Romance Book Reviews (page 23)

A SEASIDE CHRISTMAS by Sherryl Woods
ROMANCE
Released: Sept. 24, 2013

"A sweet, affecting holiday-themed read that will appeal to romance and Chesapeake Shores fans rooting for Jenny to find her own hero and happily-ever-after."
Successful songwriter Jenny Collins returns to Chesapeake Shores to escape Nashville and her messy breakup with country music star Caleb Green, but when Caleb follows her, entwining himself in her holiday season and her huge, extended stepfamily, she finds it hard to resist his charm despite their difficult past. Read full book review >
THE COUNTERFEIT MISTRESS by Madeline Hunter
ROMANCE
Released: Sept. 24, 2013

"A smooth, sexy and sophisticated spy-themed Regency romance."
As a French emigré, Marielle Lyon is playing a dangerous game; her compatriots aren't completely convinced she's who she claims to be, while the English are convinced she's a spy. Read full book review >

BY PROXY by Katy Regnery
ROMANCE
Released: Sept. 24, 2013

"For those focused on lasting emotional connections reached through good conversation, this book is a winner."
A wholesome contemporary romance set in small-town Montana. Read full book review >
ALWAYS ON MY MIND by Jill Shalvis
ROMANCE
Released: Sept. 24, 2013

"A sexy, textured winner."
After yet another spectacular life failure, Leah Sullivan comes back to Lucky Harbor to help her grandmother and embroils herself in a pretend relationship with her best friend that she wishes more than anything could be real. Read full book review >
MIRROR, MIRROR by J.D. Robb
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 24, 2013

"Clever, winsome and fun fairy-tale fare."
Five new romantic takes on classic fairy-tale themes by five romance authors. Read full book review >

COVET by Tracey Garvis Graves
ROMANCE
Released: Sept. 17, 2013

"A realistic, engaging portrayal of one woman's marriage in crisis and the choices she makes for the sake of love and self."
A lonely housewife befriends a lonely policeman, and the two begin a platonic but emotionally charged relationship. Read full book review >
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 >
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 >