Reviews by Lynn Spencer

B-
Tarnished

With Tarnished, Karina Cooper gives readers the first installment of a steampunk series with great promise. However, for most of the book, promise is all we get as plot gets sacrificed somewhat to extensive worldbuilding and the laying of groundwork for what one can only presume will be future book ...

A-
Dirty

The TBR Challenge theme for August 2012 is hot, steamy reads. In a sense, the book I chose, Megan Hart’s Dirty, originally published by Harlequin Spice in 2007 (and being reissued in September 2012), fits the bill. The story contains plentiful sex scenes, and they certainly are steamy. However, th ...

A-
The Sleeping Night

Starcrossed lovers show up often enough in romance, but rarely with such convincing emotion as in The Sleeping Night. Barbara Samuel's tale of an interracial couple in postwar Texas takes readers through a rollercoaster of emotion as we see her characters dealing with love, loss, and poisonous bigot ...

B
By Royal Command

If you love Medievals, definitely check out By Royal Command. Set in Anglo-Saxon England, a very colorful and under-utilized time period, this novel caught my interest from the dark and moody beginning and held it to the very end. It wasn't perfect, but it was quite good. As the novel opens, we i ...

C+
Bride of the High Country

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Having read several of Kaki Warner's books, I had high hopes for Bride of the High Country. I expected adventure, romance, and a well-told story full of genuine sweetness. A tall order to be sure, but as I read the first part of the book, I got exactly this. Then I got to the second half, where b ...

B
Midnight Rescue

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I opened up my newest romantic suspense novel, and what did I find? Well, we have a damaged soul turned kickass heroine and a bunch of hot special ops men out to save the world from the bad guys. Obviously, readers will have seen this plot before. Even if some of the trappings feel familiar, Elle ...

B
Edge of Light

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If you like your romantic suspense dark and gritty, Edge of Light is worth checking out. When I'm thinking of romantic getaways, a dungeon in Cambodia doesn't exactly top my list, so the setting of this book should be the reader's first clue that we're not getting a warm, cozy romp. However, the a ...

B
Heart of Brass

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I'll admit that I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I picked up Heart of Brass. I knew it was steampunk and that it was first in a new series, but beyond that I didn't have any real expectations. As it turns out, I ended up getting good suspense, a romance that I liked, and interesting leads. ...

C
North of Heartbreak

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So, where are you when you have a spectacular setting paired with undeveloped leads and rather humdrum plotting? Apparently that location would be North of Heartbreak. While the remote Alaskan setting caught my eye, the story itself never really sparked to life. It's nothing awful, but not terri ...

B-
Surrender to the Roman

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The ancient world could be a pretty brutal place, a reality that gets glossed over only slightly in Surrender to the Roman. While that might put some readers off, I was curious to see what an author would do with a captor/captive romance set in the harsh world of the Roman Empire. I'm glad I gave ...