A sweet and tender contemporary romance that should please genre fans.



From the Connor Family series , Vol. 3

In this third installment of the Connor Family series, a detective and a nonprofit director take a chance on love.

Paige Lamonica is happy to return to Los Angeles. The development director for Three Emeralds, a nonprofit group dedicated to human growth, she recently spent three years in Paris. While she enjoyed the opportunity to work in another country, she missed her family and LA. She has two major projects on the horizon: selling her grandmother’s inn and securing funding for an education center for the homeless. While Paige celebrates her homecoming with friends at the vacant inn, a concerned neighbor who suspects a break-in calls the police. Detective William Connor, relieved the call is a false alarm, is instantly smitten with Paige. He soon embarks on a campaign to win her affections, including helping her select an alarm system for the inn and inviting her to his sister Lori’s wedding. Paige is deeply attracted to the ruggedly sexy and warmhearted Will, but she is wary of pursing a relationship because of the dangers of police work. As their connection deepens, Paige and Will discover the rewards of building an intimate relationship and wonder if they have found true love. The latest entry in Hagen’s (Wild with You, 2018, etc.) series sparkles with sharp storytelling, appealing characters, and passionate romance laced with wit and warmth. Like the previous installments, the chapters alternate between the two protagonists’ first-person perspectives. This approach is particularly successful when it explores Paige’s hesitation about pursuing a romance with Will. Her father served in the Army, and she was always worried about his safety. For this reason, she is concerned about repeating the same pattern with Will since he faces perils as a detective. Paige and Will’s attraction develops quickly, but Hagen effectively keeps the romance at a slow burn punctuated by scenes that showcase the author’s talent for lively dialogue and erotic heat. Family is the emotional center of the series, and Will’s and Paige’s extended clans are prominently featured.

A sweet and tender contemporary romance that should please genre fans.

Pub Date: Nov. 13, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-63576-508-3

Page Count: 328

Publisher: EverAfter Romance

Review Posted Online: Nov. 26, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2019

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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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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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