Olympian heroine

C-
The Contestant

Stephanie Doyle's The Contestant is set against the backdrop of a reality TV show. Fittingly, the book itself is much like most reality shows: easily digested, sporadically entertaining, but also rather empty and unsatisfying. It gets off to a promising start. In the prologue, the author introduc ...

F
Fire Beneath the Ice

A bad cover and a terrible title can often conceal a wonderful romance. In the case of Fire Beneath The Ice a good title and a beautiful cover conceal a very clumsy book. The premise is intriguing and one we don't often see in a romance - the first few months after a marriage. But the writing is lea ...

D+
Fully Engaged

Have you ever read one of those series romances? You know, the kind of book with overblown, "everyman" heroes (like the charming cowboy turned award-winning journalist turned top-of-the-line firefighter)? Or the one about the assertive heroine, just soft enough on the inside, who carries on an "I ha ...

C-
Remember Summer

With early Elizabeth Lowell, it's a hit or miss proposition. The many series romances I've read by her that were written in the 1980's are all replete with "Lowell-speak," that type of purple prose that goes way over the top, as well as the heightened sensuality that, if it were real life, would cau ...