Reviews by Lynn Spencer

B-
Seduction and the CEO

Sometimes I've read books that are a mishmash of parts, but Seduction and the CEO almost felt like two different books. The story got off to a solid start, but then just as I started to settle into the story, I hit the second half. From there, the cliches grew and the pacing faltered, leaving me w ...

C+
Under the Gun

I used to read a fair number of Harlequin Intrigues, but lately most of my romantic suspense reading has been of the single title variety. I missed my series reads, so I picked up several recently, including this one by an author I've been curious about. While I liked the author's tone, the timing ...

B+
The Battle Sylph

Every now and then I read a book that I adore, but that I find difficult to describe without spoiling it for others. The Battle Sylph is just such a book. The plotting is good and the world created here rather intricate, but everything reveals itself in layers and the journey is part of the fun. ...

B-
Heart of Stone

I first discovered Jill Marie Landis' mainstream historicals via a used book store when I was in college and I've been happy to see her writing historicals again recently. She writes inspirational historicals now, and Heart of Stone, which kicks off a new series, is a pleasant if sometimes uneven r ...

C-
The Skull Ring

Do you remember the Satanist scare of the 1980s? I was just a little kid then, but I remember the vague rumors of eeeeeevil doings in remote fields. By the time these tales filtered down to elementary school playgrounds, they had grown into frightening gory epics indeed. When I saw that The Skull ...

C
Wilderness

We already know werewolves are big business. Further proof of this? Just check out the newest edition of Wilderness. This fantasy book debuted to great reviews in the mainstream press nearly twenty years ago and has now been repackaged to look like a paranormal romance. Which it kind of is. But ...

B
A Midwife Crisis

Americana romances seem to be making somewhat of a comeback in the mainstream romance world, and I couldn't be happier. As with any style, I wouldn't want to read all-Americana, all the time, but I do find them sweet and heartwarming when done well. A Midwife Crisis has a few issues, but those who e ...

B
The Charmer

One of my goals this year is to read some of the Harlequin lines that I don't read as often. Blaze is fairly new to me, but I've read several so far and enjoyed them all. The Charmer has a few plot points that irked me, but the book is well-written and enjoyable overall. The bo ...

D
The Reckoners

Every now and again, I read a book that I can sum up in one word. My word for The Reckoners? Frustrating. At the heart of the story lies an interesting setup. Rather than the more frequently seen vampires and werewolves, Durgin centers the book around Garrie, a young woman who ...

A-
Countess of Scandal

Sometimes when I'm reading a book, there's not one major thing that makes the book stand out, but rather lots of little details that come together to create an amazing world. That's exactly what happens in Countess of Scandal. This book has a rarely used and well-drawn setting, good characters, and ...