Reviews by Ellen Micheletti

C+
Montana Destiny

Montana Destiny is the middle book in a trilogy about the three McCord cousins who all grew up on their grandfather’s ranch. It’s a pleasant but slight story that reminded me of a series romance writ slightly larger. Wyatt McCord spent his early childhood growing up on his gran ...

A-
Beastly

Beauty and the Beast is a very old tale. The roots of the story go back to the Greek myth of Cupid and Psyche, and it has furnished the plot for many romance novels - Ravished by Amanda Quick and Mary Jo Putney's short story, The Black Beast of Belleterre are two of my favorites. Beastly is a young ...

C
Hot Finish

Hot Finish is part of Erin McCarthy’s Fast Track series which features auto racers and the women who love them. This book was character driven all the way, with only a smidge of plot to move things along.Suzanne and Ryder Jefferson’s marriage was one of total opposites. He was a slob, she was ...

B+
One Season of Sunshine

One Season of Sunshine is part romance, part women's fiction. Yes there’s a very nice romance, but the main plot of the book is concerned with how Jane Aaron and Asher Price come to deal with their pasts and face the future.Jane Aaron seems to have everything together in her life. She loves he ...

B+
Along Came a Husband

I liked the atmosphere and sense of community that Helen Brenna creates in Along Came a Husband. I loved the island setting and the small town atmosphere as well, and the characters were vivid and very well developed. I think I’ve found a new series romance writer to put on the auto-buy list. ...

B+
Crossed

When I saw the list of books to be reviewed, Crossed caught my eye because it had as its heroine a policewoman who was being sent to jail for murder. I thought it would be a romantic suspense, but it was an urban fantasy and even though urban fantasy is not my first choice in romance, I found myself ...

C+
Risk No Secrets

Risk No Secrets is the fifth in Cindy Gerard’s romantic suspense series featuring the men of Black Ops Inc. (known as the BOIs). I thought it began well, dragged in the middle, then zipped along to a rousing finish. It ended as slightly better than average. Years ago Wyatt Savag ...

C
Trusting the Bodyguard

Trusting the Bodyguard is a very average series romance featuring a pair of former lovers who get back together under a very serious threat. It features characters who don't seem to like each other a whole lot, and some very eyebrow raising incidents. I can't say I liked this one very much.Maris ...

B
One Dance With a Duke

I was most impressed by Tessa Dare's trilogy from last year, and asked to review One Dance With a Duke, the first in her new trilogy. So, what's the verdict? Well, in a nutshell, I loved the characters, but the story could have used some tightening up.Lady Amelia d'Orsay descends from a noble fa ...

C
Overtime in the Boss's Bed

As long as I’ve been reading romances, I’ve never read a Harlequin Presents. Yes, I know they are very popular, but the titles are so off -putting, and I don’t find ultra-rich, ultra-macho Greeks/Italians/Sheiks/Royalty all that romantic. But I thought I’d try one just to see what the fuss i ...