Harte pens a sizzlingly sexy romance that is both playful and meaningful, exploring real and metaphorical masks, perception,...

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ALL I WANT FOR HALLOWEEN

Sadie meets a hot devil at a Halloween party and enjoys what’s supposed to be an anonymous hookup, but when she meets him in real life and discovers that she likes him, they step warily into a relationship even as reality TV chaos swirls around them.

Sadie Liberato, “the homebody of homebodies,” does not want to go to the Halloween party she and her siblings are catering, but when her brother twists her arm, she decides to take the opportunity to “find someone anonymous…get her goody on and leave.” Arriving at the party, she finds that a popular local reality TV show, Motorcycle Madnezz, is taping there and witnesses a confrontation among Harrison "Gear" Blackstone, the true talent behind the show, his ex-fiance, Sahara, and ex–best friend, Brian. Escaping the gawking crowd, Sadie finds a quiet corner and meets a sexy devil whom she shags against a wall behind some sheltering shrubbery. Afterward, the two overhear Sahara admit to lying on-camera to make Gear look bad, but Sahara notices Sadie eavesdropping and confronts her, actually slapping her, and then Sadie responds with a bruising punch. Ignoring the nauseating coverage of the mysterious stranger’s attack on innocent Sahara, Sadie learns that Gear was her costumed lover, and the two move quickly into a sexual relationship and slowly into a romantic one. Gear is nothing like he's portrayed on the show. Both he and Sadie are straight shooters who have been hurt by manipulators, but even as they realize they’re perfect for each other, they have to navigate fear and misperception—theirs and those of the people around them—before they can step into their true selves and find happiness.

Harte pens a sizzlingly sexy romance that is both playful and meaningful, exploring real and metaphorical masks, perception, and reality.

Pub Date: Sept. 26, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-4926-5653-1

Page Count: 352

Publisher: Sourcebooks

Review Posted Online: July 17, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 2017

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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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A romantic suspense that skillfully balances both elements.

THE DECEPTION

A successful businesswoman hires a smooth-talking bounty hunter to find a lead on her sister’s murder.

Kate Gallagher was the only one available to identify her younger sister Chrissy’s body after she was found dead, having run away from home two years earlier. Since Chrissy succumbed to drugs and turned to sex work to survive, her murder isn't taken seriously by the local homicide department. Kate is filled with grief and regret at not having been there for her sister, and she’s determined to find her killer as a kind of penance. Jason Maddox is the charming man Kate almost hooked up with at a local bar. He also happens to be on the payroll of the most successful investigation company in Dallas. He’s all too eager to help Kate out and spend more time getting to know the blonde he danced with at the Sagebrush Saloon. At first, Kate and Jason vow to keep things professional until the case is solved; there’s obvious attraction that they’re willing to pursue at a later date. But the increasing sense of danger mixed with Kate and Jason’s close proximity proves to be too heady of a combination. The tension never lets up as the pair visit seedy bars and interrogate unsavory characters. With a steamy romance and undeniably hot chemistry, the main characters are well matched. They’re both driven, slightly stubborn, and enjoy the adrenaline rush of catching criminals. Martin (The Conspiracy, 2019, etc.) doesn’t skimp on graphic, violent details as Chrissy’s murder leads her couple to something much bigger: human trafficking. Though not for the faint of heart given its weighty material, this is an un-put-down-able page-turner that’s sure to satisfy fans of romance and thrillers alike.

A romantic suspense that skillfully balances both elements.

Pub Date: Sept. 10, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-335-00769-8

Page Count: 384

Publisher: Harlequin HQN

Review Posted Online: June 17, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2019

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