Romance Book Reviews (page 9)

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 >
HER LAST WHISPER by Karen Robards
ROMANCE
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"A tightly written ghostly romantic suspense novel with intriguing supernatural elements and sizzling sexual tension."
Serial killer expert and ghost whisperer Dr. Charlotte Stone feels honor bound to help when a colleague's sister falls into the clutches of a Las Vegas murderer, even though getting involved threatens her life and her ghost lover's existence. Read full book review >
WHAT I LOVE ABOUT YOU by Rachel Gibson
ROMANCE
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"An entertaining read, full of witty repartee, sexual tension and a romantic tango between two attracted but conflicted main characters."
An ex-Navy Seal fighting an addiction thinks he's seeking peace and quiet in Truly, Idaho, but discovers that what he's really looking for is the haven living right next door in the form of a beautiful single mom and her mischievous daughter. Read full book review >
ALL WHO ARE LOST by Lindsey Forrest
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"A dense, thorny romance full of multidimensional, morally ambiguous characters struggling to find peace despite sins of the past."
Equal parts family drama and shadowy romance, a story about three sisters in love with the same man. Read full book review >
CLICK DATE REPEAT by K. J. Farnham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 21, 2014

"Repetitive as Chloe's romantic experiences are, they still manage to entertain."
Fate leads to love in this realistic novel of a young woman's adventures dating online. 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 >