Somewhat underdeveloped, but a nice break from reality for readers who want sexy, easy-to-digest fare.

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This tale of urban erotica goes from zero to 60 in no time flat when a man sets his sights on a neighborhood bus driver.

Ladies love a man in uniform—but this steamy novella flips that convention on its head. Chance Alexander is a regular on Tameka LeBlanc’s bus route, and today’s the day he makes his move, wowing her (and his fellow commuters) with a sexy poem he’s written for her. But make no mistake, this sensitive man is domineering in bed—and unwilling to compromise on what he wants. In this case, he wants the Princeton University-educated Tameka, who’s working for the Metro Transit department until she figures out her next move; little does she know that her life is about to change for the better. After a steamy first date rocks both of their worlds—and the bus where it takes place—the two quickly slip into coupledom. Tameka even accompanies Chance to a showing of the condominium that he plans to buy, which leads to a bit more naughty business. But it soon turns out that there could be trouble in paradise. Kudos to Smith (In Love’s Time, 2014), who manages to cram the plot of an entire romance novel into 30-something pages. The seduction is fast-paced and fun, with a natural progression of raunchy scenes that even include a few handy tips from the male perspective. Unfortunately, the couple’s falling out is a weak plot point and, frankly, so cursory that it’s easy to miss. Although there’s some flirtatious, spunky banter, the dialogue is mostly perfunctory, and character development takes a back seat. Indeed, Tameka’s subservience to Chance overshadows her other personality traits, and even her dirty talk gets repetitive. Still, its action-packed final few pages and sweet ending are rewarding, and the novella would work well as part of a larger collection.

Somewhat underdeveloped, but a nice break from reality for readers who want sexy, easy-to-digest fare.

Pub Date: Sept. 28, 2016

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: 39

Publisher: Buff-Boy Publications

Review Posted Online: Dec. 11, 2017

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A tasty, if not always tasteful, tale of supernatural mayhem that fans of King and Crichton alike will enjoy.

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Are we not men? We are—well, ask Bigfoot, as Brooks does in this delightful yarn, following on his bestseller World War Z (2006).

A zombie apocalypse is one thing. A volcanic eruption is quite another, for, as the journalist who does a framing voice-over narration for Brooks’ latest puts it, when Mount Rainier popped its cork, “it was the psychological aspect, the hyperbole-fueled hysteria that had ended up killing the most people.” Maybe, but the sasquatches whom the volcano displaced contributed to the statistics, too, if only out of self-defense. Brooks places the epicenter of the Bigfoot war in a high-tech hideaway populated by the kind of people you might find in a Jurassic Park franchise: the schmo who doesn’t know how to do much of anything but tries anyway, the well-intentioned bleeding heart, the know-it-all intellectual who turns out to know the wrong things, the immigrant with a tough backstory and an instinct for survival. Indeed, the novel does double duty as a survival manual, packed full of good advice—for instance, try not to get wounded, for “injury turns you from a giver to a taker. Taking up our resources, our time to care for you.” Brooks presents a case for making room for Bigfoot in the world while peppering his narrative with timely social criticism about bad behavior on the human side of the conflict: The explosion of Rainier might have been better forecast had the president not slashed the budget of the U.S. Geological Survey, leading to “immediate suspension of the National Volcano Early Warning System,” and there’s always someone around looking to monetize the natural disaster and the sasquatch-y onslaught that follows. Brooks is a pro at building suspense even if it plays out in some rather spectacularly yucky episodes, one involving a short spear that takes its name from “the sucking sound of pulling it out of the dead man’s heart and lungs.” Grossness aside, it puts you right there on the scene.

A tasty, if not always tasteful, tale of supernatural mayhem that fans of King and Crichton alike will enjoy.

Pub Date: June 16, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-9848-2678-7

Page Count: 304

Publisher: Del Rey/Ballantine

Review Posted Online: Feb. 10, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 2020

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Finding positivity in negative pregnancy-test results, this depiction of a marriage in crisis is nearly perfect.

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Named for an imperfectly worded fortune cookie, Hoover's (It Ends with Us, 2016, etc.) latest compares a woman’s relationship with her husband before and after she finds out she’s infertile.

Quinn meets her future husband, Graham, in front of her soon-to-be-ex-fiance’s apartment, where Graham is about to confront him for having an affair with his girlfriend. A few years later, they are happily married but struggling to conceive. The “then and now” format—with alternating chapters moving back and forth in time—allows a hopeful romance to blossom within a dark but relatable dilemma. Back then, Quinn’s bad breakup leads her to the love of her life. In the now, she’s exhausted a laundry list of fertility options, from IVF treatments to adoption, and the silver lining is harder to find. Quinn’s bad relationship with her wealthy mother also prevents her from asking for more money to throw at the problem. But just when Quinn’s narrative starts to sound like she’s writing a long Facebook rant about her struggles, she reveals the larger issue: Ever since she and Graham have been trying to have a baby, intimacy has become a chore, and she doesn’t know how to tell him. Instead, she hopes the contents of a mystery box she’s kept since their wedding day will help her decide their fate. With a few well-timed silences, Hoover turns the fairly common problem of infertility into the more universal problem of poor communication. Graham and Quinn may or may not become parents, but if they don’t talk about their feelings, they won’t remain a couple, either.

Finding positivity in negative pregnancy-test results, this depiction of a marriage in crisis is nearly perfect.

Pub Date: July 17, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-5011-7159-8

Page Count: 320

Publisher: Atria

Review Posted Online: May 1, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15, 2018

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