Reviews by Lisa Fernandes

C-
My Darling Duke

You know a novel’s in trouble when you’re rolling your eyes at the premise four pages into it. Stacy Reid’s My Darling Duke has decent characters, but it well earns its low grade because its characters do not practice the fine art of logic.  Only some adept writing and a really interesting he ...

A-
Walk Me Home

Well-written and touching,  Walk Me Home is a good character study, a worthwhile comedy and a moving romance, all about the importance of forgiveness and healing. Wealthy Charlie Nash is back at Silverlake Ranch to attend the wedding of her cousin, Will.  The last thing she wants to do is be th ...

C+
Forever My Duke

Forever My Duke is one of those ‘just okay’ romances, one that has its sweet points but whose joints creek alarmingly. Hadrian Ames, Eighth Duke of Clayton, is on his way to dinner with his family and his prospective bride when he’s waylaid at a taproom by an ice storm.  He has not seen hi ...

A-
The Prince of Broadway

A spicy story of gamblers and ruthlessness, The Prince of Broadway is a unique experience and one heck of a way to end 2019. Clayton Madden is a rough-and-tumble casino owner who can make or break a man with a flick of his finger.  All the high society types come to wager at his casino -his prid ...

B
Second-Chance Sweet Shop

Second Chance Sweet Shop is a very pleasant romance about a patisserie owner who falls in love with a single-father dentist six years her junior. Unfortunately there are a few hiccups that keep it from reaching DIK status. Having recently divorced an abusive country star, Sasha Manning has finall ...

C-
Getting Dirty

Getting Dirty falls into the trap a lot of the books in Harlequin’s Dare line fall into, in that it wants to be daring and naughty but falls afoul of typical romance conventions.  And the conventions it shows us aren’t that great, either. Private dick Ash has been assigned to uncover the sec ...

C
The Glittering Hour

The Glittering Hour is a blood-letter of a novel, lacerating the reader nonstop with its depressing plot twists. It’s one of those novels that’s well-written and has interesting characters, but as those characters all but go out of their way to make themselves miserable, the reader becomes annoy ...

D+
Never Enough

Unlikable characters and hyper-hormonal behavior are the norms in Never Enough, which is only saved from an F grade by how well the author captures life on the road among modern bullriders. Brock Shaw has been a bullrider for years. Life has become a series of motel rooms and fat purses – and l ...

C
Miss Amelia's Mistletoe Marquess

Miss Amelia’s Mistletoe Marquess is a quick, uneven read with a heroine who sometimes tilts a little too close to TSTL. But those who enjoy the notion of a grumpy hero being defrosted by a wide-eyed proper miss who yearns to be ‘bad’ will enjoy this one. Amelia (Millie) Fairclough is a woma ...

C
Duty or Desire

Duty or Desire is a perfectly fine mid-level contemporary romance in which the woman in the relationship is the billionaire and The closely knit Westmoreland family and their extended clan have gathered to celebrate the housewarming for Bane Westmoreland and his new wife Crystal when an elderly c ...