Romance Book Reviews (page 19)

BREATHE INTO ME by Sara Fawkes
ROMANCE
Released: July 29, 2014

"Annoying forced drama and a heroine who will call her abusive ex-boyfriend on the cellphone she bought to avoid him when she needs a little help: Skip it."
Lacey St. James has hit rock bottom; just as she decides she needs to make changes, she meets Everett, an intriguing stranger who helps her make more empowering choices. Read full book review >
I ADORED A LORD by Katharine Ashe
ROMANCE
Released: July 29, 2014

"Sparkling and witty, with tender romance and sizzling sensuality."
When Ravenna Caulfield is forced by her elder sister to attend a house party, she encounters mean girls, a murder mystery and maybe the man of her dreams. Read full book review >

ROGUE WITH A BROGUE by Suzanne Enoch
ROMANCE
Released: July 29, 2014

"Scottish clan wars, a Regency sensibility and star-crossed lovers make for a sensual, captivating romance."
Sparks fly when Arran MacLawry and Mary Campbell meet at a London ball, and the fact that their families are sworn enemies only adds to their interest in each other. Read full book review >
SINCE YOU'VE BEEN GONE by Anouska Knight
ROMANCE
Released: July 29, 2014

"Heartfelt revelations (and a creative use of cake frosting) make for a satisfying ending to a pleasant read."
A misunderstood millionaire pursues a widowed bakery owner in English author Knight's debut novel. Read full book review >
PROTOTYPE by M.D. Waters
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 24, 2014

"A good run at constructing an out-of-the-ordinary romance that never quite succeeds."
The sequel to Waters' dystopian Archetype (2014) is set in a world where women are in scarce supply and cloning has a creepy, but increasingly important, role in society. Read full book review >

THE YEAR OF CHASING DREAMS by Lurlene McDaniel
ROMANCE
Released: July 22, 2014

"A pleasant-enough outing for fans of old-fashioned, relatively clean romance. (Romance. 12 & up)"
Two 20-year-old best friends enjoy their romances while trying to save the family farm in Tennessee. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 21, 2014

"An unforgettable book."
The harrowing story of two brilliant immunologists, one Christian, one Jewish, who were separated during World War II yet found heroic ways to turn their typhus vaccine research against the Nazis. Read full book review >
A PERFECT LIFE by Danielle Steel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 15, 2014

"The novel's predictability will likely delight Steel's die-hard fans, but it won't win any new ones."
A highly successful woman ponders romance with a younger man. Read full book review >
FOUR by Veronica Roth
ROMANCE
Released: July 8, 2014

"For fans only; but their number is legion. (Dystopian romance. 12 & up)"
Roth returns to her wildly popular Divergent series with four prequel stories from Four's viewpoint. Read full book review >
THE SWEET SPOT by Stephanie Evanovich
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 8, 2014

"A sports-filled romance full of steamy sex scenes that will please Evanovich's fans."
A restaurant owner falls for a baseball hunk with a surprising secret in this breezy romance from Evanovich (Big Girl Panties, 2013). Read full book review >
THEN CAME YOU by Jill Shalvis
ROMANCE
Released: July 1, 2014

"Even when she's not quite perfect, Shalvis tells a sexy, satisfying small-town love story."
Veterinary intern Emily Stevens has a plan, which does not include creating roots in small-town Idaho or falling for her very sexy supervisor, Wyatt. Read full book review >
THE CAPTIVE by Grace Burrowes
ROMANCE
Released: July 1, 2014

"Smart, compelling and captivating."
Two battered aristocrats find solace in each other's company. 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 >