Reviews by Lisa Fernandes

D-
The Swallow's Nest

The Swallow’s Nest is such a classic example of women’s fiction that, were you to look the genre up in a dictionary, you might see a picture of this book’s cover as the definition.  It’s got unexpected motherhood, marital infidelity, a custody battle, cancer, evil mother figures, and prose ...

C+
Juma

“She kept count of her kills.  God I fucking loved her.”  - Dutch Mathew on Juma Landry, Juma. This second volume in Madhuri Pavamani’s The Keeper series is a beautifully-written yet rather hard to grasp story that continues to follow Juma and Dutch’s star-crossed relationship as the tw ...

D+
The Angel's Hunger

Holley Trent takes us to a world of magical, winged beings in The Angel’s Hunger, which combines elfin magic and angelic passion to create a novel that’s….sadly lackluster. Centuries ago, the fallen angel Tamatsu made the mistake of betraying the elf Fionnuala, his lover and soulmate, with ...

A
A Touch of Frost

A Touch of Frost is, quite simply, a cracking good yarn. Jo Goodman takes us back to the old west in this amusing, emotionally intense, sensual and absorbing tale about a clever woman, the man bound to protect her, and the love that waylays their neatly formed plans. The first time Phoebe Apple s ...

A+
The Mistress of Normandy (aka The Lily and the Leopard)

Everyone who reads historical romance has a favorite period that they love time-warping back to again and again.  Mine happens to be the medieval period. I have a good handful of keepers that I always go back to when I want to revisit the era.  Some are well-worn (the entirety of the Rosalynde ...

B
Rumors at Court

Rumors at Court is the third volume in a series about ladies of influence at royal courts in the high middle ages who know far too much for their own good. The book features a solidly researched, emotionally gripping tale of a traumatized widow and a physically scarred warrior who come together over ...

B-
A Warriner to Protect Her

In this first volume of Virginia Heath’s four book Wild Warriners series, a desperate heroine meets a stubborn hero in the aftermath of a great drama and sparks fly in a tale that ultimately has its ups and downs. The orphaned tea heiress Violet “Letty” Dunston has been through some horribl ...

B+
The Girl Who Knew Too Much

Legendary author Amanda Quick returns with her latest romantic suspense novel, The Girl Who Knew Too Much, an historical mystery set in the outskirts of Hollywood’s secret-laden movie colony in the 1930s. After stumbling onto the scene of the murder of her socialite employer and benefactress, A ...

C-
Whatever You Need

There’s a lot of either unsavory or ridiculous behavior bubbling under the surface of Whatever You Need’s seemingly romantic surface, and it ultimately drags the book down to the basement.  In the closing chapter of her Haney family duo, Barbara Longley gives us the story of a shy amateur comic ...

D+
Find Me

J.S. Monroe's latest suspense novel, Find Me, is a messy and incredibly grim story that takes us through one man's harrowing journey to find the girlfriend who had long ago been presumed dead.  While the suspense nearly manages to carry the tale through, thin characterization and over the top scene ...