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FOREVER WOLF

From the Legend of All Wolves series , Vol. 3

A hardened werewolf must choose between loyalty to her pack or saving the life of a mysterious stranger in this hauntingly beautiful paranormal romance.

Varya Timursdottir is a Shielder for the Great North Pack. She upholds the laws and makes sure all the moving parts are kept going, as she knows firsthand the damage that can be done when a pack’s structure starts to crumble. She wasn’t always a member of the Great North Pack. In fact, Varya is the sole survivor of Pack Vrangelya after they were systemically wiped out. Carrying both the emotional and physical scars of the ordeal, she’s become icy, unmoving, and stern in her role as Shielder and in her dedication to pack law. During a run, she discovers Eyulf, an injured and unconscious man who smells like home, her original home in the Arctic wild. Curious about the man, Varya helps him in secret, but the pair begin to unravel the secrets of Eyulf’s existence. Enmeshed in pack politics, shifting alliances, and threats from humans and Shifters, the Great North Pack enters into an age of uncertainty and possibly war. Varya is torn between upholding her role in the pack and giving in to the feelings stirred by the curious Eyulf. Vale’s (A Wolf Apart, 2018, etc.) latest is lyrical and mesmerizing, the written embodiment of the wild depth where the Great North Pack resides. Each word is carefully selected, and the slightest actions contain deeper meanings in a story that feels expertly crafted in its subtle complexity. Though it's a romance with a bittersweet happily-ever-after that's sure to bring out some tears, the notion of what it means to belong and what Varya will do to help heal her grief-stricken homesickness are rooted at the center of it all.

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Pub Date: March 26, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-4926-6193-1

Page Count: 352

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

Review Posted Online: Feb. 4, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15, 2019

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Another success for the publishing phenom.

UNDER CURRENTS

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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This thriller about the pursuit of a serial killer suffers from an unpleasant hero and a glacial pace.

OUTFOX

An FBI agent is determined to catch a man who bilks and murders wealthy women, but the chase goes slowly.

Brown (Tailspin, 2018, etc.) has published 70 bestsellers, and this one employs her usual template of thriller spiked with romance. Its main character, Drex Easton, is an FBI agent in pursuit of a serial killer, but for him it’s personal. When he was a boy, his mother left him and his father for another man, Weston Graham. Drex believes Graham murdered her and that he has killed at least seven more women after emptying their bank accounts. Now he thinks he has the clever Graham—current alias Jasper Ford—in his sights, and he’s willing to put his career at risk to catch him. The women Ford targets are wealthy, and his new prey is no exception—except that, uncharacteristically, he has married her. Talia Ford proves to be a complication for Drex, who instantly falls in lust with her even though he’s not at all sure she isn’t her husband's accomplice. Posing as a would-be novelist, Drex moves into an apartment next door to the Fords’ posh home and tries to ingratiate himself, but tensions rise immediately—Jasper is suspicious, and Talia has mixed feelings about Drex's flirtatious behavior. When Talia’s fun-loving friend Elaine Conner turns up dead after a cruise on her yacht and Jasper disappears, Drex and Talia become allies. There are a few action sequences and fewer sex scenes, but the novel’s pace bogs down repeatedly in long, mundane conversations. Drex's two FBI agent sidekicks are more interesting characters than he is; Drex himself is such a caricature of a macho man, so heedless of ethics, and so aggressive toward women that it’s tough to see him as a good guy. Brown adds a couple of implausible twists at the very end that make him seem almost as untrustworthy as Graham.

This thriller about the pursuit of a serial killer suffers from an unpleasant hero and a glacial pace.

Pub Date: Aug. 6, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-4555-7219-9

Page Count: 448

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Review Posted Online: July 28, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 2019

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