Reviews by Lisa Fernandes

C
I Think I Love You

I Think I Love You, the fifth volume of Lauren Layne’s spicy series featuring young singletons trying to find romance in New York while working at Oxford Magazine, features advertising worker Hunter Cross, whose best friend Brit Robbins wants to get married and have kids – which is easier said t ...

B+
Ghosted

Rosie Walsh’s Ghosted (called The Man Who Didn’t Call upon its British release) takes the reader into a labyrinthine tale about the power of romantic, parental and familial love, and the lengths a person in love might be willing to go to in order to protect that love. For one perfect week, in ...

B-
Clock Dance

In Anne Tyler’s Clock Dance, readers follow Willa Drake from the ages of eleven to sixty-one and watch her make difficult decisions at every turn, choosing between broadening herself or shrinking herself to please others. As a child gamboling around the streets of 1950s Lark City, Pennsylvania, ...

C
Devoted to Pleasure

Shayla Black opens up her new series about bodyguards and the women they love with her hot new contemporary romance, Devoted to Pleasure. Professional body guard, ex-soldier and all around nice dude Cutter Bryant is desperately protective of his quasi-adopted sister, Brea Bell, who has been impre ...

D-
Minding the Light

As a New Englander who knows a bit about Nantucket’s whaling history, I was looking forward to Suzanne Woods Fisher’s continuation of her Nantucket Legacy series about characters involved in this profession at its height. Sadly, a few unfortunate choices sent Minding the Light crashing into th ...

B
The Duke and I

(NOTE: This novella was previously published in the Hot Winter Nights: Racy Regency collection) Heather Boyd’s The Duke and I is a charming and spicy regency tale in which a handsome duke falls in love with his daughter’s companion. Nicolas Westfall, Duke of Stapleton, is beside himself wi ...

C
The Mistress of Pennington's

Rachel Brimble takes us back to a time when women were just beginning to emerge as authors of their own destiny with The Mistress of Pennington’s, the first in her series of novels about a fictional department store set just after the turn of the twentieth century. Elizabeth Pennington has been ...

D+
Tempting the Laird

Julia London’s Highland Grooms series has taken readers from the union of Clan Mackenzie’s mother and father (Wild, Wicked Scot) all the way to the romantic pursuits of their children, and in this book, their youngest daughter – the independent Catriona – meets her match in a salt-of-the-ear ...

B+
The Hope of Azure Springs

Rachel Fordham’s début novel, The Hope of Azure Springs, is a very tender story about an abused woman and the sheriff who becomes enamored of her. Nineteen-year-old Em Cooper has had a difficult life.  Ending up on the Orphan Train and sent west from New York with her sister, they were separa ...

D
True Heart's Desire

Caroline Fyffe’s True Heart’s Desire is a complicated read, with an okay hero and a whiny heroine who have very little chemistry. Add on a lot of extraneous plot detail and you wind up with a romance that barely seems to factor into the story. Longshoreman Rhett Laughlin is a wannabe restaura ...