Romance Book Reviews (page 13)

HEROES ARE MY WEAKNESS by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"Heart-wrenching and uplifting, with witty dialogue, emotional depth, and details that give substance and texture to an already entertaining, engrossing story."
Sick, broke and homeless, Annie Hewitt must retreat to the cottage her mother left her, even if it is on a remote island off the coast of Maine—and even if Theo Harp, the boy who tried to kill her when they were teenagers and who is now a best-selling horror author, is ensconced in the Gothic mansion next door. Read full book review >
HER LAST WHISPER by Karen Robards
ROMANCE
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"A tightly written ghostly romantic suspense novel with intriguing supernatural elements and sizzling sexual tension."
Serial killer expert and ghost whisperer Dr. Charlotte Stone feels honor bound to help when a colleague's sister falls into the clutches of a Las Vegas murderer, even though getting involved threatens her life and her ghost lover's existence. Read full book review >

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT YOU by Rachel Gibson
ROMANCE
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"An entertaining read, full of witty repartee, sexual tension and a romantic tango between two attracted but conflicted main characters."
An ex-Navy Seal fighting an addiction thinks he's seeking peace and quiet in Truly, Idaho, but discovers that what he's really looking for is the haven living right next door in the form of a beautiful single mom and her mischievous daughter. Read full book review >
ALL WHO ARE LOST by Lindsey Forrest
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"A dense, thorny romance full of multidimensional, morally ambiguous characters struggling to find peace despite sins of the past."
Equal parts family drama and shadowy romance, a story about three sisters in love with the same man. Read full book review >
CLICK DATE REPEAT by K. J. Farnham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 21, 2014

"Repetitive as Chloe's romantic experiences are, they still manage to entertain."
Fate leads to love in this realistic novel of a young woman's adventures dating online. Read full book review >

MEAN STREAK by Sandra Brown
ROMANCE
Released: Aug. 19, 2014

"Brown's novels share several qualities: They're entertaining, competently written, full of twists and turns, but ultimately forgettable."
The perennially best-selling Brown checks in with another "woman-in-peril–hunky-guy-to-the-rescue" romantic thriller. Read full book review >
ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER by Stephanie Perkins
ROMANCE
Released: Aug. 14, 2014

"A satisfying dose of first love's physical and emotional thrall. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Engaging teen characters with page-turning love lives offer ample vicarious pleasures. Read full book review >
LOVE LETTERS by Debbie Macomber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 12, 2014

"Hurt feelings are mended in believable and unexpectedly uplifting ways, and a cliffhanger ending for Jo Marie begs for a swift resolution in the next book."
The sounds of bickering permeate the walls of a bed-and-breakfast in the latest installment of the best-selling author's Rose Harbor series. Read full book review >
HOW MUCH DO YOU LOVE ME? by Paul Mark Tag
ROMANCE
Released: Aug. 12, 2014

"A poignant romance anchored by a rich cast of characters and detailed setting, which will likely appeal to fans of historical fiction."
In Tag's historical romance, a Japanese-American woman unravels a closely guarded family secret and discovers the depths of her mother's love. Read full book review >
SIERRA SUNRISE by Dorothy Shamah
ROMANCE
Released: Aug. 7, 2014

"An interesting but incongruous attempt to render a hiker's quest."
In this romance novel, an avid backpacker finds the true meaning of her existence, and overcomes her past, while taking on new experiences during her retirement. Read full book review >
LOVE AND LET SPY by Shana Galen
ROMANCE
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"The fun, ebullient spy-driven plot is gratifyingly over-the-top in a Bond-movie way, while the romantic arc remains authentic and affecting."
Despite her success as a spy, Jane Bonde is still beholden to strict social mores, so when her spymaster uncle pressures her to marry enigmatic Dominic Griffyn, she's totally conflicted. Read full book review >
MY BEAUTIFUL ENEMY by Sherry Thomas
ROMANCE
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"A thought-provoking exploration of gender roles in the East and West and in the historical romance genre. It's also a darn good read."
This historical romance doubles as an adventure story about two travelers in China who fall in love, only to discover that they're on opposite sides in a political chess game. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >