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February 14, 2005
Author Jo Beverley thanked us for the review of A Most Unsuitable Man:

Thank you, TRR and Judi for that wonderful review of A Most Unsuitable Man. I'm delighted that you enjoyed it so much. As you see, I'm quoting it in my sig.

Jo :)

"If anyone ever needed any confirmation that Jo Beverley is in a class by herself, A Most Unsuitable Man is the proof."
Judi McKee. The Romance Reader

Paula commented on AS GOOD AS DEAD:

I have to disagree with your review of Beverly Barton's book "As Good As Dead" . I loved them. I didn't have any trouble following the story. As a book seller, several of my customers said they were really good books and a few customers read them out of order, and they didn't have a hard time following the story. I hope others will feel the same as I do. I enjoy reading your reviews and agree with most of them. Thanks to all your reviewers and the time they take to read and review books. Keep up the good work.


I am not one who necessarily enjoys heart wrenching, lovers lost sort of novels. I was first interested in this novel due to its time travel paradox. But the big softy inside of me turned to mush, and shamefully, I must say, the love story took me in. For two days non-stop I read this emotionally impairing book. When I had finally finished and placed the book on my night stand, I cried! Loudly I might add, as if I was once again a child, so loud I awoke my wife. She asked if everything was alright, embarrassed I hugged her and replied " no, not really." So Thanks to this novel, my wife relentlessly makes fun of me, asking if she needs to get me tissue or to give me a hug. It was a good read. Even if I knew how much pain it would bring me, I would have read it all the same.

Heather liked DUKE OF SIN better than we did:

I have to wholeheartedly disagree with the 3 hearts for Adele Ashworth's Duke of Sin. Despite the ridiculous title, I felt that both characters were very well drawn and stayed in character throughout the whole of the book. Ms. Ashworth wrote these characters with such depth and passion, their time together crackled with tension and want. Both characters had been through horrible ordeals, I was rooting for them by the end. My quibbles with the book are very few (a. how did the villain realize she would be the perfect pawn b. Will should have realized she left unwillingly c. how come no one informed her about her husband ), certainly not enough to give this any less than 4 hearts. All About Romance gave this book an A, and I thought they were right on the money. I'll be keeping this one and re-reading it for a very long time and will eagerly await the other two stories.

Gloria enjoyed A NEST OF SPARROWS by Deborah Raney:

I have read reviews at the Romance Reader since it has been available and have enjoyed it. I love to read! I never respond to a review but felt the need after reading yours for A Nest Of Sparrows. I read all types of fiction, mostly mainstream romance, romantic suspense, and some inspirational romance and inspirational suspense. Inspirational fiction is not for everyone but for those of us who are Christians, it can be quite uplifting and encouraging because we get through the days praying (lots of times on the run), and studying the Bible, especially in these days of hectic living. I have three children, ages 14 to 20, and my faith has gotten me through some tough times. This is not a letter of criticism but just a note that those books are not so far fetched for those who rely on their faith. Thanks for all the reviews as I do read them many times for ideas of new books and for deciding whether to buy others. Thanks for listening to my viewpoint.

Gwen had some thoughts about Linda Howard's TO DIE FOR:

Normally, I use your book reviews as a guide in purchasing my books, because you guys are so right on target. But the review for Linda's Howard book, "To Die For" was in my opinion quite generous. I could not get over the fact that the heroine was just "too perfect." Starting with the perfect divorce, the perfect career choice, the perfect body, the perfect attitude and the perfect -- you get the picture. I really do like heroines that have some flaws. Blair had it all. I just could not get beyond the first 25 pages. I guess when you staring at a body with an extra 50 pounds, it is hard to get into a character that is as perfect as Blair.

Debbie liked the review of TO DIE FOR:

I TOTALLY enjoyed your review, Lesley. Go girl.

Amy was less impressed with TO DIE FOR:

All right, the book is funny. But, would I have bought it if it didn't have Linda Howard's name on it? No. So, basically, I feel it is deceptive advertising. I was expecting a Linda Howard book, not a lightweight chick flick-type. It reminded me of those "what are you doing this weekend" type of movies. Short, effortless, forgettable. I wondered all along if this was an early manuscript that Ms. Howard dug out of a drawer because she was on deadline. I will think twice before I automatically buy the next Howard book.

Author Patricia Frances Rowell found our review of her latest:

Much to my surprise I just discovered the wonderful review that Ms. Leitle wrote for The Romance Reader on my latest release, A Scandalous Situation. For some reason I did not realize you had reviewed the book. Thanks so much for the five hearts and the kind words. I appreciate them. The summary was excellent.

Brenda liked Janet Chapman's TEMPTING THE HIGHLANDER more than our reviewer did:

I read your opinion of Tempting the Highlander and found it somewhat different from my opinion. One of the main differences in our opinions likely stems from my having read the first three books in this series and when you did not. It is a rare collection that allows you to jump in with the last book of a series and have the reader still understand everything that has passed in the other books. In most instances if that occurs, the readers of the beginning books in the series are bored to tears by the last book.

One of the easiest ways to catch up in this series without reading all of the three prior books is to read the first one in the series. In it, you would find out that Daar's heir was not produced by Robbie McBain's father, but his most hated rival. Daar, inept wizard that he is (was), managed to bring 9 people forward in time instead of the one he had planned to. Robbie is one of the main characters in books one, three, and four.

