Reviews by Heather Brooks

C-
Darker than Night

Fantasy is one of those subgenres that can often be difficult to read because the world building must be convincing. In Kim Lenox’s third installment of the Shadow Guard series, world building and character interaction drive the novel, yet at times fall short of the mark. As a m ...

B
In the Warrior's Bed

Though I fall for the Scottish romance trap all the time, I usually end up disappointed – pessimistic of me, I know. However, In the Warrior’s Bed was worth my precious reading time with its authentic Scottish feel and the hero’s unrelenting pursuit of the heroine.Bronwyn McQuade is the la ...

C+
Man of the West

I hear readers asking for normal, real life characters all the time – I’m one of them, as a matter of fact. But, when is normal too normal or real too real? In Man of the West, Sadie Callahan introduces the reader to a heroine I felt sorry for instead of feeling compassion toward. For me, sh ...

D+
Desiring the Highlander

It’s tough to read a book when you feel that the story is solid and could be really, really interesting, but the storytelling just isn’t there. For me, that basically sums up Michele Sinclair’s Desiring the Highlander. The storytelling keeps what might have been a good book from being a memo ...

B
Shades of Midnight

I’m very picky when it comes to vampire romances – not just anything will do. Lara Adrian is a paranormal author who usually delivers for me and she continues to do so with Shades of Midnight, the latest installment in her Midnight Breed series. Alexandra Maguire is an Alaska ...

B
How I Met My Countess

Sometimes I like noble spies and sometimes I don’t. Now, before you roll your eyes at the spy cliché, I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed Elizabeth Boyle’s plot twists and turns in How I Met My Countess. Though the story had some minor problems, I finished it in a day because I was hooked from ...

B+
The Next Best Thing

It’s a good sign the rest of the book will be hopping when you get a big bombshell you didn’t expect in chapter one and that’s what happened when I began Kristan Higgins’ The Next Best Thing. It left me speechless at first and then made me sputter (in a good way) quite a bit. Certainly a pro ...

C
Rion

This is a book I would describe as way too busy. Though it’s action packed, there’s just too much to deal with in one story - from dragons, other worlds, kidnapping, scattered references to the legend of Camelot, to constantly running from things out to get them, I was tired when I finished read ...

B
Highland Beast

Anthology
Historicals are my first love and paranormals trail somewhere behind. Usually a combination of the two leaves me cold and disappointed. I’m happy to report that’s not the case with the anthology Highland Beast. ...

B-
Once Upon a Knight

Once Upon A Knight is one of those books I wanted to give up on at first, but ended up enjoying. For the first third of the book, I was completely unimpressed by the hero, but as I gradually got to know the character, he grew on me and I enjoyed the interactions between the hero and heroine more an ...