Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

THE TRUTH ABOUT LOVE AND DUKES by Laura Lee Guhrke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 28, 2017

"An interesting tale from a well-respected author."
In Victorian London, a businesswoman and a duke may disagree about everything and still find each other irresistible. Read full book review >
HOPE BLOOMS by Jamie Pope
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 28, 2017

"An intensely emotional read with flawed characters who share a complicated history but desperately need each other to survive. Ultimately hopeful and romantic."
A teacher finds healing and hope in the aftermath of a school shooting that took the life of her husband and unborn child. Read full book review >

IT STARTED WITH A KISS by Ella Quinn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 28, 2017

"In fact, the happy and chaotic family life that takes place around the edges of the love story is what makes this novel so delightful. A fun read."
A foolish duke is too proud to tell his beloved about his problems and almost loses her as a result. Read full book review >
YOU MAY KISS THE BRIDE by Lisa Berne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 28, 2017

"A sheer delight."
A well-born but penniless orphan is compromised by a wealthy gentleman and comes to realize that all the luxuries in the world aren't enough reason to enter into a loveless marriage. Her plans to escape are foiled, though, when she begins to question her feelings—and his. Read full book review >
DANGEROUS GAMES by Tess Diamond
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 28, 2017

"A solid, appealing debut."
Maggie Kincaid, a former FBI negotiator working a sensitive kidnapping case, finds herself clashing with Jake O'Connor, a security expert also working the investigation, but as evidence of secrets and corruption emerge, he becomes her most trusted ally. Read full book review >

MILLION DOLLAR COWBOY by Lori Wilde
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 28, 2017

"The fifth book in Wilde's Cupid series is pretty heavy on the bad boy/good girl trope but manages to mostly make it work."
Kaia Alzate is a veterinary student who loves all animals—wild and domestic. Will her compassion and hope be enough to tame Ridge Lockhart, the wild man of her dreams? Read full book review >
AN EXTRAORDINARY UNION by Alyssa Cole
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 28, 2017

"A masterful tale that bodes well for future work from Cole."
A spy posing as a slave in Civil War Virginia risks her own life and the outcome of the war by falling in love with a fellow spy of another race. Read full book review >
ERNESTO by Umberto Saba
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 28, 2017

"An exciting, pithy translation that will surely leave readers electrified and wanting to read more of Saba's work."
Set at the cusp of the 20th century, Saba's story takes the reader into the mind of a teenager in small-town Trieste, Italy. Read full book review >
CONVICTION by Julia Dahl
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 28, 2017

"The novel's authenticity is enhanced by Dahl's painfully spot-on grievances about the deteriorating newspaper industry and her cogent observations about Brooklyn in both its post-millennium growth and its past lives—which somehow never seem all that far in the past."
Hard-bitten tabloid reporter Rebekah Roberts returns to investigate a decades-old triple murder case in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, finding not only a potential wrongful conviction, but also some disquieting revelations close to her own home. Read full book review >
IMMORTAL UNCHAINED by Lynsay Sands
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 28, 2017

"An imaginative and entertaining addition to the Argeneau world."
The popular Argeneau romance series expands its horizons with a mysterious island with fantastic beasts and a diabolical doctor determined to change life as we know it and find immortality no matter the cost. Read full book review >
THE ENGLISH DUKE by Karen Ranney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 28, 2017

"A compelling read in spite of the aggravating main characters."
An inventor's daughter will stop at nothing to carry out her father's last wishes—even if it means confronting a handsome but unfriendly duke in his den. Read full book review >
COMPASS by Mathias Énard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 28, 2017

"Lyrical and intellectually rich without ever being ponderous, reminiscent at turns of Mann's Death in Venice and Bowles' Sheltering Sky."
The winner of France's 2015 Prix Goncourt: a fever-dream meditation on East and West and on a lost love that binds the two worlds. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Laini Taylor
March 27, 2017

In bestselling YA writer Laini Taylor’s new fantasy novel, Strange the Dreamer, the dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? “Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling,” our critic writes. View video >