Reviews by Jeanne W

B
Over the Moon at the Big Lizard Diner

Occasionally I like to dip into Women’s Fiction, where the stories have sharper depictions of today’s real problems and less fairy tale-like resolutions than straight contemporary romances. Lisa Wingate’s Over the Moon at the Big Lizard Diner was an angst-filled read, but warmth and great com ...

B-
Heart of the Dove

Medieval romances aren’t exactly crowding the shelves of bookstores nowadays, so I was happy to pick one up for review. With Heart of the Dove, Tina St. John concludes her Dragon Chalice series. Rand of Greycliff has only one purpose in life now: revenge. Two months ago, the e ...

A
The Mysterious Miss M

Like many new writers, Diane Gaston suffered years of rejection before Harlequin's Mills & Boon published her first novel, The Mysterious Miss M, for the U.K. market in 2004. What is remarkable about that is Gaston isn’t a British romance writer; she’s an American living in Virginia (who now wr ...

B
The Warrior

Readers craving for a less common historical period need wait no longer. Judith E. French’s The Warrior, the final book in her Alexander the Great series, satisfies that craving and shows the Ancient World in an exciting, vibrant light. Alexander, son of the Alexander the Great, supposedly make ...

B
Any Rich Man Will Do

The recent ATBF column on African American romances motivated me to read one for review, and the fact that Any Rich Man Will Do had an intriguing premise didn’t hurt, either. Bad Girl gets her comeuppance. That would make anyone gleeful, except when that comeuppance becomes desperate, terri ...

C
When Horses Fly

When Horses Fly, with its interesting premise and admirable heroine, didn't live up to its promise. It started well, but lost steam as the story progressed. Cora, an impecunious young woman, offers her household and nursing skills to elderly relatives in exchange for room and board. After her ...

C-
Dangerous Passions

I heard that Lynn Kerstan mixed passion and intrigue, so when her latest book, Dangerous Passions, came up for review, I snapped it up. I got passion and intrigue, but in a very unbalanced combination. Coupled with some glaring flaws in logic, Dangerous Passions quickly became an unsatisfactory re ...

B
Gilding the Lady

Clarissa Fallon is a young woman with a traumatic past; she suffered years of misery before her older brother, Matthew, tracked her down. Now Clarissa lives in the comfortable home of her brother and his new wife, Gemma, and is about to make her debut in society. However, she is having a hard time ...

C
Crimson City

Last year’s 2176 series was an interesting concept: a different author writes each book in the futuristic series, set in the same world and having continuing characters. Liz Maverick, author of The Shadow Runners, the third entry in the 2176 series, kicks off LoveSpell’s similarly styled Crims ...

B+
The Forbidden

Warning, warning! The Forbidden is not a stand-alone book; author L.A. Banks unapologetically picks up the action exactly where the previous book ends. Not having read any of the previous four books in her Vampire Huntress Legend series, I was immediately and completely lost. The plot starts in t ...