Romance Book Reviews

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 >
THE GIRL FROM SUMMER HILL by Jude Deveraux
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"A steamy and delightfully outlandish retelling of a literary classic."
Kicking off a new series set in Summer Hill, Virginia, the New York Times bestselling author brings Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice to the theater—and into the 21st century.Read full book review >

ONLY BELOVED by Mary Balogh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"Balogh wraps up her celebrated series with a perfect happy-ever-after for the older duke, his spinster bride, and the whole Survivors' Club."
When the Duke of Stanbrook announces his plans to marry spinster Dora Debbins, friends rally around them in celebration while an old nemesis swears vengeance against the couple, casting a shadow across their marriage. Read full book review >
THE DEVIL YOU KNOW by Jo Goodman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"Readers of Western historical romance will enjoy the novel's deft blending of suspense, humor, and family drama."
When a mysterious battered stranger is found on her land, a young woman rancher struggles to protect her heart—and a secret—from him. 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 >

HOW THE DUKE WAS WON by Lenora Bell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 2016

"Bold and sweet as good chocolate, this debut romance will give Regency fans a new author for their must-read list."
One proud duke, four desperate women, and a weekend full of surprises. Read full book review >
MAGNATE by Joanna Shupe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 2016

"Readers will enjoy this entertaining romance about two people who refuse to let society dictate whom they love."
A wager between a Knickerbocker princess and an upstart steel magnate from the slums leads to marriage in this novel set in New York City during the Gilded Age. Read full book review >
THE EARL TAKES ALL by Lorraine Heath
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 2016

"A steamy romance that uses the strict rules of Regency Britain to excellent effect."
If you've loved a man, can you also love his brother? Read full book review >
LOVE OF THE GAME by Lori Wilde
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 2016

"The romance unfolds at a leisurely pace, balancing intense emotions with heartwarming family moments."
In this sweet installment of the Stardust, Texas series, a small-town belle forces a big-league player to take a seventh-inning stretch. Read full book review >
A Keeper's Truth by Dee Willson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2016

"A sensual novel about a painter, sparkling with mythological details."
In this debut romantic fantasy, a widow tries to choose between a family man and a globe-trotting teacher, unaware that an ancient predator stalks her. Read full book review >
BECAUSE OF MISS BRIDGERTON by Julia Quinn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 29, 2016

"Although the plot is rather a sleepy one, the book is worth reading for fans of the Bridgerton clan and for readers who like character-driven novels."
Two childhood friends finally stop squabbling and realize they're meant for each other in 18th-century England. Read full book review >
THE TOTAL PACKAGE by Stephanie Evanovich
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 15, 2016

"A charming romance full of heart, heat, and plenty of football."
A quarterback with a past and a sports commentator with some secrets of her own fall for each other in this romance from Evanovich (The Sweet Spot, 2014, etc.). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Emma Straub
author of MODERN LOVERS
May 30, 2016

In Emma Straub’s new novel Modern Lovers, friends and former college bandmates Elizabeth and Andrew and Zoe have watched one another marry, buy real estate, and start businesses and families, all while trying to hold on to the identities of their youth. But nothing ages them like having to suddenly pass the torch (of sexuality, independence, and the ineffable alchemy of cool) to their own offspring. Back in the band’s heyday, Elizabeth put on a snarl over her Midwestern smile, Andrew let his unwashed hair grow past his chin, and Zoe was the lesbian all the straight women wanted to sleep with. Now nearing fifty, they all live within shouting distance in the same neighborhood deep in gentrified Brooklyn, and the trappings of the adult world seem to have arrived with ease. But the summer that their children reach maturity (and start sleeping together), the fabric of the adult lives suddenly begins to unravel, and the secrets and revelations that are finally let loose—about themselves, and about the famous fourth band member who soared and fell without them—can never be reclaimed. “Straub’s characters are a quirky and interesting bunch, well aware of their own good fortune, and it’s a pleasure spending time with them in leafy Ditmas Park,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >