Reviews by Robin Uncapher

B-
Sweet Talking Man

Nineteenth century New York was a place with as much decadence and grandeur as Regency London. It also had a host of recognizable settings and lots of famous characters to play walk-on roles. Betina Krahn's Sweet Talking Man makes good use of this richness, taking readers everywhere from an upscale ...

B+
The China Bride

There's a period of mourning that goes along with finishing a Mary Jo Putney book. She's one of the few authors whom I wish would write longer stories. The China Bride is no exception to this and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The prologue of The China Bride opens with the arrival of a ...

B+
The Defiant One

Danelle Harmon's newest, The Defiant One, is a lot of fun. I sat down with it on a Saturday afternoon and finished it on the same day. It's a delightful romantic comedy with compelling characters and a crazy "mad scientist" plot. Believable? It's about as believable as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde or Fra ...

C-
Loving Charity

Even though lack of period feeling in medieval and regency romances sometimes annoys me, I can understand it. Those times and places are far from our present thoughts. The history is not taught in American high schools. The thought processes are foreign, and historical errors are easily overlooked b ...

D
The Wind From The Hills

The inside flap of The Wind from the Hills tells us that it continues the story of "love, greed and betrayal" that began with The Island Wife (the author's previous book). Well, I got the greed and betrayal part, but love? This book is a kind of anti-romance. In fact, as far as I could see, the auth ...

B+
A Promise Given

One of the reasons I seldom read American westerns is because the characters and situations are so consistent. The cowboys, ranchers, spinsters and schoolmarms, all seem to have been born and raised on the prairie or on the plains. I wonder where the immigrants are. Willa Cather or Laura Ingalls Wil ...

C+
Night Secrets

Although I can't give it an unqualified recommendation, Night Secrets is an entertaining book. Unfortunately it includes one of my major pet peeves, a heroine who is much, much too young for the hero. As a result, I often squirmed, even as I was whizzing through it. It doesn't help that the hero tak ...

C+
The Maiden Bride

The Maiden Bride takes place during a sad and frightening period in history. During the fourteenth century, the Black Death ravaged the countryside, decimating the populations of villages, estates and monasteries. Thousands upon thousands of peasants, tradesmen, and crafts people died. Labor was sho ...

B
A Certain Smile

Judith Michael's new book is about a clothing designer who goes to China on a business trip. In just a few weeks, love, and China, change her forever. In the nineteen eighties I traveled on business quite a bit and many of my trips were to China and Asia. For this reason, the premise of A Certain Sm ...

A
The Nonesuch

Sometimes, when I've just finished reading a stream of one kind of romance novel, I start to feel that just maybe I've gone overboard. My head feels as though I've consumed too many mental Milky Way bars. I long for something with more substance, meat and potatoes, if you will. Maybe I'm not in the ...