An enjoyable love story made even more romantic by its enchanting Parisian backdrop.



An entertaining, lighthearted novel about the trials and tribulations of falling in love in a Parisian cafe.

As Nichols’ (Winter’s Gift, 2015, etc.) book opens, Lena Malakhov, the daughter of Russian information technology services tycoon Anton Malakhov, has just moved to Paris from a “sterile student residence in Geneva” to finish up her graduate thesis. She’s living in an apartment in the 9th arrondissement, right above a lovely, quintessential cafe called Bistro La Bohème. Soon after her arrival, her father’s main business competitor asks Rob, a Russian-speaking waiter at the bistro, to spy on Lena’s phone conversations in exchange for a handsome paycheck. Strapped for cash to pay for his graduate school tuition, the waiter takes on the task. Lena begins to spend a lot of time at the bistro while working on her translation work, which gives Rob the perfect opportunity to befriend the Russian “minigarch,” eavesdrop on her conversations, and then report the details back to his employer. All is seemingly going well until he and Lena begin to realize that their chemistry may indicate something more than just a casual, friendly, patron-server relationship. Lena must confront her own reluctance to fall for another person after a painful breakup in Geneva, and Rob must face the ethics of his decision to spy on someone he cares about, despite his desperate, legitimate financial need. Ultimately, Nichols’ novel explores the concept of true, undeniable, passionate love and what it takes to entrust one’s heart to another person. Although it lacks depth, it’s still an engaging, vivid account of what it’s like to be a young person in Paris. The details of Parisian life, and the bistro in particular, paint a vibrant, realistic picture of the city—lingering in “wicker chairs” at a cafe, spending evenings at the Trocadéro to watch the “final light show of the day on the Eiffel Tower,” and escaping for weekend getaways to the French countryside. Additionally, Nichols includes a lively, likable cast of characters, and their complicated, ever changing relationships are both believable and fun.

An enjoyable love story made even more romantic by its enchanting Parisian backdrop.

Pub Date: Oct. 6, 2014

ISBN: 978-1502718747

Page Count: 328

Publisher: CreateSpace

Review Posted Online: June 9, 2015

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Hoover’s (November 9, 2015, etc.) latest tackles the difficult subject of domestic violence with romantic tenderness and emotional heft.

At first glance, the couple is edgy but cute: Lily Bloom runs a flower shop for people who hate flowers; Ryle Kincaid is a surgeon who says he never wants to get married or have kids. They meet on a rooftop in Boston on the night Ryle loses a patient and Lily attends her abusive father’s funeral. The provocative opening takes a dark turn when Lily receives a warning about Ryle’s intentions from his sister, who becomes Lily’s employee and close friend. Lily swears she’ll never end up in another abusive home, but when Ryle starts to show all the same warning signs that her mother ignored, Lily learns just how hard it is to say goodbye. When Ryle is not in the throes of a jealous rage, his redeeming qualities return, and Lily can justify his behavior: “I think we needed what happened on the stairwell to happen so that I would know his past and we’d be able to work on it together,” she tells herself. Lily marries Ryle hoping the good will outweigh the bad, and the mother-daughter dynamics evolve beautifully as Lily reflects on her childhood with fresh eyes. Diary entries fancifully addressed to TV host Ellen DeGeneres serve as flashbacks to Lily’s teenage years, when she met her first love, Atlas Corrigan, a homeless boy she found squatting in a neighbor’s house. When Atlas turns up in Boston, now a successful chef, he begs Lily to leave Ryle. Despite the better option right in front of her, an unexpected complication forces Lily to cut ties with Atlas, confront Ryle, and try to end the cycle of abuse before it’s too late. The relationships are portrayed with compassion and honesty, and the author’s note at the end that explains Hoover’s personal connection to the subject matter is a must-read.

Packed with riveting drama and painful truths, this book powerfully illustrates the devastation of abuse—and the strength of the survivors.

Pub Date: Aug. 2, 2016

ISBN: 978-1-5011-1036-8

Page Count: 320

Publisher: Atria

Review Posted Online: May 31, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2016

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Heartfelt and funny, this enemies-to-lovers romance shows that the best things in life are all-inclusive and nontransferable...


An unlucky woman finally gets lucky in love on an all-expenses-paid trip to Hawaii.

From getting her hand stuck in a claw machine at age 6 to losing her job, Olive Torres has never felt that luck was on her side. But her fortune changes when she scores a free vacation after her identical twin sister and new brother-in-law get food poisoning at their wedding buffet and are too sick to go on their honeymoon. The only catch is that she’ll have to share the honeymoon suite with her least favorite person—Ethan Thomas, the brother of the groom. To make matters worse, Olive’s new boss and Ethan’s ex-girlfriend show up in Hawaii, forcing them both to pretend to be newlyweds so they don’t blow their cover, as their all-inclusive vacation package is nontransferable and in her sister’s name. Plus, Ethan really wants to save face in front of his ex. The story is told almost exclusively from Olive’s point of view, filtering all communication through her cynical lens until Ethan can win her over (and finally have his say in the epilogue). To get to the happily-ever-after, Ethan doesn’t have to prove to Olive that he can be a better man, only that he was never the jerk she thought he was—for instance, when she thought he was judging her for eating cheese curds, maybe he was actually thinking of asking her out. Blending witty banter with healthy adult communication, the fake newlyweds have real chemistry as they talk it out over snorkeling trips, couples massages, and a few too many tropical drinks to get to the truth—that they’re crazy about each other.

Heartfelt and funny, this enemies-to-lovers romance shows that the best things in life are all-inclusive and nontransferable as well as free.

Pub Date: May 14, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-5011-2803-5

Page Count: 416

Publisher: Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: March 3, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15, 2019

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