Reviews by Lynn Spencer

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 ...

A-
Practically Wicked

I still remember the first time I read Georgette Heyer's Venetia. I loved that story because the intelligent characters made me want, more than anything, for them to fall in love and live happily ever after. I found myself having similar feelings as I read Practically Wicked by Alissa Johnson. The c ...

B
A Study in Seduction

"Gee, that math is so romantic!" Um...yeah. I'm pretty sure I've never heard those words uttered. I like trying new-to-me authors, and I'm almost always up for reading historicals, so I decided to try out A Study in Seduction even if I feared the mathematician angle wouldn't exactly sweep me off m ...

B-
Monsoon Wedding Fever

I remember seeing news online about Mills and Boon publishing romances by Indian authors for sale in India, and I had hoped that some of these might find their way to other markets as well. I've enjoyed Harlequin books from the UK and Australia, and I'm always happy to try branching out still furthe ...

C
Tainted Innocence

Great worldbuilding is the kind of thing that makes a reader hopeful. After all, if the world a story inhabits feels real and intriguing, the story itself just might have some of that magic, too. However, without a polished story, a fascinating world isn't enough on its own and that ended up being t ...

B
Sins of a Virgin

I'll admit that when I saw the title, Sins of a Virgin, my first thoughts went to the virgin widows and faux courtesans that seem to live in abundance in Romanceland, if not anywhere else. And as I started getting into the backstory, I wondered whether the spy heroine was going to be one of those fa ...

C+
The Wild Princess

This debut novel about Queen Victoria's rebellious daughter Louise had the potential to be a riveting read. After all, The Wild Princess features a heroine recognized as a strong, unconventional lady in her own day, the tantalizing hint of a story to explain some of the more mysterious aspects of t ...

B-
On the Island

As I read On the Island, I found myself growing ever more addicted to the story. This teacher-student romance set on a desert island is one of those books that really shouldn't work. Yet, it does. It really does. Though not without flaws, there's just something about this book that makes for fun ...

C
In His Sights

With romantic suspense, fantastic settings and plenty of intrigue go a long way, but a truly good read needs more than that. If the main characters don't come alive on the page and the reader has trouble connecting to them, a promising read can turn lackluster. In His Sights suffers from this issu ...

B+
Not Proper Enough

I'm a sucker for characters getting a second chance at love, so it's no surprise that I'd end up reading Not Proper Enough. As always, Carolyn Jewel's writing is polished and her characterizations delightful. With a story that is by turns very hot and very emotional, I found myself relishing the e ...