Reviews of Family at Last (2005)
Review by tollbaby (2007-06-27)
Family at Last was a very sweet story, although the Russian intrigue seemed a tiny bit contrived. I've read Russian intrigue novels, and it's not really a concept that fits well into a contemporary American romance novel. That being said, it was a nice read. Not a gripping page-turner by any stretch of the imagination, but pleasant nonetheless.
The characters could have been developed a bit further (especially Nina's - it's a bit disconcerting when the heroine of a romance novel is such a two-dimensional character), but at least they evoked some empathy. I was a bit leery of reading a romance novel written by a man (I'm guilty of stereotyping, I suppose), but I was pleasantly surprised at how profound and sentimental the emotional facets of the story were.
A surprisingly involved read for a Harlequin ;)