Reviews by Blythe Smith

C
The Boss's Bedroom Agenda

One thing I enjoy about Harlequin Presents novels is their exotic (well, exotic to me) settings. One thing I don't particularly like is that the heroes tend to be arrogant. There's a fine line between sexy alpha and sexist jerk, and it's one they often cross. Such is the case with The Boss's Bedroom ...

B
Garden Spells

There are conversations that you have so many times that they almost cease to have meaning. My husband can hold forth for some time on Why Colorado Drivers Don't Know How To Merge. One of my counterparts is surely Why, For The Love Of God, Are So Many Romances Set In Small Towns? I've whined about i ...

B-
The Magic Knot

The Magic Knot is an imaginative book with a fun premise. Set in contemporary, but magical, Cornwall and Ireland, it features fairies, druids, leprechauns, and intrigue galore. Because I enjoyed the ideas of the book so much, I had a tough time grading it, because the actual execution of the ideas ...

C
The Duchess, Her Maid, the Groom & Their Lover

I'm not the same reader I was eleven years ago, when I opened a Susan Johnson book to a random page, saw a word that shocked me to my core, blushed, and dropped the book on the floor. Back then I tended to avoid anything we classified as "burning." I've changed since then, though, and so has the rom ...

B-
Bedtime for Bonsai

When my kids were younger, I'd take them to the bookstore and tell them they could get a book - as long as it wasn't a "gimmick book." That meant anything that came with stickers, light-up buttons, figurines, cars, etc. You know, the ones they want because they want the toy, not the book. Some roman ...

C
Pregnant on the Upper East Side?

Pregnant on the Upper East Side? was the latest stop on my personal brain candy express (after I read Three Cups of Tea last month I somehow needed to balance it out with more frivolous offerings). Well, frivolous I wanted, and frivolous I got. This book is about as light and fluffy as you'd expect ...

B
To All a Good Night

Anthology
I may reach a point in my life when I read nothing but holiday anthologies for the entire month of December. There's just something about a quick, festive read that's very appealing at this time of year. To All a Good Night was, for the most part, just the sort of holiday read I was looking for. The ...

C-
Bought: One Night, One Marriage

Attention, Blake McKay, hero of Bought: One Night, One Marriage: 1955 called, and it wants you and your sexist attitudes back. Here in 2008, you don't order women around anymore. We get to choose whether we want to get married, whether we work, and where we work. Got it? Good. Cal ...

B+
What a Pirate Desires

Sometimes low expectations can really work in your favor. I wasn't really expecting much of a book called What a Pirate Desires, because let's face it: The title is awful. The good news is that the book itself is quite good. It has interesting characters, a compelling and believable conflict, and a ...

C-
Tall, Dark, and Kilted

I'm nearly always up for Scottish-paranormal-lite; as long as there are no icky vampires, I'll give it a try, and I have a fairly high tolerance for silliness. So I thought maybe I'd like Tall, Dark, and Kilted. It's a ghost romance, featuring a hero who is doomed to pleasure a different woman every ...