Reviews by Emma Leigh

C+
A Little Bit Wild

A Little Bit Wild is truly a conundrum. The writing is solid, the story kept me turning the pages, and the characters, for the most part, are well written. But, my gosh, the heroine must be one of the most TSTL women I have ever come across. The poor hero gets the extremely short end of the stick wi ...

C
If He's Wild

With an interesting premise, this story seemed to promise an exciting adventure with just a touch of magic. However, the story requires enormous patience to get through the boring parts – enough to make this a less than stellar read. Widowed Lady Alethea Vaughn-Channing has been h ...

C+
Beast Behaving Badly

While Beast Behaving Badly was potentially hilarious and fun, it quickly shifted into an over-the-top chaotic story, with a hyperactive heroine very similar to the Energizer Bunny and a hero who is not nearly as badass as he’d like to be. Bo Novikov is a half-lion, half-bear shape ...

D-
Bliss

While Bliss started with a glimmer of promise, it quickly plummeted into gross, illogical erotica that was truly porn without plot. Kara Spencer is a sex columnist whose boss forces her to attend a sex conference. She is supposed to interview a Tantric master to get some tips for her readers. Kara i ...

C-
The Wild Irish Sea

The Wild Irish Sea is a bit of a conundrum. The story is very boring, which is strange, because it has all the elements to be vastly interesting: Beautiful Ireland, a little bit of magic, an Irish hero with a tragic past, and even strangely helpful wild animals. But the utter lack of driving force b ...

D-
The Jaguar Prince

This was screaming DNF from page three, yet I trudged on wearily for the sake of this review. For your sake, I tell you, please don’t waste time with The Jaguar Prince. The cartoonish quality of the characters and the bad writing leaves much to be desired.Callie Jordon is a zoo keep ...

D+
A Groom of One’s Own

I had a difficult time getting through A Groom of One’s Own. It was horribly modern, in that all the characters seemed like they were plucked from the 20th century and stuffed into Regency clothing. This alone is not necessarily a deal breaker for me, except that the story is also incredibly borin ...

D
and Falling, Fly

Regarding and Falling, Fly, all I can say is: Yes, the author can write. She can wield her wordsmith sword and create unnaturally long, grammatically correct sentences. But within these tortured words is a story about flat characters wallowing in angst and melodrama like professional Emo singers. It ...

B+
The Reckoning

I've loved Kelley Armstrong's writing ever since I read Bitten a long time ago, so I was very excited to review The Reckoning, the last book in her YA trilogy Darkest Powers. I even read the first two in the series prior to reviewing to make sure I did justice to this book. I'm happy to say that thi ...

B-
Red Demon

At the legendary Battle of Thermopylae, King Leonidas and seven of his fiercest Spartan warriors made a deal with Ares, the god of war. They became immortal protectors of mankind, fighting demons and creators of wars. Aware that Ares was a capricious god, they still believed that their goal was a no ...