Reviews by Rike Horstmann

B-
Born of Night

Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Born of Night, first book in the League series, was originally published as Born of the Night in 1996, went out of print for a time, and has now been reissued in an extended version including scenes edited out of the original version. I haven’t read the old version; so this re ...

B+
Set the Dark on Fire

I’m always on the lookout for new romantic suspense authors. While I love the subgenre, I don’t like gruesome, graphic violence, nor do I like endless series about SEALs and other special ops, which kind limits the number of potential titles for me. I chose to review Jill Sorenson’s Set the Da ...

C
Together By Christmas

Anthology
When autumn comes round, all romance publishers get busy releasing Christmas romances. It is a setting I particularly enjoy, so each year I order a number of them and settle down on my comfortable sofa while it’s getting dark outside. A word of warning about Together by Christmas, one of Harlequin ...

A-
My Brother Michael

Have you ever been to Delphi, Greece? It’s a truly magical, mystical place. Whatever your own religious persuasion is, there you’ll find it very easy to feel close to a higher being, and understand perfectly well why the Greeks built a sanctuary for Apollo on that very mountainside. The novel th ...

A
Madam, Will You Talk?

Madam, Will You Talk? may very well be the very first grown-up romance I ever read. I had crept into the grown-up department of the public library in secret, because I was supposed to look after my younger siblings over in the children’s department, and had to grab books quickly. No idea how I cam ...

C-
A Duke of Her Own

Undoubtedly, A Duke of Her Own by Eloisa James was one of the most highly anticipated novels this year for me, as it was for many other readers. The final volume of the Desperate Duchesses series, it was to contain the romance of the charismatic Duke of Villiers, who’d lost a fiancée to another m ...

A
The Other Mr. Darcy

I collect Jane Austen sequels. There are a lot out there, and honest to tell, very few are well-written enough to warrant reviewing in a non-Austen context. However, sometimes I stumble across a gem, and this is what happened with Monica Fairview’s The Other Mr. Darcy. The novel starts on the w ...

C-
Lost in Almack's

Lost in Almack’s by Lesley-Anne McLeod is a very short story published in ebook format – the publishing house calls it “A Regency Romance Byte”. It’s not without promise, albeit a bit uneven, but what really shocked me was the price when I looked it up after I’d read my ARC. To shell out ...

B
Hex in High Heels

I don't read that many paranormals, but when I got a short plot summary about Linda Wisdom's Hex in High Heels I was intrigued and asked to review it, in spite of the fact that it's the fourth volume in a series, and the cover is very pink. Although I disliked chunks of backstory I encountered in th ...

C-
Girls Just Wanna Have Guns

First two disclaimers: Even though Girls Just Wanna Have Guns didn’t work for me, it may do so for others. And as the book is marketed at fans of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series, I don’t consider it unfair to compare the two series. Bobbie Faye Sumrall lives in a trail ...