Romance Book Reviews (page 14)

The Child Revealed by A. R. Winterstaar
ROMANCE
Released: Oct. 30, 2014

"A promising start to a new fantasy series."
In Winterstaar's debut fantasy romance, a recently divorced woman and her three young children are pulled into a different world—one where she's expected to be a prophecy-fulfilling queen. Read full book review >
COMPULSION by Martina Boone
ROMANCE
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"A paranormal Southern gothic with decadent settings, mysterious magic and family histories rife with debauchery for patient readers. (Paranormal romance. 13 & up)"
After the death of Barrie Watson's heavily scarred, shut-in mother and her beloved godfather's terminal cancer diagnosis, Barrie's sent from San Francisco to her aunt's South Carolina plantation home. Read full book review >

ONLY ENCHANTING by Mary Balogh
ROMANCE
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"Although it lacks pizzazz, Balogh's latest effort is a comfortably entertaining read."
A widow clinging to a safe, dull life falls in love with a former soldier recovering from a head injury in this entertaining novel. Read full book review >
THE SHOCKING SECRET OF A GUEST AT THE WEDDING by Victoria Alexander
ROMANCE
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"The plot avoids leaning too heavily on the love story; readers will come for the romance and stay for the family dramas as the characters struggle to understand themselves."
A Victorian-era New York banker finds out his mother lied to him about his father's death. His father is very much alive—and the heir to an English earldom. Read full book review >
ALL BROKE DOWN by Cora Carmack
ROMANCE
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"A sexy, dynamic combination of the romance and coming-of-age elements the new-adult genre is known for."
Local football star Silas Moore meets Dylan Brenner in jail, of all places, but while she's fighting lost causes, he's plain fighting—his ex-best friend, his teammates and, apparently, a major attraction to Dylan; could she be the girl to save him, and will he let her? Read full book review >

BREAKING LOVE by MJ Summers
ROMANCE
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"A fun, often humorous, escapist tale that will have readers blushing, laughing and rooting for its characters."
In the second book in Summers' (Break in Two, 2013) romance series, worlds and hearts collide when a single mother from Colorado meets a wealthy Parisian playboy. Read full book review >
A CHRISTMAS PRAYER by Kimberla Lawson Roby
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"Fans will be happy to read Rev. Black's further adventures, but this latest installment won't win him any new ones."
Five years after her mother passed away, Alexis Fletcher is still plunged into grief every Christmas season. Read full book review >
PREMIERE by Tracy Ewens
ROMANCE
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"Despite this novel's slow start, Peter and Sam are a likable duo, and readers will be on the edges of their seats as they wait to see if the play has a happy ending."
The play's the thing in this enchanting starter to Ewens' (Catalina Kiss, 2012) romance series. Read full book review >
ROMAN LONG SHOT by Elaine B. Johns
ROMANCE
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"A pleasing romance that may have readers pining for more love stories, perhaps involving Lucia's three remaining sisters."
Debut author Johns offers a sweet historical romance in a memorable setting. Read full book review >
HOW TO BAKE A MAN by Jessica Barksdale Inclán
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"There's little to distinguish this novel, but it hits nearly all the notes it aims for, and there's a tidy ending for those looking for a comfort read."
In this frothy, food-filled contemporary romance by Inclán (The Beautiful Being, 2012, etc.), the way to the heart is indeed through the stomach.Read full book review >
PITCH IMPERFECT by Elise Alden
ROMANCE
Released: Oct. 20, 2014

"Alden's smart, savvy writing, blended with the traditions of the Scottish moors, creates a charming, multifaceted narrative that's rife with sexual tension."
In Alden's (Hate to Love You, 2014) romance novel, a woman returns to her Scottish hometown and to an old flame she had spurned. Read full book review >
SUBLIME by Christina Lauren
ROMANCE
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"For die-hard fans of Bella and Edward only—pun very much intended. (Paranormal romance. 13 & up)"
An orphaned adrenaline junkie falls for a dead girl, and the doomed, love-struck couple learns they can only truly "be together" (cough) in the realm between the living and the dead. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >