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July 10, 2009

Short Reviews – Assorted Romance

I’ve read several shorter books or books that were reviewed elsewhere and I have little or nothing to add, so I’ve grouped them here in short reviews.

  • Title: Make Me Yours
  • Author: Betina Krahn
  • Type: Romance
  • Genre: Historical Romance
  • Sub-genre: Harlequin Blaze
  • My Grade: B
  • Rating: PG-17

This book had an extensive review by Dear Author that can be seen here.   I hadn’t read a Betina Krahn book is quite awhile, liked the review and find, much to my surprise, I concur.  At just over 200 pages this is a short book, but it has everything a historical romance should have.  Mariah Eller and Jack St. Lawrence were both characters worth reading about.  Dear Author nailed this review for me.

Bertie was a world class womanizer.  I seem to recall he and his wife, Alexandria, were a love match gone awry.  He brought venereal disease home and infected her.  She refused him the marriage bed thereafter.  Certainly his mother, Victoria despised him and blamed him and his reckless life-style for Prince Albert’s demise.  I always found it odd that Victoria hated the way her own mother tried to control her life when she was far more controlling than her mother ever was, marrying all her children without regard for their feelings, strictly for political reasons, when she herself would marry only a man of her own choosing.  She never saw the irony in this.  I have often wondered how much ‘Bertie’s’ rebellion was really her very own spirit in a much weaker person in a much weaker position.  There are interesting photos taken of Bertie and Alexandria at various locations that includes his mistress of the moment, several of whom Alexandria knew well.  And we think the rich and famous today are bad!  🙂


  • Title: Amethyst Dreams
  • Author: N. J. Walters
  • Type: Erotic Romance – short novel
  • Genre: Alternate World
  • Sub-genre: menage
  • My Grade: C- (2.8)
  • Rating: X
  • Warning: menagé

If you’ve read N. J. Walters Tapestries books, then you know the story line of Amethyst Dreams.  A woman has erotic dreams of two men.  She ends up transported to an alternate world where the men await her and cannot wait to sexually pleasure her.  She must decide to stay or go in a very short time span – like 1 day.  Change the names a bit and make the woman in question an archeologist and slam-bam-thank-you-ma’am, a new book.  Here we had a side order of angst with one of the heroes who wants her, but wants her to go because he is ‘unworthy’.  Ms Walters writes well, but this derivative tale from her own work is barely worthy of a read.


  • Title:  Mystic’s Call
  • Author: Lacey Thorn
  • Type: Erotic
  • Genre: Romance
  • Sub-genre: Fantasy Island
  • My Grade: D+ (2.5*)
  • Rating: XX
  • Warnings: menagé

How can a book with so much sex be so damn dull?  Partly because this series has been the same story told 4 ways – and now 5 and I am so relieved it’s over.  I read 3 of the 5 books and missed not a thing in this bit of silliness.  Bad poetry, an island goddess, an all female society invaded by a male warrior society (not sure where the women got their children. The occasional visitor?) and awaiting the ‘mystic’ to complete the Island Guardians to lift the curse.  Insufficient women and multiple male births mean men share women.  The mystic gets her powers, the triplet sons of the princes and the daughter of the island priestess travel to claim her as their own.  Meanwhile their mother goes to her mother to become the necessary blood sacrifice needed to set the island to rights and bring back their goddess.  Her mother thwarts her sacrifice, stranding her between life and death and offers herself instead.  I had this awful feeling this means yet another book might be in the offing.  Jeeze, another maiden anxious to be initiated into the delights of menagé.



  1. I am doing my blog-hopping tonite 🙂

    Lacey Thorn is one of my guilty pleasure authors. I find her so bad, she’s good. Never fails to make me laugh most of the time. My fav of the series remains the first one I read – um, FANNING HER FLAME, Book 2 – which doesnt pretend to be other than what it is, an OTT boink-fest. When she gets more serious as in Book 1, 4, and 5, it does get more dull.
    I’m pretty sure she stated on her blog that the series is finished now so dinna be afraid.

    Comment by seton — July 10, 2009 @ 11:33 pm | Reply

    • OTT boink-fest pretty much sums it up. 🙂 I have no idea what compels to buy more of these books, but it’s irresistible. It must be a spell from the Island Goddess!

      Comment by toursbooks — July 11, 2009 @ 12:01 am | Reply

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