Reviews by Lynn Spencer

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A Noble Captive

Set on Crete during the days of the Roman Republic, A Noble Captive by Michelle Styles was definitely an unusual historical and largely an enjoyable one as well. Tribune Marcus Livius Tullio is captured on the high seas with his men and brought by pirates to Crete. When the pirates come to pay tr ...

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Love on the Run

I saw Love on the Run mentioned at the #RomBkLove hashtag on Twitter and it piqued my interest. When I saw that I already had it in my TBR along with a couple of other books from Zuri Day, I immediately decided that it would be my pick for contemporary romance month at the TBR Challenge. I don’t r ...

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The Silver Rose

While forced marriage generally isn’t my thing, I do often like Jane Feather’s novels and I love that she has often chosen less commonly used settings for her tales. Her 1997 novel, The Silver Rose, takes place in England during the reign of Queen Anne. The spirit of the time, and the lingering ...

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The Demure Miss Manning

I’ve been reading Amanda McCabe for years. Her stories tend to be comfort reads for me, and I appreciate that she’s one of the few authors out there who employs a fairly wide variety of historical settings in her books.  The Demure Miss Manning is set during the Napoleonic War, and follows a di ...

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His Convenient Highland Wedding

Janice Preston gets the Lochmore Legacy series off to a solid start with His Convenient Highland Wedding, even though the title is a bit of a misnomer. While the wedding in question no doubt serves a convenient purpose for the groom, this book starts with the heroine and in many ways, it is her char ...

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Forbidden

While I tend to gravitate to some subgenres more than others, I read across quite a few romance subgenres, and cross over into other genres of fiction as well.  I'd gotten a copy of Forbidden by Syrie James and Ryan M. James at RWA, so that 2012 release became my read for the month. I started off i ...

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A Game With One Winner

I always love the favorite tropes prompt because it invites me to dive into my category romance stash. This time around, I went for a second chance at love story. A Game With One Winner is a 2013 release by Lynn Raye Harris. Since it's Harlequin Presents, this iteration of the story gets the glitz, ...

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Beneath a Silent Moon

Note: This review contains slight spoilers for earlier books in the series. If you've not been reading Tracy Grant, you really have been missing out. Her Rannoch/Fraser series of romantic suspense features a compelling relationship, fascinating characters and worldbuilding that I just love. If yo ...

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Smoke and Ashes

Smoke and Ashes is not The Perfect Book, but it's an entertaining one and a somewhat unusual mystery. Instead of being a murder mystery, this novel focuses on a serial arsonist. The book opens with a creepy firestarting sequence before pulling the action back several days to show what led to thi ...

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Christmas Where They Belong

Bawling my eyes out doesn’t usually go with “holiday romance” for me as I tend to prefer my Christmas stories a bit more on the fairytale side. However, this year  I picked up something a bit different with Christmas Where They Belong by Marion Lennox (from 2014). Though at times a very dif ...