Reviews by Blythe Smith

B
Haunting Rachel

Although I have never read anything by Kay Hooper before, I have heard some good things about her over the years. After reading Haunting Rachel, I am ready to add my voice to the chorus; if you like romantic suspense, this one is not to be missed. This was almost a one-sitting read for me, because a ...

D
Enchanted Christmas

Have you been having trouble sleeping? Do you adore heroes who wallow in self-pity? If you answered yes to either of these questions, Enchanted Christmas could be the book for you. If, on the other hand, you prefer books that keep you awake, with characters who don't spend four hundred pages feeling ...

B
One Moonlit Night

One Moonlit Night features a half-Gypsy hero, which while not the norm, is not exactly original either. Both Mary Jo Putney and Rexanne Becnel have written stories with Gypsy heroes, and this one treads very similar ground. At times I definitely had that "been there, done that" feeling. That said, t ...

B+
Stardust

As a child, I loved to read fairy tales. Neil Gaiman's new book, Stardust, is a fairy tale for grown ups. It contains many elements of a classic fairy tale, including the stalwart, underdog hero, evil witches, murderous princes, and more than one fair maiden. But these elements have an adult sensibi ...

C
A Most Reckless Lady

A Most Reckless Lady is the quintessential C read - it is truly a mixed bag. At times it was great, and I could hardly put it down. At other times, I was rather bored. It has a promising hero and heroine who aren't quite used to their full potential, a sagging middle, and a great ending. ...

A
A Taste of Honey

To date, A Taste of Honey is the only book I have ever bought because of its cover. In this case, you can judge the book by it. There are no rearing horses in the background, and no one's clothes are falling off. It just shows a man and a woman standing together by a fence, gazing into the distance. ...

B
Charity

The title of this book, Charity, is drawn from two sources. The first is the setting, which is turn of the century Charity, South Dakota. The second is the text from First Corinthians, referring to charity as the pure love of Christ. The harsh South Dakota climate plays an important part in the plot ...

F
No Greater Treasure

I've heard a lot about how tight the publishing market is, but after reading this book I find it hard to believe. No Greater Treasure is one of the most poorly written books I have ever read. It might be improved with a few rewrites and some decent editing, but it still wouldn't be worth reading. ...

C
The Blessing

The first real romance I read was The Raider by Jude Deveraux, so I kind of have a soft spot for her work. While in general the quality of her books seems to be slipping, every now and then she'll write one that's pretty good. The Blessing is a mixed bag. Some of it was fun in an over-the-top sort o ...

D+
A Kiss To Dream On

Sometimes I get tired of reading about regency rakes, medieval knights, and present-day business tycoons. When it's done right, Americana Romance can serve as a welcome respite from these more glamorous stories. Usually, Stephanie Mittman writes a great Americana. Unfortunately, her latest release, ...