No one is above suspicion in this taut, sizzling romantic mystery.

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KEEP HER SAFE

When Noah Marshall hears a gun fired in his kitchen, he runs out of the shower to his mother’s side, but he isn’t fast enough to save her. Jackie Marshall, chief of police, shot herself in the head—but why?

Twenty years earlier, Jackie had worked hard, alongside her partner and best friend, Abe Wilkes, to scour the streets of Austin, Texas, clean of dealers and addicts. The drugs and money left behind at each bust were tempting, but family kept them straight. In fact, Abe, his wife, Dina, and their daughter, Gracie, treated Jackie and Noah like family. By the time Gracie was 6, though, Abe had been killed in a drug bust, his reputation had been ruined, and his family had fled to Arizona, where Dina eventually turned to heroin herself. Meanwhile, Jackie had risen in the ranks to head the police department, and her brother, Silas,was well on his way to becoming the district attorney. Jackie’s suicide leaves everyone bewildered, especially Noah, who begins finding clues that the story of Abe’s death may not be so clear after all. Tucker (Until it Fades, 2017, etc.) masterfully sets the stage with the mysteries of Abe’s and Jackie’s deaths and then ratchets up the tension as Noah discovers a stash of money meant for Gracie and delivers it just in time to save Dina from a burning trailer. In short order, Noah and Gracie have ripped open the fabric of an investigation so dirty it threatens their own lives. Was Abe really corrupt? Did Jackie kill herself? And where did the money for Gracie come from? A master of steamy romance, Tucker skillfully threads Noah and Gracie’s sexual tension throughout the investigation, which will please her fans.

No one is above suspicion in this taut, sizzling romantic mystery.

Pub Date: Jan. 23, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-5011-4987-0

Page Count: 448

Publisher: Atria

Review Posted Online: Oct. 31, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15, 2017

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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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