Reviews by Rike Horstmann

B+
A Spear of Summer Grass

Historical romances set in Africa are quite rare, and if they are written by such a skilled writer as Deanna Raybourn, who has won great acclaim with her Lady Julia mysteries, expectations are high. So I was very excited about reading A Spear of Summer Grass. When I closed it, I was still very pleas ...

C+
Hooked

Liz Fichera’s young adult novel Hooked is the first sports romance that I have read that centers around golf. And while I am not going out straight away to buy a golf club, I enjoyed the sports parts hugely. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about all other aspects of the novel. <!-- v ...

B+
A Natural History of Dragons

I adore stories with dragons in them. I grew up with Anne MacCaffrey’s Pern books, and Naomi Novik’s Temeraire series of historical fantasies is among my favorites. So I jumped at the opportunity to review Marie Brennan’s A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent, the first installm ...

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New Life

Sometimes an author takes a risk, and has me hooked. This happened with Bonnie Dee’s new romance New Life, which features a hero with a mental disability. When I discovered that the first pages of the book were actually told from said hero’s point-of-view, my surprise doubled. Would it work? It ...

B
An Infamous Marriage

With all the dukes populating the Romancelandia district of Regency England, I am always predisposed to like any Regency romance that features ordinary people. Susanna Fraser’s An Infamous Marriage, is about a recently knighted army general and his wife, a former poor relation to no one noble at a ...

B
In This Town

While small-town stories abound in Romanceland, small-town romances in which not everything is sweet puppies and kittens are a somewhat rarer breed. That’s why I enjoy Beth Andrews’ novels: Crimes are committed in Mystic Point, Massachussetts, and not everything is what it seems. In This Town is ...

B+
Lessons After Dark

The paranormal romances I like best are those that make magicians and supernatural beings not larger-than-life and above the rest of society, but instead show the struggle of creating a society that consists of both magical and mundane beings. Lessons After Dark is such a story set in an alternative ...

B
The Officer Says "I Do"

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I love opposites-attract romances. I mean, what’s not to like? Hero and heroine are shaken from their pleasant, often slightly complacent lifestyles and attitudes, and are plunged into a new world. If well-written, like Jeanette Murray’s The Officer Says “I Do”, such a romance proves the pow ...

B
A Demon Does it Better

My favorite paranormal romances are the funny ones: No larger-than-life heroes that take themselves too seriously, no heroines that can’t wait to be bonded, no destruction of the world looming. Instead, I like amusing little magics and the zany situations that occur when you throw magical elements ...

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Confessions From An Arranged Marriage

I thoroughly enjoy Miranda Neville’s historical romances, which is why I bought an eCopy of Confessions from an Arranged Marriage the day it was published. It turned out to be my favorite kind of romance: A novel about flawed but likeable characters finding strength in themselves and the people ar ...