Reviews by Blythe Smith

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Holly Lane

I tend to shy away from small town romances. Maybe it’s that no one seems to wear cute clothes. Maybe it’s the all-too-common cloying sweetness. Or maybe it’s just that occupations are limited to sheriff, waitress, and quirky bookstore owner. Or perhaps it’s just that I’m sure they’d all ...

C
Cowboy Under Siege

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I’m three books into the Kelley Legacy continuity series, so I’m feeling pretty invested. That may be why I don’t read many continuity series, or even start watching new TV series; it feels like a big commitment, and in this regard I’m a little commitment-phobic. Cowboy Under Siege is an ave ...

B+
Bad Boys Do

Bad Boys Do is precisely the sort of contemporary I enjoy. Genuine characters, believable conflict, great love scenes. And not a small town sheriff in sight! Why exactly have I not read Victoria Dahl before? Olivia Bishop has resolved to have a little more fun. She starts her wild and crazy new l ...

C
Too Wild to Hold

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Too Wild to Hold starts out with a bang - almost literally - when private detective Claire Lecuyer meets FBI agent Michael Murrieta at a sensual retreat run by a secret society of sexual fetishists called Novelle Placage. The retreat is a re-enactment of an old school quadroon ball, where wealthy ge ...

C-
Star Crossed Seduction

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If you were a Lost fan in a committed relationship last year, you probably had the same conversation I had with my husband, and you’ll know just what I mean when I tell you I paused the DVR mid-show and said, “I want you to promise me right now that if I am trapped in a sinking submarine, you wi ...

C+
Special Ops Bodyguard

The Kelley Legacy series may not be sheer romance genius, but I will say that it works as a marketing ploy. Two C-level books in, and for some reason I feel compelled to buy them all and find out how this ends. Go figure. Special Ops Bodyguard picks up where the first book in the series (Private ...

B-
Seduced by Her Highland Warrior

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Seduced by Her Highland Warrior is a book I liked but didn’t love. It’s somewhat unique in that the couple has already been married for several years at the start of the book. And that’s several years where they have been together, not several years during which one or the other ran off becaus ...

C
Private Justice

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If there’s such a thing as a connoisseur of C books, I’m probably it. At my rough count I’ve reviewed about 230 C-range books. So I know average. The good news: Private Justice is my favorite kind of C book, the kind that’s half-good/half-bad. The bad news: I’m pretty much damning it with ...

C+
Seduction & Scandal

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Seduction & Scandal is not bad at all. The characters are likable enough, the plot is at least nominally engaging, and nothing about it is annoying. Somehow, though, I never had trouble putting it down. It just lacked that something extra that keeps a reader turning pages. Isabella h ...

B
Heartless

Reviewing Paranormals, Fantasy, Steampunk, and, well, anything with a lot of world building is getting to be a somewhat dicey proposition. When I first started reviewing, there were a handful of authors that we insisted reviewers be completely up to date on before reviewing the latest. That number i ...