Reviews by Blythe Smith

C-
Susanna's Choice

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On paper, I should have liked Susanna’s Choice more. The setting (1878, Virginia City) was of high interest to me. The plot sounded promising. But I just couldn’t warm up to the characters - any of them. When Susanna Ward’s family dies quickly from cholera on the Oregon Trai ...

C
Captain's Call of Duty

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I’ve been waiting for this moment for awhile now, but I doubt anyone really shares my anticipation: I am finally done with all the Kelley Legacy books. It’s going to be some time before I commit to a continuity series again. The final installment, Captain’s Call of Duty, features likable chara ...

D+
Not Your Ordinary Faerie Tale

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Admittedly, I’m not the biggest paranormal fan out there, but Not Your Ordinary Faerie Tale is a book I thought might work for me. I have little interest in vampires or werewolves, but I do like elves, faeries, fae, and the like. But though I did like the paranormal aspect of the book just fine, I ...

A-
11/22/1963

Before I picked up 11/22/63, I hadn’t read a book by Stephen King in over twenty years. (I read The Tommyknockers in college, and let’s just say it put me off.) A chance comment by someone who I don’t even know well who “heard it was good” and a free Klout perk copy led me to give it a cha ...

C+
Missing Mother To Be

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I enjoy a little moral ambiguity with my romance sometimes. As long as the hero’s not an outright jerk, I don’t mind if occasionally he’s made a few bad choices. The conflicted hero - and a plot that finally, finally went somewhere - made Missing Mother To Be better than the last few books in ...

B+
Coming Home for Christmas

Anthology
It’s not exactly a secret that I love Christmas anthologies. And an all-Carla Kelly Christmas anthology sounded like anthology heaven. Coming Home for Christmas follows three generations of the same family as they try to make their way home before the holiday. I loved it, and could cheerfully read ...

B-
Holiday Hideout

Anthology
Holiday Hideout is an anthology that covers three holidays - Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. Three couples find love (or rekindle) love in a rented cabin by Lake Tahoe. The cabin is owned by a pair of sociology professors who have noticed its romantic effect on couples, and they are studying ...

C-
Rancher Under Cover

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Rancher Under Cover is a mostly average offering in the mostly average Kelley Legacy series (I’m starting to think the “legacy” is mediocre books, but then I’m still reading them, aren’t I?). I liked the heroine this time around, but found the hero’s behavior unethical. ...

C+
Season for Temptation

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Season for Temptation is Theresa Romain’s first novel, and for a debut it really isn’t bad. It has a love triangle (a premise I enjoy) and some seasonal flair (something I also enjoy at this time of year). What it lacks is a believable conflict. Julia Herrington is thrilled when ...

C+
The Unquiet

Anthology
When I read the J.D. Robb paranormal anthologies, I am really in it for the Robb story. I suspect that’s true of most people. That said, usually I end up enjoying one or two of the others as well - sometimes even more than the Robb. This time the Robb was campy good fun, and the Langan and McComas ...