Virginia

B+
Variable Onset

Layla Reyne is an author who can be a bit hit and miss for me, yet something about her writing keeps me coming back to her books.  I thoroughly enjoyed her début series, (Agents Irish and Whiskey) but was less enthusiastic about the follow up (Trouble Brewing), even though I liked the characters a ...

A+
Best of Luck

Continuing with the lucky theme that runs throughout the fantastic Chance of a Lifetime series, Best of Luck proves three’s a charm; good things do come in threes; and it's a magic number.   While all the books are uniformly good, featuring likeable and relatable principal characters, secondary ...

B
The Lacemaker

Readers have been obsessed with heroines who tumble down the economic and social ladder for centuries, from Victor Hugo’s Fantine to Hillary Duff’s Sam.   The heroine of The Lacemaker must conquer both a downward social tumble and her fear of committing to romance, all while trying to keep her ...

B+
The Hangman

The Hangman is the third title in Mary Burton’s Forgotten Files series of romantic suspense novels, in which the protagonists find themselves investigating ‘cold cases’, unsolved crimes dating back many years, which hold a particular significance for them.  The principals in each story are di ...

C-
Under Her Skin

Uma Crane is on the run from an abusive relationship.  Once upon a time she was a wedding photographer in Northern Virginia, in love with a blue-eyed prosecutor named Joey, who charmed her with his Frank Sinatra-like demeanor.  They were so into one another that each had the other’s name tattooe ...

B
At Fairfield Orchard

I'll admit it.  I picked this book up almost entirely because of its setting.  I grew up in the rolling hills outside Charlottesville, Virginia, and it's still one of my favorite places. Thankfully, it's obvious in this book that the author did her research and she does get a lot of the details of ...

B+
The Girl from Summer Hill

I had my doubts in the opening pages as the heroine spots a gorgeous naked man on her porch. When I discovered this is another homage to Pride and Prejudice I rolled my eyes. What was I in for? It turns out I was in for a fun romance in which a local theater company is putting on P&P with most o ...

A
Only Call Us Faithful

The most successful Union spy of the Civil War wasn’t a dashing gentleman on horseback, or a Yankee femme fatale to match the Confederacy’s glamorous Belle Boyd. It was middle-aged Richmond socialite Liza Van Lew, whose achievements included placing a spy in the Confederate White House, abscondi ...

D
Stranger in the Moonlight

Ms. Deveraux’s talent as a wordsmith is not enough to overcome the caricatured characters and weakly plotted story. And while it is not immediately noticeable, I was amazed at several themes within the story that are insulting to women. Twelve-year-old Travis Merritt's life dramatically changed ...

B+
Believe in Me

One way that I judge a book is by whether I find it easy to put down or if I resent anything that cuts into my reading time. Believe in Me by Laura Moore is a book that I did not find easy to put down. And when I had to stop and do necessary housework, the book stayed on my mind. Even with interrupt ...