Reviews by Lori Sowell

C+
Always

The third book (follows Forever... and Forever and Always) in a series-within-a-series revolving around the supernaturally gifted Darci Montgomery, Always initially sets a fast pace with its rather suspenseful and multilayered plotline, only to repeatedly stall and, ultimately, become rather confusi ...

B
Southern Comfort

I recently started two books around the same time, one by a favorite author and the other by Sandra Kitt. Though I'd never before read a book by Ms. Kitt, I almost immediately dumped the book by the favorite author in favor of Southern Comfort. There is something very human and natural in the proble ...

A-
Miss Fortune

What do tampons, witchcraft, and brownies have in common? They are all part of the wacky fun that is the newest novel by Julia London. In this third book about the Lear sisters, we focus on Rachel, the youngest in the family and the one her father worries about the most. There is something comfor ...

B-
A Kiss of Spice

A Kiss of Spice is the second book in a series, following The Tiger's Mistress. It begins slowly, but takes off in the second half with a suspenseful plot that will keep the reader interested. Olivia Marquand is known as the elusive and mysterious Lady in Red, but Olivia is much m ...

B-
Masquerading the Marquess

Masquerading the Marquess is a charming and enjoyable debut for author Anne Mallory. Although there are some elements that are a bit clichéd, as well as minor problems with the flow of the book, in the end the story combines some unique and amusing characters and incidents. Calliope Minton live ...

C
The Beauty and the Spy

I've just read three English-set historical romances involving heroes who work for the government and, if these books didn't have different names on the cover, I would swear that they were all written by the same author. Of the three, The Beauty and the Spy features the most clichés and, while ther ...

B+
The Barbarian

The word these days is that publishers of romance are rather leery of putting out books that occur in uncommon periods or places. Since The Barbarian takes place in ancient Alexandria, one can only conclude that Leisure either likes to take risks or Judith French is good enough to merit one. I'm not ...

B-
More Than Seduction

Lately most of the books I've read revolved around titled heroines of the ton, so it was nice to read a story in which the heroine is actually a hard-working, regular individual. In fact, it is mostly the female characters who give this book its likeability and appeal. Mrs. Anne Smythe has wor ...

C+
Secrets: Volume 10

Anthology
In my experience many romantica novels are filled with little romance and lots of cheesy, kinky situations. Though some of the short stories in this latest Secrets volume featured interesting concepts and plotlines, there was a lack of romance and the stories' characters, as with many anthologies (r ...

C+
The Marriage Wish

I am not sure if The Marriage Wish is a straight reprint or a rewrite of a book first published in 1998. Either way, I don't understand why they brought it back. Although a reader can respect the subject matter and the emotions of the story, the book is preachy, the writing style amateurish, and th ...