Another hot, sexy, satisfying installment in the Marriage to a Billionaire series from romance phenom Probst.

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THE MARRIAGE MERGER

Despite her siblings’ recent successful marriages, Julietta Conte has no desire to seek a partner, unless it involves the family bakery business; unfortunately, a magic spell, her mother’s machinations and the sexiest man she’s ever met are wreaking havoc on her resolutions—and her heart.

Since Julietta does not believe in magic, she can’t believe that the simple spell her sister practically forced her to cast could make any difference in her life. Nonetheless, one could be excused for thinking something supernatural manifested Sawyer Wells, with his gorgeous face and uber-sexy body, not to mention his stratospheric rise to the top of the luxury hospitality industry. Sawyer Wells is developing his own line of hotels and wants Julietta to partner with him in an exclusive deal between their companies. Every instinct tells Julietta that this is the business opportunity of a lifetime and working with Sawyer to create something completely new will be a dream project. And while she acknowledges the blazing attraction between the two of them, she is determined not to mix business with pleasure, though her resolution is increasingly tested the more time she spends with him, and she realizes that behind his powerful, successful personality lies a man with a complicated history—one she wants to learn more about. As the two discover their own and each other’s wants and needs, in business and in life, it becomes clear to everyone but themselves that they were made for each other. But it will take a huge leap of faith and honesty to open their hearts and expose their vulnerabilities to reach for their happy-ever-after. Julietta and Sawyer are a formidable couple as they fight their attractions, embrace them and then, in the end, overcome their own flaws to fight for each other. Fun and flirty, the hero and heroine are rounded out by some serious past wounds that must be healed, which make them more sympathetic and textured.

Another hot, sexy, satisfying installment in the Marriage to a Billionaire series from romance phenom Probst.

Pub Date: July 30, 2013

ISBN: 978-1-4767-4490-2

Page Count: 400

Publisher: Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: July 7, 2013

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15, 2013

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Another success for the publishing phenom.

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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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RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE

The much-loved royal romance genre gets a fun and refreshing update in McQuiston’s debut.

Alex Claremont-Diaz, son of the American President Ellen Claremont, knows one thing for sure: He hates Henry, the British prince to whom he is always compared. He lives for their verbal sparring matches, but when one of their fights at a royal wedding goes a bit too far, they end up falling into a wedding cake and making tabloid headlines. An international scandal could ruin Alex’s mother’s chances for re-election, so it’s time for damage control. The plan? Alex and Henry must pretend to be best friends, giving the tabloids pictures of their bromance and neutralizing the threat to Ellen's presidency. But after a few photo ops with Henry, Alex starts to realize that the passionate anger he feels toward him might be a cover for regular old passion. There are, naturally, a million roadblocks between their first kiss and their happily-ever-after—how can American political royalty and actual British royalty ever be together? How can they navigate being open about their sexualities (Alex is bisexual; Henry is gay) in their very public and very scrutinized roles? Alex and Henry must decide if they’ll risk their futures, their families, and their careers to take a chance on happiness. Although the story’s premise might be a fantasy—it takes place in a world in which a divorced-mom Texan Democrat won the 2016 election—the emotions are all real. The love affair between Alex and Henry is intense and romantic, made all the more so by the inclusion of their poetic emails that manage to be both funny and steamy. McQuiston’s strength is in dialogue; her characters speak in hilarious rapid-fire bursts with plenty of “likes,” “ums,” creative punctuation, and pop-culture references, sounding like smarter, funnier versions of real people. Although Alex and Henry’s relationship is the heart of the story, their friends and family members are all rich, well-drawn characters, and their respective worlds feel both realistic and larger-than-life.

A clever, romantic, sexy love story.

Pub Date: June 4, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-250-31677-6

Page Count: 432

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

Review Posted Online: March 4, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15, 2019

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