Reviews by Lisa Fernandes

D+
Iron & Velvet

Iron & Velvet is the first and highly disappointing book in a series of silly-gritty whodunits featuring Kate Kane, a mortal, hard-drinking investigator of paranormal mysteries. Physically, she’s eternally beautiful and emotionally she’s in constant trouble.  Mourning the death of her partn ...

B-
Sweet Talker

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Sweet Talker is one of those good-but-kinda-flawed romances.  Imperfect though it may be, it’s still enjoyable enough to earn a light recommendation. Jetsetting entrepreneur Ethan Auprince has a good life.  A loving brother to single brothers Finn (hero of book one in the series) and Drew (he ...

B
London's Late Night Scandal

‘Tis the season to be jolly, and London’s Late Night Scandal is both jolly and heartbreaking in its holiday setting.  A nicely written comedy of manners and a perfectly cute romance, it’s all about scholarly pursuits, true love and gentle farce. Dedicated scholar Lord Matthew Strathmore, E ...

D-
Cowboy Christmas Homecoming

What do you mean, it’s awfully early for a Christmas-centric romance novel? Sourcebooks says hah, and have a slice of moldy, bricklike fruitcake, partner - it’s time for Cowboy Christmas Homecoming! Zach Garrett is trying to move on with his life after leaving the army and a hitch in Afghanis ...

B-
The Starless Sea

Any novel by Erin Morgenstern is going to be a puzzle box of emotions, humor, slippery and sweet storytelling; an illusory tale through a dreamscape.  The Starless Sea continues in the vein of the atmosphere begun by The Night Circus, though I must report it is – tragically – a step down from t ...

C
The Earl's Christmas Pearl

Romance and the 1991 family film Home Alone are unlikely bedfellows, and Megan Frampton’s The Earl’s Christmas Pearl isn’t even the first romance to give us a historical version of the plot. Her take is an amusing and breezy Christmas novella. Pearl Howlett has accidentally been left behind ...

F
Elizabeth in the New World

Elizabeth in the New World starts out reading like over-the-top Pride and Prejudice fanfiction - until the parade of clichéd characters and racist stereotypes began, and my initial amusement turned to incredulity, then anger, then repulsion, then disgust.  By the end of the book, I was beyond done ...

C
A Dash of Christmas

#MeToo comes to the fluffy universe of Samantha Chase’s Montgomery Brothers series with A Dash of Christmas.  So do busybody matchmaking grandmas, but that’s par for the course with a Chase novel. Emery Grace Monoghan is in a bit of a pickle.  Her congressman fiancé, has been accused of ra ...

B
A Little Light Mischief

Cat Sebastian’s A Little Light Mischief is well-characterized, romantic and fun, but has a few bumps and flaws along the way. Banished from her family, estranged from her abusive vicar father, genteel but down-at-heel Alice Stapleton has her eye on Molly Wilkins, the maid of the woman to whom s ...

D-
Summer Heat

The set-up of the Wildflowers series is admittedly unique, taking the story of three couples falling in love at the same place and using each book to tell the parallel story. But the plot of Summer Heat, much like most Jell-O molds in the hot sun, refuses to solidify.  As I delved into the book ...