Reviews by Blythe Smith

B
The Veil of Night

You never know what you are going to get when you pick up a new author, especially with a European Historical; at times I have wondered if the entire sub-genre isn’t just a played-out mine. Happily, The Veil of Night, Lydia Joyce's debut, is promising. Thoughtful writing, insightful characters, a ...

C-
Picking Up the Pieces

Picking Up the Pieces is an interracial romance - heavy on the interracial, light on the actual romance. It's first and foremost an issue book, and that worked for me on some levels because I found the issue interesting. The writing style and characters don't quite hold up to any close scrutiny, how ...

C
Lady Larkspur Declines

Many Regency authors have left to write single title romances, and many others have just plain left. Signet is clearly seeking out new talent to replace the old, and Sharon Sobel is the latest author to make her Regency debut. Like many other debuts, it's an okay read - strong in some areas, weak in ...

B
A Most Unsuitable Man

Remember when everyone was "waiting for Rothgar"? Well, he's back in a secondary role in Jo Beverley's newest Malloren book. Like its predecessors, it's set in Georgian England, when men were men - but got to wear really cool pretty clothes. I have to confess that I am a relative novice where Beverl ...

B
The Incomparable Cassandra

The Incomparable Cassandra is the kind of good, character-driven Regency that I really enjoy. The hero and heroine are opposites who can't help being attracted to each other, and both are flawed people who grow and change over the course of the book. It's a very worthwhile read. Lady Cassandra ...

A-
What Do You Say to a Naked Elf?

Wow. What Do You Say to a Naked Elf? is one of the best surprises I've had in a long time. It's hilarious, sexy, romantic, and inventive. The awful (but admittedly attention-grabbing) title caught my eye first; I couldn't help thinking that romance had sunk to a tacky new low. Then I read the ba ...

C-
Secret Soldier

It's interesting how one person's romantic adventure can be another person's nightmare suck-fest. As I watched the hero and heroine forced to marry, attacked by bandits, captured by terrorists, tortured, stranded in the desert without gas (twice, no less), starving, and hunted, I wondered how t ...

C
Rosamunde's Revenge

Rosamunde's Revenge is a split personality book; the first half is great, and the second half, well, isn't. The author introduces two wonderful characters who share an interesting conflict. Then, about two thirds of the way through the book, that conflict is more or less solved, and a really lam ...

B-
Nothing but the Best

Nothing but the Best is the third installment in Kristin Hardy's Sex and the Supper Club series, which features a group of single friends who live in Los Angeles and get together to chat and support each other. I didn't really witness much of the "supper" part, but I can attest to the fact that t ...

B-
A Family Christmas

A Family Christmas is one of the better series romances I've read this year. You won't find spies, cowboys, or babies here, though there is a child, and it's set in a small town. It's not glamorous or fast-paced, but it fits the bill if you're looking for romance between two ordinary people. ...