Reviews by Rike Horstmann

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Return of the Runaway

Return of the Runaway is a book which I wanted to enjoy far more than I effectively did. For one thing, last year's A Lady for Lord Randall by the same author was both unusual and utterly gripping, and I couldn't wait to read more by her. For another thing, Sarah Mallory has the courage to leave the ...

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Cold Evidence

Cold Evidence, the sixth installment in the loosely connected Evidence series, is a romantic suspense novel that manages to take an established pattern and flesh it out with very appealing protagonists and a remarkably realistic touch - a true winner! Undine Grey is a marine archaeologist involve ...

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The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla

Reading the latest installment in Lauren Willig’s Pink Carnation series is a pleasure I savor each summer. It was no different this year, and The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla proved a charming read. <!-- var browName = navigator.appName; var SiteID = 1; var ZoneID = 4; var browDateTime ...

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Barefoot by the Sea

There are few things more painful for a reviewer than having to negatively review a book by an author whose work she has enjoyed very much in the past. Still, if one receives an advance reading copy, the review, and an honest one, is owed. So here it goes: As much as I loved Roxanne St. Claire’s r ...

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A Legacy of Secrets

With the Harlequin Presents line, you know what to expect: international tycoons, humble Cinderellas, fabulous and exotic settings, and the life of the upper crust. If you are prepared to take all this silliness in stride, you still want decent characterization and plot that makes sense. In A Legacy ...

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NYC Angels:Unmasking Dr Serious

There are romances that, if you want to review them, you must do so right away, because they are so bland that you will forget everything about them within the next few days. Such a book, for me, was NYC Angels: Unmasking Dr. Serious by Laura Iding, the third installment in the multi-author NYC Ange ...

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The Sword Dancer

The best historical romances are those that draw you into another world and make you see, smell and touch what is going on, sharing the emotions and the mindset of characters who are thousands of miles and hundreds of years removed from your own experience. This is what happened to me when I read (i ...

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Tactical Advantage

I enjoy Julie Miller’s romantic suspense novels set among the Kansas City Police Department. I like the idea that people work in teams and are connected as family, friends, and colleagues, and while the idea that all find their happily-ever-afters consecutively in the course of their work stresses ...

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An Invitation to Sin

When an author takes several romance conventions that are quite well-worn and creates a book with sparkle, vividness, and energy, then you have a winner. The winner in this case is Sarah Morgan’s An Invitation to Sin, the second installment in Harlequin’s Sicily’s Corretti Dynasty. The nove ...

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Cardwell Ranch Trespasser

B.J. Daniels’ romantic suspense novel Crime Scene at Cardwell Ranch was a Harlequin promotion freebie, and that’s how I came to read and like it. Accordingly I was interested in reviewing Cardwell Ranch Trespasser, the third installment in the series. It’s lucky I was not invested too much in ...