Romance Book Reviews (page 18)

Released: May 26, 2015

"Laurens maintains her stylish storytelling in another compelling romance with a hint of suspense and an interesting look at gender roles, power, and partnership."
When Niniver Carrick, the lady of her clan, is harassed by men looking to marry her and usurp her leadership, she turns to neighbor Marcus Cynster for help, never expecting that she might well have met her match in life and love. Read full book review >
Released: May 26, 2015

"A smart, poignant, deftly written romance with characters who remind us that good can triumph and love can heal."
Lord Atherton is the last man on Earth Penelope Weston wants to marry, but when a scandal forces her to do just that, they're surprised to discover they're a perfect match, though not everyone is pleased with the union. Read full book review >

A GIRL LIKE THAT by Mary Flinn
Released: May 25, 2015

"An uplifting tale of love and redemption that's perfect for fans of stories of rehabilitated youth and second chances."
A breezy romance about a single mother who tries to reinvent herself after her young-adult son leaves the nest. Read full book review >
The Place by Linda  Orvis
Released: May 22, 2015

"A quietly shocking page-turner that chooses to be poetic instead of preachy."
In Orvis' (In the Mousehole, 2014) romantic thriller, a woman tries to resolve her fantastic double life.Read full book review >
BEACH TOWN by Mary Kay Andrews
Released: May 19, 2015

"A perfect fit for the romance lover's beach bag."
Bestseller Andrews introduces Greer Hennessy, a third-generation worker in the film industry, whose difficult background and current job trigger a flood of problems. Read full book review >

The Song That Seduced Paris by Cindy Irish
Released: May 16, 2015

"A fun, sexy escape.
In this debut romance novel, a woman gets a new lease on life while managing four irresistible men training to become the world's next singing sensation. Read full book review >
SEVEN DAYS TO LOVE by Robert Daviau
Released: May 14, 2015

"An oddly compelling mashup of sweet romance and action-adventure."
A Korean War veteran finds love with a younger woman facing brain surgery in this debut romantic thriller. Read full book review >
Kiss the Stars by Alice Bell
Released: May 9, 2015

"A passionate novel of obsession with ambiguous intended effects."
Ruby has no idea what she's in for when she meets Devon—but she knows that no matter how dangerous he might be, she can't help being irresistibly attracted to him. Read full book review >
I TAKE YOU by Eliza Kennedy
Released: May 5, 2015

"This book has the effect of three Bloody Marys at brunch: it'll leave you flushed, giddy, and prepared to embrace your wild side."
Lily Wilder is getting married in six days to a man who really lights her fire, but she still has one big decision to make: does she actually want to get married? Read full book review >
THE UNLIKELY LADY by Valerie Bowman
Released: May 5, 2015

"But overall, Bowman keeps her prose and characters fresh and interesting; her book is an entertaining renewal of a classic plotline and well worth reading."
A bookish young woman tries to convince her mother she's just not marriage material in this Regency romance inspired by Much Ado About Nothing, but her mother has the last laugh. Read full book review >
THE HEIR by Kiera Cass
Released: May 5, 2015

"The cliffhanger ending is merely an abrupt pause in the action—this chapter is essentially just scene-setting for the inevitable continuation(s). (Dystopian romance. 13 & up)"
Cass' bestselling Selection trilogy is now a series, with the fourth installment picking up 20 years after The One (2014). Read full book review >
HIATUS by Belangela G. Tarazona
Released: April 29, 2015

"A lovely, sentimental gay romance with a very modern twist."
A heart-rending tale of second chances in love and life by Tarazona (A Better World, 2014). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
H.W. Brands
October 11, 2016

As noted historian H.W. Brands reveals in his new book The General vs. the President: MacArthur and Truman at the Brink of Nuclear War, at the height of the Korean War, President Harry S. Truman committed a gaffe that sent shock waves around the world. When asked by a reporter about the possible use of atomic weapons in response to China's entry into the war, Truman replied testily, "The military commander in the field will have charge of the use of the weapons, as he always has." This suggested that General Douglas MacArthur, the willful, fearless, and highly decorated commander of the American and U.N. forces, had his finger on the nuclear trigger. A correction quickly followed, but the damage was done; two visions for America's path forward were clearly in opposition, and one man would have to make way. Truman was one of the most unpopular presidents in American history. General MacArthur, by contrast, was incredibly popular, as untouchable as any officer has ever been in America. The contest of wills between these two titanic characters unfolds against the turbulent backdrop of a faraway war and terrors conjured at home by Joseph McCarthy. “An exciting, well-written comparison study of two American leaders at loggerheads during the Korean War crisis,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >