Reviews by Heather Brooks

C+
Eternal Kiss of Darkness

This is my first Jeaniene Frost novel and it’s one of the hardest to grade that I've come across in some time. Truth is while I enjoyed it for the most part, it took too long for me to actually become invested in the story and two weeks is an awfully long time to spend reading one book. Distracti ...

B
A Kiss at Midnight

I’m a sucker for a fairytale especially if it’s Cinderella inspired, and Eloisa James’ new Fairy Tales Series appeals to me for that very reason. The first of this series, A Kiss at Midnight is certainly a lighthearted Cinderella story with a few new twists and turns.Three weeks after her ...

B-
Infamous

This is my first Suzanne Brockmann and I’m relieved to start with this one since beginning the Troubleshooters series seems such a daunting task. I’m pleased to say, however, that after this one, I’m looking forward to tackling that intimidating backlist.Dr. Alison Carter has sp ...

D
Faith

Oftentimes I like the prim and proper miss paired with the disillusioned rake, but when those characterizations cross over into annoying heroine and fake rake, I lose interest rather quickly. Faith has just such characters and, unfortunately, those aren’t the only problems. M ...

B+
Pleasure of a Dark Prince

A book that combines a road romance with a hero in pursuit and mixes in an alpha male and a strong, smart heroine is a delight for me. Throw in a whole bunch of steam and some great secondary characters and I’m there all the way. In the seventh installment of her Immortals After Dark series, Plea ...

D
Swept Away by a Kiss

While I applaud Katharine Ashe for trying something different in her debut effort, there are just too many things thrown into the mix for this story to mesh well and work for me. Sometimes simple really is better.Lady Valerie Monroe was born into a world of social restrictions in which she reall ...

A-
The Irish Warrior

So far I’ve been impressed with Kris Kennedy’s historical romances: I enjoyed The Conqueror and I completely fell for The Irish Warrior. The latter is a rich, meaty, action/adventure historical with a non-jerk alpha male and a gritty, smart heroine – almost an old-school romance with nary a ri ...

D
Hot Southern Nights

I usually pick up books set in the south because I’m a little partial and I generally like them. However, Dianne Castell’s southernisms in Hot Southern Nights annoyed me and contributed to what turned out to be a disappointing read.Churchill McKenzie is a busybody librarian who’ ...

C+
Never Less Than a Lady

Never Less Than a Lady is Mary Jo Putney’s second installment in her Lost Lords series and, while it’s better than many romances on the market, as a longtime fan of the author, I was disappointed. Without a doubt Mrs. Putney is one of the greats of the romance genre, but if you’re looking for ...

B
Coming Home

Sometimes a simple, uncomplicated story is just what you need to hit the right spot. Mariah Stewart’s Coming Home is a story of starting over and finding love where one least expects it.After two failed marriages and a life of insecurity, Vanessa Keaton is finally content with her lot in life. ...