Romance Book Reviews (page 99)

WHEN IN ROME... by Gemma Townley
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"Dopey first outing by Sophie Kinsella's sister."
Top stories in today's news: to meet a hungry world's growing demand for chick-lit plots, scientists have announced the cloning of an embryonic heroine who is cute, fluffy, clueless, and never grows up . . . . Read full book review >
TRUTH OR DARE by Jayne Ann Krentz
Released: Jan. 5, 2004

"Four trite plots for the price of one, from the ever-popular author of Light In Shadows (2002, etc.)."
What is it about November? And about sequels? Read full book review >

KATE HANNIGAN by Catherine Cookson
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"Employing the melodramatic clichés we've come to expect after 90 bestsellers, Cookson (1907-98) was a natural successor to the great English writers of the Romantic era. Vivid, emotionally stirring: one of her best."
First US hardcover publication of the late Dame Cookson's first novel. Read full book review >
Released: July 30, 2002

"Morbid and rather depressing."
Ghosts infest a Massachusetts village in this new romance from the author of Cameo Lake (2001) and other tales of heartbreak. Read full book review >
IN A HEARTBEAT by Elizabeth Adler
Released: Dec. 5, 2000

"Adler (All or Nothing, 1999, etc.) makes this tangled plot seem plausible without even breaking a sweat. And, as always, her direct, razor-sharp style doesn't waste a word—or anybody's time."
A complex mystery adroitly interwoven with an appealing romance, courtesy of a seasoned pro. Read full book review >

PARADISE COUNTY by Karen Robards
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"Robards does a steamy, creditable job for those who don't mind all those charred bodies."
Robards reprises elements of her successful Ghost Moon (1999): a southern setting, lovers with children, a serial killer, and enough graphic violence to appeal to the Hannibal Lecter fan club. Read full book review >
THE CHINA BRIDE by Mary Jo Putney
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"Delicately sensual East-meets-West historical romance."
The forbidden world of 19th-century China opens its gates to a wandering Scottish lord and the beautiful Eurasian girl who serves as his guide. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"Uninspired, sometimes plain clunky prose, but, as the story's mysteries unfold, Malarkey raises intriguing questions about the actions that passions drive us to—with profound or searing consequences."
Malarkey's debut has the elements of a romance novel—chiseled hero, headstrong heroine, tropical island—but its curiosity about love, both Eros and agape, raises it a teeny notch above formula fiction.. Read full book review >
THE LAST GOOD MAN by Kathleen Eagle
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"Heartfelt and homespun, with a believably gallant hero who (sigh) never asks stupid questions."
A good man is hard to find, but a romance by Eagle (What the Heart Knows, 1999, etc.) is a good place to start. Read full book review >
THE MARRIAGE PRIZE by Virginia Henley
Released: July 1, 2000

"For those with a lower melting point than Rosamond's, scenes like this should induce many pulse points of pleasure."
Closing volume in Henley's Plantagenet trilogy (The Dragon and the Jewel, 1998, etc.). Read full book review >
THE BRIDE AND THE BEAST by Teresa Medeiros
Released: June 13, 2000

"Instead of purveying such copycat fables, Medeiros would be better off sticking to the witchy romances she does best."
A first hardcover in the warmed-over fairy-tale tradition of Jude Deveraux and Julie Garwood. Read full book review >
WHERE YOU BELONG by Barbara Taylor Bradford
Released: March 1, 2000

"Afterward she returns to New York to begin her life anew—a long and tortuous process that seems more agonizing and dangerous than the worst assignment Val ever took on."
Where You Belong ($24.95; Mar.; 416 pp.; 0-385-49275-8): The latest from the prolific Bradford (A Sudden Change of Heart, 1999, etc.) that follows the adventures of Valentine ("Val") Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >