Reviews by Lisa Gardineer

C-
Beloved Warrior

Patricia Potter has all of her Ts crossed and Is dotted in the final installment of her Beloved series. There can be no argument that she can write well, with wonderful description, good pacing, and three demensional characters. However, in romance, if there isn’t a spark between the leads, and th ...

B-
Her Only Desire

India is often largely hinted at in Regency-era romances but hardly ever explored. I was extremely excited to hear that Gaelen Foley would be tackling this exciting land. Sadly that was the section of the book that worked the least. Overall, though, I was very pleased with the first book in her new ...

B
The Wedding Dress

One of my favorite historical romances is Kimberly Cates' Gather the Stars. When I saw that her latest contemporary was set in Scotland, I jumped at it. As leery as I am lately of straight contemporary romances, I’m glad I picked this one. Emma McDaniel is a Hollywood superstar who, while hugel ...

B-
When I Fall In Love

To me there is wallpaper Medieval and Medieval-lite. Lynn Kurland is definitely in the lite category. Her Medieval and time travels may not show the daily grit of life in the past, but she manages to give us the flavor all wrapped up in a nice lighthearted bow. Her latest is not without its problems ...

D+
The Bare Truth

Poor Juliette Garrison. She has been saddled with one of the worst heroes I’ve had the displeasure of reading. Thomas Jameson flat out ruined this book. The Bare Truth would have been a quite a nice read had the romance been left out. Juliette has been poor all her life. With her mother dying, ...

C-
A Most Unsuitable Groom

Kasey Michaels is back with the Romney Marsh series. This time it’s the loner Spencer’s turn at love. This is not only the first of the series that I have read, but my first Kasey Michaels book, period. Despite the low grade for this one, I won’t write off the author just yet. I’d like to tr ...

B-
Dark Angel

I’m definitely a little late to the party when it comes to Lucy Blue’s medieval vampire series. Starting with the third book was not the wisest decision, but once I got my bearings, I became completely engrossed - which shows Ms. Blue's talent. Too bad she lost her contract with Pocket. * ...

F
Thrill of the Knight

The longest 384 pages of my life. What more is there to say? We start with Lady Elizabeth Hutton, a newly orphaned heiress changing places with her equally beautiful lady’s maid in order to give Elizabeth free roam of her castle while her maid is locked away by the evil Viscount ...

A-
Arousing Suspicions

I don’t do romantic suspense. Something about the short time period and traumatic events that lead to the hero and heroine declaring their love is too much for me. I’m an epic kind of gal. But then Marianne Stillings waltzes on to the scene with a wonderful mix of humor, suspense, and sexiness t ...

D+
Fit to be Tied

Karen Kendall seems to have fallen in a proverbial plot hole and can’t quite dig herself out. Fit to be Tied suffers from a truly bad plot and some childish dialogue that would make my two year old wince. Jen’s engagement to the almost perfect Tom has been less than stellar. Her ...