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Sat
Nov 11 2017 10:00am

First Look: Denise Grover Swank’s Always You (November 28, 2017)

Always You by Denise Grover Swank

Denise Grover Swank
Always You (Bachelor Brotherhood #3)
Forever / November 28, 2017 / $7.99 print, $3.99 digital

The one-that-got-away trope can be difficult to embrace. If a couple is so right for each other, why did they break up in the first place? If the reasons were legitimate at the time, are they sufficiently and believably resolved? Always You tackles these issues head-on.

Matt Osborne stayed in Kansas City after he graduated from college. He’s made a good life for himself—the only thing missing is a life partner. He even has a family, sort of—he’s his nephew Ethan’s guardian while Ethan’s mother attends medical school on the West Coast. Ethan’s the reason that he volunteered to coach soccer. It seems that more than five-year-old soccer players think Matt’s a terrific guy.

Standing at the edge of a grass soccer field, Matt stared into the sea of parents’ faces and resisted the urge to groan. Obviously, word had spread after last season that Coach Matt was relatively good looking, somewhat successful, loved kids, and most important, was single.

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Tue
Nov 7 2017 3:30pm

First Look: Mary Balogh’s Someone to Wed (November 7, 2017)

Someone to Wed by Mary Balogh

Mary Balogh
Someone to Wed (A Westcott Novel #3)
Berkley / November 7, 2017 / $7.99 print & digital

It is a truth universally acknowledged that an impoverished nobleman puts his head, and his title, on the marriage block, in a quest for the highest bidder. This trope has been mined by Mary Balogh in many wonderful stories (A Christmas Promise comes to mind) but the one that pops up immediately is Dancing with Clara. There are important differences, however. Clara’s husband, the Honourable Frederick Sullivan, is, like Alexander Westcott, the Earl of Riverdale, “magnificently handsome” but Freddy “was a rake whose women were legion and whose gambling debts were staggering.” Vastly wealthy Wren Heyden wants someone to wed and her choice is her neighbor, the new Earl of Riverdale.

When Alexander Westcott becomes the new Earl of Riverdale, he inherits a title he never wanted and a failing country estate he can’t afford. But he fully intends to do everything in his power to undo years of neglect and give the people who depend on him a better life.

Unlike Freddy, and like the Earl of Falloden, the hero of A Christmas Promise, Alexander is impoverished through an accident of inheritance. Alexander is not a gambler nor a womanizer. Wren, like Clara Sullivan née Dunford, controls her own fortune and negotiates directly with the man she wants to marry.

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Thu
Nov 2 2017 12:00pm

The Indomitable Heroine of Brenda Novak’s Right Where We Belong

Right Where We Belong by Brenda Novak

Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me is a novel by Richard Fariña: the title encompasses everything I love about the downtrodden but hopeful heroine trope. Savanna Gray of Brenda Novak's ticks all the boxes when she returns to Silver Springs—she and her two children desperately need a do-over.

Her “perfect” life unraveled when, to her absolute shock, her husband was arrested for attacking three women. With her divorce settled, she takes her two children home to Silver Springs to seek refuge between the walls of the farmhouse where she was born.

The precipitating event that causes Savanna to pack up and flee is when an acquaintance accuses Savanna of knowing about her husband’s assaults: “How could you have missed that your husband was out stalking women at night?” The woman shouts at her in the supermarket, in front of Savanna’s traumatized children, Branson and Alia. Understandably, “the crimes Gordon committed had shaken the small, insular town of Nephi, Utah, to the core,” but Savanna can’t take another day of raw emotion. Of feeling like she never wants to leave her house again.

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Thu
Oct 19 2017 12:00pm

First Look: Christine Warren’s Hard Breaker (October 31, 2017)

 Hard Breaker by Christine Warren

Christine Warren
Hard Breaker (Gargoyles #6)
St. Martin's Press / October 31, 2017 / $7.99 print & digital

Christine Warren takes opposites attract to new levels in Hard Breaker, the 6th in her Gargoyles series. American Ivy Beckett has the gift of Clairaudience: “She can hear voices, feel events, and receive messages from great distances.” Sounds great, right? A “radio receiver inside her head” that allows her to tune into whatever, whenever. Unfortunately, that’s not how it works.

