Romance Book Reviews (page 20)

The Lady and the Minstrel by Joyce DiPastena
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 28, 2015

"A nuanced, passionate love story that will transport readers to King John's England.
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DiPastena (Loving Lucianna, 2014, etc.) offers a historical novel about a forbidden romance in 13th century England. 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 >
TRUST NO ONE by Jayne Ann Krentz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"An intriguing, textured mystery that perfectly layers humor, suspense and romance."
When Grace Elland finds her murdered boss's body, she comes to the attention of the police, a sexy new neighbor and an apparent stalker who seems linked to both this crime and a violent event from Grace's past. Read full book review >
DICTATORSHIP OF THE DRESS by Jessica Topper
ROMANCE
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Though sometimes the language isn't as witty or romantic as it's trying to be, Topper makes good use of the dress as a plot device and infuses enough fun and suspense into the rollicking storyline to make it a satisfying read."
Two strangers in transit share plenty of baggage in Topper's (Louder Than Love, 2013) second romance.Read full book review >
STAGES OF DESIRE by Julia Tagan
ROMANCE
Released: Jan. 5, 2015

"Enchanting Regency romance with affable central characters that tastefully blends sex with essentials of the genre."
Tagan's (A Question of Class, 2014) lively romance, set in London in 1808, has a young woman falling for the man pursuing her guardian's daughter. Read full book review >
Ride Your Heart 'Til It Breaks by Deborah Hawkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 31, 2014

"Troubled romance that knows the messiness of real life."
Hawkins' (Dance for a Dead Princess, 2013) tale of addictive love is a roller coaster of emotion. Read full book review >
THE DUKE OF DARK DESIRES by Miranda Neville
ROMANCE
Released: Dec. 30, 2014

"The main characters' appreciation of art adds color to the story, which is otherwise an entertaining but unsurprising tale about falling in love with the enemy."
Years after the French Revolution, the only surviving daughter of a marquis travels to England to avenge herself on her family's betrayer. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Andrea Beaty
August 30, 2016

In Andrea Beaty and David Roberts’ new picture book Ada Twist, Scientist is like her classmates, builder Iggy and inventor Rosie: scientist Ada, a character of color, has a boundless imagination and has always been hopelessly curious. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it’s up to her to find the source. Not afraid of failure, she embarks on a fact-finding mission and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery. But this time, her experiments lead to even more stink and get her into trouble! Inspired by real-life makers such as Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, Ada Twist, Scientist champions girl power and women scientists, and brings welcome diversity to picture books about girls in science. “Cool and stylish,” our reviewer writes. View video >