Reviews by Lori Sowell

B-
Highlander in Disguise

Highlander in Disguise is the second book in a trilogy about the Scottish Lockharts, a family in search of a missing heirloom. Although the book occasionally suffers from clichéd moments, London's style of writing makes this a smooth and enjoyable read. If they fail to locate a mis ...

C-
Stay with Me

Although there is nothing truly horrible about Stay With Me, there is also nothing riveting about it either. Frankly, this time travel tale is about as ordinary as a book can get and it left almost no impression whatsoever upon me. Sarah Tremont is finished with being a social work ...

B
The Bride's Necklace

Although The Bride's Necklace features the same characteristics found in many Regency-era romances, the characters and the situations offer a romantic read. And those looking for less fluff in their historicals may find it here. When her mother dies, Victoria Temple is the only one who can protec ...

C+
Sex and the Serial Killer

Sex and the Serial Killer certainly features an eye catching title and it does have its moments of fun and appeal. Unfortunately, I questioned the heroine and her actions too many times for the book to be ideal...or much more than average. When Roberta Jones Spivey decides to help h ...

B-
Much Ado About You

Much Ado About You is a sweet European Historical with plenty of characters and plenty of action to keep the reader interested. The multitude of characters and plot twists, though, tend to detract from the hero and heroine at times. When Raphael, Duke of Holbrook, suddenly becomes ward to four fe ...

C+
Too Good to Be True

Irish writer Sheila O'Flanagan's Too Good To Be True serves up mixed results. Although the writing itself seemed rather dull at times, I have to admit that the characters and their many problems eventually pulled me into the story. Even though Carey Browne is known for her impetuous ...

B
Unladylike Pursuits

Unladylike Pursuits marks Alyssa Goodnight's debut. And though it does have the same redundancy found in many other novels, I still found the voice fresh and the plot and characters to be charming and appealing. Although many would consider becoming a spinster to be a horrifying pr ...

C
The Samms Agenda

The problem with many romantic short stories is that they often do not give the author the opportunity to effectively develop plot or characters and, even more problematic for a romance novel, make it believable that two main characters can start a deep and meaningful relationship. That is the dilem ...

B-
Rules of Engagement

The buzz on Rules of Engagement is that it's a story full of laughs and, since I haven't read an enjoyable humorous novel in a long while, that's the main reason why I decided to review the book. Unfortunately, the comedy was completely lost on me. Yet, even with the lack of chuckles, the book turne ...

C
Make Me Over

Sadly, my friends, reality television has now entered into the world of books and Ms. Kelly is an author at the forefront of this new breed of stories. But, frankly, it is not nearly as fun reading about a fictional character humiliating herself as it is to see a real human being do so in front of m ...