Romance Book Reviews (page 5)

SECRET OF A THOUSAND BEAUTIES by Mingmei Yip
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 25, 2014

"A runaway train of a plot, in which our heroine suffers four marriages, two pregnancies, three tragic deaths and too many coincidences in a two-year span to be believable, yet the narrative has a certain cheeky, boundless energy that propels the reader to a gratifying conclusion."
Set in 1930s China, Yip's latest intrigue follows a runaway "ghost wife" as she finds a place in the world amid imperial loyalists and the rumblings of revolution. Read full book review >
MISSING REELS by Farran Smith Nehme
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 13, 2014

"Simply grand; this tale begs to be filmed."
Rumors of a lost silent film send a quirky heroine and her bemused boyfriend on a delightful escapade. Read full book review >

HARD CHARGER by Tracy Fobes
ROMANCE
Released: Nov. 7, 2014

"Entertaining blend of erotic romance, Russian baddies and revved-up motorcycles."
In a novel from prolific author Fobes (Touch Not the Cat, 2012, etc.), a helicopter pilot back from Afghanistan reunites with a former love in a hometown controlled by the Russian mob. Read full book review >
WHEN WE MET by A.L. Jackson
ROMANCE
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Though the book's four-protagonist, four-author concept keeps the book feeling fresh, each section suffers from repetitive word choices (if we never read the term 'deepen the kiss' again, it will be too soon) and sometimes-rote plotlines that lean too heavily on gender stereotypes."
Four female college juniors share a house—and newly dramatic love lives—in this new-adult romance written by four separate authors in four distinct sections that focus on each woman's love story. Read full book review >
ROGUE SPY by Joanna Bourne
ROMANCE
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Another win for Bourne: smart, exquisite writing, an intricate plot and breathtaking romance."
When two former double agents who trained together as children risk everything to help each other, falling in love becomes the most dangerous move in a deadly spy master's game. Read full book review >

DIRTY ROWDY THING by Christina Lauren
ROMANCE
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"The romance unfolds like a series of drunken text messages, which, perhaps surprisingly, is not a bad thing."
The pseudonymous writing duo behind Beautiful Bastard (2013) continues the Wild Seasons series with a sequel that is both dirty and rowdy.Read full book review >
COMPULSION by Martina Boone
ROMANCE
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"A paranormal Southern gothic with decadent settings, mysterious magic and family histories rife with debauchery for patient readers. (Paranormal romance. 13 & up)"
After the death of Barrie Watson's heavily scarred, shut-in mother and her beloved godfather's terminal cancer diagnosis, Barrie's sent from San Francisco to her aunt's South Carolina plantation home. Read full book review >
ONLY ENCHANTING by Mary Balogh
ROMANCE
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"Although it lacks pizzazz, Balogh's latest effort is a comfortably entertaining read."
A widow clinging to a safe, dull life falls in love with a former soldier recovering from a head injury in this entertaining novel. Read full book review >
THE SHOCKING SECRET OF A GUEST AT THE WEDDING by Victoria Alexander
ROMANCE
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"The plot avoids leaning too heavily on the love story; readers will come for the romance and stay for the family dramas as the characters struggle to understand themselves."
A Victorian-era New York banker finds out his mother lied to him about his father's death. His father is very much alive—and the heir to an English earldom. Read full book review >
ALL BROKE DOWN by Cora Carmack
ROMANCE
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"A sexy, dynamic combination of the romance and coming-of-age elements the new-adult genre is known for."
Local football star Silas Moore meets Dylan Brenner in jail, of all places, but while she's fighting lost causes, he's plain fighting—his ex-best friend, his teammates and, apparently, a major attraction to Dylan; could she be the girl to save him, and will he let her? Read full book review >
BREAKING LOVE by MJ Summers
ROMANCE
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"A fun, often humorous, escapist tale that will have readers blushing, laughing and rooting for its characters."
In the second book in Summers' (Break in Two, 2013) romance series, worlds and hearts collide when a single mother from Colorado meets a wealthy Parisian playboy. Read full book review >
A CHRISTMAS PRAYER by Kimberla Lawson Roby
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"Fans will be happy to read Rev. Black's further adventures, but this latest installment won't win him any new ones."
Five years after her mother passed away, Alexis Fletcher is still plunged into grief every Christmas season. 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 >