Romance Book Reviews (page 7)

YOU WERE MEANT FOR ME by Yona Zeldis McDonough
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"McDonough puts a relentlessly optimistic spin on what could have been a tragic headline."
McDonough (Two of a Kind, 2013, etc.) imagines a polite tug of war with an abandoned baby at its center.Read full book review >
KISS KILL VANISH by Jessica Martinez
ROMANCE
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Compelling characters and a fast-paced, unpredictable plot make this thriller a genuine joy ride. (Thriller. 14 & up)"
This latest novel from Martinez, whose work features and speaks to the recently emancipated teen, offers evidence that the new-adult literary niche is more than a marketing gimmick. Read full book review >

LAILAH by Nikki Kelly
ROMANCE
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Overderivative and underedited. (Paranormal romance. 12 & up)"
Online writing community Wattpad's popular love-triangle story about angels and vampires. Read full book review >
NIGHT BLINDNESS by Susan Strecker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"A family drama with some disjointed moments makes for an uneven debut."
A tragic accident has far-reaching consequences for an illustrious family. Read full book review >
IF HE'S DARING by Hannah Howell
ROMANCE
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"The Wherlockes' supernatural gifts complement each other and strengthen the story, making for believable and interesting plot twists in spite of the heroine's insipid personality."
A 5-year-old boy becomes a pawn in an adults' game when he's kidnapped by his uncle as his mother gives chase in late-18th-century England. Read full book review >

THE SHARP HOOK OF LOVE by Sherry Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Readers will push to the end determined to find out if there never was a tale of more woe than that of Heloise and her Abelard, or if, for once, true love is able to triumph over everything that would see it destroyed."
Heloise d'Argenteuil is a brilliant scholar, and Pierre Abelard is a philosopher whose work titillates all of Paris. Read full book review >
WHAT A LADY NEEDS FOR CHRISTMAS by Grace Burrowes
ROMANCE
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"A touching and sensual holiday charmer."
An aristocratic heiress trying to escape social ruin is aided by an attractive businessman who offers her the shelter of marriage, though neither expects the venture to end in love. Read full book review >
MR. MIRACLE by Debbie Macomber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Macomber spins another sweet, warmhearted holiday tale that will be as comforting to her fans as hot chocolate on Christmas morning."
A guardian angel is sent to Earth as a professor charged with helping his students get their lives in order—especially Addie, who's returned to her hometown to make a fresh start and maybe even find love. Read full book review >
BURYING WATER by K.A.  Tucker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"A sexy, romantic, gangster-tinged page-turner."
Beaten, raped, left for dead—a young woman slowly repairs her body, but her mind refuses to tell her the awful truth of what really happened. Read full book review >
THE NIGHT BELONGS TO FIREMAN by Jennifer Bernard
ROMANCE
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"Sexy fireman hero saves the heiress who has everything and nothing—what's not to like? Smart, fun and engaging."
After a dramatic rescue, a reclusive heiress and a sexy fireman navigate family tensions, media pressures and a shadowy enemy on their path to happy-ever-after. Read full book review >
CHAINED BY NIGHT by Larissa Ione
ROMANCE
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"The action-packed plot and creative worldbuilding keep us enthralled; the romance and sexual tension keep us emotionally invested."
After agreeing to wed a rival's daughter to form an alliance, Hunter, a vampire clan leader, must break an ancient curse while facing his misgivings about the other clan, his aversion to his would-be mate and his blazing attraction to her twin sister. Read full book review >
IN YOUR DREAMS by Kristan Higgins
ROMANCE
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"Higgins exhibits her storytelling artistry with another stunning romance that includes her trademark touches of laugh-out-loud humor and tear-jerking pathos."
When Emmaline Neal needs a date for her ex-fiance's wedding, Jack Holland volunteers, eager to escape to Malibu from freezing Manningsport, New York, and the community that's branded him a hero. 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 >