Reviews by Laurie Shallah

A
Over The Edge

Ordinarily, action-packed books (or movies for that matter) just aren't my thing. Shoot-em-ups, hijackings, SEALS and the like seldom sustain my attention for any length of time. My husband will never understand my desire to read a romantic comedy while he has the latest action/adventure/suspense fl ...

B+
Heat Waves

Being a sometime fan of the Temptation Blaze sub-series, I was eager to try the new longer-and-reportedly-hotter Blaze books, and jumped at the chance to review Janelle Denison's first entry in the new line. I had my doubts about them being "hotter," though, because I never thought the Blaze Tem ...

C
Cold Tea On A Hot Day

There's nothing better than cold tea on a hot day, is there? How about the magical warmth and reassurance of a loving dog who can brighten the dreariest of days by simply being around when needed? Remember whiling away an entire day digging in the dirt for the pure joy of it? By golly, Curtiss Ann M ...

B-
Seduction in Mind

It all started with a sexy painting. . . Jaw droppingly handsome Samuel Lennox, Viscount Ranelagh is heir to a fortune and stinking rich in his own right. He's also a widower. But don't cry for him because she was a major time hussy. Disenchanted with marriage, he has become a womanizer of the ...

B
Out Of This World

Anthology
It's great to have an anthology where the majority of the stories are so good. Even if you're mainly interested in only one of the authors, be sure to check out the stories by J.D. Robb, Laurell K. Hamilton, and Susan Krinard. Hamilton fans should be aware, however, that the Anita Blake story is act ...

C
About That Man

About That Man features many themes you've probably read before: a quaint close-knit little town filled with busybodies, a workaholic contemporary hero in need of redemption, a modern day spinster with a painful secret, and a rambunctious orphan to bring them all together. These same-old, same-old e ...

C
The Warrior

The Warrior, a sequel to The Trickster, which was quite favorable reviewed here at AAR, suffers from a bad case of sequel-itis. But instead of the usual symptom, bloated sections of boring back story, this one assumes the reader has read the prequel and will read the forthcoming sequel and leaves ou ...

B+
Ritual of Proof

Ritual of Proof features a sheltered but willful young virgin, an inescapable arranged marriage and an evil villain hell-bent on destroying the couple’s blossoming rapture. Is that a snore I hear? So, you think you've read this story a few hundred times already? Why would you even consider paying ...

C
Aphrodite's Kiss

Move over, Buffy . . . Step aside, Xena . . . Zoë Smith's the new super gal in town! Ahhh, those marketing folks. They'll say just about anything to make a sale, won't they? Well, after reading about Zoë's adventures I don't think Buffy and Xena need to worry about retiring ...

C-
From the Corner of His Eye

Ever read a book so compelling that you dropped everything to sneak in a few pages? A book with a tight plot, a few interesting characters and a rewarding knock-your-socks-off climax? Well, after struggling though all 622 meandering pages of From the Corner of His Eye I can confidently say th ...