A hilarious rom-com romp that delivers on both sweet and heat.


Worlds literally collide when an event planner known for showstopping romance gets tapped to handle a bestselling horror author's book launch.

When it comes to pulling off the perfect "aww" moment, Kate Sweet has made a name for herself in the event world, with her creativity and attention to detail helping her orchestrate weddings to remember. When a cancelled wedding frees up some time in her schedule, her best friend, Imani, ropes her into handling the launch party for horror writer Drake Matthews' next book, but Kate's not so sure she's cut out to work for the Knight of Nightmares—and not just because he's actually drop-dead gorgeous. It doesn't help that she practically climbs up his body "like he was a fireman's pole" the first time they meet—she's trying to get away from his dog—or ends up maiming him with her stiletto heel; she's convinced that this is a match that might be made in hell. Drake has reached a point in his professional career where he's feeling somewhat disillusioned with horror writing, and he's been working on a secret project: his first romance novel. Meeting Kate, for whom he feels an attraction from the start, might just have given him the motivation he needs to really develop his idea, and as the two of them collaborate on the upcoming event, they notice they're actually being inspired by each other in more than just a professional capacity. Newton's debut romance is laugh-out-loud funny, with enough antics, fast pacing, and chemistry to keep readers as engrossed as any of her hero's bestselling horror novels would. In fact, the only struggle with this exemplary standout comes when one reaches the very last page.

A hilarious rom-com romp that delivers on both sweet and heat.

Pub Date: July 13, 2021

ISBN: 978-1-5387-5440-5

Page Count: 352

Publisher: Forever

Review Posted Online: June 2, 2021

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2021

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A heartfelt and hilarious read about books, sisters, and writing your own love story.

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A cutthroat literary agent finds herself stuck in a small town with the grumpy editor she despises.

Nora Stephens knows she isn’t anything like the heroines in small-town love stories. She’s not sweet or unassuming, and she definitely doesn’t own a Christmas tree farm or a quaint B&B. With her Peloton obsession, high-powered job at a literary agency, and expensive shoes, she’s the villainous girlfriend who gets dumped when the hero realizes he really wants to leave New York City and embrace the simple life in a small town. But Nora has no interest in slowing down—she embraces the hustle of her life, enjoying the city and spending her time either negotiating for her clients or helping her pregnant sister, Libby. When Libby suggests they take a girls’ trip to Sunshine Falls, a picture-perfect North Carolina town, Nora agrees. Trying to make her sister happy, Nora throws herself into Libby’s checklist of classic small-town experiences. But there’s one brooding, annoying wrench in her plans: editor Charlie Lastra. He and Nora met years before when he brusquely rejected one of her books, and now he’s here in Sunshine Falls for some reason, terrorizing her by having the nerve to be both good-looking and funny. As Nora and Charlie get to know each other, she learns that there may be more to him than she suspected. But Nora’s also concerned about her relationship with Libby—they’ve been close all their lives, but now something seems off. Can Nora get her happily-ever-after even if she doesn’t want to ride off into the small-town sunset with a lumberjack? As in People We Meet on Vacation (2021), Henry creates a warm, sparkling romance brimming with laugh-out-loud banter, lovable characters, and tons of sexual tension. High-maintenance, high-strung Nora shows that uptight, goal-oriented women deserve romance, too, and Charlie is a perfect grumpy hero with a secret soft side. What’s more, Henry never falls into the easy trap of vilifying either small towns or big cities, allowing her characters the room to follow their dreams, wherever they lead. And while the romance between Nora and Charlie is swoonworthy and steam-filled, it’s Nora’s relationship with Libby that really brings the tears.

A heartfelt and hilarious read about books, sisters, and writing your own love story.

Pub Date: May 3, 2022

ISBN: 978-0-593-44087-2

Page Count: 384

Publisher: Berkley

Review Posted Online: Feb. 4, 2022

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 2022

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Hoover is one of the freshest voices in new-adult fiction, and her latest resonates with true emotion, unforgettable...


Sydney and Ridge make beautiful music together in a love triangle written by Hoover (Losing Hope, 2013, etc.), with a link to a digital soundtrack by American Idol contestant Griffin Peterson. 

Hoover is a master at writing scenes from dual perspectives. While music student Sydney is watching her neighbor Ridge play guitar on his balcony across the courtyard, Ridge is watching Sydney’s boyfriend, Hunter, secretly make out with her best friend on her balcony. The two begin a songwriting partnership that grows into something more once Sydney dumps Hunter and decides to crash with Ridge and his two roommates while she gets back on her feet. She finds out after the fact that Ridge already has a long-distance girlfriend, Maggie—and that he's deaf. Ridge’s deafness doesn’t impede their relationship or their music. In fact, it creates opportunities for sexy nonverbal communication and witty text messages: Ridge tenderly washes off a message he wrote on Sydney’s hand in ink, and when Sydney adds a few too many e’s to the word “squee” in her text, Ridge replies, “If those letters really make up a sound, I am so, so glad I can’t hear it.” While they fight their mutual attraction, their hope that “maybe someday” they can be together playfully comes out in their music. Peterson’s eight original songs flesh out Sydney’s lyrics with a good mix of moody musical styles: “Living a Lie” has the drama of a Coldplay piano ballad, while the chorus of “Maybe Someday” marches to the rhythm of the Lumineers. But Ridge’s lingering feelings for Maggie cause heartache for all three of them. Independent Maggie never complains about Ridge’s friendship with Sydney, and it's hard to even want Ridge to leave Maggie when she reveals her devastating secret. But Ridge can’t hide his feelings for Sydney long—and they face their dilemma with refreshing emotional honesty. 

Hoover is one of the freshest voices in new-adult fiction, and her latest resonates with true emotion, unforgettable characters and just the right amount of sexual tension.

Pub Date: March 18, 2014

ISBN: 978-1-4767-5316-4

Page Count: 384

Publisher: Atria

Review Posted Online: May 7, 2014

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