Reviews by Lynn Spencer

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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 ...

B
A Christmas Beau

I know holiday romances tend to be a love-it-or-hate-it phenomenon with lots of readers. Personally, I love to sink myself in Christmas and other holiday romances. This year just hasn’t felt as festive, so I have to admit that I haven’t read as many as usual. However, the TBR Challengewas the p ...

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Venetia (#48 on our Top 100 Romances List)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on December 03, 2006 When you're longing to read a book with memorable characters and dialogue that can be light without insulting the reader's intelligence, Venetia is the perfect read. Of Heyer's Regencies, this is definitely one of my favorites. Thoug ...

B
Crystal Caress

For some reason, the "recommended read" prompt for the TBR Challenge always gets me tied up in knots. I think that's because it doesn't fit in very well with how my books are (not all that) organized. Since I was talking recently on Twitter about my trip to RWA in New York several years ago, I remem ...

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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...