Reviews by Lynn Spencer

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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 ...

B
Under the Knife

I have been on a Tess Gerritsen glom lately, so even though this book isn’t part of a series, I decided to just continue trucking right along through her backlist. Most readers now would think of Rizzoli & Isles thrillers when they think of Gerritsen. However, she got her start in romantic s ...

B
A Grave Calling

Online Romancelandia has more than once observed the proliferation of painfully good, sweet heroines who could not possibly offend even the most delicate of sensibilities. If you are in the camp that has bemoaned this development, Julie Hall of A Grave Calling will definitely stand out for you. I c ...

B-
All the Lies We Tell

Megan Hart is an autobuy author for me. And even though this particular book didn't entirely work for me, she's still going to be an autobuy author because it contains much of what makes her work unique. Technically, she's a solid and often vivid writer, she creates unique characters and she puts th ...

B-
A Rumored Engagement

I'm a sucker for second-chance-at-love stories. I have autobuy authors I love and certain settings catch my eye, but when I'm taking a chance on a new author, favorite plotlines will often call my name. And second chance stories are definitely near the top of my list, with friends-to-lovers being a ...

A
The Devil in Music

Twenty years ago, Kate Ross published the fourth (and last) of her Julian Kestrel mysteries, The Devil in Music. The entire series is strongly written and wonderful to read, but this last book contains an intricate mystery and adds depth to Kestrel's character. It was a fantastic reading experience, ...