Romance Book Reviews (page 13)

The Broken Heart Diet by Tom Formaro
Released: June 1, 2014

"A memorable, gratifying glimpse into the life of a romantic restaurateur."
With paranormal elements, Formaro's (co-author Alfonso, the Christmas Pumpkin, 2009) debut romance is told from the unusual point of view of the spurned male. Read full book review >
Released: May 27, 2014

"Smoothly written, with appealing characters and an engaging storyline, this will surely be a winner with romance fans."
After a professional tragedy, Gabi Romano can't decide what to do next and escapes winter in Eternity Springs, Colo., for a temporary dogsitting job in the Caribbean. Read full book review >

Ange'el by Jamie Le Fay
Released: May 20, 2014

"A finely grained achievement that challenges the status quo on all fronts."
In this debut romantic fantasy, a young woman learns that her nearly perfect lover is from an ancient, scientifically advanced civilization. Read full book review >
The Ex Lottery by Kim Sanders
Released: May 19, 2014

"A light, uplifting romance that's equal parts comedy, fairy tale and travelogue."
Contemporary romance about a young woman who wins the lottery and travels to Ireland to buy a castle.Sanders (Shades of Gray, 2011) has a sympathetic character in art teacher Tory Adams. Read full book review >
"The Woman Who Loved Too Well" by David Orsini
Released: May 14, 2014

"A violently emotional and occasionally over-the-top story of love and war."
In this romantic drama set against the backdrop of World War II, a young woman and loyal member of the French Resistance seduces a Nazi in order to negotiate the freedom of a captive friend—though she finds herself falling for the enemy. Read full book review >

Released: May 13, 2014

"A fascinating look at magic, mystery, family and love with a Southern gothic flair."
Fourteen years ago, the night her mother died, Bronwyn Whalen ran away from Magnolia Creek, Alabama, and never looked back; now her family is in crisis, and Bronwyn knows it's time to mend the rifts in her heart and her home. Read full book review >
Kate's Escape from the Billable Hour by Petula Parker
Released: May 12, 2014

"Enjoyable chick lit with a rollicking, humorous plot."
In this debut rom-com novel, a burned-out, formerly overweight young lawyer goes to Barcelona in search of the attractive male exchange student from her past.When Kate Billings, a second-year lawyer at Krapp & Lipschitz, attends her annual performance review, the partners object to her freckles and pro bono work, ignoring the record amount of billable hours she has put in for the Scottsdale, Arizona, firm. Read full book review >
Released: May 6, 2014

"With snappy dialogue and a breezy tone that still manages to support emotional depth, the author keeps us turning pages and rooting for Black Dog Bay and everyone in it."
A Delaware beach town that's famous for being the best place to recover from a breakup embraces Summer Benson, an injured flight attendant intent on healing. Read full book review >
MIDNIGHT CROSSROAD by Charlaine Harris
Released: May 6, 2014

"A little magic, a little mystery and a lot of imagination make for a story that is both fun and edgy, and some unresolved details will keep readers coming back for more."
An online psychic settles in Midnight, Texas, an unusual small town where all the residents have shadowy pasts and a lingering mystery brings unwanted attention. Read full book review >
MERCY by HelenKay Dimon
Released: May 6, 2014

"Hot and bold in a hard-shell-over-a-soft-center kind of way that romance fans will find sexy, fun and satisfying."
Undercover CIA operative Becca Ford routinely uses her body to fulfill missions, but she'd never lost her heart until meeting Jarrett Holt; unfortunately, discovering his darkest secrets has put them both in danger. Read full book review >
Released: May 6, 2014

"An appealing blend of lighthearted fun and emotional tenderness."
Swearing off rich men after a demoralizing breakup, Marley Cartman moves to Bend, Ore., for a brand-new start and immediately meets Will: jeans-clad, seemingly unemployed and...horrifyingly wealthy. Read full book review >
SINCE I SAW YOU by Beth Kery
Released: May 6, 2014

"An intensely sexual love story."
Eccentric-genius inventor Kam Reardon begrudgingly comes to Chicago to find the best market for his groundbreaking technology and falls into an erotic relationship with Lin Soong, his billionaire brother's second-in-command. 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 >