Reviews by LinnieGayl Kimmel

B
Love, Alabama

I’ve never lived in the South but will admit to a fascination with Southern life; and while I can’t verify its authenticity, I liked the southern small-town flavor of this book. Yes, everyone in town knows the heroine, but it makes sense - she’s a former Miss Alabama notorious for giving up he ...

A-
A Pressing Engagement

This novella is a lead up to the July release of the next installment in the author’s Lady Darby mystery series, As Death Draws Near. Fans of the series won’t want to miss A Pressing Engagement, as it provides a nice bridge between the last entry – when Kiera and Gage decided to speed up their ...

C+
The Woman in Blue

I’ve been a huge fan of the Ruth Galloway Mystery series since I read the first entry, The Crossing Places, featuring a slightly overweight, socially inept, English archaeologist. It’s a mark of how much I like this series that I put up with a number of features that normally bother me including ...

B+
The Girl from Summer Hill

I had my doubts in the opening pages as the heroine spots a gorgeous naked man on her porch. When I discovered this is another homage to Pride and Prejudice I rolled my eyes. What was I in for? It turns out I was in for a fun romance in which a local theater company is putting on P&P with most o ...

C-
One Night Charmer

This is the fourth book in Maisey Yates' series set in Copper Ridge, Oregon. I found myself interested in the fictional town with its mix of ranchers, fishermen, and a burgeoning tourist business. But for most of the book I despised the hero. While I warmed to the heroine after a rough start, I did ...

C
Best of My Love

When I saw Best of My Love appear as a possibility to review I remembered liking some of the author’s earlier books and took a chance: not my best decision. It wasn’t awful, but seemed like a series of vignettes featuring the hero and heroine, and eventually had too much of a small town filled w ...

A-
Midnight at Tiffany's

This is the prequel to the author’s Sleepless in Manhattan. I liked Sleepless so much that as soon as I finished, I went online looking for more of her work and discovered this novella. I was delighted to learn the hero and heroine are two characters referred to throughout Sleepless although they ...

C
Change of Heart

Fans of the” love across the tracks” trope may find this romance appealing, with a wealthy Bostonian lawyer falling for a desperately poor heroine who grew up in a trailer in Appalachia. While I found parts enjoyable, I had trouble with some plot points, rendering this just an average read.N ...

B+
The One You Really Want

I generally read each new book by Jill Mansell within a few days of release, so I was very excited when this appeared on the review list. I was less excited when I discovered it’s a reissue, but ended up quickly captivated, enjoying both the story and the characters. However, if you’re looking f ...

B
Love Walks In

I worry about too cute-meets as they often lead to over-the-top storylines. So when our hero first spots the heroine – or more accurately gets a view of her sexy backside as she’s breaking into his office through a window – I didn’t hold out much hope. Fortunately, while there is a rather co ...