Romance Book Reviews

DISCOVERY OF DESIRE by Susanne Lord
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"If you like your romance with the sweetness of Mary Balogh's novels or the anguish of Sherry Thomas', this is one to cherish."
How do two lovers, with nary an aristocratic title or fortune between them, find their happy-ever-after in 1850s Bombay and London? Read full book review >
NO MISTRESS OF MINE by Laura Lee Guhrke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"A spellbinding, sizzling romance."
A Victorian-era cabaret dancer inherits part of a well-regarded London repertory theater, but the viscount whose family owns the other half of the business is her estranged former lover. Read full book review >

A SCOT IN THE DARK by Sarah MacLean
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Highly recommended."
When a duke's forgotten ward embroils herself in a scandal, the duke decides to deal with her himself. That's easier said than done. Read full book review >
A PROMISE OF FIRE  by Amanda Bouchet
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"An exciting fantasy/romance debut: action-packed, emotionally charged, and skillfully plotted."
When Cat, a mysterious circus soothsayer, is captured by Griffin, a wily warlord who recently won his kingdom's crown, she's disarmed by his strength, honor, and integrity, but she's afraid that tying her heart to his can only bring weakness and complications. Read full book review >
FIRST STAR I SEE TONIGHT by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"This thoroughly enjoyable novel delivers a swift kick to the heart—an essential summer read."
A female private detective tackles a retired NFA player in this standout romance, the eighth in the bestselling author's Chicago Stars series. Read full book review >

ALLEGIANCE OF HONOR  by Nalini Singh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 14, 2016

"A brilliantly plotted, action-packed, and completely satisfying celebration of the series."
The barriers among Psy, Changeling, and human are falling, but not everyone is happy with the new order, and those determined to shatter it will attack the most vulnerable to do so. Read full book review >
A Hero to Hold by Sheri Humphreys
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 10, 2016

"An enthralling, nontraditional romance accented with a little mystery."
The establishment of a Crimean War charity unites a gentlewoman and a dashing veteran in Humphreys' debut Victorian romance novel. Read full book review >
24/7 by J.A. Rock
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2016

"Rock's happily-ever-after is bittersweet, beautiful, and deeply satisfying."
As Gould uses kink to mourn his ex-boyfriend Hal's death at the hands of a negligent dom, he has to decide what he wants from his relationships with Kel and Greg, the married owners of Riddle, the club where Hal died. Read full book review >
THE FAIREST OF THEM ALL by Cathy Maxwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 31, 2016

"Both lively and thought-provoking, this book is well worth reading."
An impoverished noblewoman takes to petty crime until a handsome duke shows interest in marrying her. But does she even want a fairy-tale ending? Read full book review >
MARRYING WINTERBORNE by Lisa Kleypas
ROMANCE
Released: May 31, 2016

"Kleypas is a masterful writer, and her latest offering will be welcomed by fans old and new."
A Welsh grocer's son has built a retail empire in London, but an infatuation with the daughter of an earl threatens his self-control. Read full book review >
SUMMER DAYS AND SUMMER NIGHTS by Stephanie Perkins
ROMANCE
Released: May 17, 2016

"An intelligent beach read with heart, soul, and sizzle. (Short stories. 12-18)"
Summer meets love in both fantasy and reality in this anthology featuring renowned writers of both teen and adult fiction. Read full book review >
TEMPTATIONS OF A WALLFLOWER by Eva Leigh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 2016

"This page-turner can only help Leigh's career. Read it without delay."
A nobly-born vicar and a wallflower find unlikely love in the Regency period, but both of them have scandalous secrets. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jeff Chang
September 20, 2016

In the provocative essays in journalist Jeff Chang’s new book We Gon’ Be Alright, Chang takes an incisive and wide-ranging look at the recent tragedies and widespread protests that have shaken the country. Through deep reporting with key activists and thinkers, personal writing, and cultural criticism, We Gon’ Be Alright links #BlackLivesMatter to #OscarsSoWhite, Ferguson to Washington D.C., the Great Migration to resurgent nativism. Chang explores the rise and fall of the idea of “diversity,” the roots of student protest, changing ideas about Asian Americanness, and the impact of a century of racial separation in housing. “He implores readers to listen, act, and become involved with today’s activists, who offer ‘new ways to see our past and our present,’ ” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A compelling and intellectually thought-provoking exploration of the quagmire of race relations.” View video >