Romance Book Reviews (page 18)

TO LOVE A CAT by Billi Tiner
ROMANCE
Released: Feb. 7, 2014

"Dull prose and unrealistic characters make this fluffy romance hard to engage with."
A sexy detective, a pretty redhead, a sullen teenager in foster care and several pets with personality collide in this lighthearted romance. Read full book review >
THE CURL UP & DYE by Sharon Sala
ROMANCE
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"Two-dimensional characters and clunky writing leaves little to recommend this predictable romance."
A romantic comedy featuring a young woman stuck in the past and her next-door neighbor, who harbors a secret passion. Read full book review >

MELTING THE ICE by Jaci Burton
ROMANCE
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"Fast-paced, with intense sex scenes and an intriguing jumble of the sports and fashion worlds, this steamy novel will satisfy those who like a little heat in their love stories."
Preparing her debut line for Fashion Week, Carolina Preston knows her brother's suggestion to have his best friend model for her is a good one—even if the one hot, secret night she shared in college with sexy hockey star Drew Hogan makes her wary. Read full book review >
R IS FOR REBEL by Megan Mulry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"A clever, intense read marred by a few mechanics issues, including some distracting head-hopping. However, these flaws are minor compared to the quality of the story and storytelling."
Aristocrat Abigail Heyworth has never fit comfortably in her skin, but she's decided it's well past time to create a life; self-made American millionaire Eliot Cranbrook wants everything from Abby, which is hard since she's not sure what that is. Read full book review >
FALLING LIGHT by Thea Harrison
ROMANCE
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"Beautifully written, boldly imaginative, action-packed and captivating."
Part of an ancient contingent sent to Earth to destroy the Deceiver, Mary and Michael have lost nearly all of their friends over the thousands of years they've existed here, but now, despite exhaustion and grief, victory may be in sight for the soul mates. Read full book review >

WALKING ON AIR by Catherine Anderson
ROMANCE
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"Sweet and heartwarming, complete with a little Christmas magic, romance and a light message of divine forgiveness."
One cold Christmas morning, a lone-wolf gunslinger is shot down in Random, Colo.; he receives a second chance when two angels send him on a mission to convince another lonely soul to trust in him and fall in love. Read full book review >
DO OR DIE by Suzanne Brockmann
ROMANCE
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"Enthralling and breathtaking."
Attorney Phoebe Kruger is tasked with negotiating client Ian Dunn's prison release, against his will, so he can rescue two kidnapped children, not realizing that doing so will set events in motion that will threaten dozens of lives—and a few hearts. Read full book review >
ROMANCING THE DUKE by Tessa Dare
ROMANCE
Released: Feb. 1, 2014

"Dare starts her new series with a unique storyline, a sweet, fun nod to literary fandom, and two main characters who are perfect for each other yet never would have met if they weren't each at a nadir in life's journey."
Izzy Goodnight has long given up on fairy tales, so she is shocked to learn that she has inherited a castle and must figure out what to do with the wounded duke who lives there. Read full book review >
FIXING DESTINY by S. E. Reichert
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 29, 2014

"A mostly satisfying tale of love, death and home renovation."
In Reichert's debut paranormal romance, the first in a planned trilogy, a woman named Destiny flees her grief over her parents' deaths for a fixer-upper house on the Maine coast, where she finds an unwelcome but alluring, spectral roommate. Read full book review >
THAT TOUCH OF MAGIC by Lucy March
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 28, 2014

"Touching, sexy and enchanting."
Despite the potential dangers of magic, recently laid-off librarian Stacy Easter starts mixing potions for income, and when her ex Leo North comes back to town, she takes a potion herself—opening her town and herself to an evil and destructive dark magic. Read full book review >
SECRET by Brigid Kemmerer
ROMANCE
Released: Jan. 28, 2014

"As with previous titles, the heart of the story is the human condition, and the paranormal aspect is the side note—a pleasing balance. (Paranormal romance. 12 & up)"
In this fourth full-length title in the Elementals series, multiple secrets come to a boil. Read full book review >
UNDER THE JEWELED SKY by Alison McQueen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 21, 2014

"A richly imagined story of love, politics and fate, but one with a sometimes-jerky narrative pace."
In this ill-fated romance between a British girl and an Indian boy during India's independence, the author opens the doors to a maharaja's palace, follows the bloody massacres of partition and uncovers the sordid secrets of the diplomatic community in Delhi. 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 >