Romance Book Reviews (page 21)

THE GLASS KITCHEN by Linda Francis Lee
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 17, 2014

"Sweet and intense, with delightful magical accents, a delectable romance—and yummy recipes."
Broke, divorced and disheartened, Portia Cuthcart leaves Texas for Manhattan, determined to sort out her life and finally embrace her magical way with food. Read full book review >
NANTUCKET SISTERS by Nancy Thayer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 17, 2014

"Money corrupts, but love prevails, making it easy to overlook the flaws in this friendship."
Thayer (Island Girls, 2013, etc.) returns to the sunny shores of Nantucket, where two friends from different backgrounds share childhood memories and the same man. Read full book review >

THE BRIDE STRIPPED BARE BY HER BACHELORS, EVEN by Chris F. Westbury
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 10, 2014

"It's a sweet story, and it builds inevitably to a happy ending."
A cute romantic comedy featuring two male buddies who are obsessive-compulsive germophobes and the female Ph.D. student who helps ease at least one of them into a more conventionally normal life. Read full book review >
THE KEYS TO MY DIARY by Ann Omasta
ROMANCE
Released: June 10, 2014

"An entertaining, down-to-earth heroine makes this predictable romance a good vacation read."
In Omasta's (Chances and Choices, 2014, etc.) contemporary romance, a Key Largo woman sets out to change her life, and soon meets a seemingly perfect man. Read full book review >
SAVE THE DATE by Mary Kay Andrews
FICTION & LITERATURE
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 >

SCARED SCRIPTLESS by Alison Sweeney
FICTION & LITERATURE
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 >
THERE'S WILD, THEN THERE'S YOU by M. Leighton
ROMANCE
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
ROMANCE
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
ROMANCE
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
ROMANCE
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
FICTION & LITERATURE
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
ROMANCE
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 >
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 >