Walker’s popular Black Knights Inc. series ends its first chapter with another explosive, action-packed, not-to-be missed...

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BUILT TO LAST

To keep the world safe, the undercover agent known as Angel has given up everything, including the only woman he ever loved. Now he’s back in her orbit, completely unrecognizable, and still magnetically attracted to her.

Ten years ago, Mark Risa of Mossad met Sonya Butler of Interpol, and they fell in love. After he was asked “to choose between the woman he loved and the stability of the world at large,” Mark didn’t expect to survive and let Sonya believe he was dead. After years of shadowy ops, surgeries to change his face, procedures to change his eye color and ravage his vocal chords, Mark has emerged as “Angel” and is now undercover to draw the notorious crime lord Spider into a criminal act that will put him away for good. Spider is known for manipulating people into working for him, and Angel, with help from the covert defense group Black Knights Inc., has ostensibly placed himself at Spider’s mercy: good for putting Spider out of action, bad for Angel’s equilibrium, since Sonya is currently Spider’s right-hand woman, completely under his thumb and a shadow of her former self. Despite Angel's new identity, Sonya is clearly drawn to him, and each day he’s with her, the more tempted he is to tell her the truth, despite the danger. Sonya, however, has her own bag of tricks and secrets. A slightly over-the-top but highly fun and satisfying plot ties up all the loose ends of Walker's Black Knights Inc. couples and cases, including Rusty and Ace’s secondary romance that’s simmered through the last few titles.

Walker’s popular Black Knights Inc. series ends its first chapter with another explosive, action-packed, not-to-be missed romantic adventure that includes a satisfying wrap-up and a hint at what comes next.

Pub Date: July 3, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-4926-0887-5

Page Count: 384

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

Review Posted Online: May 28, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2018

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Another success for the publishing phenom.

UNDER CURRENTS

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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A romantic suspense that skillfully balances both elements.

THE DECEPTION

A successful businesswoman hires a smooth-talking bounty hunter to find a lead on her sister’s murder.

Kate Gallagher was the only one available to identify her younger sister Chrissy’s body after she was found dead, having run away from home two years earlier. Since Chrissy succumbed to drugs and turned to sex work to survive, her murder isn't taken seriously by the local homicide department. Kate is filled with grief and regret at not having been there for her sister, and she’s determined to find her killer as a kind of penance. Jason Maddox is the charming man Kate almost hooked up with at a local bar. He also happens to be on the payroll of the most successful investigation company in Dallas. He’s all too eager to help Kate out and spend more time getting to know the blonde he danced with at the Sagebrush Saloon. At first, Kate and Jason vow to keep things professional until the case is solved; there’s obvious attraction that they’re willing to pursue at a later date. But the increasing sense of danger mixed with Kate and Jason’s close proximity proves to be too heady of a combination. The tension never lets up as the pair visit seedy bars and interrogate unsavory characters. With a steamy romance and undeniably hot chemistry, the main characters are well matched. They’re both driven, slightly stubborn, and enjoy the adrenaline rush of catching criminals. Martin (The Conspiracy, 2019, etc.) doesn’t skimp on graphic, violent details as Chrissy’s murder leads her couple to something much bigger: human trafficking. Though not for the faint of heart given its weighty material, this is an un-put-down-able page-turner that’s sure to satisfy fans of romance and thrillers alike.

A romantic suspense that skillfully balances both elements.

Pub Date: Sept. 10, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-335-00769-8

Page Count: 384

Publisher: Harlequin HQN

Review Posted Online: June 17, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2019

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