Reviews by Blythe Smith

B
Lady Emma's Dilemma

Lady Emma’s Dilemma is what I think of as a “quiet” Regency. It’s not one of those whippet-quick tours of the ton with brisk, snappy dialogue, and neither is it a comedy of manners or pseudo-romantic suspense. Instead, it’s a quiet story about two people who get a second chance at love, an ...

C+
A Year and a Day

A Year and a Day is a Harlequin Superromance with a Sleeping with the Enemy plot. The heroine, Audrey Colby, is trapped in a violent marriage with a wealthy Atlanta businessman, and she’s desperate to escape and make a new life for herself and her son. This plot is compelling. So compelling, in fa ...

C
Scandalous

Go ahead and judge this book by its cover. It looks like every other Avon romance you’ve read in the last five years, and that’s how it reads as well. That’s not to say it’s bad, because it isn’t. It’s merely unoriginal. Katherine Fleming is on the verge of marrying Cole Mallory when t ...

D-
A Walk to Remember

I can't remember the last time a book depressed me as much as this one did. Not because it's a three-hanky weeper with a sad ending (although it is), but because I really, really disliked it. Normally that would be all well and good, but I kept running into people who told me they loved it dearly. P ...

B-
Crazy Hot

Crazy Hot is the first book in a new Brockmann-esque series, and I found it pretty interesting. It's essentially about a bunch of guys who work for a top-secret quasi-government agency affiliated with a garage. But not just any garage; the place they refer to as “Steele Street” has top-notch se ...

C-
The Ravencliff Bride

I've never read a shapeshifter romance before. It's not generally something that appeals to me, but I was drawn in by the gothic feel of this book. It comes complete with a spooky old house, a dark and mysterious lord, and servants who border on squirrelly. Admittedly, it's cheesy, and that's what I ...

B
Dedication

Don't be fooled by its sedate-looking cover. Like other Signet covers, it features the couple leaning into each other, sitting on a bench, Yes, they have a book, but frankly it looks like every other trad Regency cover you've seen in recent years. But this is nothing like every other Regency. Not on ...

D
Dame Fortune

Years ago, Saturday Night Live had a faux commercial for “Bad Idea Jeans.” The person wearing them would come up with an extraordinarily foolhardy scheme, like: “Sure, I hardly know the guy, but I have two kidneys and he needs one…” and then you’d hear the “Bad Idea Jeans” voice-over ...

B-
Good Woman Blues

It had to happen eventually – I really had to stop reading the sixth Harry Potter. I had read it three times. My husband was starting to look at me strangely every time I picked it up, and I was quickly progressing from “enthusiastic fan” to “bordering on weird.” So to ground myself more i ...

C+
U.S. Male

When I think of the top ten sexiest hobbies, stamp collecting doesn’t exactly make the list. In fact, it’s probably near the bottom, sharing space with butterfly collecting and obsessive devotion to YuGiOh cards. So I kind of got a kick of this book’s cover, which features a naked male torso, ...