Romance Book Reviews (page 9)

SIERRA SUNRISE by Dorothy Shamah
ROMANCE
Released: Aug. 7, 2014

"An interesting but incongruous attempt to render a hiker's quest."
In this romance novel, an avid backpacker finds the true meaning of her existence, and overcomes her past, while taking on new experiences during her retirement. Read full book review >
LOVE AND LET SPY by Shana Galen
ROMANCE
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"The fun, ebullient spy-driven plot is gratifyingly over-the-top in a Bond-movie way, while the romantic arc remains authentic and affecting."
Despite her success as a spy, Jane Bonde is still beholden to strict social mores, so when her spymaster uncle pressures her to marry enigmatic Dominic Griffyn, she's totally conflicted. Read full book review >

MY BEAUTIFUL ENEMY by Sherry Thomas
ROMANCE
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"A thought-provoking exploration of gender roles in the East and West and in the historical romance genre. It's also a darn good read."
This historical romance doubles as an adventure story about two travelers in China who fall in love, only to discover that they're on opposite sides in a political chess game. Read full book review >
SWEETSHOP OF DREAMS by Jenny Colgan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2014

"A sweet and delicious journey."
Rosie Hopkins has settled into life in London—with "settle" being the operative word—when her job gets put on hiatus and her mother convinces her to help an elderly great-aunt who lives in a country village and owns a sweet shop. Read full book review >
BREATHE INTO ME by Sara Fawkes
ROMANCE
Released: July 29, 2014

"Annoying forced drama and a heroine who will call her abusive ex-boyfriend on the cellphone she bought to avoid him when she needs a little help: Skip it."
Lacey St. James has hit rock bottom; just as she decides she needs to make changes, she meets Everett, an intriguing stranger who helps her make more empowering choices. Read full book review >

I ADORED A LORD by Katharine Ashe
ROMANCE
Released: July 29, 2014

"Sparkling and witty, with tender romance and sizzling sensuality."
When Ravenna Caulfield is forced by her elder sister to attend a house party, she encounters mean girls, a murder mystery and maybe the man of her dreams. Read full book review >
ROGUE WITH A BROGUE by Suzanne Enoch
ROMANCE
Released: July 29, 2014

"Scottish clan wars, a Regency sensibility and star-crossed lovers make for a sensual, captivating romance."
Sparks fly when Arran MacLawry and Mary Campbell meet at a London ball, and the fact that their families are sworn enemies only adds to their interest in each other. Read full book review >
SINCE YOU'VE BEEN GONE by Anouska Knight
ROMANCE
Released: July 29, 2014

"Heartfelt revelations (and a creative use of cake frosting) make for a satisfying ending to a pleasant read."
A misunderstood millionaire pursues a widowed bakery owner in English author Knight's debut novel. Read full book review >
PROTOTYPE by M.D. Waters
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 24, 2014

"A good run at constructing an out-of-the-ordinary romance that never quite succeeds."
The sequel to Waters' dystopian Archetype (2014) is set in a world where women are in scarce supply and cloning has a creepy, but increasingly important, role in society. Read full book review >
THE YEAR OF CHASING DREAMS by Lurlene McDaniel
ROMANCE
Released: July 22, 2014

"A pleasant-enough outing for fans of old-fashioned, relatively clean romance. (Romance. 12 & up)"
Two 20-year-old best friends enjoy their romances while trying to save the family farm in Tennessee. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 21, 2014

"An unforgettable book."
The harrowing story of two brilliant immunologists, one Christian, one Jewish, who were separated during World War II yet found heroic ways to turn their typhus vaccine research against the Nazis. Read full book review >
A PERFECT LIFE by Danielle Steel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 15, 2014

"The novel's predictability will likely delight Steel's die-hard fans, but it won't win any new ones."
A highly successful woman ponders romance with a younger man. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >