Reviews by Diana Ketterer

B
He Loves Lucy

The reality TV show craze has passed me by, I have to admit, and so I opened this book warily. A woman with self-esteem issues wants to publish her body-fat index on the Internet? She wants to get weighed on live TV? But then the hero strolled in, and oh my, he melted more than pounds. For you, Theo ...

B
Get Bunny Love

My daughter loves the cover of this book. It shows a cute little dog clutching a fuzzy red slipper in his teeth, leaving a trail of dirty pawprints behind him. And actually, this image sums up the book's heroine perfectly: cute, charming, filled with good intentions and yearning to help others, but ...

B
She Drives Me Crazy

Stop me if you've read this story before: Big city girl returns home to the tiny rural town after inheriting her grandmother's house. She has no money, no friends, no other means of supporting herself, so she must ingratiate herself with the gossiping locals, who are all in a tizzy at her arrival. T ...

C
Dare Me

Anthology
If one were to describe this romantic suspense anthology in five words, I would vote for "high-adrenaline sex and vigilantism." In all three of these stories, the heroes are hot, sexy guys who break the rules - sorry, make their own rules - to achieve their ends. They take their heroines for quite a ...

B-
Bite

Anthology
It took me a while to get into vampire romances. I can't even watch when there's blood on TV; the idea of an undead person sucking blood was not especially sexy to me. But since Undead and Unwed came out, I've reconsidered (read: Sinclair! Ooooh my!) This anthology, although a mixed success, continu ...

B-
Phi Beta Bimbo

This book gets honors for including many of the textbook elements of romantic comedy: a slightly silly set-up, motives that will lead to comic misunderstandings, and a plot that allows the characters' crazier actions to boomerang on them. But it gets demerits for including too many of the textbook d ...

C+
Better Off Dead

It never fails to amaze me how some heroines always manage to find a military commando when they need one. Heroes for regular romance can be lawyers, actors, even politicians, but for romantic suspense, it seems, you really need an ex-Navy guy. This book provides one, but also serves as a cautionary ...

B+
Beaner O'Brian's Absolutely Ginormous Guidebook to Guys

Okay, so what's the worst thing that could come along to ruin your summer vacation? Duh, homework - a school project on the opposite sex, no less, which is a serious problem if (a) you have no boyfriend, and (b) your chances of getting one before school starts, even if only for research purposes, ar ...

C+
Whose Wedding is it Anyway?

The lesson of this book is clearly, "Pay for your own wedding, even if you can only afford to walk to City Hall." There are five married or about to be married women in this book, and the only one who doesn't develop a Tums addiction is the one who just goes down to the justice of the peace. The oth ...

C
The Chase

The Chase is a hard book to describe. The heroine was single-minded until about halfway, at which point she started showing depth. And while "heat" isn't necessary for me to enjoy a book, this one certainly improved, also about halfway through, when it got nice and steamy. Both of these changes we ...