Reviews by Lisa Gardineer

C
Mad Dash

I love Patricia Gaffney. She is one of the few authors whose writing I not only adore, but I would love to befriend her if the opportunity ever presented itself. I read her women’s fiction before discovering the romance genre. And when I did start reading romance, I almost fainted when I found her ...

B-
Up Close and Dangerous

More a survival romance than romantic suspense, Linda Howard’s Up Close and Dangerous falls slightly off the mark, only to be somewhat saved by its brilliant characters. Bailey Wingate is a widow trying to deal with overbearing step-children who happen to be older than she. She married her boss ...

B-
Someone to Love

Jude Deveraux is adept at creating worlds that span many different eras and locations. It’s definitely the style in which she excels - whimsical, romantic, and never quite of this world. Even her stories lacking a paranormal aspect always feel rather fantastical. This is what sets her apart from m ...

B+
Forbidden

Moira Mctark shows us that it’s not the number of pages that counts, but what you do with them that are important. In a spare 38 pages, a sensual love story enfolds that almost had me tearing up. Cade and Claire were young lovers from very different backgrounds. Claire is the little rich girl w ...

D+
Dinner First, Me Later

I am about done with contemporary romance save my usual auto-buy authors that I can rely on. I think Dinner First, Me Later was the straw that broke the camel’s back. Boring, absurd, and exasperating aptly describe my reading experience. Jake Sims, a retired baseball star, is fighting for cus ...

D-
I Married a Pirate

Camilla, a British ex-pat currently living in poverty in the south of France with her twin sons, starts an email relationship with a Pirate that quickly turns into something that sounds like r(omance. He wants her to bring her sons down to the Caribbean, live on his boat, and let him take care of th ...

B+
She’s No Angel

How many romances are set in fictional small towns? They are usually Mayberry-type hamlets that just might hide a few wicked secrets, but generaly they appear as wholesome as a slice of apple pie on the outside. Leslie Kelly has imagined up the quirky named Trouble, PA, and this town isn’t like an ...

B-
Heart's Delight

I admire any author these days who writes an American Historical. They are few and far between. Needless to say I tucked right into Heart’s Delight with much enthusiasm and wasn’t too disappointed. My only regret is that I could have had something very special in my hands if not for the lack of ...

C+
Bidding For Love

I think I’ve read this book a couple of hundred times before. It just had a different name and author. A girl gets a chance at a new life, moves to a new town completely out of her orbit, makes friends and enemies, finds a guy to play with and a guy to fall in love with, all the while Discovering ...

B
Thirty Nights with a Highland Husband

It’s my masochistic love for the time travel sub-genre that keeps me reading even when stupid 20th century women use disco songs as war cries during some medieval battle. Even though the title of Thirty Nights with a Highland Husband had me cringing, some unknown force was drawn to the words "time ...