Reviews by Heidi Haglin

F
The Penwyth Curse

"It was unbelievable, a play written by a madman." So thinks a character late in this book, and I couldn't help but agree. Although Ms. Coulter used to be an autobuy for me, The Penwyth Curse is an accurate example of why that has ceased to be so. While once upon a time you could count on a Coulter ...

B+
A Promising Man (and About Time, Too)

This being my first venture into the world of Chick Lit, I have to say, I may be hooked. The refreshingly real, down-to-earth characters in this book just won my heart, and the plot, which sometimes seemed meandering and other times predictable, managed to throw me a few curves that I never saw comi ...

D
The Falcon and the Dove

If you like those Indian romances - you know the ones, where the chieftan hero captures and falls for the beautiful blonde heroine who then proceeds to bring the light of progress to his backward tribe - then you're sure to love this book, which is the exact same plot, transplanted on another contin ...

D
Scandal

This book would have been so much better if it weren't for the hero and heroine. Which is not a really promising realization to have about a romance novel, but having had it, I thought I'd better warn you. Gideon Harwood, recently returned from India, is searching for his lost brother Caleb wh ...

B+
Spy Dust

I'm pretty biased as a fiction person, myself. I occasionally read other things, but only rarely. So it's pure coincidence that, upon finding Spy Dust on the list of review options, I recognized one of the authors' names as someone I'd read before, in his first book The Master Of Disguise (which, by ...

F
Dominion

Sometimes I wonder what an author or publisher is thinking when they assign titles. Other times I wonder what they could be thinking when they assign labels - for instance "romance." By the time I'd finished reading Melanie Jackson's latest release, Dominion, I realized that both these decisions had ...

C+
Castles In The Mist

Having read and granted Desert Island Keeper status to the final chapter of Josie Litton's Viking trilogy (Come Back to Me), I thought it only fitting that I also read and review Castles In The Mist, the third book in her Akoran series. While I found the story interesting enough, and the characters ...

C
The Italian

I was excited to be assigned The Italian for review; I enjoyed Coffman's historicals years ago, when I first started reading romance, and I looked forward to a pleasant reacquaintance with her work. While the book turned out to be decent, it also turned out to have a far less romantic component than ...

F
Beneath A Silver Moon

At the end of this book, I was almost in tears. Not because it was particularly touching, but because I was so happy it was finally over. That's hardly a promising way to start a review, I know, but, unfortunately, it's an honest one. Sinclair Readford arrives in Ghost Horse Gulch ...

C+
In Too Deep

God, I hope this book was meant to be campy. Because the truth is that, despite the fact that I could show you a mile-long list of things wrong with this book, I really did enjoy it. It's fast-paced, funny in parts, and very hot. It's also far-fetched, melodramatic, and vaguely ridiculous. But as lo ...