Strictly for Gould fans (Rhapsody, 1999, etc).



Lady vet finds true love with scarred recluse, in another fast-paced, lubricious soaper from Gould.

Valerie Rochelle, DVM, wonders why no one’s ever seen Wyndhym Ashley Conrad III, new owner of the sprawling Stonelair estate. When Wynd’s factotum and resident giant, Santo Ducci, asks her to doctor a sick horse, she goes to Stonelair immediately, ignoring her fiancé’s concern. Teddy de Mornay is afraid that the guy might be a drug lord or something, and besides, he just gave Valerie a really enormous engagement ring, so he figures she owes him. According to her bitchy socialite mother, Marguerite, Teddy’s doing Valerie a huge favor by marrying her. All right, he’s the biggest cokehead in the Gulf-Stream-and-Gucci set, and he’s boffing Tiffani, the luscious occupant of the tenant cottage on his gentleman farm, every chance he gets. But it serves Valerie right: she pays more attention to animals than she does to Teddy. Once at Stonelair, Valerie meets Santo but not the mysterious owner. Not yet. More plot complications unfold: Wynd’s wicked and wildly overdressed ex begs for money she claims he owes her, in between shrieking bouts of sex with Lolo, a South American polo player, and any other male within clawing distance. Santo broods. Teddy schemes. Wynd is too knocked out on painkillers most of the time to care much. His deep, dark secret: a polo pony plowed a field with him, and he lost most of his face. Now he wears a scary black leather mask with eyeholes to cover his bandages. Valerie gets a load of this get-up and screams, but she figures out quickly enough that Wynd is actually a nice guy who loves animals and chocolate ice cream. A tender romance blossoms just as a host of nefarious supporting characters swing into action. Dogs are poisoned, hedgehogs frozen, and innocent people shot. But love triumphs.

Strictly for Gould fans (Rhapsody, 1999, etc).

Pub Date: Aug. 6, 2001

ISBN: 0-525-94607-1

Page Count: 336

Publisher: Dutton

Review Posted Online: June 24, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15, 2001

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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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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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