Romance Book Reviews (page 2)

TWILIGHT DREAMS by Amanda Ashley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"An afternoon's worth of readable, predictable entertainment."
Holly mistakes a vampire for a business associate and ends up on the run for her life. Read full book review >
A SCOT IN THE DARK by Sarah MacLean
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Highly recommended."
When a duke's forgotten ward embroils herself in a scandal, the duke decides to deal with her himself. That's easier said than done. Read full book review >

PLAYING FAST by Melanie Scott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Dynamic, sexy, and intense, especially perfect for baseball romance fans."
When Finn Castro, baseball's sexy bad boy, gets sent down to the Saint's minor league team to straighten out, he meets team administrator Eva Harlowe, who never, ever dates baseball players and isn't going to start with a troublemaker—no matter how tempting he is. Read full book review >
LOOKING FOR GROUP by Alexis Hall
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 29, 2016

"Hall (Waiting for the Flood, 2015, etc.) takes 10,000 geeky inside jokes and weaves them together with the challenges facing young people, whether they're nerdy or not, including game/life balance, understanding different kinds of friendship, and all the stops and starts of coming into yourself."
A young gamer meets the girl of his dreams in a massively multiplayer online game and is surprisingly OK with the discovery that the hot dark elf is a guy IRL. Read full book review >
THE BUTCH AND THE BEAUTIFUL by Kris Ripper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 22, 2016

"Choppy dialogue, undeveloped characters, and cliches dressed up as plot make this novel kind of a snooze."
Jaq and Hannah are related through a tenuous constellation of exes. When they meet as members of a wedding party, the connection is quick and strong. Read full book review >

Stumble Stones by Marilyn Baron
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 19, 2016

"A romance with a clichéd premise but some political and emotional depth."
A TV writer and a banker try to return priceless diamonds to their rightful owners while neo-Nazi dealers in stolen merchandise pursue them in thisromantic suspense novel. Read full book review >
IN THE BARREN GROUND by Loreth Anne White
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"While a bit light on the romance, the complex, absorbing, and unpredictable plot makes this novel a good attempt at mixing genres."
A brutal mauling of two graduate students in the Canadian Arctic forces a police officer escaping her past to seek help from a pilot with questionable ethics. Read full book review >
SEXUAL HEALING by Allison Hobbs
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"Little in the way of romance or plot, but readers who enjoy lots of raunchy sex with a confident and unapologetic female protagonist won't complain."
A classic Zane Presents novel with lots of steamy sex, complicated relationships, and over-the-top situations. Read full book review >
THE SAPPHIRE HEIST  by Lauren Blakely
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"A breezy romance that may appeal to summer readers looking for sexy sun and fun rather than depth or intricacy of plot."
With a cache of stolen diamonds at stake, two strangers-turned-lovers and investigative partners discover that the fun may be over when their trust in each other is tested. Read full book review >
TAILORED FOR TROUBLE by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"An interesting concept and a strong start but ultimately disappointing."
After a billionaire causes a human resources specialist to lose her job when she calls him out for being a jerk, he hires her as a consultant. She never expects to fall in love with him. Read full book review >
HARD RULES  by Lisa Renee Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Angst-y, sexy contemporary romance with big emotional and financial stakes set against the backdrop of two dynamic families. Sure to leave readers desperate for the next installment."
First in a new contemporary romance series that brings together two powerful families on opposing sides of the law. Read full book review >
RECKLESS IN TEXAS by Kari Lynn Dell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"A sexy, engaging romance set in the captivating world of rodeo."
When rodeo contractor Violet Jacobs hires a relatively obscure bullfighter for a short contract and gets superstar Joe Cassidy instead, she's blindsided by the blazing attraction that flares between them but intimidated by all the differences she's convinced will keep them apart. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jeff Chang
September 20, 2016

In the provocative essays in journalist Jeff Chang’s new book We Gon’ Be Alright, Chang takes an incisive and wide-ranging look at the recent tragedies and widespread protests that have shaken the country. Through deep reporting with key activists and thinkers, personal writing, and cultural criticism, We Gon’ Be Alright links #BlackLivesMatter to #OscarsSoWhite, Ferguson to Washington D.C., the Great Migration to resurgent nativism. Chang explores the rise and fall of the idea of “diversity,” the roots of student protest, changing ideas about Asian Americanness, and the impact of a century of racial separation in housing. “He implores readers to listen, act, and become involved with today’s activists, who offer ‘new ways to see our past and our present,’ ” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A compelling and intellectually thought-provoking exploration of the quagmire of race relations.” View video >