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Mon
Jul 24 2017 2:00pm

First Look: Jennifer Probst’s All or Nothing at All (July 25, 2017)

All or Nothing At All by Jennifer Probst

Jennifer Probst
All or Nothing At All (The Billionaire Builders #3)
Gallery Books / July 25, 2017 / $16.00 print, $7.99 digital 

Over the years I’ve read my fair share of secret-baby-books. It’s such a profound dilemma. What were the circumstances of the pregnancy? Why couldn’t/wouldn’t/shouldn’t the mother share the news that she is with child with the baby’s father? In their circle of family and friends, who’s in on the secret? What finally causes the truth to come out? These are not light-hearted topics, especially years afterward. All or Nothing At All is the final Billionaire Builders book—and it's time for Tristan Pierce’s story.

Jennifer Probst has given us a great run with the Billionaire Builders series, starting with Everywhere and Every Way. As I noted at the time, what’s not to love about men who work with their hands *ahem* using smarts and passion? Cal was the hero of Everywhere and Every Way. After the death of their father, it’s Cal who persuades his two younger brothers to abide by the edict in their father’s will: the three men must run Pierce Brothers together for a year—and make a profit. Only then can they walk away, if they choose, from the family business. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves.

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Mon
Jul 24 2017 12:00pm

First Look: Ilona Andrews’ Wildfire (July 25, 2017)

Wildfire by Ilona Andrews

Ilona Andrews
Wildfire (Hidden Legacy #3)
Avon / July 25, 2017 / $7.99 print, $6.99 digital

Wildfire picks up the mantel effortlessly from White Hot and moves forward with purpose, smoothly setting up the main conflict while preparing the multiple subplots for resolution. We left White Hot with Nevada and Rogan disappearing for a much needed holiday, just the two of them. Upon their return, Nevada is forced back to reality when she walks into her house to discover Rogan’s ex-fiancée, and the daughter of the woman Nevada killed, sitting at her kitchen table wanting her help.

I had just been hugged by a giant, super intelligent, pacifist bear. I could do this. I could do anything.

Rynda Sherwood’s husband Brian has disappeared and is nowhere to be found. She has been turned down by every investigative agency in the area due to her mother’s crimes and The Baylor Agency is her last hope. Nevada isn't thrilled to be helping Rynda and jealousy rears its head a little, but one thing the Baylors never do is run, hide, or turn down money.

The Baylor Agency had only three rules, and the last was the most important. At the end of the day, we had to be able to look our reflection in the eye.

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Sun
Jul 23 2017 11:00am

First Look: Alisha Rai’s Hate to Want You (July 25, 2017)

Hate to Want You by Alisha Rai

Alisha Rai
Hate to Want You
Avon / July 25, 2017 / $7.99 print, $5.99 digital

Hate to Want You is full of classic romantic elements, but features smart, real characters who feel 100% modern. With this book, Alisha Rai has given us a Romeo who is kind, sexy, great at his job, but making some poor choices in his personal life. Her Juliet is independent, caring, self-aware enough to deal with her depression, but avoiding her family and her feelings for Romeo. Rai’s writing combines the best of old and new, creating a story you won’t be able to put down.

But first. Look at that cover. Do you need some time alone? I’ll give you a minute.

Okay, now let’s talk about the book. Alisha Rai starts her Forbidden Hearts series with my favorite book of hers yet. If you’ve read A Gentlman in the Streets or Serving Pleasure, you know that’s saying something. In her trademark style, she ramps up the sexual tension and heart-wrenching yearning to give romance readers the Romeo & Juliet they’ve always wanted. The story is slowed at times by exposition, but Rai weaves history and relational details into deeply emotional scenes that will leave readers wondering how things could have gone so wrong. Long-held secrets, complicated family dynamics, and blazing hot chemistry make this a page-turner.

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Fri
Jul 21 2017 9:30am

First Look: Lucy Farago’s A Necessary Lie (July 24, 2017)

A Necessary Lie by Lucy Farago

Lucy Farago
A Necessary Lie (Search and Recover)
Lyrical Press / July 25, 2017 / $15.00 print, $3.99 digital

Lucy Farago is my go-to for romanctic suspense. Why? Because the story is excellent and the writing isn’t too shabby either.  It’s almost like the reader is drawn into the story line and oh yeah, there’s romance to boot. The romance is a pleasant surprise and it encapsulates what I love about reading. I love getting lost in a well-written story and I love a well-written romance where the reader grows with the characters. By the time the characters are ready to be in love, the reader is right there with the characters and ready for the romance.

