Reviews by Marguerite Kraft

B
Silent Confessions

I'm having some difficulty typing this review as the tips of my fingers have suffered severe burns as a result of holding Silent Confessions, Julie Kenner's latest. I suppose I should have expected that a romantic suspense featuring a heroine who studies and sells erotica would be a bit on the warm ...

A-
Sweet Release

Let me confess up front that I have a weakness for historical romances set in colonial Virginia. I've lived in Virginia most of my life, and for four of those years I lived in Williamsburg, the colonial capital. Not surprisingly, I've also long been fascinated with the history of colonial Virginia a ...

C-
Shopaholic Ties the Knot

Becky Bloomwood is a transplanted Englishwoman now living in Manhattan and working as a personal shopper. At the wedding of her best friend Suze, Becky's boyfriend Luke Brandon proposes. All that remains is to plan the details of the wedding. Can Becky somehow manage to plan a successful wedding, a ...

C
Guilty Little Secrets

Based on everything I've read about Connie Lane's previous books, I expected Guilty Little Secrets to be a lightweight, funny book with quirky characters. Instead it turned out to be a fairly heavy romantic suspense novel with solid and extremely serious characters. Ultimately, some elements of the ...

B
The Boy Next Door

Let's hear it for Kelly Ripa. When she chose The Boy Next Door for her "Reading with Ripa" book club, she picked a good one. In order to be selected by Ms. Ripa, a book must be "fun, frivolous, and fast." Meg Cabot's novel meets all those guidelines easily, especially the "fun" part. Melissa Full ...

D+
Return to Oak Valley

The very first romance novel I ever read was Shirlee Busbee's Deceive Not My Heart. It remains my all-time favorite romance, and I still proudly display three older Busbees on my keeper shelf. So when her first contemporary was issued, I literally begged my editor for the chance to review it. Sadly, ...

C-
A Loving Spirit

Cassandra (Cassie) Richards, who lived in Jamaica for the past 14 years, recently lost her parents and has returned to England to be with her Aunt Chat. The two women, and Cassie's friend Antoinette, have come to Cornwall to visit Aunt Chat's friend - the Dowager Lady Royce. Lady Royce's son Phillip ...

B-
Apocalipstick

When I was given the chance to review the new Sue Margolis book, I jumped at it. I'm not a big reader of chick lit, but who could resist a title like Apocalipstick? While the rest of the book, it turns out, is as clever as the title, it clearly can't be taken seriously, since too much of the plot re ...

C
Dreaming of You

When I finished Dreaming of You, I sat down to write my review and couldn't think of a single good thing to say about the book. I couldn't think of a single bad thing to say about it, either. It's that kind of book - inoffensive, bland, and ordinary. In other words, utterly average. Ni ...

D-
Miranda and the Warrior

It's evident from the opening page of Miranda and the Warrior that we are dealing with a TSTL heroine. Annoyed because her father is "overprotective," Miranda Thurston escapes from the fort her daddy commands as a U.S. Cavalry officer in order to visit a friend. Daddy is worried about Cheyenne raid ...