Reviews by Laurie Likes Books

A
The First Time

While reading this book, I began to bawl like a baby after being shouted at by my daughter regarding a pair of socks. As if that weren't enough, by the time I finished The First Time, I was crying so loudly I scared the cat.Joy Fielding, whose earlier works are thrillers, has, in The First Time, ...

B+
The Wishing Garden

Occasionally I'll read a book with passages so bizarre or poorly written that I'll mark them with Post-Its. More rare are those books with passages so beautiful that I'll mark them with Post-Its. The Wishing Garden is such a book, and yet, it took a comment from one of my fellow reviewers here at AA ...

B
Circle of Three

When Patricia Gaffney moved from writing historical romance last year into hardcover women's fiction, many of her fans bemoaned the loss of another terrific romance author into the mainstream. While I'm one of those readers who doesn't like to lose a romance writer to straight suspense or romantic s ...

D-
Playing Away

We all have a friend or family member we love, don't we, even if, we were being judgmental, we'd find them lacking in character? Don't we make allowances for their behavior because we care about them? Well, I don't know Connie Green, the protagonist of Playing Away, so I don't need to make allowance ...

B
Plain Truth

When a baby is born and found dead in the barn of the Amish Fisher family in Paradise, Pennsylvania, 18-year-old Katie Fisher is discovered bleeding. Though she denies not only the birth but the murder of the infant, it seems apparent to one and all that she is either deluded or a liar, the latter w ...

C-
Bewitching the Baron

Certain books feature a writing style that seems distant. For the romance novel - a genre that is based on emotion - a distant style can be a difficult problem for an author to overcome. It's possible, however, if the storyline in the book is exciting and the characters, if not reachable, are at l ...

C-
Brit's Lady

Reading Kit Dee's Brit's Lady is the equivalent of eating fast food - it's quick but unmemorable. While the story reads at a brisk pace and the lead characters have possibilities, neither seems terribly realistic. The villain has that Snidely Whiplash aura, and the love scenes are marred by the. . . ...

A-
Indiscretion

Indiscretion is a very lusty farce and an altogether wonderful romance. It's far more sexual than any of author Jillian Hunter's books of which I am aware. It also features a fairly daring plot structure, which reveals the hot and heavy past relationship between hero and heroine right at the start. ...

B-
With this Ring

With this Ring was better than expected - it is not watered down Amanda Quick. It is simply an evolution in the writing style of the Jayne Ann Krentz, who writes historical romance under the pseudonym of Amanda Quick. After having read ten Quick romances and another half dozen JAK's, I can tell when ...

D-
Bittersweet

Bittersweet is a middle-aged melodrama that's about one-third too long. Not that it would have been much better without the additional 100+ pages, but Danielle Steel's continual repetition of thoughts and actions becomes impossibly frustrating in a book of this length. While the author has moved bey ...