Reviews by Blythe Smith

B-
The Last Man in Town

The Last Man in Town has a cute premise: the town of Maple Falls, Minnesota has been stricken by the gold bug, and Lucas Garrett is the only young man in town who hasn't left for Colorado. Basically the book is an enjoyable one, with a hero and heroine who are good friends before they become lovers. ...

B-
Bride To Be

Jane Ashford is somewhat known for her unusual characters, and the hero and heroine of her newest book, Bride to Be, are no exception. Actually, all of the secondary characters are also unusually vivid and interesting; they help make the book an entertaining read. The book has a few problems here an ...

B
Ferney

A casual bookstore browser may be lured into buying Ferney because its cover emphasizes its resemblance to Diana Gabaldon's Outlander. Ferney is a good, compelling read, but it's nothing like Outlander. There is no time travel here, but there are lots of past lives. If anything, it bares a passing r ...

D
Loving Linsey

Do you recoil in horror when a black cat crosses your path? Live in fear that you might break a mirror and endure seven years of bad luck? If so, then Linsey Gordon is the heroine for you. If you've ever walked under a ladder on purpose, or failed to throw your spilled salt over your left shoulder, ...

D
Oh Susannah

Oh Susannah is published by Ponder Romance, a small Canadian company currently being sued by Harlequin. With its limited budget, Ponder is obviously the underdog in this scenario. Since I sympathize with Ponder's plight, I really hoped I would like this book. Series romances with a Canadian focus so ...

C
Into the Wild Wind

During the first half of Into the Wild Wind, I just couldn't get enough of the hero and heroine. Here, it seemed, were two people just falling in love; neither one was trying to overcome a horrible childhood, or a disastrous first marriage. Then the characters began to make stupid decision after stu ...

D+
Beyond the Sea

Beyond the Sea was not an easy book to read or review. At times it was sort of interesting, and at other times it dragged. Its setting was unique, but it was also depressing. I give the author big points for trying something different, but in the end the slow plot and depressing nature of the book ...

B+
To Kiss a Texan

To Kiss a Texan is the kind of pleasant surprise I just love. I tried a book by Jodi Thomas a couple of years ago and found it to be merely average, and when I read the back of this one, it didn't sound all that interesting either. So my expectations were fairly low. But once I started reading, I wa ...

C
Miss Carlyle's Curricle

I so enjoyed Karen Harbaugh's last Regency Romance, Cupid's Kiss, that I was really expecting big things from Miss Carlyle's Curricle. Unfortunately, I found it to be disappointingly average. It's not the worst Regency in the world, but it really isn't fresh or new either. Di ...

B
The Heather Moon

Susan King's newest release, The Heather Moon, isn't one of those books that grabs you from the first page. It has great characters, a thoughtful conflict, and a well-researched setting - but it takes a while for all of these elements to come together and form a harmonious whole. Fortunately, it's w ...