Romance Book Reviews (page 18)

HER LAST WHISPER by Karen Robards
ROMANCE
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"A tightly written ghostly romantic suspense novel with intriguing supernatural elements and sizzling sexual tension."
Serial killer expert and ghost whisperer Dr. Charlotte Stone feels honor bound to help when a colleague's sister falls into the clutches of a Las Vegas murderer, even though getting involved threatens her life and her ghost lover's existence. Read full book review >
WHAT I LOVE ABOUT YOU by Rachel Gibson
ROMANCE
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"An entertaining read, full of witty repartee, sexual tension and a romantic tango between two attracted but conflicted main characters."
An ex-Navy Seal fighting an addiction thinks he's seeking peace and quiet in Truly, Idaho, but discovers that what he's really looking for is the haven living right next door in the form of a beautiful single mom and her mischievous daughter. Read full book review >

ALL WHO ARE LOST by Lindsey Forrest
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"A dense, thorny romance full of multidimensional, morally ambiguous characters struggling to find peace despite sins of the past."
Equal parts family drama and shadowy romance, a story about three sisters in love with the same man. Read full book review >
CLICK DATE REPEAT by K. J. Farnham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 21, 2014

"Repetitive as Chloe's romantic experiences are, they still manage to entertain."
Fate leads to love in this realistic novel of a young woman's adventures dating online. Read full book review >
MEAN STREAK by Sandra Brown
ROMANCE
Released: Aug. 19, 2014

"Brown's novels share several qualities: They're entertaining, competently written, full of twists and turns, but ultimately forgettable."
The perennially best-selling Brown checks in with another "woman-in-peril–hunky-guy-to-the-rescue" romantic thriller. Read full book review >

ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER by Stephanie Perkins
ROMANCE
Released: Aug. 14, 2014

"A satisfying dose of first love's physical and emotional thrall. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Engaging teen characters with page-turning love lives offer ample vicarious pleasures. Read full book review >
LOVE LETTERS by Debbie Macomber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 12, 2014

"Hurt feelings are mended in believable and unexpectedly uplifting ways, and a cliffhanger ending for Jo Marie begs for a swift resolution in the next book."
The sounds of bickering permeate the walls of a bed-and-breakfast in the latest installment of the best-selling author's Rose Harbor series. Read full book review >
HOW MUCH DO YOU LOVE ME? by Paul Mark Tag
ROMANCE
Released: Aug. 12, 2014

"A poignant romance anchored by a rich cast of characters and detailed setting, which will likely appeal to fans of historical fiction."
In Tag's historical romance, a Japanese-American woman unravels a closely guarded family secret and discovers the depths of her mother's love. Read full book review >
SIERRA SUNRISE by Dorothy Shamah
ROMANCE
Released: Aug. 7, 2014

"An interesting but incongruous attempt to render a hiker's quest."
In this romance novel, an avid backpacker finds the true meaning of her existence, and overcomes her past, while taking on new experiences during her retirement. Read full book review >
LOVE AND LET SPY by Shana Galen
ROMANCE
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"The fun, ebullient spy-driven plot is gratifyingly over-the-top in a Bond-movie way, while the romantic arc remains authentic and affecting."
Despite her success as a spy, Jane Bonde is still beholden to strict social mores, so when her spymaster uncle pressures her to marry enigmatic Dominic Griffyn, she's totally conflicted. Read full book review >
MY BEAUTIFUL ENEMY by Sherry Thomas
ROMANCE
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"A thought-provoking exploration of gender roles in the East and West and in the historical romance genre. It's also a darn good read."
This historical romance doubles as an adventure story about two travelers in China who fall in love, only to discover that they're on opposite sides in a political chess game. Read full book review >
SWEETSHOP OF DREAMS by Jenny Colgan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2014

"A sweet and delicious journey."
Rosie Hopkins has settled into life in London—with "settle" being the operative word—when her job gets put on hiatus and her mother convinces her to help an elderly great-aunt who lives in a country village and owns a sweet shop. 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 >