Romance Book Reviews (page 20)

The Cutting Room by Stewart Dudley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2014

"A thoughtful exploration of honor, trust and middle-age romance."
In Dudley's debut novel, a film-festival volunteer chauffeurs, advises and connects with a Hollywood star-turned-documentary filmmaker. Read full book review >
NIGHT OWL by M. Pierce
ROMANCE
Released: July 1, 2014

"Erotically charged, but the characters are immature and annoying."
A secretive author meets a young woman online, leading to an affair that turns destructive. Read full book review >

FOR ALL TIME by Jude Deveraux
ROMANCE
Released: July 1, 2014

"This charming sequel should be read in sequence to clarify the circumstances that bring Graydon and Toby together, but the lovers from different worlds are soon caught in an engrossing period romance that transcends time."
The second novel in the best-selling author's Nantucket Brides trilogy doubles up on romance with twin brothers and reincarnated lovers. Read full book review >
THE ESCAPE by Mary Balogh
ROMANCE
Released: July 1, 2014

"Regency romance star Balogh continues her poignant Survivor's Club series with a quietly intense love story that speaks to open-heartedness, courage and faith in new beginnings."
Sir Benedict Harper is struggling to find his place in the world after his wounds force him out of the army; in helping his neighbor Samantha McKay escape her stifling in-laws, he expects to feel satisfaction but may find salvation. Read full book review >
THE ILLUSIONISTS by Rosie Thomas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 26, 2014

"An excellent premise, but the story lacks magic."
Illusionists in Victorian England take center stage in Thomas' latest romance (Constance, 2013, etc.). Read full book review >

THE STEPSISTER'S TALE by Tracy Barrett
ROMANCE
Released: June 24, 2014

"Highly imaginative as well as insightful, this outstanding revision has the power to entrance and provoke thought. (Romance. 12-18)"
Despite the singular title, this clever and sensitive retelling of "Cinderella" takes the viewpoint of the supposedly evil stepsisters and turns the story inside out. Read full book review >
BETTER HOMES AND HAUNTINGS by Molly Harper
ROMANCE
Released: June 24, 2014

"Fun, sweet, spooky and sexy."
Billionaire social media magnate Deacon Whitney contracts a group of renovation specialists, including landscape designer Nina Linden, to live and work on his remote island estate. Read full book review >
FIVE WAYS TO FALL by K.A.  Tucker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 24, 2014

"Tucker gives her leads just enough past damage to earn sympathy but wisely spends most of her time ratcheting up the sexual tension in this light romance."
At a tequila-soaked bar in Cancún, a womanizing lawyer meets a beautiful woman with a bruised heart. Steamy shenanigans and romance ensue. Read full book review >
SOMETHING SWEETER by Candis Terry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 24, 2014

"Not as dramatic or heart-wrenching as it intends to be but still a warmhearted and romantic read."
Allison Lane swings into Sweet, Texas, when her father gets engaged to a woman he's just met; she doesn't expect to find a family who embraces her as their own or a man who might make her believe in love. Read full book review >
LADY WINDERMERE'S LOVER by Miranda Neville
ROMANCE
Released: June 24, 2014

"A smart, witty and emotionally dense love story that explores friendship and trust along its passionate and compelling journey."
A year after marrying his wife—a commoner—to regain an estate he gambled away, Damian, Earl of Windermere, is surprised to find himself drawn to the accomplished beauty he married. Read full book review >
BETRAYAL by C K Adair
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 19, 2014

"A novel with a compassionate, lust-struck heroine that begins well but falters in the final third."
A Georgia social worker falls for a detective in the first installment of Adair's romance/mystery series. Read full book review >
Love Like The Movies by Victoria Van Tiem
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 19, 2014

"Rom-com fans will love the way this novel's film references transform into an original, heartwarming love story.
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Wish fulfillment ranks No. 1 in this romance inspired by a top 10 list of classic romantic comedies. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >