Reviews by Jane Granville

C+
Wine, Tarts, and Sex

I love food (both cooking and eating), and I love books with chef protagonists, so the very title of this book made my mouth begin to water. However, Wine, Tarts, and Sex didn’t quite live up to the promise of the title. There certainly was wine (though it disappeared for a while), I don’t rem ...

A-
High Noon

Nora Roberts is one of those writers who rarely, if ever, does wrong. Most of what she writes, in my opinion, is worth picking up. I don’t know how she does it, but her new contemporary romantic suspense High Noon is another great book. Lieutenant Phoebe McNamara is a former FBI ...

C
Sun, Sand, Sex

Anthology
The Sun, Sand, Sex anthology features three novellas clearly meant to be “beach reads”, but this reader found all three stories to be disappointingly average. ...

B+
Lawman

I’ve always been a sucker for angst, and boy, Lawman doesn’t come up short. The characters go through emotional hell, but it serves to connect the reader and the protagonists.Garon Grier is a "taciturn" FBI agent who just moved to a ranch in a small town in Texas. He’s investigating the ab ...

B+
Unfinished Business

The hero and heroine of Unfinished Business couldn’t be more different: black and white, bleeding-heart liberal and ultra-conservative, urban and rural, peace activist and war hero. I admit that some personal politics made me wary of the book, as I didn’t see myself liking the hero.Erica Joh ...

C+
The Devil's Temptation

The Devil’s Temptation is the second book in a trilogy that follows Sins of Midnight in the Daventry sisters series. The focus is on middle daughter Maura. I didn't read the first book in the series, which caused some confusion because of an on-going sub-plot involving the heroine's mother. ...

D
Bad as She Wants To Be

I want to start off this review by saying that this book was my first venture into erotica, so I have no standard to judge it by. I’m not one to usually turn down a book because of its sensuality, but I found the extent of sex in this book, and the types of “relationships” the heroine had, to ...

B+
Room Service

A delightful contemporary romance, Room Service features Olivia Callender, a dreamer who owns her family’s old hotel, Callender House. It was once a New York institution like the Plaza or St. Regis, but in the past few years it’s become run-down and outdated, which Olivia ignores. She’s nost ...

B-
Dead Shot

The heroine from Dead Shot is among the most atypical I've ever read. Readers will either love her and embrace the stereotype break, or be put out of their comfort zone. As for the rest of the book, the story is interesting, thought though the ending leaves a bit to be desired. ...