Ivy never got to choose what she could hear. It only came to her at the moments she least wanted to hear, moments filled with anger or fear or soul-wrenching grief. It had to be powered by emotion, and somehow the most powerful emotions always seemed to be the most painful ones.

Clairaudial empathy, someone had suggested as a label. Ivy just called it her curse.

One night, in the “choking grip of sleep,” Ivy’s “subconscious recognized the fear in her cousin’s voice, the urgency in her uncle’s.” She listens, powerless, as they are murdered by the “servants of the Darkness.” Heartbroken, angry, confused, and at the mercy of her garbled gift of Clairaudience, Ivy moves across the pond to Croydon, South London: “Situational awareness had become a hard-earned skill of hers since she’d gotten involved in her little side business here in London.” Her side business is running an underground railroad of sorts—shepherding Wardens from England to safety in Paris. Slow down—Wardens? Are we in Harry Potter territory, magic all around us Muggles but we can’t see it? That’s not far from the truth.

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Wed
Oct 18 2017 1:00pm

Hit the Road in Ruthie Knox’s Completely

Completely by Ruthie Knox

A favorite romantic trope is a road-trip relationship. Completely is no ordinary road-trip: Englishwoman Rosemary Chamberlin is “something of a celebrity mountain-climber.” A deadly avalanche destroys her hopes of summiting: in the midst of the turmoil, her guide, New Yorker Kal Beckett, rains down questions on her. He’s her guide, but she thinks of him as “Doctor Doom.”

His arm tightened, drew her close, pushed the wool of his knit cap into her forehead, hard. She felt his breath against her face. “You’re okay.”

She wasn’t.

“Everything’s okay.”

It wasn’t.

“It will be.”

Kal’s certainty is hard-won.  He’s part of an illustrious climbing family—his famous mountain-climber mother has a scandalous past—and he’s philosophical about climbers in general. He’s had a lot of time to think.

He fetched a lot of cups of tea. Pitched a lot of tents. Carried newspapers, started fires, watched climbers, and figured out that exactly two kinds of people showed up to scale the tallest mountain in the world: the megalomaniacs, who were obsessed with their own power, and the walking wounded, who wanted the mountain to heal them.

Kal was neither. He’d never climbed to the summit of Everest. He’d never wanted to.

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Mon
Oct 9 2017 8:30am

First Look: Kira Archer’s 69 Million Things I Hate About You (October 9, 2017)

69 Million Things I Hate About You by Kira Archer

Kira Archer
69 Million Things I Hate About You
Entangled / October 9, 2017 / $14.99 print, $3.99 digital

Numbers and love—pretty sure we’ve been here before! How about Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover? Or Shakespeare’s How do I love thee, let me count the ways? Kira Archer’s 69 Million Things I Hate About You is a worthy successor to this tradition. PA Kiersten Abbott, after she and her roomies each win sixty-nine million dollars in the lottery, has 69 gazillion reasons to walk away from her “impossibly demanding job.” Why doesn’t she? Is it Cole Harrington, her billionaire boss, that keeps her clocking in? Or does she have an ulterior motive—does she want “to stay and exact a little revenge on her insufferable ass of a boss?” Particularly since Kiersten is a literary Andrea *Andy* Sachs—the 2nd assistant to 69 Million Things I Hate About You’s male version of The Devil Wears Prada Miranda Priestly. A day-in-the-life of Kiersten is unimaginable, especially before Marie, the first-assistant to Cole Harrington, quits.

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Tue
Oct 3 2017 8:30am

First Look: Emma Douglas’ A Season of You (October 3, 2017)

A Season of You by Emma Douglas

Emma Douglas
A Season of You (A Cloud Bay Novel)
St. Martin's Press / October 3, 2017 / $7.99 print & digital

What is it about the Christmas season that makes people let down their defenses? Albeit, in Mina Harper’s case, temporarily. Mina Harper, a member of Cloud Bay’s famous Harper family, is a reclusive widow. Her one activity, outside of painting furiously and privately, is being a reliable member of the island’s marine search and rescue squad. Will Fraser and his brother own a whiskey distillery and run a bar. That fact alone is enough, in Will’s mind, to keep Mina from ever looking in his direction since her beloved husband Adam was killed by a drunk driver.

Mina’s night is heading south. As she tells Stewie, her yellow Lab, while glaring at the back of her Jeep, “Not to misquote Monty Python or anything, but that is an ex-tire.” But she already knew the night was doomed when she turned on the radio.

She’d turned off the radio when they’d started playing “This Time of Year,” an old Blacklight song. The holidays were hard enough without hearing her dead father sign about them.

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Fri
Sep 22 2017 12:00pm

Happy Endings for Susan Mallery’s You Say It First

 You Say it First by Susan Mallery

It is a truth universally known that romance readers have a thing for small-town series. RaeAnne Thayne, the author of the Haven Bay series, explored the allure of inter-connected stories and the community-as-family at Heroes and Heartbreakers. A favorite destination of readers is Susan Mallery’s town of Fool’s Gold. After twenty or so (who’s counting?) books, Mallery announced she had a new series and destination in mind—Wedding Inc. In the town of Wedding Inc. are some of the characters from a community we’ve come to love over the years. Break out the champagne because who wants to say goodbye to family and friends?

Sculptor Nick Mitchell recently moved from Fool’s Gold to the premier California destination wedding venue Happily Inc. Nick is one of the five Mitchell boys. Fans of Susan Mallery will remember his egotistical, domineering glass-artist father, Ceallach Mitchell—Nick’s troubled relationship with Ceallach drove him not only to leave Fool’s Gold but also to abandon his original dream of working with glass.

Because while he’d grown up working with glass, in the past decade he’d fallen for wood. Glass was cold and mercurial, but wood was alive. Wood had a soul.

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Thu
Sep 14 2017 8:30am

First Look: Susan Mallery’s Second Chance Girl (September 26, 2017)

Second Chance Girl by Susan Mallery

Susan Mallery
Second Chance Girl (Happily, Inc. #2)
HQN / September 26, 2017 / $8.99 print, $6.99 digital 

Badda bing, badda boom, it’s another of Susan Mallery’s trademark, unforgettable opening scenes. It’s one-thirty in the morning and injured gazelle Bronwen decides to kick gamekeeper Carol Lund in the stomach.

Carol Lund glared at Bronwen and the gazelle glared right back.

“You don’t get to have attitude, young lady,” Carol told her. “I’m not the one who insisted on going out by the rocks. I’m not the one who got scraped up, yet here I am, in the middle of the night, checking on your leg to make sure you don’t have an infection.”

The “compensation” for visiting Bronwen after midnight is “the perfect sky” above, twinkling with a million stars. When Carol’s almost home, she gets out of her Jeep and lies back on her jacket, in order to “get the best view of the wonder above.” Not a typical time to be visited by her neighbor but suddenly a “swoopy midnight-blue Mercedes sedan” pulls up.

Of all the gin joints in all the world, she thought. She watched a tall, dark-haired man step out of his car and walk toward her. It had to be after two in the morning, yet Mathias Mitchell looked more alert than sleepy. No doubt the lingering effects of the hunt, takedown and getting laid.

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Sat
Sep 9 2017 10:00am

First Look: Maeve Greyson’s Sadie’s Highlander (September 12, 2017)

Sadie's Highlander by Maeve Greyson

Maeve Greyson
Sadie's Highlander (Highland Protectors #1)
LoveSwept / September 12, 2017 / $4.99 digital

Sadie’s Highlander opens with a bang as the entire MacDara clan is transported through time, extracted from a fierce 10th century battle by protective goddesses, in order to keep safe the sacred Heartstone. The first person Alec MacDara meets is Dwyn MacKay.

“I am guardian and tutor to all the druids here. I shall see to it that the MacDara clan does well and continues their legacy to the goddesses and humanity as the protectors of the Heartstone—the sacred stone of hope and love itself.”

“And this place is?” Alec asked, still squinting against the blinding light.

“Twenty-first century North Carolina. Welcome to the future, m’lad.”

In the fifteen years since their arrival in North Carolina, Alec MacDara and his three brothers have become extremely successful, parleying their past into the creation of modern theme park. Alec is the chairman of Highland Life and Legends.

Forget the roller coaster. Where do I get a ticket to ride him? Sadie Williams peered over the tops of her sunglasses, inching them lower to get an unobstructed view of the man currently flexing his assets. Damn. What an import. I bet he’s one of Scotland’s finest.

