Romance Book Reviews (page 9)

RELIGION
Released: June 22, 2015

"A surprisingly winning long-distance love story."
The story of a Christian relationship, revealed in a series of letters. Read full book review >
GREY by E L James
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 18, 2015

"Die-hard fans might argue this gives us something new, but it doesn't—and it's boring."
Fifty Shades of Grey, from Christian's perspective. Read full book review >

Candidate  by Tracy Ewens
ROMANCE
Released: June 12, 2015

"A fluffy romance with a happy ending that will satisfy even the stodgiest political analyst."
Love and politics make uncomfortable bedfellows in Ewens' (Premiere: A Love Story, 2014, etc.) latest romantic caper. Read full book review >
ONLY A PROMISE by Mary Balogh
ROMANCE
Released: June 9, 2015

"An elegant, romantic exploration of the trauma of war and the healing power of love."
Fighting Napoleon, Ralph Stockwood suffered devastating loss and now feels dead inside, but as the sole heir to a dukedom, he needs a wife; when a family friend suggests they marry, she seems as good a choice as any, since love is off the table. Read full book review >
Conjuring Casanova by Melissa Rea
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 7, 2015

"A light, enjoyable romp through time."
A lonely doctor conjures up a famous lover in Rea's time-traveling romance. Read full book review >

NEVER RESIST A RAKE by Mia Marlowe
ROMANCE
Released: June 2, 2015

"The author's writing abilities make the book worth reading in spite of the unlikable main characters. Walk, don't run, to get your hands on it."
The invalid first marriage of a marquess is discovered to be legally binding, transforming the adult son of that marriage from a lonely bastard into a bitter lord. Read full book review >
THE BEAUTIFUL ONE by Emily Greenwood
ROMANCE
Released: June 2, 2015

"Greenwood weaves some unique threads into her Regency romance, heightening the sexual stakes and rendering a wholly satisfying happy ending for this touching love story."
Hounded by an unscrupulous artist determined to ruin her, Anna Black winds up as governess to a lonely orphan whose guardian uncle has retreated from the world. Read full book review >
HOVER by Anne A. Wilson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2015

"Tightly written training scenes make for a smart, absorbing thriller when the reluctant heroine is put to the test."
A former U.S. Navy helicopter pilot's debut novel about a sailor who overcomes her fear of drowning to assist a Navy SEAL team on a top-secret mission. Read full book review >
ROYAL WEDDING by Meg Cabot
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2015

"This funny, heartwarming story is royally perfect from start to finish."
Princess Mia faces grown-up problems in this adult installment of Cabot's popular Princess Diaries series (Forever Princess, 2009, etc.).Read full book review >
SUDDENLY ONE SUMMER by Julie James
ROMANCE
Released: June 2, 2015

"James' trademark mix of bright humor, emotional perceptiveness, and sizzling sexual tension make this a radiant winner."
After a scary break-in, divorce attorney Victoria Slade rents a new condo, but that doesn't stop her panic attacks—and it brings complications in the form of a sexy neighbor. Read full book review >
THE SPRING BRIDE by Anne Gracie
ROMANCE
Released: June 2, 2015

"In spite of a rather convoluted plot and a herky-jerky beginning, the novel settles into a funny and fast-paced rhythm. The main characters are vibrant and complex, and if some of the secondary characters are a bit typecast, the author's skill as a storyteller makes this well worth reading."
A nobleman's son returns from eight years of spy work on the Continent to discover that he's about to be disinherited, if he's not convicted of murder first. Read full book review >
AT HIS SERVICE by Suzanne Rock
ROMANCE
Released: June 2, 2015

"A decent idea with uninspired execution."
Magnate Leo Perconti comes to Boston to save his family's hotel company, focusing on turning the luxury flagship Palazzo around and curbing his siblings' extravagances, but meeting intern Karin Norell is a sexy distraction that helps and hinders his progress. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Emma Straub
author of MODERN LOVERS
May 30, 2016

In Emma Straub’s new novel Modern Lovers, friends and former college bandmates Elizabeth and Andrew and Zoe have watched one another marry, buy real estate, and start businesses and families, all while trying to hold on to the identities of their youth. But nothing ages them like having to suddenly pass the torch (of sexuality, independence, and the ineffable alchemy of cool) to their own offspring. Back in the band’s heyday, Elizabeth put on a snarl over her Midwestern smile, Andrew let his unwashed hair grow past his chin, and Zoe was the lesbian all the straight women wanted to sleep with. Now nearing fifty, they all live within shouting distance in the same neighborhood deep in gentrified Brooklyn, and the trappings of the adult world seem to have arrived with ease. But the summer that their children reach maturity (and start sleeping together), the fabric of the adult lives suddenly begins to unravel, and the secrets and revelations that are finally let loose—about themselves, and about the famous fourth band member who soared and fell without them—can never be reclaimed. “Straub’s characters are a quirky and interesting bunch, well aware of their own good fortune, and it’s a pleasure spending time with them in leafy Ditmas Park,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >