Reviews by Blythe Smith

C-
The Tory Widow

I really wanted to like The Tory Widow. It has a Revolutionary Period setting – one of my favorites – and an interesting conflict. It's set in New York City, primarily from 1775-1777. It was a dangerous time when political winds shifted back and forth and figuring out loyalty was a tricky busine ...

C+
Don't Let It Be True

Alright, I admit it. I read Don't Let It Be True because of the cute little cupcake on the cover. I have a fairly persistent sweet tooth – and I nearly always listen to it. That said, it's a pretty apt cover; this book is like a small, sweet treat, entirely composed of empty calories. It's fun at ...

C
Going Down Hard

I've written many a C review in my time; a quick check at the reviewer scorecard shows that I am approaching 200 of them. Books receive Cs for a variety of reasons, but generally it comes to down either mediocrity or unevenness. Going Down Hard is in the latter category. The good news is that I woul ...

A
Lucky Jim

I've been trying to get someone else to read Lucky Jim for over fifteen years. "You'll love it," I told my husband. "It's really funny." No go. Then it sat on my sister's bookshelf – in three different states. "I'm just never going to read this," she confessed (in 2001). Finally I tried my daughte ...

B
The Secret Wedding

I don't know why I don't read Jo Beverley's books more often; I always like them. After reading The Secret Wedding, I am determined to read fewer lame Harlequin Presents books this year, and more Jo Beverley. This particular book is a real mixture of plot elements. Part Big Secret, part Road Roma ...

B
An Indecent Proposition

It's not often that I see the plot of a European Historical romance and think, "Well that's different." But that was my reaction to An Indecent Proposition, whose premise is original (although the title sounds rather generic). Two aristocrats make a drunken wager, duly recorded at White's; each cla ...

B
Smooth Talking Stranger

I've liked every Lisa Kleypas book I've ever read, and even loved some of them, but somehow I don't manage to keep current with her books. Until Smooth Talking Stranger, I hadn't even tried one of her contemporaries. I suppose I'm saving them all for a rainy day (like Dreaming of You which I've neve ...

F
The Education of Madeline

Note to self: Step away from the Brava westerns. The Education of Madeline is the second one I've read in recent months, and it's as disastrous as the first. I'm starting to get the impression that readers who want something more than a sexual checklist should look elsewhere for their entertainment. ...

C-
The Italian's Bought Bride

I know, I know. When you're reading a book called The Italian's Bought Bride, chances are the hero is not going to be the sweet, sensitive type. Or the Beta type. Or the twenty-first century type. However, it just had "guilty pleasure" written all over it. I thought maybe I was reading the type of b ...

D
A Highlander of Her Own

I really learned something from this book. If I ever acquire a strange fae-mark in the shape of a rose, signifying that any wish I vocalize will come true, and I then have an urge to wish for "a Highlander of my own," I am going to be more specific. Rather than vaguely wishing for any old Highlander ...