Romance Book Reviews

THE DUKE AND THE LADY IN RED by Lorraine Heath
ROMANCE
Released: April 28, 2015

"A beautiful, unconventional romance that entwines two fierce, lonely hearts who believed they were unlovable and reminds us of the best and worst of human nature."
Determined to protect her clan of social outcasts, swindler Rosalind Sharpe comes to London with a con in mind but gets caught in a web of desire and deceit with the roguish Duke of Avendale. Read full book review >
I TAKE YOU by Eliza Kennedy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2015

"This book has the effect of three Bloody Marys at brunch: it'll leave you flushed, giddy, and prepared to embrace your wild side."
Lily Wilder is getting married in six days to a man who really lights her fire, but she still has one big decision to make: does she actually want to get married? 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 >
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 >

SHARDS OF HOPE by Nalini Singh
ROMANCE
Released: June 2, 2015

"Clever, ambitious, sexy, and dynamic."
Aden Kai leads the powerful Arrow Squad into stewarding the Psy race's shift into emotional freedom, but as he convinces the only woman he wants to stand by his side, malevolent forces attempt to destabilize a fledgling coalition working to forge unity. 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 >
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 >