This is what I love about a Lucy Farago novel. We know who the love characters will be but getting lost in them is part of the fun. The novel doesn’t start off as a romance but the chemistry and all the ingredients of a romance novel are there.

Enter A Necessary Lie. We know that Cowboy is the main hero and Grace is the heroine. And we know they have a connection. Obviously. Jessie is missing and she is Grace’s friend. Jessie and Cowboy have a history as lovers when they were much younger. And now Cowboy must watch over Grace as she finds Jessie. Phew. Yes Relationships are messy:

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Thu
Jul 20 2017 1:00pm

First Look: Rogue Desire Anthology (July 20, 2017)

Rogue Desires Anthology

Adriana Anders, Amy Jo Cousins, Ainsley Booth, Emma Barry, Dakota Gray, Stacey Agdern, Jane Lee Blair, Tamsen Parker
Rogue Desires
Pronoun / July 20, 2017 / $.99 digital

Eight romance authors have teamed up for Rogue Desire, an anthology of what they’re calling “Resistance Romance.” The result is eight stories that serve up doses of heat and hope during a tumultuous political time. It’s like this: the daily (hourly?) news cycle is exhausting, but like a car crash in slow motion, many of us can’t look away. If you can’t look away but also like to read romance… this is the anthology for you.

While a couple of the stories didn’t work for me personally, I was completely engrossed in others. As is the magic of anthologies, every reader has a different favorite, and I really hope some of you will seek me out on Twitter to talk about yours. In the meantime, here’s a snapshot of each story:

Grassroots by Adriana Anders

In the first story, the heroine is running for city council and meets the hero, a visually-impaired hacker/inventor while she’s canvassing. The hero is super hot, but hasn’t had a real relationship because he hasn’t found someone who gets him. The heroine doesn’t have a “name” and just wants to do right by her community. He uses his network to help her out, and she helps him come out of seclusion. This story is known to have made at least two H&H bloggers cry.

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Wed
Jul 19 2017 3:45pm

First Look: Joan Johnston’s Blackthorne’s Bride (July 25, 2017)

Blackthorne's Bride by Joan Johnston

Joan Johnston
Blackthorne's Bride (A Bitter Creek Novel)
Dell / July 25, 2017 / $7.99 print & digital

In 2013, Joan Johnston published Montana Bride, the third in her Mail-Order Brides series about the Wentworth sisters. Fans have been waiting since then for Josie Wentworth’s story and it was worth the wait. Blackthorne’s Bride has an old-school vibe. 

The titular Blackthorne is summoned home by his grandmother from America. Blackthorne asks his companion to take care of the girl and to do whatever it takes to save her. The back cover copy neatly telescopes the next few years in the lives of our protagonists.

Two years have passed since Josie Wentworth was bought from the Sioux for a gold watch and whisked back to England by Marcus Wharton, the Duke of Blackthorne. When Marcus breaks his promise to return Josie to America, she ends up as a maid in the home of his charming but neglected nephews. Once Josie’s long-lost family finds her, however, the suddenly wealthy heiress sets out to save the two boys from their indifferent uncle—and teach the duke a lesson in honor.

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Tue
Jul 18 2017 1:00pm

First Look: On Fire Anthology (July 18, 2017)

On Fire: Erotic Romance Stories

Edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel*
On Fire: Erotic Romance Stories
Cleis Press / July 18, 2017 / $10.99 digital

On Fire is the latest in writer/editor Rachel Kramer Bussel’s erotica anthologies with Cleis Publishing… but it was my first modern erotica anthology ever. I’ve read erotic romance, sure. Romance anthologies, yes. My first anthology of erotica, I suppose, would be Anais Nin’s The Delta of Venus. But a book of pure smut written and edited by and for women? This was my first. It won’t be my last.

In the introduction, Kramer Bussel says:

“…these stories are both tender and dirty, sometimes within the span of the same page. That is the beauty of these erotic storytellers – they don’t skimp on love or lust, instead entwining them in tales that make your pulse pound, your heart race, and your breath sigh.”

