Romance Book Reviews (page 23)

THE LONGEST RIDE by Nicholas Sparks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 17, 2013

"Just the sort of thing for Sparks buffs."
Love means never having to say you're dead. Read full book review >
THE VALEDITZTORIAN by Alli Jay Curran
ROMANCE
Released: Sept. 15, 2013

"Entertaining chick lit that's just what the doctor ordered."
A clumsy medical student pratfalls her way through relationships, family feuds and scientific breakthroughs in this winsome romantic comedy. Read full book review >

THE SECRET OF ENDURING LOVE by Peter Sklivas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2013

"An original and well-written tale about achieving true love."
In Sklivas' debut novel, the complexities of love are explored against a backdrop of spiritual and mythological lore. Read full book review >
THE LAST MACKLENNA by Katherine Lowry Logan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 11, 2013

"A human and humorous look at two headstrong characters battling the challenges that come with falling in love."
The worlds of thoroughbred racing and high-end wine-making provide a backdrop to this novel that mixes international romance with a mysterious death. Read full book review >
FLIRTING WITH FORTUNE by Erin Knightley
ROMANCE
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"An emotional and refreshingly original Regency tale. Knightley's 'sweet' (read: no sex) romance may gain favor with Regency fans hard-pressed to find less sexually provocative stories."
When Lady Beatrice Moore meets Sir Colin Tate, she is convinced he is the man of her dreams, and the fact that he is her favorite artist's son is a bonus; however, if there is one thing the lady can't abide, it's a fortune hunter, so it's a tragic shame that Sir Colin happens to be one. Read full book review >

THE SWEETHEART BARGAIN by Shirley Jump
ROMANCE
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"A fun, sexy, heart-warming read."
Olivia Linscott, an animal therapist, escapes snowy Boston for Rescue Bay, Fla., in an attempt to start fresh and heal from a broken marriage; she then meets her match in an injured helicopter pilot, a wounded dog and three meddling residents of the retirement community she works in. Read full book review >
THE WIFE HE ALWAYS WANTED by Cheryl Ann Smith
ROMANCE
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"A novel hook, a touch of intrigue and a well-plotted storyline will keep most romance readers engaged."
Abandoned and impoverished, Sarah is completely alone in the world and facing an uncertain future, until a scruffy man appears on her doorstep and offers to marry her, claiming to fulfill her brother's dying wish; despite some misgivings, Sarah accepts his proposal, eager to start a new life and perhaps shed some light on the mysteries of her past. Read full book review >
THE ARRANGEMENT by Mary Balogh
ROMANCE
Released: Aug. 27, 2013

"Regency best-seller Balogh once again takes a standard romance trope and imbues it with heart, emotional intelligence and flawless authenticity."
After running away from home to escape his family's matchmaking, Vincent Hunt, Viscount Darleigh, is nearly caught in another marriage trap, then decides to marry the unassuming woman who rescues him. Read full book review >
A MILLION DIRTY SECRETS by C.L. Parker
ROMANCE
Released: Aug. 27, 2013

"A tiresome, vexing shadow of the Fifty Shades phenomenon."
To save her mother's life, a beautiful virgin sells herself to a wealthy millionaire at an auction. Read full book review >
SOMETIMES A ROGUE by Mary Jo Putney
ROMANCE
Released: Aug. 27, 2013

"Both elegant and swashbuckling, romantic and rollicking—an entertaining, satisfying romance."
Bravely standing in for her very pregnant twin sister, the Duchess of Ashton, Sarah Clarke-Townsend is abducted by Irish agitators; being rescued by Rob Carmichael sets in motion a series of events that will change both their lives forever. Read full book review >
DECEPTION COVE by Jayne Castle
ROMANCE
Released: Aug. 27, 2013

"Another successful, absorbing winner from Castle. With dust bunnies."
Alice North spent one honeymoon on Rainshadow Island, after which her husband turned up dead; still dealing with the ramifications of that marriage of convenience, she isn't too keen on entering into another one, no matter how powerful, protective or sexy Drake Sebastian is. Read full book review >
A MOST DEVILISH ROGUE by Ashlyn Macnamara
ROMANCE
Released: Aug. 27, 2013

"An imperfect yet satisfying romance."
George, a wounded rogue, rescues the son of Isabelle, a ruined gentlewoman, from drowning and then must rescue him again from abductors. As the two work together to find her son, their lives and emotions become entwined. 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 >