Hello, and welcome back! I hope you're all staying warm and dry wherever you are. We just spent much of yesterday digging out from the weekend snowstorm, and will spend today and tomorrow preparing for the next one. For those of you who've been reading my columns for any length of time, you'll know how happy this makes me, as our winters lately have been pretty pitiful. I also hope that while you're staying inside to be warm, you have plenty of good reading material to entertain you.
This time out, I have the new time travel anthology Ladies Prefer Rogues (Berkley), with stories from Sandra Hill, Trish Jensen, Veronica Wolff, and Janet Chapman. I'll be very honest and tell you up front, I bought this one just for the Sandra Hill story, as she's one of my very favorite authors. Chapman's 'Man from the Moon' leads off with Isobel forced to do some doctoring on a man she's never seen before, and the story he tells her seems pretty far-fetched. I know Chapman is a popular author, but I've never loved her, and the beginning of this one doesn't make me think too well of Isobel, hearing about all the losers she dates. Hill's 'Tomorrow Is Another Day' sends matchmaker Margo Baptiste back in time in post-Civil War New Orleans, where she encounters a man who looks very like the angry client she just left in the present. This one is hilarious, as all of Ms. Hill's books are, and steamy, just like the Louisiana bayou in summer. I love this one. 'The Drowning Sea' from Wolff has Iain MacNab madly in love with the laird's off-limits daughter Cassie, but when she's murdered in front of him, he takes to the seas and pirating to seek his revenge on her murderer. Until he gets a second chance at a future with Cassie. I've enjoyed Ms. Wolff's previous books, and this is a nice, quick read, and with its lovely Scottish setting, a hit for me. Jensen's 'Sixteen Decades' has Sheriff Ty Coltraine rescuing Margaret Prescott from a shed, and he has no idea just how far she's come to be trapped there. Margaret is sure Ty's the thug who put her there, until she gets a better look at him. He wants to get her safely home, except it seems her home is many decades ago. Her arrival in his small town throws his life into some very interesting chaos, and soon Ty just wants to keep her right where she is. This one is also filled with humor, and it's just plain good fun. I'm glad to see Ms. Jensen back in romance! I'm giving this collection four of Cupid's five arrows. For time travel fans, it's going to be a keeper.
Until next time, happy reading!