Reviews by Lisa Fernandes

B+
A Curse of Queens

In A Curse of Queens, book four in Amanda Bouchet's Kingmaker Chronicles, series leads Cat and Griffin make way for Jo and Flynn’s romance to play out, and take on more of a supporting role - though their trials and tribulations make up a large part of this story. The three kingdoms of Thalyria ...

A-
The Rivals of Casper Road

Roan Parrish continues to produce incredibly beautiful, incredibly lovable romances, and this Harlequin Special Edition does everything that I love about the line - focus in on small-town romance and everyday relationships writ large with a lovely portrait of two men coming together and finding real ...

C
An Indiscreet Princess

Being a child of Queen Victoria was not easy, especially after the passing of her beloved Prince Albert, whose memory obsessed the monarch’s waking hours until her own death.Nine of the queen’s ten children were unmarried at the time of Albert’s death, and Arthur, Leopold and Beatrice were ...

B-
How the Wallflower Was Won

The previous novel in Eva Leigh’s Last Chance Scoundrels series was a delightfully spicy romp, and the spice is most definitely evident in book two How the Wallflower Was Won. But the use of a disappointing and unnecessary third act break-up pulls the final grade down a bit. Now that Kieran ...

B+
Foul Lady Fortune

Chloe Gong never fails to take her readers on a journey. Foul Lady Fortune opens a fresh series for her, but also serves as a continuation of the adventures of the Shakesperian characters in her These Violent Delights duology. This novel provides Rosalind’s story. I liked it only slightly less tha ...

D+
The Make-Up Test

The Makeup Test has an unfortunate one-two punch under its belt: its unlikable characters do unlikable things. A lot. Howe’s breezy writing keeps the reader engaged, but with these characters that’s not necessarily a pleasant thing.Allison Avery is finally on her way. A freshwoman at Claymor ...

C-
Angelika Frankenstein Makes Her Match

Will the Sally Thorne I loved so long ago please return to the five and dime? Of the three novels she’s released since The Hating Game took romancelandia by storm, I was partial to Second First Impressions but disliked 99 Percent Mine.  Angelika Frankenstein Makes Her Match falls right between th ...

C
Something in the Heir

Something in the Heir is old-fashioned cheesy sitcom goodness that trips and stumbles over its own flawed plotting. It’s basically We’re the Millers minus the drug selling part and with the addition of a whole lot of UST. The plot involves a convenient marriage that must look as real as possible ...

B+
Sweetwater and the Witch

Jayne Castle brings fans back to the playful fantasy universe she created with her Ghost Hunters universe in Sweetwater and the Witch. The quirky home of living Dust Bunnies and unexpected magic, it’s a lot of fun to delve into, but this definitely isn’t the kind of series one picks up midstream ...

C-
The Magic of Lemon Drop Pie

If only life were as easy as lemon drop pie.  At least that’s how Lolly Blanchard feels in Rachel Linden’s Wonderbread-bland The Magic of Lemon Drop Pie.  Lolly’s whole life revolves around baking lemon meringue pies for The Eatery, the family business ever since the 1950s.  The diner has s ...