Romance Book Reviews (page 9)

GOING THE DISTANCE by Elizabeth A. Finley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 11, 2014

"Wholesome but unfulfilling."
In this debutromance, a middle-aged woman and a much younger playboy gain physical and mental health on a bike ride across the U.S. Read full book review >
THE LIGHTKEEPER'S WIFE by Sarah Anne Johnson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"A tumultuous romance set against stormy seas."
Entangled in 19th-century social restrictions, two women experience the transformative power of grief and the resurrecting power of love. Read full book review >

THE SECRET SKY by Atia Abawi
ROMANCE
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"Riveting plot, sympathetic characters and straightforward narration studded with vivid, authentic detail: a top choice. (author's note, glossary) (Fiction. 12 & up)"
At its heart, this gripping debut by an Afghan-American journalist is a simple love story, but in today's Afghanistan—riven by culture clashes, scarred by decades of war—nothing is simple. Read full book review >
SON OF NO ONE by Sherrilyn Kenyon
ROMANCE
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"A diverting paranormal romance that's less edgy than it seems to want to be."
When skeptical Josette Landry is hired to do camerawork for a paranormal reality TV show, she's forced to reassess her idea of reality. Read full book review >
THE BEST KIND OF TROUBLE by Lauren Dane
ROMANCE
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"The perfect combination of sexy rock-star fantasy and emotionally tender romance."
When former wild child Natalie Clayton reconnects with Paddy Hurley, former fling-turned-famous rock star, she's determined to resist him, but he has a few tricks up his sleeve that might convince her to give him a chance. Read full book review >

SILVER BAY by Jojo Moyes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"The wit and nuanced shadings of Moyes' best are unfortunately missing in this predictable tear-jerker, a pale echo of the 1983 film Local Hero."
More earnest and less quirky than Moyes' later successes, Me Before You (2012) and One Plus One (2014), this romantic novel originally published in Britain in 2007 centers on the moral and emotional crises faced by a buttoned-down Englishman who disrupts the tranquility of an isolated coastal community in New South Wales when he scopes it out for a high-end resort.Read full book review >
IT'S IN HIS KISS by Jill Shalvis
ROMANCE
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"Another successful light, sexy contemporary romance from Shalvis, with storytelling that mixes humor and emotion."
Becca Thorpe comes to Lucky Harbor to distance herself from messy family issues and runs smack dab into Sam the Sexy Surfer, whose board and broad shoulders hide an intense personality and a heavily armored heart. Read full book review >
THE WINTER GUEST by Pam Jenoff
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"Romance and melodrama mix uneasily with mass murder."
An 18-year-old Polish girl falls in love, swoons over a first kiss, dreams of marriage—and, oh yes, we are in the middle of the Holocaust. Read full book review >
NO LIMITS by Lori Foster
ROMANCE
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"Readers will be thrilled with Foster's new sexy batch of fight club heroes and the women who love them."
Rising mixed martial arts star Cannon Colter comes home to Warfield, Ohio, to learn he's the recipient of an inheritance that ties him to a local business and to Yvette Sweeny, the girl he never forgot. Read full book review >
NOT QUITE A WIFE by Mary Jo Putney
ROMANCE
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"Elegant and tender; a compelling sweep of romance and adventure with a gratifying undertone of social justice elements."
An estranged couple is brought together by fate and tries to make a go of it again, but the tensions that drove them apart still exist, and unbeknownst to them, they have a shadowy, malevolent enemy, too. Read full book review >
THE DEVIL IN DENIM by Melanie Scott
ROMANCE
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"Emotional intensity and dynamic conflict combined with a lively setting make this baseball-themed romance a hit."
Maggie Jameson is devastated when her father sells his major league baseball team and is shocked when she and the new owner fall for each other.
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HEROES ARE MY WEAKNESS by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"Heart-wrenching and uplifting, with witty dialogue, emotional depth, and details that give substance and texture to an already entertaining, engrossing story."
Sick, broke and homeless, Annie Hewitt must retreat to the cottage her mother left her, even if it is on a remote island off the coast of Maine—and even if Theo Harp, the boy who tried to kill her when they were teenagers and who is now a best-selling horror author, is ensconced in the Gothic mansion next door. 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 >