An engrossing story with a unique cast of characters—both human and animal—written in a unique and confident voice.



A former Olympian finds herself working on a llama ranch in Fields’ (Bliss, 2013) charming new novel.

Merry Manning’s dreams of winning gold for the U.S. Olympic ski team are dashed when she's injured in a horrific accident on the slopes. Broke and struggling to deal with her life post-injury, she scores a job writing a travel column for the online magazine Pulse. When her pieces aren’t garnering enough page views, her boss proposes a new idea for her column: “Don’t Do What I Did.” The plan is to show a different side of travel, and her first assignment has Merry working as a ranch hand for the Last Chance Llama Ranch located in Aguas Milagros, New Mexico. At the ranch, Merry meets owner Dorothy “Dolly” Cassidy, a down-to-earth caretaker to a veritable herd of llamas, alpacas, goats, and other animals. Then there is Dolly’s nephew, Sam Cassidy, who instantly judges Merry as a wealthy snob looking to exploit the locals and terrify the animals. Life on the ranch is tough for Merry, and her prior injuries make the actual ranch work almost impossible, but she refuses to let on how difficult it is for her even to walk when she's being asked to trek up a mountain or carry a heavy load. Truth is, though Merry can barely make ends meet, she has another choice—meet with her parents and settle the inheritance from her grandmother that would have set her up for the rest of her life. But to Merry, that is not an option: at 6-foot-3-inches and clumsy, she has always felt like an outsider in her parents’ world of high society and is intent on making her own way, even after all that she has lost. The novel is interspersed with posts from Merry’s online column—in which grumpy and aloof Sam is cast as the romantic hero and the quirky locals of Aguas Milagros steal the show.

An engrossing story with a unique cast of characters—both human and animal—written in a unique and confident voice.

Pub Date: Aug. 25, 2015

ISBN: 978-0-316-27742-6

Page Count: 350

Publisher: Redhook/Orbit

Review Posted Online: May 4, 2015

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15, 2015

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Another success for the publishing phenom.


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.


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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