Reviews by Laurie Likes Books

C+
Sea Witch

When Blythe offered me Sea Witch, she knew I'd jump at the chance to read and review a selkie romance. One of my two favorite romance short stories is a selkie story, and whenever I get the chance to mention John Sayles' The Secret of Roan Inishe (like this), I do. Unfortunately, Virginia Kantra's l ...

B-
When a Hero Comes Along

Teresa Southwick continues her string of successful Silhouette Special Editions with When a Hero Comes Along. Though I didn't find it as compelling a read as At a Millionaire's Request or Midnight, Moonlight, and Miracles, I recommend it, albeit with qualifications. Joe Morgan and ...

C-
Wicked Pleasure

I've read all of Lora Leigh's Bound Hearts stories; some (Surrender and Submission) are successful, some less so. Wicked Pleasure falls into the latter category because it felt as though I'd read the book before. What I initially liked about the series was the pure unadulterated kink of it; the hero ...

B-
The Great Derangement

If you read Rolling Stone or watch Bill Maher's HBO series, you're probably familiar with Matt Taibbi, who is one of the show's roving political reporters. There's no mistaking his political point of view, but his screeds are always tempered with humor. And, like Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, he' ...

B-
Drastic Measures

Shiloh Walker is among the group of erotic romance authors who have crossed over from e-books to print publication, but unlike many, she continues to also publish in e-form. Drastic Measures is a new contemporary erotic novella (18,000 words) from the Exotika imprint at Ellora's Cave, and it's my fa ...

C-
Hand-Dipped Pleasure

I'd thought Hand-Dipped Pleasure was part of Ellora's Cave's series featuring younger men and older women, but it doesn't have "Oh Yum!" on its cover. In Leannan Mac Llyr's brief (11,300 words) contemporary erotic romance, a 35-year-old woman's anger about being thrown off schedule on a busy day tur ...

D+
Baddest Bad Boys

Anthology
I plunked down full price for this anthology simply to read Shannon McKenna's novella. But it, along with the other two, didn't engage me as many of the previous Bad Boys books I've read. Romantic suspense premises act as a catalyst to bring each of the three couples together and sets up strong ca ...

B
A Date with Dr. Frankenstein

Leanne Banks' A Date for Dr. Frankenstein is the first of two connected series titles she wrote for Silhouette Special Edition in 1995; the other is Expectant Father, which earned a B+ from me many, many years ago. This one is also good, featuring a romance between a widowed father of a small boy an ...

B
The Nasty Bits

When I first came across Anthony Bourdain in 2001, I referred to him as a "gonzo bon vivant pirate chef." He continues the stories he began in Kitchen Confidential in The Nasty Bits, although in this book he not only writes about the realities of being a [bad boy, natch] chef, he also writes about h ...

B+
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal

My husband gave me the rare opportunity of picking out a book for him to read before we went on a recent trip. Naturally I chose a book I thought he'd like, but one that I'd not yet read myself, so I could borrow it from him. Just as naturally, I got to it before he did. He's now in the middle of La ...