Reviews by Leigh Thomas

B-
To The Rescue

As Harlequin inexplicably tries to make its already short books even shorter, I've become accustomed to opening its books and finding huge print and margins. Perhaps unsurprisingly, many of the series books I've read of late have subsequently been more shallow, less developed, and less satisfying. S ...

A-
The Dream Wedding

Intelligent, imaginative storytelling is an increasingly undervalued commodity in the romance genre, where regurgitation of the same stories is the norm and publishers seem to assume books need to be dumbed down for the lowest common denominator. Seeking an alternative, I inevitably turn to one of m ...

C-
Eternally

When Silhouette's new paranormal line Nocturne was announced, I looked forward to it, having fond memories of the old Shadows line. Two months into it, I'm underwhelmed. Maureen Child's Eternally is the fourth book in the line, the third I've tried to read, and only the second I've finished. The fac ...

B-
Closer Encounters

For paranormal fans hungry for a story that doesn't involve vampires, werewolves or psychics, Merline Lovelace's Closer Encounters offers a wonderfully fresh alternative. The latest in her Code Name: Danger series, it's part period mystery, part ghost story, with a dash of action and romance. It's f ...

C
Tell Me Your Secrets ...

Tell Me Your Secrets... is the third in Blaze's "It Was a Dark and Stormy Night..." gothic romance promotion, and it reminded me much of the first in the series. Like Cindi Myers's Fear of Falling, it sets up a classic gothic premise with a great deal of potential that it doesn't really fulfill. The ...

B+
Asking for Trouble

Asking for Trouble delivered exactly the fix this gothic romance junkie has been craving lately. The second in Harlequin Blaze's gothic promotion "It Was A Dark and Sexy Night...", Leslie Kelly's entry ably combines the traditional spooky elements of a gothic with the modern sensibilities of a more ...

C
Footprints in the Snow

Footprints in the Snow is another example of Harlequin's willingness to publish a book with an unusual storyline while simultaneously trying to hide that fact from the consumer. The back cover copy is bland and nondescript, revealing little about the actual story. The information the copywriter work ...

D
Silent Memories

When I say that Silent Memories is a series romance built around the ubiquitous amnesia plot, many readers will assume it's just another lame, cliched series book that isn't very good. Normally I would object to such a generalization, as I've read too many series books where the author managed to do ...

D-
The Slightest Provocation

The Slightest Provocation is an "Anything But" book. As I waded through it, I kept wishing I was doing anything but reading it. At one point, I was so bored I decided to take a break and scrub my bathtub. The half hour I spent doing so was more interesting, satisfying and enjoyable than any moment I ...

C+
The Book of True Desires

The early sections of The Book of True Desires set up a premise so tantalizing I actually experienced a giddy rush of anticipation. But while Betina Krahn takes readers on an interesting journey in this romantic adventure, I ultimately couldn't help thinking that some better company would have impro ...