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Thu
Sep 7 2017 11:00am

Jennifer Ryan’s Escape to You Is a Perfect Cabin Romance—with a Touch of Suspense!

Escape to You by Jennifer Ryan

Escape to You is a love story that evolves out of a rescue but who rescues whom?

Actress Ashley Swan has been imprisoned for a year. Her captor, Brice Mooney, is a cruel, barbaric psychopath, and it’s especially horrifying that she’d once seen him as a friend in the entertainment industry, and enjoyed her visits to his late-night talk show.

He liked to hurt her.

One day, she’d find a way to hurt him.

She’d find a way to escape.

She’d save herself.

And the boy he called son, but treated like an unruly dog that needed to be beaten into submission.

If only he’d make one mistake. Give her one small opening. She’d find a way to overcome the crippling fear of more pain and certain death, and take it.

Isn’t that the essence of bravery—digging down deep to find the courage to try once more? One evening Ashley discovers that she’s not locked in, that the bolts on her door are not sprung. It’s her chance to escape.

Nightmares of her earlier attempts swamped her mind, but out of those gruesome images hope grew that this time, luck was on her side.

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Wed
Sep 6 2017 2:00pm

Insta-Lust to Love in Bronwen Evans’ A Love to Remember

A Love to Remember by Bronwen Evans

How unusual is it for a couple to be so completely, thoroughly, in lust with each other from the opening pages of a book—is the lust a kissing cousin to love? Is this an HEA in the first chapter? Hold your horses.

Philip Flagstaff, who became the new Earl of Cumberland after the death of his older brother Robert at Waterloo, is raddled with guilt. If he had not insisted on going to war, his older brother would not have joined him. Philip never intends to have an heir, deciding instead to let the earldom pass to his younger brother.

But not wanting children doesn’t mean not wanting and needing the comfort and affection of a woman he cares for deeply. Fortunately, Rose Deverill, the object of his affections and the wealthy widow of the Duke of Roxborough, lives life according to her own rules.

But Rose had men—a different man whenever she wanted, in fact. She just didn’t have a husband.  Which meant she did not have to put up with a man’s tantrums, his boring displays of jealousy, or worry that she might be left financially ruined by his profligate spending. When a man bored her, she simply sent him on his way. After all, none of them really mattered to her.

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Thu
Aug 31 2017 11:00am

Take a Final Summer Holiday with Sarah Morgan’s Holiday in the Hamptons

Holiday in the Hamptons by Sarah Morgan

Surely the summer of 2017 isn’t already coming to a close? Say it ain’t so and grab Sarah Morgan’s Holiday in the Hamptons to eke out the last few weeks of read and relax (a booklovers’ version of Netflix and chill). Seth Carlyle and Felicity Knight ran into each other in New York, Actually, the fourth in Morgan’s From Manhattan with Love series. To say Felicity aka Fliss was uncomfortable, is to vastly underplay her feelings at seeing her ex-husband 10 years after the end of their brief marriage.

But she’s not going to be able to avoid him. Their professional lives match up like two peas in a pod. Fliss, with her twin Harriet, is one half of the successful dog-walking company Bark Rangers, and Seth is a vet. Manhattan can shrink to the size of a village in circumstances like that. Fliss may be the queen of canines on Manhattan’s East Side, but her run-in with her ex disturbs her equilibrium. She can’t hide her feelings from her twin who is also her business partner and housemate.

“Oh. What’s that for?” She felt her sister’s arms tighten around her.

“I hate seeing you hurt.”

Which is why she never let her twin see the true extent of her hurt. “Of course you do. You’re the good twin. I’m the bad twin.”

“I hate it when you call yourself that. I would love to have your qualities.”

“You don’t have room for any more qualities. You’re already loaded with them.”

“I hate it when you call me ‘good,’ and one of these days I’m going to do something really bad to prove it.”

“You couldn’t be bad if you tried, although if you ever decide to give it a try I hope you’ll call me. I’d like to see it. You’re strangling me, Harry. I can’t handle affection before I’ve had at least two cups of coffee.” And because she didn’t trust herself not to say more than she wanted to say. Harriet’s affection was like a key, unlocking a part of herself she preferred to keep secured.

“You’re not bad, Fliss.”

“Try telling that to Seth and the rest of the Carlyle family.”

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Sat
Aug 26 2017 1:00pm

First Look: Maisey Yates’s Wild Ride Cowboy (August 29, 2017)

Wild Ride Cowboy by Maisey YatesMaisey Yates
Wild Ride Cowboy (Copper Ridge #9)
HQN Books / August 29, 2017 / $7.99 print, $5.99 digital 

How can a story be both angsty to the core and delightfully silly, often concurrently? Not to mention passionate and poignant. Welcome to Maisey Yates’s latest Wild Ride Cowboy, the ninth in her Copper Ridge series.

Clara Campbell is in the throes of a massive addiction—to caffeine.

He was perfect in every way.

Clara Campbell didn’t even bother to hide the look of longing she knew was currently etched on her face. Asher was facing away from her anyway, working on making a cappuccino behind the bar—for her—so he wouldn’t notice if she spent a little while admiring the elegant way he moved while he steamed the milk.

Okay, maybe most people wouldn’t be applying words like elegant to the process of steaming milk. But in her mind, Asher could do no wrong, and everything he did was poetry. Including his work as a barista at Copper Ridge’s newest artisan coffeehouse, Stim.

Is it Clara’s desperate need for caffeine that leads her to soak up the magic of Asher’s moves? Nope. She doesn’t even like coffee, a fact that her late brother Jason’s friend, Alex Donnelly, finds both odd and intriguing. Clara is looking for love and affection and she’s built up a whole fantasy around the new barista in town.

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Thu
Aug 24 2017 8:30am

Candace Camp’s A Momentary Marriage Finds Lasting Happiness For an Unlikely Couple

A Momentary Marriage by Candace Camp

The marriage of convenience trope is top-of-the-trees for me, especially in Regency historicals, even though marriage at the time was often more a case of convenience than true lurv. But this is romance so historical accuracy is only a part of the picture—it’s a given that our couple, no matter the circumstances behind their decision to marry, will find a happily-ever-after in each other’s arms. But what if it’s a given that the convenient marriage will be dramatically brief and sexual congress will not be part of the marriage contract?

Let’s set the stage.

James de Vere has always insisted on being perfectly pragmatic and rational in all things. It seemed the only way to deal with his overdramatic, greedy family. When he falls ill and no doctor in London can diagnose him, he returns home to Grace Hill in search of a physician who can—or to set his affairs in order.

Arriving at the doctor’s home, he’s surprised to encounter the doctor's daughter Laura, a young woman he last saw when he was warning her off an attachment with his cousin Graeme. Alas, the doctor is recently deceased and Laura is closing up the estate, which must be sold off, leaving her penniless.

To add to the deliciousness of the unlikely twosome, take a moment to revisit Graeme’s story, in Candace Camp’s A Perfect Gentleman. Graeme, during a visit to his cousin James, witnesses James’ fond farewell to his mistress. Not!

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Fri
Aug 11 2017 12:00pm

Until the Sun Sets’ Friends-to-Fake-Lovers Makes for the Perfect Summer Read

Until the Sun Sets by Tara Wyatt

It’s not too late to read a hot, tender beach-ready romance before summer shifts into fall. Tara Wyatt’s Until the Sun Sets is a perfect choice.

Dean Grayson is nobody’s fool so when his cousin Luke offers him a Goose Island beer and says he needs a favor, his spidey-sense goes into overdrive. What’s this all about?

Just how big a favor was Luke about to ask of him? Jeez, maybe he needed a kidney or something, and he thought because they were cousins, they’d have a better chance of being a match. Granted, he probably wouldn’t be giving him beer—or drinking one himself—if he needed a kidney, and he’d said what he had to ask him was about the wedding, but. . .

Luke admits straight out that what he has to say is awkward, “But Christie and I are a little worried.” They want Dean—on incredibly short notice—to bring a date to their Mexican destination wedding. How’s that going to work out since Dean is solo?

“Well, I’m not seeing anyone right now, so that might be tricky.” Truth be told, Dean saw a lot of women, but not in any official capacity. Never in a let’s-go-to-Mexico-together capacity.

