Reviews by Lynn Spencer

B
The Tutor

With The Tutor, Hope Tarr gives readers a very enjoyable late Victorian tale with both plenty of steamy scenes as well as plenty of romance. I've read erotic romances that were erotic without being very romantic on an emotional level, and I've read some where the cover was the steamiest thing about ...

B
Chased by Moonlight

I've certainly come across the Investigator in Love with Lead Suspect plotline before, but Chased by Moonlight puts an interesting spin on it. The characters are strong, the story dark and twisty, and the overall result largely works. This is a very unique series, which is no easy thing to do in t ...

C-
Betrayed

Betrayed was both a hard book for me to read and a hard one for me to grade. With leads who tend toward feistiness and a mind-numbing overusage of Scots dialect, I found it difficult to read at times. And, since I loved the time period and found the history here fascinating, I have to admit that i ...

B
Cold Sight

I've read rave reviews of Leslie Parrish's novels from my colleagues here at AAR, so when I got the chance to review the opening book of her next series, I jumped on it. Cold Sight begins her Extrasensory Agents series, a romantic suspense series touched with a hint of the paranormal. Parrish ble ...

B+
Exit Light

When I see Megan Hart's name, I usually think erotic romance. After all, she does write them well. However, I knew going into Exit Light that this book would be a little different. It's not erotic romance, but speculative fiction. And as it turns out, Megan Hart writes this genre well, too....

B-
The Pastor Takes a Wife

At its best, Anna Schmidt's writing is truly lyrical. I'm primarily familiar with her through her Nantucket-set historicals, but with The Pastor Takes a Wife, I had a chance to experience her contemporary writing. This was a sensitive and very sweet story of love and redemption that really works w ...

C+
Breath of Heaven

When a somewhat rakish knight travels to a faraway castle to answer a summons, repay a debt of honor, rescue a damsel in distress, and fall in love in the bargain, what do you get? Well, funny you should ask. On the surface, it all sounds promising, but then I started reading. Breath of Heaven def ...

B
Silent Scream

When I pick up a book by Karen Rose, I know I'm in for one heck of a thrill ride. The plotting is almost always right on target, she writes good characters, and, while her villains may tend toward the supersmart serial killers, they don't cross the line into campy eeeeevil. With Silent Scream, she d ...

C+
Wild Fling or a Wedding Ring?

I tend to enjoy the Harlequin Presents Extra books as drama-filled but with more modern characters than the usual Harlequin Presents; some, however, are definitely better than others. With uneven relationship development and plotting that didn't entirely work for me, Wild Fling or a Wedding Ring? wa ...

B
Sea of Suspicion

Deeply atmospheric and filled with twists and turns, Sea of Suspicion kept me flying eagerly through the pages. Just when I thought I'd figured things out, the author would switch them up on me. That quality, plus the steamy chemistry between the lead characters, drew me further and further into the ...