Reviews by Blythe Smith

B-
My One and Only

My One and Only is my first Kristan Higgins book. I’ve been meaning to try her forever, but her books are popular and the AAR staff likes to snap them up. I definitely enjoyed my first foray, and plan to try other books by Higgins. But while I found the book very funny (at one point I was reading ...

B
The Perfect Scandal

What does it take to make a seasoned romance reviewer say, “I’ve never seen that before?” I don’t know about you, but in my case a one-legged Polish heroine and a hero who cuts himself certainly did the trick. While I did wonder at times if this novel was too novel, I also really enjoyed the ...

C+
Breaking the Rules

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Breaking the Rules begins with a scene that nearly anyone would find funny. The heroine owns an art gallery that used to specialize in erotic art, and the hero (her brother's commanding officer in the army) shows up just in time to help her move a heavy, four foot penis statue. Haha! The heroine sna ...

C+
Moon Burning

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The sheer number of paranormal releases can be staggering sometimes. Many of them sound like the same old, same old to me, so when one looks a little different or intriguing, I feel almost honor-bound to give it a try. Moon Burning is about a shapeshifting pair (the hero’s a wolf, heroine’s a ra ...

C
Seducing the Governess

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I’m predisposed to like governess books. In the eternal Jane Eyre v. Wuthering Heights debate, I’m firmly in the Jane Eyre camp, and I think most governess romances owe a little something to Jane. But Seducing the Governess is not all that noteworthy. Neither dreadful nor wonderful, it’s your ...

B-
Deadly Heat

I’ll definitely be filing Deadly Heat under “guilty pleasure." It features a cock-sure hero, steamy sex scenes galore, and a hero and heroine who can barely sit in a room together for five seconds without tearing each other’s clothes off. I’m not sure any of it was believable, but it was cer ...

D
Miss Winbolt and the Fortune Hunter

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Sometimes a book doesn’t work because the plot is so outlandish that you can’t possibly believe it could ever occur. Miss Winbolt and the Fortune Hunter has the opposite problem. I could well believe that the hero and heroine’s annoying conflict and pedestrian arguments could happen. Doubtless ...

D+
The Highest Stakes

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How interested are you in thoroughbred horses? Would you rather read about interesting horses than interesting human characters? Would the “begat” section of the Bible be more fascinating to you if it featured horses instead of people? If the answers to all these questions is “Hell, yeah!”, ...

B
The Lady Most Likely...

Anthology
The Lady Most Likely... is not really an anthology so much as one story about the same house party, written by three different authors. But since each author focuses on a different couple - and writes one section of the book - I’ve reviewed it as an anthology. If you like Brockway, Quinn, and Jame ...

B-
A Harlequin Christmas Carol

Anthology
My annual Christmas anthology orgy continues with A Harlequin Christmas Carol. The premise of this one is that three guardian angels need to help their charges find true love during the Christmas season, or they will remain wing-less apprentice angels for another hundred years. Their charges all bel ...