Reviews by Megan Frampton

A
Sunshine

Robin McKinley is already an established fantasy author, retelling some of our favorite childhood tales (Beauty and the Beast and Robin Hood among them) and winning various literary awards in the process. With Sunshine, she delves into the fantastic world of vampires, imbuing it with the skewed suns ...

C
Wicked Games

Alison Kent has created in her giRL-gEAR series a believable, modern world where men and women behave just a little bit naughtier than they do in real life. While Wicked Games is a smoking read, the book tries to do too much (with its many characters) and too little (with its lack of character detai ...

C+
Changing the Rules

With a title like Changing The Rules, one might expect a book that challenges expectations, chafes against convention, or presents a new view on an old romantic problem. Unfortunately, this book doesn't deliver on that promise, and the essential romantic conflict is never seriously in doubt either. ...

C
Ever Yours

If many European Historicals are set against a backdrop of wallpaper history - enough history to make the book of a certain time, but not so much as to overwhelm the reader - then Ever Yours is a flat, white latex paint model. Except for the date in the front, a few mentions of crinolines and one me ...

B-
The Star Princess

The Star Princess is an excellent romance, the relationship between the hero and heroine a delightful sparring match similar to that of Gable and Colbert's in the movie It Happened One Night. But when the two are not center-stage, the action flags and attention wanders. Che Vedla is a ...

C
Invitations to Seduction

Anthology
Perhaps this is one party you might want to take a pass on. Invitations To Seduction is explicit but not particularly exciting, and two of the three stories included seem as if they were dashed off poolside in between the first and the second margarita. The premise for the three stories is that the ...

D+
Of Men And Angels

Like a kid in a candy store, author Victoria Bylin can't stop herself from using every simile and metaphor she has ever encountered, and her story - a simple romance between a troubled man and a gentle, brave woman - gets bogged down in her narrative. Of Men And Angels has the kernel of a compelling ...

B
Diary of a Blues Goddess

While Diary Of A Blues Goddess features many standard plot devices, it also boasts a freshness of writing and spirit that makes it a fast, fun, and breezy read. That it features a heroine who is likable even when making mistakes speaks to author Erica Orloff's ability to write a good story. Georg ...

C-
The Princess and Her Pirate

It's more appropriate than most author raves to find a Christina Dodd quote on the back of this Regency-set historical romance. Like Dodd, Greiman's characterizations are lively and vivid, and her dialogue fairly sparkles. Unfortunately, Greiman's plot is minimal and the book's period setting seems ...

D
With Eyes Of Love

"Oh, goody!" I thought, as I started to read With Eyes Of Love, both hero and heroine wear glasses, are bookish, quietly funny and dislike the inanities of life in the ton. Just my cup of tea. My tea quickly started getting lukewarm, and then downright cold, as I discovered glaring historical inaccu ...