Reviews by Blythe Smith

D-
The Desert Lord's Bride

I've avoided sheik books in the past, primarily because, like cowboys and vampires, sheiks are just not my fantasy. I picked up The Desert Lord's Bride because I wondered if it wasn't a little unfair to completely dismiss the sub-genre as "not for me." After reading it, I knew the sub-genre was not ...

B-
I'm with Stupid

In real life, it's not usually all that funny when someone's intellectual prowess is seriously lacking. Say, for example, you find yourself explaining to someone that Montana is not part of Wyoming (as previously believed) but is in fact a separate state. Yes, this happened to me, and the details ar ...

C
Highland Rogue

Like many - maybe even most - romance novels, Highland Rogue is middle of the road. It has some fun parts, some boring parts, some aspects that work and some that do not. Basically, it's your classic C read. In 1711 Scotland, Quinn McIntyre is a highwayman looking for revenge. The ...

B
The Host

I liked this book much more than I expected too. Unless you've been living under a rock, you've probably seen the Twilight phenomenon in action. In the last year these books have seen incredible buzz, and everyone and their dog seemed to be reading them. I read the first one, because it was a select ...

B
Sex: Straight Up

I'd definitely classify Sex, Straight Up as a buried treasure. Why buried? Well, the title is more than a little embarrassing. I get that it's called that because the hero's family owns a bar, but still – you read it and think that the book is just about tawdry sex. Straight up. It's not, though; ...

B-
Duke Most Wanted

Duke Most Wanted was a pleasant surprise. I've only read one other book by Celeste Bradley, and it was notable for its jerk hero whose one interesting quality was a larger than life penis. This book, on the other hand, was a fun read in the light and funny vein. It's neither serious nor particularly ...

B
Bound

If you've been reading my reviews for awhile, then you know I'm a sucker for Colonial Romances. They're pretty thin on the ground, though. If American Historicals are scarce, then Colonial Romances are even scarcer. Though I like my happy endings (I am a romance reader, after all), now and then I'll ...

B
Three Nights of Sin

I generally don't mind writing C reviews, which is a good thing, as I've written more than 180 of them. But after several Cs in a row, coming up with ways to say "this book was average" can take its toll. That's why Three Nights of Sin was an unexpected treat. Everything about it looks average - fro ...

C+
French Kissing

There's a reason I'm attracted to Harlequin Blaze titles, and it's not the sex; it's the settings. They are more likely to be unusual, urban, and contemporary (in the truest sense of the word). French Kissing is set in Paris during fashion week - give me that over a ranch any day. ...

C
Seaview Inn

I keep a running list of available books for AAR reviewers, most of which have a brief description. Over the years, I cannot count how many times I've typed something like the following: "When Heroine __________ (gets divorced, loses her job, has a death in the family) she is forced to go back to _ ...