Reviews by Mary Skelton

B-
Seasons of Storms

I have read a number of Ms. Kearsley’s books and always enjoyed them. While I did ultimately enjoy this book, the pacing and defiance of a firm categorization kept this one from my keeper shelf. It was SLOW going for the first third of the book.Celia Sands/Sullivan is the child of a famous the ...

B
The Duke's Disaster

When Grace Burrowes decided to delve into the contemporary romance field, I was afraid that there might be a sabbatical from her historical romances as a result. Never fear, this prolific writer is still producing the historical romance novels that we love. While The Duke’s Disaster will not make ...

B
I Adored a Lord

Once upon a time there were three little girls whose parents sent them on a ship from the West Indies to England. What happened to their parents, no one knows, but the girls first found themselves in a foundling home and then adopted by a sweet, if absent-minded vicar. Among the Gypsies who camped n ...

B
The Player

The Player is the third book in Ms. Riley’s Rockcliffe series, but it is not necessary to read the previous books to enjoy or understand this book. While the book is set in 1776, it has a regency feel in terms of subtle sexuality that readers who dislike too much erotic displays will enjoy....

A-
This Gun for Hire

The vast majority of historical romances that I read are set in Regency England…because the vast majority of historical romances that are written are set in Regency England. However, my two favorite time/place settings are Medieval Europe and American Westerns. It is just very hard to find any rec ...

B+
Softly Falling

Even if I do not always come away from a Carla Kelly book thinking it is one of the best books I have ever read, I always come away satisfied with a good story. I also have to watch myself in grading because I have read so many books by Ms. Kelly that I expect her books to be good and if they fall s ...

B+
A Single Kiss

Grace Burrowes has stepped out on me (or rather her readership) and dipped into the contemporary sub-genre of romance, and the genre is better for having her writing represent it. I have been a fan of Burrowes since reading her first historical and I have read every one since, so anything she puts o ...

B-
If He's Daring

The Wherlockes are back in Hannah Howell’s latest novel about the outcast family with psychic abilities. While the story is a solid one, this novel lacks some of the oomph of the earlier books in this series and took a turn toward the predictable. But for all its faults, it is still an above avera ...

C+
In Your Dreams

I am really a big fan of Kristan Higgins. I believe that I have read every book she has written and therefore I was really looking forward to her latest in the Blue Heron series set in Manningsport wine country. As per usual, her descriptions are wonderful, the dialogue is witty, but it was the stor ...

B-
The Troublemaker Next Door

I love a good contemporary romance. The problem I have found with contemporaries is they are really hit or miss with me. So I have a tendency to stick to those authors who have already proven to me that I will appreciate what they write. Marie Harte is an author who is new to me and while I was not ...