Reviews by Lynn Spencer

B+
Soul of Fire

In addition to romance, fantasy and historical fiction are both great loves of mine. In Soul of Fire, Sarah A. Hoyt blends both quite artfully into an unforgettable adventure story. Though set in a Victorian world that never was, I almost wish it could have existed. For a tale populated with flyi ...

D
The Midnight Man

I like historical romances in general and have a particular weakness for those with a side helping of the dark and gothic. From the cover blurb and the opening chapter, The Midnight Man promised to contain both. Unfortunately it delivered more flashbacks to the "I don't trust you," "I don't trust ...

C-
Mystic Rider

Though Mystic Rider features a fantastic setting and an intriguing premise, the thin characterization and uninspired meandering of the story quickly show the reader that this will be merely an average read. The story glimmers with promise at its best points, but the the flaws ultimately outweigh th ...

C
The Cat

In The Cat, Jean Johnson builds upon the world created in her earlier Sons of Destiny books and delivers the tale of the fifth of the eight brothers creating the kingdom of Nightfall. Though Johnson's world-building is unique and shows promise, the characters feel a little hackneyed and the result ...

C
A Soldier's Homecoming

As a fan of Rachel Lee's Conard County series, I was excited to see a new entry at long last. At her best, Lee creates very sympathetic (and often tortured) characters, and very tender relationships. Unfortunately, A Soldier's Homecoming is nowhere near the best that this author is capable of wri ...

B
Reckless

One of the things I really liked about Reckless is that the author manages to avoid one of the major problems I encounter all too frequently in romantic suspense novels: One of two major plot points often gets short shrift. On the suspense side, this can lead to a sloppy ending to the mystery in whi ...

B+
The Desert Prince's Proposal

Every now and again I'm in the mood for a quick, breezy read and a well-written series romance fills the bill quite nicely. The Desert Prince's Proposal is a delightful fairy tale, and does a near perfect job of whisking one away from the everyday. Bria Green grew up in wealthy Australian soci ...

C+
Dangerous to Touch

With Dangerous to Touch, Jill Sorenson takes the familiar device of the psychic heroine and creates a vivid story that I found quite intriguing. The suspense is intense and the talents and struggles of Sidney Morrow felt plausible. Though pacing flaws the book, this is an author to watch. Sid ...

B
Kill Me if You Can

As Kill Me if You Can opens, we learn that home renovator Tish Amble has returned to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan for her newest job - the cabin where she spent part of her childhood. The narrator takes the reader on a fascinating journey in which the mysteries of Tish's past start creeping into ...

C-
One Wrong Step

Have you ever had a close guy friend who started dating a woman who is not only manipulative and selfish, but also has so many issues you half-expect to see a caravan of sherpas carrying them behind her everywhere she goes and you long to tell him to run, run, run before the inevitable trainwreck oc ...