Reviews by Lynn Spencer

B-
High-Priority Asset

I’ve read four of Rushdan’s books, and I enjoy them because they tend to have intense, fast-paced action and very intriguing plots. Sometimes in romantic suspense, the romance gets lost in the action, but Rushdan balances things beautifully by often featuring couples who already know each other. ...

C+
Home by Dark

I'm not sure I’d call Home by Dark an Amish romance, but it’s definitely Amish-adjacent. The book is set in Pennsylvania Amish Country, where the author is from, and like the her, many of the characters have Pennsylvania Dutch roots. I tend to be wary of Amish books, but I did like the setting i ...

B+
Ties That Tether

Ties That Tether was a delight of a book. This is one of those romances where the conflict is all too real, the lead characters have to grow and work toward that happily ever after, and the reader will want to root for them all the way. A chance meeting between Azere, a Nigerian-Canadian woman, ...

B+
The Christmas He Loved Her

A Retro Review originally published on October 11, 2013 My tolerance for treacle tends to be low, so it probably surprises no one when I say that small-town contemporaries tend to be a mixed bag for me. Happily for me, The Christmas He Loved Her ended up being both a wonderful read and something b ...

B+
The Queen's Christmas Summons

Some of my favorite Christmas romances have a blend of darkness and light running through them. In The Queen’s Christmas Summons, Amanda McCabe does this very well. This book is filled with adventure and intrigue and yet, among all the plot action, we can still see her characters’ emotions shin ...

B
If His Kiss is Wicked

Jo Goodman is one of those authors whose books I’ve generally liked, and I have several books from her backlist sitting  in my TBR. When I saw a discussion on Twitter comparing her novels to Meredith Duran, particularly with regard to the level of angst involved, I knew immediately which author I ...

B
Hostile Pursuit

This action-packed romantic suspense novel definitely fits the “danger” prompt. The hero and heroine are in serious danger almost from the first page, and the action does not let up until the very end. Juno Rushdan has a great sense of pacing, and even if parts of it were hard for me to handle, ...

C-
His Convenient New York Bride

Sometimes I’m shallow when I pick out my books. I’ll admit that I ordered His Convenient New York Bride based 100% on the cover.  When I got to this month’s prompt and saw that it was “dressed for success”, current me was thanking January 2020 me for getting a book that would actually fit ...

A-
Like Lovers Do

I love a good vacation romance and Like Lovers Do features some of my favorite plot points, so this book sounded like it would be catnip for me. And it was. If you enjoy friends-to-lovers romances, this is a great one. Dr. Nicole (Nic) Allen is finishing up her residency at Johns Hopkins and soon ...

B
Hidden

When a woman is found brutally murdered on Austin’s lakeside hike-and-bike trail, investigative reporter Bailey Rhoads turns up on the scene demanding access and answers. She tries to pry information out of the lead detective, Jacob Merritt. But this case is unlike any he’s ever seen, and nothin ...