DESPERADO

A silly thriller with a decidedly old-fashioned tone, especially in the clinches.

Debut hardcover, about a mercenary soldier who cracks an international child-slave ring.

But Cord Romero, who is no ordinary mercenary. He’s the son of a famous Spanish bullfighter (who conveniently died in America, thus orphaning Cord as a teenager). When not chasing bad guys, Cord raises prize bulls on his Texas ranch. Still, he can’t stay out of action for long, and the Global Enterprises case makes his blood boil. The CEO, a shadowy figure named Gruber, nets millions from an operation that buys or steals Third World children from their poor, illiterate parents and sells them to mining companies, agribusinesses, and child pornographers. When Cord got too close to vital information about Global, Gruber’s evil henchmen set off a bomb in his face. Fortunately, he’s blinded only temporarily—and that’s how his former foster sister Maggie finds him. She’s always loved Cord, even though he took her virginity one night years ago when he was drunk and then was horrified at what he had done. Maggie married a rich man, whose physical abuse landed her in the hospital a few months later, but he’s dead now. Cord is also free of personal entanglements, though it's clear he grieved deeply after his wife’s recent suicide. Not surprisingly, these two are passionately drawn to each other once more, in breathless, category-romance style. Lashes flutter, bosoms heave, and three-dot ellipses abound as Cord wastes no time in bedding her. “Can’t . . . stop,” he gasps. “Can’t . . . stop!” Yes, Cord is one hot-blooded dude, but Maggie keeps her priorities straight as she writhes blissfully under the onslaught of all that manly lovemaking. “Cord . . . make me . . . have a baby!” Meanwhile, back at the child-slavery HQ, there are dark mutterings about getting rid of Cord and Maggie forever. Can the reunited lovers join forces with crime-fightin’ pals Dane and Tess Lassiter and rid the world of this evil scourge?

A silly thriller with a decidedly old-fashioned tone, especially in the clinches.

Pub Date: July 1, 2002

ISBN: 1-55166-920-X

Page Count: 304

Publisher: Harlequin MIRA

Review Posted Online: May 19, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15, 2002

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

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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 30, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2016

LOVE AND OTHER WORDS

With frank language and patient plotting, this gangly teen crush grows into a confident adult love affair.

Eleven years ago, he broke her heart. But he doesn’t know why she never forgave him.

Toggling between past and present, two love stories unfold simultaneously. In the first, Macy Sorensen meets and falls in love with the boy next door, Elliot Petropoulos, in the closet of her dad’s vacation home, where they hide out to discuss their favorite books. In the second, Macy is working as a doctor and engaged to a single father, and she hasn’t spoken to Elliot since their breakup. But a chance encounter forces her to confront the truth: what happened to make Macy stop speaking to Elliot? Ultimately, they’re separated not by time or physical remoteness but by emotional distance—Elliot and Macy always kept their relationship casual because they went to different schools. And as a teen, Macy has more to worry about than which girl Elliot is taking to the prom. After losing her mother at a young age, Macy is navigating her teenage years without a female role model, relying on the time-stamped notes her mother left in her father’s care for guidance. In the present day, Macy’s father is dead as well. She throws herself into her work and rarely comes up for air, not even to plan her upcoming wedding. Since Macy is still living with her fiance while grappling with her feelings for Elliot, the flashbacks offer steamy moments, tender revelations, and sweetly awkward confessions while Macy makes peace with her past and decides her future.

With frank language and patient plotting, this gangly teen crush grows into a confident adult love affair.

Pub Date: April 10, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-5011-2801-1

Page Count: 416

Publisher: Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: Jan. 22, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 2018

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