Romance Book Reviews

ANYTHING FOR YOU by Kristan Higgins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 29, 2015

"Higgins' masterful storytelling and penetrating study of human nature combined with a dollop of humor make for breathtaking, heart-wrenching, compelling romance."
When Connor O'Rourke decides he wants to marry longtime on-again, off-again secret girlfriend Jessica Dunn and she turns him down flat, he tells her it's over—but no one else will do, despite his sister's attempts at matchmaking and his wish to get over her once and for all. Read full book review >
COLD-HEARTED RAKE by Lisa Kleypas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"A gratifying series starter from a not-to-be-missed romance author."
Inheriting an earldom riddled with debt, Devon Ravenel intends to sell everything off and sink back into his feckless life—until he sets foot on the land and feels the seductive pull of responsibility and meets the beautiful widow trying to hold everything together. Read full book review >

THE BOLLYWOOD BRIDE by Sonali Dev
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"A bright, beautiful gem."
When Bollywood star Ria Parkar returns to Chicago for her cousin's wedding after having been away for 10 years, she must face Vikram, the boy she abandoned, who believes she chose a life of wealth and fame over him. Read full book review >
WHEN A SCOT TIES THE KNOT by Tessa Dare
ROMANCE
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"A brilliant, enchanting, and soul-satisfying romance."
A young debutante creates a fictional soldier-sweetheart, conveniently away in the war, to avoid a London season, then is stunned when, years later, the embodiment of her imagined beau shows up on her doorstep, prepared to marry her. Read full book review >
BROWN-EYED GIRL by Lisa Kleypas
ROMANCE
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Fans have been waiting a long time for Joe Travis' story, and they will celebrate this book."
Wedding planner Avery Crosslin meets Joe Travis—of the Houston Travises—at a society event and convinces herself that he's good for business but a bad romantic bet; rebel Joe has other plans, however, and he usually gets what he wants. Read full book review >

TREMAINE'S TRUE LOVE by Grace Burrowes
ROMANCE
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Burrowes is at the top of her game, and this latest offering is not to be missed."
A gently bred spinster scandalizes her family by providing medical care to the poor people in the local village, and even falling in love with a handsome businessman can't dissuade her from her mission. Read full book review >
ROYAL WEDDING by Meg Cabot
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2015

"This funny, heartwarming story is royally perfect from start to finish."
Princess Mia faces grown-up problems in this adult installment of Cabot's popular Princess Diaries series (Forever Princess, 2009, etc.).Read full book review >
A HEART REVEALED by Josi S. Kilpack
ROMANCE
Released: April 7, 2015

"A very compelling read."
A vain young woman in the Regency era gets her comeuppance when a mysterious affliction causes her to lose all her hair halfway through her first London season. Read full book review >
FOUR NIGHTS WITH THE DUKE by Eloisa James
ROMANCE
Released: April 1, 2015

"Historical romance at its smart, poignant best."
Desperate to keep her disabled nephew and her secret identity as a writer safe, Mia Carrington blackmails the Duke of Pindar into marrying her. Read full book review >
TRUST NO ONE by Jayne Ann Krentz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"An intriguing, textured mystery that perfectly layers humor, suspense and romance."
When Grace Elland finds her murdered boss's body, she comes to the attention of the police, a sexy new neighbor and an apparent stalker who seems linked to both this crime and a violent event from Grace's past. 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 >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >