Reviews by Lynn Spencer

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 ...

B+
Twisted

It's always satisfying to watch an author getting better and better with every book, and with Twisted, Laura Griffin is in top form. This is the third time I've reviewed a book by this author, and each time, she keeps honing her craft. This time around, her latest entry in the Tracers series feature ...

D
Inheritance of Shadows

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"I laughed until I cried," is perhaps not a phrase that one would expect to find in the review of a gothic romance. However, in the case of Inheritance of Shadows, it was the book's one real saving grace. If I hadn't entertained myself trying to guess sci-fi/fantasy references and giggling over (p ...

B
We'll Always Have Paris

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I love a good romantic comedy. Somehow a little silliness can work in them; things can get a little campy or over-the-top, but if the chemistry is there, audiences will still smile over it. We'll Always Have Paris reminded me of a good rom com movie in book form. It's humorous, not too demanding, an ...

B
Tempted By Her Innocent Kiss

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I originally picked up Tempted By Her Innocent Kiss for the simple reason that I don't often read the Desire line, and I was a little curious. I almost put it down after the opening chapter. Thankfully, I gave this book a chance because this story's hero starts off horribly, but has a wonderfully ...

B-
Firelight

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Debut author Kristen Callihan creates a moody, gothic vision of Victorian England for her characters and there is a lot about this book that I liked. However, the curious lack of intensity to the romance for much of the book combined with some rather odd pacing also provided less likable moments. In ...

C
Mask of the Gladiator

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Since I like to try historicals with unusual settings or characters, Mask of the Gladiator caught my eye as soon as I spied it on the publisher's website. The dramatic historical events and tensions of Caligula's Rome could make for quite a story or, as here, it could make for a rather cursory outl ...

C+
Under the Same Sky

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With some books, you just know at the beginning that it's either going to be really good or a trainwreck. However, Under the Same Sky contained such a mixture of strength and weaknesses that it ended up being a very tough book to grade. With an unusual plot, an off-the-beaten path setting, and bea ...