That, in two sentences, sums up the anthology. The stories within are varied, so I think there’s something for everyone here. Some stories are kinky, some are not. Some stories focus on two partners, some couples invite others in for the fun. A couple of the stories are about new lovers, but most take place within the bounds of already existing relationships.

It’s this last bit that I found fascinating. In several of the stories, a couple that’s been together for months, years, centuries (yeah, there’s a paranormal), explores the physical and emotional intimacy that already exists in their relationship. In a couple of the cases, this aspect of their love has been neglected. In one memorable story, the couple swings, and the sexual part of their joint life has very clearly never been neglected. There are stories of partners reuniting after an absence. Stories of partners drawing upon their trust and love to share new or previously daunting aspects of their sexuality.

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Tue
Jul 18 2017 9:30am

First Look: Kylie Scott’s Trust (July 18, 2017)

Trust by Kylie Scott

Kylie Scott
Trust
Kylie Scott / July 18, 2017 / $4.99 digital 

There are a few books where I would be okay with the relationship between the hero and heroine being platonic because the friendship and foundation has been so strongly written that the relationship is as satisfying as two individuals coming together in a romantic relationship. Kylie Scott’s Trust is one of those books. I’ve been a fan of Scott’s since the publication of her zombie-menage Flesh. Trust is Scott’s first foray into the self-publishing world and hopefully not her last.

Trust brings us the story of plus-size heroine, Edie, a young woman who’s future at her current school was defined by the fateful night she became the hostage of a gunman. John is a peer her age that, through his brother’s reputation as a dealer, knew the gunman and was able to talk him down before attacking the gunman and rescuing Edie. Fastfoward from that night and you have John trying to put his life in order away from his brother’s sordid reputation and Edie finding herself starting over at the public high school.

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Mon
Jul 17 2017 9:30am

First Look: Elley Arden’s The Perfect Game (July 24, 2017)

The Perfect Game by Elley Arden

Elley Arden
The Perfect Game (Arlington Aces #3)
Crimson Romance / July 24, 2017 / $4.99 digital

I'm a huge baseball lover, so it wouldn't have taken much to convince me to read Elley Arden's The Perfect Game...then it was pitched as “for fans of TV's Pitch and I knew instantly that this book was going to shoot to the top of my TBR pile.

And I'm oh, so glad it did. 

There's so much to love about this particular title, but right off the bat (I apologize, there's probably going to be a lot of inadvertent baseball puns here), Pauly being a black, female pitcher in the independent league caught my attention. 

Also, this book is a slow burn. I've talked about my intense love of slow burns and how they speak directly to my fanfic loving heart. Not only that, but this books fulfills my love of the following: enemies-to-lovers trope (in a way that doesn't make you hate one or the other characters), opposites attract, and “softer” men and the kick-ass women they love. 

Pitcher Pauly Byrne is hyperfocused. She has a goal—to pitch professionally for Major League Baseball, and she doesn't take kindly to obstacles in her way—especially hot, back-up-catcher-shaped obstacles like Ian Pratt.

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Wed
Jul 12 2017 3:00pm

First Look: Thea Harrison’s Spellbinder (July 18, 2017)

Spellbinder by Thea Harrison

Thea Harrison
Spellbinder (Moonshadow #2)
Thea Harrison / July 18, 2017 / $14.99 print, $5.99 digital

With her Moonshadow series, Thea Harrison gives us new and vibrant characters set in the comfortably familiar world of the Elder Races. Spellbinder creates for us a world full of magic, but I believe the real magician here is Thea Harrison.  She weaves a spell with words and we are helpless to be anything but mesmerized by her storytelling.

Morgan le Fae has been feared for centuries. He is a powerful wizard, the Captain of the Hounds and the enforcer for Queen Isabeau of the Light Fae. He has performed atrocities at her command.

I built her an army of monsters and command it.  If you become the Queen’s enemy, I am your worst nightmare.  If she tells me to do a thing, I will not stop, ever, until it is done.

But as fables say, it is music that soothes the savage beast, and so it does for Morgan.  Sidonie Martel weaves magic of her own.  But it is not spells that she casts, Sid is a master violinist and seduces the crowds with her masterpieces.  Morgan stumbles upon Sidonie’s concert tour and follows her through Europe.  Now it is Morgan who is falling under a spell.  Morgan develops a weakness, an obsession with Sid’s music, and for the woman herself. 

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Tue
Jul 11 2017 1:00pm

First Look: Suzanne Brockmann’s Some Kind of Hero (July 11, 2017)

Some Kind of Hero by Suzanne Brockmann

Suzanne Brockmann
Some Kind of Hero (Troubleshooters #19)
Ballantine Books / July 11, 2017 / $27.00 print, $13.99 digital 

In a letter that came with the ARC of Some Kind of Hero, Suzanne Brockmann called the book “(her) love letter to the (romance) genre.” Brockmann isn’t wrong; Some Kind of Hero is, in fact, a love letter to the Romance genre.  But it’s also a writer’s journey.  The book’s heroine, Shayla Whitman, is a romance writer suffering from writer’s block. Her journey as a writer through her writer’s block is one of the many threads in this book.

At the beginning of the book, shortly after the hot SEAL hero jumps into her car, Shayla thinks this:  

“And alas, even though she’d spent her career writing books where this kind of impromptu meet-cute would end with them having screaming animal-sex before the clock struck midnight, Shayla wasn’t as bold as her romance novel heroines.  She didn’t look all that much like them either.”

As our heroine gets deeper involved into both her attraction to her next door neighbor and the situation involving his missing daughter, she finds herself relying on the common sense and skills she’d picked up from researching the books that had made her a comfortable living.  She says:

“I’m a writer and I’ve written a lot of serial killer books” 

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Tue
Jul 11 2017 9:30am

First Look: Tiffany Reisz’s The Red (July 11, 2017)

The Red by Tiffany Reisz

Tiffany Reisz
The Red 
Tiffany Reisz / July 11, 2017 / $14.99 print, $5.99 digital 

Mona Lisa St. James made a deathbed promise to her mother. She would do whatever it took to keep their art gallery, The Red, open. Unfortunately, Mona did not realize that the gallery was well over a half a million dollars in debt. As Mona begins to fear she’ll have to indeed sell the gallery, she is approached by a mysterious stranger. He will give her the means in which to not only save her gallery, but also leave her with a safety net—on one condition. She must agree to be his to do with whatever he pleases for the period of one year.

“I like very beautiful young ladies,” said Malcolm.

“Do you?”

“I’m a connoisseur.”

“Are you? Do you have a favorite type?”

“Elegant prostitutes,” he said. “A perennial favorite.”

“You know I’m not a prostitute, yes?” she asked.

“Not yet. But I think you’ll make a fine whore.”

Malcolm's terms are simple. He will visit Mona at least once a month. He will pay her with a piece of valuable art after each night of her debauchment with the promise to provide provenance for all the pieces he gives her at the end of the year. He promises no harm shall come to her though there will be pain and pleasure. His pleasure. Her pain.

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Mon
Jul 10 2017 1:00pm

First Look: J. Kenner’s Wicked Grind (July 11, 2017)

Wicked Grind by J. Kenner

J. Kenner
Wicked Grind 
Martini & Olive / July 11, 2017 / $15.99 print, $4.99 digital

Wicked Grind by J. Kenner is wicked good. Seriously.  There are so many things I love about this book I thought I'd list them: because there are plenty.

1. I love that this love is from a childhood love and twelve years they come back together.

2. The heroine is innocent in the book, but she is multi-faceted.

3. He's from Hollywood royalty and she's the girl next door.

4. The flip-flop of time from past to present works in this story, partly because of how adept Kenner is at writing and bringing people along for the ride.

5. The sexual tension is scorching...I'm recovering from a brain injury, not stable to read last week, and I couldn't put this story down last night. I read straight through and forgot I even had an injury!

6. Kelsey Draper and Wyatt Segel's back-stories make sense and they don't overreact given what happened and their life experiences.

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Wed
Jul 5 2017 2:30pm

First Look: Dorothy Garlock’s The Nearness of You (July 11, 2017)

The Nearness of You by Dorothy Garlock

Dorothy Garlock
The Nearness of You
Grand Central Publishing / July 11, 2017 / $26.00 print, $13.99 digital 

One of the most accepted truism about falling in love is that when it happens we become better individuals. For some people, it might be that they become kinder, or less prone to impatience or anger. Other individuals finally have the courage to make changes or take risks.

In Dorothy Garlock’s newest book, The Nearness of You, she sweetly shows how Lily Denton and Boone Tatum bring out the best in each other.

Lily’s mother died when she was six-years-old and her protective father brought her up alone.  And while her father put a lot of energy into his position as mayor of their small town, he still had plenty left over to smother Lily. 

Lily has always dreamed of living somewhere more exciting. So when her best friends states that she’s leaving for New York City, and asked Lily to come along, she excitedly agrees. But when push comes to shove, Lily doesn’t have the courage to leave:

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Sun
Jul 2 2017 1:00pm

First Look: Marie Harte’s Just the Thing (July 4, 2017)

Just the Thing by Marie Harte

Marie Harte
Just the Thing (The Donnigans #2)
Sourcebooks / July 4, 2017 / $7.99 print & digital 

For the Donnigans their prank wars are now in full swing. It was a family tradition. Not only do you need to out prank the competition, you also need to unmask your prankster so you know who to keep an eye on (and who to retaliate against). 

In Marie Harte’s latest, Just the Thing, middle son, Gavin has just returned from combat on a medical discharge. He needed something to focus on besides his time at the gym and the friends he lost in combat.  Gavin has always been the most laid back of the Donnigan siblings. He was always friendly with a ready smile and a joke, but since returning home, Gavin has been overwhelmed by grief and survivor guilt.  He was starting to drown his pain with booze and women but no more.  He is trying to rescue himself from that emotional spiral. Therapy is helping but it is not enough. A distraction is needed. Time to bring on the pranks.

The war had most definitely resumed. A Donnigan family tradition—pranking on each other until someone cried.  Well, it wouldn’t be him.  And now he had a valid excuse to retaliate on one unlucky Donnigan.  Hell yeah.  He just had to figure out which one of them pulled this stunt.

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Tue
Jun 27 2017 1:00pm

First Look: Gayle Callen’s Love with a Scottish Outlaw (June 27, 2017)

Love with a Scottish Outlaw by Gayle Callen,

Gayle Callen
Love with a Scottish Outlaw (Highland Weddings #3)
Avon / June 27, 2017 / $7.99 print, $5.99 digital

Gayle Callen’s Love with a Scottish Outlaw is a story replete with many tried and true romance novel tropes. There’s the Scottish Clan Feud.

Catriona Duff was the daughter of Aberfoyle, the chief of the Clan Duff and Duncan’s bitter enemy. Aberfoyle was one of the main reasons that Duncan was an outlaw who had to protect and feed his people while on the run.

Catriona’s father is part of a network of men who take orphan children off the streets and sell them as indentured servants to the colonies and West Indies plantations. When orphans weren’t readily available, they began taking children from Duncan’s clan. He and his men have been doing what they could to recover them.

“Laird Carlyle,” she said, “have you been rescuing children for long?”

He shrugged. “Several year now. ‘Tis why we’re living in these caves. I spoke out, tried to bring the case to the Court of Session, and they had me imprisoned.”

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Mon
Jun 26 2017 9:30am

First Look: Jeaniene Frost’s The Sweetest Burn (June 27, 2017)

 The Sweetest Burn by Jeaniene Frost

Jeaniene Frost
The Sweetest Burn (Broken Destiny #2)
HQN / June 27, 2017 / $7.99 print, $6.99 digital

The Sweetest Burn brings a gotta-save-the-day-paced plot, a great dose of the supernatural, and chemistry that sparks. All of those elements are practically expected in a Jeaniene Frost book at this point. She’s the woman who brought us Cat and Bones, Vlad and Leila, after all.

What makes The Sweetest Burn’s Ivy and Adrian’s relationship so remarkable is the way each character’s internal conflict about their relationship fuels the delicious will they won’t they. Ivy is destined to fall in love with Adrian. Adrian is destined to betray her in the ultimate way—the kind that is supposed to leave Ivy dead. They both know these facts. It’s more than a Capulet/Montague thing. This isn’t families warring. It’s Heaven and Hell. Their free will may let them avoid fate, but how can they trust each other?

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Wed
Jun 21 2017 9:30am

First Look: Manda Collins’ Duke With Benefits (June 27, 2017)

Duke with Benefits by Manda Collins

Manda Collins
Duke with Benefits (Studies in Scandal #2)
St. Martin's Press / June 27, 2017 / $7.99 print & digital

It’s no secret I love Historical Romance and Duke with Benefits by Manda Collins fits the bill perfectly.  It’s the second in the Scandalous Studies series and I’m already hooked. We first meet with the Duke of Maitland, Dalton Beauchamp, and Lady Daphne Forsythe in the first book. And I already love our heroine, quirks and all. She is a bit on the Asperger’s scale, needing to learn social interaction. However, she is not mean spirited and a wiz at math. Despite her inability to navigate social interactions, like Maitland, we can’t help but love her. She is beautiful, of course, but her beauty goes beyond the skin and we quickly realize how eager she is to learn about her social quirks, and how aware she is of her social faux pas.

And don’t we all want a man as patient and loving as Maitland? Add to this a mystery—a childhood acquaintance to Daphne is killed and the pages turn rapidly.

“I am not angry with you, Daphne,” he said moving to kneel before her, which should have made her uncomfortable, but instead made her heart beat faster. “I am angry with him. For making you feel threatened. “For using you to make money because he was too damned lousy with a hand of cards to make up for himself.  But I am most enraged at him because he forced you to blackmail him in order to protect yourself from being sold like a brood mare to the highest bidder.”

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Tue
Jun 20 2017 9:30am

First Look: Sarah MacLean’s The Day of the Duchess (June 27, 2017)

The Day of the Duchess by Sarah MacLean

Sarah MacLean
The Day of the Duchess (Scandal & Scoundrel #3)
Avon / June 27, 2017 / $7.99 print & digital 

Note: This review will leave you absolutely dying to read Sarah MacLean's The Day of the Duchess, however, it does contain some light spoilers so if you don't want to be spoiled at all, come back to discuss once you've read the book! 

My initial review looked like this:

The Day of the Duchess is the best book Sarah MacLean has ever written. You should read it immediately.

Heroes & Heartbreakers tells me that you might like a more thorough review, however, so here we are. In order to contain the SQUEE, I’ve broken it down into three parts…

Did Sarah answer all of my/our questions?

Back in January, I wrote a post speculating about this book. I had so many questions, particularly about Sera’s pregnancy and whereabouts. Some pretty heavy spoilers drop in the first 50 pages of the book, so I’m going to be a little cagey in this review. Let’s just say that all of the questions are answered.

Sera wants a divorce because she wants to own property, something she can’t do as a married woman, since women aren’t legal entities in 1836. She also wants, after nearly 3 years of hiding, to finally be free of her past with Malcom, Duke of Haven. Sera is a complex heroine who is competent, grieving, and mad as hell. Sarah MacLean writes books with feminist overtones, but this may be her most feminist book yet. Sera is a heroine to cheer for, but she’s not perfect. She’s strong but flawed, smart but blinded by emotion, jaded but hopeful.

“The whole world thinks you ruined me before you married me, when the truth is that I was not ruined until after the fact. You ruined my hopes. My dreams. My future. You ruined my life. And I’ve had enough of that. I am here for one reason only, Your Grace. I want my life back. The one you stole.”

Was Haven successfully redeemed?

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Thu
Jun 15 2017 1:00pm

First Look: A.M. Madden’s Vanishing Act (June 20, 2017)

Vanishing Act by A.M. Madden

A.M. Madden
Vanishing Act
Loveswept / June 20, 2017 / $4.99 digital

If love at first sight is your thing, then Vanishing Act by A.M. Madden is just the book for you. Bonus, the heroine is biracial and her family fled from racial discord in Apartheid South Africa. This is not your usual cute-boy-meets-cute-girl and falls in love story. Rather, there’s deception and depth to these characters, which makes the story interesting.

Landon Price is famous. He has won an Oscar already, and after his latest film is wrapped up, he needs an escape. Thus he travels with an alias for a name and heads to a little unknown island in Hawaii. Here he meets Zara Jobert, eight years his junior with looks that could melt him into a puddle. Only she doesn’t know she’s beautiful. WHAT? How can a modelesque twenty-three-year-old not know how beautiful she is?

Well, that is part of her backstory.  Without giving too much away, we learn early on that her father was very political and black. Her mother was ten years his junior and a blonde beauty from Europe.  This interracial union might seem uneventful here, but back years ago when Apartheid was toppled in South Africa, interracial unions were unheard of and dangerous. The Jobert’s felt this danger firsthand with a crime resulting in the death of Zara’s sister. Hence Zara was sheltered to the greatest degree. And why we understand why Zara can be so clueless.

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