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THE PERFECT HOMECOMING

Beautiful Emma Tyler has a flinty persona and a naughty secret; when her past catches up to her, she flees to her family’s ranch, determined to hide from the world, especially Cooper Jessup, the one man she might want but can’t face.

Considered one of the most beautiful women in glamorous Los Angeles, Emma is known for her prickly, tell-it-like-it-is personality and wanton reputation. Though she's basically friendless, she's managed to find an employment niche with her straight-talk problem-solving and has settled into an upscale if soulless existence as an event planner. Emma considers herself unlovable and has taken to seducing powerful older men who just want her for trophy sex, which only solidifies her own self-loathing. Most encounters end quickly, many of them end badly, and nearly all of them end with Emma stealing a memento from her partner, a sort of specialized kleptomania that she doesn’t understand but can’t help. When one incident nearly lands her in big trouble, she quits her job and flees LA for Pine River, Colorado, and the decrepit ranch she co-owns with two half sisters she barely knows. Which is where Cooper tracks her down, in pursuit of another trinket which is extremely valuable to an important client. Denying she has the object, Emma is doubly rattled. First, because Cooper believes she has it. Second, because Cooper is the one man she ever felt truly attracted to in her old life, because he’s the only one she ever felt a “real” connection to. Meanwhile, Emma is discovering that forgiveness, acceptance and unconditional love—from Cooper, her sisters, a special friend in Pine River and, ultimately, herself—might be what she needs to create a new, easier, more content version of herself. London continues her acclaimed Pine River series with a moving story that explores dysfunction, deep emotions and even terminal illness with empathy, sensitivity and insight.

Intense, lovely and poignant.

Pub Date: Feb. 24, 2015

ISBN: 978-1-4778-2161-9

Page Count: 356

Publisher: Montlake Romance

Review Posted Online: Dec. 7, 2014

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2015

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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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