Reviews by Laurie Likes Books

B-
Master of Wolves

Angela Knight's Master of Wolves is part of her Mageverse series, and though I've been collecting it for a while, it's actually only the second title in the series I've read. Unfortunately, I determined rather late that as far as "monsters" go, I prefer werewolves to vampires, which is why I've not ...

B-
The Wild Road

Late last year I discovered Marjorie M. Liu's Dirk and Steele series, and read all but one of the full-length books and her short story from the Dark Dreamers anthology. That short story introduced a family of gargoyle brothers into the author's urban fantasy romance world, and added one to the rank ...

B+
From Dead to Worse

In the interests of full disclosure, I'm a fan of Charlaine Harris' Southern Vampire Mysteries, and with the exception of the previous installment, I've enjoyed it in its entirety. After the disappointment of All Together Dead, though, I wasn't sure if Harris had jumped the shark, or as the kids say ...

C-
Billionaire's Marriage Bargain

Leanne Banks' Billionaire's Marriage Bargain is the sequel to Bedded by the Billionaire, a book I reviewed on my blog earlier in the year. Although written for Silhouette's Desire line, these two books, and in particular this one, are very reminiscent of Harlequin Presents novels, albeit ones with A ...

C+
Wicked as Sin

I met Jillian Hunter at the 1996 national RWA conference through her friendship with Kathryn Lynn Davis, who wrote my favorite novel (Too Deep for Tears). Because she wasn't online until fairly recently, I've not really kept in touch, but she became an auto-buy author for me after 1997's Fairytale a ...

D
Spanish Billionaire, Innocent Wife

I've been on somewhat of a Harlequin Presents glom recently, but Kate Walker's Spanish Billionaire, Innocent Wife effectively put an end to it. Though I've liked Walker before - Sicilian Husband is my favorite by the author - this one went so far over the top as to be almost entirely ridiculous. ...

B-
Sam's Creed

Second in Sarah McCarty's Hell's Eight historical western series about a group of Texas Rangers in the pre-Civil War era, Sam's Creed achieves what Caine's Reckoning managed to do. Once again using an erotic backdrop, she creates a mythic western hero, protective, dominant, and emotionally distant - ...

D+
The Italian Tycoon's Mistress

Cathy Williams is my favorite Harlequin Presents author, a guilty pleasure mostly because she appeals to the junior high schooler deep inside that I should have left behind thirty years ago. Her books are anything but subtle and my favorites to date are The Greek Tycoon's Secret Child, Riccardo's Se ...

B
MacAllister's Baby

Rike's review of His for the Taking a couple of months ago intrigued me, so when it came time to Kindle some books for a recent trip to California, I ordered that one and an earlier Julie Cohen release. While I recommend both, I am most excited about MacAllister's Baby, which, in contrast to another ...

B+
Time Is a River

When an author who's previously written some great books has a new release, I begin it feeling not only a strong sense of giddy-"oh, boy!"-ness, but also with a sense of trepidation. What if, this time around, the author fails me? That sense was pretty strong when I read the cover jacket for Mary Al ...