Romance Book Reviews (page 3)

THE GIRLS OF MISCHIEF BAY by Susan Mallery
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"A discerning, affecting look at three women facing surprising change and the powerful and uplifting impact of friends."
Three friends support each other as life throws some unexpected curves their way. Read full book review >
FIRST TIME IN FOREVER by Sarah Morgan
ROMANCE
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Touching, sensual and warmly inviting."
When Emily Donovan's life implodes, she seeks refuge on Puffin Island, Maine. Read full book review >

THE ACCIDENTAL EMPRESS by Allison Pataki
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"Still, Pataki deserves kudos for choosing her subject matter well—Sisi's life is ideal fictional fodder."
A love match alters the course of the Habsburg dynasty in Pataki's second novel (The Traitor's Wife, 2014).Read full book review >
I'LL MEET YOU THERE by Heather Demetrios
ROMANCE
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"A heady, page-flipping romance. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Skylar's post-graduation mission to get out of tiny Creek View, California, is sidetracked by her mom's downward spiral into alcohol abuse and by hot hunk Josh Mitchell's return from a tour in Afghanistan minus a leg. Read full book review >
NEW USES FOR OLD BOYFRIENDS by Beth Kendrick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"An astute and charming look at friendship, love and self-discovery.
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After her glamorous life falls apart, Lila Alders is left with nothing; she returns home to Black Dog Bay to re-evaluate only to find her mother in crisis and her childhood home in jeopardy. Read full book review >

THE UNEXPECTED CONSEQUENCES OF LOVE by Jill Mansell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"A graceful blend of heartbreak, humor and redemptive love."
A collection of would-be couples in Cornwall must overcome secrets, conflict and uncertainty to find love and their happy endings. Read full book review >
LOVE BY THE BOOK by Melissa Pimentel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"This novel doesn't have the heart or ironic sensibility of Bridget Jones's Diary, but for readers looking for something fun and casual without an emotional attachment, it might be a one-night stand to consider."
For fans of Sex and the City, Pimentel offers a fictionalized account of a real-life experiment in dating.Read full book review >
SWEET SURPRISE by Candis Terry
ROMANCE
Released: Feb. 1, 2015

"A smooth, sweet, romantic read if you don't consider the details too closely."
When single mom Fiona Wilder moves to Sweet, Texas, to be closer to her daughter's family, she wishes she weren't quite so interested in her ex-husband's best friend, firefighter Mike Halsey. Read full book review >
CATCH A FALLING HEIRESS by Laura Lee Guhrke
ROMANCE
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"A sexy, smart romance with a unique arc that's enhanced by its upper-class old New York social setting."
An impoverished English aristocrat is determined to protect an American heiress from an unscrupulous fortune hunter but, in doing so, compromises her himself, then finds he's falling for her—even though she won't give him the time of day. Read full book review >
LOVE ME SWEET by Tracy Brogan
ROMANCE
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"This is a sexy, slightly kooky romance that should please Bell Harbor fans. The writing and message make it a pleasant read that ends on a higher note than it begins on."
This snowblown romance from Brogan (The Best Medicine, 2014) is the latest in her Bell Harbor series. Read full book review >
GIRL BEFORE A MIRROR by Liza Palmer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"Palmer's fine wit is certainly on display, but all the straight talk about female empowerment and self-analysis feels heavy-handed and clichéd."
A Washington, D.C., ad executive tackles what appears to be the 21st-century woman's greatest challenge: learning to be happy with herself. Read full book review >
THE DEVIL TAKES A BRIDE by Julia London
ROMANCE
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"Strong prose and adventurous sex scenes make the book worth reading."
A desperate young woman tries to trap a charming rogue into marriage but accidentally traps his severe and proper older brother instead. 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 >