Reviews by Jeanne W

B
Angel with Attitude

I have a confession to make. I’m fond of Fantasty and Paranormal romance. That doesn’t mean I want publishers forcing authors into the genre, but I think that they seem, on the surface, fresher than well-worn Regency-set historicals. (Although, I’m fond of those books, too). And when such ...

B
Strong Medicine

Olivia Gates has a winner in Strong Medicine. It may have arrived late on the list of AAR books to review, but I was glad it did, for I got to read this terrific action thriller. Dr. Calista St. James is tending to villagers in Sudan when her mission leader, Damian De Luna, orders her to abandon ...

C
Haunted Echoes

I love adventure stories. I didn’t realize that the Silhouette Bombshell books were adventure stories when I picked up one for review. While I enjoyed the solid, intricate adventure plot in Cindy Dees’s Haunted Echoes, the scant attention paid to its romance irritated and disappointed me. ...

C-
Calamity Jayne Rides Again

Calamity Jayne Rides Again is the second book by Kathleen Bacus in her light mystery/romance series. The heroine, her love interest, and the secondary characters are all nice, decent people. They are also quite uninteresting to read. Tressa Turner never minds working at her Uncle Frank’s ice ...

C-
Match Game

Match Game has some very funny writing and engaging characters. Unfortunately, it also has an unlikable premise, a repetitive middle, and too many TSTL moments. Savannah is in the process of getting married to Todd, her long-term boyfriend, when large men burst into the church, wh ...

B
Ties That Bind

Some readers might disagree with me (and vehemently too), but I think that the fantasy of a divorced couple reconciling is an alluring one - under the right circumstances, of course. This is the primary storyline in Kathryn Shay’s Ties That Bind, and she makes a convincing argument for the possibi ...

C-
The Viscount’s Wicked Ways

A gothic tale set in Regency England? I have not seen that plotline before, and it intrigued me enough to pick up Anne Mallory’s The Viscount’s Wicked Ways. Shadows cloak an imposing estate. Menacing birds swoop overhead. Grotesque carvings adorn entry doors. Lightning and ...

B+
The Devil’s Knight

Lucy Blue has gotten some good buzz on the our message boards and I'm happy to find that buzz warranted, for The Devil’s Knight is an exciting, great read. Rebel brigands attack the partially finished castle belonging to Tristan, a Norman nobleman, and because the peasants inside help them, the ...

A-
Duchess of Fifth Avenue

Normally a book cover does not influence me, but I thought the cover of Duchess of Fifth Avenue was quite stunning. Would the story inside be as good as the cover? Lana and her best friend Siobhan escape their harsh lives in Ireland and settle in New York City. Unfortunately, Siobhan ...

C+
Jack of Clubs

The back blurb of Jack of Clubs mentions a man opening a gaming house to find his sister who vanished years ago. And how, scratching my head, is that supposed to help? I have no idea, but this is Barbara Metzger, who I can count on for great humorous writing, and so I read on. Captain Jack En ...