Romance Book Reviews (page 8)

MEAN STREAK by Sandra Brown
ROMANCE
Released: Aug. 19, 2014

"Brown's novels share several qualities: They're entertaining, competently written, full of twists and turns, but ultimately forgettable."
The perennially best-selling Brown checks in with another "woman-in-peril–hunky-guy-to-the-rescue" romantic thriller. Read full book review >
ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER by Stephanie Perkins
ROMANCE
Released: Aug. 14, 2014

"A satisfying dose of first love's physical and emotional thrall. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Engaging teen characters with page-turning love lives offer ample vicarious pleasures. Read full book review >

LOVE LETTERS by Debbie Macomber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 12, 2014

"Hurt feelings are mended in believable and unexpectedly uplifting ways, and a cliffhanger ending for Jo Marie begs for a swift resolution in the next book."
The sounds of bickering permeate the walls of a bed-and-breakfast in the latest installment of the best-selling author's Rose Harbor series. Read full book review >
HOW MUCH DO YOU LOVE ME? by Paul Mark Tag
ROMANCE
Released: Aug. 12, 2014

"A poignant romance anchored by a rich cast of characters and detailed setting, which will likely appeal to fans of historical fiction."
In Tag's historical romance, a Japanese-American woman unravels a closely guarded family secret and discovers the depths of her mother's love. Read full book review >
SIERRA SUNRISE by Dorothy Shamah
ROMANCE
Released: Aug. 7, 2014

"An interesting but incongruous attempt to render a hiker's quest."
In this romance novel, an avid backpacker finds the true meaning of her existence, and overcomes her past, while taking on new experiences during her retirement. Read full book review >

LOVE AND LET SPY by Shana Galen
ROMANCE
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"The fun, ebullient spy-driven plot is gratifyingly over-the-top in a Bond-movie way, while the romantic arc remains authentic and affecting."
Despite her success as a spy, Jane Bonde is still beholden to strict social mores, so when her spymaster uncle pressures her to marry enigmatic Dominic Griffyn, she's totally conflicted. Read full book review >
MY BEAUTIFUL ENEMY by Sherry Thomas
ROMANCE
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"A thought-provoking exploration of gender roles in the East and West and in the historical romance genre. It's also a darn good read."
This historical romance doubles as an adventure story about two travelers in China who fall in love, only to discover that they're on opposite sides in a political chess game. Read full book review >
SWEETSHOP OF DREAMS by Jenny Colgan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2014

"A sweet and delicious journey."
Rosie Hopkins has settled into life in London—with "settle" being the operative word—when her job gets put on hiatus and her mother convinces her to help an elderly great-aunt who lives in a country village and owns a sweet shop. Read full book review >
BREATHE INTO ME by Sara Fawkes
ROMANCE
Released: July 29, 2014

"Annoying forced drama and a heroine who will call her abusive ex-boyfriend on the cellphone she bought to avoid him when she needs a little help: Skip it."
Lacey St. James has hit rock bottom; just as she decides she needs to make changes, she meets Everett, an intriguing stranger who helps her make more empowering choices. Read full book review >
I ADORED A LORD by Katharine Ashe
ROMANCE
Released: July 29, 2014

"Sparkling and witty, with tender romance and sizzling sensuality."
When Ravenna Caulfield is forced by her elder sister to attend a house party, she encounters mean girls, a murder mystery and maybe the man of her dreams. Read full book review >
ROGUE WITH A BROGUE by Suzanne Enoch
ROMANCE
Released: July 29, 2014

"Scottish clan wars, a Regency sensibility and star-crossed lovers make for a sensual, captivating romance."
Sparks fly when Arran MacLawry and Mary Campbell meet at a London ball, and the fact that their families are sworn enemies only adds to their interest in each other. Read full book review >
SINCE YOU'VE BEEN GONE by Anouska Knight
ROMANCE
Released: July 29, 2014

"Heartfelt revelations (and a creative use of cake frosting) make for a satisfying ending to a pleasant read."
A misunderstood millionaire pursues a widowed bakery owner in English author Knight's debut novel. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >