Reviews by Lynn Spencer

B
That Last Weekend

I'll admit it. I definitely picked up this book because of its cover. Something about the large, creepy house on the front just screamed gothic thriller. And That Last Weekend does have a touch of the gothic to it although it really has much more in common with the Christopher Pike thrillers I read ...

B-
Northern Lights

Originally released in 2004, Northern Lights details the adventures of an almost-but-not-quite washed up Baltimore cop turned rural Alaska police chief. His new post involves keeping order in the tiny town of Lunacy, with only 2 deputies to help him. It's a far cry from the streets of Baltimore, but ...

A-
Wilde in Love

When I saw that Eloisa James planned to start a new series this fall, I was immediately intrigued. Once I managed to get my hands on a copy of Wilde in Love, I started reading and found myself instantly charmed. I loved the universe of characters introduced in this novel and finished reading with a ...

B+
Unveiled (#79 on AAR's Top 100 Romances)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on March 29, 2011 In some books, a plethora of subplots distracts the reader from the main romance. However, in Unveiled, all the plots and subplots fit smoothly together to create a very rich reading experience. In some ways this book is as much about s ...

B-
Hidden Honor

My stack of books is much more varied than it used to be, but it still leans heavily toward historical, category romance and romantic suspense.  Rather than dither over it, I just pulled out a historical romance at random and we were off to the races.  The book in question? Hidden Honor, a 2004 re ...

D
The Forger

I select titles for review because I think a given book sounds like something I might enjoy. So it was with The Forger. I love romantic suspense and the idea of a suspense novel set in the world of art galleries caught my fancy. Of course, I then had to read the book, which unfortunately ended up be ...

C+
Secrets of a Summer Night (#84 on AAR's Top 100 Romances)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on October 3, 2004 Though I only recently discovered her books, Lisa Kleypas has quickly become one of my favorite authors. After enjoying her superb storytelling and meeting great heroes like Derek Craven and Sir Ross Cannon (my personal favorite), I th ...

B-
Break the Night

Back when I was in high school and college, I loved Silhouette's Shadows line and Break the Night by Anne Stuart was a particular favorite of mine. I recently reread the book to see how it holds up. The suspense is still compelling and I still enjoyed the story, though there were some issues with th ...

B
Silent in the Grave

Silent in the Grave is the book that introduced readers to Lady Julia Grey. While it has its romantic moments, I wouldn't say it's strictly romance. It's more a historical mystery with strong romantic elements - and rather a good one. The book opens as Lady Julia becomes a widow following events tha ...

B-
No Good Deed

I enjoy romantic suspense, and this creepy tale immediately caught my attention because of its setting. The action in Suzanne Matthews' No Good Deed unfolds in Canada during a freak snowstorm, and the author makes good use of her setting and the nightmarish weather to keep readers wondering if the ...