Reviews by Lynn Spencer

B-
Storm Born

Though I've been in a bit of a "been there, done that" slump with regard to urban fantasy lately, Storm Born, first in the Dark Swan series, was definitely good enough to shake me out of it somewhat. This tale of a shaman on a quest in the Otherworld (a land quite reminiscent of the faerie worlds I ...

B
The Rebel and the Lady

War romances have a tension and urgency to them not generally found in other settings. Something about the passion of the fight and the very real chance that events may separate the lovers can give a love story an unusally vivid quality. Though filled with hardship and grim events, at their best t ...

D
In Her Wildest Dreams

Back in the 90s, I discovered paranormals. Psychics, time-travel, creepy things that go bump in the night...all of these held a certain allure for me in my reading. When this sub-genre started to become popular again, I looked forward to finding more stories to love. Sadly, In Her Wildest Dreams ...

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 soc ...