Reviews by Sybil Cook

B
A Date with the Other Side

I generally don't read ghost stories and am not much for comedy in romances. So this isn't a book I would have normally picked up to read. But I had just finished another novel by Erin McCarthy when A Date With the Other Side was published. Her mix of romance, charming characters and the funny wo ...

A-
Dark Lover

The first time I picked up this book, I put it down after reading the back. It was one more vampire book, one more series, one more niftily-named secret group...and the hero's name was Wrath. The book didn't sound bad, but with other books featuring similar elements gathering dust on my shelf, I did ...

C+
What Dreams May Come

Anthology
Ghost cats, psychic connections and a paperback hero in the flesh - mix it all together and you get What Dreams May Come. Sherrilyn Kenyon, Rebecca York, and Robin D. Owens all seem to take a chance here and step away from the romance rules. The outcome is different, sort of out there and perhaps wo ...

C
Wicked Fantasy

I am a fan of Nicole Jordan's books but seem to hit or miss with the novels in her Guardians series. After being disappointed in the first novel and loving the second, I looked forward to Wicked Fantasy. It didn't live up to my expectations. Antonia was 17 when she met Deverill after ...

D-
The Seduction of Sarah

Zebra is doing a great job with their covers lately. I've actually bought a few because the tone, color, and model poses caught my eye. We all know you can't judge a book by its cover. The cover for The Seduction of Sarah is its best attribute. As the widowed Mrs. Sarah Wellsley enjoys her daily ...

B
Kiss and Makeup

I have been slowly dipping my toes into the series pool. Since I have Hush, the first book in the multi-authored Do Not Disturb miniseries, and wanted to try out a Blaze, I jumped at the chance to read Kiss & Makeup. I am pleased to report giving up my Blaze! virginity was everything a first time ...

A-
A Season To Be Sinful

This review has spoilers in it for things that happen in the first quarter or so of the book.   It has always seemed to me that the word count for Jo Goodman's books is higher than for other Zebra authors - or that her editor exercises less control with her red pen. Sometimes it can weigh ...

C-
The Lady Lies

The Lady Lies, Samantha Saxon's debut novel (The Lady Killer follows in December), suffers from too many ingredients in the recipe. There is a really good story in here waiting to burst free but too many side plots and characters weigh it down. At the age of ten, Aidan Duhearst learn ...

D
Only for a Knight

As the husband of my grandmother, I am my own grandpa! That novelty ditty kept running though my head the entire time I read this book. And honestly, if I hadn't signed up to review Only for a Knight, I'd have stopped reading it about two chapters in. After an absence of a decade, R ...

B
Secrets: Volume 12

Anthology
I generally like anthologies because they are like buffets. You pay one price and get multiple choices. Generally there is one dish you really like and are guaranteed to enjoy. There may be another that could go either way, and usually one or two are completely new to you, giving you the chance t ...