Reviews by Anne Marble

C
A Scandalous Marriage

Author Cathy Maxwell is to be commended for the chances she takes in A Scandalous Marriage, but her execution is flawed for a variety of reasons. For one, the flashbacks at the start of the book slow down the pacing of the book. The action eventually picks up, and when the hero tosses in a few surpr ...

A-
Lord St. Claire's Angel

I almost didn't buy this book because RT gave it only two stars. I'm glad I decided to listen to word of mouth instead and buy this book. Psst, Laurie, is it too late to change my vote for best Regency of 1999? Celestine Simons doesn't envision a bright future for herself. She is a governess, she ...

B-
The Countess

The Countess is a rewrite of one of Catherine Coulter's old Regencies. I've had a sketchy history with those. The first one I read was too padded. The second one I tried had a rapist hero. Luckily, The Countess avoids those pitfalls because Catherine Coulter does something different with this one. I ...

C
Never a Lady

Do you adore heroes who make repeated assumptions about the heroine? Boy, have I got the book for you. Lord Maximillian Chartwell learns that his cousin, the Duke of Penrose, is about to be trapped into marrying a conniving American heiress, Virginia Blair. In truth, Virgie has n ...

B-
Heaven on Earth

Heaven on Earth is an antidote for people who are tired of reading romances full of distrust, arguments, smarmy villains, and the like. However, perhaps because of the lack of those elements, it drags at times. I'm usually glad to read a romance where the hero and heroine are able to talk, but somet ...

C-
The Silent Rose

For once, here's a paranormal book where the paranormal element is truly creepy. No cute ghosts out of the Funky Phantom cartoon. These manifestations are scary. Unfortunately, the main characters get caught in a cycle of deception and distrust, and unneeded details slow the pace unnecessarily. ...

B
On Fire

Oceanographer Riley St. Joe is the granddaughter of the once famous, now infamous oceanographer, Emile LaBreque. For the past year, Emile has been under a cloud of suspicion because his research vessel sank, taking five people with it. Many people blame Emile for the accident. Riley is the only pers ...

B+
Dawnflight

Dawnflight tells the story of how Guinevere and Arthur met. Only this isn't the Guinevere of legend. She is Gyanhumara (Gyan), the chieftainess of a fierce Pictish clan. Unlike the Brytoni women, Gyan wears clan tattoos and knows how to use a sword. To fulfill a treaty, Gyan must marry Urien, the ...

B-
The Baby Farm

This book is a great example of how a bad choice for a cover blurb can spoil a book for some readers. The blurb on the front cover of The Baby Farm gives away an important plot point - one that is hinted at but not revealed until many pages into the book. Readers who don't like spoilers will be upse ...

D-
To Tempt a Rogue

To Tempt a Rogue concludes the trilogy telling the story of the Delaney brothers. Your tolerance for this book will depend on whether you can put up with roguish and distrustful heroes, silly dialogue tags, big misunderstandings, and plots that rely on coincidences. If you used an old-fashioned scal ...