An absorbing, expertly crafted novel highly recommended for anyone who enjoys a passionate love story.



In Zoglman’s debut novel, a young woman reluctantly returns to her small Indiana hometown to clean out her dead parents’ farmhouse only to find herself caught up in a whirlwind romance with the man who broke her heart 13 years earlier.

Despite her desperate efforts to forget, Toni Smythe can’t deal with the painful memories from her past. However, when her parents pass away, she’s forced to move back to her Indiana hometown to sell the property that has been in her family since the 1800s. That week, Trent, Toni’s ex-boyfriend from high school—the man who, before breaking her heart, impregnated her out of wedlock with a child who died right after birth—drives to the farmhouse with many unanswered questions to ask her. Though they don’t know it yet, the two of them were told separate stories as to why the other left, Toni believing Trent didn’t want anything to do with her once he joined the National Guard, and Trent believing Toni had become pregnant with another man’s baby and left town. Now, refusing to repair any relationships from her past, Toni only wants to cut every tie she has with her hometown. As she sorts through family heirlooms and unearths different memories of her family’s heritage, she becomes conflicted about leaving. Matters complicate further as Trent diligently strives to rekindle their lost romance, with Toni realizing that her longing for him will not disappear. The novel’s pacing is fantastic, building tension and page-turning suspense with each chapter. Characterization is shown, not told, with subtle descriptions: “[Toni] grinned as she took a swallow of ice-cold milk and wiped her mouth on the back of her dirty flannel shirtsleeve, and then she grimaced at the coarseness of the action.” The connection between Toni and Trent feels real, and their restrained passion for each other is palpable. Zoglman consistently surprises with riveting plot twists and indulgent, passionate love scenes. The novel becomes much deeper than straightforward romance, with family pride, class issues and deep-rooted secrets fueling the drama as the two lovers try to sort out their complicated past.

An absorbing, expertly crafted novel highly recommended for anyone who enjoys a passionate love story. 

Pub Date: March 25, 2014

ISBN: 978-1494715311

Page Count: 198

Publisher: CreateSpace

Review Posted Online: June 5, 2014

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 2014

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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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