California

B
California Demon

Kate Connor has the perfect life. Her kids, Allie and Timmy, are great. Her husband, attorney and would-be politician Stuart, is loving - if a little preoccupied. And, she has a fulfilling (albeit difficult) job. But, like any modern woman, Kate is having a little trouble balancing her home life and ...

C
Ain't No Valley

Ain’t No Valley is proof that the inspirational sub-genre is expanding its horizons. Sharon Ewell Foster has little in common with Lori Wick. Her characters are more flawed, more urban, less traditional, and certainly less white bread. The bread here is thick, warm, and full flavored. Unfortunatel ...

B
Carpe Demon

Julie Kenner's Carpe Demon: Adventures of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom has a killer premise that's neatly summed up in the title. If the book itself isn't quite as killer, it's still pretty good, a light, fluffy read perfect for summer. Kate Connor used to work as a demon hunter for the Vatican, un ...

B-
Crossfire

B.J. Daniels's Crossfire is an effective action/suspense story about a SWAT team's attempts to defuse a hostage situation. While the premise doesn't allow for much romance, it's still a good read and one of the best books in the Code Red continuity series so far. Five years ago, Anna C ...

D+
Heart and Soul

I've been excited to see more series romances with interracial relationships and ethnic characters in recent months. However, my enthusiasm has waned as I've actually read some of them. While it's nice to see different characters and subject matter introduced into the series world, it would be even ...

B-
The Unknown Twin

The Unknown Twin has a somewhat far-fetched premise, but readers who can get past that should find the sweet romance and likable characters make up for it. Lauren Conway moved to Courage Bay, California, to advance her career as a cartoonist. The local newspaper agreed to let her write her ow ...

B-
A Chance of Rainbows

I've been reading quite a few old 80s series romances lately, and enjoying the diversity in characters and subject matter that you don't really see anymore. Many of them either don't hold up over time or weren't very good to begin with, but every once in a while I come across a good one. A Chance of ...

A
Jubilee Trail

I hadn't read Gwen Bristow's Jubilee Trail in several years, but for some reason I woke up early one morning with the book's plot running through my mind. More a historical novel than a romance, it nonetheless has an interesting, intelligent heroine and a tortured hero who fears gratitude - especial ...

B+
Knowing You

Life-long friendship combines with hot sex to create a wonderful story with friends crossing the line and becoming lovers. Paul Candellano is the quiet and dependable Candellano brother who works as a computer programmer. Always there when needed for investment advice or a shoulder to lean on, he's ...

B+
Sacred Ground

Barbara Wood's latest novel Sacred Ground is a complex tale of mystery, insight, and history, with strong characters both in the present and in the past. All aspects of the plot are involving, and if the suspense is lacking in some subplots, it's more than adequate in others. Dr. Erica Tyler ...