Latin America

C+
The Sense of Darkness

In a rural Latin American village called Sabana, Trinidad Torralvo and her sister Ines grew up alongside a young man named Victor, who is kidnapped by guerrillas. Fast forward a few years through Ines’s love story (just a few pages at the hectic pace of this book), and Ines’s daughter Clara is b ...

B-
Tempted Into Danger

I'm not a huge fan of military romances. SEALs and the like don't hold much appeal for me, and those stories tend to be so over-the-top I spend the entire book rolling my eyes. While Tempted Into Danger an ICE: Black Ops Defenders book does stray into the ridiculousness territory more than once, it ...

C
Dying in the City of Flowers

It's hard to know where to begin when discussing this book. On the one hand, it tells an interesting if tragic tale, made more immediate by the fact that it's based on a true story, and told by the person who lived it. On the other hand, it's a garbled narrative with ambitions toward the lyrical, vi ...

B+
River Of Eden

Despite a few minor problems, Glenna McReynold's River of Eden is a pulse-pounding thrillride, a sensual love story, and a surreal adventure into the mystical unknown, all rolled into one. And this page-turner will hold you in its thrall long after those minor problems are forgotten. Dr. Anni ...

F
And Gold Was Ours

Rebecca Brandewyne used to be one of my favorite authors. Boy, have my tastes changed! At first, though I didn't buy into the reincarnation subplot, I enjoyed And Gold Was Ours as I might enjoy a campy movie serial. Then, I came upon the scene where the evil nun tried to force herself on the heroine ...

A
A Company of Swans

Although I have several favorite romance novels by writers ranging, alphabetically, from Mary Balogh to Joan Wolf, I've chosen one by Eva Ibbotson as my all-time desert isle "keeper" because she seems to be a writer often overlooked by many romance readers -- and one that they very well might enjoy ...