There’s nothing romantic about a blatantly rude and handsy hero who frequently treats the heroine like a spoiled brat.

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A woman returns to her small hometown after the death of her father, where she finds the run-down airport she’s inherited and the stubborn co-owner who wants nothing to do with her.

Olivia Daniels never thought she’d return to Haven, Georgia, but after her dad passes, his beloved airport is left to her. Her plan is to buy out the co-owner and sell the land, a quick deal that would leave everyone with a nice chunk of change. There’s also no love lost between her and the airport. Though she’d learned to pilot on that strip, it still took her father away from her too much while she was growing up. Unfortunately, the co-owner of the airport is Jackson Morgan, a former crush and a man who was taken under the wing of Olivia’s father. Now he’s a single dad who did a stint in the Air Force; managing the crumbling airport and running small, personal flights is his livelihood. He wants nothing to do with Olivia or her money. Olivia doesn’t seem to have much of a fondness for Haven and prefers making her career dreams come true in Atlanta. It comes as a complete shock to the reader when she decides to stick around and put down roots. Meanwhile, Jackson is a prickly hero who is impossible to like. He belittles Olivia during business negotiations by calling her “princess” and openly displays derision for her choice to give up small-town life for the city 16 years ago. He also puts his arms around her and smears grease on her face within the first five minutes of their reunion. Though there are some cutesy moments between Olivia and her childhood friends, it’s not enough to turn the romance around from a rough start.

There’s nothing romantic about a blatantly rude and handsy hero who frequently treats the heroine like a spoiled brat.

Pub Date: March 27, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-4201-4496-3

Page Count: 352

Publisher: Zebra/Kensington

Review Posted Online: Feb. 6, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15, 2018

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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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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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