Silly romance with an absurdly shallow lover—though Dan seems deep enough for Lara.

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THE LAST TIME I SAW PARIS

Fifteenth romance from the bestselling Adler (All or Nothing, 2000, etc.), this time about a doctor’s wife who runs off to France with her young lover .

Lara Lewis just knows her cold, controlling surgeon husband is having an affair with the blond specialist who’s going with him to China on a humanitarian mission. Everyone respects the distinguished doctor—and seems to have forgotten Lara, who has a feeling Bill won’t be back for the second honeymoon they’d planned to take in France for their 25th anniversary. She retreats to their California hideaway to think things over and nearly falls through the rotted deck—and then into the arms of the hunk hired to repair it. Daniel Holland is 32, handsome, sensitive, a carpenter with vague notions of becoming a sculptor. He’s dazzled by Lara’s mature, sultry beauty and soon they’re making love on the beach at midnight—though Bill’s impatient call from Beijing interrupts them. Dan walks out, miffed; Lara decides to take that French vacation after all; then Dan returns, unmiffed, to announce he’s fallen in love with her. Egged on by the Girlfriends, her childhood chums, Lara invites him along to France without telling him that she intends to retrace the route she and Bill took on their first honeymoon. Thereby hang many a mildly comic mishap, from missed flights to lost luggage, but Dan and Lara make it to Paris. They eat fabulous food, make passionate love, swap life stories, sightsee, then head south in a Renault for more of the same (and for plenty of shameless plugs for various auberges and restaurants). The lovers squabble when Lara begins to doubt Dan’s affection, leading to a showdown of sorts on the Riviera, where dauntless Dan resists the advances of two bare-breasted French sex kittens, all for love of Lara—but maybe not unending love.

Silly romance with an absurdly shallow lover—though Dan seems deep enough for Lara.

Pub Date: July 1, 2001

ISBN: 0-312-26982-X

Page Count: 304

Publisher: St. Martin's

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 2001

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Another success for the publishing phenom.

UNDER CURRENTS

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.

THE DECEPTION

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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