Romance Book Reviews (page 3)

A MATCH FOR MARCUS CYNSTER by Stephanie Laurens
ROMANCE
Released: May 26, 2015

"Laurens maintains her stylish storytelling in another compelling romance with a hint of suspense and an interesting look at gender roles, power, and partnership."
When Niniver Carrick, the lady of her clan, is harassed by men looking to marry her and usurp her leadership, she turns to neighbor Marcus Cynster for help, never expecting that she might well have met her match in life and love. Read full book review >
LOVE IN THE TIME OF SCANDAL by Caroline Linden
ROMANCE
Released: May 26, 2015

"A smart, poignant, deftly written romance with characters who remind us that good can triumph and love can heal."
Lord Atherton is the last man on Earth Penelope Weston wants to marry, but when a scandal forces her to do just that, they're surprised to discover they're a perfect match, though not everyone is pleased with the union. Read full book review >

A GIRL LIKE THAT by Mary Flinn
ROMANCE
Released: May 25, 2015

"An uplifting tale of love and redemption that's perfect for fans of stories of rehabilitated youth and second chances."
A breezy romance about a single mother who tries to reinvent herself after her young-adult son leaves the nest. Read full book review >
The Place by Linda  Orvis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 22, 2015

"A quietly shocking page-turner that chooses to be poetic instead of preachy."
In Orvis' (In the Mousehole, 2014) romantic thriller, a woman tries to resolve her fantastic double life.Read full book review >
BEACH TOWN by Mary Kay Andrews
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 19, 2015

"A perfect fit for the romance lover's beach bag."
Bestseller Andrews introduces Greer Hennessy, a third-generation worker in the film industry, whose difficult background and current job trigger a flood of problems. Read full book review >

THE UNLIKELY LADY by Valerie Bowman
ROMANCE
Released: May 5, 2015

"But overall, Bowman keeps her prose and characters fresh and interesting; her book is an entertaining renewal of a classic plotline and well worth reading."
A bookish young woman tries to convince her mother she's just not marriage material in this Regency romance inspired by Much Ado About Nothing, but her mother has the last laugh. Read full book review >
I TAKE YOU by Eliza Kennedy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2015

"This book has the effect of three Bloody Marys at brunch: it'll leave you flushed, giddy, and prepared to embrace your wild side."
Lily Wilder is getting married in six days to a man who really lights her fire, but she still has one big decision to make: does she actually want to get married? Read full book review >
THE HEIR by Kiera Cass
ROMANCE
Released: May 5, 2015

"The cliffhanger ending is merely an abrupt pause in the action—this chapter is essentially just scene-setting for the inevitable continuation(s). (Dystopian romance. 13 & up)"
Cass' bestselling Selection trilogy is now a series, with the fourth installment picking up 20 years after The One (2014). Read full book review >
HIATUS by Belangela G. Tarazona
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 29, 2015

"A lovely, sentimental gay romance with a very modern twist."
A heart-rending tale of second chances in love and life by Tarazona (A Better World, 2014). Read full book review >
THE DUKE AND THE LADY IN RED by Lorraine Heath
ROMANCE
Released: April 28, 2015

"A beautiful, unconventional romance that entwines two fierce, lonely hearts who believed they were unlovable and reminds us of the best and worst of human nature."
Determined to protect her clan of social outcasts, swindler Rosalind Sharpe comes to London with a con in mind but gets caught in a web of desire and deceit with the roguish Duke of Avendale. Read full book review >
SINFUL by Joan Johnston
ROMANCE
Released: April 28, 2015

"A tense, sensual and conflicted love story set against an epic family drama—worth a read for romance fans."
Army vet Connor Flynn enlists the aid of his late wife's best friend, Eve (p.7), to help his children feel more secure, leading to an unexpected relationship with one of his wealthy family's sworn enemies. Read full book review >
99 DAYS by Katie Cotugno
ROMANCE
Released: April 21, 2015

"A fascinating story of adolescent love and betrayal. (Romance. 13 & up)"
A teenage girl spends the summer doing penance for her romances with two boys. The problem was—and still is—they're brothers. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sabaa Tahir
August 4, 2015

Sabaa Tahir’s novel An Ember in the Ashes reveals a world inspired by ancient Rome and defined by brutality. Seventeen-year-old Laia has grown up with one rule for survival: Never challenge the Empire. But when Laia’s brother Darin is arrested for treason, she leaves behind everything she knows, risking her life to try and save him. She enlists help from the rebels whose extensive underground network may lead to Darin. Their help comes with a price, though. Laia must infiltrate the Empire’s greatest military academy as a spy. Elias is the Empire’s finest soldier—and its most unwilling one. Thrown together by chance and united by their hatred of the Empire, Laia and Elias will soon discover that their fates are intertwined—and that their choices may change the destiny of the entire Empire. We talk to An Ember in the Ashes author Sabaa Tahir this week on Kirkus TV. View video >