Silly beach read about rich people run amuck.



Reformed playboy meets temptations after moving back to L.A. with his sweet heiress wife.

Picking up where When Harry Hit the Hamptons (2005) left off, the book finds Harry Raider and Jessica Ackerman happily preparing for their luxe Hamptons wedding. Nothing will keep these two apart, not even a botched Botox emergency, or an attempted Las Vegas kidnapping by Harry’s no-account buddies. But almost immediately after the newlyweds arrive at their new Hollywood mansion, tensions emerge. Homebody Jessica wants to start a family and is stressed out by the frenetic Hollywood pressure of being part of an “it” couple. Child-like (and newly sober) Harry is rudely awakened by an ultimatum from his elderly father Sam, who insists the 39-year-old go work for the family clothing business, or lose his support. Things get even more complicated when Sam suddenly drops dead, leaving Harry with financial responsibilities he never anticipated. Harry’s childhood chum Chas Greer, an opportunistic personal shopper and party planner for the rich and famous, also shows up in L.A. to make his fortune. Lured by a too-good-to-be true offer from beyond-wealthy Mexican hotelier Luisa Mendez, Chas is charged with finding a Jewish spouse for the ruthless stunner. She fixates on Harry, of all people, and seduces him by offering to help him get his company back on track. Blinded by Luisa’s promises and feminine wiles, Harry loses Jessica, who then takes up with a “power lesbian” she meets through Chas. It is then up to Harry to grow up and find a way to fix the giant mess his life has become. With woefully underwritten characters and a lack of wit, this second novel from a former stand-up comedian wants to skewer Hollywood mores, but never goes deep enough. Only conniving Chas has anything resembling a personality, and even he often lapses into gay stereotype.

Silly beach read about rich people run amuck.

Pub Date: May 1, 2006

ISBN: 1-4022-0642-9

Page Count: 304

Publisher: Sourcebooks

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15, 2006

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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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