cabin romance

B+
The Proposal

Gwendoline, Lady Muir, has been a secondary character in some of Mary Balogh's most beloved books. Her story has been one hotly anticipated by fans. It can be hard to deliver under that kind of pressure, but Mary Balogh shows herself to be up for such a daunting task. Not only was I delighted with G ...

A
The Accidental Wedding

Maddy Woodford is the Regency version of the woman who does too much. She cares for her orphaned half-siblings as if they were her own children, she keeps her modest house spotlessly tidy, and she helps the needy in her community. But Maddy doesn’t dream of having it all—she’s given up on find ...

B
The Charmer

One of my goals this year is to read some of the Harlequin lines that I don't read as often. Blaze is fairly new to me, but I've read several so far and enjoyed them all. The Charmer has a few plot points that irked me, but the book is well-written and enjoyable overall. The book opens as a woman ...

B+
Surrender of a Siren

Just to let you know: It was really, really close. Sophia Hathaway is a spoiled, selfish, pampered heiress to social-climbing parents. At the beginning of the book she has abandoned her aristocratic fiance at the altar and, with her art supplies in one trunk and four dresses in another, she board ...

A-
Marrying the Captain

Carla Kelly can do no wrong! It’s a rare treat to read a novel with the perfect blend of wit, charm, humility and intelligence. I could be referring to anything on Kelly’s backlist as they all fit the bill. But I am charged with reviewing Marrying the Captain. A sweeter job cannot be found. L ...

A-
Untamed

A Colonial American setting allows for strong, rugged heroes; nasty villains; situations fraught with danger; and any type of heroine one could imagine. Pamela Clare has taken advantage of this little-used time period to create a powerful story about two people who discover love despite war and betr ...

A-
Wedded in a Whirlwind

As a reader, I find myself quick to praise the new and innovative. However, sometimes a sweet, "comfort food" book comes along that just leaves me smiling. Wedded in a Whirlwind is just such a book. It does not reinvent the genre, but in a very limited number of pages, the author constructs a beauti ...

A-
Snowbound

Janice Kay Johnson is one of my few auto-buy category romance writers. Snowbound not only reinforces her status, it moves the book to the top of my list for the author. The book begins with a vivid, terrifying drive through the Cascade Mountains. Fiona MacPherson, a teacher at a private high ...

B+
Untouched

Untouched, Anna Campbell's sophomore effort, is a flat-out terrific book whose leading man has just landed on my short list for Favorite Hero of the year. Widow Grace Paget wakes up from a laudanum-induced sleep to find herself strapped to a table and in the company of a madman. After wandering a ...

A+
Howl's Moving Castle

I first read and loved Howl's Moving Castle when it was published twenty years ago. In my umpteenth re-reading of the book for this DIK review, I realize I still love it as much as ever. It is, in my opinion, one of the best novels ever about finding yourself and about the nature of love. It begi ...