Romance Book Reviews (page 8)

CAN'T HELP FALLING by Kara Isaac
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Though the romantic sparks never take off, this novel might be worth a try for fans of Narnia and romance."
Isaac (Close to You, 2016) follows up her Tolkien-obsessed debut with a second novel, for fans of C.S. Lewis. Read full book review >
TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS by Debbie Macomber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Another heartwarming seasonal Macomber tale, which fans will find as bright and cozy as a blazing fire on Christmas Eve."
Friendly Julia Padden can't stand her grumpy neighbor, Cain Maddox, but when her best friend goads her to kill him with kindness for the Christmas season, both their lives begin to change for the better—until he discovers she's chronicling the experiment on a blog. Read full book review >

TO LOVE A TEXAS RANGER by Linda Broday
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"An appealing story idea with sluggish and disappointing execution."
After narrowly escaping death, Sam Legend boards a train back to his family's ranch but, on the journey, is embroiled in a woman's escape from brutal captors and helped by an enigmatic ally he's not sure he can trust. Read full book review >
HERO IN THE HIGHLANDS by Suzanne Enoch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A thrilling and sexy story about the joy that can be found in doing one's duty."
A career soldier inherits a dukedom and a crumbling Scottish castle. When he travels there to confront the recalcitrant steward, he is unexpectedly captivated by both the place and the steward's sister. Read full book review >
THE SHERIFFS OF SAVAGE WELLS by Sarah M. Eden
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"A clever, entertaining romance, especially recommended for readers who prefer a chaste storyline without an overtly religious message."
When small town Savage Wells aims to hire a sheriff, the competition includes a legendary lawman and the woman who's been thanklessly doing the job for months. Read full book review >

THE TROUBLE WITH MISTLETOE by Jill Shalvis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"A sexy Shalvis read that fans will love."
When a contractor needs someone to care for his inherited cat, he turns to the neighborhood pet-store owner, not realizing that the two have an unfortunate shared past or that she just may be the future he's never admitted he's looking for. Read full book review >
THE PERKS OF LOVING A SCOUNDREL by Jennifer McQuiston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"A surprising, readable story about healing, forgiveness, and trust."
A bookish young woman and a degenerate ex-soldier team up to foil an assassination plot in Victorian England, falling in love in the process. Read full book review >
HOLIDAY TEMPTATION by Donna Hill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"A sweet, sexy, and satisfying trio of novellas."
Professional women at personal crossroads find love in three contemporary holiday romances. Read full book review >
DO YOU WANT TO START A SCANDAL by Tessa Dare
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"A gratifying romance despite some flaws."
When she tries to warn a marquess to stay away from her at a house party where they'll be guests for the next two weeks—because she knows her mother will try to set them up in some embarrassing way—Charlotte Highwood winds up compromised. In trying to prove her innocence, she falls in love with the man, who's sworn he'll never love anyone. Read full book review >
Mixed Signals by Diane Barnes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"A snappy tale with sweet undertones."
When Jillian Atwood gets dumped by her fiance, their breakup and dating others becomes fodder for his sports radio talk show in this romance novel. Read full book review >
The Troubleseeker by Alan Lessik
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 22, 2016

"A handsome but tormented Cuban man finds both joy and hardship in this operatic novel."
Olympian and Santería mythologies merge in this international romance. Read full book review >
Women Under Siege by Lois Mathieu
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 22, 2016

"A contemporary girl-meets-boy story that taps into an age-old lament by women: Men. Can't live with 'em. Can't live without 'em."
Mathieu's (The Next to Last Drink, 2014, etc.) novel explores the evolutionary concepts of masculinity and femininity, the societal norms that shape us, and some good, old-fashioned romance. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Yoojin Grace Wuertz
February 27, 2017

In Yoojin Grace Wuertz’s debut novel Everything Belongs to Us, the setting is Seoul in 1978. At South Korea’s top university, the nation’s best and brightest compete to join the professional elite of an authoritarian regime. Success could lead to a life of rarefied privilege and wealth; failure means being left irrevocably behind. For childhood friends Jisun and Namin, the stakes couldn’t be more different. Jisun, the daughter of a powerful business mogul, grew up on a mountainside estate with lush gardens and a dedicated chauffeur. Namin’s parents run a tented food cart from dawn to curfew; her sister works in a shoe factory. Now Jisun wants as little to do with her father’s world as possible, abandoning her schoolwork in favor of the underground activist movement, while Namin studies tirelessly in the service of one goal: to launch herself and her family out of poverty. But everything changes when Jisun and Namin meet an ambitious, charming student named Sunam, whose need to please his family has led him to a prestigious club: the Circle. Under the influence of his mentor, Juno, a manipulative social climber, Sunam becomes entangled with both women, as they all make choices that will change their lives forever. “Engrossing,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “Wuertz is an important new voice in American fiction.” View video >