Romance Book Reviews (page 16)

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 >
THE MIDNIGHT ROSE by Lucinda Riley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 18, 2014

"Riley continues her run of solid, if earthbound, love stories, but this one derails close to its conclusion."
Stretching from Darjeeling, India, to Dartmoor, England, the latest romantic saga from a popular British novelist confidently blends multiple storylines, large helpings of tragedy, a fairy-tale villain and some startling plot twists. Read full book review >
Life, Love, and Unity by Deanna Jameson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2014

"Fanciful, overreaching love story featuring a saintly hero, autism and other family issues."
Smitten at first sight, Michael pursues Ann, who has an autistic child and abusive ex-husband, in this debut romance novel. Read full book review >
KISSING IN ITALIAN by Lauren Henderson
ROMANCE
Released: March 11, 2014

"Unfortunately the plot moves as slowly as an Italian summer afternoon, leaving one to wonder at the lack of urgency in a novel billed as suspenseful. (Mystery/romance. 14 & up)"
The story continues in slow, meandering fashion for Violet, the heroine of Flirting in Italian (2012). Read full book review >
POWER PLAY by Danielle Steel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 11, 2014

"Standard, appealing fare from Steel."
Steel's (Winners, 2013, etc.) latest contemporary romance targets the integrity of corporate executives. Read full book review >
THE SHADOW PRINCE by Bree Despain
ROMANCE
Released: March 11, 2014

"An overcrowded modern romance equally inspired by ancient Greece and Glee. (Paranormal romance. 12 & up)"
A singer and a soldier boy re-enact and rework classic Greek myths in this lengthy series opener. Read full book review >
PASSIONWALK by S. L. Plummer
ROMANCE
Released: March 10, 2014

"A solid, erotic story with well-crafted characters, and the promise of more drama to come."
A former Atlanta Hawks basketball star meets a potential love interest in Plummer's debut romance novel.Nehemiah Shepherd has lost faith in life. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >