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Tue
Feb 21 2017 12:15pm

First Look: Lisa Renee Jones’ Damage Control (February 21, 2017)

Damage Control by Lisa Renee Jones

Lisa Renee Jones
Damage Control (Dirty Money #2)
St. Martin's Griffin / February 21, 2017 / $15.99 print, $7.99 digital

The second book in a four-part series is always tricky. Damage Control,  the second in Lisa Renee Jones' Dirty Money series, is no exception. Fans on the hook after reading Hard Rules want reassurance that the couple they took to their hearts is going to make it but the plotline has to maintain suspense and tension so that readers devour the story avidly and wait impatiently for Bad Deeds and End Game to arrive. A hard task, but Jones’s latest Dirty Money tale satisfies on every level. 

Shane Brandon has fallen hard for Emily Stevens, but it turns out that she has as many secrets as him. Deeply hurt, Shane confronts her.

[Uh oh...]

Mon
Feb 20 2017 10:00am

First Look: Lisa Kleypas’ Devil in Spring (February 21, 2017)

Devil in Spring by Lisa Kleypas Lisa Kleypas
Devil in Spring (Ravenels #3)
Avon / February 21, 2017 / $7.99 print, $6.99 digital

Is there a book that is more eagerly anticipated by the romance community than Lisa Kleypas’s Devil in Spring? Why is that? The beloved protagonists of Devil in Winter, Evangeline and Sebastian, are now the Duke and Duchess of Kingston and they do a star turn as preternaturally youthful and passionate parents, now grandparents. Their oldest son Gabriel, the new Lord St. Vincent, inadvertently gets into a serious scrape with Lady Pandora Ravenel, the season’s most reluctant debutant. Pandora is her generation’s wallflower, much more interested in her budding board games business than looking for a husband at a ball. Gabriel has a very satisfying relationship with a sophisticated married lady. Marriage is the last thing on the mind of either Gabriel or Pandora. Shades of Georgette Heyer’s Devil’s Cub, no?

Inevitably the news of his oldest son’s indiscretion brings Sebastian to town. Over a game of pool at Jenner’s, Sebastian tells Gabriel that if need be, they’ll “buy a husband for her,” since Gabriel seems to believe that his only honorable option is to marry Pandora. Why then doesn’t Gabriel leap at the opportunity to avoid “a lifetime shackled to a girl,” that he seemingly can’t abide? That question certainly intrigues Sebastian, particularly after Gabriel pronounces Pandora “bloody ravishing.”

[That's a high compliment indeed!]

Fri
Feb 3 2017 2:00pm

Does the Fifty Shades Darker Movie Live Up to the Book?: A Fan Review from the World Premiere (SPOILERS)

Fifty Shades Darker

Is Christian and Ana's Second Big-Screen Romp Worth the Wait?

Note: This post contains spoilers from the premiere of Fifty Shades Darker, the film adaptation of E.L. James' Fifty Shades of Grey sequel of the same name.

Fifty Shades Darker

When a popular book gets made into a movie, every reader wants to know what stayed and what didn’t make the cut. What characters don’t have their moment in the sun? What iconic scenes are brought to life and which ones lay on the cutting room floor? What locations are too complicated or expensive to film and which are absolutely vital to the success of the movie?

I was privileged to attend the Fifty Shades Darker Hollywood premiere as the plus one of my friend Lish Fish aka @50shadesgirlPDX. I will attempt to answer all the questions I posed above in this book to movie recap. If you’re curious about anything else, please ask me in the comments section.

Fifty Shades Darker has been described as a love story within a thriller and it lived up on both counts. Christian Grey wants Anastasia Steele back in his life and there’s nothing he won’t do, no changes he won’t make, to get her back. Difference number one: there’s no romantic sunset helicopter ride to Portland in Christian’s chopper so that Ana can get to José’s gallery opening: Ana never leaves Seattle. Christian shows up at the show and persuades a not-very-reluctant Ana to have dinner with him. This slight variation is a pattern that continues through Darker: although the details and scenes don’t always match up 100% with the book, the essence of Christian and Ana’s relationship moving forward is true to E.L. James’ vision. That is surely not at all surprising, since James’ husband, screenwriter and novelist Niall Leonard, wrote the script.

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Sun
Jan 1 2017 11:00am

First Look: Catherine Anderson’s Mulberry Moon (January 3, 2017)

Mulberry Moon by Catherine Anderson

Catherine Anderson
Mulberry Moon (Mystic Creek #2)
Jove / January 3, 2017 / $7.99 print & digital

For Sissy Sue Bentley, childhood wounds—particularly living with an alcoholic father—have made her wary of attachments to men. She’s doing just fine on her own and she doesn’t need help, thank you very much. There is one man though, Ben Sterling, that has her taking notice, if not of him, then his gorgeous dog Finnegan. Catherine Anderson has a way of describing the relationships between people and animals that melts the hardest heart. And friendly Finn is a bachelor’s best asset.

Walking to his vehicle, he saw his dog, Finnegan, watching him through the back cab window. Eight months old, the blue merle Australian shepherd had the mottle of black, gray, and white fur common to blues…He bounced from side to side on the bench seat, acting as if he’d been alone for hours.

Ben made his fortune on the rodeo circuit but at the age of thirty, he hung up his spurs and returned to his ranch. For a guy who grew up in a large, noisy family, a rambling, empty house felt pretty lonely.

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Tue
Dec 27 2016 10:00am

First Look: Jeffe Kennedy’s The Edge of the Blade (December 27, 2016)

The Edge of the Blade by Jeffe Kennedy

Jeffe Kennedy
The Edge of the Blade (The Uncharted Realms #2)
Kensington / December 27, 2016 / $9.99 print, $7.99 digital

The Edge of the Blade opens with a rollicking, adventurous feel—the sparring between Jepp, formerly of the High Queen’s guard and Prince Kral of Dasnaria, brings to mind Kathleen Turner and Michael Douglas in Romancing the Stone and The Jewel of the Nile. They have challenges on board Kral’s ship (I challenge readers not to shudder at the “carnivorous fish-birds) but when the pair reaches the kingdom of Dasnaria, Jeffe Kennedy’s newest entry in her Uncharted Realms series takes a decidedly dangerous and provocative turn.

Jepp had been responsible for the safety of her friend Dafne who now laid “prisoner in the clutches of the dragon king.” Instead of being imprisoned for her failure to protect her charge, Jepp is named ambassador to the Dasnarian court, even though she has sampled “the pleasures of their prince’s bed.” A less likely ambassador is hard to imagine. Jepp draws deep on the messages of her youth to keep her mind focused.

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Mon
Dec 19 2016 9:30am

If You Love In Death’s Eve and Roarke, Deborah Crombie’s Kincaid and James Are for You!

A Share in Death by Deborah Crombie

In 1993, Deborah Crombie published A Share in Death, her first Kincaid and James mystery. This February she’ll release her 17th in the series, Garden of Lamentations. As I discuss why this series is utterly compelling, beware of spoilers!

A Share in Death, set in a “luxurious Yorkshire time-share,” felt like one of Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple mysteries, with a closed cast of characters and a restricted setting. Scotland Yard Superintendent Duncan Kincaid is gifted a week in an up-market time-share by his cousin, who is unable to go away at the appointed time. Unfortunately, Kincaid’s vacation quickly turns into a busman’s holiday when a member of the staff is found dead in the pool. After a second death, Kincaid reaches out to his assistant, Sergeant Gemma James, to have her do some off-site research. I re-read it recently and realized that the Marple comparison was off and that all the elements that make Crombie’s series so irresistible were there in microcosm. To quote from the “New York Times Book Review,”

“Charming…An intricate puzzle plot…To balance Kincaid’s cool reserve as an imperturbable observer of human folly, Ms. Crombie gives him a warm, outgoing sergeant in young Gemma James. Like everything else in this first mystery, it’s a well-calculated move that pays off smartly.”

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Sat
Dec 10 2016 1:00pm

Once a Trophy Wife, Always a Trophy Wife? Noelle Adams’ Alison Faces Major Change

Trophy Wife by Noelle Adams

Is the past bound to repeat itself? If you were once a trophy wife, are you always going to be a trophy wife? That’s the question Alison Davies seeks to answer once she’s free from her “wealthy jerk” ex…Arthur, the man she had once thought was so charming.

She’d been an eighteen-year-old trophy wife to a rich older man. She’d thought she could live with it.

The marriage had been fine in the beginning, but it had slowly declined until she couldn’t live with it anymore. Pretty soon, if she stayed, she would start to anesthetize her deep unhappiness with alcohol or prescription drugs.

After Alison overhears Arthur tell a business associate about the benefits of having a “young, gorgeous, vulnerable, and completely dependent” wife, she leaves him the next day. Six months later, divorce decree in hand, she moves into the house her grandmother left her, in the mountains of North Carolina; a hick town, according to her friend Vicki. Her wheels are “her father’s old tank of an Oldsmobile.” Because of an iron-clad prenup, Alison is going old-school and down-market—because that’s all she can afford.

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Tue
Dec 6 2016 9:30am

First Look: Christy English’s How to Train Your Highlander (December 6, 2016)

How to Train Your Highlander by Christy English

Christy English
How to Train Your Highlander (Broadswords and Ballrooms #3)
Sourcebooks / December 6, 2016 / $7.99 print & digital

How to Train Your Highlander might just as easily have been named How to Train Your Duke—it’s both a “Taming of the Shrew” and an “Enticing of the Recluse.” This is the third in Christy English’s “Broadswords and Ballrooms” series and what an apt title. Wild young Highlander Mary Elizabeth Waters carries at all times—knives and a small flask of Highland whiskey is just two objects always to be found on her person. And she travels with a personal broadsword as well.

The ballroom is the room that Harry Percy, the reclusive, unmarried Duke of Northumberland most wants to avoid for it is there a few day’s hence his forceful grande dame of a mother has arranged for him to choose from one of the marriageable young ladies of the ton. At thirty, with no spare to take the weight off his wide shoulders, it is time for the ducal heir to step up and do his duty.

Is it fate or the machinations of two manipulative mothers that has Mary Elizabeth arriving at the Northumberland estate a few days before the festivities are to commence? When she exits the duchess’s carriage with her brother Robbie and her companion in tow, she says hello to an unusually attractive stable boy who speaks in the “posh tones of the English gentry.”

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Tue
Nov 29 2016 9:30am

First Look: Sarah Morgan’s Miracle on 5th Avenue (November 29, 2016)

Miracle on 5th Avenue by Sarah Morgan

Sarah Morgan
Miracle on 5th Avenue (From Manhattan with Love #3)
HQN Books / November 29, 2016 / $7.43 print, $5.99 digital

Is bestselling crime writer Lucas Blade a modern manifestation of Scrooge? Is he first-cousin to the Grinch, determined to ignore the very existence of Christmas? Or is he a handsome-on-the-outside Beast, reluctant to let anyone into his lair of misery? Eva Jordan, on her way to house-sit his gorgeous Fifth Avenue penthouse, is about to find out.

In Sarah Morgan's Miracle on 5th Avenue, Lucas' grandmother hires her to work Eve Christmas magic on Blade’s apartment and prepare it for the holidays in his absence. Some women would cavil at disappearing from the busy Christmas social scene at the height of the season but not Eva. Her business partners are concerned that her dating life is non-existent but Eva is very picky.

“I hate online dating. I prefer meeting people in other ways.”

“But you’re not meeting people at all! You work. You go to bed with your teddy bear.”

“It’s a stuffed kangaroo. Grams gave it to me when I was four.”

Eva’s partners may think the kangaroo is a little worse for wear, and that she needs to replace it “with a flesh-and-blood man,” but Eva loves her stuffed animal that “never lets me down.”

[Always there for her...]

Mon
Oct 31 2016 8:30am

First Look: Anne Calhoun’s Going Deep (November 1, 2016)

Going Deep by Anne Calhoun

Anne Calhoun
Going Deep (An Alpha Ops Novel)
St. Martin's Press /  November 1, 2016 / $7.99 print & digital

The story of a pop singer and her bodyguard makes everyone think of the 1992 movie classic The Bodyguard, starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner. There are many similarities between Anne Calhoun’s Going Deep and the movie, particularly around the vulnerability of a public figure. What is different about Calhoun’s scenario is the role of social media. Singer Cady Ward communicates directly with her fans through Instagram and other social media channels, granting more than the illusion of all access/all the time to the star they love.

Officer Conn McCormick steps up when a hometown fan gets out of line after a concert marking the end of Cady Ward’s long concert season. It’s a Lancaster, PA tradition for Cady to sing her heart out to the fans who knew-her-when before she celebrates the holidays with her family. Later that evening, in her childhood home, Cady thinks about what happened.

Adrift on a sea of exhaustion, she found herself staring at the narrow bed, wondering if there was any way she could fit herself and Shoulders, aka McCormick, into that bed.

That wasn’t going to happen. It was a random encounter with a man doing his job, nothing more.

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Sun
Oct 16 2016 10:00am

Season’s Greetings from Hope Ramsay’s A Christmas Bride

A Christmas Bride by Hope Ramsay

Amidst the cheerful “making a list and checking it twice” crowd that prevail at Christmas are always people whose circumstances make them reluctant participants in the pervasive jolliness. David Lyndon is a recent widower. He has a young daughter, he is running for Congress, and if Christmas would just go away, that would be fine with him.

Willow Peterson retreats to Shenandoah Falls, the town where she grew up, after a fruitless attempt to do the right thing—she blew the whistle on corporate malfeasance and the only thing blown out of town is her. She’s a failed 34 year-old whistleblower living under her mother’s roof.

A charming aspect of A Christmas Bride is the “it takes a village” cast of characters—be it Willow’s counter-culture mother and laid-back sister or David’s uptight, controlling mother and his adorable, anxious daughter Natalie—but we never lose our focus on the evolving relationship between Willow and David. Willow was a close friend of David’s deceased wife and she mourns her friend. Her place in David’s past somewhat muddles the possibility that they might become more than friends in the future.

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Sun
Sep 25 2016 10:00am

First Look: Robyn Carr’s The Life She Wants (September 27, 2016)

The Life She Wants by Robyn Carr

Robyn Carr
The Life She Wants
MIRA/ September 27, 2016/ $15.99 print, $9.99 digital

#1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr creates an emotional and uplifting ensemble of characters in this rags-to-riches-to-rags novel about women, friendship and the complex path to happiness

In the aftermath of her financier husband's suicide, Emma Shay Compton's dream life is shattered. Richard Compton stole his clients' life savings to fund a lavish life in New York City and, although she was never involved in the business, Emma bears the burden of her husband's crimes. She is left with nothing.

Only one friend stands by her, a friend she's known since high school, who encourages her to come home to Sonoma County. But starting over isn't easy, and Sonoma is full of unhappy memories, too. And people she'd rather not face, especially Riley Kerrigan.

Riley and Emma were like sisters—until Riley betrayed Emma, ending their friendship. Emma left town, planning to never look back. Now, trying to stand on her own two feet, Emma can't escape her husband's reputation and is forced to turn to the last person she thought she'd ever ask for help—her former best friend. It's an uneasy reunion as both women face the mistakes they've made over the years. Only if they find a way to forgive each other—and themselves—can each of them find the life she wants.

It seems you can go home again. Emma Shay Compton certainly hopes so. Or is Robert Frost’s aphorism more accurate, “Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in?” Emma’s return to Sonoma is a bit of both. The Life She Wants is a riches-to-rags story: Emma’s seemingly idyllic New York City society marriage was nothing but a house of cards. Her financier husband Richard was a swindler and a con-man: faced with a lifetime behind bars, he commits suicide. Emma entered the marriage with nine thousand dollars in the bank and that’s what she leaves with. Although she was not a co-conspirator, she wants nothing from a marriage than turned ugly and arid even before the feds started investigating.

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Mon
Sep 19 2016 12:30pm

’Tis the Season of Christmas Romances: Marie Harte’s Roadside Assistance

Roadside Assistance by Marie Harte

In romances set at Christmas, snow falls in a picturesque manner, adorning houses and trees and rarely causing havoc (unless it’s a cabin romance, in which case, “let it snow!”). Not the case in Marie Harte’s Roadside Assistance. Cynthia Nichols is justifiably annoyed that her coffee shop’s parking lot is full of cars being worked on by the garage next door. Cyn strides next door in her four inch heels, one “sexy, pissed off woman” and she gives it to mechanic Foley Sanders with both barrels. So he hates her now, right? Wrong.

God love him— a redhead. The woman had wine-red hair so dark it looked almost brown. And that body… She had curves, a lot of them. And height.

Man, talk about Santa coming to town early. Just breathing, the woman qualified as a statuesque knockout. But angry? A serious threat to his sanity. Now how to calm her down… Oh, right. Find and kill Dale, then get their cars out of her lot.

Dale being a fellow mechanic: the Webster’s Garage service writer and the keeper of the keys. The pages of Roadside Assistance are populated with macho, mouthy, straight-forward guys. They don’t pussy-foot around. Like when Dale is nowhere to be found.

“He’s not here, genius. Probably wants to beat the snow.” Johnny Devlin, one of the mouthier mechanics in the garage, lovingly stated the obvious. With Seattle’s winter nearly officially here, the weather seemed to be getting worse.

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Sat
Sep 10 2016 9:00am

99 Problems and Falling in Love is One of Them in Susanne Lord’s Discovery of Desire

Discover of Desire by Susanne Lord

In Regency times a passage to India, for impoverished, gently-born women, was a guarantee of sorts. If you wanted a husband, India was full of Englishmen looking for wives. Did the guarantee include affection and happiness? Susanne Lords Discovery of Desire explores the gap that existed between safety and surety and an uncertain leap of faith that might—or might not—result in love.

Imagine getting off a ship after 99 days at sea, how confused and tired you’d be. Wilhelmina (Mina) Adams and her younger sister Emma, part of a group of “venture girls,” search fervently for their putative fiancés, hoping for honorable gentlemen: “Please, God, let both Thomas Grant and Colin Rivers be gentle, decent men.” The Supreme Being has other plans in mind. Mina is distracted by a man who stands out from the crowd of men meeting the ship.

A tall man in the group, the tallest man, drew Mina’s eye again and again. He wasn’t a gentleman—he wore a rather coarse coat—and his wide-legged stance was a markedly different posture than a gentleman’s. But his form was decidedly male. Very male shoulders and very male arms that swelled in ways she’d never seen—until she realized those solid bulges straining his sleeves were muscles.

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Tue
Aug 9 2016 3:00pm

First Look: Joanna Wylde’s Reaper’s Fire (August 9, 2016)

Reaper's Fire by Joanna Wylde

Joanna Wylde 
Reaper's Fire (Reapers Motorcycle Club #6)
Berkley / August 9, 2016 / $16.00 print, $5.99 digital

Where’s a GIF when I need one? I’m on fire for Reaper’s Fire and I knew that I would be. The glimpse we got of Tinker Garrett and Gage Cooper in Reaper’s Fall (Reapers #5) was a tantalizing taste of this incendiary couple but it wasn’t nearly enough.

The Reapers strip club manager, Gage Cooper, is on assignment in Hallies Falls, Washington. His job is to go undercover and infiltrate a rogue motorcycle club, and he needs a believable cover story and a place to live. He sees an ad that looks promising.

Handyman needed for family-owned building—free rent in exchange for work. Call Tinker Garrett or inquire inside Tinker’s Teahouse, Antiques & Fine Chocolates for more information.

Joanna Wylde’s internal monologues are the best in the business. Gage is in a “speciality tea shit” store with “an old-fashioned cash register straight out of Little House on the Prairie. Probably the proprietor is a blue-haired dame pushing eighty. Ah, no. Gage hears a “sexy, drawling voice” and just like that, his “cock is on high alert.”

Long, slender fingers tipped with bright red polish reached up to grip the countertop for support as the hottest, most fuckable woman I’d ever met in my life stood up and smiled at me. Yeah, this had been a bad idea.

[Unrequited lust ahead...]

Wed
Aug 3 2016 8:30am

If You Like Suzanne Brockmann’s Ken Karmody, Read M.L. Buchman

Heart Strike by M.L. Buchman

Heart Strike  by M.L. Buchman gave me a Suzanne Brockmann sexy-geek Ken Karmody Out of Control vibe. As fans of military-thriller authors like Marie Force, Suz Brockmann, and Anne Calhoun know, there is a perennial audience for well-written, heart-gripping military romances. Making this a thoroughly twenty-first century tale, the women warriors of Delta Force are supremely talented and capable. It is worth noting,

On Memorial Day, 2016 CNN posted: This Memorial Day is the first in which the ban on women in ground combat is history…And the first women to graduate from Army Ranger School last year have now become part of the new old guard.

Delta Force warrior Richie Goldman is a Beta Kenny for a new generation. An integral member of the tight Columbia-based Delta Force team, Richie is perceptive, and low-key, especially in how he interacts with the ladies. But he notices couples who really seem to have it going on, like his teammates Kyle and Carla, and wishes for that too. Buchman’s Target Engaged, the first of the Delta Force series, introduced readers to this dynamic couple, particularly Carla. Richie agrees, finding her to be,

Amazing, beautiful, and incredible…but intense. And Kyle and Carla’s relationship was like that too. Richie had never seen anything like it, had never imagined it was possible. When the two of them were together, the day became brighter.

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Mon
Aug 1 2016 1:30pm

First Look: Jade Lee’s As Rich as a Rogue (August 2, 2016)

 As Rich as a Rogue by Jade Lee

Jade Lee
As Rich as a Rogue (Rakes and Rogues #3)
Sourcebooks Casablanca / August 2, 2016 / $7.99 print & digital

What we think we know versus the truth: isn’t that at the crux of many absorbing romances? As Rich as a Rogue has the rollicking feel of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, although like the relationship of combative Kate and her Petruchio, Mari and Peter share many tender, poignant moments.

But not immediately! Mari blames Peter for all her misfortunes in the Ton, and his six-year absence in India have not made her heart grow fonder. One night at a party Mari hears a murmur that grows into a roar. What could be the cause?

“There’s no need…” Mari began, but the men finally parted enough for her to see the object of their adoration. “Winner,” she whispered, dread lodging in her throat. Of course it was him. The one man who always won, making her the woman who lost.

[A wayward romance...]

Sat
Jul 23 2016 10:00am

First Look: Jaci Burton’s Don’t Let Go (July 26, 2016)

Don't Let Go by Jaci Burton

Jaci Burton
Don't Let Go (Hope #6)
Jove / July 26, 2016 / $7.99 print & digital

By their wares shall you know them? Megan’s pastries and Brady’s bikes are superlative manifestations of their passions and talents. Unfortunately, the undeniably gorgeous and sensitive Brady is a reluctant suitor. He’s haunted by memories of his dead brother in his hometown of Hope, Oklahoma. What will it take for Brady to break out of his self-imposed prison of work and loneliness?

Brady is isolated and glad to be so. But bakery owner Megan seems determined to break through his cone of silence. Her weapon of choice: fresh-baked goodies, accompanied by fresh-brewed coffee. As she says to Brady,

“Okay, I make a really great cup of coffee. I’m surprised you haven’t come into the bakery, since it’s so close to the auto shop. Most everyone who works around here pops in.”

It’s impossible for Brady to ignore the force that is Megan. He thinks to himself, “Man, she could really talk. He’d noticed that the couple of times they’d been together in social situations.” Conversation is something that Brady has really missed.

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Tue
Jun 21 2016 8:30am

First Look: Tiffany Reisz’s The Bourbon Thief (June 28, 2016)

The Bourbon Thief by Tiffany Reisz

Tiffany Reisz
The Bourbon Thief
MIRA / June 28, 2016 / $15.99 print, $8.99 digital

Rarely does a title so completely describe a plot and yet disguise the complex tale that lies behind.  The opening scene is straight out of an old-fashioned crime noir.

There wasn’t much in the world Cooper McQueen cared about more than a good bourbon. In his forty-five years, not one single beautiful woman had managed to persuade him to set down his drink and leave it down. But when the woman in the red dress walked into his bar—a gift from the gods tied in a tight red bow—McQueen decided he might have seen the one woman on earth who could turn even him into a teetotaler. Her dress was tight as old Scrooge’s fist, red as Rudolph’s nose, and looking at her, McQueen had only one thought—Christmas had come awfully early this year.

Millionaire distiller Cooper McQueen overhears “Miss Christmas” ask bartender Maddie for a bourbon that stumps her—Red Thread. He inserts himself into the conversation.

[Bourbon, neat...]

Sun
Jun 19 2016 9:00am

Like Father, Like Son: When Historical Heroes and Their Sons Get Books from Heyer and Laurens

These Old Shades by Georgette Heyer

The apple doesn’t fall very far from the tree when it comes to heroic dads and their next-generation sons. The romance community exploded in delight when Lisa Kleypas announced that her follow-up book to Marrying Winterborne would be Devil in Spring. Could the hero really be Gabriel, the son of Sebastian, the Devil in Winter, and his wife Evie? You got it. What could be more fabulous?

Father’s Day is an excellent time to explore the eternal fascination we have with fathers and sons.

 

Georgette Heyer's Avon/Vidal

Most famous: Georgette Heyer’s Avon (These Old Shades) and Vidal (Devil’s Cub). No one ever expected the dazzling, somewhat sinister, Duke of Avon to marry. His romantic reputation was legendary. But almost from the moment he spots a red-haired urchin, Léon aka Léonie, she has his heart. She begs him to marry her, but he is reluctant to lay his soiled heart at her feet. He tells her,

“You have seen perhaps the best of me; you have not seen the worst. Infant, you are worthy of a better husband. I would give you a boy who might come to you with a clean heart, not one who was bred up in vice from his cradle.”

One large tear glistened on the end of her lashes.

“Ah, Monseigneur, you need not have told me this! I know—I have always known, and still I love you. I do not want a boy. I want only—Monseigneur.”

“Léonie, you will do well to consider. You are not the first woman in my life.”

She smiled through her tears.

“Monseigneur, I would so much rather be the last woman than the first,” she said.

[Of fathers and sons...]