London takes a meet-cute hook and leverages it into an exploration of risk and fear, masks and vulnerability, and ultimately...



When Lola and Harry are each offered the use of a gorgeous lake house by different friends in the middle of a contentious divorce, they warily decide to share the space in order to pursue their dreams, but their hostile start slowly morphs into a life-altering relationship.

Lola Dunne is all about taking care of everyone around her, so when a friend offers her the use of a summer home in order to focus on herself and pursue her dream of writing a novel, she at first convinces herself it would be too self-indulgent, but after her ex-husband tries to take advantage of her one too many times, she decides to go for it. There she meets Harry Westbrook, an engineer who’s going out on his own into bridge construction and has sold his Manhattan apartment in order to finance his goal of owning his own firm—in the process losing his longtime girlfriend, Melissa. Lola's and Harry’s invitations to use the house came from opposite sides of the bitterly divorcing Millers, so rather than both being left homeless, they settle into an uncomfortable truce as roommates, but as the days pass and they each make progress on their ambitions, they soften toward each other, becoming friends, then friends-with-benefits. However, when Melissa shows up hoping for a reconciliation, Lola stuns Harry by basically abandoning the field even though he’s falling in love with her and he’s convinced she’s in love with him. Lola has spent her life giving up on her own dreams for the ones she loves, and she can’t believe an Adonis like Harry could ever choose her over the smart, beautiful Melissa. Easier to pretend it doesn’t matter than risk humiliation and disappointment. Except, won’t her heart break either way?

London takes a meet-cute hook and leverages it into an exploration of risk and fear, masks and vulnerability, and ultimately the redemptive power of friendship and love.

Pub Date: Nov. 8, 2016

ISBN: 978-1-5039-3779-6

Page Count: 320

Publisher: Montlake Romance

Review Posted Online: Sept. 7, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15, 2016

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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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This thriller about the pursuit of a serial killer suffers from an unpleasant hero and a glacial pace.


An FBI agent is determined to catch a man who bilks and murders wealthy women, but the chase goes slowly.

Brown (Tailspin, 2018, etc.) has published 70 bestsellers, and this one employs her usual template of thriller spiked with romance. Its main character, Drex Easton, is an FBI agent in pursuit of a serial killer, but for him it’s personal. When he was a boy, his mother left him and his father for another man, Weston Graham. Drex believes Graham murdered her and that he has killed at least seven more women after emptying their bank accounts. Now he thinks he has the clever Graham—current alias Jasper Ford—in his sights, and he’s willing to put his career at risk to catch him. The women Ford targets are wealthy, and his new prey is no exception—except that, uncharacteristically, he has married her. Talia Ford proves to be a complication for Drex, who instantly falls in lust with her even though he’s not at all sure she isn’t her husband's accomplice. Posing as a would-be novelist, Drex moves into an apartment next door to the Fords’ posh home and tries to ingratiate himself, but tensions rise immediately—Jasper is suspicious, and Talia has mixed feelings about Drex's flirtatious behavior. When Talia’s fun-loving friend Elaine Conner turns up dead after a cruise on her yacht and Jasper disappears, Drex and Talia become allies. There are a few action sequences and fewer sex scenes, but the novel’s pace bogs down repeatedly in long, mundane conversations. Drex's two FBI agent sidekicks are more interesting characters than he is; Drex himself is such a caricature of a macho man, so heedless of ethics, and so aggressive toward women that it’s tough to see him as a good guy. Brown adds a couple of implausible twists at the very end that make him seem almost as untrustworthy as Graham.

This thriller about the pursuit of a serial killer suffers from an unpleasant hero and a glacial pace.

Pub Date: Aug. 6, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-4555-7219-9

Page Count: 448

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Review Posted Online: July 28, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 2019

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