Reviews by Pat Henshaw

B-
When You Dare

As a fan of Lori Foster’s writing, I used to think that she could write anything at all and I’d be happy to read it. Now I’m not quite so sure. Foster is a master at giving uber-alpha males personalities and translating their tight-lipped intensity into understandable guy behavior. This boo ...

A-
Heartbreak Creek

Kaki Warner proved how adept she was at telling sweeping tales of the Western United States with her Blood Rose trilogy in 2010. Now the first of her avidly awaited new series is finally here and Warner not only doesn’t disappoint, but proves that she’s the new go-to writer for Western romances. ...

C+
Creed's Honor

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Tight-lipped men who are more at home on the range than in social situations aren’t uncommon in Western romances. The trick is to make these men personable, even though they don’t overtly shine with personality and charisma. Unfortunately, Connor Creed isn’t one of those characters, which marr ...

D
Defiant

How accurate do you want your historical romances? That’s a question that I grapple with every once in a while as I’m reading. When a story is too overly modern—with Medieval heroines spouting feminist beliefs from the latter half of the twentieth century—and getting away with these diatribe ...

B+
Tempted by Trouble

The surprise gift of a vintage ice cream van complete with health certificate and upcoming bookings is the impetus for this remarkably enjoyable novel set in England. I say remarkable because during the first chapter when I realized the truck was probably going to become a character, I had misgiving ...

B
Just Like Heaven

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Julia Quinn writes light. Consequently, even though some of her plots are gritty and hard-hitting and some of her characters are conflicted, controversy reigns over her novels. Very few readers walk away without an opinion on whether Quinn’s writing is enjoyable or not. I’m in the camp of those ...

D
My Jane Austen Summer: A Season in Mansfield Park

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Cashing in on Jane Austen’s recent popularity seems to be the name of the game in publishing. If Austen readers believe Fanny Price of Austen’s Mansfield Park is a socially shy mental case, poster child for the same sort of women, and want to read about an equally wussy heroine, this book will b ...

B+
One Magic Moment

Stepping into one of Lynn Kurland’s time travel novels is definitely one magic moment in itself. This book is part of the on-going Macleod/de Piaget series that began in 1996 with Stardust of Yesterday. I’m happy to report Kurland hasn’t lost her touch. Cambridge Medieval scholar and American ...

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Walkin' On Clouds

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That’s right. $23.95 for a novel of 186 pages. For that price, the book ought to be pretty darn good, right? Well, it’ll be up to the marketplace to decide, but it's not looking good to this reader. Fairlee Lavalle is about to get married when her family has her kidnapped by Isa ...

B
Going Cowboy Crazy

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Oh, the ties I have with this book: My mother was born and raised in a small Southern town where everyone knew each other and where our Northern family visited each year for a couple of weeks. My younger sisters are identical twins. And finally my husband grew up in San Antonio playing Texas high sc ...