Romance Book Reviews (page 14)

SYLVIE WRITES A ROMANCE by Melissa Burovac
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 8, 2016

"A feel-good romantic comedy with a resilient heroine."
If she's ever going to write her romance novel, Sylvie Jacobsen concludes that she will need to get in touch with her wild side. Read full book review >
ALWAYS MY GIRL by Samantha Chase
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 5, 2016

"Pretty standard stuff here: emotionally unavailable dude proven wrong by a headstrong woman. Not a bad choice for some chaste comfort."
In Chase's latest Shaughnessy Brothers romance, Quinn becomes attracted to his childhood best friend, Anna Hannigan, who's nursed a crush on him for years. Read full book review >

A GIFT FOR GUILE  by Alissa Johnson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 5, 2016

"All but the most devoted Johnson fans should skip this novel and wait for her next offering."
A gentleman investigator in Victorian England finds himself beguiled by a headstrong woman searching for her natural father. Read full book review >
IF THE EARL ONLY KNEW  by Amanda Forester
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 5, 2016

"While the heroine's transformation in a few short weeks is just a bit too extreme to be believable, the book is well-written and most readers will be entertained."
An earl's sister lives in isolation after a difficult childhood until a friend of her brother's helps her overcome her bitterness. Read full book review >
Judah's Scepter and the Sacred Stone by D.A. Brittain
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 3, 2016

"An effective tale for readers who like biblical history and legend with their young love."
In this debut historical romance, a Hebrew princess and an Irish warrior fall in love, but duty may keep them apart. Read full book review >

The Torch Bearer's Exorcism by Linda Luisa Varela Tychsen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 30, 2016

"Insufficient copy editing and unconventional organization overshadow this story's raw emotion."
Varela Tychsen (Spanish Angst, 2007) offers a harrowing tale of a one-sided love affair. Read full book review >
SWEET LITTLE LIES by Jill Shalvis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 28, 2016

"Shalvis has created a love story romance fans can't help but root for and grounds it in an affable community they'll adore."
After losing her parents as a young teen, Pru Harris has spent her time and resources making amends for a tragedy she feels responsible for, which is why she can never fall for her intoxicating new neighbor Finn—except that she does. Read full book review >
EMPIRE OF DUST by Eleanor Herman
ROMANCE
Released: June 28, 2016

"This middle volume offers a rising plot and ever bigger baddies; anyone who makes it this far is definitely in for Volume 3. (author's note; discussion guide) (Historical fantasy. 14 & up)"
The second outing in Herman's Blood of Gods and Royals series following Legacy of Kings (2015), continuing the tale of Alexander the Great and his compatriots as teens. Read full book review >
ALL IN by Simona Ahrnstedt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 28, 2016

"The stakes are high and the heels are higher—a stylish tale of corruption, revenge, and hard-won love."
In this English translation of a Swedish bestseller, a venture capitalist plans a hostile takeover of his enemy's business but dreams of a merger with the patriarch's daughter. Read full book review >
STEPPING TO A NEW DAY by Beverly Jenkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 28, 2016

"An achingly sweet feel-good story of love and redemption of all kinds."
Every generation in a small town has its own drama, and everyone has his or her own way of getting through it. Read full book review >
SHADOW RIDER  by Christine Feehan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 28, 2016

"An intriguing twist on paranormal powers dimmed by thin characters and a predictable plot."
Paranormal romance writer Feehan (Fire Bound, 2016, etc.) returns with a Chicago-set series about a family of "shadow riders." Read full book review >
THE DAREDEVIL SNARED  by Stephanie Laurens
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 28, 2016

"An adventure-filled entry in a solid historical romance series that is best enjoyed in order."
A romantic rumble in the jungle. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >