Reviews by Lynn Spencer

B-
The Publicist: Book One

When I saw the blurb for this self-published novel, I'll admit it caught my eye. Christina George is, per the author's description, the pseudonym of someone who has worked 20+ years in the publishing industry and the book promises one author's view of the publishing world from the inside. And that p ...

C+
Waltz with a Stranger

Going into it, I knew that Waltz With a Stranger had been inspired by Edith Wharton, that it was set in the 1890s, that it featured American heiresses husband-hunting in Europe - all things that would make a story sound promising to me. And it really does have its good points. However, the story als ...

C
Beneath the Major's Scars

There are some fairytale plots I love more than others, and Beauty and the Beast is one of those stories that tends to draw my attention. There's something about that plot that just showcases the transforming power of love for me, not to mention the fact that, in the hands of a good author, it can m ...

B
Wildfire at Midnight

Mary Stewart is truly one of the greats. Her books, with their practical heroines and often exotic settings, appeal to the imagination, and she has a way of building tension throughout her narratives in such a way that it reels the reader in easily. Her writing has not only inspired all manner of ro ...

B+
Scorched

Laura Griffin knows how to tell a gripping story, so if you haven't been reading the Tracers series, you've been missing out. This series centered on the CSI expertise of the Delphi Center contains some great, edge-of-your-seat reads. Scorched is no exception, as we see forensic anthropologist Kelse ...

C-
Provoked

Provoked is actually Book 5 in Rebecca Zanetti's Dark Protectors series, but don't let that put you off. I've only read 1 1/2 of the other books in the series and had no trouble following the action in this one. What might put you off instead is the knowledge that lurking within this book lies just ...

C-
Lady Gone Bad

I like a good Western and I enjoy discovering good, new-to-me authors, so I thought I'd give Lady Gone Bad a try. From the plot and the back cover blurb, one gets the impression that it's supposed to be an action-packed road romance. Reality falls short somewhat, though, as vague plotting and haphaz ...

C+
Season for Surrender

Sometimes the hardest books to assess are the ones where the parts don't add up to a coherent whole. In Season for Surrender, the good parts of the book really were strong: Deep introspection that didn't devolve into psychobabble, characters who really do grow and change, and a sweet romance. Howev ...

D
The Devil's Thief

There's nothing like reading a wonderful book, sitting back with a smile and thinking, "Wow! That was good." On the other hand, there is also nothing like reading a book so utterly wretched that upon reaching the end, you can only sit there thinking, "Oh my goodness! It's finally over." And that's u ...

B
The Husband She Never Knew

I'll admit it. Part of what appeals to me about Harlequin Presents is the fairytale fantasy aspect of the line. I tend to pick up HP's when I'm in the mood to be whisked away to glamorous, faraway locales or just want to indulge in a bit of daydreaming about gazillionaires. The Husband She Never Kne ...