Romance Book Reviews (page 6)

The Necessary Bride by Patsy Frost
ROMANCE
Released: Feb. 22, 2015

"An often entertaining historical romance with vivid settings, complex characters, and a plethora of plot twists."
In Frost's debut, an intrepid young woman embarks on a journey of self-discovery while finding true love in an unlikely setting. 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 >

ROMANCE
Released: Feb. 14, 2015

"A humdrum novel of second-chance romance."
In Banton's (Get Out of Town, 2014, etc.) love story, a middle-aged woman gets an unexpected second chance with her high school sweetheart in the Turks and Caicos Islands. 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 >
The Lady and the Minstrel by Joyce DiPastena
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 28, 2015

"A nuanced, passionate love story that will transport readers to King John's England.
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DiPastena (Loving Lucianna, 2014, etc.) offers a historical novel about a forbidden romance in 13th century England. 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 >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >