Reviews by Jane Granville

B
Mending the Line

Mending the Line was my first foray into self-published territory, and I wasn’t sure what to expect. There are still some stereotypes, but I also knew that my colleagues had found some great stories that had been self-published. What I got was akin to a series romance, in my opinion: short, sweet, ...

B+
A Gentleman Never Tells

There was sufficient buzz surrounding Juliana Gray's "debut" novel (she writes under a different name) that I was particularly excited to review A Gentleman Never Tells. I haven't read the first book in the trilogy, but this second novel lives up to the author's reputation.Six years ago, Lord R ...

C
Secrets of a Wedding Night

While reading Secrets of a Wedding Night, I kept thinking about jigsaw puzzles. A good story can be a lot like a good jigsaw puzzle. The pieces are tiny, the seams nearly invisible, and the image fluid. When a puzzle is done well, you have to look closely to see the individual pieces. This book ...

B-
She Can Tell

She Can Tell isn’t a very catchy title, and it took me a minute to figure out how it related to the plot of the story. The book, though, is a solid romantic suspense, even if it doesn’t break any new ground.After a devastating injury ended her riding career, Rachel Parker returned home to her ...

C
The Cowboy and the Princess

I don't usually judge a book by its title, but I have to admit that I didn't expect much from The Cowboy and the Princess. It sounded silly and clichéd to me, but I was hoping I might be wrong. Unfortunately, I was right. What I got was a cowboy hero-worship novel with an unrealistic and unoriginal ...

C+
A Dangerous Liaison with Detective Lewis

There is very little truly, intrinsically wrong with A Dangerous Liaison with Detective Lewis. In fact, in many ways, it's a unique and fun novel. But I found I was able to put it down for a week at a time, and not miss it, something that doesn't quite recommend it.Rafe Lewis is ...

B+
Barefoot in the Rain

Can you ever forgive an abuser? This is a pretty heavy question, not one usually broached in romance novels. Usually they adhere to the conventional wisdom of never trusting or forgiving anyone who has ever hit you. But Roxanne St. Claire takes an honest, unflinching look beyond the surface of ab ...

B
Wedded in Sin

Wedded in Sin features one of the more unusual heroes I've seen. Our heroine calls him a "mad toff," and the back cover calls him a "strange but brilliant gent." Like much of the book, some of this works very, very well; other parts are a bit shaky.Samuel Morrison, our "mad toff," is a bored and ...

D
To the Grave

Why are boring books the longest? I couldn’t help but wonder this while I was plodding through To The Grave, a novel that is far longer than it needs to be and much less interesting or entertaining than I would have liked. Catherine Gray is a new psychologist, just establishing h ...

B-
In Rides Trouble

I am not a motorcycle person so I was a bit worried when I realized that much of In Rides Trouble takes place at a custom bike shop. My qualms were unnecessary, though, as the book's romance was strong enough to withstand the distractions of a fast-paced, action-packed plot - and quite a few motorcy ...