Reviews by Marguerite Kraft

B+
Perils of the Heart

Pity poor Evangeline Clemens. She was educated at a proper English academy where young ladies were taught "only to expect the conventional from life, and to be indignant when the extraordinary thrust itself upon them." Evangeline is headed for Boston to become a governess. Along the way, however, th ...

C+
Simply Irresistible

Based on the rather generic cartoon cover and title, you'd expect Kristine Grayson's most recent novel to be a perfectly ordinary contemporary romance. It doesn't take more than a page or two, however, to realize this isn't the case. Simply Irresistible features a psychic heroine, along with a hundr ...

C+
What a Woman Wants

What a Woman Wants is one of those series romances driven more by convention than by any genuine conflict. The characters are flat and fairly uninteresting, and the romance itself isn't as involving as other aspects of the plot are. Despite its failings, however, it had some nice, believable moments ...

C-
Family Album

Nothing annoys me more than walking into a bookstore and seeing Danielle Steel books taking up two thirds of the romance section. You'd think by now my local Barnes and Noble would have figured out that Steel's books aren't romances; they're that blurry, nebulous category more properly referred to a ...

B
Catherine and the Pirate

Catherine and the Pirate is the first book I've read in Avon's new True Romance line, a series of smaller historical romances aimed at teens. Since it's been quite a few years (okay, I admit it, closing rapidly on two decades) since I was a teenager, I rather expected the novel to be too simple to s ...

C-
Risky Business

The back cover of my advance reading copy of Risky Business, Suzanne MacPherson's debut novel, informs me that she is "destined to become a star." In my opinion, MacPherson isn't ready for stardom just yet, but she certainly has a lot of potential. Her writing style is charming and humorous. It's un ...

C-
I've Got You, Babe

It's never a good sign when I'd rather do housework than read. I dislike housework, and I'm grateful for any excuse to avoid it. It doesn't take much to keep me occupied, either, since I'm one of those compulsive readers who can happily peruse a cereal box for half an hour. So when I found myself re ...

A
Once and Always

So many of the "classic" romances I read when I was younger seem dated now, relics of a simpler time when men were men, women were women, and authors could write 150,000-word novels and not get half of the words slashed out by ruthless, pen-wielding editors. But viewed from the perspective of today' ...

B-
What She Wants

What She Wants zooms off the starting line at top speed, with a classic (a less kind reviewer might say clichéd) impetus driving the plot. Our hero, Hugh Dulonget, the newly minted earl of Hillcrest, is forced to marry a young woman in order to obtain his inheritance. The young woman, Willa, is so ...

C+
The Rebellious Twin

The Rebellious Twin is one of those books that’s best read on a lazy afternoon under the sun. Implausible, and as frothy as cappuccino, it melts away as fast as it’s finished, leaving only a pleasant, hazy memory. Clarinda and Clariss Capelle are identical twins. Even their parents can’t te ...