by Cat Sebastian ‧ RELEASE DATE: June 8, 2021
An irresistible story of love and adventure that will delight both newcomers and regular readers of queer romance.
A retired 18th-century highwayman who hates the aristocracy is tempted when a handsome nobleman approaches him for one last job.
Kit Webb’s days as a highwayman are behind him. In his last job, he lost his best friend and permanently injured his leg so that he can barely walk or ride a horse—losses that threaten to overwhelm him with grief. He now spends his time running the coffee shop he owns in London. He’s bored and surly and itching for adventure. Then Edward Percy appears at the coffee shop, dressed to the nines and full of silly chatter and brazen flirtation. Percy wants to hire Kit to hold up his father’s coach, hoping to gain leverage that will force his father to do right by his young second wife and daughter. Persuading Kit gives Percy the perfect excuse to haunt the coffee shop for weeks, sometimes dressed like a lord in silks and satins, with a powdered wig and a ridiculous heart-shaped beauty patch, and sometimes dressed more anonymously in a commoner’s clothes. Either way, Kit can’t keep his eyes off Percy. The sexual tension is thick in Sebastian’s latest historical romance. Both men are lonely. Both men have learned how harsh the world can be. And both of them are caught by surprise when sexual attraction turns into something more tender. Sebastian’s prose is entertaining and delightful, with many steamy scenes in which the two heroes fight each other with fists, knives, and swords to train for their upcoming robbery attempt. It’s also full of intelligent and thought-provoking political debates, with Kit holding forth on the evils of the English class system and Percy confronting his own privilege and thinking about who, exactly, he wants to be.An irresistible story of love and adventure that will delight both newcomers and regular readers of queer romance.
Pub Date: June 8, 2021
Page Count: 352
Review Posted Online: March 2, 2021
Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15, 2021
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by Ali Hazelwood ‧ RELEASE DATE: Nov. 7, 2023
Readers will devour this swoonworthy romance in one sitting.
Two talented chess players challenge each other on and off the board in bestselling author Hazelwood’s YA debut.
Eighteen-year-old Mallory Greenleaf is no longer interested in chess, not since her hypercompetitive dad left—the game calls up painful memories. But she grudgingly agrees to play in a charity tournament as a favor to best friend Easton Peña. After she unexpectedly beats current world champion Nolan Sawyer, she’s offered a fellowship that will prepare her to play professionally. Even though Mallory doesn’t want to play anymore, she needs the money that winning would provide; she’s delayed college to support her family, since her mother is chronically ill with rheumatoid arthritis and is unable to work regularly. The more time she spends with Nolan, the more Mallory comes to like and respect him—and the more time she spends playing chess, the more she remembers how much she loved it. But when she learns that Nolan has been keeping a big secret from her, she isn’t sure if she’ll be able to move past it to build a relationship with him. Filled with the author’s signature humor, well-developed characters, and realistic conflicts, plus the fully realized setting of competitive chess, this captivating romance will delight teen readers as well as Hazelwood’s adult fans. Mallory and Nolan are both cued white; there is some racial diversity among the supporting cast. Mallory and Easton are queer.Readers will devour this swoonworthy romance in one sitting. (author’s note) (Romance. 14-adult)
Pub Date: Nov. 7, 2023
Page Count: 368
Review Posted Online: Aug. 26, 2023
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15, 2023
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by Colleen Hoover ‧ RELEASE DATE: Aug. 2, 2016
Packed with riveting drama and painful truths, this book powerfully illustrates the devastation of abuse—and the strength of...
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New York Times Bestseller
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
Page Count: 320
Review Posted Online: May 30, 2016
Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2016
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