Romance Book Reviews (page 14)

SWEETSHOP OF DREAMS by Jenny Colgan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2014

"A sweet and delicious journey."
Rosie Hopkins has settled into life in London—with "settle" being the operative word—when her job gets put on hiatus and her mother convinces her to help an elderly great-aunt who lives in a country village and owns a sweet shop. Read full book review >
BREATHE INTO ME by Sara Fawkes
ROMANCE
Released: July 29, 2014

"Annoying forced drama and a heroine who will call her abusive ex-boyfriend on the cellphone she bought to avoid him when she needs a little help: Skip it."
Lacey St. James has hit rock bottom; just as she decides she needs to make changes, she meets Everett, an intriguing stranger who helps her make more empowering choices. Read full book review >

I ADORED A LORD by Katharine Ashe
ROMANCE
Released: July 29, 2014

"Sparkling and witty, with tender romance and sizzling sensuality."
When Ravenna Caulfield is forced by her elder sister to attend a house party, she encounters mean girls, a murder mystery and maybe the man of her dreams. Read full book review >
ROGUE WITH A BROGUE by Suzanne Enoch
ROMANCE
Released: July 29, 2014

"Scottish clan wars, a Regency sensibility and star-crossed lovers make for a sensual, captivating romance."
Sparks fly when Arran MacLawry and Mary Campbell meet at a London ball, and the fact that their families are sworn enemies only adds to their interest in each other. Read full book review >
SINCE YOU'VE BEEN GONE by Anouska Knight
ROMANCE
Released: July 29, 2014

"Heartfelt revelations (and a creative use of cake frosting) make for a satisfying ending to a pleasant read."
A misunderstood millionaire pursues a widowed bakery owner in English author Knight's debut novel. Read full book review >

PROTOTYPE by M.D. Waters
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 24, 2014

"A good run at constructing an out-of-the-ordinary romance that never quite succeeds."
The sequel to Waters' dystopian Archetype (2014) is set in a world where women are in scarce supply and cloning has a creepy, but increasingly important, role in society. Read full book review >
THE YEAR OF CHASING DREAMS by Lurlene McDaniel
ROMANCE
Released: July 22, 2014

"A pleasant-enough outing for fans of old-fashioned, relatively clean romance. (Romance. 12 & up)"
Two 20-year-old best friends enjoy their romances while trying to save the family farm in Tennessee. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 21, 2014

"An unforgettable book."
The harrowing story of two brilliant immunologists, one Christian, one Jewish, who were separated during World War II yet found heroic ways to turn their typhus vaccine research against the Nazis. Read full book review >
A PERFECT LIFE by Danielle Steel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 15, 2014

"The novel's predictability will likely delight Steel's die-hard fans, but it won't win any new ones."
A highly successful woman ponders romance with a younger man. Read full book review >
THE SWEET SPOT by Stephanie Evanovich
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 8, 2014

"A sports-filled romance full of steamy sex scenes that will please Evanovich's fans."
A restaurant owner falls for a baseball hunk with a surprising secret in this breezy romance from Evanovich (Big Girl Panties, 2013). Read full book review >
FOUR by Veronica Roth
ROMANCE
Released: July 8, 2014

"For fans only; but their number is legion. (Dystopian romance. 12 & up)"
Roth returns to her wildly popular Divergent series with four prequel stories from Four's viewpoint. Read full book review >
THEN CAME YOU by Jill Shalvis
ROMANCE
Released: July 1, 2014

"Even when she's not quite perfect, Shalvis tells a sexy, satisfying small-town love story."
Veterinary intern Emily Stevens has a plan, which does not include creating roots in small-town Idaho or falling for her very sexy supervisor, Wyatt. 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 >