Perfect Pairings | Collection Development: Genre Crossovers


LJ‘s sf columnist turns her eye to the best crossovers blending fantasy and mystery, romance and historical fiction, thrillers and horror, sf and mystery, and more.

Kelley Armstrong, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Iceberg Slim Rediscovered, & More | Hot Commercial Fiction Previews, Aug. 2015, Pt. 1


Armstrong, Kelley. Deceptions: A Cainsville Novel. Dutton. Aug. 2015. 480p. ISBN 9780525953067. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9780698191129. Downloadable: Penguin Audio. FANTASY Having learned that her biological parents are convicted serial killers has sent Olivia Taylor Jones into seclusion in the town of Cainsville, where she’s since been wrestling with some pretty dark forces. In this third […]

RUSA’S Top Pop Fiction | ALA Midwinter 2015


In spite of a record-breaking blizzard that shut down most of Chicago on Sunday, February 1, RUSA’s Book and Media Awards Ceremony went on as scheduled at the Hilton Chicago, where the Reading List Council announced the 2015 selections of the Reading List, an annual best-of list comprised of eight different fiction genres for adult readers.

E-Originals from Davenport, March, Moraine, & Sjoberg | Xpress Reviews


Football player fumbles at love, bachelor tycoon goes on tropical dates, gritty sf wrapped in Greek mythology makes a well-balanced romance, paranormal romance offers a creative spin on the Grim Reaper

Literary (Couto, Gladstone), Historical (Forsyth, Iggulden), & Women’s (Harbison, Hopkins) | Fiction Previews, Jul. 2015, Pt. 3


Couto, Mia. Confession of the Lioness. Farrar. Jul. 2015. 208p. tr. from Portuguese by David Brookshaw. ISBN 9780374129231. $25; ebk. ISBN 9780374710958. LITERARY Winner of the 2014 Neustadt International Prize for Literature, among other awards, and one of the major writers of Portuguese-speaking Africa, Couto sets this dark and mysterious tale in the isolated village […]

E-Originals from Banks, Harper, Robson, & West | Xpress Reviews


A new paranormal cliff-hanger from Daisy Banks, a follow-up to Harper’s Secrets and Ink, Robson’s family drama tugs at the heartstrings, West’s new adult tale isn’t especially compelling

E-Originals from Danes, Davis, Lauren, Rand, Rosemoor, & Stewart | Xpress Reviews


An interesting series title lead-up, a solid sense of setting from Davis, sweet and sexy erotica from Lauren, romance on the down-and-dirty side from Rand, and steamy romance and razor-sharp suspense from Rosemoor

E-Originals from Bachar, Barnard, Griffith, Moore, Rose, and Newcomer Skye | Xpress Reviews


Bachar has a new “Cy’ren Rising”; Barnard continues to be “Blue”; a satisfyingly sigh-worthy love story from Moore; Rose knocks her latest baseball tale out of the park; and newcomer Skye’s blend of sf and romance changes 9/11

Best Sellers | Romance, December 2014


Roberts’s Blood Magick, Carr’s The Promise, and Moyes’s The Ship of Brides

Best Books 2014: Romance


Library Journal‘s Romance reviewer Kristin Ramsdell puts the Top Ten Best Romance of 2014 in perspective