Reviews by Pat Henshaw

B
It's Complicated

Tucker Springs, Colorado, might be a really beautiful, nice place to live, but as the title of this latest addition to the series suggests, relationships often get just a little too complicated to enjoy life in this tranquil setting. Take for example, the up-and-down relationship of B ...

B-
Hard as It Gets

The first of the Hard Ink series finds the adult daughter of a Special Forces colonel who led his men into an ambush pairing up with the men who survived the set-up in order to find her abducted brother in this repetitious thriller. Baltimore nurse Becca Merritt is alarmed when her b ...

C+
Satisfaction

Mayberry has a gift of making seemingly ordinary, sometimes not particularly likeable people into romance characters whom readers care about and applaud. This book is a case in point. Melbourne, Australia, bookstore owner Maggie Hendricks feels as if she's been missing out on something essential ...

B+
Second Star to the Right

The old saying "Nice guys finish last" seems to be Mason Lawrence's fate in life until he decides to take his fate his own hands and be bold in this delightful gay romance fairy tale. Mason is at the top of his game, a workaholic who owns his own company and has friends with whom he enj ...

A-
Love and Salvage: Eli's Three Wishes

Eli Gaither is a good ole Georgia boy in the best sense of the description. He works hard, plays hard, and loves even harder. But Ortiz is quick to remind readers that even good ole boys who look like they have life by the tail need true love, and sometimes it's harder for them to find it than it is ...

A
Hound Dog & Bean

Magical realism pops up in Thomas' latest and adds a different type of spice to an already heady romance. The magic of one man brightens and enlivens the life of another whose reliable steadfastness helps ground his flighty lover. H. D. Fisher, nicknamed Hound Dog, is something of a dog ...

B
Is This Love?

It's good to check in with British romance every now and again, not only to catch up with their version of English slang, but also to wallow in their famous reserve and low-key but heart-felt sentimentality. Moorcroft displays a lot of what's best about British romance in this novel of love blooming ...

B
Legally Wed

Reed effortlessly slides from his gritty, brutal Raining Men to this nearly chaste look at true love, proving that he not only has depth as an author but also can span the width of the romance genre. Again he takes a fairly unlikeable character from a previous novel and turns her into someone to res ...

A
Eddie: Grime Doesn't Pay

Can a teacher and lifelong reader really love a severely dyslexic man? The second of the Grime and Punishment series about the men who clean up scenes of the crime and other potentially toxic sites successfully grapples with this question of essential personalities and established lifestyles. ...

A-
Illumination

How does a gay agoraphobic fine artist find love? In the pantheon of opposites attract romances, how artist Miles Caldwell and rock sensation Adam Craig of Black Varen, the band of the moment, meet and fall in love might be one of the most stirring. After his parents die in a car crash ...