Romance Book Reviews (page 5)

YOU'RE SO FINE by Kieran Kramer
ROMANCE
Released: Dec. 30, 2014

"A sexy, poignant romance wrapped in Southern charm and lightly accented with Hollywood glamour."
When her boss runs away with her boyfriend, single mom Lacey Clark finds herself broke and jobless in idyllic Indigo Beach, South Carolina, while sharing a lighthouse with a handsome movie star, and she's dangerously falling in love with it all. Read full book review >
THE ROSIE EFFECT by Graeme Simsion
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 30, 2014

"Don prides himself on meticulous consideration of all scenarios; not even he could've imagined that the sparkle of his love story wouldn't last."
First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes…a baby that Don Tillman, lovable genius, has certainly not factored into his current life plan. Read full book review >

MAKE ME LOSE CONTROL by Christie Ridgway
ROMANCE
Released: Dec. 30, 2014

"Part passionate romance, part fulfilling family drama, overall a sexy, touching read."
After a one-night stand leaves Shay Walker feeling bruised and lonely, things turn even more problematic when she realizes her erstwhile lover is Jace Jennings, the physically and emotionally remote father of her teenage tutoring pupil. Read full book review >
THE DUKE IN MY BED by Amelia Grey
ROMANCE
Released: Dec. 30, 2014

"It also takes a few unnecessary sideways steps, like Bray's trip into the remote countryside to visit a grieving friend, but overall, it's an entertaining read, and the characters are lively and interesting."
A wild young lord is maneuvered into making a vow to marry the sister of a dying comrade, but the lady refuses to cooperate. Read full book review >
THE BOOK OF HOURS by Maria Elena Alonso-Sierra
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 29, 2014

"Entertaining over-the-top melodrama, with a nonsensical plot pitting an appealing pair of lovers against a dastardly villain."
The adventurous romance of Gabriella Martinez and Richard Harrison continues in Alonso-Sierra's follow-up to The Coin (2014). Read full book review >

Violets & Violence by Morgan Parker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 15, 2014

"An entertaining bit of fluff; implausible in parts but delivers romance and violence, per the title.
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A magician falls for an investment adviser in another mystery/romance by prolific author Parker (Surviving Goodbye, 2014, etc.).Read full book review >
SEDUCTION by Molly Cochran
ROMANCE
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"Though not perfect, this is a layered and well-told story with an unlikely and endearing heroine. (Paranormal romance. 13 & up)"
With her boyfriend spending all of his time with his once-estranged uncle, 17-year-old Katy Ainsworth flees to Paris for cooking school and an adventure of her own. Little does she know that a summer abroad will nearly cost her her life. Read full book review >
IN BED WITH A SPY by Alyssa Alexander
ROMANCE
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"Angel loves her for her strength but also longs to protect her, which causes friction throughout this delightful novel."
The Regency-era widow of a British Army major joins forces with a spy to expose a ring of assassins in this combination romance and thriller. Read full book review >
ROULETTE by Megan Mulry
ROMANCE
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"A sexy, intense romance set against a deluxe backdrop."
A life-altering vacation leaves Miki Durand practically running her father's international conglomerate and sharing a passionate encounter with a French billionaire, forcing her to re-evaluate her mapped-out life. Read full book review >
NEVER JUDGE A LADY BY HER COVER by Sarah MacLean
ROMANCE
Released: Dec. 1, 2014

"A worthy conclusion to an extraordinary series."
After she's spent the last decade incognito, posing as the most enigmatic (male) casino owner in England, a ruined lady re-enters society to secure her daughter's rightful place in the beau monde, attracting suitors, enemies and the attention of a handsome newspaper magnate. Read full book review >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Mona Eltahawy
April 28, 2015

In her debut book, Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution, Egyptian-American journalist and commentator Mona Eltahawy mounts an angry indictment of the treatment of women throughout the Arab world. Born in Egypt, she spent her childhood in London, moving with her family to Saudi Arabia when she was 15. Her shock was immediate and visceral: “It felt as though we’d moved to another planet whose inhabitants fervently wished women did not exist,” she recalls. Women could not travel, work or even go to a doctor’s appointment without male approval. We talk to Eltahawy this week on Kirkus TV about her arresting new book. View video >