Reviews by Jennifer Schendel

B
For the First Time

This was the first book by former AAR Reviewer Kathryn Smith that I've read, but it definitely will not be last. When I started the book I thought it was well done, but nothing spectacular or particularly new. Then I got a little further in and found myself charmed by truly likable characters which ...

B+
Worth Any Price

Last year I discovered Lisa Kleypas after giving in to word-of-mouth recommendations and picking up Dreaming of You. I've been steadily working my way through her backlist ever since. So when the chance to review her latest arose, I jumped at it. It was definitely worth the opportunity to read early ...

D
Behind the Mask

Normally I love guilt-ridden tortured heroes. They’re one of my favorite character types, but that’s only as long as they’ve actually done something to feel guilty about. What I don’t like is heroes who feel guilt by proxy, who have a martyr complex, and turn out to be hypocrites. It’s a b ...

B-
The Husband Hunt

Jillian Hunter is one of those authors whose books I enjoy, but I never feel compelled to go out of my way to find them. They are usually highly amusing and contain likable characters, but there is usually something that keeps me from putting her on my auto-buy list. The Husband Hunt exemplifies thi ...

B+
No One to Trust

I've never read anything by Iris Johansen before, but after having read No One to Trust, I'm off on a glom. This is my favorite type of book: fast-paced, intense, and featuring a likable hero and heroine. DEA agent Ben Forbes needs a favor. Elena Kyler, Colombian born and raised by an American me ...

C
Once Upon a Kiss

Anthology
When I buy an anthology it's usually for one or two authors whom I know, and I hope the ones I'm not familiar with aren't too bad. Since this is the fifth book in the Once Upon series I'm pretty familiar with all the authors involved and have certain expectations. Yet, I found my expectations turned ...

C-
Leaping Hearts

It never bodes well when it takes me literally two months to read a book, but that's how long it took to get through Leaping Hearts. It wasn't bad enough, like a train wreck, that I had to keep reading, but it wasn't good enough to keep me intrigued either. Arlington "A.J." Suthe ...

A-
Killjoy

I've heard people gripe about Garwood's jump from historicals to contemporaries, but I'm not one of them. Killjoy is a perfect example of why I'm glad she made the leap. Here's a fast-paced tale of suspense that is balanced with a great romance. Talent agent Carrie Salvetti has been given a free ...

F
The Shadow Prince

It's hard to summarize The Shadow Prince because it's different from any other romance novel I've ever read. In a way it reminds me of Robert Howard's Conan, except that it's not very exciting or amusing. The book takes place in the Median Empire, which, in case you didn't know (I didn't), ex ...

F
Callie's Convict

Let me give you a little scenario. You're taking a bath, and when you're done you stand up and reach for a towel, only to find it and your robe are being held by a grubby, gaunt, bearded, and shackled man. This man says, "Very nice" and lets his gaze rake up and down your naked body before giving yo ...