Romance Book Reviews (page 2)

HOW TO MANAGE A MARQUESS by Sally MacKenzie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 2016

"Tiresome lead characters and a rather inane plot make this novel eminently skippable."
A Regency-era marquess has allowed his life to be controlled by a family curse, but a blonde spinster promises to give him something else to live for. Read full book review >
FIRE BOUND by Christine Feehan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 2016

"Feehan continues her Sisters of the Heart series with another searing romance that explores the emotional toll of violence and the healing power of love, but its highly erotic sex scenes and violent themes may be too intense for some readers."
Renowned glass artist Lissa Piner is living a double life so secret she can't even tell her sisters-of-the-heart, but when she meets Casimir Prakenskii, who can relate to her deepest, darkest aspects, perhaps together they can right two lifetimes of wrongs. Read full book review >

THE EARL TAKES ALL by Lorraine Heath
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 2016

"A steamy romance that uses the strict rules of Regency Britain to excellent effect."
If you've loved a man, can you also love his brother? Read full book review >
LOVE OF THE GAME by Lori Wilde
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 2016

"The romance unfolds at a leisurely pace, balancing intense emotions with heartwarming family moments."
In this sweet installment of the Stardust, Texas series, a small-town belle forces a big-league player to take a seventh-inning stretch. Read full book review >
SELFIE by Amy Lane
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 18, 2016

"A worthwhile if imperfect trip to Bluewater Bay, where agonizing grief is transformed by unconditional love."
A closeted movie star can't grieve the loss of his old love until a new love shows him the way. Read full book review >

YOU CAN'T ALWAYS GET THE MARQUESS YOU WANT by Alexandra Hawkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 5, 2016

"The weak characters and weaker prose make this book one to avoid."
A family feud in Regency England comes to a predictable crescendo when the son of one family falls in love with the daughter of another. Read full book review >
MANTIES IN A TWIST by J.A. Rock
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2016

"Kinky, touching, emotional, and sexually intense."
Still mourning the loss of a friend due to an accident during sadomasochistic sex, Kamen moves in with his boyfriend, Ryan, and has to navigate a spectrum of mixed feelings as he and his close-knit set of friends move into their own lives, loves, and levels of kink. Read full book review >
A Keeper's Truth by Dee Willson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2016

"A sensual novel about a painter, sparkling with mythological details."
In this debut romantic fantasy, a widow tries to choose between a family man and a globe-trotting teacher, unaware that an ancient predator stalks her. Read full book review >
GUILTY PLEASURES by Deborah Fletcher Mello
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 29, 2016

"Though flawed, the book offers a sexy, satisfying romance about two people from very different backgrounds finding common ground."
Alexander and Zachary Barrett have been estranged for years due to a woman who left them both burned, but the twins seem ready to mend their relationship; Sarai, Zach's best friend, wants to help but may complicate things when she and Alex begin to fall for each other. Read full book review >
BECAUSE OF MISS BRIDGERTON by Julia Quinn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 29, 2016

"Although the plot is rather a sleepy one, the book is worth reading for fans of the Bridgerton clan and for readers who like character-driven novels."
Two childhood friends finally stop squabbling and realize they're meant for each other in 18th-century England. Read full book review >
THE STUDY OF SEDUCTION by Sabrina Jeffries
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 22, 2016

"Lovely, poignant, and powerful."
Edwin Barlow, Earl of Blakeborough, agrees to keep an eye out for Lady Clarissa Lindsey while her cousin is out of town, though he's dubious the independent lady will cooperate and uncertain whether his own ambivalent feelings toward her can keep her safe. Read full book review >
THE TOTAL PACKAGE by Stephanie Evanovich
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 15, 2016

"A charming romance full of heart, heat, and plenty of football."
A quarterback with a past and a sports commentator with some secrets of her own fall for each other in this romance from Evanovich (The Sweet Spot, 2014, etc.). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Emma Straub
author of MODERN LOVERS
May 30, 2016

In Emma Straub’s new novel Modern Lovers, friends and former college bandmates Elizabeth and Andrew and Zoe have watched one another marry, buy real estate, and start businesses and families, all while trying to hold on to the identities of their youth. But nothing ages them like having to suddenly pass the torch (of sexuality, independence, and the ineffable alchemy of cool) to their own offspring. Back in the band’s heyday, Elizabeth put on a snarl over her Midwestern smile, Andrew let his unwashed hair grow past his chin, and Zoe was the lesbian all the straight women wanted to sleep with. Now nearing fifty, they all live within shouting distance in the same neighborhood deep in gentrified Brooklyn, and the trappings of the adult world seem to have arrived with ease. But the summer that their children reach maturity (and start sleeping together), the fabric of the adult lives suddenly begins to unravel, and the secrets and revelations that are finally let loose—about themselves, and about the famous fourth band member who soared and fell without them—can never be reclaimed. “Straub’s characters are a quirky and interesting bunch, well aware of their own good fortune, and it’s a pleasure spending time with them in leafy Ditmas Park,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >