Adult Fiction Romance

Book ReviewThe Ideal Man

Reviewer's Rating: 
4
I truly enjoyed this book...and yet, it failed to rock my world because (see explanation in review).
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Publisher: 
Dutton, 2011

Punning on purpose, this book was just what the Dr. ordered. I’d finished reading some Young Adult and Junior Fiction and this adult fiction romance fell into my lap as a reminder of ‘age appropriate’ reading. For the most part this book is exactly what it is supposed to be – a light read. The romance is just right – not too hot, not too cold. The entire premise of the story lends itself to the wonders of uncomplicated fiction: big burly, handsome, casual gun welding FBI protects small, blonde, extraordinarily smart female who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. This isn’t meant to be rocket science and I for one, don’t look for that in my escape readings. For the most part, the story...

Book ReviewThe Garden Intrigue

Reviewer's Rating: 
4
I truly enjoyed this book...and yet, it failed to rock my world because (see explanation in review).
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Publisher: 
Dutton, 2012.

I have always and will always be a staunch supporter of Lauren’s works. She has the innate gift of writing great characters. They read like flesh and blood, your sister, your father – they are normal, real to us in our minds as we scan the pages. It is a wonderful thing to ‘escape’ inside Lauren’s characters and romp around France in the 1800’s while you snuff out Napoleon’s invasion plans for England right under his nose. We get all the benefits of a corset without the itch! Another item on the list of things I love about the Pink Carnation series is...

Book ReviewThe Dressmaker

Reviewer's Rating: 
4
I truly enjoyed this book...and yet, it failed to rock my world because (see explanation in review).
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Publisher: 
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2011

Although this book is classified as Historical Romance, it is heavy on plot and light on romance. I fully applaud Kate’s idea of focusing on the aftermath for Titanic survivors. Her research was meticulous, and it shows. The tension and media frenzy lays thick on the pages as you delve into stories that got buffed by lawyers vs those who told it like it was. Just knowing you were reading the struggles of Titanic survivors, made The Dressmaker a solid, suspenseful, good read, earning it my rating of 4...

Book ReviewThe Cinderella Deal

Reviewer's Rating: 
4
I truly enjoyed this book...and yet, it failed to rock my world because (see explanation in review).
Publisher: 
Bantam, 1996 – rereleased 2010

One of the things I love about Jennifer Crusie as a writer is the way she thumbs conventional plot-centered storylines. In other words, her plots are ridiculous and completely unbelievable – and yet, she’s one damn fine writer. The storyline might be totally off base, but her characters are down to earth and the relationships so real you read the book but you ‘live the movie’ per say. I see her characters – quite literally sit next to them in their living rooms on the slip-covered couch. THAT is what makes a Jennifer Crusie novel so good, not to mention the...

Book ReviewSomeone to Love

Reviewer's Rating: 
4
I truly enjoyed this book...and yet, it failed to rock my world because (see explanation in review).
Publisher: 
Thorndike Press, 2001

Kasey Michaels is an author that befuddles me so much I once assumed there were TWO authors writing by that pen name. Some of what I read by Kasey was quite entertaining such as, The Kissing Game, which was an excellent read, yet others by Kasey Michaels were pale in comparison to the point I didn’t finish them (Stuck in Shangri-la, or as I renamed it, Stuck in Shangri-blah). What to do when I saw this book, Someone to Love by Kasey Michaels that came to our library on a three month rotation? When I read the jacket my decision was...

Book ReviewSecond Sight

Reviewer's Rating: 
5
This book was so good I'm going to throw a brick through the bookstore window so I can have my own hardcover copy RIGHT NOW!
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Publisher: 
G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2006

This book is the glory of fiction at its best. Adventure, normal people with slightly enhanced abilities not quite turning them into super heros, but something that makes them special nonetheless, a bit of romance and the element of mystery. Amanda weaves us into a well thought out and expertly written tale full of twists and unexpected turns. I love the strong, intelligent...

Book ReviewMystique

Reviewer's Rating: 
4
I truly enjoyed this book...and yet, it failed to rock my world because (see explanation in review).
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Publisher: 
Bantam, 1995

The one thing I always enjoy about Amanda Quick’s style of writing is her female characters. They are strong-headed, intelligent and as quick as they can take the reins on any disaster, they can banter sarcastic barbs with the best of men. This book has romance, action, a bit of mystery and a lot of wonderful character development. Mystique is both the meal and the sweet dessert – I very much enjoyed this book. However...

Book ReviewLove in a Nutshell

Reviewer's Rating: 
1
I never forget a book, but in this case I'll make an exception.
Publisher: 
Random House, 2011

I am really rolling up my sleeves for a go at this review due to its deplorable rating. Janet, Janet, Janet – what were you thinking? Or maybe you were drinking too much of the beer you so meticulously described in this novel. I’m all for teamwork, I’m all for giving a helping hand to an author’s sales, but Janet, HOLY MOSES was this a bad book! Readers have come to expect fast-paced, character driven, smart and sassy writing from the name Janet Evanovich – thanks to her...

Book ReviewHidden Summit

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Reviewer's Rating: 
3
Don't you hate a fence sitter, and yet, this is where this book falls, not bad but not great.
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Publisher: 
Mira, 2012.

Robyn Carr books have become very popular in our library over the past year and it was based upon this readership that I thought to try a Virgin River series book. Right from the starting gate, let me tell you what I expected: with covers done in light pastel’s of various country scenes I assumed these were light, fluffy, cotton candy, simple guy meets girl with the sparky spark behind closed doors to us as readers and the happily ever after couple on the porch swing waving us off at the end. Light, fluffy, cotton candy? WRONG! Suspense abounds with...

Book ReviewCopper Beach

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Reviewer's Rating: 
3
Don't you hate a fence sitter, and yet, this is where this book falls, not bad but not great.
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Publisher: 
Putnam, 2012

Honestly, I debated on the rating for this book. I first put a rating of 4 – very good, but....in letting the aftertaste of the book sit with me for a day, I downgraded it to a 3 – not great, not bad, only so/so. The reason being, despite the wonderful chemistry between the two main characters, despite the great suspense and tension that builds beautifully throughout the novel, the ending was blah. Instead of a BANG! it ended with a paltry fizz. To my thinking, when you expend the energy to build up a bad guy so well it doesn’t make sense if he just rolls over...

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