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Sun
Aug 6 2017 10:00am

One Last Summer Romance in Jen Gilroy’s Summer on Firefly Lake

The Cottage at Firefly Lake by Jen Gilroy

Mia Gibbs left an indelible impression in Jen Gilroy’s first Firefly Lake novel, The Cottage at Firefly Lake. She was brittle, nervous, trapped in an unhappy marriage, but over the course of the summer, she started to change. Here’s a summation of how her life has evolved.

Mia Gibbs spent her marriage putting her husband's needs before her own. And now, after a painful divorce, she's building a new life for herself and her two daughters back home at Firefly Lake. The last thing she needs is a man to complicate things. But former bad boy turned friend Nick McGuire-and the one kiss they've shared-has turned everything upside down...

What is a mid-life restart without a resurgence of feelings from long ago? Feelings for someone you knew long before life got complicated. New York City attorney Nick McGuire is back at Firefly Lake for the summer because his mother needs his help. Gabrielle Brassard is recovering from cancer and the prognosis is promising but she is struggling to regain her strength. Nick thinks his mother needs to downsize, and he knows who to hire to help make that happen—Mia Gibbs.

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Tue
Aug 1 2017 8:30am

First Look: J.R. Ward’s Devil’s Cut (August 1, 2017)

Devil's Cut by J.R. Ward

J.R. Ward
Devil's Cut (The Bourbon Kings #3)
Ballantine Books / August 1, 2017 / $28.00 print, $14.99 digital

There’s something both irresistible and poignant about the last book of a memorable trilogy. On the one hand, the anticipation! How will it turn out for all the characters who have burrowed into our hearts? On the other, it’s so hard to say goodbye, and what if our favorite characters get short shrift? Fear not, Devil’s Cut is a sensual, edgy, fascinating last chapter in the annals of the Bradford Baldwine Family.

All of the characters in the Bourbon Kings series are, whether they like it or not, tethered to their historical past, and unable to disengage from their troubled present. Readers were told that J.R. Ward’s Bourbon Kings saga would transport us “to the world of elite Southern society, bourbon industry, and horse country,” and Ward more than delivers. She makes her home now in Louisville, Kentucky, “the land of the Bluegrass.”

She has called her Bourbon Kings series a love letter to her adopted home state and a cautionary tale of big money, traditional values, and hidden sins.

That has the flavor of Dallas or Dynasty, doesn’t it? No surprise that Bourbon Kings is being adapted for the small screen. A side note, understanding  the provenance of the term “devil’s cut” illuminates the essence of the story: unlike “the angel’s share” which is evaporated bourbon, the “devil’s cut” is the “absorption into the oak of the barrel,” that is, the charred barrel where fine bourbon is aged. J.R. Ward has a more poetical take on the process.

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Mon
Jul 31 2017 8:30am

First Look: Laura Trentham’s Leave the Night On (August 1, 2017)

Leave the Night On by Laura Trentham

Laura Trentham
Leave the Night On (Cottonbloom #4)
St. Martin's Press / August 1, 2017 / $7.99 print & digital 

What is it about the girl who never fades from memory? That’s the way Wyatt Abbott has always felt about Sutton Mize—going back to when she was a girl—coming by his family-owned garage with her father, Judge Mize.

Back then, Sutton had been so pretty, he’d alternated between fighting his tied tongue and saying something stupid. Typical, but acutely embarrassing.

Even in as small a town as Cottonbloom, their paths hadn’t crossed since. Not that unusual considering he was from the Louisiana side of the river, and she was from the Mississippi side. More separated them than just a body of water and a few miles.

One day Sutton shows up at Abbott Brothers Garage and Restoration in a sweet cherry-red Camaro convertible. She wants Wyatt to restore it to its former splendor: it will be an engagement gift for Andrew Tarwater, her fiancé. Why are all the good ones taken, Wyatt wonders.

Shockingly, when Wyatt and Sutton clear out the Camaro’s glove compartment and check under the seats, they discover a deal more than spare change and fast food wrappers. Sutton’s eyebrows shoot up when she looks at a pile of restaurant receipts from expensive out-of-town establishments, but a “black, very brief lace thong with a red heart embroidered at the hip” stops her cold. When Wyatt says, “Yours, I assume?” speaking “through a clenched, fake smile,” she knows the truth is anything but.

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Mon
Jul 24 2017 1:00pm

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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