Romance Book Reviews (page 9)

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 >
PITCH IMPERFECT by Elise Alden
ROMANCE
Released: Oct. 20, 2014

"Alden's smart, savvy writing, blended with the traditions of the Scottish moors, creates a charming, multifaceted narrative that's rife with sexual tension."
In Alden's (Hate to Love You, 2014) romance novel, a woman returns to her Scottish hometown and to an old flame she had spurned. Read full book review >

SUBLIME by Christina Lauren
ROMANCE
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"For die-hard fans of Bella and Edward only—pun very much intended. (Paranormal romance. 13 & up)"
An orphaned adrenaline junkie falls for a dead girl, and the doomed, love-struck couple learns they can only truly "be together" (cough) in the realm between the living and the dead. Read full book review >
WINTER STREET by Elin Hilderbrand
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"A quick read to get you in the holiday mood, but not as strong as Hilderbrand's best."
Hilderbrand leaves the beach for this Christmas novel—though it's still set on her beloved Nantucket. Read full book review >
LA VIDA by Kate Cortez
ROMANCE
Released: Oct. 9, 2014

"An action-packed, old-fashioned Western romance with attractive, capable central characters."
A lawman and a landowner's daughter form an alliance in Cortez's debut romance set in the Old West. Read full book review >

Lemongrass Hope by Amy Impellizzeri
ROMANCE
Released: Oct. 8, 2014

"A layered, bittersweet romance that questions consequences and explores second chances."
In Impellizzeri's debut novel, a history professor chooses between free-spiritedness and stability. Read full book review >
YOU WERE MEANT FOR ME by Yona Zeldis McDonough
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"McDonough puts a relentlessly optimistic spin on what could have been a tragic headline."
McDonough (Two of a Kind, 2013, etc.) imagines a polite tug of war with an abandoned baby at its center.Read full book review >
KISS KILL VANISH by Jessica Martinez
ROMANCE
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Compelling characters and a fast-paced, unpredictable plot make this thriller a genuine joy ride. (Thriller. 14 & up)"
This latest novel from Martinez, whose work features and speaks to the recently emancipated teen, offers evidence that the new-adult literary niche is more than a marketing gimmick. Read full book review >
LAILAH by Nikki Kelly
ROMANCE
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Overderivative and underedited. (Paranormal romance. 12 & up)"
Online writing community Wattpad's popular love-triangle story about angels and vampires. Read full book review >
NIGHT BLINDNESS by Susan Strecker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"A family drama with some disjointed moments makes for an uneven debut."
A tragic accident has far-reaching consequences for an illustrious family. Read full book review >
IF HE'S DARING by Hannah Howell
ROMANCE
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"The Wherlockes' supernatural gifts complement each other and strengthen the story, making for believable and interesting plot twists in spite of the heroine's insipid personality."
A 5-year-old boy becomes a pawn in an adults' game when he's kidnapped by his uncle as his mother gives chase in late-18th-century England. Read full book review >
THE SHARP HOOK OF LOVE by Sherry Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Readers will push to the end determined to find out if there never was a tale of more woe than that of Heloise and her Abelard, or if, for once, true love is able to triumph over everything that would see it destroyed."
Heloise d'Argenteuil is a brilliant scholar, and Pierre Abelard is a philosopher whose work titillates all of Paris. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jude Deveraux
June 30, 2015

New York Times bestselling author Jude Deveraux's eagerly awaited Ever After, the third novel in her blockbuster Nantucket Brides trilogy, continues the saga of the Montgomery-Taggerts, set on an island steeped in beauty and unforgettable romance. Life is anything but perfect for Hallie Hartley, a young physical therapist who has given up nearly everything—even her love life—for her beautiful blonde stepsister, Shelly. Though Shelly's acting career has never taken off, she has certainly perfected the crocodile tears to get what she wants—which all too often means Hallie's boyfriends. When Hallie arrives home early from work one fateful day, she makes two startling discoveries that will turn her life upside down. "This sexy, lighthearted romp brings the series to a satisfying close," our reviewer writes. View video >