Reviews by Cheryl Sneed

C-
Explosive

Many know the history of Beethoven's Eroica Symphony - how he initially dedicated it to Napoleon, whom he admired as the embodiment of the ideals of the French Revolution, only to scratch out the name "Napoleon" so violently that he tore a hole in the manuscript when Napoleon declared himself Empero ...

D
Border Wedding

Border Wedding started out interestingly enough, with a Medieval shotgun wedding between a drop-dead gorgeous knight and the plain daughter of a minor baron, but soon turned dull, and eventually aggravating the longer I read. Sir Walter Scott (not the Sir Walter Scott, though parts ...

B
Valerie

Robert Hale, an English publishing house, is reissuing old Traditional Regencies in hardback form. Joan Smith's Valerie was originally published in the States by Ivy in 1981; its heroine, and her unique voice, holds up very well. Valerie is invited for an extended visit with her eccentric widowed ...

D+
The Night Before the Wedding

I love Regency historicals and I don't care about the bad rap they get. When done well, Regency historicals are full of the life, energy and romance of the period. Unfortunately, The Night Before the Wedding is one of those Regency historicals that contribute to the bad rep. Hundr ...

B+
Deep Magic

Nash's Druids of Avalon series is neatly ticking off the trappings of the Arthurian legend. The first book - The Grail King - dealt with the Holy Grail, of course, while Deep Magic explores the creation of the sword Exchalybur and how it wound up in that lake anyway. While this new twist on the lege ...

A
The Spymaster's Lady

I almost passed on reviewing The Spymaster's Lady. The cheesy cover (open ruffle-shirted hunk - yawn) and even cheesier title (oh, no - not another spymaster!) led me to believe that it would be yet another boring, cookie-cutter, Regency super-spy romance. I could not have been more wrong. Joanna Bo ...

B
The Warrior

The Warrior is a solid and enjoyable Medieval Romance whose only real problem is a moderate case of sequel-itis. Laird Lochlan MacAllister, steady, sober and reliable, receives word that his brother Kieran, who has long been thought dead, may be alive after all. As he travels to Fr ...

B+
Untouched

Untouched, Anna Campbell's sophomore effort, is a flat-out terrific book whose leading man has just landed on my short list for Favorite Hero of the year.Widow Grace Paget wakes up from a laudanum-induced sleep to find herself strapped to a table and in the company of a madman. After wandering a ...

C
Harstairs House

Bland. That about sums up my overall impression of Harstairs House. There was nothing offensive about it, but there was nothing exciting either. Susannah Thorpe toils away as governess to two nasty little boys, when suddenly her life is changed by a visit from a lawyer. She has i ...

C+
In My Wildest Fantasies

In My Wildest Fantasies has one of the more unusual premises for a new series in which four sons of an aristocratic family must wed: they believe their father to be mad. The Duke of Pembroke has indeed gone around the bend, spending his time moving plants around in the garden to ...