Reviews by Jane Granville

C
Jersey

Jersey starts out awkwardly, and doesn’t get much better from there. It’s not necessarily terrible, just unpolished, and leaves much to be desired in the romance department. Jersey (Gervasio) Parma is a photojournalist who has never had a real attachment to another person. He h ...

B
A Kiss for Midwinter

I definitely enjoyed A Kiss for Midwinter. Courtney Milan definitely seems to have adopted the trend of publishing e-novellas between full-length novels, and I appreciate the bite-sized stories that are coming out.Early in his medical training, Jonas Grantham remained silent, and has regretted ...

B
Carnal Devices

Carnal Devices is short and to the point. A majority of the novella’s not quite 80 pages were dedicated to sex, but the author managed to squeeze in enough character development to intrigue me. India is a prostitute at a brothel, but she’s still new and hasn’t taken to the pr ...

B-
A Shot of Sultry

A Shot of Sultry is the second book in Macy Beckett’s Sultry Springs series. For the most part, it was a funny, not-quite-over-the-top romance, but it occasionally crossed that line for me.After being caught up in a scandal involving bad sources and hasty accusations, documentarian ...

B-
High Risk

High Risk is the first in a new series by Vivian Arend about Lifeline, a high-risk search and rescue group in the Canadian Rockies. While the characters spend way more time exercising than I care to read about, the book was compelling enough to make it a quick read.Becki James has always been an ...

C-
Forsaken Dreams

I have a lot of mixed feelings about Forsaken Dreams. While some parts of the story were well done, others made me feel uncomfortable.It is 1866, and the Civil War is over. The United States is devastated by the sheer amount of destruction and loss, and many Southerners are feeling the vengeance ...

D
Weekends Required

I noticed something strange when I picked up Weekends Required. It took me a minute to figure out what looked off before I finally realized: there was not a single quote on the front or back cover. No review blurbs, no exclamations from fellow authors. Nothing. Only a "bestseller" claim, which I t ...

A-
Forever a Lady

Part of the reason I loved Forever A Lady so much was political. Delilah Marvelle was, as you might say, “preaching to the choir,” with some pointed remarks about poverty and the treatment of prisoners. However, as we saw in her previous novels, she is not an author that hides against the wallpa ...

C+
What Love Sounds Like

What Love Sounds Like was a tough book to grade. I debated for a long time between a B- and a C+, before finally settling on the lower grade. Was the book bad? No. But would I recommend it? Maybe not.The book tells the story of a speech pathologist, a businessman, and his niece. Mia Windsor w ...

B
Heat Seeker

Military-themed romances tend to have a few key components: a very protective alpha hero; a feisty heroine, usually from the hero’s past; and a tight-knit team of soldiers. Heat Seeker has all these things, and yet doesn’t seem clichéd or overdone. Okay, maybe a bit clichéd, but it’s still a ...