Romance Book Reviews (page 9)

THE SWEETHEART BARGAIN by Shirley Jump
ROMANCE
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"A fun, sexy, heart-warming read."
Olivia Linscott, an animal therapist, escapes snowy Boston for Rescue Bay, Fla., in an attempt to start fresh and heal from a broken marriage; she then meets her match in an injured helicopter pilot, a wounded dog and three meddling residents of the retirement community she works in. Read full book review >
THE WIFE HE ALWAYS WANTED by Cheryl Ann Smith
ROMANCE
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"A novel hook, a touch of intrigue and a well-plotted storyline will keep most romance readers engaged."
Abandoned and impoverished, Sarah is completely alone in the world and facing an uncertain future, until a scruffy man appears on her doorstep and offers to marry her, claiming to fulfill her brother's dying wish; despite some misgivings, Sarah accepts his proposal, eager to start a new life and perhaps shed some light on the mysteries of her past. Read full book review >

THE ARRANGEMENT by Mary Balogh
ROMANCE
Released: Aug. 27, 2013

"Regency best-seller Balogh once again takes a standard romance trope and imbues it with heart, emotional intelligence and flawless authenticity."
After running away from home to escape his family's matchmaking, Vincent Hunt, Viscount Darleigh, is nearly caught in another marriage trap, then decides to marry the unassuming woman who rescues him. Read full book review >
A MILLION DIRTY SECRETS by C.L. Parker
ROMANCE
Released: Aug. 27, 2013

"A tiresome, vexing shadow of the Fifty Shades phenomenon."
To save her mother's life, a beautiful virgin sells herself to a wealthy millionaire at an auction. Read full book review >
SOMETIMES A ROGUE by Mary Jo Putney
ROMANCE
Released: Aug. 27, 2013

"Both elegant and swashbuckling, romantic and rollicking—an entertaining, satisfying romance."
Bravely standing in for her very pregnant twin sister, the Duchess of Ashton, Sarah Clarke-Townsend is abducted by Irish agitators; being rescued by Rob Carmichael sets in motion a series of events that will change both their lives forever. Read full book review >

DECEPTION COVE by Jayne Castle
ROMANCE
Released: Aug. 27, 2013

"Another successful, absorbing winner from Castle. With dust bunnies."
Alice North spent one honeymoon on Rainshadow Island, after which her husband turned up dead; still dealing with the ramifications of that marriage of convenience, she isn't too keen on entering into another one, no matter how powerful, protective or sexy Drake Sebastian is. Read full book review >
A MOST DEVILISH ROGUE by Ashlyn Macnamara
ROMANCE
Released: Aug. 27, 2013

"An imperfect yet satisfying romance."
George, a wounded rogue, rescues the son of Isabelle, a ruined gentlewoman, from drowning and then must rescue him again from abductors. As the two work together to find her son, their lives and emotions become entwined. Read full book review >
DECLAN'S CROSS by Carla Neggers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 27, 2013

"Another impressive romantic thriller from Neggers."
When Julianne Maroney accepts an invitation to spend time in the tiny Irish village of Declan's Cross, she has no idea that she's stepping into a decades-old mystery, a criminal conspiracy and the sight lines of a killer. Read full book review >
TEAR YOU APART by Megan Hart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 27, 2013

"A gripping, lyrical journey into one woman's turning point in a life half lived."
A middle-aged married woman meets a photographer at a gallery opening and enters into an erotic affair, leading her to consider her current life and the moments in her past that led her to where she is. Read full book review >
MY FAVORITE MISTAKE by Chelsea M. Cameron
ROMANCE
Released: Aug. 27, 2013

"A sexy, generally affecting romance. This is the first entry in a two-book series. It was originally self-published in 2012."
Taylor and Hunter are inexplicably thrown together as roommates in a college dorm; drawn to each other despite—or perhaps because of—deep-seated wounds, they develop a close bond that leads to romance. Read full book review >
ROSE HARBOR IN BLOOM by Debbie Macomber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 13, 2013

Jo Marie Rose continues to harbor struggling guests in her Cedar Cove inn while she works through her own grief.

After learning of her husband's death in Afghanistan, Jo Marie bought a B&B in Cedar Cove and christened it The Inn at Rose Harbor. Read full book review >

THE SEAL AND THE ROSE by Sam Fluharty
ROMANCE
Released: Aug. 13, 2013

"Not much support from the cast of characters, but the dire circumstances shared by the two leads make for a gripping tale."
Fluharty's latest romantic thriller (Rite of Revenge, 2011) is about a Navy SEAL who, while awaiting a meeting with the president, falls for a woman with a sordid history. Read full book review >