Reviews by Lynn Spencer

B-
Miranda

Do you remember when every Regency historical had to have a spy, adorable urchins or both? Published in 1996, this novel predates the years where readers could find a spy skulking in every ballroom and it does avoid many of the clichés in which spy romances of the early 2000s abound. I wasn't sure ...

B+
All Beautiful Things

Those readers who are active on Twitter may have seen Nicki Salcedo's response to Suzanne Brockmann's speech at RWA. If you haven't, it's worth a read. I found it infuriating and eye-opening all at once. But then, as I read through Salcedo's description of her debut novel, All Beautiful Things, I kn ...

B
Seduced by the Badge

I've enjoyed some of Deborah Fletcher Mello's novels for Kimani, so when I saw her starting a new series with Harlequin Romantic Suspense, I picked up Seduced by the Badge on a whim. While it has a few uneven spots, the book is still very readable, and I enjoyed this author's jump from contemporary ...

C-
One Match Fire

As a reviewer, I have all kinds of thoughts when I pick up a book for the first time. Sometimes I'm eager to see what an author I admire is doing next, or I'm curious about an author whose works I've never read. And then there are the plot descriptions that call me like catnip. One Match Fire defini ...

A-
Forever and Ever

Ah...the Wyckerley trilogy. At one time, this trilogy was very well-known to historical romance fans. The first two books, To Love and To Cherish and To Have and To Hold, tend to garner lots of discussion among readers. As it came time to pick a TBR Challenge read, I realized that while I have read ...

B-
Bound for Eden

Début author?  Western romance?  Why yes, sign me up please. Bound for Eden is quite unlike most of the Westerns I've read, but once I got into it, I quite enjoyed myself. This novel has plenty of adventure, but pairs it with a light and humorous tone which makes for quite the wagon train romp. ...

B+
Familiar Stranger in Clear Springs

I was craving a second-chance-at-love tale, so I pulled Familiar Stranger in Clear Springs, a 2016 Harlequin Historical, out of the stack. This one is a sweet, charming Western with an HEA I was happy to see. Definitely a successful read. Tom Barrington and Elizabeth Morley first met in La Playa ...

A-
The Most Marvellous Summer

As far as TBR Challenges go, “comfort reads” always makes for a tough prompt. My definition of a comfort read generally involves rereading a much-loved book. It doesn’t do much to whittle down the TBR mountain, but such is life. After some thought and rummaging through my bookcases, I surfac ...

C-
Love Finds You in Valentine, Nebraska

I remembered liking a few of Irene Brand's inspirational romances when I was about twelve, so I decided to give Love Finds You in Valentine, Nebraska a whirl.My twelve-year-old self might have enjoyed this book, but as an adult? Um...train-wreck would be a good term to use here. I actually read it i ...

B
Suspicious Hearts

Since I love to comb the shelves at used bookstores and pick up older romances, I always love it when we have Old School month at TBR Challenge.  This time around, I chose a 1992 Harlequin Historical that turned out to be something of a gem. The author got her rights back for the book, so the novel ...