film/tv making

A
Dance All Night

I'm a sucker for hero in pursuit stories and Alexis Daria has pushed all the right buttons for me in her new novella, Dance All Night. It's part of the Dance Off series but takes place away from the show, with a holiday theme and two people who love dance who find themselves falling in love with eac ...

A
From Twinkle, with Love

In From Twinkle, with Love, the follow up to the charming When Dimple Met Rishi, Sandhya Menon crafts another winning protagonist and another compelling story for young readers, who will surely find a little bit of themselves mirrored in the delightful Twinkle. Lively aspiring director Twinkle Me ...

A-
Take the Lead

If you’re a fan of Dancing with the Stars or other reality TV show dance competitions you are definitely going to want to pick up Take the Lead, a lively, energetic and sexy contemporary romance by début author Alexis Daria. And if you’ve never watched one of these competitions before, after re ...

B-
Love in Reality

While not perfect, after several not so great books, Love in Reality was like a breath of fresh air. If Magdalen Braden's third book, Blackjack & Moonlight, due to be published later this year, is as good as this one, then I can understand why it was a 2012 finalist in the Romance Writers of Ame ...

B-
A Shot of Sultry

A Shot of Sultry is the second book in Macy Beckett’s Sultry Springs series. For the most part, it was a funny, not-quite-over-the-top romance, but it occasionally crossed that line for me. After being caught up in a scandal involving bad sources and hasty accusations, documentarian ...

D+
Watch Me

Lisa Renee Jones’ Watch Me is part of a new series centered around a fictional reality TV dance show called America’s Stepping Up. Since I can admit to a fondness for So You Think You Can Dance, I thought the book might be fun. Unfortunately, the title I would give this book is So You Think Your ...

A-
Rivals

I don’t know when the British term “bonkbuster” was coined, but as far as I’m concerned it was invented for Jilly Cooper. Her novels regularly run over 700 pages - that’s the “buster”. And the “bonk“ - goes without saying. At their worst, Ms. Cooper’s novels are cornucopiae of or ...

B-
Infamous

This is my first Suzanne Brockmann and I’m relieved to start with this one since beginning the Troubleshooters series seems such a daunting task. I’m pleased to say, however, that after this one, I’m looking forward to tackling that intimidating backlist. Dr. Alison Carter has sp ...

C+
What I Did for Love

I assumed that Susan Elizabeth Phillips' newest would be an A or A- read for me, or at worst, a B+. Unfortunately, it didn't work out that way. While in the end there were a number of things I liked about the book, I'll be honest: If not reading it for review, I would have put it down repeatedly, pe ...

B+
Satisfaction

Several months ago, I picked up Marianne Stillings' Arousing Suspicions based on Lisa Gardineer's DIK review. Satisfaction picks up several months after its predecessor, featuring the brother of that book’s hero. This is a fun and suspenseful read, but don't be fooled; there's a surprising amount ...