Of the series of four, the first, third, and fourth fit together well as a continuing series of books. Only the second seemed to be more of a stand alone book than the others. There was only one thing that happened in the second book that tied to the rest. Even then, had you skipped that book, you would have missed little (except for the excellent story). Had you chosen to read one book only, the second in the series would have made the most sense to you as it did not depend as heavily on the others


I recently read all of Janet Chapman's books because I read Tempting the Highlander first. I really liked the story. I thought it was a bit of a different twist with how the men were brought to recent times and how they adapted, etc. I think it was a little hokey, but its for entertainment right. I really did enjoy the story.

Margaret just found Nora Roberts' books:

I have read "Sea Swept" ,"Rising Tides", "Inner Harbour" & am now starting "Chesapeake Blue". Loved them all!! The first books by Nora Roberts I have read. I will certainly be looking for more!!

May enjoyed IF ONLY IT WERE TRUE by Marc Levy:

I read the book in German and I loved it! It’s the most beautiful and gorgeous love story I have ever read, honestly. I like the simplicity of the writing and the plot, I love the fact that the male protagonist Arthur fights for a love which no one can understand, simply because no one can see Lauren. I know males who loved the book and I disagree with Susan Scribner that a woman could have a made a good love story out of that. It IS a good love story (maybe or just because it was written by a man). Other than that I can only assume that the English translation is just really bad. I loved “If only it were true” and I’ll recommend it to everyone who’d like to read a simple but gorgeous love story.

Christieandi didn't care for EYE OF THE BEHOLDER by Jayne Ann Krentz:

Ugh!! Totally disappointing, I had to struggle to keep reading it. The book doesn't get interesting until around page 100 or so, and still the adventure just wasn't there

Brynn agreed with our review of THE SEDUCTION REQUEST:

Shirley Lyons is right about the book, "The Seduction Request" by Michelle Celmer. How that book was accepted for publication is beyond me. At the risk of offending some people, my guess is that it has "yuppie appeal." Too many yuppie-fads are followed to the T, making it almost a parody. "Emily" and "Matt" are names that many yuppie-fad-followers choose for their children, so why not in stories, too? I don't care for them, sorry. Too ubiquitous in real life and in stories. Tired of them. Then there's the gay character, another aspect that has become "trendy and chic." How can someone be a savvy businesswoman, yet lack self-confidence and who wants to read about a whiny, self-centered man, whatever their names are? Predictable misunderstandings and sex without substance doesn't help. What guy used to being with starlets and groupies in the lap of luxury is going to settle for Little Miss Insecurity in some obscure small town? Why would a man be ostracized to this extent just because his parents were drunks? Most people don't care about any celebrity's humble beginnings, regardless of what kind of celebrity. If he's a football star in good standing, people want his business as well as his autograph and women want to bed him regardless. Again, how in the world did this farce of a story get published? If I see too many yuppie-trendoid aspects in a book - ubiquitous names, cowboys, tired, old plot devices and whatnot, I leave it on the shelf in the store.

Misty had a different opinion of THE SEDUCTION REQUEST:

I have to say that this is the worst review I have ever seen. Not only is she wrong about many things in this review. She has told everything that happened. A review is a peek of the book, not giving away the spoiler. I had the pleasure of reviewing this book as well and it was wonderfully written. A Desire is all about the emotional, sexual feeling between the H/h. Your reviewer must not read many of this to know this. I think the picture she has painted for this is book is wrong. Not only that she then turns around and in the next review of Running on Empty. Says this two books have promise. She needs to get her facts straight. It seems to me she doesn't know what she is doing.

Janie thought more highly of ALWAYS, by Jude Deveraux, than we did:

I loved this book, gave it 5 stars. All I can do is shake my head at how off the mark your reviewer was.

Carol wasn't impressed with SECRETS by Lisa Kleypas:

Being a fan of Ms. Kleypas, I was disappointed by this latest endeavor. I did not like Annabelle Peyton or her sanctimonious mother. I loved the hero and could not figure out the attraction to the heroine. My thoughts do not bode well for the series due to the fact that Annabelle's friends are as mercenary and unlikeable as the she and her mother; except for the one with the lisp. That may be an interesting read.

Margaret agreed with our assessment of THE TROUBLE WITH VALENTINE'S DAY by Rachel Gibson:

Boy, do I ever agree with Ms. Sova! I was totally put off by Rob. I dislike facial hair anyway. The soul patch and muttonchop mustache were gross. I just couldn't seem to get past them. And Rob is pretty much a non-hero. I never got the love interest either, altho I read about their lust endlessly.

I adore Ms. Gibson's writings and have several of her books on my keeper shelf. I was so looking forward to this book because I had just finished reading "Simply Irresistible" , "See Jane Score" (Seattle Chinooks hockey team) and "Truly, Madly Yours" (Gospel ID). They are wonderful. This book isn't. I kept feeling that Ms. Gibson was writing under order from on high and resented every minute she had to put into this book. What a shame.

I read somewhere that Ms. Gibson doesn't want to be known as a "hockey writer". It didn't seem to hurt Susan Elizabeth Phillips and her Stars football team. Both are excellent writers and among my favorites. I'm hoping that Ms. Gibson gets past whatever was going on during the writing of "The Trouble With Valentine's Day" and gives us another delight soon.

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