Olympian

C+
Dance Off

Welcome to Dance Off, where stars and pros dance Latin and ballroom dances to earn money for the charity of their choice. Sound a lot like Dancing with the Stars? Well, that’s because it is a lot like Dancing with the Stars, just with charities and fictional stars. This season on Dance Off, we ...

B-
Winning Ruby Heart

Winning Ruby Heart was pretty hard for me to resist. First of all, I like unusual characters, and it’s hard to top a disgraced Olympic runner - and the paraplegic sportscaster who exposed her - in the unusual department. Secondly, the heroine is a runner. I run recreationally, work with runners an ...

A-
Summer's End

Blended families are tough, especially in romance. When the kids are perfect, the books are too sweet. When they are impossible, you wonder why the two primaries are bothering anyway. But what if they are adults? Is the family still blended if the "kids" being spoken of are all grown up? In the c ...

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 ...

C+
The Right Mr. Wrong

The Right Mr. Wrong is the second book Cindi Myer set in Crested Butte, Colorado (following Marriage on Her Mind). It's a quick, light read, and though the main characters have a fair amount of baggage from their past, the book is not filled with angst or deep emotions. While I enjoyed the heroine, ...

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 ...

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 ...