Romance Book Reviews (page 15)

THE CAPTIVE by Grace Burrowes
ROMANCE
Released: July 1, 2014

"Smart, compelling and captivating."
Two battered aristocrats find solace in each other's company. Read full book review >
Darkness by Erin Eveland
ROMANCE
Released: July 1, 2014

"A melancholy romance with demons to purge."
In this debut paranormal romance, a teen's dreary life is turned upside down by the immense power growing inside her. Read full book review >

The Cutting Room by Stewart Dudley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2014

"A thoughtful exploration of honor, trust and middle-age romance."
In Dudley's debut novel, a film-festival volunteer chauffeurs, advises and connects with a Hollywood star-turned-documentary filmmaker. Read full book review >
NIGHT OWL by M. Pierce
ROMANCE
Released: July 1, 2014

"Erotically charged, but the characters are immature and annoying."
A secretive author meets a young woman online, leading to an affair that turns destructive. Read full book review >
FOR ALL TIME by Jude Deveraux
ROMANCE
Released: July 1, 2014

"This charming sequel should be read in sequence to clarify the circumstances that bring Graydon and Toby together, but the lovers from different worlds are soon caught in an engrossing period romance that transcends time."
The second novel in the best-selling author's Nantucket Brides trilogy doubles up on romance with twin brothers and reincarnated lovers. Read full book review >

THE ESCAPE by Mary Balogh
ROMANCE
Released: July 1, 2014

"Regency romance star Balogh continues her poignant Survivor's Club series with a quietly intense love story that speaks to open-heartedness, courage and faith in new beginnings."
Sir Benedict Harper is struggling to find his place in the world after his wounds force him out of the army; in helping his neighbor Samantha McKay escape her stifling in-laws, he expects to feel satisfaction but may find salvation. Read full book review >
THE ILLUSIONISTS by Rosie Thomas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 26, 2014

"An excellent premise, but the story lacks magic."
Illusionists in Victorian England take center stage in Thomas' latest romance (Constance, 2013, etc.). Read full book review >
THE STEPSISTER'S TALE by Tracy Barrett
ROMANCE
Released: June 24, 2014

"Highly imaginative as well as insightful, this outstanding revision has the power to entrance and provoke thought. (Romance. 12-18)"
Despite the singular title, this clever and sensitive retelling of "Cinderella" takes the viewpoint of the supposedly evil stepsisters and turns the story inside out. Read full book review >
BETTER HOMES AND HAUNTINGS by Molly Harper
ROMANCE
Released: June 24, 2014

"Fun, sweet, spooky and sexy."
Billionaire social media magnate Deacon Whitney contracts a group of renovation specialists, including landscape designer Nina Linden, to live and work on his remote island estate. Read full book review >
FIVE WAYS TO FALL by K.A.  Tucker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 24, 2014

"Tucker gives her leads just enough past damage to earn sympathy but wisely spends most of her time ratcheting up the sexual tension in this light romance."
At a tequila-soaked bar in Cancún, a womanizing lawyer meets a beautiful woman with a bruised heart. Steamy shenanigans and romance ensue. Read full book review >
SOMETHING SWEETER by Candis Terry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 24, 2014

"Not as dramatic or heart-wrenching as it intends to be but still a warmhearted and romantic read."
Allison Lane swings into Sweet, Texas, when her father gets engaged to a woman he's just met; she doesn't expect to find a family who embraces her as their own or a man who might make her believe in love. Read full book review >
LADY WINDERMERE'S LOVER by Miranda Neville
ROMANCE
Released: June 24, 2014

"A smart, witty and emotionally dense love story that explores friendship and trust along its passionate and compelling journey."
A year after marrying his wife—a commoner—to regain an estate he gambled away, Damian, Earl of Windermere, is surprised to find himself drawn to the accomplished beauty he married. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sabaa Tahir
August 4, 2015

Sabaa Tahir’s novel An Ember in the Ashes reveals a world inspired by ancient Rome and defined by brutality. Seventeen-year-old Laia has grown up with one rule for survival: Never challenge the Empire. But when Laia’s brother Darin is arrested for treason, she leaves behind everything she knows, risking her life to try and save him. She enlists help from the rebels whose extensive underground network may lead to Darin. Their help comes with a price, though. Laia must infiltrate the Empire’s greatest military academy as a spy. Elias is the Empire’s finest soldier—and its most unwilling one. Thrown together by chance and united by their hatred of the Empire, Laia and Elias will soon discover that their fates are intertwined—and that their choices may change the destiny of the entire Empire. We talk to An Ember in the Ashes author Sabaa Tahir this week on Kirkus TV. View video >