Romance Book Reviews

99 DAYS by Katie Cotugno
ROMANCE
Released: April 21, 2015

"A fascinating story of adolescent love and betrayal. (Romance. 13 & up)"
A teenage girl spends the summer doing penance for her romances with two boys. The problem was—and still is—they're brothers. Read full book review >
ONE NIGHT by Eric Jerome Dickey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 21, 2015

"Unflinching in its acceptance of bad behavior by likable characters, Dickey's latest will thrill his fans."
A chance encounter leads to one night of passion—and spiritual redemption—between strangers. Read full book review >

BEAUTY'S KINGDOM by A.N. Roquelaure
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 21, 2015

"Hard-core? Yes. Overwritten? For sure. Guilty pleasure? Absolutely."
Years after Roquelaure (Beauty's Release, 1999, etc.) first published the Sleeping Beauty trilogy, placing the popular fairy tale within an adult, erotic world, she returns to continue the saga.Read full book review >
GARDEN OF LIES by Amanda Quick
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 21, 2015

"Quick's fans will not be disappointed in her latest combination of detective story and sexy romance (Otherwise Engaged, 2014, etc.), a pleasing page-turner."
A lady with a secret to hide and a gentleman reputed to be mad make a dandy investigative team. 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 >

ELLE by Emma Mars
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"An explicit, erotic, entrancing detective story for the seriously committed lover of erotica."
The erotic education of former escort Elle Lorand continues, plunging her into a world of sensual delights. But she soon finds herself on a quest not only to solve the mystery of her ex-fiance's birth, but also to save her partner from jail. Read full book review >
STILL THE ONE by Jill Shalvis
ROMANCE
Released: April 7, 2015

"Another romance winner for Shalvis."
After helping her recover from a devastating accident, physical therapist AJ Colten rejected Darcy Stone's romantic overture; now he needs her help acquiring grants for his program, placing both their hearts in danger. Read full book review >
THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY by Bethany Chase
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"This utterly enjoyable romance will have readers swooning, sobbing, and eagerly anticipating Chase's next book."
A woman is torn between her dependable boyfriend and a former fling in this sparkling debut from Chase. 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 >
Second Helpings at the Serve You Right Café by Tilia Klebenov Jacobs
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2015

"A charming story for those who enjoy a quick, action-packed, romantic fairy tale."
A quirky romantic novella about a reformed ex-con and the enterprising young woman who helps him rediscover his self-worth. Read full book review >
THE WITCH OF PAINTED SORROWS by M.J. Rose
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2015

"Sensual, evocative, mysterious and haunting."
Sandrine Salome flees New York and her treacherous husband to find shelter in Paris with her grandmother, but as she settles in and pursues new passions, it's unclear whether she or an infamous ancestral witch is driving the changes. Read full book review >
THE GIRLS OF MISCHIEF BAY by Susan Mallery
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"A discerning, affecting look at three women facing surprising change and the powerful and uplifting impact of friends."
Three friends support each other as life throws some unexpected curves their way. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >