Reviews by Jeanne W

C-
Soulful Strut

Soulful Strut tells the tale of a woman wrongly imprisoned for many years who is now free after someone vouched for her innocence. Although it should have been an interesting story to match the cool title, the book’s very slow pacing drained away my interest. Monette never expected to leave ...

D
Mrs. Big

Mrs. Big promises a juicy tale - a woman who schemes to marry rich only to ponder about reforming her ways - but it badly disappoints. The heroine’s reformation is unconvincing, and I couldn’t care about her after she expresses no remorse for committing a stupid, selfish act. Loletta is a you ...

B
The Abducted Heiress

The Abducted Heiress takes place in Restoration England, a too little used setting, and the Great Fire of London plays an integral role in the novel. I enjoyed the fantastic setting in this charming and appealing romance, even though the charm of the heroine dimmed a little for me during the course ...

B+
Must Love Mistletoe

Christie Ridgway has many good AAR grades to her name. She scores again with Must Love Mistletoe, a wonderfully amusing and poignant story of two reunited lovers. Bailey Sullivan (named after George Bailey in the holiday movie It’s a Wonderful Life) doesn’t like Christmas, desp ...

C+
Star of the Morning

Lynn Kurland is one my favorite romance authors because of her great comic timing and natural writing. Star of the Morning kicks off her new trilogy in the fantasy medieval realm that she previously created for the novellas in the anthologies, To Weave a Web of Magic and The Queen In Winter. Her en ...

C+
Eyes of Crow

Jeri Smith-Ready's first novel for the Luna imprint, Eyes of Crow, is an accessible read about a young woman dealing with her powers about knowing when Death comes to a person's door. That said, the plot isn't altogether exciting, and the heroine can best be described as somewhat dull. ...

C+
The Untamed Heiress

A guardian/ward relationship isn’t one of my favorite romance themes and a story of a young woman who swears she will never marry is even less so. But if anyone could persuade me not to avoid this type of book, it would be the author Julia Justiss, whom I can count on to be a consistently good wr ...

C+
Divine Madness

It was a dark and spooky book. Divine Madness is the perfect kind of book to get into the Halloween mood. A story of a mad, evil man relentlessly pursuing a preternaturally beautiful woman - I would have gladly given it a good grade if it weren’t for its muddled first half. When eighteen ...

B+
True Blood

As I read True Blood, I kept flipping to the front cover to check the writer’s name. Doesn’t Patricia Waddell usually write historical romances? Her offering of SF romance is terrific! The Llyndar, a Korcian freighter ship, is traveling through an area controlled by the League of Planets wh ...

C+
Loner's Lady

In a romance book landscape littered with paranormals and inane Regency-set historicals, it’s nice to enjoy a Western Romance read. It’s like drinking a tall glass of cool, crisp water. Loner’s Lady turned out to be a lovely character-driven romance in which plot holes, unfortunately, mar its ...