Romance Book Reviews (page 16)

MAKE ME LOSE CONTROL by Christie Ridgway
ROMANCE
Released: Dec. 30, 2014

"Part passionate romance, part fulfilling family drama, overall a sexy, touching read."
After a one-night stand leaves Shay Walker feeling bruised and lonely, things turn even more problematic when she realizes her erstwhile lover is Jace Jennings, the physically and emotionally remote father of her teenage tutoring pupil. Read full book review >
SAY YES TO THE MARQUESS by Tessa Dare
ROMANCE
Released: Dec. 30, 2014

"A sparkling, emotionally lush romance."
When Clio Whitmore inherits a castle from her uncle, she decides to call off her long-standing engagement and asks her would-be brother-in-law—who's secretly in love with her—to help her get out of the marriage agreement. Read full book review >

THE DUKE IN MY BED by Amelia Grey
ROMANCE
Released: Dec. 30, 2014

"It also takes a few unnecessary sideways steps, like Bray's trip into the remote countryside to visit a grieving friend, but overall, it's an entertaining read, and the characters are lively and interesting."
A wild young lord is maneuvered into making a vow to marry the sister of a dying comrade, but the lady refuses to cooperate. Read full book review >
THE BOOK OF HOURS by Maria Elena Alonso-Sierra
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 29, 2014

"Entertaining over-the-top melodrama, with a nonsensical plot pitting an appealing pair of lovers against a dastardly villain."
The adventurous romance of Gabriella Martinez and Richard Harrison continues in Alonso-Sierra's follow-up to The Coin (2014). Read full book review >
Violets & Violence by Morgan Parker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 15, 2014

"An entertaining bit of fluff; implausible in parts but delivers romance and violence, per the title.
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A magician falls for an investment adviser in another mystery/romance by prolific author Parker (Surviving Goodbye, 2014, etc.).Read full book review >

Almost Eden by Richard Taylor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 10, 2014

"Wartime romance that refreshingly forgoes the sentimentality."
In this third novel in a trilogy, a "donut dollie"—a Red Cross volunteer during the Vietnam War—finds love with a soldier, but his experiences in the jungle will have lasting repercussions on their future together. Read full book review >
Katerina's Tears by Michael Amicone Galitello
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 4, 2014

"An affecting debut about a young woman's suffering and triumph."
A sweet, sad tale of love lost and found in the world of high fashion. Read full book review >
SEDUCTION by Molly Cochran
ROMANCE
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"Though not perfect, this is a layered and well-told story with an unlikely and endearing heroine. (Paranormal romance. 13 & up)"
With her boyfriend spending all of his time with his once-estranged uncle, 17-year-old Katy Ainsworth flees to Paris for cooking school and an adventure of her own. Little does she know that a summer abroad will nearly cost her her life. Read full book review >
IN BED WITH A SPY by Alyssa Alexander
ROMANCE
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"Angel loves her for her strength but also longs to protect her, which causes friction throughout this delightful novel."
The Regency-era widow of a British Army major joins forces with a spy to expose a ring of assassins in this combination romance and thriller. Read full book review >
ROULETTE by Megan Mulry
ROMANCE
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"A sexy, intense romance set against a deluxe backdrop."
A life-altering vacation leaves Miki Durand practically running her father's international conglomerate and sharing a passionate encounter with a French billionaire, forcing her to re-evaluate her mapped-out life. Read full book review >
NEVER JUDGE A LADY BY HER COVER by Sarah MacLean
ROMANCE
Released: Dec. 1, 2014

"A worthy conclusion to an extraordinary series."
After she's spent the last decade incognito, posing as the most enigmatic (male) casino owner in England, a ruined lady re-enters society to secure her daughter's rightful place in the beau monde, attracting suitors, enemies and the attention of a handsome newspaper magnate. Read full book review >
SECRET OF A THOUSAND BEAUTIES by Mingmei Yip
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 25, 2014

"A runaway train of a plot, in which our heroine suffers four marriages, two pregnancies, three tragic deaths and too many coincidences in a two-year span to be believable, yet the narrative has a certain cheeky, boundless energy that propels the reader to a gratifying conclusion."
Set in 1930s China, Yip's latest intrigue follows a runaway "ghost wife" as she finds a place in the world amid imperial loyalists and the rumblings of revolution. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Emma Straub
author of MODERN LOVERS
May 30, 2016

In Emma Straub’s new novel Modern Lovers, friends and former college bandmates Elizabeth and Andrew and Zoe have watched one another marry, buy real estate, and start businesses and families, all while trying to hold on to the identities of their youth. But nothing ages them like having to suddenly pass the torch (of sexuality, independence, and the ineffable alchemy of cool) to their own offspring. Back in the band’s heyday, Elizabeth put on a snarl over her Midwestern smile, Andrew let his unwashed hair grow past his chin, and Zoe was the lesbian all the straight women wanted to sleep with. Now nearing fifty, they all live within shouting distance in the same neighborhood deep in gentrified Brooklyn, and the trappings of the adult world seem to have arrived with ease. But the summer that their children reach maturity (and start sleeping together), the fabric of the adult lives suddenly begins to unravel, and the secrets and revelations that are finally let loose—about themselves, and about the famous fourth band member who soared and fell without them—can never be reclaimed. “Straub’s characters are a quirky and interesting bunch, well aware of their own good fortune, and it’s a pleasure spending time with them in leafy Ditmas Park,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >