Reviews by Lisa Fernandes

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The Last Tudor

Philippa Gregory – author of the White Queen and White Princess novels, and of The Other Boleyn Girl – needs no introduction from me. This somewhat disastrous fifteenth tome in her series chronicling the lives of the Plantagenet and Tudor dynasties sweeps us from the reign of Edward I to the exe ...

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The Strawberry Hearts Diner

As we head into the heart of summer, Carolyn Brown gives us a good reason to stretch out under a shady tree and take in an incredibly beautiful story of a sleepy southern town, the citizens who live there and the lives they live in the gorgeous novel The Strawberry Hearts Diner. Jancy Wilson is l ...

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Secrets of the Tulip Sisters

Susan Mallery starts the summer off with a flawed and yet funny beach read, Secrets of the Tulip Sisters. The story of two sisters and a best friend muddling their way through small town life, it boasts a lot of Mallery’s favorite storytelling tropes but is ultimately a little short on real romanc ...

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Beard in Mind

WARNING: This book contains a main character with severe OCD who self-harms.  If you find this subject matter triggering - even though the author handles it with tact – then this might not be a comfortable read for you.  Proceed with caution. Everyone loves those Winston boys.  And who can b ...

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Too Scot to Handle

Miss Anwen Windham is on the board of directors of the House for Wayward Urchins, a school and home for orphaned boys which provides them with shelter and a decent education. Anwen worries for and loves all of the boys in her charge very much, but there are grey clouds on the horizon.  Struggling w ...

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The Scandal of It All

Sophie Jordan’s The Scandal of It All takes a steamy, well-written if flawed peek into the life of a duchess who yearns for passion and the duke who desires her above all. Graciela – Ela - Duchess of Autenberry, has been a widow for the last ten years and, at the age of thirty-five, is stuck ...

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Some Kind of Hero

Suzanne Brockmann’s successful Troubleshooters series continues with this nineteenth, heavily flawed installment about a Navy SEAL who falls in love with a romance novelist while searching for his recently-motherless and now missing teenaged daughter. It’s an uneven read with some mind-boggling ...

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Wired

Julie Garwood, historical romance legend and by now a longtime romantic suspense writer, reaches the thirteenth volume in her Buchanan-Renard series, Wired, the story of a computer hacker and the FBI agent trying to protect her. Allison Trent is in trouble.  A part-time model, part-time college ...

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Duke with Benefits

Manda Collins drops us into a tension-fraught tale right from the first pages of Duke with Benefits.  The story of a bluestocking and the duke who becomes enchanted by her, the book has its flaws but summarily provides a rousing and fun romance. Daphne Forsythe is one of four benefactresses of t ...

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Falling for Trouble

I feel like I should make no bones about it at this point; I love Sarah Title.  After indulging in her playful novel Practice Makes Perfect, she’s become one of my favorite authors, so it’s no real shock that her latest Falling for Trouble is an immensely enjoyable read.   What, I just know y ...