Reviews by Lisa Fernandes

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 ...

C+
By Any Name

While researching her mother’s life story, the youngest of Rida‘s four daughters slowly comes to learn more about her spirited, non-traditional, sassy, self-confident parent in well-known YA author Cynthia Voigt’s first novel for adults in many years.  But as brassy originality clashes with u ...

B+
Star Crossed

This book was pulled by the authors for editing. We will relist it when it is again available.   Star Crossed, the fourth volume in Emma Barry and Genevieve Turner’s Fly Me To the Moon series, is the the well-told and quite lovely tale, set in the early 1960s, of a mathematician and an wo ...

A-
Rainbow Sprinkles

Anna Martin’s first entry into the States of Love series gets off to a creamy start with the ultra-cute novella Rainbow Sprinkles. Low-key but slightly salty ice cream man Cooper Reid is happy with his simple lot in life, even if his counter job at Dreamy Creamery doesn’t require a lot of exe ...

A+
Palisades Park

Here’s an unexpected, unheralded treat of a novel, set in the fondly remembered but long-closed Palisades Park in New Jersey. Focused on the Stopka family, who run a French fry stand in the park’s busy, colorful environment, our protagonist is seven-year old Antoinette, who insists on going b ...

F
An Italian Wife

Anne Hood’s encapsulation of life spanning four generations of the Rinaldi family starts out admirably.  Dreamy-minded teenaged spitfire Josephine is married off to Vincenzo, a man with some prospects, who plans to emigrate soon to America.  These initial chapters are extremely amusing, as young ...

D-
Hunted

In Hunted, Megan Spooner, author of the Skylark and Starbound trilogies of books, attempts to restyle the popular tale of Beauty and the Beast as an action romp, with, unfortunately, little success. Set in ancient Russia, our heroine is Yeva, daughter of a rich merchant, who is at court as a lady ...

C+
Best Women's Erotica of the Year Volume 2

This second volume of erotic short stories written by women is an interesting collection that ranges from erotic romance to erotic horror, mainly with a D/s or bondage-centric themes.  The quality of the content varies quite widely; so while the book contains twenty-one stories, I’ve selected the ...