Reviews by Leigh Thomas

B-
The Dark Gate

Pamela Palmer's debut romance The Dark Gate is the best of Silhouette's new Nocturne line that I've read so far. It benefits from having an intriguing plot that avoids most of the usual paranormal tropes (no vampires here!) as well as a genuinely unsettling villain who actually gave me the creeps. ...

C+
The Haunting

It sort of kills me not to be able to give The Haunting a better grade. It's a very well-written book, with a grace and flow to its prose that's too seldom seen in series romances anymore. Hope Tarr also delivers a sexually explicit story that goes beyond mere sex, finding the deeper emotions in tho ...

B-
Ice Blue

Oddly enough, although I thought Ice Blue suffered from a number of problems, I enjoyed it nonetheless. The third in Anne Stuart's Ice series, it's not as good as the first book, Black Ice, but much better than the second, Cold As Ice. It's kind of a mess, but an agreeable one.When Summer Hawtho ...

B
Cinderella Mom

Anne Henry's Cinderella Mom isn't the type of book I usually pick up these days, but it came in a box of old Harlequin Americans I bought a while back so I figured I might as well give it a try. I was planning on giving it just a few chapters, only to wind up reading the whole thing in one sitting. ...

D+
A Necessary Risk

A Necessary Risk is one of the most puzzling romantic suspense novels I've read in a long time - and I don't mean that as a compliment. My bafflement had nothing to do with the supposed suspense plot. Indeed, the biggest questions I kept asking myself were: Did anyone involved in the publication o ...

C-
Medicine Man

Cheryl Reavis is a highly acclaimed author about whom I've heard nothing but good things. I'm going to have to assume most of her books are better than her latest, Medicine Man, because this disjointed, uninvolving read is hardly impressive. At her sister Kate's wedding, Arley Meehan encounters ...

C+
Treasure

I generally don't pick up any Superromances these days that involve pregnancies, cowboys or children of any kind. Which means I don't pick up many Superromances these days. But when I saw Helen Brenna's Treasure, I pounced on it like a crazed leopard. Could it be? A Superromance about a marine archa ...

B-
Dancing on Sunday Afternoons

Dancing on Sunday Afternoons is the first of Harlequin's new Everlasting Love line, which focuses on love stories that unfold over a longer timespan than the typical romance. It's a promising beginning, even if it's not a perfect one. When her grandmother Giulia suffers a terrible fall during a ...

B
Sexy/Dangerous

The promise of a truly strong heroine was all I needed to pick up Beverly Jenkins's Sexy/Dangerous. Max Blake more than lived up to her billing in one of the more solidly enjoyable 2006 romances I've read.Dr. Adam Gary is on the verge of a landmark scientific breakthrough that has made him the t ...

C-
Dark Whispers

A detective hero, an unconventional heroine, a supposedly haunted mansion, a decades-old mystery, blackmail and murder - sounds interesting, no? These are the main ingredients of Samantha Garver's Dark Whispers, a historical romance that somehow manages to take these intriguing elements and combine ...