Reviews by Kate Garrabrant

B+
Heart Dance

Heart Dance is the latest in the HeartMates series that for me has become an addiction. In Robin D. Owens' SF/F series, she has created a wonderful alien world of soul mates and a complex society for them to inhabit. Everything in her world has feelings, whether they are housepets or indeed, the ho ...

C
Dragon Heat

The newest trend in fantasy romance seems to be dragons, perhaps because vampires and werewolves are becoming stale. I, for one, was excited about reading about these creatures, but so far the stories haven't lived up to my expectations. Maybe I just don’t get the idea of a woman falling for a dr ...

B+
Real Vampires Live Large

Gloriana St. Clair is a girl after my own heart; strong, funny, and not afraid to let her sexuality shine through. Perhaps the fact that she is a 400 year old vampire makes all the difference. She is not a brooding character who wallows in self-pity because of what she has become. Instead she refres ...

D+
A Warrior's Taking

Some books successfully combine two or more genres. This book is definitely not one of them. Warrior's Taking reads at the start like a fantasy novel, then morphs into an historical romance with a fantasy slant that doesn't work. Did Maguire have so many ideas that she couldn't decide what to lea ...

B
Coyote Dreams

“You take what you can get.” That is what Joanne Walker tells herself towards the end of a mind-numbing journey, and it encapsulates her essence. Joanne is a half Irish, half Cherokee officer for the Seattle Police Department. As detailed in the two previous books in the series, she started o ...

A
Catch a Mate

Catch A Mate is as close to a perfect book as you can get, featuring non-stop laughter, intense love scenes, and vibrantly true-to-life characters. I finished reading with a huge smile on my face. This is the ultimate feel-good book, particularly for those skeptical about love. Showalter's story wil ...

C
Lord of Scandal

Lord of Scandal riveted me at the start, but went downhill all too quickly. Though it's clear author Cornick tried hard to make her characters likable, their lack of dimension left me unable to empathize with the problems in their lives. and the over-the-top villain is of the laughing-maniacally-wh ...

B-
Tempt Me Tonight

Toni Blake’s latest comes across as your typical small town romance laced with erotic undertones. But there is a telling message underneath the hot sex: How do you forgive and trust again the one who betrayed you? Trish Henderson has finally returned to her small hometown of Eden, In ...

B
Beware a Scot's Revenge

If you're looking for a kidnap/revenge romance, you should look into the latest in Sabrina Jeffries' School for Heiresses series, Beware a Scot’s Revenge. It features a hero and heroine who secretly care for each other even as they exchange constant insults back and forth with time to kiss like t ...

A-
Demon Moon

When an author has the ability to make a reader lose herself in a story and to create characters who are so overwhelming that every word or action has a double meaning, you know you have a winner. And if the reader wants to go back and re-read the story a second time because the characters came aliv ...