Reviews by Anne Marble

B-
Forgotten: A Novel

In Mariah Stewart's Forgotten, a murderous pedophile manipulates people from behind bars. Long-lost graves are unearthed, and new victims are found. It's not graphic, but if you hate stories where children's lives are threatened, you'll probably want to avoid this book. Also, if you haven't followed ...

B-
A Compromising Situation

I'm afraid that every "governess" Regency Romance I read from now on will have to measure up to Donna Simpson's debut novel, Lord St. Claire's Angel. A Compromising Situation has likable lead characters who spend much time together. And while this it is a cut above the average Regency Romance, it st ...

B-
A Belated Bride

A Belated Bride had some wonderful comic moments. It featured likable characters and strong chemistry between them. That said, however, the serious side of the story didn't quite mesh with its humorous elements, and one too many subplots detracted from the love relationship. Ar ...

C
Romancing the Rogue

I've enjoyed Barbara Dawson Smith in the past, particularly Her Secret Affair. However, Romancing the Rogue didn't quite work for me. While the heroine is interesting and the story had potential, the hero's continuous lack of trust was a problem. Sure, I expected some distrust on his part because th ...

B
A Little Scandal

It seems that every time I read a humorous romance, I end up wincing instead of laughing. So many romances rely on clumsy characters and painful slapstick to create humor. Luckily, in A Little Scandal, Patricia Cabot avoids those devices. Her humor comes from her characters and their reactions t ...

B-
Always Faithful

This is an angel romance, complete with bumbling angel and cute child, yet it avoids being too sweet. After all, the plot involves a master criminal who operates from afar; a heroine who is running a corporation and searching for her missing husband; and a hero with amnesia who is afraid that he was ...

C-
Potent Pleasures

Unlike most authors today, Eloisa James gets a lot out of the omniscient point of view. She uses it to provide irony and wit without confusing the reader. Also, she had the guts to rewrite her book prior to paperback publication to make it more accurate. Too bad a couple of big misunderstandings dra ...

B+
Only In Your Arms

At times, I wanted to throw tomatoes at the hero of Only in Your Arms. (This bad boy was so bad he was good.) At times, I wanted to pelt the heroine's father with onions. Sometimes, the plot of seemed too busy. But darn it, I enjoyed this book, and recommend it heartily, flaws and all. Lady J ...

B-
The Duke's Double

The Duke's Double is an expanded rewrite of one of Anita Mill's Regencies. (Why the publisher does not say so on the cover or inside the book is beyond me.) Don't expect a romp or lots of intrigue, however. This is a story about a hero who committed a nearly unpardonable act, hurting both his wife a ...

C-
Border Heat/Pasion En La Frontera

Border Heat had the potential to be a good and quick read - until the subplots started fighting for attention. Unfortunately, the upshot is that the heroine's most important goals are forgotten in the middle of a subplot involving the hero's involvement Mexican politics. Texas native L ...