Reviews by Lisa Fernandes

B
The Lacemaker

Readers have been obsessed with heroines who tumble down the economic and social ladder for centuries, from Victor Hugo’s Fantine to Hillary Duff’s Sam.   The heroine of The Lacemaker must conquer both a downward social tumble and her fear of committing to romance, all while trying to keep her ...

B
Spring Forward

Homespun, warm fluffiness is always a good option when January’s snows roll in.  Catherine Anderson’s latest, Spring Forward, in the ongoing story about life and love in Mystic Creek proves a delicious option when all you want is a cup of hot tea and a big fluffy sweater with your romance.  By ...

B+
Besotted with the Viscount

There’s no genre more time-tested and beloved in the romance genre than the Regency.  It’s drummed up a lot of interesting writers lately, and Susanna Malcolm joins their ranks with Besotted by the Viscount, an exploration of the poor heroine/rich scarred minor aristocracy trope that’s always ...

C
Beautiful Lawman

Sophie Jordan adds a spicy, character-driven chapter to her Devil’s Rock series with Beautiful Lawman, the story of a stripper from the wrong side of the tracks and the law abiding hero determined to protect her. Piper Walsh is just trying to keep her nose clean.  Child of a notorious family f ...

B+
At the Heart of it

Kate Geary is a reality television producer taking an advice-book-suggested break at a bed and breakfast outside of Ashland, Oregon in order to attend their famous theatre festival.  The locale tends to draw a colorful and more senior clientele, which is why bookish, handsome (and most importantly ...

C+
Once a Rebel

Mary Jo Putney’s series about redeemed rogues adds a second chapter in, Once a Rebel,  a story featuring two childhood friends who manage to fall in love in spite of the titanic-sized obstacles between them. Lord George Gordon Richard Augustus Audley  - third son of the Marquess of Kingston - ...

B+
Once a Charmer

Sharla Lovelace’s series about the small town of Charmed, Texas continues along prettily with Once A Charmer, a fine story about lifelong friends who become much more. Allie Greene and Sebastian “Bash” Anderson have been best friends since they were very young and – aside from a drunken k ...

C+
Drop Dead Gorgeous

Juliet Lyons’ self-published, Wattpad series has gained mainstream attention and garnered her a contract with Sourcebooks, so potential readers should be aware that Drop Dead Gorgeous, the second book in her Bite Nights series, was previously titled Romancing the Undead.  Depending on one’s moo ...

C+
The Heiress's Deception

Christi Caldwell’s engaging series about a group of young pickpockets who form a lifelong bond, open a gambling hell and marry into the upper strata of English society continues apace with the The Heiress's Deception, a story featuring the Hell and Sin Club’s second in command. Lady Eve Pruit ...

C-
The Duke Knows Best

Jane Ashford adds a middling chapter to her Duke’s Sons series with The Duke Knows Best, the story of a  lordling vicar and the improper young lady who falls in love with him. Often called the handsomest of the Duke of Langford’s six sons, Lord Randolph Gresham is between parishes taking a h ...