Romance Book Reviews (page 20)

SAVE THE DATE by Mary Kay Andrews
Released: June 3, 2014

"A deft mixture of romance and humor in a story featuring a likable protagonist and cute critters: It's a date Andrews fans won't want to miss."
Andrews (Christmas Bliss, 2013, etc.) produces another happily-ever-after with the usual complications; her heroine this time is a Savannah florist trying to gain a foothold in the bridal industry. Read full book review >
Released: June 3, 2014

"With a lovable heroine and industry gossip, Sweeney's latest goes behind the scenes and straight to the heart."
A unique take on workplace romance from the actress-turned-author (The Star Attraction, 2013) whose TV credits include The Biggest Loser and Days of Our Lives. Read full book review >

Released: June 3, 2014

"Often overdone and irritating but also engaging and charismatic, so it will find its crowd of admirers."
Social worker and perennial helpmate Violet does her best friend a favor and winds up in the laser-sharp sights of local rocker Jet, just where she wants to be but fighting it all the way. Read full book review >
SHIELD OF WINTER by Nalini Singh
Released: June 3, 2014

"Singh shines with elaborate, compelling worldbuilding and scorching sexual and emotional tension."
As an Arrow, Vasic has been conditioned to remain even more detached than most Psy, so when he's asked to guard Ivy, an empath who may hold the key to their society's survival, he's unnerved by her emotionalism and his long-buried desire to belong. Read full book review >
HERE'S LOOKING AT YOU by Mhairi McFarlane
Released: June 3, 2014

"Fun and engaging but with thought-provoking twists that deepen the emotional impact beyond light romantic comedy."
History professor Anna Alessi is shocked when she has to work with James Fraser, her high school tormentor; stymied when he doesn't recognize her; and stunned when she finds herself falling for him. Read full book review >

A SHIVER OF LIGHT by Laurell K. Hamilton
Released: June 3, 2014

"A shadow of Hamilton's greatness, but avid fans waiting for the continuation of Merry's story will still buy it."
Fae princess Merry Gentry is about to give birth to triplets at the ad hoc Court she's established in Los Angeles, giving rise to political and personal complications across the faerie world and threatening those closest to her. Read full book review >
Only Wheat Not White by Varsha Dixit
Released: June 2, 2014

"A modest international romance, likely to please fans of the genre."
In Dixit's (Wrong Means Right End, 2012, etc.) romance, a young Indian woman must make her way personally and professionally in America.Read full book review >
The Broken Heart Diet by Tom Formaro
Released: June 1, 2014

"A memorable, gratifying glimpse into the life of a romantic restaurateur."
With paranormal elements, Formaro's (co-author Alfonso, the Christmas Pumpkin, 2009) debut romance is told from the unusual point of view of the spurned male. Read full book review >
Released: May 27, 2014

"Smoothly written, with appealing characters and an engaging storyline, this will surely be a winner with romance fans."
After a professional tragedy, Gabi Romano can't decide what to do next and escapes winter in Eternity Springs, Colo., for a temporary dogsitting job in the Caribbean. Read full book review >
Ange'el by Jamie Le Fay
Released: May 20, 2014

"A finely grained achievement that challenges the status quo on all fronts."
In this debut romantic fantasy, a young woman learns that her nearly perfect lover is from an ancient, scientifically advanced civilization. Read full book review >
The Ex Lottery by Kim Sanders
Released: May 19, 2014

"A light, uplifting romance that's equal parts comedy, fairy tale and travelogue."
Contemporary romance about a young woman who wins the lottery and travels to Ireland to buy a castle. Read full book review >
"The Woman Who Loved Too Well" by David Orsini
Released: May 14, 2014

"A violently emotional and occasionally over-the-top story of love and war."
In this romantic drama set against the backdrop of World War II, a young woman and loyal member of the French Resistance seduces a Nazi in order to negotiate the freedom of a captive friend—though she finds herself falling for the enemy. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jason Gay
November 17, 2015

In the 1990s, copies of Richard Carlson’s Don't Sweat the Small Stuff (and its many sequels) were seemingly everywhere, giving readers either the confidence to prioritize their stresses or despondence over the slender volume’s not addressing their particular set of problems. While not the first book of its kind, it kicked open the door for an industry of self-help, worry-reduction advice guides. In his first book, Little Victories, Wall Street Journal sports columnist Gay takes less of a guru approach, though he has drawn an audience of readers appreciative of reportage that balances insights with a droll, self-deprecating outlook. He occasionally focuses his columns on “the Rules” (of Thanksgiving family touch football, the gym, the office holiday party, etc.), which started as a genial poke in the eye at the proliferation of self-help books and, over time, came to explore actual advice “both practical and ridiculous” and “neither perfect nor universal.” The author admirably combines those elements in every piece in the book. View video >