Romance Book Reviews (page 20)

IN BED WITH A SPY by Alyssa Alexander
ROMANCE
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"Angel loves her for her strength but also longs to protect her, which causes friction throughout this delightful novel."
The Regency-era widow of a British Army major joins forces with a spy to expose a ring of assassins in this combination romance and thriller. Read full book review >
ROULETTE by Megan Mulry
ROMANCE
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"A sexy, intense romance set against a deluxe backdrop."
A life-altering vacation leaves Miki Durand practically running her father's international conglomerate and sharing a passionate encounter with a French billionaire, forcing her to re-evaluate her mapped-out life. Read full book review >

NEVER JUDGE A LADY BY HER COVER by Sarah MacLean
ROMANCE
Released: Dec. 1, 2014

"A worthy conclusion to an extraordinary series."
After she's spent the last decade incognito, posing as the most enigmatic (male) casino owner in England, a ruined lady re-enters society to secure her daughter's rightful place in the beau monde, attracting suitors, enemies and the attention of a handsome newspaper magnate. Read full book review >
SECRET OF A THOUSAND BEAUTIES by Mingmei Yip
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 25, 2014

"A runaway train of a plot, in which our heroine suffers four marriages, two pregnancies, three tragic deaths and too many coincidences in a two-year span to be believable, yet the narrative has a certain cheeky, boundless energy that propels the reader to a gratifying conclusion."
Set in 1930s China, Yip's latest intrigue follows a runaway "ghost wife" as she finds a place in the world amid imperial loyalists and the rumblings of revolution. Read full book review >
MISSING REELS by Farran Smith Nehme
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 13, 2014

"Simply grand; this tale begs to be filmed."
Rumors of a lost silent film send a quirky heroine and her bemused boyfriend on a delightful escapade. Read full book review >

THE GLASS BALL by Jean Hatfield
ROMANCE
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"Overly neat and calling on too many tropes, this novel offers wish fulfillment without nuance or complexity."
In this debut romance novel, a woman with a traumatic childhood hopes to find healing on an Alaskan vacation, where she meets an intriguing widower. Read full book review >
HARD CHARGER by Tracy Fobes
ROMANCE
Released: Nov. 7, 2014

"Entertaining blend of erotic romance, Russian baddies and revved-up motorcycles."
In a novel from prolific author Fobes (Touch Not the Cat, 2012, etc.), a helicopter pilot back from Afghanistan reunites with a former love in a hometown controlled by the Russian mob. Read full book review >
WHEN WE MET by A.L. Jackson
ROMANCE
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Though the book's four-protagonist, four-author concept keeps the book feeling fresh, each section suffers from repetitive word choices (if we never read the term 'deepen the kiss' again, it will be too soon) and sometimes-rote plotlines that lean too heavily on gender stereotypes."
Four female college juniors share a house—and newly dramatic love lives—in this new-adult romance written by four separate authors in four distinct sections that focus on each woman's love story. Read full book review >
ROGUE SPY by Joanna Bourne
ROMANCE
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Another win for Bourne: smart, exquisite writing, an intricate plot and breathtaking romance."
When two former double agents who trained together as children risk everything to help each other, falling in love becomes the most dangerous move in a deadly spy master's game. Read full book review >
DIRTY ROWDY THING by Christina Lauren
ROMANCE
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"The romance unfolds like a series of drunken text messages, which, perhaps surprisingly, is not a bad thing."
The pseudonymous writing duo behind Beautiful Bastard (2013) continues the Wild Seasons series with a sequel that is both dirty and rowdy.Read full book review >
Done with Men Forever by S. Jane Scheyder
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2014

"A delightful read that may make readers want to move to New England, stay in a B&B, and fall in love."
A charming romantic comedy about an unemployed woman and an ex-NFL player at odds with each other. Read full book review >
The Professionals by Grace Cha
ROMANCE
Released: Oct. 31, 2014

"A well-written, character-driven story swamped by exposition."
Cha's debut is a romantic dramedy of errors focused on two adults as they navigate the complicated waters of modern life and love—and their own overlapping destinies. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nancy Isenberg
author of WHITE TRASH
July 19, 2016

Poor Americans have existed from the time of the earliest British colonial settlement. They were alternately known as “waste people,” “offals,” “rubbish,” “lazy lubbers,” and “crackers.” By the 1850s, the downtrodden included so-called “clay eaters” and “sandhillers,” known for prematurely aged children distinguished by their yellowish skin, ragged clothing, and listless minds. Surveying political rhetoric and policy, popular literature and scientific theories over 400 years, in White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, Nancy Isenberg upends assumptions about America’s supposedly class-free society––where liberty and hard work were meant to ensure real social mobility. Poor whites were central to the rise of the Republican Party in the early nineteenth century, and the Civil War itself was fought over class issues nearly as much as it was fought over slavery. “A riveting thesis supported by staggering research,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >