Romance Book Reviews (page 15)

THE VENETIAN BARGAIN by Marina Fiorato
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2014

"Fiorato (Daughter of Siena, 2011) nimbly weaves cultural, religious, architectural and medical histories into this captivating romance."
In 1576, the bubonic plague ravages the Ottoman Empire. Still stung by his defeat at the Battle of Lepanto, the sultan of Constantinople decides to wield the vicious disease as a weapon against Venice. Read full book review >
HOTELLES by Emma Mars
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2014

"Rife with sexual tension and mystery, this first tale in a trilogy will have readers eager for the translation of Mars' next installment."
Struggling to finish her journalism degree and help her cancer-stricken mother, a young escort finds herself swept up in an erotic education that threatens her impending fairy-tale wedding. Read full book review >

THE MIRACLE THIEF by Iris Anthony
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2014

"Readers who enjoy historical fiction and romance will find this a worthwhile journey."
Three women seek answers to their prayers at Rochemont Abbey, in this appealing novel set in the Dark Ages. Read full book review >
THE LAST FOREVER by Deb Caletti
ROMANCE
Released: April 1, 2014

"A story that proves there can, indeed, be life after death. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
A despairing father and his 17-year-old daughter take an emotional journey together that brings redemption, hope and healing. Read full book review >
BETTING THE RAINBOW by Jodi Thomas
ROMANCE
Released: April 1, 2014

"Gratifying emotional moments and resolutions mostly overcome some flawed storytelling."
When widow Ronny Logan comes back to Rainbow Road, the once-shy loner will be wrapped into the lives of her neighbors, including an injured serviceman and two sisters who are hoping to finally change their lives. Read full book review >

THE WINTER BRIDE by Anne Gracie
ROMANCE
Released: April 1, 2014

"A romantic winner, with Gracie's typical witty charm and sweeping emotion."
Neither Freddy Monkton-Coombes nor Damaris Chance is interested in marriage, so Freddy convinces Damaris to enter into a fake engagement to get his mother and a horde of marriageable young ladies off his scent. What could possibly go wrong? Read full book review >
FOUR SECONDS TO LOSE by K.A.  Tucker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2014

"Though Tucker's prose and pacing have a vibrant energy, the plot is simply preposterous."
Tucker returns to Miami in her loosely tied romantic series (One Tiny Lie, 2014, etc.), this time focusing on the saintly owner of Penny's Palace—the city's most exclusive strip club. Read full book review >
BLOSSOM STREET BRIDES by Debbie Macomber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 25, 2014

"Fans will happily return to the warm, welcoming sanctuary of Macomber's Blossom Street, catching up with old friends from past Blossom Street books and meeting new ones being welcomed into the fold."
Spring is in the air on Blossom Street, and the baby-blanket window display at A Good Yarn might just change a few lives in bright, unexpected ways. Read full book review >
THREE WEEKS WITH LADY X by Eloisa James
ROMANCE
Released: March 25, 2014

"Emotionally rewarding and elegantly written, with textured characters and a captivating plot, this is James at her best."
When Lady Xenobia is hired to restyle Thorn Dautry's country estate to help him win a perfect bride, they're both loath to admit they've met their perfect matches. Read full book review >
WAITING ON YOU by Kristan Higgins
ROMANCE
Released: March 25, 2014

"Higgins' talent shines, as does her inimitable ability to hit romantic highs, make readers laugh and express heart-wrenching emotion."
Since Lucas Campbell broke Colleen O'Rourke's heart 10 years ago, she's become a star matchmaker while avoiding romantic entanglements herself, which suits her just fine—until Lucas comes back to town. Read full book review >
THE ACHILLES HEEL by Karyn Rae
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 21, 2014

"A tale of love and intrigue with a clever narrative structure and pleasant Caribbean setting but hampered by editing and dialogue issues."
In Rae's debut romance/suspense novel, a grieving widow and a successful musician find love and mystery in St. Croix. Read full book review >
MAYBE SOMEDAY by Colleen Hoover
ROMANCE
Released: March 18, 2014

"Hoover is one of the freshest voices in new-adult fiction, and her latest resonates with true emotion, unforgettable characters and just the right amount of sexual tension."
Sydney and Ridge make beautiful music together in a love triangle written by Hoover (Losing Hope, 2013, etc.), with a link to a digital soundtrack by American Idol contestant Griffin Peterson. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >