Romance Stars 2009

Romance and Romantic Suspense. Titles are listed alphabetically by author.
Annotations are from Advance, the Ingram Book Magazine - unless otherwise noted.

Annotated lists of books receiving at least one starred review from one of four major review sources: Booklist, Kirkus, LJ and PW. The review source assigns the star.

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  • First Comes Marriage
    Author: Balogh, Mary
    $ 6.99 ISBN: 9780440244226 Date: 2009
    star LJ
    In the first of a dazzling linked Regency quartet by a "New York Times"-bestselling author, Viscount Lygate is drawn to the many attractions of the Huxtable family, but which one of the daughters will answer his prayers?
    Updated 3.31.09
  • At Last Comes Love
    Author: Balogh, Mary
    $ 6.99 ISBN: 9780440244240 Date: 2009
    starLJ
    A "New York Times"-bestselling author continues her series about the extraordinary Huxtable family with this third book. A scandal sends Duncan Pennethorne back home where his attempt to woo Margaret Huxtable proves more difficult than he thinks.

    Updated 2.26.09
  • At Last Comes Love
    Author: Balogh, Mary
    $ 6.99 ISBN: 9780440244240 Date: 2009
    starLJ
    A "New York Times"-bestselling author continues her series about the extraordinary Huxtable family with this third book. A scandal sends Duncan Pennethorne back home where his attempt to woo Margaret Huxtable proves more difficult than he thinks.

    Updated 2.26.09
  • Seducing an Angel
    Author: Balogh, Mary
    $ 22 ISBN: 9780385341059 Date: 2009
    starLJ star Booklist
    Balogh confirms her position as a veritable treasure, a matchless storyteller who makes our hearts melt with delight ("Romantic Times"), with her latest work that continues the adventures of the Huxtable siblings of Regency England.

    Updated 5.15.09
  • 5 Bodies to Die For
    Author: Bond Stephanie
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780778327059 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    The Charmed Killer is on the loose in Atlanta, and Carlotta Wren is caught up in the terror--especially when her body-moving side business brings her dangerously close to the action. Carlotta can't shake the feeling that the killer's exploits are becoming personal.

    Updated 5.21.09
  • Hot Flash
    Author: Carmichael, Kathy
    $ 7.95 ISBN: 9781934755037 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    When financial obligations threaten her son's dream of attending art school, premenopausal single-mom Jill Morgan Storm and her friends devise a foolproof plan to audition candidates for a new husband. When she meets Davie Wesley, he gives her a hot flash every time she sees him. Could he be Mr. Right?

    Updated 3.31.09
  • Bedeviled
    Author: Child, Maureen
    $ 6.99 ISBN: 9780451225764 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    The author of A Fiend in Need delivers the first book in a light and sexy new paranormal series which introduces Maggie Donovan, an everyday woman who discovers she's a descendant of Otherworldly Faeries and is destined to defeat an evil queen.

    Updated 1.30.09
  • Dogs and Goddesses
    Author: Crusie, Jennifer, Anne Stuart, Lanie Diane Rich
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780312944377 Date: 2009
    starPW starBooklist
    When Abby, Daisy, and Shar attend an out-of-this-world obedience course, they discover a shared link to a dangerous ancient goddess who is determined to reclaim her powers. Unless they stop her, all of humanity will end up in the doghouse.

    Updated 2.27.09
  • The Courtesan's Wager
    Author: Dain, Claudia
    $ 15 ISBN: 9780425225806 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    Award-winning author Dain brings back her deliciously improper ex-courtesan for another delightful matchmaking scheme.

    Updated 2.26.09
  • To Seduce a Texan
    Author: Gentry, Georgina
    $ 6.99 ISBN: 9780821779927 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    After she is kidnapped by a handsome cowboy, an heiress sets out to seduce the Texan to gain her freedom, but the dangerous game she's playing is about to turn deliciously real.
    Updated 1.27.09
  • True Love and Other
    Author: Gibson, Rachel
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780061579066 Date: 2009
    star PW
    After her very wealthy--and very old--husband dies, Faith Duffy inherits a pile of money and a pro hockey team. Sexy player Ty Savage dreams of winning the Stanley Cup. Faith loathes Ty at first, but soon she begins to see there's more to him than sex appeal.

