Reviews by Blythe Smith

B+
Highland Scoundrel

Highland Scoundrel has a lot to recommend it. It has humor, action, and intrigue. The hero and heroine are both interesting, and the secondary characters are full of personality. There are plots and subplots everywhere. It's a little hard to keep up with it all, but it's worth it. Shona MacGowan ...

D
The Flame and the Flower

It was with some trepidation that I began The Flame and the Flower. On one hand, I had heard many readers say that their love of the romance genre started when they read this book. On the other hand, I had heard people talk with scorn about "those romances of the seventies." Since I was two when it ...

C
Lost Acres Bride

At heart, Lost Acres Bride is not a bad book. The characters are engaging, and the story is fairly original. However, there are distracting inconsistencies and annoyances that appear throughout, keeping the reader from really enjoying the story. Serena Hull, half white and half Mo ...

B+
Best Laid Schemes

Best Laid Schemes has everything you'd expect in a Regency. There are interesting characters, witty dialogue, and a fun house-party setting. It also has some things you wouldn't necessarily expect, like a mischievous (and incontinent) monkey. It's not a book that will change the world, but it's a go ...

B-
The Bad Luck Wedding Cake

With a title like The Bad Luck Wedding Cake, I was expecting a fun book, and I wasn't disappointed. This book is brimming with laughs and charming, likeable characters. The Bad Luck Wedding Cake is a sequel to the also enjoyable Bad Luck Wedding Dress, which came out a couple of years ago. Altho ...

D
When Dreams Come True

Have you ever put off writing something until the last minute and turned in your rough draft? Maybe it was promising, and maybe it had potential, but it still needed a lot of work. That, in a nutshell. describes When Dreams Come True. The problem is that what you are reading is the final draft, and ...

C
Dangerous to Love

Dangerous to Love is a book that gets off to a great start. The premise is interesting, and the characters seem exciting and different. But halfway through the book the lead characters begin to behave stereotypically. Another promising book becomes a disappointment. The hero is I ...