Romance Book Reviews (page 15)

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 >
WINTER STREET by Elin Hilderbrand
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"A quick read to get you in the holiday mood, but not as strong as Hilderbrand's best."
Hilderbrand leaves the beach for this Christmas novel—though it's still set on her beloved Nantucket. Read full book review >

LA VIDA by Kate Cortez
ROMANCE
Released: Oct. 9, 2014

"An action-packed, old-fashioned Western romance with attractive, capable central characters."
A lawman and a landowner's daughter form an alliance in Cortez's debut romance set in the Old West. Read full book review >
Lemongrass Hope by Amy Impellizzeri
ROMANCE
Released: Oct. 8, 2014

"A layered, bittersweet romance that questions consequences and explores second chances."
In Impellizzeri's debut novel, a history professor chooses between free-spiritedness and stability. Read full book review >
YOU WERE MEANT FOR ME by Yona Zeldis McDonough
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"McDonough puts a relentlessly optimistic spin on what could have been a tragic headline."
McDonough (Two of a Kind, 2013, etc.) imagines a polite tug of war with an abandoned baby at its center.Read full book review >

KISS KILL VANISH by Jessica Martinez
ROMANCE
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Compelling characters and a fast-paced, unpredictable plot make this thriller a genuine joy ride. (Thriller. 14 & up)"
This latest novel from Martinez, whose work features and speaks to the recently emancipated teen, offers evidence that the new-adult literary niche is more than a marketing gimmick. Read full book review >
LAILAH by Nikki Kelly
ROMANCE
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Overderivative and underedited. (Paranormal romance. 12 & up)"
Online writing community Wattpad's popular love-triangle story about angels and vampires. Read full book review >
IF HE'S DARING by Hannah Howell
ROMANCE
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"The Wherlockes' supernatural gifts complement each other and strengthen the story, making for believable and interesting plot twists in spite of the heroine's insipid personality."
A 5-year-old boy becomes a pawn in an adults' game when he's kidnapped by his uncle as his mother gives chase in late-18th-century England. Read full book review >
THE SHARP HOOK OF LOVE by Sherry Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Readers will push to the end determined to find out if there never was a tale of more woe than that of Heloise and her Abelard, or if, for once, true love is able to triumph over everything that would see it destroyed."
Heloise d'Argenteuil is a brilliant scholar, and Pierre Abelard is a philosopher whose work titillates all of Paris. Read full book review >
WHAT A LADY NEEDS FOR CHRISTMAS by Grace Burrowes
ROMANCE
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"A touching and sensual holiday charmer."
An aristocratic heiress trying to escape social ruin is aided by an attractive businessman who offers her the shelter of marriage, though neither expects the venture to end in love. Read full book review >
MR. MIRACLE by Debbie Macomber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Macomber spins another sweet, warmhearted holiday tale that will be as comforting to her fans as hot chocolate on Christmas morning."
A guardian angel is sent to Earth as a professor charged with helping his students get their lives in order—especially Addie, who's returned to her hometown to make a fresh start and maybe even find love. Read full book review >
BURYING WATER by K.A.  Tucker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"A sexy, romantic, gangster-tinged page-turner."
Beaten, raped, left for dead—a young woman slowly repairs her body, but her mind refuses to tell her the awful truth of what really happened. 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 >