Romance Book Reviews (page 16)

A WALK IN THE SUN by Michelle Zink
ROMANCE
Released: May 3, 2016

"Channeling the likes of Nicholas Sparks, Zink offers readers a formulaic, saccharine-sweet summer romance that will leave fans of the genre with racing hearts and others with their teeth aching. (Romance. 13 & up)"
Lonesome, tenderhearted cowboy? Check. Grieving and fiercely independent young woman who's sworn never again to open herself up to love? Check. An undeniable chemistry "like the charge in the air just before lightning cracks the sky?" Double check. Read full book review >
ONLY BELOVED by Mary Balogh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"Balogh wraps up her celebrated series with a perfect happy-ever-after for the older duke, his spinster bride, and the whole Survivors' Club."
When the Duke of Stanbrook announces his plans to marry spinster Dora Debbins, friends rally around them in celebration while an old nemesis swears vengeance against the couple, casting a shadow across their marriage. Read full book review >

THE DEVIL YOU KNOW by Jo Goodman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"Readers of Western historical romance will enjoy the novel's deft blending of suspense, humor, and family drama."
When a mysterious battered stranger is found on her land, a young woman rancher struggles to protect her heart—and a secret—from him. Read full book review >
EVERY BRIDE HAS HER DAY  by Lynnette  Austin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"Readers who enjoy detailed worldbuilding and secondary character development will like this story. Those who prefer a faster pace and more focus on the main characters should skip it."
In this Southern contemporary, a surly NYPD narcotics detective hides away in small-town Georgia after an investigation ends badly, only to find himself reluctantly drawn to his florist neighbor. Read full book review >
TEMPTATIONS OF A WALLFLOWER by Eva Leigh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 2016

"This page-turner can only help Leigh's career. Read it without delay."
A nobly-born vicar and a wallflower find unlikely love in the Regency period, but both of them have scandalous secrets. Read full book review >

HOW THE DUKE WAS WON by Lenora Bell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 2016

"Bold and sweet as good chocolate, this debut romance will give Regency fans a new author for their must-read list."
One proud duke, four desperate women, and a weekend full of surprises. Read full book review >
MAGNATE by Joanna Shupe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 2016

"Readers will enjoy this entertaining romance about two people who refuse to let society dictate whom they love."
A wager between a Knickerbocker princess and an upstart steel magnate from the slums leads to marriage in this novel set in New York City during the Gilded Age. Read full book review >
HOW TO MANAGE A MARQUESS by Sally MacKenzie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 2016

"Tiresome lead characters and a rather inane plot make this novel eminently skippable."
A Regency-era marquess has allowed his life to be controlled by a family curse, but a blonde spinster promises to give him something else to live for. Read full book review >
FIRE BOUND by Christine Feehan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 2016

"Feehan continues her Sisters of the Heart series with another searing romance that explores the emotional toll of violence and the healing power of love, but its highly erotic sex scenes and violent themes may be too intense for some readers."
Renowned glass artist Lissa Piner is living a double life so secret she can't even tell her sisters-of-the-heart, but when she meets Casimir Prakenskii, who can relate to her deepest, darkest aspects, perhaps together they can right two lifetimes of wrongs. Read full book review >
THE EARL TAKES ALL by Lorraine Heath
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 2016

"A steamy romance that uses the strict rules of Regency Britain to excellent effect."
If you've loved a man, can you also love his brother? Read full book review >
LOVE OF THE GAME by Lori Wilde
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 2016

"The romance unfolds at a leisurely pace, balancing intense emotions with heartwarming family moments."
In this sweet installment of the Stardust, Texas series, a small-town belle forces a big-league player to take a seventh-inning stretch. Read full book review >
Patti Cake by Donielle Ingersoll
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 2016

"While offering scrumptious recipes, this tale of a baker embracing God's path to true love lacks a convincing plot."
A wistful and talented dessert maven hopes to find the Christian man of her dreams in this debut faith-based romance. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >