Reviews by Marguerite Kraft

B+
Slim Chance

When Evelyn May's longtime boyfriend proposes to her at work, Evie says "yes," then runs into the ladies' room and throws up. It's the less-than-perfect beginning to her odyssey toward marriage, and the very funny beginning of debut author Jackie Rose's Slim Chance. Despite her initial reaction, ...

D
Hot Pink

Confession time: I've never read a Susan Johnson book before. I'm not sure why since Johnson has been writing romances for quite a long time, but somehow I never picked one up. I was happy to review Hot Pink so that unfortunate situation could be rectified. But perhaps Hot Pink wasn't the right John ...

C
Blushing Pink

Last year I read Jill Winters's debut, Plum Girl, and thought it showed potential, so I asked to review her second book. Even though Blushing Pink is a somewhat better by comparison and allows Winters's humorous voice to shine through more clearly, it has a number of flaws that made it no more than ...

B-
And Then He Kissed Me

And Then He Kissed Me, Patti Berg's first Superleader for Avon, has a terrific opening line: "Without a doubt, Juliet Bridger had lost her mind." It seems as though Juliet has just about everything - she's rich, a well-known actress, and a bestselling mystery novelist. She also has an ex-husband n ...

A
Wildest Hearts

I love Jayne Ann Krentz books from the 1990s. Her earliest books don’t work for me because they seem a bit dated now, and her most recent books seem to have lost the spark that characterizes her best work. But my hardback keeper shelf is heavily weighted down with books like Trust Me, Absolutely, ...

F
Easy

I have never given a book an F before. Admittedly, I haven't been reviewing too long, but I’ve never read a book for review in which I couldn’t find at least something to like, some small flicker of light amidst the gloom of awkward writing and poorly depicted characters. But alas, the minute I ...

C+
Seduced

Virtually everyone who has ever loved Lucien St. Aubyn has met an unfortunate demise. Indeed, Lucien has inadvertently done in four governesses (one apparently died of a mere headache), a groom, his best friend (killed by a chunk of gravel thrown up by Lucien's carriage), and both parents. Lucien is ...

C
Engaging Men

I picked up Engaging Men, my first venture into Harlequin's Red Dress Ink line, with a good deal of anticipation. It was, unfortunately, a struggle to finish, not an awful reading experience, but not a compelling one, either. Ultimately, the word that best describes this book is bland Angie ...

C+
Bare Necessity

Emily Miller just ditched her boyfriend, Declan Patrick O'Donnell, a dot-com entrepreneur who posted a pornographic picture of her on the Internet in order to bail himself out of serious financial trouble. The snapshot of her bare bottom is getting four million hits a week, an impressive figure due ...

C-
A Scandalous Lady

I've always liked Cinderella stories. A young, lower-class woman improves herself and wins the prince of her dreams in the process... what a wonderful fantasy. Cinderella stories, however, can be less than believable if the woman transforms herself too rapidly, and that's part of the trouble with A ...