Reviews by Blythe Smith

D+
Watch Me

Lisa Renee Jones’ Watch Me is part of a new series centered around a fictional reality TV dance show called America’s Stepping Up. Since I can admit to a fondness for So You Think You Can Dance, I thought the book might be fun. Unfortunately, the title I would give this book is So You Think Your ...

C
Lessons from a Scandalous Bride

Lessons from a Scandalous Bride is marginally more original than the copperplate title would suggest. The heroine’s very humble background affects her in ways that are believable and - at times - touching. Unfortunately, the rest of the novel relies on tired cliches.         Cleopat ...

B
Delusion in Death

Delusion in Death is the 35th J.D. Robb book, the latest installment in a series that’s been going since 1995. So many years, so many books. If you’re not current with the series, just the idea of starting has to be somewhat intimidating (because yes - you really need to read them in order). ...

B
Moonglow

As a whole, paranormals are not my drug of choice, usually because I find the world-building tedious or unbelievable, or the premise silly. So I’m choosy when I decide to give one a try. In the case of Moonglow, my gamble paid off. The characters and engaging, and the conflict is interesting. And ...

B+
A Gentleman Undone

When I started reading A Gentleman Undone, I could tell almost immediately - within a page, really - that the writing was simply a cut above. It’s just that good. It’s not necessarily my favorite premise (war-scarred, ex-military hero meets and falls in love with life-scarred, ex-prostitute/curr ...

D+
Lady Alexandra's Excellent Adventure

Sign a book isn’t really working for you: Part way through, the heroine challenges the hero to a duel. You think, “Maybe one of them will die! I hope it’s her.” Usually, that’s not quite the reaction the author is aiming for. But then I can’t really say this book was the type of read I w ...

B
My Fair Concubine

My Fair Concubine - as the title might suggest - is a Tang Dynasty take on My Fair Lady. The heroine is a tea shop girl, and the hero talks her into impersonating his sister - who is supposed to be a peace bride, a gift to a warrior in a distant province, but has run away with her lover. I found it ...

B-
Rescue Me

I couldn’t resist the premise of this book. The heroine is 33, back home in small town Texas for her cousin’s wedding, and stuffed into a bubblegum pink bridesmaid dress. The hero shows up as her date and “rescues her” from all the “Aren’t you married yet?” questions. Romance ensues. S ...

C-
The Saint Who Stole My Heart

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I wish I had liked The Saint Who Stole My Heart more. It has plot elements I usually enjoy - mysterious murder, intrigue, and even a sexy blond hero who pretends to be much dumber than he is. But as the book wore on, I couldn’t help but feel that it was a bit of a hot mess.         ...

B
Just One Kiss

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I had a bit of a wake up call last year when I realized I’d reviewed ten series romances - and awarded nearly all of them C range grades (one was a D). Perhaps my go-to “light and easy” reads were becoming neither light nor easy. I backed way off this year; Just One Kiss is the first series ro ...