Reviews by Jennifer Schendel

F
Only A Fool's Game

What do you when you're reading a pretty average book when the hero has a sudden personality transplant and becomes a jerk? Normally I'd give up on the book, unfortunately I had to keep reading this one in order to review it. Terry Hart has her reasons for disliking all members of Her ...

B+
Lord of Fire

I have been looking forward to this story ever since I closed the cover on The Duke last year. Of course it's tough for a book to live up to those heady expectations. Fortunately I was not disappointed by Lord of Fire, though there was a brief moment of panic at the beginning because of surface simi ...

B-
Broken Honor

Recently, I read Showdown by Patricia Potter from the In Our Dreams anthology and absolutely loved it. Therefore I was looking forward to reviewing Potter's latest tale, Broken Honor. While I liked the story, I felt it was just missing a few things that would have made it perfect. At the end o ...

C-
Forever, My Lady

The story of Forever, My Lady opens with a border raid in Scotland's East March and the murder of the warden while his wife is giving birth upstairs. Jump ahead a few years: a new warden, Sir Bryan Hepburn, has come to the East March to look into the mysterious disappearance of yet another warden, L ...

B
Brighter Than Gold

No matter how innocent the lie, it will come back to haunt you. Carson Fairfax finds out the hard way. Upon hearing that his mother, the Countess of Atwick, is near death, Denver businessman Carson gets the bright idea to send her a telegraph saying he is engaged. When his mother regains her heal ...

A-
The Duke

I was bit worried when I started hearing all the positive word of mouth for this book, because when I had skimmed it initially, I hadn't wanted to dive right in. I was pleasantly surprised to discover The Duke definitely deserves its buzz. Robert Knight, the Duke of Hawkscliffe, is called the Par ...

D-
Scandal and Miss Smith

Phoebe Smith is a governess with a problem. Her three charges are out of control and their guardian refuses to answer her requests for help, so Phoebe loads the children (teenagers really) up and takes them to London. There she plants herself in front of their guardian, Lord Sebastian Deverell, and ...

C
The Notorious Widow

This book was very hard to assign a grade to, because where I'd give it an F for romance, it is worth an A for its study of the destructive nature of gossip. I have rarely come across more rotten and annoying characters, yet I was drawn to this book to the point I couldn't put it down. It was like s ...

A
A Grand Design

Personally I’m not a big fan of Regencies. I prefer historicals because I like lots of action, but there is something to be said for subtle and consistent. Not to mention refreshing, enjoyable, and lively. All those words describe Emma Jensen’s latest novel, A Grand Design. The Marquess of T ...

D-
It Happened at Midnight

This story contains one of my biggest personal peeves: the hostile heroine. You know her. No matter how wonderful the hero is, she yells at him, fights with him, and belittles him practically the entire book. I like a little strife and conflict in my books, but constant arguing gets old quickly. ...