Over the top and frequently under it; might please fans looking for another shade of gray.

Your Soul Was Made For Mine

A tragic death opens a door to the spirit world, offering a new chance for two broken hearts.

Nolan O’Neill, wealthy CEO of a multinational company based in Ireland, feels shock and guilt when his American colleague Thomas Stone dies in a car accident in Dublin. As he sits by Thomas’ deathbed, Nolan witnesses the visit of a celestial being, Calista, who escorts Thomas into the “Land of Eternal Youth”; Thomas also charges Nolan with taking care of his wife, Emmalyn. Nolan begins, tentatively, to fulfill that responsibility by writing to Emmalyn, and the two commence an epistolary courtship that evolves into real-life romance when Nolan visits Emmalyn in Hilton Head, South Carolina, where she lives, then whisks her away to Ireland in his private jet. It’s at about this point where the novel—which up until then has benignly dabbled in fantasy, romance, and travelogue—abruptly veers into straight-up erotica, with an initial sexual encounter between Nolan and Emmalyn that goes into graphic detail and lasts for three full chapters. The graphic sex is complemented by Nolan’s excessive courtship, which includes $40,000 champagne as well as scouts and hidden treetop guards to “protect” Emmalyn. Readers might expect that, à la Fifty Shades, the calculated seduction and submissiveness evolves into a darker, more complicated relationship; somewhat disappointingly, it does not. Instead, the narrative focuses on the grotesquely caricatured displays of wealth, power, and relatively unproblematic sexual dominance. A thriller aspect enters the fray via Nolan’s troubled past, which comes back to haunt him in the form of a few secondary characters determined to destroy his love with Emmalyn. The few action scenes aren’t well-integrated into the larger narrative, but they do provide Nolan with several more opportunities to be the heroic savior to Emmalyn’s damsel in distress. Book’s end includes an excerpt from a planned sequel in which angels will apparently also indulge in kinky sex, and Nolan and Emmalyn’s best friends will have their own chance at romance.

Over the top and frequently under it; might please fans looking for another shade of gray.

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Publisher: Dog Ear Publisher

Review Posted Online: Aug. 19, 2015

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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.


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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