Romance Book Reviews (page 2)

THE ACCIDENTAL EMPRESS by Allison Pataki
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"Still, Pataki deserves kudos for choosing her subject matter well—Sisi's life is ideal fictional fodder."
A love match alters the course of the Habsburg dynasty in Pataki's second novel (The Traitor's Wife, 2014).Read full book review >
I'LL MEET YOU THERE by Heather Demetrios
ROMANCE
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"A heady, page-flipping romance. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Skylar's post-graduation mission to get out of tiny Creek View, California, is sidetracked by her mom's downward spiral into alcohol abuse and by hot hunk Josh Mitchell's return from a tour in Afghanistan minus a leg. Read full book review >

NEW USES FOR OLD BOYFRIENDS by Beth Kendrick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"An astute and charming look at friendship, love and self-discovery.
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After her glamorous life falls apart, Lila Alders is left with nothing; she returns home to Black Dog Bay to re-evaluate only to find her mother in crisis and her childhood home in jeopardy. Read full book review >
THE UNEXPECTED CONSEQUENCES OF LOVE by Jill Mansell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"A graceful blend of heartbreak, humor and redemptive love."
A collection of would-be couples in Cornwall must overcome secrets, conflict and uncertainty to find love and their happy endings. Read full book review >
LOVE BY THE BOOK by Melissa Pimentel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"This novel doesn't have the heart or ironic sensibility of Bridget Jones's Diary, but for readers looking for something fun and casual without an emotional attachment, it might be a one-night stand to consider."
For fans of Sex and the City, Pimentel offers a fictionalized account of a real-life experiment in dating.Read full book review >

SWEET SURPRISE by Candis Terry
ROMANCE
Released: Feb. 1, 2015

"A smooth, sweet, romantic read if you don't consider the details too closely."
When single mom Fiona Wilder moves to Sweet, Texas, to be closer to her daughter's family, she wishes she weren't quite so interested in her ex-husband's best friend, firefighter Mike Halsey. Read full book review >
CATCH A FALLING HEIRESS by Laura Lee Guhrke
ROMANCE
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"A sexy, smart romance with a unique arc that's enhanced by its upper-class old New York social setting."
An impoverished English aristocrat is determined to protect an American heiress from an unscrupulous fortune hunter but, in doing so, compromises her himself, then finds he's falling for her—even though she won't give him the time of day. Read full book review >
LOVE ME SWEET by Tracy Brogan
ROMANCE
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"This is a sexy, slightly kooky romance that should please Bell Harbor fans. The writing and message make it a pleasant read that ends on a higher note than it begins on."
This snowblown romance from Brogan (The Best Medicine, 2014) is the latest in her Bell Harbor series. Read full book review >
GIRL BEFORE A MIRROR by Liza Palmer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"Palmer's fine wit is certainly on display, but all the straight talk about female empowerment and self-analysis feels heavy-handed and clichéd."
A Washington, D.C., ad executive tackles what appears to be the 21st-century woman's greatest challenge: learning to be happy with herself. Read full book review >
THE DEVIL TAKES A BRIDE by Julia London
ROMANCE
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"Strong prose and adventurous sex scenes make the book worth reading."
A desperate young woman tries to trap a charming rogue into marriage but accidentally traps his severe and proper older brother instead. Read full book review >
THE EARL I ADORE by Erin Knightley
ROMANCE
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Well worth reading."
A young lady with a modest dowry is husband-hunting at a summer music festival, but her task becomes more urgent as she waits for the news of her sister's elopement to leak out and ruin her chances. Read full book review >
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING ALICE by Katie MacAlister
ROMANCE
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"A meandering plot detracts from a quirky, enjoyable voice."
The itinerary looks promising, but the excursions are disappointing in MacAlister's (Time Thief, 2013, etc.) contemporary romance set on a cruise ship—the first book in the Ainslie Brothers series.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >