Reviews by Lynn Spencer

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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 ...

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Wings of a Dream

I read inspy romances from time to time, and I have to admit that the often gorgeous cover art tends to draw me in. A disproportionate number of books in that genre are blessed with above-average cover art. While not a seamlessly perfect read, Wings of a Dream is an appealing romance/coming-of-age ...

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Maggie Needs an Alibi

While my paranormal reading waxes and wanes, romantic suspense has been a steady favorite with me. For some reason, though, I kept starting books and setting them aside this month. I finally happened upon Maggie Needs an Alibi, first in a series from Kasey Michaels. I know Michaels' writing primaril ...

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Frost Fair

Like many romance readers, we were quite saddened to learn of the death of Edith Layton in 2009. She had a remarkable voice that was gone from us too soon. However, her daughter has been working hard not only to see her backlist republished digitally, but to publish new work as well. Frost Fair i ...

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Miranda

Do you remember when every Regency historical had to have a spy, adorable urchins or both? Published in 1996, this novel predates the years where readers could find a spy skulking in every ballroom and it does avoid many of the clichés in which spy romances of the early 2000s abound. I wasn't sure ...