Reviews by Lynn Spencer

B-
Break the Night

Back when I was in high school and college, I loved Silhouette's Shadows line and Break the Night by Anne Stuart was a particular favorite of mine. I recently reread the book to see how it holds up. The suspense is still compelling and I still enjoyed the story, though there were some issues with th ...

B-
No Good Deed

I enjoy romantic suspense, and this creepy tale immediately caught my attention because of its setting. The action in Suzanne Matthews' No Good Deed unfolds in Canada during a freak snowstorm, and the author makes good use of her setting and the nightmarish weather to keep readers wondering if the ...

B
Under the Knife

I have been on a Tess Gerritsen glom lately, so even though this book isn’t part of a series, I decided to just continue trucking right along through her backlist. Most readers now would think of Rizzoli & Isles thrillers when they think of Gerritsen. However, she got her start in romantic s ...

B
A Grave Calling

Online Romancelandia has more than once observed the proliferation of painfully good, sweet heroines who could not possibly offend even the most delicate of sensibilities. If you are in the camp that has bemoaned this development, Julie Hall of A Grave Calling will definitely stand out for you. I c ...

B-
All the Lies We Tell

Megan Hart is an autobuy author for me. And even though this particular book didn't entirely work for me, she's still going to be an autobuy author because it contains much of what makes her work unique. Technically, she's a solid and often vivid writer, she creates unique characters and she puts th ...

B-
A Rumored Engagement

I'm a sucker for second-chance-at-love stories. I have autobuy authors I love and certain settings catch my eye, but when I'm taking a chance on a new author, favorite plotlines will often call my name. And second chance stories are definitely near the top of my list, with friends-to-lovers being a ...

A
The Devil in Music

Twenty years ago, Kate Ross published the fourth (and last) of her Julian Kestrel mysteries, The Devil in Music. The entire series is strongly written and wonderful to read, but this last book contains an intricate mystery and adds depth to Kestrel's character. It was a fantastic reading experience, ...

B-
This Time Around

Stories about couples getting a second chance at love are one of my favorite tropes.  I like a sweet, funny romance, too. However, sometimes we can get a little too much of a good thing. This Time Around has all the marks of a favorite for me, but the dosage on sweetness and kookiness is just a tad ...

B
Under the Lights

Do you like small town romances set in towns that feel like they actually could exist?  If so, you should try reading Shannon Stacey if you haven’t discovered her already. When I talk about small towns that feel real, the setup of this book hints at it.  Stewart Mills is not an idyllic little ...

C
Hot in the City

Do you ever pick up a book thinking it has interesting-sounding characters and the right kind of plot to be a winner - and then it just isn't?  As a reviewer, that's happened to me more times that I care to remember. I chose Hot in the City thinking that it had potential to be a great read but inst ...