Romance Book Reviews (page 9)

ROGUE SPY by Joanna Bourne
ROMANCE
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Another win for Bourne: smart, exquisite writing, an intricate plot and breathtaking romance."
When two former double agents who trained together as children risk everything to help each other, falling in love becomes the most dangerous move in a deadly spy master's game. Read full book review >
DIRTY ROWDY THING by Christina Lauren
ROMANCE
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"The romance unfolds like a series of drunken text messages, which, perhaps surprisingly, is not a bad thing."
The pseudonymous writing duo behind Beautiful Bastard (2013) continues the Wild Seasons series with a sequel that is both dirty and rowdy.Read full book review >

The Professionals by Grace Cha
ROMANCE
Released: Oct. 31, 2014

"A well-written, character-driven story swamped by exposition."
Cha's debut is a romantic dramedy of errors focused on two adults as they navigate the complicated waters of modern life and love—and their own overlapping destinies. Read full book review >
COMPULSION by Martina Boone
ROMANCE
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"A paranormal Southern gothic with decadent settings, mysterious magic and family histories rife with debauchery for patient readers. (Paranormal romance. 13 & up)"
After the death of Barrie Watson's heavily scarred, shut-in mother and her beloved godfather's terminal cancer diagnosis, Barrie's sent from San Francisco to her aunt's South Carolina plantation home. Read full book review >
ONLY ENCHANTING by Mary Balogh
ROMANCE
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"Although it lacks pizzazz, Balogh's latest effort is a comfortably entertaining read."
A widow clinging to a safe, dull life falls in love with a former soldier recovering from a head injury in this entertaining novel. Read full book review >

THE SHOCKING SECRET OF A GUEST AT THE WEDDING by Victoria Alexander
ROMANCE
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"The plot avoids leaning too heavily on the love story; readers will come for the romance and stay for the family dramas as the characters struggle to understand themselves."
A Victorian-era New York banker finds out his mother lied to him about his father's death. His father is very much alive—and the heir to an English earldom. Read full book review >
ALL BROKE DOWN by Cora Carmack
ROMANCE
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"A sexy, dynamic combination of the romance and coming-of-age elements the new-adult genre is known for."
Local football star Silas Moore meets Dylan Brenner in jail, of all places, but while she's fighting lost causes, he's plain fighting—his ex-best friend, his teammates and, apparently, a major attraction to Dylan; could she be the girl to save him, and will he let her? Read full book review >
BREAKING LOVE by MJ Summers
ROMANCE
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"A fun, often humorous, escapist tale that will have readers blushing, laughing and rooting for its characters."
In the second book in Summers' (Break in Two, 2013) romance series, worlds and hearts collide when a single mother from Colorado meets a wealthy Parisian playboy. Read full book review >
A CHRISTMAS PRAYER by Kimberla Lawson Roby
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"Fans will be happy to read Rev. Black's further adventures, but this latest installment won't win him any new ones."
Five years after her mother passed away, Alexis Fletcher is still plunged into grief every Christmas season. Read full book review >
PREMIERE by Tracy Ewens
ROMANCE
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"Despite this novel's slow start, Peter and Sam are a likable duo, and readers will be on the edges of their seats as they wait to see if the play has a happy ending."
The play's the thing in this enchanting starter to Ewens' (Catalina Kiss, 2012) romance series. Read full book review >
ROMAN LONG SHOT by Elaine B. Johns
ROMANCE
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"A pleasing romance that may have readers pining for more love stories, perhaps involving Lucia's three remaining sisters."
Debut author Johns offers a sweet historical romance in a memorable setting. Read full book review >
HOW TO BAKE A MAN by Jessica Barksdale Inclán
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"There's little to distinguish this novel, but it hits nearly all the notes it aims for, and there's a tidy ending for those looking for a comfort read."
In this frothy, food-filled contemporary romance by Inclán (The Beautiful Being, 2012, etc.), the way to the heart is indeed through the stomach.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >