Reviews by Blythe Smith

B-
Cause for Scandal

I’m three books in with The Elliotts continuity series, and I am still enjoying them. Somehow the super-short length of the books is offset by the continuity; at least one character has always been introduced in a previous book, which lets the authors jump right into the story (a necessity when t ...

C+
Bump in the Night

Anthology
Bump in the Night features four short stories - one historical, two contemporary, and one futuristic, all of which feature some sort of paranormal element. I was drawn in by the J.D. Robb story, but that actually wasn't my favorite of the bunch; I liked the historical. The other two were bad to midd ...

D-
Luck of the Draw

I keep picking up western romances, hoping I’ll find one as good as those I used to read in the nineties. Since virtually all of them I’ve read in the last five years are terrible, I’m not sure if my behavior is optimistic, or just stupid. Sadly, Luck of the Draw is yet another of the terrible ...

C+
Taking Care of Business

Earlier this month I picked up Leanne Banks’ Billionaire’s Proposition, and since I enjoyed it I decided to try something totally different for me - following a continuity series. The Elliotts series is about a wealthy family in publishing, whose patriarch announces his retirement and throws ou ...

B-
Billionaire's Proposition

I’m an occasional series romance reader; every so often I just get in the mood for one. If I don’t have any sitting on my shelf waiting for review, I’ll go pick one up, which is always a fun process for me. I’ll peruse the shelves full of secret babies and rich bosses, reading the back cover ...

D+
Calamity Jayne

As I was reading Calamity Jayne, I kept checking to make sure it really was labeled “Romance.” I must have checked five times, and yep, it was. Had the label not been there, I would have guessed this author was aiming for Chick Lit/Mystery. Either way, it would have missed the mark. There’s ve ...

B
Vermont Valentine

That I ended up reading Vermont Valentine was pure serendipity. I was rushing out the door to take my daughter to a Lemony Snicket booksigning, and the UPS man drove up right at that moment. I didn't want to take the time to go back in the house, so I shoved the packages in my car and hit the road. ...

C-
The Ruby Ghost

With the imminent demise of the traditional Regency, I find myself becoming more and more attached to them. I can’t help feeling nostalgic, and I keep snapping them up, paying little heed to whether I even liked the author in the past. June Calvin's The Ruby Ghost is a fairly tepid offering, one t ...

B
Size 12 is Not Fat

Outside of politics and religion, few subjects seem as emotionally charged as weight and body size – especially for women. When my husband asked me the title of the book I was reading, and I told him it was Size 12 is Not Fat, his first response was, “Sure it is. If you were size 12, you’d thi ...

B-
Valentine's Day is Killing Me

Anthology
Do women really compare Valentine’s Day trophies at their workplaces, gloating when they receive roses, diamonds, or chocolate, and sinking into depression and humiliation if they don’t have an attentive boyfriend or husband? I’ve never seen this (perhaps I just haven’t worked at the right ...