Reviews by Lynn Spencer

C+
Wenna

I initially picked this book up because of its unusual setting.  While Wenna provides a vivid picture of life in colonial Australia, I often found myself frustrated with both the hero and heroine. The book is well written, and definitely has some strong scenes, but much of the tension comes from a ...

N/A
A Star Looks Down

We’ve had a pretty mild winter here, but I could still use a few afternoons to curl up with a comfort read. This time around, I sought the comfort of a favorite author. I read a fair amount of category romance, but I’ve never found another author quite like Betty Neels. She wrote for Harlequin f ...

A-
A Lady's Code of Misconduct

I find that when we speak of romance, it's easy to fall into judging a book based on whether or not we think the main characters are nice people with whom we would actually want to spend time. I've long admired Meredith Duran's writing for challenging me on this. She is one of those authors who cons ...

B+
A Northern Light

The combination of cheap and "sounds intriguing" has lured me into buying many a book. And since I'm fairly dangerous in used bookstores, I have a massive TBR pile. So, when prompted to pick out a book by a new-to-me author, my dilemma was something along the lines of which new-to-me author to liber ...

B
Wild Wicked Scot

I love "second chance at love" stories and most books revolving around troubled marriages are near cousins to these. In Wild Wicked Scot, our protagonists weren't head over heels in love the first time around, so the dynamic is a little different. However, since the characters are layered and worth ...

B
The Diamond Secret

Normally I love the January TBR Challenge because I tend to collect category novels like crazy.  At their best, the storytelling is usually streamlined and top notch.  This month was a little tricky for me. Unwilling to settle for a so-so read, I DNF-d a couple of Harlequin Intrigues before uneart ...

B
Snowflakes and Stetsons

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I’m usually not an anthology junkie, but when Christmas rolls around, I just can’t get enough Christmas stories. As a result, I have quite a stash of holiday anthologies.  While there wasn’t any one story that hit it out of the park, I more or less liked everything I read here so I’ll defin ...

B
Holiday With a Twist

Fans of Shannon Stacey will probably find plenty to like in Holiday With a Twist. The story features likable, down-to-earth characters who actually have lives and families and, well, don't live in a Romlandia vacuum. As with just about everything I've read by this author, I enjoyed the story even if ...

C
Claiming His Christmas Consequence

I've said it before and I'll say it again, the Harlequin Presents line has long been something of a guilty pleasure for me. Yes, the heroes often go beyond alpha into overbearing jerk territory, and the melodrama is often off the charts. However, there's an escapist quality to reading about life amo ...

A-
A Portrait of Emily Price

After reading The Bronte Plot on a whim, I was impressed by the fantastic character arcs created by the author and I enjoyed the historical literary references sprinkled throughout the text. When Reay's latest novel, A Portrait of Emily Price showed up on my radar, I couldn't resist giving it a try. ...