Romance Book Reviews (page 19)

Dust by Mandy Harbin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 16, 2016

"A fast-paced tale with dynamic protagonists and a healthy dollop of suspense."
A chance encounter leads to an opportunity for two college students to heal past emotional wounds in Harbin's (Surrounded by Woods, 2016, etc.) contemporary romance.Read full book review >
THE SAPPHIRE AFFAIR by Lauren Blakely
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"A steamy tropical romp with an adequate amount of suspense."
A tour operator and a bounty hunter decide to team up when they find themselves searching for the same treasure. Read full book review >

HOTTEST MESS by J. Kenner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"The taboo here, a brother-sister romance, isn't the most offensive part. It's the overly complicated plot and nearly nonsensical depiction of trauma and sexual violence."
Dallas and Jane are foster brother and sister, raised together since age 5. When they were teenagers, they were kidnapped and tortured together. If they started out being attracted to one another, the trauma bonded them further…much further. Read full book review >
THE SAPPHIRE AFFAIR  by Lauren Blakely
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"Blakely tackles a heist novel that's heavier on sex and hyped-up mistrust than on true emotional conflict, but a fun story, upscale beach setting, and sizzling chemistry mean that fans likely won't care. The cliffhanger ending will keep them coming back for more."
Steph Anderson has come to the Cayman Islands for business and personal reasons, but meeting Jake Harlowe, a sexy fortune hunter, embroils her in a search for lost diamonds that has her questioning old alliances and wondering if she can trust Jake—with her secrets or her heart. Read full book review >
The Governess by Victoria Capper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"An evocative but predictable romance."
A shy young woman finds romance and adventure when she becomes a governess in the Australian Outback in this sequel. Read full book review >

SYLVIE WRITES A ROMANCE by Melissa Burovac
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 8, 2016

"A feel-good romantic comedy with a resilient heroine."
If she's ever going to write her romance novel, Sylvie Jacobsen concludes that she will need to get in touch with her wild side. Read full book review >
ALWAYS MY GIRL by Samantha Chase
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 5, 2016

"Pretty standard stuff here: emotionally unavailable dude proven wrong by a headstrong woman. Not a bad choice for some chaste comfort."
In Chase's latest Shaughnessy Brothers romance, Quinn becomes attracted to his childhood best friend, Anna Hannigan, who's nursed a crush on him for years. Read full book review >
A GIFT FOR GUILE  by Alissa Johnson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 5, 2016

"All but the most devoted Johnson fans should skip this novel and wait for her next offering."
A gentleman investigator in Victorian England finds himself beguiled by a headstrong woman searching for her natural father. Read full book review >
IF THE EARL ONLY KNEW  by Amanda Forester
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 5, 2016

"While the heroine's transformation in a few short weeks is just a bit too extreme to be believable, the book is well-written and most readers will be entertained."
An earl's sister lives in isolation after a difficult childhood until a friend of her brother's helps her overcome her bitterness. Read full book review >
Judah's Scepter and the Sacred Stone by D.A. Brittain
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 3, 2016

"An effective tale for readers who like biblical history and legend with their young love."
In this debut historical romance, a Hebrew princess and an Irish warrior fall in love, but duty may keep them apart. Read full book review >
YOUR IRRESISTIBLE LOVE by Layla Hagen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 3, 2016

"A strong start to the series, with enough sizzle to stand alone and plenty of likable characters."
Sparks fly when marketing consultant Ava Lindt lands a contract at a high-end jewelry company run by Sebastian Bennett, San Francisco's most eligible bachelor. Read full book review >
The Torch Bearer's Exorcism by Linda Luisa Varela Tychsen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 30, 2016

"Insufficient copy editing and unconventional organization overshadow this story's raw emotion."
Varela Tychsen (Spanish Angst, 2007) offers a harrowing tale of a one-sided love affair. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >