Reviews by Lisa Gardineer

D
Texas Bluff

--CAUTION: SECRET BABY AHEAD. WATCH OUT FOR BIG MISUNDERSTANDINGS-- I know, I know. What did I think I was getting when I read the plot description? Optimistically, I still went with it like that ex-boyfriend you keep going back to because you think he just might have changed. Only to realize too la ...

C+
Master of the Highlands

Like a moth to a flame, I couldn’t resist the lure of another time travel romance set in Scotland. Maybe I’m looking for the Holy Grail of Romanceland (read: Diana Gabaldon writing under a pen name to fill time between Outlander novels). Or maybe I’m just a glutton for punishment. I wouldn’t ...

A-
The Winter Rose

There are DIK books and then there are the books you wrap in Kevlar, place inside a waterproof lock box, and keep by your side at all times. The Winter Rose is only the second novel to earn that coveted honor from me. Enthralling, magical, emotional and downright funny are the first words that sprin ...

B+
Agnes and the Hitman

I almost gave up during the early pages of Agnes and the Hitman. There was a lot going on, a lot being set up and, frankly, who is this Bob Mayer guy working his way into my beloved Jennifer Crusie books? I have to say I’m glad I stuck with it. Crusie and Mayer had things perfectly in hand from be ...

B
Midnight Awakening

I don’t know what went wrong with the first two books in Lara Adrian’s Breed series. I gave a good attempt to read them, but found myself liking them as little as my fellow AAR reviewers and giving up. I called myself every type of crazy for choosing Midnight Awakening to review, thinking I was ...

C
Skinny Dipping

I am a longstanding fan of Connie Brockway. Bridal Favors remains one of my most beloved comfort reads. That being said, Skinny Dipping was an unbalanced read that leveled out at mediocre and left me disappointed. Mimi Olson is the very definition of "slacker." At 41 years, she has never owned a ...

D-
Shadow Music

It hurts to give Julie Garwood’s much anticipated Shadow Music such a low grade, but I’ve read more interesting, well plotted vacuum cleaner instructions. Princess Gabrielle of St. Biel, the Treasure of England, has been betrothed to a highly respected Highland chief by King John in hopes of ...

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Only You

Maybe it has something to do with being late to the party, but Only You, Francis Ray’s final installment in her Grayson family series, just didn’t do it for me. Sierra Grayson is young, intelligent, beautiful, and successful as a real estate broker. She is also the youngest and only unmar ...

B-
Divorced, Desperate and Delicious

Divorced, Desperate and Delicious might not be my first pick amongst titles for this sweet, funny romance, but I guess it gets the point across. Author author Christie Craig shows a lot of promise in the world of single title contemporary romance (she wrote a series romance released in 1994 under th ...

A-
Laird of the Mist

I’m definitely for new spins on the old romance formula, something to shake up the genre. But I can’t help but feel all warm and fuzzy inside when an author comes along with an old fashioned love story. Add a great plot, just enough historical detail, and a lovable cast of characters...well (sig ...