Reviews by Diana Ketterer

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Taking Liberties

Taking Liberties is probably the perfect title for this book. It isn't meant in the cheeky sense of stealing a kiss, but in the broader, more literal way. The common theme running through the story is that liberty is not something to take for granted; you must take is for yourself, forcefully if nec ...

C
Naughty Fairy Tales from A to Z

Anthology
This is an anthology edited by Alison Tyler Anyone who reads romance novels quickly learns not to judge books by their covers, but I have to admit to a weakness for titles. A clever title will reel me in even if it's sprawled across the ugliest cover ever. So naturally I was entranced by this book: ...

C-
The Wagered Bride

As you can probably guess from the title, this is one of those fathers-who-gamble-away-their-daughter-in-a-card-game kind of books. And while there are a couple of twists, in the end it remains true to its clichéd premise. Lord Stephen Clearbrook spent most of the past three years ...

B-
Man of My Dreams

Anthology
Is the anthology market getting a bit saturated? I'm starting to think so, because even though the stories here are pleasing enough (with the exception of the final entry that is the best of the bunch), Man Of My Dreams is ultimately so slight that it feels almost weightless. Is it good for a few ...

C-
The Kitchen Witch

The cover of The Kitchen Witch slyly asks, Do you believe in magic? Hey, the Red Sox just won the World Series! I believe in magic, I believe in miracles, I believe in the tooth fairy. However, I do not believe that ditzy means charming, or that letting yourself be manipulated is heroic. There just ...

B
Girls' Night In

Anthology
Girls' Night In is a collection of short stories to benefit War Child, a relief agency aiding children in war-torn areas. Some of the biggest names in chick-lit have contributed stories, and although not every one was my style, a pretty respectable number were. Since there are twenty-one stories and ...

B
Pink Moon

One of my least favorite things in contemporary romance is the deification of small towns, especially the ones where every neighbor knows your business and every relative's a matchmaker. Don't these places have privacy laws? Thankfully, though, Pink Moon is about a small town that actually sounds li ...

C+
Men at Work

Anthology
The title of this book is slightly misleading; the heroes are a carpenter, a painter, and...er...a ghost. The plots involve renovating an old house, renovating a castle, and...ah...a haunted house. The heroines are an Atlanta marketing executive returning to her small Georgia hometown, a New York de ...

C+
For Her Love

No one can accuse Paula Reed of being timid; in her second book, she deals with slavery, sexual abuse, the brutal life on a sugar plantation, and the stigma of mixed race, all set in the Caribbean and Jamaica. But while parts of For Her Love come off like a swashbuckling pirate tale, other parts are ...

B
Into His Arms

Into His Arms is Paula Reed's debut novel. With an exotic setting, an unusual source of conflict, and a really adorable hero, she's off to a good start. Faith Cooper is not your typical heroine: she's a Puritan. Even though her heart is not involved, she has just about decided to accept her late ...