Reviews by Lynn Spencer

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Shattered Haven

I’m an aficionado of creepy house stories, so that was the very first thing I thought of when I saw “Location Location Location” as a prompt. I tried a couple of gothics that didn’t quite do it for me, and then as I combed through my books, I saw Shattered Haven. The mention of a house cont ...

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The Astronaut and the Star

I’ll admit that I cheated a little on TBR Challenge this month. I usually try to dig deep into the archives of my TBR, but when I saw the “Grumpy” prompt, all I could think of was the grumpy/sunshine romance I’d picked up from Amazon First Reads last month, based entirely on the author’s h ...

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Big Bad Wolf

Big Bad Wolf is a deliciously sexy take on Little Red Riding Hood that held up pretty well for me.There’s a mansion overlooking the Maine woods and its owner, Wolf Trevelyan, is pretty much the local bogeyman. Rumor has it he killed his first wife on their wedding night, and he’s stayed s ...

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Playing House

Playing House, a novella by Ruby Lang, is first in a trilogy I’ve been meaning to read. The best parts of this story definitely live up to the rave reviews I’ve seen on Twitter, though I found myself wishing that there was a bit more to this one.Fay Liu has quite the meet-cute with her forme ...

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Miracles and Menorahs

I’m always up for a holiday romance. I’m definitely in the “love it” camp for Christmas romances, which tend to have both passionate fans and die-hard avoiders. However, I love reading about other holidays as well, whether from traditions I share or not. In my case, part of my family is Jewi ...

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Healing Her Emergency Doc

We figure out early on that Laura and Tom went through medical school together. There was apparently some spark of chemistry between them back in the day that led to flirtation and then – a really awkward parting shortly before graduation. They haven’t seen each other in the intervening seven ye ...

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The Ivy Tree

If you’re looking for a book with hidden secrets and a creepy old house, The Ivy Tree definitely hits that sweet spot.The set-up will definitely catch one’s attention. Mary Grey has travelled from Canada to Northumberland, and while enjoying a day outing to Hadrian’s Wall, she gets accos ...

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Island Fling With the Surgeon

I’ve read more than a few category romances (mostly Harlequin Presents) set in lush, tropical locales. However, many of those books featured Western tourists discovering themselves and finding love in a beautiful, foreign place.  In this novel, the fictional island of St. Eustace is where the lea ...

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The Bluestocking Duchess

Julia Justiss’ historicals often read somewhat like trads with a little extra depth to them, so I pulled The Bluestocking Duchess out of my stack and came away quite charmed.The hero and heroine start off on somewhat equal social footing. Jocelyn Sudderfeld is the daughter and sister of schola ...

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Dangerous Deception

I love romantic suspense, so “secrets and lies” was a perfect prompt for me. I went digging through my category romances and came up with one that has a rather unusual twist. I’ve dealt with books that have big secrets or people living double lives, but could your whole life be a lie without y ...