Reviews by Rike Horstmann

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Trusting Ryan

Tara Taylor Quinn’s Trusting Ryan begins with a storyline I like: An older woman and a younger man fall in love. The scenario does not happen so rarely in real life as it does in romanceland, and I am always glad to pick up a romance with this setup. Although the story starts beautifully, for me i ...

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Mistress of the Art of Death

A variety of reasons compelled me to buy Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin. One, I love the historical novels she has written as Diana Norman, with Shores of Darkness being by absolute favorite. Two, my sister lived in Cambridge for four years, and any novel set in Cambridge arouses my ...

D-
Overnight Male

When I read a very short summary of Elizabeth Bevarly’s last installment in her OPUS series, Overnight Male, (following You’ve Got Male and Express Male) I grew intrigued. A masterspy on her last assignment while showing her sexy new partner the ropes – how cool does that sound? Unfortunately, ...

B+
The Dangerous Mr. Ryder

After writing a number of very enjoyable stand-alone titles, Louise Allen has embarked on telling the stories of the members of a large family. In her case, it’s not a set of siblings, but of cousins. A family tree is printed right at the front of the book, which is a shame, because it contains a ...

A
Not Without Her Family

Sometimes you pick up a romance, expecting pleasant entertainment but nothing special, reading a well-known plot, and – wham! – you end up curled in your bed into the small hours, braving your husband’s grumbling because your reading light is still on, sometimes dabbing a tear from the corner ...

B
Innocence Unveiled

Blythe Gifford’s latest historical romance is set in a most unusual period – Ghent at the outbreak of the Hundred Years’ War. That in itself would have drawn my attention, but in addition, Innocence Unveiled proved compelling and interesting, making much of this little-used setting. The his ...

B
Moonstruck

I love science fiction romances, so when I was offered the opportunity to review Susan Grant’s Moonstruck, the first volume in her new Borderlands series, I was delighted. I have not yet read (although I plan to) her last trilogy, to which this book is a sequel, but you needn’t do so in order to ...

B+
Pants on Fire

Pants on Fire is one of Meg Cabot’s stand-alone titles and was published in Great Britain as Tommy Sullivan Is a Freak. While it does not quite achieve the near-perfection of Teen Idol, my all-time favorite stand-alone YA title by Cabot, it is still a compelling read with a remarkably imperfect he ...

B+
His For the Taking

I ordered His for the Taking by Julie Cohen because after reading somewhere online that the original British title was Driving Him Crazy, I wanted to read the book that is supposed to fit both titles. To my surprise, it does. There are three chapters of "his for the taking" (in which the hero is too ...

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Grimspace

After reading a number of glowing online reviews of Grimspace by Ann Aguirre, I got curious. I love SF romances and space opera, and this sounded like an interesting novel. Things started off compelling enough, but I lost all interest in the characters’ fate after the first third and grew to despi ...