    Updated 3.31.09
  • Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs
    Author: Harper, Molly
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9781416589426 Date: 2009
    starPW
    The first installment of a funny, smart, and sexy new romantic series by a debut author introduces Jane Jameson, an out-of-work, small-town librarian who is turned into a vampire.

    Updated 2.26.09
  • Wicked Game
    Author: Jackson, Lisa and Nancy Bush
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9781420103380 Date: 2009
    starPW
    It's been 20 years since wild child Jessie Brentwood vanished. Her high school friends believed she ran away. Now, a body has been unearthed on school grounds, and Jessie's old friends find themselves being killed off one by one, in this riveting work of romantic suspense.
    Updated 1.27.09
  • Practice Makes Perfect
    Author: James, Julie
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780425226742 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    When it comes to the laws of attraction, there are no rules--and the battle between the sexes is about to make two lawyers hot under the collar.

    Updated 4.22.09
  • Running Hot
    Author: Krentz, Jayne Ann
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780399155215 Date: 2009
    star LJ
    Aura-reading consultant Grace Renquist joins ex-cop Luther Malone, lifelong member of the secretive paranormal organization known as the Arcane Society, as he deals with rogue sensitives who have enhanced their talents with a potent--and unpredictable--drug.

    Updated 12.30.08
  • Smart Girls Think Twice
    Author: Linz, Cathie
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780425226483 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    From the author of Bad Girls Don't. Sociologist Emma Riley's new research project depends on a sexy bartender who wants nothing to do with her project--and certainly nothing to do with Emma. Too bad she's way too smart to ever take no for an answer.

    Updated 1.27.09
  • Some Like It Wild
    Author: Mederios, Teresa
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780061235368 Date: 2009
    starLJ
    A follow-up to the bestseller Some Like It Wicked, this lushly written historical is set in the Scottish Highlands. Determined to save her sister from selling her virtue, a resourceful English beauty needs a Highland brute to pose as a duke's long-lost heir.

    Updated 4.22.09
  • The Wicked Way of a True Hero
    Author: Metzger, Barbara
    $ 6.99 ISBN: 9780451226341 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    Daniel Stamfield is invaluable to the British Army for his ability to detect the truth from the enemy's lies. After years of service, Daniel finally takes a respite, but doesn't count on Corisande Abbott and her unsavory reputation to reenter his life.
    Updated 3.31.09
  • When His Kiss Is Wicked
    Author: O'Riley, Kaitlin
    $ 5.99 ISBN: 9781420104462 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    O'Riley begins a five-book series focusing on five beautiful English sisters who, through their close bonds of friendship and support, overcome hardships while each embarks on a quest for love.

    Updated 2.26.09
  • The Club
    Author: Page, Shannon
    $ 6.99 ISBN: 9780440244905 Date: 2009
    starPW
    Pulled into her late husband's dark world by the need to find her missing friend, Jane Beaumont is forced to search for answers in Regency London's most secretive gentlemen's club.

    Updated 2.26.09
  • What I Did for Love
    Author: Phillips, Susan Elizabeth
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780061351501 Date: 2009
    star PW
    The beloved "New York Times"-bestselling author delivers another wonderfully whimsical modern fairy tale sure to touch fans' hearts and funny bones. Splendid entertainment.--"Booklist"

    Updated 11.3.08
  • The Magic Knot
    Author: Taylor, Helen Scott
    $ 6.99 ISBN: 9780505527967 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    Put together a magic set of tarot cards, a proper accountant looking for her roots in mystical Cornwall, and a bad-boy Irishman on a motorcycle, and the result is a lovers' knot that won't ever come undone.

    Updated 2.26.09
  • All of Me
    Author: Wilde, Lori
    $ 6.99 ISBN: 9780446502054 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    RITA finalist Wilde delivers the conclusion to her enchanting Wedding Veil Wishes series. When a searing betrayal leaves her jobless and heartbroken, attorney Jillian Samuels sets out for a new life in Salvation, Colorado, where she discovers a new love.

    Updated 4.22.09

Starred Review Lists

Books that received at least one starred review from Booklist, Kirkus, LJ, and PW.

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