Reviews by Lynn Spencer

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Love Finds You in Valentine, Nebraska

I remembered liking a few of Irene Brand's inspirational romances when I was about twelve, so I decided to give Love Finds You in Valentine, Nebraska a whirl.My twelve-year-old self might have enjoyed this book, but as an adult? Um...train-wreck would be a good term to use here. I actually read it i ...

B
Suspicious Hearts

Since I love to comb the shelves at used bookstores and pick up older romances, I always love it when we have Old School month at TBR Challenge.  This time around, I chose a 1992 Harlequin Historical that turned out to be something of a gem. The author got her rights back for the book, so the novel ...

C+
Judgment Road

Where to start with Judgment Road? Well, I think it's fair to say that there is a subgroup of romance readers that will really love it and another that will find the graphic depictions of biker club life very off-putting. This is an often visceral book that will generate strong reactions from reader ...

B-
Yukon Wedding

Don't be fooled by that cover. If you can get past the overdose of pink... um... something and what looks like a turtle shell on that poor heroine's head, you will be treated to a rather endearing story. This is a good marriage of convenience story. How good?  I'm not even a giant fan of this trope ...

B-
The Broken Girls

The Broken Girls by Simone St. James: A Roundtable Discussion Simone St. James is well-loved by the staff here at AAR, so we have been eagerly anticipating her new book. The Broken Girls is a dual-timeline story centered around a boarding school for the teenaged girls society has turned its back ...

B+
The House on Foster Hill

Sometimes I pick up a book on a whim and it turns out to be fantastic. The House on Foster Hill was just such a reading experience. A 'creepy old house' novel with a gothic feel and a dual timeline story? Well, it's easy to see what drew me in here. The suspenseful story and addictive storytelling ...

B
Hello Stranger

Like a lot of readers, I've been looking forward to reading Hello Stranger. I've read a number of Lisa Kleypas' novels and some have long lingered in my mind because at her best, Kleypas writes vivid characters and tells great emotional stories. I deeply enjoyed parts of this novel, but I found it a ...

B
Forbidden

Beverly Jenkins has been an autobuy for me ever since I was first introduced to her books as a reviewer. Since our prompt this month calls for reading an author with more than 1 book in our TBR, it was an easy call for me. I tend to accumulate books far more rapidly than I read them (I know, I know) ...

C+
What the Earl Needs Now

Good Earls Don't Lie was one of my favorite books of 2016, so I jumped at the chance to get my hands on the second book in Michelle Willingham's The Earls Next Door series, What the Earl Needs Now. This novel tells the story of what happens when Lily Thornton, sister of the preceding book's heroine ...

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Next Year in Havana

This island will break your heart if you let it. Home, exile, family and above all, hope. These themes all figure prominently in Next Year in Havana, Chanel Cleeton's beautiful novel of love and Cuba. We see the love stories of a grandmother and her granddaughter playing out in Havana, but we also ...