Reviews by Blythe Smith

B-
Highland Treasure

Highland Treasure is different from other Scottish romances that I have read, and I enjoyed the unique perspective. It takes place in 1753, after the second Jacobite rebellion, which in itself is not unique. What makes it different is that the hero is a Campbell who didn't fight for Bonnie Prince Ch ...

B
The Rebel

The Rebel is the third installment in the Men of Pride County series, and it is definitely a departure from the other two. While the hero is a man from Pride County, almost all of the story is set in territorial New Mexico. And unlike the other two, the bulk of the story takes place during the Civil ...

A
The Beloved One

The Beloved One is one of those books that I could hardly make myself put down. You know how it is; you are supposed to eat and sleep now and then, but you'd much rather be reading! When I have that feeling, I know I have a desert isle keeper on my hands. Practically perfect from start to finish, Th ...

F
Lady of Conquest

When I finished reading Lady of Conquest, I hurled it through the air, and it hit my living room wall with a satisfying thwack. Believe me when I say that this was the sole satisfaction derived from this book. Unless you really enjoy books in which the hero and heroine spend the entire time hating e ...

C+
Wild

Wild is the sequel to Wonderful, which came out last year. Like Wonderful, Wild has some humorous moments and likeable characters. But while Wonderful has these moments interspersed throughout, in Wild all the humor and the interesting characters come in the last quarter of the book. The result is a ...

A
The Notorious Rake

I enjoy Regencies every so often, but of all those I have read, I have kept only three. The typical Regency is lightly humorous, full of witty dialogue and charming characters. Even the best ones tend to have an interchangeable quality about them. The Notorious Rake is different. First of all, it is ...

B-
A Regency Christmas

Anthology
If there is ever a self-help group for people who feel compelled to buy Christmas anthologies, I will be a charter member. Every year I seem to read one or two. The Regency anthologies are especially alluring to me. I'm not sure what draws me to them - maybe it's all that mistletoe. This year's edit ...

C-
The Last Waltz

Mary Balogh can create some of the most thoughtful, complex conflicts around. She can also write "Big Misunderstanding" plots that make you want to knock the main characters' heads together. Unfortunately, The Last Waltz falls into the latter category. While the book is enjoyable for its charming se ...

D
Christmas Knight

What do you get when you mix a thirteenth century Scotsman, a twentieth century woman, three witches, one real ghost, one fake ghost, a familiar, secondary characters from another novel in the series, a stolen manuscript, a Christmas setting, and a Shakespeare-quoting parrot? A convoluted mess! Chri ...

C
Now You See Her

I have to admit, I am pretty new to Linda Howard. Except for one short story in a Christmas anthology, I have never read anything by her. Judging from all the positive comments I have heard about her books over the years, starting with Now You See Her may have been a mistake. It wasn't a bad book; i ...