Romance Book Reviews (page 20)

CHAINED BY NIGHT by Larissa Ione
ROMANCE
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"The action-packed plot and creative worldbuilding keep us enthralled; the romance and sexual tension keep us emotionally invested."
After agreeing to wed a rival's daughter to form an alliance, Hunter, a vampire clan leader, must break an ancient curse while facing his misgivings about the other clan, his aversion to his would-be mate and his blazing attraction to her twin sister. Read full book review >
IN YOUR DREAMS by Kristan Higgins
ROMANCE
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"Higgins exhibits her storytelling artistry with another stunning romance that includes her trademark touches of laugh-out-loud humor and tear-jerking pathos."
When Emmaline Neal needs a date for her ex-fiance's wedding, Jack Holland volunteers, eager to escape to Malibu from freezing Manningsport, New York, and the community that's branded him a hero. Read full book review >

INDECENT PROPOSAL by Molly O'Keefe
ROMANCE
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"A touching, sexy and surprising story of two people from completely different worlds who turn out to be a perfect match."
After an uncharacteristic one-night stand, congressional candidate Harrison Montgomery is facing scandal when Ryan Kaminski winds up pregnant; marrying her is the obvious solution, but falling in love is an unexpected surprise. Read full book review >
CHRISTMAS BRIDES by Suzanne Enoch
ROMANCE
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"As warm, sweet and sexy as a quick kiss under the mistletoe."
An anthology of four short historical romances sends up the holiday season with a touch of mischief, mistletoe and Christmas magic. Read full book review >
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 >
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 >