adoption

B-
Temporary Wife Temptation

There’s nothing wrong with the plot of Temporary Wife Temptation, which is probably why it’s been used by a lot of other authors in a lot of similar books. Almost-CEO Garrett Song needs to win the approval of the board of Hansol, Inc - including, most importantly, his grandmother - to get tha ...

A-
Match Made in Court

Janice Kay Johnson has written some of my favorite series romances, so I begin each one with high expectations. Match Made in Court did not disappoint, capturing my interest from the first page. Within a few paragraphs of reading about the hero and heroine, I felt that I knew and liked them both. ...

B+
What the Librarian Did

Although there are few romances I've come across with a celebrity as a leading man, I find the premise an attractive one. Do I want to read about an ego maniac who is intent on being famous? Not really. But give me a male celebrity retiring from the game and I’m willing to give it a try. Dev ...

B+
A Gentle Rain

A Gentle Rain is a pleasing blend of contemporary romance and women’s fiction and is a delightfully heartwarming story of a woman’s struggle to find herself after her world is turned upside down and finding love along the way. Plus, it’s set in the south and I’m always a little partial to a ...

B
Open Secret

Open Secret is more of an exploration of the adoption experience than it is a romance, but Janice Kay Johnson skillfully explores the emotional upheaval inherent in human relationships. Suzanne Chauvin was six years old when her parents died. Her aunt and uncle were prepared to take on ...

C+
Family At Last

Family at Last is a sweet story and one of the more pleasant recent series romances I've read. While it's not quite strong enough as it could be, it's not a bad way to spend some time. Be mindful, though: the book's best character is a young boy and not the hero or heroine. Jarrod Morrison is ...

B
The Russian Word for Snow

The Russian Word for Snow is one woman's true account of her Russian adoption. It's the story of how she persevered through bureaucracy and corruption, fear and anxiety, to get her son out of a Russian orphanage and make a family of three out of herself, her husband and little Alex. The book's title ...

B+
The Perfect Victim

This was my first Linda Castillo, and I'm impressed. Marketed as a romantic suspense, it is both romantic and suspenseful - and in nearly equal measures. While the hero's unrelenting anguish became a little too much by the end of the story, it was true to his character, so I'm still fairly comfortab ...

C-
She's The One

She's The One presents an interesting storyline - a successful, single, black thirty-something librarian suddenly finds herself named guardian of an old friend's biracial daughter. But the characters fail to draw sympathy, and the story falls on the flat side, despite a lively (if uneven) plot. ...

C+
And Mother Makes Three

The major conflict of And Mother Makes Three revolves around a deception, a well intentioned deception mind you, but a deception all the same. So, depending upon your tolerance for this plot device you may or may not enjoy this story. I did, but then I can forgive plenty if I enjoy the characters an ...