Reviews by Lori Sowell

C+
The Marriage Wish

I am not sure if The Marriage Wish is a straight reprint or a rewrite of a book first published in 1998. Either way, I don't understand why they brought it back. Although a reader can respect the subject matter and the emotions of the story, the book is preachy, the writing style amateurish, and th ...

B+
Time's Captive

Romance novels with a Native American theme can be iffy. Many such historicals revolve around a Native American savage taking a beautiful white woman and having his way with her. Justifiably, these books come under some harsh criticism. Fortunately, Kate Lyon's debut offers an excellent portrayal of ...

C+
The Captain's Mermaid

The Captain's Mermaid begins with promise, but towards the middle of the book I realized that the promise of interesting things to come would not be fulfilled. Even though the writing itself was well done, the characters and plot lacked originality and development. Lavinia Stewart grew up in J ...

C+
By Design

By Design is a light story that might be ideal when a person wants something simple to read, yet it's not a book that will keep one turning the pages in anticipation. The characters are likable but also cardboard, and while the story is pleasant, it's also common and predictable. Lauren Hughe ...

B-
An Invitation to Seduction

Kitty Robertson, the daughter abandoned by Jessye from Never Love a Cowboy, is the heroine of An Invitation To Seduction and, though Jessye is not exactly in the book, fans will surely be interested in reading about Kitty's life as an American heiress in Victorian England. Although the book feature ...

B+
The Forever Kiss

Although there are some paranormal novels that I can appreciate, there are just as many that often do not make the grade since an interesting concept can quickly turn tacky. Yet, The Forever Kiss takes a common premise and makes it exciting and romantic. But, more importantly, this first single titl ...

B
Scandal

Scandal, the newest novel by Pamela Britton, is a delightful Cinderella story with oftentimes smooth and fun writing and characters who possess the perfect blend of qualities readers want in a hero and heroine, with a touch of self-centered humanness that often made me chuckle. Near the end, though, ...

B-
What's French for "EW!"?

What's French For "Ew!"? is the third book revolving around Emily, a young teen forced to move with her parents to Britain. This young adult book written by Katie Maxwell (also known as Katie MacAlister) is a silly and amusing story that might annoy adults, but will most likely be great fun for teen ...

C+
What Phoebe Wants

I planned on giving this book a slightly better grade, but after waiting a week to work on the review, I sat down in front of my computer and could not remember what the book was about. In fact, I could not remember the book at all. I knew there was a book to review, but for the life of me I could n ...

D
Lisa Maria's Guide for the Perplexed

Lisa Maria's Guide For The Perplexed had the potential of being a fun, witty, and interesting Chick Lit book. Regretfully, though, the operative word here is "had." Reading the blurb, the concept sounded amusing enough that I could imagine all the crazy events possible with the book's scenario. Inst ...