April 26, 2004
Book Review: Three Romance Novels

Three Dog Knight
by Tori Phillips
paperback from Harlequin Historical, 1998

Kissing Frogs
by Laura Marie Altom
paperback from Love Spell, 2004

Absolutely Captivated
by Kristine Grayson
paperback from Zebra Books, 2004

[spoilers behind the cut]

Three Dog Knight

Oh, this one was just so cute, and such a quick read. I expected it from a Harlequin, of course. But it was entertaining. The story centers around Alicia, the lost daughter of dead King Edward, who hides in plain sight. In order to make her safe, her adopted father engages her to the youngest son (Thomas) of an old friend, and when her family is gone, Alicia shows up to claim her husband.

But Thomas is no longer simply a youngest son -- he is now the Lord, and thought strange by everyone. He is a quiet man, preferring the company of his dogs to people, because dogs cannot betray him. And yet Alicia fits into his life, and disrupts it utterly as her secret is revealed.

There is a happy ending, of course. And it was just fun getting there. I liked Thomas... he was a sweet man.

Kissing Frogs

Out of the trio of romances, this is the one I liked the least. The concept was cute... a biologist makes a fool out of herself trying to make a name for herself in the world of studying frogs. She wants only to be someone her father can be amazed by, and she keeps failing him. So when she finds a new species of frog, she is so amazed that she kisses it.

And gets the centuries old prince.

The reason I didn't like it? I didn't like Wolfe. He was an ass. Admittedly, he fit into the right way of the world for his time. And he did change, which was cute and sweet, but I got tired of someone screaming "wench!". The characters tripped me up. I'd give it to someone to read, but I don't think I'd say go run out and buy it. Although I would try another one by the same author.

Absolutely Captivated

Take one 150 year old mage, with a prophecy that she will find love near the entrance to Faerie. Add one man who never knew he was a mage, along with a son with more power than he should have. Add in the three fates, who no longer have magic and have been replaced by a trio of teens.

Quick paced and entertaining, I loved this one. Zoe Sinclair was snappy, with great dialogue. There was a strong mythos behind how magic worked, and the rules of human magic versus faerie magic. Gods were explained. Myths were explained. And it all seemed somehow plausible. Within a romance novel! I'm definitely picking up more by Kristine Grayson -- I think she did a bangup job with this one, and I look forward to seeing more by her.

Posted by Deb Atwood at April 26, 2004 07:17 PM | TrackBack
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