Romance Book Reviews (page 17)

THE ALL YOU CAN DREAM BUFFET by Barbara O'Neal
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 4, 2014

"Rather predictable, but it rings all the right bells."
A diverse group of bloggers become fast friends, sharing their passion for food and their thoughts via email. Read full book review >
THE DARK AFFAIR by Máire Claremont
ROMANCE
Released: March 4, 2014

"A dramatic, darkly complex story from a bold new voice in romance."
Lady Margaret Cassidy has survived the horrors of the Irish Famine and the Crimean War, but navigating marriage to an opium-addicted lord in order to save her troubled brother may be the most difficult experience she's yet faced. Read full book review >

SAPPHIRES ARE AN EARL'S BEST FRIEND by Shana Galen
ROMANCE
Released: March 4, 2014

"The courtesans are never as wicked as they pretend, but the road to happily-ever-after is intense, conflicted, suspenseful and fun."
Lily Dawson's reputation as the Countess of Charm, a renowned courtesan, is secretly a cover for her intelligence gathering, and her current mission is compromised when the only man she's ever loved finally notices her—just as she is trying to seduce his father. Read full book review >
CAROLINA MAN by Virginia Kantra
ROMANCE
Released: March 4, 2014

"Contemporary romance as warm and gratifying as a perfect day at the beach."
A Marine's world is completely upended when he receives a letter saying he's the guardian of a 10-year-old daughter he never knew about, and the attorney handling the matter feels like the woman he's been waiting for all his life. Read full book review >
DETOURS by Emma Gates
ROMANCE
Released: March 4, 2014

"A well-plotted, if uneven, international romance."
In Gates' (Walking to Israel, 2014) novel, two Vietnam War-era college students have a two-month romance, break up and meet again a decade later in the Middle East.Seventeen-year-old Clare Meredith is a freshman at Indiana University in 1972 when she first eyes handsome grad student Lowell Goodenow. Read full book review >

THE SUMMER I FOUND YOU by Jolene Perry
ROMANCE
Released: March 1, 2014

"Likable main characters, lively dialogue and a timely topic of returning soldiers fill out this low-key romance. (Romance. 13-18)"
Aidan and Kate meet soon after each has experienced a devastating change in health and are surprised to fall in love. Read full book review >
EVENING STARS by Susan Mallery
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 25, 2014

"A light, engaging family-coming-of-age story that flows gracefully into a handful of happy endings, though with a few more twists, turns and universal conflicts than a strict romance."
Two sisters are taking stock of their lives amid emotional insecurity when an unexpected treasure gives them the chance to have everything they want—if only they can figure out what that is. Read full book review >
WHEN THE DUKE WAS WICKED by Lorraine Heath
ROMANCE
Released: Feb. 25, 2014

"A sparkling, emotionally powerful historical romance that satisfyingly deals with physical and spiritual damage."
For years, the Duke of Lovingdon has lived a debauched life, so when childhood friend Lady Grace Mabry asks him to help her find her own true love, he resists; friends or not, he can't think of a worse person to guide her in matters of the heart. Read full book review >
THE OPHELIA PROPHECY by Sharon Lynn Fisher
ROMANCE
Released: Feb. 18, 2014

"If you can suspend your critical faculties, you'll enjoy the romance parts."
Post-apocalyptic romance, from the author of Ghost Planet (2012). Read full book review >
VAMPIRE MOST WANTED by Lynsay Sands
ROMANCE
Released: Feb. 18, 2014

"Sexy and captivating, mingling darkness and humor."
Sands' (One Lucky Vampire, 2013, etc.) newest Argeneau Vampire novel follows Basha, who has lived on the fringes of society, trying to avoid the powerful family searching for her while unwittingly setting up a showdown between the child she raised as her own and her newfound life mate. Read full book review >
ARCADIA FALLS by Kai Meyer
ROMANCE
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"Snappy dialogue and well-paced excitement bring this adventure to its ambiguous but nevertheless satisfying conclusion. (Paranormal romance. 15 & up)"
The Arcadia trilogy concludes with magic, shootouts, family betrayals and a cruise ship full of monsters: everything that's necessary for a romance about Cosa Nostra shape shifters. Read full book review >
A Silent Prayer by Samreen Ahsan
ROMANCE
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"An intense, joltingly modern love story."
A contemporary romance between modern professionals in Canada. 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 >