Reviews by Leigh Thomas

C
Hitting the Mark

An atypical heroine and a provocative opening scene get Jill Monroe's Hitting the Mark off to a good start. Unfortunately the rest of the book never lives up to them thanks to an undeveloped hero and a slow-moving storyline. As the book opens, Danni Flynn wants revenge against her lover, Eric R ...

B
Her Book of Pleasure

Marie Donovan's debut, Her Body of Work, was one of the better, and hotter, romances I read in 2005, so I was eager to read her follow-up, Her Book of Pleasure, the story of the earlier heroine's best friend. Thankfully, unlike so many others, this is one author who doesn't disappoint in her sophomo ...

B
Demon Angel

Sometimes the problem with a great beginning is that the rest of the book has trouble living up to it. Such is the case with Meljean Brook’s debut single-title Demon Angel. The first few chapters had me eagerly turning the pages, hungry for more. But a number of weaknesses gradually lowered my imp ...

D
Letting Loose!

In the early days of the Blaze line, the publisher's guidelines stated that the books needed to have a "sexy premise." The problem was that not only were many of these supposedly "sexy premises" forced and lame, but having one didn't necessarily result in a sexy story. Mara Fox's Letting Loose! suff ...

C
Pull of the Moon

Sylvie Kurtz's A Rose at Midnight was the guiltiest of pleasures for me, a gothic romance so wildly over-the-top I could practically feel the cheese oozing from the pages as I read it. I couldn't call it good, but darned if it wasn't entertaining. Kurtz tones down the melodrama in her latest gothic- ...

C-
Double Life

Amanda Stevens is an author whose books I used to enjoy very much, but over the years, I've become less and less satisfied; they are now shorter, shallower, and less fulfilling. Double Life is a case in point. It has a classic gothic premise that the Amanda Stevens of old could have done great thing ...

B-
Dirty Little Lies

Last year I really enjoyed Dirty Little Secrets, which introduced Julie Leto's kickass heroine Marisela Morales. The bounty-hunter-turned-private-investigator is back to somewhat diminished returns in Dirty Little Lies. The book delivers the expected suspense; too bad the characters have lost some o ...

C
Haunted

Haunted was one of those books that I breezed through even as I recognized that it wasn't particularly good. The first in Lisa Childs's new trilogy Witch Hunt, it's a more engaging book than the other Silhouette Nocturnes I've tried. It also suffers from a number of weaknesses that prevent it from b ...

B-
It's a Wonderfully Sexy Life

Historical author Hope Tarr makes her contemporary debut with It's a Wonderfully Sexy Life, the third of Harlequin's Extreme Blazes. This holiday-themed tale makes a few missteps, but overall it's an enjoyable read.Baltimore cop Mandy Delinski doesn't think she has much to celebrate t ...

A-
What the Lady Wants

It seems to be commonly accepted among most romance readers that an author's single-title books are better than any category romances she may have written. So it may sound absurd (or just like my typical foolishness) when I say I prefer just about all of Jennifer Crusie's series books over her longe ...