Romance Book Reviews (page 21)

THE LUCKIEST LADY IN LONDON by Sherry Thomas
ROMANCE
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"A beautifully written, exquisitely seductive, powerfully romantic gem of a romance."
Felix Rivendale, Lord Wrenworth, has spent his adult life burnishing his reputation as the most sought-after gentleman in England, so he is flummoxed when Louisa Cantwell—an unknown nobody—captures his attention and his interest; he's not concerned about his heart, however, since he's convinced he doesn't have one. Read full book review >
FIFTEEN MINUTES by Karen Kingsbury
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 29, 2013

"Though Kingsbury's writing is serviceable, Zack's interior life, which is consumed by guilt, worry, shame, reticence and insecurity, becomes a drain on the novel's momentum."
Christian novelist Kingsbury offers a faith-based look at an American Idol-style show and the inherent spiritual risks placed upon the contestants. Read full book review >

CANDLELIGHT CHRISTMAS by Susan Wiggs
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 29, 2013

"A romantic, heartwarming Christmas charmer, especially for Wiggs and Willow Lake fans."
A single father hosts family and friends at his home and hopes that the magical season will end with a new love. Read full book review >
DARK WITCH by Nora Roberts
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 29, 2013

"Magical, romantic, compelling and appealing—Roberts at her best."
Seven hundred fifty years after an evil sorcerer attacks the Dark Witch Sorcha and leaves her children orphans, he comes back, and her descendants must depend on magic, friendship and love to repel him. Read full book review >
LOOKING FOR TROUBLE by Trice Hickman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 29, 2013

"A bold and intriguing effort that ultimately misses the mark, though some readers may enjoy the originality of the storyline."
An old woman who can see the future worries for her grandson and an as-yet-unborn great-great-granddaughter—whom she connects with through their mutual gift—who are dealing with problems in their love lives. Read full book review >

THE PERFECT MATCH by Kristan Higgins
ROMANCE
Released: Oct. 29, 2013

"Another delightful, funny, yet heart-wrenching must-read romance from Higgins."
After proposing to her "best-friend-with-benefits" and being summarily rejected, Honor Holland meets professor Tom Barlow, who needs a green card, and the two agree to a marriage of convenience, risking jail time, their reputations and their hearts. Read full book review >
TIME FOR ME TO COME HOME by Dorothy Shackleford
ROMANCE
Released: Oct. 29, 2013

"Nothing great or earth shattering, but a sweet, if clichéd, romantic Christmas tale that will warm some hearts. Fans of country star Blake Shelton and his author-mother take note."
A country music star finishes a tour in New York City and is summoned home to Oklahoma for Christmas by his mother, but to get there, he'll face a string of travel disasters and meet a fellow voyager who just might be the woman of his dreams. Read full book review >
THE SUM OF ALL KISSES by Julia Quinn
ROMANCE
Released: Oct. 29, 2013

"Charmingly romantic, with compelling edges of dark conflict and sexual tension."
Sarah Pleinsworth and Hugh Prentice have good reasons for disliking each other, so neither expects the attraction that springs up when they're forced to spend time together; however, there are a wealth of secrets and obstacles they must overcome to win happiness. Read full book review >
DEVILISHLY WICKED by Kathy Love
ROMANCE
Released: Oct. 29, 2013

"A little silly but ultimately, a lighthearted and entertaining, sexy romantic romp."
Demon Tristan McIntyre has led a successful coup to get the job of top editor at HOT! magazine, as well as being the leader of an underworld takeover of the soulless fashion industry-if only he can stop getting distracted by Georgia, his lush, delightful personal assistant. Read full book review >
PELICAN POINT by Donna Kauffman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 29, 2013

"A light romance with a touch of heat, a pinch of intensity and a dash of mysterious small-town magic."
Renowned lighthouse expert Alex MacFarland has come to Blueberry Cove, Maine, to renovate and heal; sexy lighthouse owner Logan McCrae is resistant to change, but the interfering community may be what they both need to find peace—and each other. Read full book review >
THE PILOT by Victoria Winters
ROMANCE
Released: Oct. 28, 2013

"An ultimately uninvolving love story."
True love repeatedly rescues a lost soul in this thin debut romance. Read full book review >
CAPTIVE by A.D. Robertson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 22, 2013

"Engaging and intense—though with sexual overtones that never quite bridge into the eroticism it hints at—the book is an intriguing, sexy read."
Sarah, a young soldier in the Witches War, is captured on a reconnaissance mission after trying to learn the secrets held in an enemy stronghold, but Tristan, the noble Keeper who lives there, is ultimately captivated by her. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >