Romance Book Reviews

TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS by Debbie Macomber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Another heartwarming seasonal Macomber tale, which fans will find as bright and cozy as a blazing fire on Christmas Eve."
Friendly Julia Padden can't stand her grumpy neighbor, Cain Maddox, but when her best friend goads her to kill him with kindness for the Christmas season, both their lives begin to change for the better—until he discovers she's chronicling the experiment on a blog. Read full book review >
HERO IN THE HIGHLANDS by Suzanne Enoch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A thrilling and sexy story about the joy that can be found in doing one's duty."
A career soldier inherits a dukedom and a crumbling Scottish castle. When he travels there to confront the recalcitrant steward, he is unexpectedly captivated by both the place and the steward's sister. Read full book review >

A STUDY IN SCARLET WOMEN by Sherry Thomas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"For fans of etiquette-flouting heroines who desire truth while being true to their desires—gastronomic, romantic, and cerebral."
What if the word's most famous (and eccentric) Victorian detective were a young gentlewoman in the midst of a scandal? Read full book review >
ILLUSION by Martina Boone
ROMANCE
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"A solid ending. (Paranormal romance. 13 & up)"
The conclusion of the magical, Southern Gothic Heirs of Watson Island trilogy. Read full book review >
A WEDDING FOR CHRISTMAS by Lori Wilde
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"A solid Christmas romance that fans of the series will love, in which the sappy, sweet setting is balanced by the realistically depicted emotional challenges of the hero and heroine."
Two lonely people find each other again in this classic small-town contemporary romance with a holiday theme. Read full book review >

THE EARL by Katherine Ashe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"A dashing Regency romance that proves smarts are the sexiest attribute of all."
Revenge is a dish best served cold—but what about justice? Read full book review >
A SURE THING  by Marie Harte
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A blazing hot, emotionally intense love story launches a new series from an author on the rise."
A clinical psychologist has to re-evaluate her expectations for a mate when she begins to fall for an ex-Marine who is the exact opposite of what she's looking for. Read full book review >
LEFT AT THE ALTAR by Margaret  Brownley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A sweet, touching love story that revisits a fascinating and overlooked aspect of history: the confounding way time was kept and how it could cause more problems than it solved."
When Meg Lockwood's fiancé abandons her at the altar, he dashes her hopes for healing the family feud that split their Old West town—and things become even more complicated when her father sues the groom, bringing a handsome East Coast lawyer into her life. Read full book review >
ARCHANGEL'S HEART  by Nalini Singh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Singh explores power, love, and redemption with her typical consummate skill."
When an archangel disappears, it becomes clear there's more at stake than just power. Read full book review >
LOVE LITERARY STYLE by Karin Gillespie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Readers who can accept the idea that one's literary tastes determine one's identity will enjoy Gillespie's humor, some heartfelt moments, and a journey into the convoluted world of 21st-century publishing."
Mistaken identities lead a literary snob and a romance writer to fall into bed and in love. Read full book review >
SOMEONE TO LOVE  by Mary Balogh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A pleasant read with no major surprises, the novel profits from the author's skill at illuminating the most profound (and burdensome) of human desires—to love and be loved."
An unexpected patrimony leads a young woman to love and family in this first installment of a new series by the beloved Regency romance author. Read full book review >
HOW TO IMPRESS A MARQUESS  by Susanna Ives
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A charming romance about the ways in which words can divide lovers—and unite them."
When a writer falls in love with her villain, even her Muse is powerless. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >