Nobody escapes from childhood unscathed, and this month, the new adult novels feature heroes and heroines trying—and usually failing—to put their unhappy pasts behind them. From mobster families, to dead families, to absent and neglectful families, there's plenty of domestic drama to drive the plot. And by finding new loves, these scarred men and women can look forward to starting healthier families of their own.
Rachel Van Dyken's Entice, third in the Eagle Elite series, is a mafia-themed, marriage-of-convenience story. The heroine Mil De Lange recently took control of her mafia family, and she feels that marriage to her childhood sweetheart Chase Winter will cement her leadership. Chase, who feels guilty for the way he used her when they were younger, agrees to her proposition. Mil soon realizes that she might have gotten more than she bargained for with Chase, who is no longer a boy but an alpha male whom she simultaneously loves and hates. She struggles to reconcile her feelings and keep her family in line at the same time.