An interesting idea that doesn’t fulfill its possibilities.



When a Navy SEAL is sent undercover to find out who’s sabotaging a top-secret project, he hopes the mission will fulfill a lifelong ambition to get to space but is surprised to discover it may lead him to the woman of his dreams as well.

Capt. Bennett Sheraton is the best of the best, especially respected for thinking on his feet and solving problems on the go. So when a supersecret space shuttle program is being sabotaged by an insider, Sheraton is sent in as a possible pilot for the flight but is also asked to quietly find out who’s behind the treachery. Sheraton isn’t prepared for his attraction to the lead scientist on the project, engineer Dr. Kimberly Warren, or his protectiveness toward her when he realizes how complicated the situation is and the danger she’s in physically and professionally. Also, since the project is an international collaboration, it’s hard to ascertain whether the menace is a personal vendetta or something more global. As Sheraton and Warren close in on the culprit, their personal relationship causes more problems for Warren’s leadership status and may threaten Sheraton’s selection to pilot the shuttle. Every corner leads to another threat, to them and to the project, so the stakes are high on every level. Author Elizabeth introduces us to a fascinating historical aspect of the SEAL team's work on the space program, and the first third of the book sets up the framework of the mystery and the worldbuilding in a compelling way, with obvious fireworks between Sheraton and Warren and an intriguing Star Trek–like computer system that helps the couple overcome their adversaries and solve the mystery. Unfortunately, too many plot details require a suspension of disbelief, and the twists and turns are often either too abruptly explained or so poorly motivated that by the end, the reader feels disappointed by the promising start.

An interesting idea that doesn’t fulfill its possibilities.

Pub Date: Dec. 6, 2016

ISBN: 978-1-4926-2224-6

Page Count: 320

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

Review Posted Online: Sept. 21, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1, 2016

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Another success for the publishing phenom.


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.


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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