Reviews by Blythe Smith

F
The Captive

There's just no nice way to say it: This book is terrible. The author means well, and the characters aren't truly nasty as much as they are silly. I admit that when I opened it I hoped for a guilty pleasure. The teaser line (in bold print) reads: "You're a disgraceful bounder, Creed Sixkiller." ...

D+
The Christmas Matchmaker

When I was at the bookstore last week buying Signet's new Regency Christmas anthology, the sales associate managed to convince me to buy this book too. It didn't take much convincing; all I needed to see were the words "Christmas" and "house party," and the book all but sold itself. I wasn't expecti ...

D
Shop 'Til Yule Drop

Anthology
I'll admit that when I opened this book I wasn't expecting anything brilliant. I mean, come on - the title is so cheesy it practically screams "Velveeta." But I really thought it would be better than this. I was hoping it would be light and fun holiday reading. But while the one story is at least pa ...

D
A Date on Cloud Nine

Well, what can I say about A Date on Cloud Nine? It's a paranormal romance with two guardian angels and a heroine who gets a second chance at life. On the plus side, I now have a new benchmark by which all future books with lame, annoying, and ambiguous plot twists will be judged. On the minus side, ...

B+
Miss Thornrose and the Rake

Miss Thornrose and the Rake is a delightful surprise. I've been disappointed with most of the new trad authors lately, so finding an author I can get genuinely excited about is all the more satisfying. Originally published five years ago by Five Star, it was likely missed by many readers of traditio ...

C+
Undeniable

Undeniable has one of the more interesting premises I've seen in a series romance. Nicholai Vaux is a Gypsy who died a hundred years ago, and has come back to life through magic. After spending some time acclimating to the 21st century and refining his American accent, he sees a newspaper article wi ...

C+
Beloved Impostor

I have long considered Patricia Potter to be a buried treasure. I've seldom seen her books discussed at any length, but she's been out there for years, dependably writing thoughtful, entertaining books. While none that I've read have been DIKs for me, nearly all have been B level reads. That said, h ...

B
Since You're Leaving Anyway, Take Out the Trash

On paper, this book really shouldn't have appealed to me. It's set in a small town, and I consider any town of less than 100,000 way too small for me. It has a hero who is the town's sheriff, and - let's face it - this is a contemporary romance cliché. It also features characters who are horse enth ...

D
The Unexpected Sister

I picked this book up while on vacation because it seemed to contain some of my favorite plot elements. It features a military hero whose actions indirectly result in the death of a friend. When he returns home to England, he plans to court the friend's sister, a woman he secretly dreamed about whil ...

C+
The Errant Earl

This book was flawed and a little disjointed, but at times very interesting and different. The Errant Earl is not your run of the mill Regency, which is both its greatest strength and its greatest weakness. Sometimes believability and convention were stretched a little too far for my tastes, yet the ...