Posts Tagged ‘Grade D’
Stevie‘s review of Hard As It Gets (Hard Ink, Book 1) by Laura Kaye Contemporary Military Romance published by Avon 26 Nov 13 The blurb on this one’s a little misleading, since the hero is one of the survivors of a botched mission which led to his and his comrades’ disgrace and dismissal, while their [...]
LynneC’s review of The Holiday Survival Guide by Jane O’Reilly Contemporary Romance novella ebook published by Harlequin Escape 1 Jan 14 This novella is about a man running from his problems and a woman who assuages her own guilt by wrecking other people’s marriages. It does tackle controversial issues like abortion but in a half-hearted [...]
Stevie‘s review of The Marriage Wager by Jane Ashford Historical Romance published by Sourcebooks Casablanca 05 Nov 13 I wanted to like this book, and the set-up in the first chapter promises even more than the blurb and the title do (although I do find myself wondering who was looking after the hero’s properties while he [...]
Stevie‘s review of The Cupcake Diaries: Spoonful of Christmas (The Cupcake Diaries Book 4) by Darlene Panzera Contemporary Romance published by Avon Impulse 26 Nov 13 Based on the title, I picked this one up expecting to read a US equivalent of the UK’s Jenny Colgan (whose Meet Me at the Cupcake Café has only recently [...]
Stevie‘s review of Lady Jenny’s Christmas Portrait (Windham Series, Book 8) by Grace Burrowes Historical Romance published by Sourcebooks Casablanca 24 Sep 13 It’s taken me a while to decide how to grade this book. On the one hand it’s a historical that most of the time completely immerses me in its world, and a series [...]
Stevie‘s review of Unscrupulous (The Manhattanites, Book 2) by Avery Aster Contemporary erotic romance published by Ellora’s Cave 14 Aug 13 As I mentioned when reviewing the previous Manhattanites book, I was drawn to this series by the blurb I was sent, which included an intriguing content warning for ‘just about everything your besties ever told you [...]
Stevie‘s review of Undressed (The Manhattanites, Book 1) by Avery Aster Contemporary erotic romance published by Ellora’s Cave 15 Feb 13 I was offered this book after agreeing to review the second in the series, which has an intriguing blurb. Not being keen on starting series in the middle, I decided to read this one first, even [...]
Veena’s review of Crave (Billionaire Bachelors Club, Book 2) by Monica Murphy Erotic Romance published by Avon Impulse 13 Aug 13 Crave is the latest entry in the crush du jour of all things erotic and billionaire bachelors. Unfortunately, it’s not a craving I share, particularly after reading this book.
LynneC’s review of Detained by Ainslie Paton Contemporary Romance published by Escape 1 Sept 13 Detained is an odd kind of book. It’s very well written in terms of style, and yet the plot lurches from incident to incident, exhausting this reader, changing direction from closed-room erotic to straight romance to prison drama to romantic suspense. [...]
Stevie‘s review of The Qualities of Wood by Mary Vensel White Literary Mystery Fiction published by Authonomy 31 January 12 Having raved about the joys of finding exciting new authors through being offered books to review, I suppose I do have to talk about the downside – the problem of books that turn out to be less [...]
LynneC’s review of All Bets Are On by Charlotte Phillips Contemporary Romance published by Harlequin Kiss 1 Aug 13 This book begins when Alice, the uptight boss of a group in an ad agency, discovers a sheet of paper that is part of a bet. The people in the office are taking odds on who [...]
Stevie‘s review of How to Lose a Bride in One Night (Forgotten Princesses, Book 3) by Sophie Jordan Historical Romance published by Avon 30 Jul 13 This book narrowly avoided getting my first F here at The Pond, by virtue of the villain’s name amusing me, along with the fact that it didn’t actually make [...]
LynneC’s review of Girl Least Likely to Marry by Amy Andrews Contemporary Romance published by Harlequin Kiss 3 Jul 12 This is the story of a narcissist and an intellectual snob. He’s the narcissist. Two unlikeable characters who fail to move me with their story. Furthermore, this is one of the worst edited Harlequins I’ve [...]
LynneC’s review of The Notorious Gabriel Diaz by Cathy Williams Contemporary Romance published by Harlequin Presents 19 Feb 13/Mills & Boon 5 Jul 13 This story started badly for me, with a jerk hero and a wimp heroine. However, things got more interesting when Gabriel grows a conscience. A shame Lucy never grew a backbone.
Wendy the Super Librarian‘s review of Rancher To The Rescue by Jennifer Faye Contemporary Romance published by Harlequin Romance 01 Jul 13 I love reading debut authors, especially in category romance. Hey, you never know – you could be reading the first book by the next Nora Roberts, Sandra Brown, or Jayne Ann Krentz. So I really want to love every [...]