Romance Book Reviews (page 19)

THE AFTER HOUSE by Michael Phillip Cash
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"A charming, uplifting paranormal romance."
Cash's (Risen: The Battle for Darracia, 2014, etc.) romance novel finds a divorcée tangling with a sea captain's ghost. Read full book review >
IN THE RED by Elena Mauli Shapiro
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"The limpid prose quickly persuades the reader to a trust not unlike Irina's in Andrei—and like Andrei, Shapiro's novel is at first enticing, then ambiguous and ultimately coldhearted."
A Stanford freshman finds herself drawn into an Eastern European immigrant underworld in this erotically charged second novel from Shapiro (13, rue Thérèse, 2011).Read full book review >

BEYOND THE PALE MOTEL by Francesca Lia Block
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"Instead of erotic noir, a grim study of failed sobriety."
Sober for nearly 12 years, Catt and her best friend, Bree, have created perfect lives for themselves in Los Angeles. But sobriety, like perfection, is a fragile thing. Read full book review >
A FOOLISH CONSISTENCY by Andrea Weir
ROMANCE
Released: Sept. 15, 2014

"A wholesome second-chance romance, filled with modern-day family drama."
In Weir's debut love story, a couple takes another try at romance, 25 years after their initial relationship ended. Read full book review >
HEIR OF DECEIT by Jan M. Martin
ROMANCE
Released: Sept. 12, 2014

"A love story that, despite some hiccups, offers a satisfying mix of intrigue and idealistic love."
In Martin's (Impressions of Innocence, 2003) thriller/romance, a young woman risks all to confront a curse and discover the truth behind her lineage. Read full book review >

GOING THE DISTANCE by Elizabeth A. Finley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 11, 2014

"Wholesome but unfulfilling."
In this debutromance, a middle-aged woman and a much younger playboy gain physical and mental health on a bike ride across the U.S. Read full book review >
THE LIGHTKEEPER'S WIFE by Sarah Anne Johnson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"A tumultuous romance set against stormy seas."
Entangled in 19th-century social restrictions, two women experience the transformative power of grief and the resurrecting power of love. Read full book review >
THE SECRET SKY by Atia Abawi
ROMANCE
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"Riveting plot, sympathetic characters and straightforward narration studded with vivid, authentic detail: a top choice. (author's note, glossary) (Fiction. 12 & up)"
At its heart, this gripping debut by an Afghan-American journalist is a simple love story, but in today's Afghanistan—riven by culture clashes, scarred by decades of war—nothing is simple. Read full book review >
SON OF NO ONE by Sherrilyn Kenyon
ROMANCE
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"A diverting paranormal romance that's less edgy than it seems to want to be."
When skeptical Josette Landry is hired to do camerawork for a paranormal reality TV show, she's forced to reassess her idea of reality. Read full book review >
THE BEST KIND OF TROUBLE by Lauren Dane
ROMANCE
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"The perfect combination of sexy rock-star fantasy and emotionally tender romance."
When former wild child Natalie Clayton reconnects with Paddy Hurley, former fling-turned-famous rock star, she's determined to resist him, but he has a few tricks up his sleeve that might convince her to give him a chance. Read full book review >
SILVER BAY by Jojo Moyes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"The wit and nuanced shadings of Moyes' best are unfortunately missing in this predictable tear-jerker, a pale echo of the 1983 film Local Hero."
More earnest and less quirky than Moyes' later successes, Me Before You (2012) and One Plus One (2014), this romantic novel originally published in Britain in 2007 centers on the moral and emotional crises faced by a buttoned-down Englishman who disrupts the tranquility of an isolated coastal community in New South Wales when he scopes it out for a high-end resort.Read full book review >
IT'S IN HIS KISS by Jill Shalvis
ROMANCE
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"Another successful light, sexy contemporary romance from Shalvis, with storytelling that mixes humor and emotion."
Becca Thorpe comes to Lucky Harbor to distance herself from messy family issues and runs smack dab into Sam the Sexy Surfer, whose board and broad shoulders hide an intense personality and a heavily armored heart. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
author of CHANGING NORMAL
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >