Reviews by Lynn Spencer

B
A Lady Raised High

I really enjoyed The Spanish Bride, the first book in Berkley's Wives of Henry VIII series written under the group pseudonym of Laurien Gardner, and the latest entry in the series also does not disappoint. This particular Laurien Gardner novel was written by Jennifer Ashley, an author normally ass ...

B+
Her Scandalous Marriage

Okay. I'll admit it. When I read the back cover blurb on my ARC and discovered that I had to read a book about some nobleman forced to take his dead great-uncle's bastard children and launch them into society, I thought I was going to be in for something trite and downright painful. Thank goo ...

B
On Wings of Deliverance

Since most romantic suspense seems geared toward crime and action with little rumination on the moral issues of crime and punishment, I was not quite sure what to expect from an inspirational romantic suspense novel. For obvious reasons, a novel written with a consideration of the Christian lif ...

B+
Winds of the Storm

I am so glad I read this book. I had never read any of Beverly Jenkins' novels before and didn't know what to expect, but I came away from this story very impressed. Jenkins does a wonderful job of balancing passion, emotion, an exciting story, and a masterful command of history, and, while this did ...

B
The Gate to Eden

Some might think that the primitive conditions, struggle, and poverty of settlers in the Old West makes for an unromantic setting and in the wrong hands I can see where this would be true. Still, if done right, the West makes a spectacular backdrop for stories of strong, almost larger than life ...

B-
Love and Mayhem

There will be two types of people reading this book - those who immediately recognize the American theater standard being parodied by the author and get a few chuckles from it, and those who don't catch the send-up, take everything at face value, and wind up mightily horrified. While the romance co ...

B
Promise Me Forever

I like many different tones to my historicals. Sometimes I want a big, meaty epic, other times I just want to laugh, and sometimes I just want something that is beautifully emotional. Heath's latest release definitely fits the bill for that last category. While this book has the occasional ey ...

B-
Body Work

Serial killers and anmesia - sounds like just another run-of-the-mill series read, doesn't it? Fortunately, Fiona Brand manages to breathe new life into both of these well-used plotlines with her latest single title release. While the plotting and the action in this story really draw the reade ...

B
The Earl's Intended Wife

It's been entirely too long since I started a book and felt compelled to finish it in one sitting, but, happily, that is just what I did with Louise Allen's debut novel. Something about her prose flows so nicely that I just couldn't bring myself to leave the story until I'd gotten to the very e ...

C
Sword of Darkness

Kinley MacGregor's new series based on the Arthurian legend explores what might have happened after Arthur's final battle had the legend lived on in other people throughout the centuries. In MacGregor's world, the good knights of Round Table and Morgen le Fay's evil minions continue to do battle. ...