Romance Book Reviews (page 19)

DUKES PREFER BLONDES by Loretta Chase
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 29, 2015

"Chase retains her well-earned star status."
Beautiful heiress Lady Clara Fairfax is getting tired of proposals from men she doesn't want, so when she meets brilliant, compelling barrister Oliver Radford, she is intrigued, then enthralled as the two attempt to save an urchin and survive the dangerous aftermath of their benevolent alliance. Read full book review >
FIRST TOUCH by Laurelin Paige
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 29, 2015

"Paige is unflinching in her depiction of a complicated relationship, and the results are explosive."
A missing person case leads an actress down a dangerous path of seduction in this raw duology opener from Paige (Find Me, 2015, etc.). Read full book review >

See You Then by Susan Coventry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 20, 2015

"A modern love story with an absorbing, unique take on May-December relationships."
A 40-year-old widow falls for her 23-year-old neighbor in this debut contemporary romance. Read full book review >
Amelia's Prayer by Christiane Banks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 18, 2015

"A flawed but still rewarding tale of a relationship."
An epic novel of a romance forged in war and of the couple's later troubles while raising a family. Read full book review >
Where Lemons Bloom by Blair McDowell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 16, 2015

"A heartwarming, perceptive romance with just enough high-stakes drama to keep readers turning the pages."
A young woman falls in love with an ex-con who's desperately trying to clear his name in this charming romance-cum-mystery. Read full book review >

Retroactive Romance by Everette Lemons
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 12, 2015

"A classic story of nostalgia fulfilled, the narrative moves slowly but delivers a number of unexpected revelations."
From Lemons (Jeannie-Centristasis, 2011, etc.) comes a sci-fi novel about one man's rare opportunity to connect with the love of his life. Read full book review >
Shadows from the Past by Judith Erwin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 11, 2015

"A well-plotted Southern romance, despite some shortcomings."
A novelist falls in love with a fabulously wealthy but aloof scion in Erwin's (Shadow of Doubt, 2015, etc.) contemporary romance with Gothic overtones. Read full book review >
The House of Baric Part One by Jillian Bald
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 5, 2015

"An engrossing, research-heavy tale of Croatia in the early modern period."
A debut historical novel follows an aristocratic family in 17th-century Croatia, at the conclusion of the Thirty Years' War. Read full book review >
THE MATCH OF THE CENTURY by Cathy Maxwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 24, 2015

"The characters are likable but just foolish enough to experience a satisfying amount of personal growth over the course of the story. Maxwell would do well to avoid dabbling in mystery next time."
An heiress plans to wed a handsome duke to please her ambitious parents, until the duke's scapegrace brother returns from the war and changes her mind. Read full book review >
THE SPINSTER'S GUIDE TO SCANDALOUS BEHAVIOR by Jennifer McQuiston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 24, 2015

"An absorbing read."
When a young woman inherits a ramshackle cottage from her spinster aunt, she's determined to use the house as her aunt did—to avoid an unhappy marriage. Read full book review >
Having It All by Millicent Chartwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 24, 2015

"A racy guilty pleasure replete with politics, romance, and plenty of sex."
A lobbyist and consultant juggles her political aspirations with her search for a meaningful relationship in this debut novel. Read full book review >
Maya Rising by Melissa Roen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 19, 2015

"A vividly imagined but dark dystopian fantasy complete with passionate romance and dangerous alliances."
An intrepid pair has survived the apocalypse, but the worst is yet to come in Roen's sequel to Last Call for Caviar (2013). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 14, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >