Reviews by LinnieGayl Kimmel

D
Caught

If you like romantic suspense filled with earthy, raw, sex, but with minimal character development and plot, then Caught may be just the book for you. The book has a promising heroine and a potentially interesting plot, but both are totally overshadowed by time spent on sex. Ethan Taggart and h ...

B-
Laughter of Dead Kings

Laughter of Dead Kings is the long-awaited final episode in Elizabeth Peters' Vicky Bliss series. While I found it to be an enjoyable read, my appreciation must be placed within the context of being a longtime fan of Ms. Peters' Amelia Peabody series, as well as a more recent fan of this one. ...

D
Mr. Fix-It

I love straight contemporary romance and was eager to read Mr. Fix-It. Unfortunately, the book was not an enjoyable read and I cannot recommend it. Khela Halliday is a romance writer about to receive a major award at a writer's conference, but she doesn't have a date. Prompted ...

B
Tall, Dark, and Texan

Tall, Dark, and Texan is the latest installment in Jodi Thomas' Whispering Pines series. I haven't read the previous books, but this worked as a stand-alone. Set in 1850s Texas, I found it a gripping, emotional read, and was left wondering why I haven't read more historical romances set in the Amer ...

C+
The Wedding Heiress

I almost didn't select The Wedding Heiress for review as I was afraid it was going to be another marriage of convenience in order to win an inheritance book. Fortunately, I was wrong, and the book proved to be a generally light, somewhat enjoyable read. Delaney McBride's wealthy a ...

C-
Wish You Were Here

I expected to like Lani Diane Rich's new one since The Fortune Quilt received my vote for best chick lit of 2007. Unfortunately, Wish You Were Here did not live up to my expectations, and instead, left me confused regarding her intentions.Nate Brody's life isn't going the way he'd like. Instead ...

B
A Rather Curious Engagement

A Rather Curious Engagement picks up where A Rather Lovely Inheritance left off by following the further adventures of Penny and Jeremy, with stops in the French Riviera, London, Lake Como, and Corsica. While I didn't enjoy this quite as much as the first book, I found it to be an enjoyable read in ...

C
Death's Half Acre

Margaret Maron's Deborah Knott mystery series has been rather uneven for me. Unfortunately, the latest entry is not one of the better books in the series. Deborah is a judge in a formerly rural part of North Carolina that is now one of the fastest growing in the U.S.. In this lat ...

B-
Sweet Trouble

The final installment in Susan Mallery's Keyes sisters trilogy, provides redemption for Jesse, the family bad girl. Despite her checkered past, I found her to be a likable, interesting heroine. Five years have passed since Jesse – pregnant and broke - left Seattle after being wrongly accused ...

F
Martin Misunderstood

I listen to a lot of audiobooks and have read mysteries for years, so Karin Slaughter's Martin Misunderstood, an original audio novella, seemed perfect. It wasn't. Martin is an obese 36-year-old who lives with his mother. Bullied all his life by his mother and his peers, he's now bullied by his ...