Reviews by Blythe Smith

C-
Tall, Dark, and Kilted

I'm nearly always up for Scottish-paranormal-lite; as long as there are no icky vampires, I'll give it a try, and I have a fairly high tolerance for silliness. So I thought maybe I'd like Tall, Dark, and Kilted. It's a ghost romance, featuring a hero who is doomed to pleasure a different woman every ...

C
Christmas Wishes, Mistletoe Kisses

I was excited to read Christmas Wishes, Mistletoe Kisses because 1) it has a Christmas theme, a feature I often enjoy and 2) I really enjoyed the last book I read by Fiona Harper, English Lord, Ordinary Lady. Unfortunately, I found that this offering was not quite what I'd hoped. It's not that there ...

B
It Happened One Night

Anthology
Initially, I thought It Happened One Night was a Christmas anthology. It isn't; though the cover is snowy, the four stories each take place during a different season of the year. The premise of the book is quite fun and original: Each story has the same basic plot elements. All concern couples who g ...

D
Promises Reveal

A couple of times a year, I read a book that so epitomizes a certain adjective that it could be reviewed in a single word. Promises Reveal is one of those books, and the mot juste is "convoluted". I will, of course, extend the review beyond my single word and explain why. I'll start by saying th ...

B
Live and Yearn

I and bought Live and Yearn because I absolutely hated what I was reading, couldn't get through it, and wanted to read something(anything!) else. I enjoyed the other book I read in St. John's series about a family of mediums, so this seemed like a good diversion. Happily, it did the trick. It's not ...

B-
Hallowe'en Husbands

Anthology
I've reviewed many a Christmas anthology in my time, but Halloween anthologies are not as plentiful. Given my generally favorable stance on holiday stories, I was eager to give Hallowe'en Husbands a shot, and for the most part I wasn't disappointed. One story was a bust, but the other two were quick ...

C+
The Bone Garden

The Bone Garden was my book club book this month, and since Tess Gerritsen got her start in romance, I thought it might hold some interest for romance fans. Indeed, it has some romantic elements, but oddly, those are the book's weaker elements; its medical and historical aspects are better written a ...

C+
Trial by Fire

There are plenty of books with fireman heroes out there, but for some reason (because I don't really have a fireman fantasy?) I haven't read many of them. I found Trial by Fire to be a bit of a mixed bag. There were some suspenseful parts that I really enjoyed, and some that just didn't work as well ...

D+
The Millionaire's Proposal

Millionaire takes heroine on the trip of her life, traveling the world and showing her unique sights she never would have discovered on her own. As fantasy scenarios go, this one would be right at the top of my list. I've been all over the U.S., but I long for international travel, and thus far my o ...

B
Before the Scandal

I read and reviewed a Suzanne Enoch book several years ago, and was not particularly impressed. Since it had been so long - and since Enoch has received may positive reviews in the meantime - I thought it might be time to give her another go. I'm glad I did, because I really liked Before the Scandal ...