An entertaining and engagingly written tale that will please fans of its genre.


From the Connor Family series , Vol. 6

A steamy contemporary romance featuring a reluctant hotelier and the public relations expert who works for him. 

Reid Davenport is in charge of the Hollywood-based Davenport hotel chain after his father suffers a stroke. His dyslexia makes it even more difficult for him to learn the ins and outs of the business, and his famous ex, Marion, is spreading malicious rumors about him to the tabloid press, saying that he’s an insensitive jerk. Reid had planned to just let the scandal blow over, but when his teenage sister, Bianca, says that her classmates are saying bad things about him, he breaks down and calls a public relations firm, which puts Hailey Connor on the case. At first, Hailey believes Reid to be stuck-up and unpleasant, but she changes her mind when she sees how he clearly cares for his younger sibling. She’s completely onboard with the PR job when she finds out that Marion cheated on Reid with his former hotel manager. The more Hailey works with Reid, the more she starts to fall for him—and the attraction is definitely mutual. This is the latest installment in Hagen’s (Fighting for You, 2019, etc.) Connor Family series, featuring the final Connor sibling. The chemistry between Reid and Hailey burns hot from their very first meeting, and it remains so for the rest of the novel. Family is clearly important to both of the main characters; Hailey’s parents died when she was 11, so she’s tight with the surviving Connors. The other family members who appear over the course of the story are also well developed. Their appearances add welcome depth to Reid’s and Hailey’s lives and offer readers something beyond the primary drama about falling in love and dealing with exes. 

An entertaining and engagingly written tale that will please fans of its genre.

Pub Date: Sept. 10, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-68646-876-6

Page Count: 322

Publisher: Time Tunnel Media

Review Posted Online: Sept. 13, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15, 2019

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A first novel, this is also a first person account of Scout's (Jean Louise) recall of the years that led to the ending of a mystery, the breaking of her brother Jem's elbow, the death of her father's enemy — and the close of childhood years. A widower, Atticus raises his children with legal dispassion and paternal intelligence, and is ably abetted by Calpurnia, the colored cook, while the Alabama town of Maycomb, in the 1930's, remains aloof to their divergence from its tribal patterns. Scout and Jem, with their summer-time companion, Dill, find their paths free from interference — but not from dangers; their curiosity about the imprisoned Boo, whose miserable past is incorporated in their play, results in a tentative friendliness; their fears of Atticus' lack of distinction is dissipated when he shoots a mad dog; his defense of a Negro accused of raping a white girl, Mayella Ewell, is followed with avid interest and turns the rabble whites against him. Scout is the means of averting an attack on Atticus but when he loses the case it is Boo who saves Jem and Scout by killing Mayella's father when he attempts to murder them. The shadows of a beginning for black-white understanding, the persistent fight that Scout carries on against school, Jem's emergence into adulthood, Calpurnia's quiet power, and all the incidents touching on the children's "growing outward" have an attractive starchiness that keeps this southern picture pert and provocative. There is much advance interest in this book; it has been selected by the Literary Guild and Reader's Digest; it should win many friends.

Pub Date: July 11, 1960

ISBN: 0060935464

Page Count: 323

Publisher: Lippincott

Review Posted Online: Oct. 7, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 1960

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While a few weeks ago it seemed as if Praeger would have a two month lead over Dutton in their presentation of this Soviet best seller, both the "authorized" edition (Dutton's) and the "unauthorized" (Praeger's) will appear almost simultaneously. There has been considerable advance attention on what appears to be as much of a publishing cause celebre here as the original appearance of the book in Russia. Without entering into the scrimmage, or dismissing it as a plague on both your houses, we will limit ourselves to a few facts. Royalties from the "unauthorized" edition will go to the International Rescue Committee; Dutton with their contracted edition is adhering to copyright conventions. The Praeger edition has two translators and one of them is the translator of Doctor Zhivago Dutton's translator, Ralph Parker, has been stigmatized by Praeger as "an apologist for the Soviet regime". To the untutored eye, the Dutton translation seems a little more literary, the Praeger perhaps closer to the rather primitive style of the original. The book itself is an account of one day in the three thousand six hundred and fifty three days of the sentence to be served by a carpenter, Ivan Denisovich Shukhov. (Solzhenitsyn was a political prisoner.) From the unrelenting cold without, to the conditions within, from the bathhouse to the latrine to the cells where survival for more than two weeks is impossible, this records the hopeless facts of existence as faced by thousands who went on "living like this, with your eyes on the ground". The Dutton edition has an excellent introduction providing an orientation on the political background to its appearance in Russia by Marvin Kalb. All involved in its publication (translators, introducers, etc.) claim for it great "artistic" values which we cannot share, although there is no question of its importance as a political and human document and as significant and tangible evidence of the de-Stalinization program.

Pub Date: June 15, 1963

ISBN: 0451228146

Page Count: 181

Publisher: Praeger

Review Posted Online: Oct. 5, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 1963

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