Reviews by Lynn Spencer

D
The Convict's Bounty Bride

With historicals a bit thinner on the ground these days, I find myself trying just about any that come my way in hopes of discovering buried treasure. One could plausibly argue that The Convict's Bounty Bride deserves burial, but not because it's treasure. Since Escape is Harlequin ...

A-
The Ashford Affair

Full of historical detail and a big, sweeping romance, The Ashford Affair makes for a thrilling read. As in her beloved Pink Carnation series, Willig presents readers with a story within a story. However, in this case, the modern day (or at least kind of modern - their story is set in 1999) lovers' ...

B+
Destiny's Embrace

I've long had a soft spot for Beverly Jenkins' historicals. She tends to put a lot more history into the romance than many authors, and one could never accuse her of writing wallpaper. With Destiny's Embrace, she starts a new series in 19th century California with a romance between two very strong-m ...

C
When She Said I Do

I'm a sucker for a good Beauty and the Beast story and with that in mind, I picked up When She Said I Do. This does in fact fit the fairytale archetype to an extent, but I can't call it the great read I was hoping for. Following a carriage accident, Calliope (Callie) Worthington a ...

B
The Temptation of Your Touch

Teresa Medeiros used to write books set in a wide variety of times and places and I have to admit that when she started setting everything in 19th century England, I stopped reading quite as avidly. However, her latest series sounded like it might be a bit different from much of what is on the marke ...

C-
Craving Her Soldier's Touch

Category romance authors at their very best pack a lot of emotion and characterization into a rather limited page count. Unfortunately, when they don't bring their A game, packing lots of conflict and emotion into a small book can result in a hot mess. Sadly, that's what happened throughout most of ...

B-
One Good Earl Deserves a Lover

Sarah MacLean's writing flows well stylistically, her characters tend to have great conversations, and despite the light tone suggested by her titles, go to some deep places emotionally. All of these elements were present in One Good Earl Deserves a Lover, but since the book is also saddled with a ...

B-
Finding Jordie

I've long enjoyed romantic suspense, and I have to say that Finding Jordie is one of the more unusual books that I've read lately. The execution gets a little rough in places and there's a pretty severe case of Kitchen Sink Syndrome kicking in by the end, but the worldbuilding captured my imaginatio ...

B
The One That Got Away

I've seen numerous raves online for the Mills & Boon Modern Heat/Riva line, and when I heard about KISS at RWA last summer, I got excited because I thought this line might be something similar. If Kelly Hunter's The One that Got Away is anything to go by, this line might be the perfect fix for reade ...

C+
Sealed With a Curse

Sometimes offbeat works. Unusual characters, out of the ordinary worldbuilding, all those touches that capture the imagination and make a story feel like it's not the same old thing. Sealed With a Curse has some of these elements, but they just don't fit together smoothly. The book has its promising ...