Reviews by Blythe Smith

C+
Dukes to the Left of Me, Princes to the Right

There’s no denying it: Dukes to the Left of Me, Princes to the Right is silly. On top of that, it caused me to sing “Stuck in the Middle with You” every time I looked at the cover, or even thought about the title. That doesn’t mean it’s a bad book - actually it’s often funny. Though it c ...

B-
Regency Christmas Proposals

Anthology
Ah, Christmas anthology season. Give me some mistletoe, maybe the odd yule log, and I’m happy. Regency Christmas Proposals is a nice addition to the holiday subgenre. With two solidly good stories - and one guilty pleasure - it’s just the sort of read I look forward to this time of year. ...

B
The Scandal and Carter O'Neill

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I’ve often thought that it’s harder to write a short book than a long one. Condensing all the emotion and action into a shorter format - without short-changing readers - is no mean feat. When I saw that this book involved a pregnant woman who dates a man running for political office, I doubted t ...

B
The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane

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Every year around this time I start to feel the pressure to find a good book club read. After over thirteen years in the same book club, I’ve already chosen most of my old favorites, so I start mining the shelves for something new and interesting. I picked up The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane b ...

C
A Christmas Waltz

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This time of year, holiday romances are my drug of choice. One might assume when picking up a book entitled A Christmas Waltz, that it would have something to do with Christmas. In this case, one would be wrong. This is a 338 page book. They start talking about a Christmas ball in passing roughly on ...

B
Happy Ever After

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Hot heroes, winning heroines, and old Connecticut money aside, the real reason we’re all reading Nora Roberts’ Bride quartet can be summed up in two words: Wedding Porn. I’m sure I’m not the only one drooling with Homer Simpson-esque abandon as the Vows girls put on wedding after wedding, wi ...

B
The Mischief of the Mistletoe

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I’ll say this for the art department at Dutton: They have some serious love for Lauren Willig. Her covers are always attractive, but the one on The Mischief of the Mistletoe is absolutely stunning. Periodically I would find myself lost in a daze and realize I was doing it, again - staring at the c ...

B-
A Hellion in Her Bed

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A Hellion in Her Bed features a hero who just won’t be tied down. This is the sort of plot device that can really get on my nerves when it isn’t handled well - and usually it isn’t. However, Jeffries approaches what is usually the tiredest of cliches in a thoughtful manner, and the result is a ...

C
Sparks Fly with Mr. Mayor

I originally picked up Sparks Fly with Mr. Mayor because the pseudo-political theme caught my eye. The hero and heroine are on opposing sides of a mayoral race, though it’s not a Republican/Democrat show down; they square off on whether endowment funds should pay for a museum or a sports complex. ...

D+
The Viscount and the Virgin

The Viscount and the Virgin had a very old-fashioned feel to it. Not so much in the purple prose sense, but in the too many exclamation points and ridiculous misunderstandings sense. The title doesn’t help either. Imogen Hebden doesn’t really have a lot going for her. Her mother ...