Romance Book Reviews (page 16)

THE BOOK OF HOURS by Maria Elena Alonso-Sierra
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 29, 2014

"Entertaining over-the-top melodrama, with a nonsensical plot pitting an appealing pair of lovers against a dastardly villain."
The adventurous romance of Gabriella Martinez and Richard Harrison continues in Alonso-Sierra's follow-up to The Coin (2014). Read full book review >
Violets & Violence by Morgan Parker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 15, 2014

"An entertaining bit of fluff; implausible in parts but delivers romance and violence, per the title.
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A magician falls for an investment adviser in another mystery/romance by prolific author Parker (Surviving Goodbye, 2014, etc.).Read full book review >

Almost Eden by Richard Taylor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 10, 2014

"Wartime romance that refreshingly forgoes the sentimentality."
In this third novel in a trilogy, a "donut dollie"—a Red Cross volunteer during the Vietnam War—finds love with a soldier, but his experiences in the jungle will have lasting repercussions on their future together. Read full book review >
Katerina's Tears by Michael Amicone Galitello
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 4, 2014

"An affecting debut about a young woman's suffering and triumph."
A sweet, sad tale of love lost and found in the world of high fashion. Read full book review >
SEDUCTION by Molly Cochran
ROMANCE
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"Though not perfect, this is a layered and well-told story with an unlikely and endearing heroine. (Paranormal romance. 13 & up)"
With her boyfriend spending all of his time with his once-estranged uncle, 17-year-old Katy Ainsworth flees to Paris for cooking school and an adventure of her own. Little does she know that a summer abroad will nearly cost her her life. Read full book review >

IN BED WITH A SPY by Alyssa Alexander
ROMANCE
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"Angel loves her for her strength but also longs to protect her, which causes friction throughout this delightful novel."
The Regency-era widow of a British Army major joins forces with a spy to expose a ring of assassins in this combination romance and thriller. Read full book review >
ROULETTE by Megan Mulry
ROMANCE
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"A sexy, intense romance set against a deluxe backdrop."
A life-altering vacation leaves Miki Durand practically running her father's international conglomerate and sharing a passionate encounter with a French billionaire, forcing her to re-evaluate her mapped-out life. Read full book review >
NEVER JUDGE A LADY BY HER COVER by Sarah MacLean
ROMANCE
Released: Dec. 1, 2014

"A worthy conclusion to an extraordinary series."
After she's spent the last decade incognito, posing as the most enigmatic (male) casino owner in England, a ruined lady re-enters society to secure her daughter's rightful place in the beau monde, attracting suitors, enemies and the attention of a handsome newspaper magnate. Read full book review >
SECRET OF A THOUSAND BEAUTIES by Mingmei Yip
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 25, 2014

"A runaway train of a plot, in which our heroine suffers four marriages, two pregnancies, three tragic deaths and too many coincidences in a two-year span to be believable, yet the narrative has a certain cheeky, boundless energy that propels the reader to a gratifying conclusion."
Set in 1930s China, Yip's latest intrigue follows a runaway "ghost wife" as she finds a place in the world amid imperial loyalists and the rumblings of revolution. Read full book review >
MISSING REELS by Farran Smith Nehme
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 13, 2014

"Simply grand; this tale begs to be filmed."
Rumors of a lost silent film send a quirky heroine and her bemused boyfriend on a delightful escapade. Read full book review >
THE GLASS BALL by Jean Hatfield
ROMANCE
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"Overly neat and calling on too many tropes, this novel offers wish fulfillment without nuance or complexity."
In this debut romance novel, a woman with a traumatic childhood hopes to find healing on an Alaskan vacation, where she meets an intriguing widower. Read full book review >
HARD CHARGER by Tracy Fobes
ROMANCE
Released: Nov. 7, 2014

"Entertaining blend of erotic romance, Russian baddies and revved-up motorcycles."
In a novel from prolific author Fobes (Touch Not the Cat, 2012, etc.), a helicopter pilot back from Afghanistan reunites with a former love in a hometown controlled by the Russian mob. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >