Clever, creative, and sweetly delicious.

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THE COINCIDENCE OF COCONUT CAKE

Can a talented but struggling chef find love with a critic who wrote a scathing review of her restaurant?

The only thing Lou has ever wanted is to be a chef in her own kitchen, and her dream has come true at Luella’s, a small but inviting French restaurant in Milwaukee. Trying to coordinate her career with her attorney/fiance’s schedule is complicated and is becoming harder to feel good about since he seems determined to minimize her dreams. When she decides to surprise him on his birthday with her specialty coconut cake, she discovers him with a nearly naked intern and flees to her restaurant. Shocked and distracted, she experiences the worst professional evening of her life, only to discover a few days later that the snarky new Milwaukee food critic came by on that horrible night. Heading to a nearby pub to drown her sorrows, she meets Al, a handsome transplanted Brit who can’t find his footing in the Midwest, and in a tipsy flirtation, promises to show him the best of Milwaukee. Intrigued, Al takes her up on her offer, and the two spend a series of nondates enjoying the city and trying to read each others' mixed signals and romantic false starts while agreeing not to discuss work. Just as Al admits he's in love with the city and the girl, he discovers exactly who she is and how completely he crushed her dreams with his review. Reconciliation seems impossible, though an unexpected gift might offer a glimmer of hope and redemption. A few hard-to-swallow details don’t derail the overall success of Reichert’s quirky and endearing debut, which skillfully and slyly examines identity and community while its characters find love in surprising places.

Clever, creative, and sweetly delicious.

Pub Date: July 21, 2015

ISBN: 978-1-5011-0071-0

Page Count: 336

Publisher: Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: May 12, 2015

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Another success for the publishing phenom.

UNDER CURRENTS

An abused boy fights back, escapes, then returns as an attorney to his beloved hometown, but just as he’s falling in love with a transplanted landscaper, a series of attacks from shadowy enemies jeopardizes their happiness.

“From the outside, the house in Lakeview Terrace looked perfect.” Which of course means that it wasn't. We're introduced to the horrifying Dr. Graham Bigelow, who beats his wife and, increasingly as the boy gets older, his son, Zane. On the night of Zane’s prom, a particularly savage attack puts him and his sister in the hospital, and his father blames Zane, landing him in jail. Then his sister stands up for him, enlisting the aid of their aunt, and everything changes, mainly due to Zane’s secret diaries. Nearly 20 years later, Zane leaves a successful career as a lawyer to return to Lakeview, where his aunt and sister live with their families, deciding to hang a shingle as a small-town lawyer. Then he meets Darby McCray, the landscaper who’s recently relocated and taken the town by storm, starting with the transformation of his family’s rental bungalows. The two are instantly intrigued by each other, but they move slowly into a relationship neither is looking for. Darby has a violent past of her own, so she is more than willing to take on the risk of antagonizing a boorish local family when she and Zane help an abused wife. Suddenly Zane and Darby face one attack after another, and even as they grow ever closer under the pressure, the dangers become more insidious. Roberts’ latest title feels a little long and the story is slightly cumbersome, but her greatest strength is in making the reader feel connected to her characters, so “unnecessary details” can also charm and engage.

Another success for the publishing phenom.

Pub Date: July 9, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-250-20709-8

Page Count: 448

Publisher: St. Martin's

Review Posted Online: April 14, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 2019

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A romantic suspense that skillfully balances both elements.

THE DECEPTION

A successful businesswoman hires a smooth-talking bounty hunter to find a lead on her sister’s murder.

Kate Gallagher was the only one available to identify her younger sister Chrissy’s body after she was found dead, having run away from home two years earlier. Since Chrissy succumbed to drugs and turned to sex work to survive, her murder isn't taken seriously by the local homicide department. Kate is filled with grief and regret at not having been there for her sister, and she’s determined to find her killer as a kind of penance. Jason Maddox is the charming man Kate almost hooked up with at a local bar. He also happens to be on the payroll of the most successful investigation company in Dallas. He’s all too eager to help Kate out and spend more time getting to know the blonde he danced with at the Sagebrush Saloon. At first, Kate and Jason vow to keep things professional until the case is solved; there’s obvious attraction that they’re willing to pursue at a later date. But the increasing sense of danger mixed with Kate and Jason’s close proximity proves to be too heady of a combination. The tension never lets up as the pair visit seedy bars and interrogate unsavory characters. With a steamy romance and undeniably hot chemistry, the main characters are well matched. They’re both driven, slightly stubborn, and enjoy the adrenaline rush of catching criminals. Martin (The Conspiracy, 2019, etc.) doesn’t skimp on graphic, violent details as Chrissy’s murder leads her couple to something much bigger: human trafficking. Though not for the faint of heart given its weighty material, this is an un-put-down-able page-turner that’s sure to satisfy fans of romance and thrillers alike.

A romantic suspense that skillfully balances both elements.

Pub Date: Sept. 10, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-335-00769-8

Page Count: 384

Publisher: Harlequin HQN

Review Posted Online: June 17, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2019

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