Reviews by Blythe Smith

C+
Shaken and Stirred

I have to give Shaken and Stirred credit for one thing: It has one of the most believable plots I've ever seen in a Harlequin Blaze. All too often, the Blaze stock-in-trade seems to be an outlandish plot that exists solely to give the hero and heroine a reason to get hot and heavy. In this case, it' ...

C+
Right Here, Right Now

Right Here, Right Now is a hot, Romantic Suspense story with a hero and heroine who both work for the government and both keep secrets from each other. It's entertaining enough in its way, if a little unbelievable. Gabby Pearson is absolutely furious when Reed Larkin – the boyfr ...

D
The Wayward Debutante

Sometimes when I'm reading a book I don't like very much, I amuse myself by thinking of a new title for it – one more suited to its contents. In the case of The Wayward Debutante, it was a simple matter of adding a few words; I started thinking of it as "The Wayward Debutante…and the Dumb Jerk S ...

C+
Never on a Sundae

Anthology
Never on a Sundae is an odd book that's more than a little difficult to categorize. The spine proclaims it to be a contemporary romance anthology, though I'd say it's more Chick Lit than anything else. The stories are all loosely connected by a retro diner in Manhattan called Sundaes, where the char ...

C-
To Catch a Highlander

To Catch a Highlander is essentially a tale about a man who gambles away the deed to his home, his spunky daughter who schemes to get it back, and the ruthless but attractive man who possesses the deed, and can literally cause storms when he's angry. Unfortunately, none of these people are very symp ...

B-
Enchanting the Lady

Enchanting the Lady is (dare I say it?) enchanting. Really, it's cute as can be, and it's clever and imaginative to boot. With a few adjustments, it could have been fabulous. In its present state, I'd call it fun – but flawed. Felicity Seymour lives in an alternate version of Vic ...

B
English Lord, Ordinary Lady

There are some series romance titles that clearly lure some readers...and send me running in the opposite direction. Take, for example, anything that includes the words "sheikh" or "cowboy." On the other hand we have a title like English Lord, Ordinary Lady. I took one look and thought, "Count me in ...

C+
The Romance Readers' Book Club

The Romance Readers' Book Club is more or less a coming of age story. Set in a small Georgia town in the 1970s, it explores the world of Tammi Lynn Elco, who lives with her religious grandmother, but lives for the moments when she can sneak a peak at a romance novel. It's a cute idea, but while it's ...

D+
Masquerading Mistress

Sentence fragments. And one word sentences. Many. Many. One. Word. Sentences. If you think that was irritating, just imagine a whole book full of it. I picked up Masquerading Mistress because I'd never heard of the author, and I'd recently had good luck with a little-known H ...

B
Christmas Wedding Belles

Anthology
Christmas anthologies are a huge comfort read for me. I actually picked up Christmas Wedding Belles without even reading the back. I figured it had Christmas and a Miranda Jarrett story; what's not to love? It turns out that all the stories are somehow connected with "high seas adventure." Sure enou ...