Reviews by Blythe Smith

C+
Cloud Nine

Cloud Nine is a beautifully written book. It's also horribly, horribly depressing. It has a tender romance, but no happily-ever-after. If you are a big fan of the multi-hanky read, you may enjoy this tearjerker. If you're not, then don't walk, run, in the opposite direction. Sarah Talbot has ...

C
Chasing Rainbow

I've never had my palm read or called the Psychic Friends Network, and I always side with Scully on the X-Files, even though Mulder always ends up being right. So I wondered how I was going to react to Rainbow Moonglow, the psychic heroine of Sue Civil-Brown's novel, Chasing Rainbow. I ended up liki ...

C-
The Last True Cowboy

"Women and horses were K.C.'s favorite kind of folks. He had superb instincts about both. Give him five minutes with a sullen woman or a skittish filly and he'd know exactly what she needed. He also had good instincts about fullfilling those needs, and he had turned his instincts into an art form. I ...

B+
Truly, Madly Yours

The cover of Truly Madly Yours is unusual. Somewhat reminiscent of a sixties greeting card, it's stylized and hip. The book itself is very much like that; it's very hip, and maybe a little edgy. It has interesting characters and an Idaho setting that really gives you a sense of place. It makes for a ...

D
A Case for Romance

A Case for Romance has a cute premise. The heroine is a Sherlock Holmes devotee from Boston who comes to Denver to solve her father's murder. It's an interesting, original idea. Unfortunately, the heroine is also incredibly stupid, and the historical research is shoddy at best. Although Emily Pot ...

C-
Cause for Alarm

With a title like Cause for Alarm, Erica Spindler's newest suspense novel almost seems destined for life on the silver screen, or at least on the small screen as a T.V. movie of the week. If it ever does receive a second life in one of these incarnations, I recommend skipping it. The book has its ch ...

A
To Say Nothing of the Dog

Are you tired of time travel books involving magic rings, rocks, staircases, graves, coins, or mirrors? Are you a Star Trek fan who wonders how all those romance time travelers affect the space-time continuum? If the average time travel romance leaves you unsatisfied, To Say Nothing of the Dog is th ...

B-
Sooner or Later

Sooner or Later is a suspense novel with a romantic sub-plot and an interesting California setting. I have to admit my blatant bias - both the hero and the villain are alumni of my alma mater, UC Santa Barbara. I always enjoy settings of which I have first hand knowledge, so this was a fun book for ...

B
Texas Splendor

Texas Splendor starts out like an "A" book. The characters are terrific, the conflict is interesting, and the sexual tension abounds. Toward the end, it loses its way - a little. It is still a good read, and a fitting end to a great trilogy. Austin Leigh has just spent five years ...

C
Saint's Temptation

Saint's Temptation is not a bad book, but it sure starts out that way. The entire first third is one huge prologue to the rest of the novel. It's completely unnecessary, and irritating throughout. Once that's over with, the rest is pretty entertaining. Unfortunately, I couldn't quite get over the ba ...