Romance Book Reviews (page 16)

WHAT IF IT'S LOVE by Alix Nichols
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 6, 2014

"An enjoyable love story made even more romantic by its enchanting Parisian backdrop."
An entertaining, lighthearted novel about the trials and tribulations of falling in love in a Parisian cafe. Read full book review >
THE NIGHT BELONGS TO FIREMAN by Jennifer Bernard
ROMANCE
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"Sexy fireman hero saves the heiress who has everything and nothing—what's not to like? Smart, fun and engaging."
After a dramatic rescue, a reclusive heiress and a sexy fireman navigate family tensions, media pressures and a shadowy enemy on their path to happy-ever-after. Read full book review >

CHAINED BY NIGHT by Larissa Ione
ROMANCE
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"The action-packed plot and creative worldbuilding keep us enthralled; the romance and sexual tension keep us emotionally invested."
After agreeing to wed a rival's daughter to form an alliance, Hunter, a vampire clan leader, must break an ancient curse while facing his misgivings about the other clan, his aversion to his would-be mate and his blazing attraction to her twin sister. Read full book review >
IN YOUR DREAMS by Kristan Higgins
ROMANCE
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"Higgins exhibits her storytelling artistry with another stunning romance that includes her trademark touches of laugh-out-loud humor and tear-jerking pathos."
When Emmaline Neal needs a date for her ex-fiance's wedding, Jack Holland volunteers, eager to escape to Malibu from freezing Manningsport, New York, and the community that's branded him a hero. Read full book review >
INDECENT PROPOSAL by Molly O'Keefe
ROMANCE
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"A touching, sexy and surprising story of two people from completely different worlds who turn out to be a perfect match."
After an uncharacteristic one-night stand, congressional candidate Harrison Montgomery is facing scandal when Ryan Kaminski winds up pregnant; marrying her is the obvious solution, but falling in love is an unexpected surprise. Read full book review >

CHRISTMAS BRIDES by Suzanne Enoch
ROMANCE
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"As warm, sweet and sexy as a quick kiss under the mistletoe."
An anthology of four short historical romances sends up the holiday season with a touch of mischief, mistletoe and Christmas magic. Read full book review >
THE AFTER HOUSE by Michael Phillip Cash
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"A charming, uplifting paranormal romance."
Cash's (Risen: The Battle for Darracia, 2014, etc.) romance novel finds a divorcée tangling with a sea captain's ghost. Read full book review >
IN THE RED by Elena Mauli Shapiro
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"The limpid prose quickly persuades the reader to a trust not unlike Irina's in Andrei—and like Andrei, Shapiro's novel is at first enticing, then ambiguous and ultimately coldhearted."
A Stanford freshman finds herself drawn into an Eastern European immigrant underworld in this erotically charged second novel from Shapiro (13, rue Thérèse, 2011).Read full book review >
BEYOND THE PALE MOTEL by Francesca Lia Block
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"Instead of erotic noir, a grim study of failed sobriety."
Sober for nearly 12 years, Catt and her best friend, Bree, have created perfect lives for themselves in Los Angeles. But sobriety, like perfection, is a fragile thing. Read full book review >
A FOOLISH CONSISTENCY by Andrea Weir
ROMANCE
Released: Sept. 15, 2014

"A wholesome second-chance romance, filled with modern-day family drama."
In Weir's debut love story, a couple takes another try at romance, 25 years after their initial relationship ended. Read full book review >
HEIR OF DECEIT by Jan M. Martin
ROMANCE
Released: Sept. 12, 2014

"A love story that, despite some hiccups, offers a satisfying mix of intrigue and idealistic love."
In Martin's (Impressions of Innocence, 2003) thriller/romance, a young woman risks all to confront a curse and discover the truth behind her lineage. Read full book review >
GOING THE DISTANCE by Elizabeth A. Finley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 11, 2014

"Wholesome but unfulfilling."
In this debutromance, a middle-aged woman and a much younger playboy gain physical and mental health on a bike ride across the U.S. 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 >