Reviews by Laurie Shallah

C-
Scandalous Spirits

Scandalous Spirits is a romp with a ghostly twist and some amusing moments, but is marred by some odd writing quirks and a sometimes-irrational heroine. Millionaire Marcus Van Buren wants to sell the family mansion in a bad way. It's fallen into ruin and is rumored to be haunted; just thinking about ...

C
Doing Good

Doing Good is Pamela Morsi's first foray into the world of mainstream women' s fiction. And, wow, is it ever a drastic departure from the author's trademark homespun style. Some say change is a good thing. I'd have to disagree in this case. Morsi exchanges her warm-hearted, appealing characters for ...

B-
One and Only

One and Only is the story of two people with major communication issues who desperately need a good marriage counselor. Instead they decide to fumble through things on their own. This makes for a painful, frustrating, but ultimately rewarding romance. Pilar has been in love wi ...

C+
Tempted by Your Touch

The Clachan Fala, commonly referred to as the Blood Stone, is at the root of decades of feuding, raiding and death. This legendary stone is rumored to bestow powers of invincibility in battle upon its owner and began a bloody battle between the Graham and Maxwell families. The English Grahams and Sc ...

D+
Sister of the Moon

Sister of the Moon is a dreary fantasy romance about a dying race of Sidhe (fairie folk) that I recommend leaving on the shelf if you're looking for a little cheer this holiday season. With each winter that passes, the Sidhe diminish in number. Invading "Men" have taken their liv ...

C
Live A Little!

Live A Little started out on shaky footing, gained a lot of ground with its self-deprecating heroine, but unfortunately went downhill again when she hooked up with the hero. Cynthia Baxter is tired of her boring life. She's an accountant, engaged (oh no, not again!) to a man more interested in h ...

C-
You Sexy Thing!

You Sexy Thing! is the second book I've read this month featuring a hypocritical hero. Did somebody save them all up for me or is this the beginning of a disturbing new trend? Dylan Fairbanks is a sexy sex therapist and author who preaches abstinence for the unmarried. On a prom ...

F
Let Down Your Hair

Based upon the fairy tale "Rapunzel," Let Down Your Hair took what could have been a charming fairy tale retelling and absolutely ruined it. I'm lucky to have any hair left to let down after pulling out most of mine while I struggled to finish this story for review. Rachel Sommervi ...

C+
A Touch Away

A Touch Away is about taking risks, letting go of the past, and overcoming past hurts and disappointments to love again. It's a good story, but a writing quirk and the occasional inconsistency and immaturity of its characters knocks it down into "C" territory. When Sonji Stevens discovers her ...

B-
Just West of Heaven

Kathleen Kane has written two of my all-time keepers, The Soul Keeper (aka A Pocketful of Paradise) and Still Close To Heaven. In those stories she skillfully blended paranormal elements with Americana and brought her characters to life with humor and passion. Though Just West of Heaven never qu ...