a few stinkers that make me ask, “is this the same woman?” I chose this title for ...