Three romance novelists known for sizzling, emotional stories deliver an entertaining, diverting set of novellas hot enough...
Three sizzling tales explore a “sex-only lovers” theme as a first step on the risky road to love.
Three once-burned-in-love, twice-shy characters decide to explore passion rather than love by picking a sexual partner they decide won’t have access to their vulnerable emotional selves. In Foster's Love Won't Wait, waitress Merrily is too old to be a virgin, and most men consider her virginity a challenge to conquer. She decides to proposition her customer/crush, Brick. He’s confident, wildly attractive and a good bet for great sex, but he also seems kind. Brick makes it clear that he’s a no-relationship kind of guy, but as he gets to know Merrily, it’s harder to maintain his well-established no-strings policy. In Ridgway's Beach House Beginnings, it's been 10 years since Meg lost Peter, her first love, to the sea. She's avoided her idyllic, coastal family home ever since. Back for the first time, she is shocked to find herself attracted to a handsome visitor staying nearby. Too afraid to trust in happiness, she can’t deny she wouldn’t mind a little dalliance with Caleb, but emotions intrude when they connect on every level. Can his steady patience and gentle pressure convince Meg to believe in love and second chances? In Dahl's Strong Enough to Love, we meet Jackson Hole photographer Eve Hill, who thought she’d never recover when the man she secretly loved went back to his estranged wife. Two years later, she’s still hurting but has created a successful career on the heels of his abandonment. What she doesn’t need is Brian, the man himself, showing up on her doorstep, whispering words of love and asking for understanding. She lost him once, and they’d never even touched. Now, she’ll give herself—and him—one night together, and then it’s over. She can’t risk that kind of heartbreak, no matter how good he is in bed. Or how many times he promises forever.Three romance novelists known for sizzling, emotional stories deliver an entertaining, diverting set of novellas hot enough to warm a cold winter night.
Pub Date: Dec. 31, 2013
Page Count: 336
Review Posted Online: Nov. 24, 2013
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15, 2013
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by Colleen Hoover ‧ RELEASE DATE: Aug. 2, 2016
Packed with riveting drama and painful truths, this book powerfully illustrates the devastation of abuse—and the strength of...
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New York Times Bestseller
Hoover’s (November 9, 2015, etc.) latest tackles the difficult subject of domestic violence with romantic tenderness and emotional heft.
At first glance, the couple is edgy but cute: Lily Bloom runs a flower shop for people who hate flowers; Ryle Kincaid is a surgeon who says he never wants to get married or have kids. They meet on a rooftop in Boston on the night Ryle loses a patient and Lily attends her abusive father’s funeral. The provocative opening takes a dark turn when Lily receives a warning about Ryle’s intentions from his sister, who becomes Lily’s employee and close friend. Lily swears she’ll never end up in another abusive home, but when Ryle starts to show all the same warning signs that her mother ignored, Lily learns just how hard it is to say goodbye. When Ryle is not in the throes of a jealous rage, his redeeming qualities return, and Lily can justify his behavior: “I think we needed what happened on the stairwell to happen so that I would know his past and we’d be able to work on it together,” she tells herself. Lily marries Ryle hoping the good will outweigh the bad, and the mother-daughter dynamics evolve beautifully as Lily reflects on her childhood with fresh eyes. Diary entries fancifully addressed to TV host Ellen DeGeneres serve as flashbacks to Lily’s teenage years, when she met her first love, Atlas Corrigan, a homeless boy she found squatting in a neighbor’s house. When Atlas turns up in Boston, now a successful chef, he begs Lily to leave Ryle. Despite the better option right in front of her, an unexpected complication forces Lily to cut ties with Atlas, confront Ryle, and try to end the cycle of abuse before it’s too late. The relationships are portrayed with compassion and honesty, and the author’s note at the end that explains Hoover’s personal connection to the subject matter is a must-read.Packed with riveting drama and painful truths, this book powerfully illustrates the devastation of abuse—and the strength of the survivors.
Pub Date: Aug. 2, 2016
Page Count: 320
Review Posted Online: May 30, 2016
Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2016
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by Christina Lauren ‧ RELEASE DATE: April 10, 2018
With frank language and patient plotting, this gangly teen crush grows into a confident adult love affair.
Eleven years ago, he broke her heart. But he doesn’t know why she never forgave him.
Toggling between past and present, two love stories unfold simultaneously. In the first, Macy Sorensen meets and falls in love with the boy next door, Elliot Petropoulos, in the closet of her dad’s vacation home, where they hide out to discuss their favorite books. In the second, Macy is working as a doctor and engaged to a single father, and she hasn’t spoken to Elliot since their breakup. But a chance encounter forces her to confront the truth: what happened to make Macy stop speaking to Elliot? Ultimately, they’re separated not by time or physical remoteness but by emotional distance—Elliot and Macy always kept their relationship casual because they went to different schools. And as a teen, Macy has more to worry about than which girl Elliot is taking to the prom. After losing her mother at a young age, Macy is navigating her teenage years without a female role model, relying on the time-stamped notes her mother left in her father’s care for guidance. In the present day, Macy’s father is dead as well. She throws herself into her work and rarely comes up for air, not even to plan her upcoming wedding. Since Macy is still living with her fiance while grappling with her feelings for Elliot, the flashbacks offer steamy moments, tender revelations, and sweetly awkward confessions while Macy makes peace with her past and decides her future.With frank language and patient plotting, this gangly teen crush grows into a confident adult love affair.
Pub Date: April 10, 2018
Page Count: 416
Publisher: Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster
Review Posted Online: Jan. 22, 2018
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 2018
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