Reviews by Lynn Spencer

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 thi ...

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. ...

B-
Surrender

Sometimes I'm just in the mood to read a completely over-the-top romance. Those are the times when I'm looking for characters who are larger than life and have all kinds of vivid adventures. Pamela Clare's latest novel, the first in a new series, has its rough spots, but her tale of romance set duri ...

C
Kiss from a Rogue

Good-hearted, virtuous but poor heroine? Check. Roguish man of good family in search of a purpose for his life? Check. Roguish but somehow charming villagers and/or servants? Check. Well, many of the usual Regency romanceland features are certainly present here, together with a plot that revol ...

C
Wings of Morning

Most inspirationals I come across tend to have American settings, so it was nice to see something a little different. Morgan's historical is set during a time of great religious and political upheval in Scotland, so I must admit that I had high expectations for this book. Sadly, they just weren't ...