Romance Book Reviews (page 2)

HEROES ARE MY WEAKNESS by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"Heart-wrenching and uplifting, with witty dialogue, emotional depth, and details that give substance and texture to an already entertaining, engrossing story."
Sick, broke and homeless, Annie Hewitt must retreat to the cottage her mother left her, even if it is on a remote island off the coast of Maine—and even if Theo Harp, the boy who tried to kill her when they were teenagers and who is now a best-selling horror author, is ensconced in the Gothic mansion next door. Read full book review >
HER LAST WHISPER by Karen Robards
ROMANCE
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"A tightly written ghostly romantic suspense novel with intriguing supernatural elements and sizzling sexual tension."
Serial killer expert and ghost whisperer Dr. Charlotte Stone feels honor bound to help when a colleague's sister falls into the clutches of a Las Vegas murderer, even though getting involved threatens her life and her ghost lover's existence. Read full book review >

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT YOU by Rachel Gibson
ROMANCE
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"An entertaining read, full of witty repartee, sexual tension and a romantic tango between two attracted but conflicted main characters."
An ex-Navy Seal fighting an addiction thinks he's seeking peace and quiet in Truly, Idaho, but discovers that what he's really looking for is the haven living right next door in the form of a beautiful single mom and her mischievous daughter. Read full book review >
MEAN STREAK by Sandra Brown
ROMANCE
Released: Aug. 19, 2014

"Brown's novels share several qualities: They're entertaining, competently written, full of twists and turns, but ultimately forgettable."
The perennially best-selling Brown checks in with another "woman-in-peril–hunky-guy-to-the-rescue" romantic thriller. Read full book review >
ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER by Stephanie Perkins
ROMANCE
Released: Aug. 14, 2014

"A satisfying dose of first love's physical and emotional thrall. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Engaging teen characters with page-turning love lives offer ample vicarious pleasures. Read full book review >

LOVE LETTERS by Debbie Macomber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 12, 2014

"Hurt feelings are mended in believable and unexpectedly uplifting ways, and a cliffhanger ending for Jo Marie begs for a swift resolution in the next book."
The sounds of bickering permeate the walls of a bed-and-breakfast in the latest installment of the best-selling author's Rose Harbor series. Read full book review >
SIERRA SUNRISE by Dorothy Shamah
ROMANCE
Released: Aug. 7, 2014

"An interesting but incongruous attempt to render a hiker's quest."
In this romance novel, an avid backpacker finds the true meaning of her existence, and overcomes her past, while taking on new experiences during her retirement. Read full book review >
LOVE AND LET SPY by Shana Galen
ROMANCE
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"The fun, ebullient spy-driven plot is gratifyingly over-the-top in a Bond-movie way, while the romantic arc remains authentic and affecting."
Despite her success as a spy, Jane Bonde is still beholden to strict social mores, so when her spymaster uncle pressures her to marry enigmatic Dominic Griffyn, she's totally conflicted. Read full book review >
MY BEAUTIFUL ENEMY by Sherry Thomas
ROMANCE
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"A thought-provoking exploration of gender roles in the East and West and in the historical romance genre. It's also a darn good read."
This historical romance doubles as an adventure story about two travelers in China who fall in love, only to discover that they're on opposite sides in a political chess game. Read full book review >
SWEETSHOP OF DREAMS by Jenny Colgan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2014

"A sweet and delicious journey."
Rosie Hopkins has settled into life in London—with "settle" being the operative word—when her job gets put on hiatus and her mother convinces her to help an elderly great-aunt who lives in a country village and owns a sweet shop. Read full book review >
BREATHE INTO ME by Sara Fawkes
ROMANCE
Released: July 29, 2014

"Annoying forced drama and a heroine who will call her abusive ex-boyfriend on the cellphone she bought to avoid him when she needs a little help: Skip it."
Lacey St. James has hit rock bottom; just as she decides she needs to make changes, she meets Everett, an intriguing stranger who helps her make more empowering choices. Read full book review >
I ADORED A LORD by Katharine Ashe
ROMANCE
Released: July 29, 2014

"Sparkling and witty, with tender romance and sizzling sensuality."
When Ravenna Caulfield is forced by her elder sister to attend a house party, she encounters mean girls, a murder mystery and maybe the man of her dreams. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Lauren Oliver
author of ROOMS
September 29, 2014

Lauren Oliver is known for her best-selling young adult novels (including the Delirium trilogy) but her new novel Rooms is her first written for adults. We ask her about making the transition, finding new readers, and writing a ghost story. Rooms actually has two story lines that nicely collide: First, a ghost story in which the ghosts can’t leave the house but don’t know why. Second, an estranged family story in which the ex-husband dies, leaving his alcoholic ex-wife, angry daughter and disaffected teen son to clean out their former home, not knowing that it's haunted. We go ghost-hunting with Lauren Oliver this week at Kirkus TV. View video >