A witty, intense and entertaining romance that will win readers over with its distinctive, intricate story and convincing,...


Lady Cassandra intrigues the rakish Viscount Ambury when she sells him some jewels he recognizes; investigating the mystery unearths even more questions, and Ambury considers marriage to keep the beauty safe from surprising enemies.

Thanks to the shelter and safe haven provided by her beloved Aunt Sophie, Lady Cassandra Vernham has lived on the fringe of society for years after a scandalous first season that saw her family abandon her. Now that Sophie is aging, however, Cassandra’s brother, Gerald, is putting excessive energy into exerting control over both Sophie and Cassandra and is using Sophie’s well-being as leverage. Auctioning off Sophie’s jewels so she and her aunt can leave England, Cassandra’s plan is stymied when the winner of the biggest lot—Viscount Ambury—fails to provide the money in a timely manner. Ambury recognizes the valuable earbobs as part of his family’s estate and must account for their history to his father, whose health is failing and has tasked his son with taking full inventory of their holdings. As he pursues the truth of the jewelry, Ambury realizes all is not what it seems with the woman known for selfish scandal and that Cassandra is in more danger from her brother than anyone realizes. Getting to the heart of this animosity reveals many dangerous secrets, and as Gerald becomes more domineering, the viscount is drawn to protect the mysterious beauty, launching scandalous rumors about the two of them that place her in even more danger and ultimately lead Ambury to play the romantic hero for the first time in his life. Hunter’s follow-up to The Surrender of Miss Fairbourne (2012) is a satisfying romance that glides along the crafty twists and turns of a fresh plot and hinges on the strong, compelling characters of its hero and heroine, reinforced by an engaging roster of secondary characters. We enjoy watching Cassandra and Ambury move from abject mistrust, to intrigued interest, to a surprisingly sweet happily-ever-after and are absorbed by the surprising puzzles of Sophie's jewels and Gerald's antipathy.

A witty, intense and entertaining romance that will win readers over with its distinctive, intricate story and convincing, appealing characters.

Pub Date: Feb. 26, 2013

ISBN: 978-0-515151114

Page Count: 336

Publisher: Jove/Penguin

Review Posted Online: Oct. 8, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15, 2013

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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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Heartfelt and funny, this enemies-to-lovers romance shows that the best things in life are all-inclusive and nontransferable...


An unlucky woman finally gets lucky in love on an all-expenses-paid trip to Hawaii.

From getting her hand stuck in a claw machine at age 6 to losing her job, Olive Torres has never felt that luck was on her side. But her fortune changes when she scores a free vacation after her identical twin sister and new brother-in-law get food poisoning at their wedding buffet and are too sick to go on their honeymoon. The only catch is that she’ll have to share the honeymoon suite with her least favorite person—Ethan Thomas, the brother of the groom. To make matters worse, Olive’s new boss and Ethan’s ex-girlfriend show up in Hawaii, forcing them both to pretend to be newlyweds so they don’t blow their cover, as their all-inclusive vacation package is nontransferable and in her sister’s name. Plus, Ethan really wants to save face in front of his ex. The story is told almost exclusively from Olive’s point of view, filtering all communication through her cynical lens until Ethan can win her over (and finally have his say in the epilogue). To get to the happily-ever-after, Ethan doesn’t have to prove to Olive that he can be a better man, only that he was never the jerk she thought he was—for instance, when she thought he was judging her for eating cheese curds, maybe he was actually thinking of asking her out. Blending witty banter with healthy adult communication, the fake newlyweds have real chemistry as they talk it out over snorkeling trips, couples massages, and a few too many tropical drinks to get to the truth—that they’re crazy about each other.

Heartfelt and funny, this enemies-to-lovers romance shows that the best things in life are all-inclusive and nontransferable as well as free.

Pub Date: May 14, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-5011-2803-5

Page Count: 416

Publisher: Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: March 3, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15, 2019

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