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A Gentleman Undone (Blackshear Family, #2)
I'm envisioning Grant sitting down to work on this and musing to herself, "Hmmm, what romance convention shall I skewer today?" Our heroine Lydia is a ...more
May 25, 2012
Jan 03, 2012
Whisper Falls
Title "Whisper Falls," setting a small town called Destiny -- I confess, I went in expecting this to be pretty derivative and generic. It was a great ...more
Mar 23, 2011
Mar 22, 2011
Ritual Sins
4.5 stars. As I read Ritual Sins, I mentally shuddered thinking about the times I've heard women say thing like, "It's easy for men to find out what w ...more
Mar 22, 2012
Mar 22, 2012
Claimed (Brides of the Kindred, #1)
I was torn between enjoying this and finding it a serious eye-roller. I get kind of irked by reading really obvious fantasies and the whole concept of ...more
Nov 30, 2011
Sep 04, 2011
Firelight (Darkest London, #1)
3.5 stars. Firelight mixes themes from many stories and myths -- Beauty and the Beast, Cupid and Psyche, “Firestarter” -- into a flawed but vivid stor ...more
Jan 30, 2012
Jan 22, 2012
Twice Tempted by a Rogue (Stud Club, #2)
I usually grade books based on gut instincts, which works well with GoodReads format: my gut generally knows pretty easily whether a book was okay, or ...more
Mar 12, 2011
Mar 12, 2011
When a Duke Says I Do
This started out with so much promise. Not without flaws: heroine Elsie is too impishly cute, and there was an awful lot of time suddenly given to sec ...more
Feb 11, 2012
Feb 09, 2012
Immortal Rider (Lords of Deliverance, #2)
The Lords of Deliverance series gets even more complex and addictive in the second book. Although there’s still a primary romance, there’s a whole lot ...more
Dec 02, 2011
Nov 22, 2011
Twelve Days
I was completely absorbed in this, yet the entire time I was reading, feared it would end with me wanting to kick the author in the pants. She managed ...more
Sep 19, 2013
Sep 16, 2013
Love in the Afternoon
I was a little nervous about this Victorian romance, because animal-loving characters can so easily wind up seeming sappy or woo-woo. They can also be ...more
Jul 06, 2012
Aug 29, 2011
First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson, #1)
Charley Davidson has been the Grim Reaper since the day she was born -- yes, she can remember -- so she’s pretty much gotten the lifestyle down. She w ...more
May 21, 2011
May 20, 2011
Beauty in the Beast
I love stories-within-a-story, so the blurb for this novella grabbed me to start with; the quiet, thoughtful voice of the narrator then drew me in. Ta ...more
Feb 20, 2012
Feb 20, 2012
Another Eden
The GoodReads rating system fails me on books like this, because it's certainly well written, but I can't really say I liked it. It's a dark, depressi ...more
Dec 11, 2012
Nov 30, 2012
Lover Avenged (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #7)
3.5 stars. Ward's cracktastic storytelling fell apart for me a bit in this book. The narrative tone felt cheesy and adolescent, with the incessant Bra ...more
May 26, 2011
May 23, 2011
The Tycoon's Princess Bride
I read the preceding books in this continuity series some time ago and felt a little lost going into this one. (It didn't help that the Kindle edition ...more
Jan 31, 2013
Jan 30, 2013
The Husband She Never Knew
This had a lot of good points, but it didn't hang together very well. Ammar, estranged brother of the hero of The Darkest of Secrets, has recently bee ...more
Jan 29, 2013
Jan 29, 2013
Straight from the Hip (Lone Star Sisters, #3)
3.5 stars. An explosion cost Izzy Titan most of her eyesight and almost all of her interest in life. When she refuses to even consider the surgery tha ...more
Jan 28, 2012
Jan 27, 2012
Only Yours (Fool's Gold, #5)
I badly need a reviewing break, but after writing about all the books in this series I wasn’t that crazy about, it seems only fair to say at least a f ...more
Dec 25, 2011
Dec 24, 2011
The Night Remembers
4 1/2 stars.

"When her mind, whirling with incredulity, finally settled on a formed thought, it was: So this is Middle Earth. Home to creatures with te
Sep 13, 2012
Sep 12, 2012
Father Mine: Zsadist and Bella's Story (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #6.5)
3.5 stars. What a brilliant concept for a novella -- exploring what comes after the romance happy-ever-after, for a couple that not only has to adjust ...more
Nov 16, 2011
Nov 16, 2011
The Sheikh's Forbidden Virgin (The Royal House of Karedes #4)
3 1/2 stars. Texas Destiny Harlequin Presents style. :-) Honorable and guilt-ridden brother of a Arabian king must deliver his princess to him, but of ...more
Sep 06, 2013
Sep 06, 2013
The Redemption of Deke Summers (Men Made In America 2 Series, #1)
Widowed Becki is drawn to her new neighbor, the reclusive John. But when a group of strange armed men break into her home one night to use her as a ho ...more
May 15, 2011
May 15, 2011
The intricate plotting and exquisite writing of this debut evokes comparisons to Julia Ross, one of my favorite authors of historical romance. Cowan d ...more
Jun 10, 2013
May 09, 2013
If I'd read a bare bones synopsis of this story, I probably would have written it off as a ludicrous sex fantasy and never even have started it. Sort ...more
Aug 11, 2012
Aug 11, 2012
Kill Me Softly
I enjoyed reading this while at the same time thinking it muddled and overly complicated. The world building is inconsistent and confusing (view spoil ...more
Sep 07, 2012
Sep 06, 2012
Scream for Me (Romantic Suspense, #8)
I enjoyed the romance side of this romantic suspense book, despite the fact that it came on very suddenly, but the suspense side was way too complicat ...more
May 10, 2011
May 08, 2011
The Lady Who Broke the Rules (Castonbury Park #3)
I’m not sure which surprises me more: a Harlequin Historical featuring an interracial romance, or a Harlequin Historical featuring juicy sex. The lang ...more
Feb 03, 2013
Dec 16, 2012
Rogue Rider (Lords of Deliverance #4; Demonica #9)

3 1/2 stars. Traditionally, the last book in a romance series is about a fascinating character that we've seen in the previous books and are dying to
Nov 12, 2012
Mar 18, 2012
The Taking (Seven Deadly Sins, #3)
After being disappointed in the second book of this series, I wasn't in a big hurry to read the third; happily it turned out to be much better, though ...more
May 13, 2011
May 10, 2011
A Night of No Return (The Private Lives of Public Playboys #1)
3 1/2 stars. Sarah Morgan is becoming my go-to author for Harlequin Presents that aren't cookie cutter. (Sadly, she also seems to be the author who sp ...more
Dec 31, 2012
Dec 26, 2012
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