Reviews by Anne Marble

C
Midnight Waltz

When I found out that Midnight Waltz was a Regency with Gothic overtones, I couldn't wait to read it. Especially when I found out it was in the first person. However, the heroine suffered from a problem common to many Gothic heroines - she often distrusted the hero without good reason. While the une ...

F
And Gold Was Ours

Rebecca Brandewyne used to be one of my favorite authors. Boy, have my tastes changed! At first, though I didn't buy into the reincarnation subplot, I enjoyed And Gold Was Ours as I might enjoy a campy movie serial. Then, I came upon the scene where the evil nun tried to force herself on the heroine ...

A-
Breathless

Fans of small-town stories will love Breathless for its setting, while readers who like a good mystery will enjoy the courtroom scenes. Don’t worry - Breathless also has great characters, including a hero and heroine who often match wits with each other. Lily Morgan can't believe that Daniel Wa ...

C+
Simply Magic

Although Simply Magic is partially a paranormal romance, don't expect vampires or even ghosts. This is a charming story about wishes. The bulk of the novel is set in Nevada in 1875, and although the hero is a former marshal, the emphasis is on town life and family. Though born into wealth, P ...

A
Bad Karma

Bad Karma is about a psychic. Wait, don't run away yet. It's by Theresa Weir, and it avoids the usual cliches. How often do you read a paranormal novel where the psychic pretends to be a fraud? Or a romance novel where the heroine has an eating disorder? The small town of Egypt, Missouri has a pr ...

D+
Texas Empires: Lone Star

Lone Star follows Crown of Glory in Evelyn Rogers' Texas Empires series. While the setting is vibrant and the plot interesting, the book is deeply flawed by its characters. Lone Star is yet another western to suffer from a heroine who is supposed to have "gumption," yet becomes careless from the mom ...

B-
Bartered Bride

Many medieval romances seem like they were written by authors who did all their research at the Medieval Times dinner-theatre show at the Excalibur Hotel in Las Vegas. Luckily for me, Bartered Bride wasn't one of those books. The characters act like real people straight out of medieval society. As y ...

C
Eternal Sea

Like the classic The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, Alice Alfonsi's Eternal Sea tells the story of a contemporary woman who falls in love with the ghost of a crusty sea captain. This novel has many unique elements, including ghost ships and reincarnation, which really make things interesting. Unfortunately, i ...

B+
Thorns of Truth

Thorns of Truth is the sequel to Garden of Lies. Goudge does a good job of filling the reader in on the events that led up to this story. Still, if I had read the first book, I might have enjoyed Thorns of Truth even more. Garden of Lies was about Rachel and Rose, two women switched at birth. ...

C-
The Disappearance

The Disappearance is an ambitious novel. It combines international intrigue with a suspenseful kidnaping plot and a romance. The multiple viewpoints are handled well, which is crucial for a novel of this type. So it's too bad that the heroine's emotions are so illogical and that most of the secondar ...