Reviews by Blythe Smith

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Courting Carrie in Wonderland

Are books read on vacation just better? While I wouldn't say an awful book would suddenly become riveting when read in the shade of a palm tree, I do have some particularly fond memories of vacation reads. I read Courting Carrie on a cruise ship, on my honeymoon. So, you know, it's kind of hard to t ...

D+
Harbor Island

Harbor Island sounded kind of fun. The heroine is the granddaughter of a famous art detective, and she’s an FBI agent on the trail of a serial art their. The hero is part of the same FBI team. Stolen art! Dead bodies! Boston! Ireland! It’s sounds great, but it’s actually convoluted and, more t ...

B-
Winning Ruby Heart

Winning Ruby Heart was pretty hard for me to resist. First of all, I like unusual characters, and it’s hard to top a disgraced Olympic runner - and the paraplegic sportscaster who exposed her - in the unusual department. Secondly, the heroine is a runner. I run recreationally, work with runners an ...

B+
Lord of the Sea

I just had the kind of month that just wasn’t good for reading. You probably know how it is - kids this, work that, family obligations here and something else going on there. So it took me awhile to really get into Lord of the Sea. Once I got into it, though, I really got into it. This one is defi ...

C+
The Once and Future Duchess

The Once and Future Duchess is not going to revolutionize the romance genre, but it’s not terrible either. I liked the characters for the most part, and though I evidently came in mid-series, I didn’t feel that it was much of a detriment. What worked less well? The hero’s refusal to tell the h ...

B-
A Week in Winter

Every so often, I stumble upon a book that can be reviewed in one word. A Week in Winter is one of those books. The word? cozy. Of course, reviewers never use just one word, and cozy doesn’t quite explain the entire plot. Basically, this is a book about the owner, staff, and guests ...

C-
A Wedding by Dawn

Make no mistake: Lady India Sinclair is totally stupid. But it’s not for the reason she thinks. She’s obviously (to the modern reader) dyslexic, a condition that says nothing about her intelligence. Her desire to lose her virginity to random, rough looking sailors so she can be free to steal a s ...

B
The Rebel Pirate

The Rebel Pirate is old school. Not in the flowery bodice-ripper sense, but in the lush, dramatic, action adventure sense. It’s full of twists and turns, and there is always - always - something going on. Though it isn’t a perfect read, I really enjoyed it. Sarah Ward is the daughter of a ...

B+
Fool Me Twice

Fool Me Twice is easily my favorite Duran book of the last few years. After having loved a few of hers in the past, I struggled with the last three as they had themes that didn’t really resonate with me. Happily, her newest effort really worked, and I finished the book a happy reader. The bo ...

B
Concealed in Death

Concealed in Death is a nice addition to the long-running In Death series - and a considerable improvement over the last book, which featured an immature, annoying serial killer villain. This one features a crime that took place in the past, and gives some insight into some favorite characters’ pa ...