Reviews by Anne Marble

C
Never Sleep With Strangers

Never Sleep With Strangers has a creepy gothic setting and likeable lead characters. But while I've read many romantic suspense novels that suffered because there weren't enough suspects, but this is one of the few that had too many suspects. This book should've come with a cast list. The over-abund ...

A
Stranger at the Wedding

This isn't a romance novel - it's a fantasy novel with a romantic subplot. Still, if you like fantasy romances, you should try this book. And if you've never read a fantasy novel before, this is a good place to start. While it is primarily a fantasy, it never loses its focus on the outspoken heroine ...

B+
Some Kind of Magic

An artist recovering from a bad relationship meets a mysterious hero with a past. Throw in an Idaho winter, an isolated cabin with a sauna, and you have a volatile yet fun mix. Oh, yeah - don't forget the voodoo doll and the handcuffs. Claire Maxfield's 30th birthday begins quietly enough. She ce ...

D-
The Flower and the Sword

This Medieval romance is a good example of how important good characters are to a novel. With strong characters, even the oldest cliches of the romance genre can find new life. If the characters are weak, though, all you're left with is a contrived plot and unbelievable situations. The characters in ...

B+
Crazy Like a Fox

This novel takes some classic standbys of the Gothic novel and transforms them. If you like the Gothic mood, you'll find it in this book. A mansion in Louisiana, an eccentric family, a charming hero who may be insane, and a glimpse of New Orleans during Mardi Gras. This novel also has something most ...

A-
My Darling Caroline

If you've ever been denied the chance to do what you love, you'll empathize with Caroline Grayson. She's a brilliant botanist and an accomplished mathematician. Unfortunately, she lives in Regency England, so her abilities make her an outcast. It isn't seemly for a woman to study the sciences. De ...

B-
Flash

Jayne Ann Krentz has just provided more fuel to the discussion about alpha heroes. Jasper Sloan, the hero of Flash is in some ways a typical alpha - a leader, more interested in business than in pleasure. At the same time, he's a devoted family man. And when Olivia Chantry comes along, he learns to ...

A
Cool Shade

Eddie Berlin is a tortured hero with a difference. Haunted by the past, he drinks too much, he meets with prostitutes in a neglected farmhouse, and he is agoraphobic (agoraphobia is literally fear of the marketplace). Yet he is also sensitive and quietly heroic. Maddie Smith, the product of a dysfun ...

D+
Dream Baby

I considered giving this book a higher rating, but I couldn't, for one main reason. For most of the book, the hero makes stupid assumptions about the heroine and treats her rudely. If you like romance novels where the hero spends most of his time misjudging the heroine, you'll love this one. Person ...

A
Lord Carew's Bride

Lord Carew's Bride is a Regency Romance about a very unlikely couple. Though the hero is wealthy and titled, he is plain and hindered by a disability. The heroine is beautiful and popular, but she is avoiding love. It is magical to watch their initial friendship grow into love. Samantha Newman is ...