Burrowes is at the top of her game, and this latest offering is not to be missed.

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TREMAINE'S TRUE LOVE

A gently bred spinster scandalizes her family by providing medical care to the poor people in the local village, and even falling in love with a handsome businessman can’t dissuade her from her mission.

Lady Nita Haddonfield learned basic midwifery and first aid from her late mother but has taken her medical knowledge to the next level with years of experience and rigorous study. She spends her evenings reading medical tracts in Latin and German and subscribes to forward-thinking techniques like washing surgical tools between patients. But Nita’s siblings, especially her older brother, the Earl of Bellefonte, worry about Nita exposing herself—and them—to contagion or wearing herself out laboring to help others. Then Tremaine St. Michael, a Scottish and French businessman who doesn't use his title of comte, visits the family in order to buy a herd of rare sheep from the earl. He's captivated by Nita’s intelligence and selflessness. But he too thinks she’s foolish to risk her own health caring for the poor. He hopes marriage to him will occupy her so she won’t be tempted to hare off in the middle of the night delivering babies. But he underestimates Nita’s dedication and must find a way to accept her desire to protect her native village and its inhabitants from the incompetent local physician. The second installment of Burrowes’ (The Duke’s Disaster, 2015, etc.) new True Gentlemen series is a tightly woven story that deals with many of the world’s timeless moral issues—poverty, domestic violence, professional recognition for women, and animal rights. The characters are complicated and compelling and experience enough personal growth during the course of the novel to keep the reader enthralled.

Burrowes is at the top of her game, and this latest offering is not to be missed.

Pub Date: Aug. 4, 2015

ISBN: 978-1-4926-2102-7

Page Count: 384

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

Review Posted Online: April 30, 2015

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15, 2015

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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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