Romance Book Reviews (page 8)

Dust by Mandy Harbin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 16, 2016

"A fast-paced tale with dynamic protagonists and a healthy dollop of suspense."
A chance encounter leads to an opportunity for two college students to heal past emotional wounds in Harbin's (Surrounded by Woods, 2016, etc.) contemporary romance.Read full book review >
THE SAPPHIRE AFFAIR by Lauren Blakely
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"A steamy tropical romp with an adequate amount of suspense."
A tour operator and a bounty hunter decide to team up when they find themselves searching for the same treasure. Read full book review >

HOTTEST MESS by J. Kenner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"The taboo here, a brother-sister romance, isn't the most offensive part. It's the overly complicated plot and nearly nonsensical depiction of trauma and sexual violence."
Dallas and Jane are foster brother and sister, raised together since age 5. When they were teenagers, they were kidnapped and tortured together. If they started out being attracted to one another, the trauma bonded them further…much further. Read full book review >
THE SAPPHIRE AFFAIR  by Lauren Blakely
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"Blakely tackles a heist novel that's heavier on sex and hyped-up mistrust than on true emotional conflict, but a fun story, upscale beach setting, and sizzling chemistry mean that fans likely won't care. The cliffhanger ending will keep them coming back for more."
Steph Anderson has come to the Cayman Islands for business and personal reasons, but meeting Jake Harlowe, a sexy fortune hunter, embroils her in a search for lost diamonds that has her questioning old alliances and wondering if she can trust Jake—with her secrets or her heart. Read full book review >
The Governess by Victoria Capper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"An evocative but predictable romance."
A shy young woman finds romance and adventure when she becomes a governess in the Australian Outback in this sequel. Read full book review >

ALWAYS MY GIRL by Samantha Chase
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 5, 2016

"Pretty standard stuff here: emotionally unavailable dude proven wrong by a headstrong woman. Not a bad choice for some chaste comfort."
In Chase's latest Shaughnessy Brothers romance, Quinn becomes attracted to his childhood best friend, Anna Hannigan, who's nursed a crush on him for years. Read full book review >
A GIFT FOR GUILE  by Alissa Johnson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 5, 2016

"All but the most devoted Johnson fans should skip this novel and wait for her next offering."
A gentleman investigator in Victorian England finds himself beguiled by a headstrong woman searching for her natural father. Read full book review >
IF THE EARL ONLY KNEW  by Amanda Forester
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 5, 2016

"While the heroine's transformation in a few short weeks is just a bit too extreme to be believable, the book is well-written and most readers will be entertained."
An earl's sister lives in isolation after a difficult childhood until a friend of her brother's helps her overcome her bitterness. Read full book review >
Judah's Scepter and the Sacred Stone by D.A. Brittain
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 3, 2016

"An effective tale for readers who like biblical history and legend with their young love."
In this debut historical romance, a Hebrew princess and an Irish warrior fall in love, but duty may keep them apart. Read full book review >
The Torch Bearer's Exorcism by Linda Luisa Varela Tychsen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 30, 2016

"Insufficient copy editing and unconventional organization overshadow this story's raw emotion."
Varela Tychsen (Spanish Angst, 2007) offers a harrowing tale of a one-sided love affair. Read full book review >
SWEET LITTLE LIES by Jill Shalvis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 28, 2016

"Shalvis has created a love story romance fans can't help but root for and grounds it in an affable community they'll adore."
After losing her parents as a young teen, Pru Harris has spent her time and resources making amends for a tragedy she feels responsible for, which is why she can never fall for her intoxicating new neighbor Finn—except that she does. Read full book review >
EMPIRE OF DUST by Eleanor Herman
ROMANCE
Released: June 28, 2016

"This middle volume offers a rising plot and ever bigger baddies; anyone who makes it this far is definitely in for Volume 3. (author's note; discussion guide) (Historical fantasy. 14 & up)"
The second outing in Herman's Blood of Gods and Royals series following Legacy of Kings (2015), continuing the tale of Alexander the Great and his compatriots as teens. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >