Reviews by Jane Granville

B-
Call Me Wild

I haven’t read anything by Robin Kaye since her debut, which I enjoyed very much. Call Me Wild is an enjoyable book, too; However, it fell victim to a number of authorial shortcuts that cheapened the overall quality of the story.Jessie James is a sports writer who, upon being laid off, relocat ...

B
Luscious

Amanda Usen’s novel Luscious is a bit like the food our heroine cooks: flavors and ingredients that appear unassumingly simple, perhaps even uninspired, but meld together wonderfully and leave you wanting more. I had fairly low expectations at the beginning, but I was happily mistaken. ...

D+
Unexpected Pleasures

Remember that movie a few years back called Black Snake Moan, where Samuel L. Jackson's character chains Christina Ricci up in his house, supposedly for her own good? That sort of happens in Unexpected Pleasures, and I didn’t enjoy it here any more than I did in that movie. Lad ...

B
Forever and a Day

In Forever and a Day, Jill Shalvis brings us back to Lucky Harbor, a small town on Washington's Pacific coast. It's a small-town romance of the first order, 21st-century style; as in her previous Lucky Harbor novels, Facebook is the primary spreader of gossip.Grace Brooks is the adopted child of ...

D+
Thoroughly Kissed

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In Thoroughly Kissed’s version of Sleeping Beauty, the kiss put her to sleep -- it didn't wake her up. This is a mildly interesting twist on the story. Unfortunately, it’s pretty much the only mildly interesting thing. Emma Lost was in a thousand-year coma after her “Prince C ...

C
Ain't Misbehaving

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This is one of those rare C grades that is not graded as such because it’s mediocre, or boring, or just “blah.” I gave Ain’t Misbehaving a C because some of it was good, and some of it wasn’t. As a debut, it isn’t particularly stellar, but the author’s voice and writing style have pote ...

B+
Beautiful Sacrifice

What most people know about the Maya begins and ends with the facts that they lived in Central America, they had bloody sacrifices, and the world will end in December. Beautiful Sacrifice takes the apocalyptic paranoia and turns it into a fast paced and interesting mystery surrounding violent human ...

C-
Shades of Desire

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It’s rare to see a hero or heroine with disabilities. I can count on one hand the books I’ve heard of - much less books I’ve read - that have a major character in a wheelchair, or with brain damage, or, as is the heroine in Shades of Desire, blind. It’s a challenging plot and characterizatio ...

B-
Dancing at the Chance

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Uniqueness is a highly valued trait amongst some romance readers. With so many historicals taking place in the same 10 year span of history in the same parts of England among the same social class, it is a breath of fresh air when I come across a good story in a different era and setting. In Dancing ...

B
Silenced

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Sex, corruption, and politics are far from unusual subjects of suspense novels. In that respect, little is groundbreaking in Silenced, the fourth full-length novel in Allison Brennan’s series following Lucy Kincaid. However, compelling characters, a strong (if relatively minor, plot-wise) romance, ...