Romance Book Reviews

SUMMER DAYS AND SUMMER NIGHTS by Stephanie Perkins
ROMANCE
Released: May 17, 2016

"An intelligent beach read with heart, soul, and sizzle. (Short stories. 12-18)"
Summer meets love in both fantasy and reality in this anthology featuring renowned writers of both teen and adult fiction. Read full book review >
TEMPTATIONS OF A WALLFLOWER by Eva Leigh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 2016

"This page-turner can only help Leigh's career. Read it without delay."
A nobly-born vicar and a wallflower find unlikely love in the Regency period, but both of them have scandalous secrets. Read full book review >

HOW THE DUKE WAS WON by Lenora Bell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 2016

"Bold and sweet as good chocolate, this debut romance will give Regency fans a new author for their must-read list."
One proud duke, four desperate women, and a weekend full of surprises. Read full book review >
THE EARL TAKES ALL by Lorraine Heath
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 2016

"A steamy romance that uses the strict rules of Regency Britain to excellent effect."
If you've loved a man, can you also love his brother? Read full book review >
FORBIDDEN by Beverly Jenkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"For readers who enjoy love stories with steamy interludes against historical backdrops, Jenkins' latest is not to be missed."
A biracial saloon owner hides his heritage after the Civil War but can't bring himself to marry a spoiled white woman instead of the strong African-American woman who's taken his fancy. Read full book review >

ANYTHING FOR YOU by Kristan Higgins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 29, 2015

"Higgins' masterful storytelling and penetrating study of human nature combined with a dollop of humor make for breathtaking, heart-wrenching, compelling romance."
When Connor O'Rourke decides he wants to marry longtime on-again, off-again secret girlfriend Jessica Dunn and she turns him down flat, he tells her it's over—but no one else will do, despite his sister's attempts at matchmaking and his wish to get over her once and for all. Read full book review >
COLD-HEARTED RAKE by Lisa Kleypas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"A gratifying series starter from a not-to-be-missed romance author."
Inheriting an earldom riddled with debt, Devon Ravenel intends to sell everything off and sink back into his feckless life—until he sets foot on the land and feels the seductive pull of responsibility and meets the beautiful widow trying to hold everything together. Read full book review >
THE BOLLYWOOD BRIDE by Sonali Dev
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"A bright, beautiful gem."
When Bollywood star Ria Parkar returns to Chicago for her cousin's wedding after having been away for 10 years, she must face Vikram, the boy she abandoned, who believes she chose a life of wealth and fame over him. Read full book review >
WHEN A SCOT TIES THE KNOT by Tessa Dare
ROMANCE
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"A brilliant, enchanting, and soul-satisfying romance."
A young debutante creates a fictional soldier-sweetheart, conveniently away in the war, to avoid a London season, then is stunned when, years later, the embodiment of her imagined beau shows up on her doorstep, prepared to marry her. Read full book review >
BROWN-EYED GIRL by Lisa Kleypas
ROMANCE
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Fans have been waiting a long time for Joe Travis' story, and they will celebrate this book."
Wedding planner Avery Crosslin meets Joe Travis—of the Houston Travises—at a society event and convinces herself that he's good for business but a bad romantic bet; rebel Joe has other plans, however, and he usually gets what he wants. Read full book review >
TREMAINE'S TRUE LOVE by Grace Burrowes
ROMANCE
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Burrowes is at the top of her game, and this latest offering is not to be missed."
A gently bred spinster scandalizes her family by providing medical care to the poor people in the local village, and even falling in love with a handsome businessman can't dissuade her from her 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 >
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 >