Canada

B-
The Loving Daylights

This book, the third in a series of romantic James Bond ripoffs, is Very Silly. Its characters are shallow, and its plot (not unexpectedly) is ridiculous. But it did make me giggle. Canadian accountant Abel Andretti (hee - that's giggle number one) comes to visit his sister Edie in Van ...

C+
Adam's Promise

A sweet story with an unusual setting that's mostly a pleasure to read, Adam's Promise unfortunately hits a groan-inducing plot development that nearly capsizes it. Madeline Oxley is stunned when her father informs her that Adam Coates sent him a letter asking for her hand in marriage. When s ...

B
At Your Service, Jack

Anybody else like me? Every now and then it's time for me to indulge in what I call "a book, a Coke, and a soak" - a good long session in the tub with a bottle of soda at my side and a book in my hands. And some books are perfect for this: they help me relax, but I don't' really care whether they ge ...

B-
Breathless

Sex and drugs and - Tristan und Isolde? That's what Nancy Warren offers in Breathless, her October release from Blaze about a woman who wanders into danger and the cop who's there to save her. Cursed with no sense of direction, bank employee Sophie Morton takes a wrong turn on her way to work ...

B
Shotgun Nanny

Shotgun Nanny by Nancy Warren was my favorite of the two stories. It's set in Vancouver, British Colombia (how refreshing!) and involves a former RCMP (Mountie) and the woman he hires to take care of his orphaned niece. This story has a lot of well-written humor in it, making it a very fun read. ...

D
A Convenient Proposal

The second book in C. J. Carmichael's Proposal trilogy features a love story that is neither particularly involving nor convincing, between two less-than-rational characters, alongside a much more interesting story about those two characters' struggle to save a pair of innocent children from neglect ...

B-
Reunion

Reunion by Kathryn Fox is an unusual and powerful historical romance. Unfortunately, the question on the cover - Would their future be filled with love..or heartbreak? - isn't really satisfactorily answered. The question that still bothered me at the end of this book was, "Is love going to be enough ...

C-
The Third Daughter

I'd never read an historical romance set in Canada before, so I was looking forward to reading The Third Daughter. Unfortunately, this book turned out to be a real mixed bag for me. Fox paired a likable hero who had an interesting job with a thick-skulled, overly tomboyish heroine, and those two did ...

B+
The Renegade and the Heiress

Judith Duncan - who knew? Well, a number of people, apparently, from the grades other reviewers have given her books. This is only the second book I've read by her, but at this point, she's two for two. The Renegade and the Heiress is a very good read indeed. Finn Donovan is a loner. Years ag ...

A
Streets of Fire

I picked up a copy of Streets of Fire on the recommendation of Sandi Morris, AAR's technical editor. She told me to expect a heavy read, but a good one. She was right. Sydney Foster is a successful businesswoman who has dabbled a bit in lost causes over the years. Her own history is as painful as ...