Romance Book Reviews (page 3)

Green Eyes by Michael Ampersant
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 30, 2015

"A somewhat entertaining, somewhat feckless, and definitely lubricious picaresque."
Tangled affairs and a murder plot hit a gay beachfront community in this rollicking, lightweight tale. Read full book review >
THE BOLLYWOOD BRIDE by Sonali Dev
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"A bright, beautiful gem."
When Bollywood star Ria Parkar returns to Chicago for her cousin's wedding after having been away for 10 years, she must face Vikram, the boy she abandoned, who believes she chose a life of wealth and fame over him. Read full book review >

TREASURED BY THURSDAY by Catherine Bybee
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"A compelling and entertaining mix of sexy, complicated romance and menacing suspense."
After Gabi Masini rejects billionaire Hunter Blackwell as a client of her elite matchmaking service, he blackmails her into becoming his temporary wife, setting in motion a series of events that will endanger their lives and, to his surprise, his heart. Read full book review >
EVERYTHING I LEFT UNSAID by M. O'Keefe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"Breathtaking and passionately intense—a must-read for erotic romance fans."
A woman on the run from her violent husband settles into a trailer in a North Carolina park and answers a cellphone left by the previous tenant, leading her into an erotic journey with the enigmatic man on the other end of the line. Read full book review >
What The Heart Murmurs by Marion Cohen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 19, 2015

"An unsatisfying narrative of a woman whose final transformation is too little, too late."
Debut novelist Cohen's heroine, Mara Berg, is a self-sufficient math teacher with a pattern of meeting men unwilling to commit. Read full book review >

HIGHLANDER UNDONE by Connie Brockway
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"A smart, captivating romance that is both charming and intense."
A wounded Scottish captain devises a plan to discover the traitor who caused the deaths of his men, driving him undercover and forcing him to deceive and possibly endanger the vulnerable woman he's falling in love with. Read full book review >
The Priestess and the Dragon by Nicolette Andrews
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 14, 2015

"An atmospheric, superbly paced series opener."
From the author of Kitsune (2015) comes a romantic fantasy about a priestess who unleashes an elemental dragon, only to learn that she possesses untapped power herself.Read full book review >
Always Beside by Michael R. Grand
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 7, 2015

"A somewhat unfocused lesson on the diverging paths that life can take."
An ill-fated romance inspires a young man's meditations on society, politics, and religion in this novel. Read full book review >
IF YOU ONLY KNEW by Kristan Higgins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"A powerful, emotionally textured winner."
A divorced wedding-dress designer tries to extricate herself from her ex-husband's new life by moving from Manhattan to her suburban hometown, just in time to see her sister's marriage rocked by a sexually graphic text. Read full book review >
WHEN A SCOT TIES THE KNOT by Tessa Dare
ROMANCE
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"A brilliant, enchanting, and soul-satisfying romance."
A young debutante creates a fictional soldier-sweetheart, conveniently away in the war, to avoid a London season, then is stunned when, years later, the embodiment of her imagined beau shows up on her doorstep, prepared to marry her. Read full book review >
BROWN-EYED GIRL by Lisa Kleypas
ROMANCE
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Fans have been waiting a long time for Joe Travis' story, and they will celebrate this book."
Wedding planner Avery Crosslin meets Joe Travis—of the Houston Travises—at a society event and convinces herself that he's good for business but a bad romantic bet; rebel Joe has other plans, however, and he usually gets what he wants. Read full book review >
Black Inked Pearl by Ruth Finnegan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 6, 2015

"A mythical story of two lovers whose connection transcends space and time."
The captivating tale of a young woman's journey to reclaim her lost love. 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 >