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C+
That Weekend

The first couple of chapters gave me the impression that this book was going to be lively and playful in a sassy sort of way. But that quality dissipated as I got further into the book. The change in tone, a meddlesome character, and a big misunderstanding derailed a good bit of my enjoyment in the ...

A-
Shadowman

From earlier books in this series we know that the powerful Fae known as Death fell in love with a human woman whose health was so fragile that she could see him in the Shadowlands. She named him Shadowman. This woman, who loved Shadowman, call him to her and together they created a half-breed child ...

C
Stranger

I had the greatest biology teacher my freshmen year of college. Among the many quirky things he did he dressed as a funeral undertaker for our first exam, had an open casket (no cadaver) on the lecture stage, and had funeral floral arrangements throughout the auditorium. Chopin's Funeral March greet ...

D+
Holiday Kisses

I bought Holiday Kisses by Gwynne Forster because I felt I should widen my horizons and read more African-American romance. It was probably not the best choice, as, although the book contained several elements I usually like, on the whole it disappointed. Kisha Moran is a dentist who m ...

C+
Her Secret Fling

Her Secret Fling is a well-written, promising book that only just misses the mark. It starts out with an intriguing conflict and sexual chemistry to spare - and then descends into a plot and conflict that I find particularly annoying. Poppy Birmingham is an Australian gold medal swimmer forced to ...

B-
Fire and Ice

Unlike most Julie Garwood readers I've encountered, I am more familiar with her contemporary romantic suspense books than I am with her historicals. From my understanding, her RS books are not quite as well received – but as someone who has never read one of her historicals, I found Fire and Ice p ...

D
Heart of Courage

The setup of Kat Martin’s Heart series already made my eyes roll: A Viking civilization on an island north of the Orkneys was cut-off for several centuries, but somehow some of them wound up in Victorian London, full-blooded warriors and all. Heart of Courage, the third volume, tells the story of ...

B+
Me and Mr. Darcy

Within the space of a month, two chick lit novels appeared in which a modern young woman with Mr. Darcy as her romantic ideal goes on a trip to England inspired by Jane Austen’s novels and is made to test her ideals. Having enjoyed Austenland by Shannon Hale, I turned to Me and Mr. Darcy with grea ...

B+
Take Me Tonight

Sometimes silly, sometimes serious, Take Me Tonight is a fun book that is happily more hit than miss.  Sage Valentine is an investigative reporter living in Boston. Her roommate Keisha was found dead, supposedly from suicide, but Sage doesn’t believe it, suspecting instead that her death was c ...

C
Heart of Honor

When I first started reading romance ten years ago, I went through a lot of Kat Martin books. I haven't read one in five years and couldn't really remember why, so thought I'd try her again. Now I remember. Alpha Jerk Heroes and Feisty, Feisty Heroines. But thankfully, the leads of Heart of Honor we ...