Romance Book Reviews

HARD RULES  by Lisa Renee Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Angst-y, sexy contemporary romance with big emotional and financial stakes set against the backdrop of two dynamic families. Sure to leave readers desperate for the next installment."
First in a new contemporary romance series that brings together two powerful families on opposing sides of the law. Read full book review >
RECKLESS IN TEXAS by Kari Lynn Dell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"A sexy, engaging romance set in the captivating world of rodeo."
When rodeo contractor Violet Jacobs hires a relatively obscure bullfighter for a short contract and gets superstar Joe Cassidy instead, she's blindsided by the blazing attraction that flares between them but intimidated by all the differences she's convinced will keep them apart. Read full book review >

AS RICH AS A ROGUE  by Jade Lee
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"A diverting read."
The daughter of a wealthy businessman always clashes with a young nobleman when they meet. Do they hate each other, or is it love? Read full book review >
MUST LOVE WIENERS by Casey Griffin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"A delightfully adorable mystery-romance with a well-planned plot. And dogs!"
A veterinary student and a CEO toe the line between business and pleasure as they juggle work, play, and their dachshunds, all while trying to figure out who is threatening a beloved animal rescue center. Read full book review >
A PROMISE OF FIRE  by Amanda Bouchet
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"An exciting fantasy/romance debut: action-packed, emotionally charged, and skillfully plotted."
When Cat, a mysterious circus soothsayer, is captured by Griffin, a wily warlord who recently won his kingdom's crown, she's disarmed by his strength, honor, and integrity, but she's afraid that tying her heart to his can only bring weakness and complications. Read full book review >

MAY THE BEST MAN WIN  by Mira Lyn Kelly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"Sweet and sexy: a witty, smart, and romantic love story."
When Jase and Emily are continually thrown together as wedding attendants, long-buried resentments, miscommunications, and attraction bubble up until a one-night stand becomes a red-hot affair that cools considerably once they actually face their painful shared past. Read full book review >
FIRST STAR I SEE TONIGHT by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"This thoroughly enjoyable novel delivers a swift kick to the heart—an essential summer read."
A female private detective tackles a retired NFA player in this standout romance, the eighth in the bestselling author's Chicago Stars series. Read full book review >
WHERE THE WILD THINGS BITE by Molly Harper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 26, 2016

"This series has gotten more appealing over time and will satisfy readers looking to bite into a paranormal romance flavored generously with dashes of humor."
A hypochondriac researcher, a vampire, and an unwashed pilot walk into a plane—and high jinks ensue in the remote Kentucky woods. Read full book review >
WHY DO DUKES FALL IN LOVE? by Megan Frampton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 26, 2016

"A conventional Regency tale of two delightfully unconventional lovers."
Sleeping with the boss has never seemed so appealing. Read full book review >
TOP TO BOTTOM by Delphine Dryden
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 18, 2016

"A racy story of love, honesty, and the willingness to lose control."
Personal trainer Amie (or Mistress Amie, as she is known by the people in her town's kink community) has her life all figured out, until her ex Dru shows up and throws everything out of whack. Read full book review >
IF THE EARL ONLY KNEW  by Amanda Forester
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 5, 2016

"While the heroine's transformation in a few short weeks is just a bit too extreme to be believable, the book is well-written and most readers will be entertained."
An earl's sister lives in isolation after a difficult childhood until a friend of her brother's helps her overcome her bitterness. Read full book review >
SWEET LITTLE LIES by Jill Shalvis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 28, 2016

"Shalvis has created a love story romance fans can't help but root for and grounds it in an affable community they'll adore."
After losing her parents as a young teen, Pru Harris has spent her time and resources making amends for a tragedy she feels responsible for, which is why she can never fall for her intoxicating new neighbor Finn—except that she does. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Andrea Beaty
August 30, 2016

In Andrea Beaty and David Roberts’ new picture book Ada Twist, Scientist is like her classmates, builder Iggy and inventor Rosie: scientist Ada, a character of color, has a boundless imagination and has always been hopelessly curious. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it’s up to her to find the source. Not afraid of failure, she embarks on a fact-finding mission and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery. But this time, her experiments lead to even more stink and get her into trouble! Inspired by real-life makers such as Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, Ada Twist, Scientist champions girl power and women scientists, and brings welcome diversity to picture books about girls in science. “Cool and stylish,” our reviewer writes. View video >