Texas

C-
Jane of Austin

Jane of Austin falls somewhere in the middle of a Venn Diagram of Texas, tea, and Jane Austen, and since I consider all three of those interests of mine, I thought I would give it a chance. Sadly, I found it lacking on all three fronts, too slow, and overly long with little to say. There are quotes ...

A
Heaven, Texas (#52 on our Top 100 Romances List)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on March 6, 1999 Heaven, Texas is the second book in Susan Elizabeth Phillip's football series, all of which can be read independently from one another. The first book in her football series is It Had To Be You, continues with Nobody's Baby But Mine, and ...

C-
Written On the Wind

After reading a score or two of European set historical romances, Written On The Wind, set in 1860 Texas, looked like a welcome change of pace. But after slogging through it, I finished it with a sigh of relief - seldom have I seen a couple with less chemistry than Matt Conway and White Fawn. &l ...

C-
Midnight Satin

I remember reading some of Laurie Grant's medievals back when she wrote for Harlequin Historicals and I initially looked forward to reading her again. Unfortunately, while the German immigrant community forming the setting for Midnight Satin sets it apart from many Western romances and gives it an i ...

B
At Twilight

I've read so many disappointing westerns lately that I am almost afraid to pick them up. But At Twilight's back cover copy sounded intriguing, so I gave it a shot - and I'm glad I did. It's easily the best western I've read in the last couple of years. Slow paced and thoughtful, it's a great charact ...

D+
Midnight Silk

Midnight Silk is set in Texas during the Civil War, a pleasant change from historical England. It features a road romance between a planter's daughter and the overseer's son who has loved her for years. I wanted to enjoy it, but was unable to muster any enthusiasm for such a bland pair as the hero a ...

B
Samantha and the Cowboy

Last month I started glomming Lorraine Heath's books: fortunately for me she has a relatively small backlist. I had a bit of good timing, in that she had just released a new book for Avon's young adult line: Samantha and the Cowboy. As with anyone in glom-mode, I snatched it up and read it. S ...

A
Glitter Baby

Ever since I started reading Susan Elizabeth Phillips' contemporary romances, I've been hearing readers say that they wish she'd return to her days of contemporary fiction. Having read Glitter Baby, I now know why. Belinda Britton was a star-struck beauty who lived for the sight of a silver scree ...

B-
The Impossible Texan

Allie Shaw's first novel, The Impossible Texan, is an entertaining one, and if the romance is a little on the tame side, the political plot and likable characters ensure an enjoyable read. Marlena Maxwell is the daughter of a Texas senator. While she's forced to play the part of a Southern belle, ...

C+
Twilight in Texas

While I've not read Jodi Thomas before, I have read reviews of her other books, including those in the related McClain series. All the reviews have been good (some have been great), giving me a pleasant sense of anticipation for Twilight in Texas. So it's with no small amount of confusion that as I ...