Mini Reviews # 89 - 95

Mini Book Reviews

After reading the humongous Walls of Phantoms and a few other serious review books I had promised to read, I needed a break and went on a romance and romantic suspense kick.

#89 - 90 - 91

Last Series by Mariah Stewart -- I discovered Mariah last year and have been working my way through her books. The Last series continues with the Shields siblings from the Dead series and highlights Andrew, Mia and Connor Shields. Romantic suspense novels which are very well written and keep you riveted throughout the stories.


Continuing with my Mariah kick of the moment - Forgotten is a creepy one about a murderer who kidnapped and killed a number of boys and is in prison for life. One of the mother's is dying and wants the murderer to reveal what he did with her son, so she can die in peace. In the process someone is copying the killer and shadowing the FBI agent Portia Cahill and she ends up having to team with the attorney, James Cannon, who once defended the murderer. Well written.


Harbor Lights by Sherryl Woods is a first time author read and one I picked up while perusing the shelves at Save Mart. Romance story about widowed father Kevin O'Brien who moves back to Chesapeake Shores and his relationship with new comer Shanna Carlyle. He is trying to figure out what to do with his life and Shanna is recovering from her broken marriage to an alcoholic. Kevin has one of those very involved, extended families with lots of sisters and meddling relatives. The story is amusing as well as heart warming. It actually is a well written story and I will definitely look for more by Sherryl Woods.


Baby I'm Yours by Susan Andersen who blogs at Running with Quills. I'm slowly working my way through the authors who blog at Running with Quills and this is a first time author read for me. Enjoyable story, humorous, sexy and full of suspense. Back Cover: "The last place Catherine MacPherson ever expected to find herself was sitting on a Greyhound bus, handcuffed to a surly bounty hunter, with only a suitcase of her twin sister's flashy, shrink wrap clothing to wear! Just two hours ago, the respectable schoolteacher was sitting quietly at home when this big macho hunk crashed through her door, mistook her for her errant Miami showgirl sister, and hauled her off in his strong arms. And no matter how sexy he is, she's furious." It's non stopp action as Catherine figures out ways to escape Sam, try to prove she isn't her sister and also keep away from the bad men who think she is her sister.


A reprint of two classic stories by Lisa Jackson - Gypsy Wind and Devil's Gambit. Both women in the stories are owner's of horse breeding farms and the drama involves their race horses. The stories are interesting, however the characters were a little bit too dramatic for me and the descriptions of various body parts while the characters were involved had me laughing and shaking my head. Standard fare for harlequins written in the 1980's. Now I remember why I quit reading them.


  1. I love your mini-reviews Robin. It's a great way to feature a lot of books and to give a brief reason why you liked or disliked it and it kept my interest to the end!! I may have to look up Mariah Stewart in the future...they sound really good!!

  2. Susan Andersen is a pretty good writer. Be My Baby is still my favorite one of hers.

  3. Look forward to reading them.

    Read a great new romantic comedy following the fortunes of Paul Marriott, the Secretary of the Barnstorm Village Sunday soccer team, and coach of a school cricket team in Yorkshire, England. The story describes the remarkable camaraderie between the players and supporters of this little club and their desire to achieve success. Nonetheless, the team is known more for its antics off the field, rather than their performances on it.

    During his time at the club he meets and becomes involved with Emma Potter, who is the sister of James Potter, a major player for their bitter rivals Moortown Inn. Thus, begins an entangled web of romance and conflict. He also begins working at Derry High School, a school with a poor reputation of academic success, where he becomes coach of the school cricket team. Here he develops an amazing relationship with the children and embarks on an epic journey.

  4. I love taking a break by turning to quick and light reading. Thanks for the mini review. Running with Quills is new to me, so I'm going to check out that blog.


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