Romance Book Reviews (page 17)

MISSING REELS by Farran Smith Nehme
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
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
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 >
WHEN WE MET by A.L. Jackson
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Though the book's four-protagonist, four-author concept keeps the book feeling fresh, each section suffers from repetitive word choices (if we never read the term 'deepen the kiss' again, it will be too soon) and sometimes-rote plotlines that lean too heavily on gender stereotypes."
Four female college juniors share a house—and newly dramatic love lives—in this new-adult romance written by four separate authors in four distinct sections that focus on each woman's love story. Read full book review >
ROGUE SPY by Joanna Bourne
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Another win for Bourne: smart, exquisite writing, an intricate plot and breathtaking romance."
When two former double agents who trained together as children risk everything to help each other, falling in love becomes the most dangerous move in a deadly spy master's game. Read full book review >

DIRTY ROWDY THING by Christina Lauren
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"The romance unfolds like a series of drunken text messages, which, perhaps surprisingly, is not a bad thing."
The pseudonymous writing duo behind Beautiful Bastard (2013) continues the Wild Seasons series with a sequel that is both dirty and rowdy.Read full book review >
Done with Men Forever by S. Jane Scheyder
Released: Nov. 1, 2014

"A delightful read that may make readers want to move to New England, stay in a B&B, and fall in love."
A charming romantic comedy about an unemployed woman and an ex-NFL player at odds with each other. Read full book review >
The Professionals by Grace Cha
Released: Oct. 31, 2014

"A well-written, character-driven story swamped by exposition."
Cha's debut is a romantic dramedy of errors focused on two adults as they navigate the complicated waters of modern life and love—and their own overlapping destinies. Read full book review >
The Child Revealed by A. R. Winterstaar
Released: Oct. 30, 2014

"A promising start to a new fantasy series."
In Winterstaar's debut fantasy romance, a recently divorced woman and her three young children are pulled into a different world—one where she's expected to be a prophecy-fulfilling queen. Read full book review >
COMPULSION by Martina Boone
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"A paranormal Southern gothic with decadent settings, mysterious magic and family histories rife with debauchery for patient readers. (Paranormal romance. 13 & up)"
After the death of Barrie Watson's heavily scarred, shut-in mother and her beloved godfather's terminal cancer diagnosis, Barrie's sent from San Francisco to her aunt's South Carolina plantation home. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"Although it lacks pizzazz, Balogh's latest effort is a comfortably entertaining read."
A widow clinging to a safe, dull life falls in love with a former soldier recovering from a head injury in this entertaining novel. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"The plot avoids leaning too heavily on the love story; readers will come for the romance and stay for the family dramas as the characters struggle to understand themselves."
A Victorian-era New York banker finds out his mother lied to him about his father's death. His father is very much alive—and the heir to an English earldom. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Emma Straub
May 30, 2016

In Emma Straub’s new novel Modern Lovers, friends and former college bandmates Elizabeth and Andrew and Zoe have watched one another marry, buy real estate, and start businesses and families, all while trying to hold on to the identities of their youth. But nothing ages them like having to suddenly pass the torch (of sexuality, independence, and the ineffable alchemy of cool) to their own offspring. Back in the band’s heyday, Elizabeth put on a snarl over her Midwestern smile, Andrew let his unwashed hair grow past his chin, and Zoe was the lesbian all the straight women wanted to sleep with. Now nearing fifty, they all live within shouting distance in the same neighborhood deep in gentrified Brooklyn, and the trappings of the adult world seem to have arrived with ease. But the summer that their children reach maturity (and start sleeping together), the fabric of the adult lives suddenly begins to unravel, and the secrets and revelations that are finally let loose—about themselves, and about the famous fourth band member who soared and fell without them—can never be reclaimed. “Straub’s characters are a quirky and interesting bunch, well aware of their own good fortune, and it’s a pleasure spending time with them in leafy Ditmas Park,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >