Reviews by Blythe Smith

B
Risky Business

A heroine with a pretend husband has to think fast when he shows up at her office and expects to accompany her on her company retreat - a four day trip to a posh ski resort. It sounds like a typical, contrived series romance premise, and perhaps it is. Fortunately, Jane Sullivan manages to rise abov ...

D
The Journey Home

I'll only admit this once: I read the first ten Sweet Valley High books. They came out when I was in junior high, and I couldn't help enjoying them at first. The twin protagonists are written to appeal to young preteens, and they are everything an awkward adolescent wants to be. They're blond, beaut ...

A-
Duel of Hearts

Sometimes when I finish a book I think of it in terms of a single word. I've read books that are "fun," "frustrating," "disappointing," and "encouraging." Unfortunately, I've read one or two that I thought could be summed up in the word "debacle." For Duel of Hearts, Diane Farr's second single title ...

F
The Last Male Virgin

I thought I had read some bad books already this year, but The Last Male Virgin blows them all out of the water. With characters as lifeless as cheap paper dolls and a plot that brings new meaning to the word "inane," it is simply terrible. The plot, if it could be called that ...

D
Her Galahad

In some ways, Her Galahad is like no book I've read before. I've only read a handful of books set in Australia, and none of them featured a hero of aboriginal descent as this one does. That's why the book caught my eye in the first place. On the other hand, it features time-worn devices I've seen ag ...

C+
The Third Wife

I picked up The Third Wife for two reasons. First of all, it's set in Denver, which is where I live, and I haven't seen many contemporary novels set in Denver. And secondly (I admit it) I was intrigued by the salacious polygamy angle. I ended up being satisfied by the portrayal of both Denver and po ...

C+
A Scandalous Journey

like to try traditional Regencies by debut authors whenever I can. As the Mary Baloghs and Diane Farrs move on to single titles, I can't help hoping that someone will step up to fill their shoes. A Scandalous Journey isn't that break-out, "wow" book I was hoping for, but it's not bad either. For a d ...

C
The Charm Stone

The Charm Stone has some cute ideas - a modern, surfer-girl heroine, a sexy three hundred year old ghost, and a secluded Scottish castle by the sea where they frolic together. It sounds like a lot of fun, and occasionally, it is. Unfortunately, it also suffers from the proverbial sagging middle and ...

B
Purity in Death

This review represents an accomplishment for me. Although I'd been a Nora Roberts fan for years, I avoided all the Robb books until about two years ago. There were too many to read in order, and who had the time? But fellow review Jennifer Schendel lent me the first two books, and I started making t ...

B
Stealing Heaven

Ah, there's nothing like a good conflict. I knew I had come upon a satisfying one when I read these lines in the second chapter: "Hell." He barely breathed the word. He had been commanded to marry Genith, a sweet, innocent virgin. But he had almost made love last night to her older sister, Nes ...