Thomas keeps the pace moving along in a decent story, and if romance readers and Thomas fans don’t ask too many questions,...

CHANCE OF A LIFETIME

Librarian Emily Tomlinson, attorney Rick Matheson and country singer/songwriter Beau Yates share more than just a zip code in Harmony, Texas; they each have secret aspirations they’re not even sure of, but their dreams just may come true if they can shake off the past and embrace uncertain but promising futures.

Emily loves her library, and she’ll do everything she can to help it thrive and keep it safe from budget cuts. Starting a writing group is meant to help increase traffic, but it also opens the door to an old friendship and a life she’d thought lost forever. When it becomes clear someone is trying to kill attorney Rick Matheson, it’s his own personal wake-up call. Being threatened brings out the best in him, and vowing to live a more purposeful life might be just what he needs to win the respect of, and a future with, U.S. Marshal Trace Adams. Young musician Beau Yates has his sights on Nashville, but as he watches small-town life flow by him, he realizes that every person has a story, and it doesn’t take a big city to offer drama and redemption. In her newest addition to the Harmony series, Thomas introduces us to romance and intrigue in the small Texas town, past and present. While the overall arc of the story makes sense and will satisfy many fans, more discerning readers might be annoyed by some of the details that don’t quite add up: like how such vicious attacks seem decidedly “big city” yet don’t seem to have a more potent impact on the small town; how they can happen in the middle of the day with no one noticing; the rather weak motivation for the ones that are ultimately explained; or the creaky “we’re just friends, s/he can’t really want me” motif that is extended far beyond any reasonable adult’s suspension of disbelief.

Thomas keeps the pace moving along in a decent story, and if romance readers and Thomas fans don’t ask too many questions, they won’t be disappointed.

Pub Date: Dec. 31, 2012

ISBN: 978-0-425-25052-5

Page Count: 336

Publisher: Berkley

Review Posted Online: Nov. 4, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15, 2012

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With frank language and patient plotting, this gangly teen crush grows into a confident adult love affair.

LOVE AND OTHER WORDS

Eleven years ago, he broke her heart. But he doesn’t know why she never forgave him.

Toggling between past and present, two love stories unfold simultaneously. In the first, Macy Sorensen meets and falls in love with the boy next door, Elliot Petropoulos, in the closet of her dad’s vacation home, where they hide out to discuss their favorite books. In the second, Macy is working as a doctor and engaged to a single father, and she hasn’t spoken to Elliot since their breakup. But a chance encounter forces her to confront the truth: what happened to make Macy stop speaking to Elliot? Ultimately, they’re separated not by time or physical remoteness but by emotional distance—Elliot and Macy always kept their relationship casual because they went to different schools. And as a teen, Macy has more to worry about than which girl Elliot is taking to the prom. After losing her mother at a young age, Macy is navigating her teenage years without a female role model, relying on the time-stamped notes her mother left in her father’s care for guidance. In the present day, Macy’s father is dead as well. She throws herself into her work and rarely comes up for air, not even to plan her upcoming wedding. Since Macy is still living with her fiance while grappling with her feelings for Elliot, the flashbacks offer steamy moments, tender revelations, and sweetly awkward confessions while Macy makes peace with her past and decides her future.

With frank language and patient plotting, this gangly teen crush grows into a confident adult love affair.

Pub Date: April 10, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-5011-2801-1

Page Count: 416

Publisher: Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: Jan. 23, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 2018

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Heartfelt and funny, this enemies-to-lovers romance shows that the best things in life are all-inclusive and nontransferable...

THE UNHONEYMOONERS

An unlucky woman finally gets lucky in love on an all-expenses-paid trip to Hawaii.

From getting her hand stuck in a claw machine at age 6 to losing her job, Olive Torres has never felt that luck was on her side. But her fortune changes when she scores a free vacation after her identical twin sister and new brother-in-law get food poisoning at their wedding buffet and are too sick to go on their honeymoon. The only catch is that she’ll have to share the honeymoon suite with her least favorite person—Ethan Thomas, the brother of the groom. To make matters worse, Olive’s new boss and Ethan’s ex-girlfriend show up in Hawaii, forcing them both to pretend to be newlyweds so they don’t blow their cover, as their all-inclusive vacation package is nontransferable and in her sister’s name. Plus, Ethan really wants to save face in front of his ex. The story is told almost exclusively from Olive’s point of view, filtering all communication through her cynical lens until Ethan can win her over (and finally have his say in the epilogue). To get to the happily-ever-after, Ethan doesn’t have to prove to Olive that he can be a better man, only that he was never the jerk she thought he was—for instance, when she thought he was judging her for eating cheese curds, maybe he was actually thinking of asking her out. Blending witty banter with healthy adult communication, the fake newlyweds have real chemistry as they talk it out over snorkeling trips, couples massages, and a few too many tropical drinks to get to the truth—that they’re crazy about each other.

Heartfelt and funny, this enemies-to-lovers romance shows that the best things in life are all-inclusive and nontransferable as well as free.

Pub Date: May 14, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-5011-2803-5

Page Count: 416

Publisher: Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: March 3, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15, 2019

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