Reviews by Laurie Shallah

C-
Kiss the Cook

This Duets novel promises two romantic comedies about the "good ol' Cook Brothers" introduced in Molly O'Keefe's Too Many Cooks (Duets #62). When I began this book, I hadn't a clue as to who these Cook people were, but soon discovered they're a warm-hearted and somewhat meddling bunch of nice folks. ...

C
Cooking Up Trouble

This Duets novel promises two romantic comedies about the "good ol' Cook Brothers" introduced in Molly O'Keefe's Too Many Cooks (Duets #62). When I began this book, I hadn't a clue as to who these Cook people were, but soon discovered they're a warm-hearted and somewhat meddling bunch of nice folks. ...

B-
As Bad As Can Be

With a title like As Bad As Can Be and a plot clearly inspired by Coyote Ugly, a movie I couldn't sit through (it's all about gorgeous half naked female bartenders who writhe around on a bar to rake in loads of cash), it's a miracle that I enjoyed this recent Blaze at all. But enjoy it I did. But I ...

B+
Donovan's Bed

Knowing better than to judge a book by its title (or it's cover art), I sheepishly admit to choosing this book to review knowing nothing at all about its plot. If that makes me shallow than so be it. But with a title like Donovan's Bed I really didn't need much more incentive to commit myself to rea ...

C-
Messing With Mac

Messing with Mac is the final installment in the South Village Singles mini-series. I did not read the previous books, Tangling with Ty and Roughing It With Ryan, but I will be seeking them out because the heroines seem like interesting people. Too bad I can't say the same for the couple featured in ...

B+
Love in Bloom's

Finally, an enjoyable story that entertains from beginning to end! With its snappy, sassy style and unpredictable characters, Love in Bloom's is the perfect book to grab for a long day at the beach or any old day when you're feeling stressed and are longing for a quirky romantic pick-me-up. ...

B-
Silver Rain

Take the Sleeping Beauty legend, give it a nifty gender twist, throw in a huge dollop of magic, a lot of sex appeal, and a bit of humor. The result is Silver Rain, a light-hearted and highly entertaining fantasy romp that only stumbles a bit as a romance. In 1797, Alain Devereaux watches as th ...

C
White Mountain

White Mountain, Dinah McCall's latest romantic suspense novel, isn't bad, boring, or even all that annoying. It's simply mediocre and yet another forgettable tale from a writer who, once upon a time, had the ability to create characters who moved me to tears. Isabella Abbott's mo ...

C-
Laws of the Blood: The Hunt

I've heard many positive comments about Susan Sizemore's Laws of the Blood vampire series, and being a tremendous fan of vampire fiction, I was thrilled to find Laws of the Blood: The Hunt, the novel that began it all. But as I began to read my excitement faded and I continued turning the pages only ...

D
A Gentleman's Bargain

When I picked up Gentleman's Bargain I had just finished reading a contemporary, a paranormal, and a mainstream fiction novel. All I wished for was a simple old-fashioned historical romance. Well, after struggling with this 300+ page story for over three weeks I've learned to be very careful with my ...