A conventional Regency tale of two delightfully unconventional lovers.


Sleeping with the boss has never seemed so appealing.

Michael, Duke of Hadlow, has everything he needs except a secretary. Never one to stand on convention, he hires Edwina Cheltam, recently widowed, who is desperately in need of a job to support herself and her daughter, Gertrude. The brusque and logical duke seeks efficiency above all else, and as Edwina is the best candidate despite being a woman, she and Gertrude move into his house and get to work. Though Michael and Edwina are instantly attracted to each other, they ignore it in order to work together, until they embark on a mutual seduction that they know can never be “anything more than what it is.” With chapters punctuated by reasons dukes fall in love ("26. Because no one dares to tell them they shouldn't"), the story moves Michael and Edwina from feelings of lust to a blossoming love that neither can admit and which ultimately drives them apart. But when Gertrude is kidnapped by Edwina’s former brother-in-law, Michael may be the only one who can save her. The fourth full-length book in the Dukes Behaving Badly series is as smart as its unusual duke, and Frampton’s witty banter is bested only by several back-to-back scenes that prove how erotic safe sex can be. Details about Regency-era railroad business add a touch of realism to this Cinderella tale, and readers will enjoy a hero who is lovable in different ways than the average aristocrat.

A conventional Regency tale of two delightfully unconventional lovers.

Pub Date: July 26, 2016

ISBN: 978-0-062-41282-9

Page Count: 400

Publisher: Avon/HarperCollins

Review Posted Online: June 21, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2016

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Roberts does it again with this fast-paced romantic mystery that's both steamy and thrilling, despite its somewhat obvious...


Beautiful Italian babe with a passion for fire and doomed hunks joins the arson squad and discovers that someone has held a torch for her since she was a child.

When Reena Hale is 11 years old, she watches her family's Baltimore pizzeria go up in flames. Thanks to a local arson detective, John Minger, and the girl's keen memory, police determine that a neighborhood crook whose young son had recently attacked Reena was out for revenge, and soon cops publicly haul the dirt bag off to jail. The large and loving Hale family bands together and rebuilds; Reena grows up curious about the origins of fire. She attends college and, after her boyfriend dies in an accident, joins the police force and learns the inner workings of the fire department. Eventually, she teams with Minger to solve the city's suspicious fires. Meanwhile, over the years, a shady character has been hiding in the shadows, waiting for the right moment to violently sabotage Reena's relationships (usually with the help of explosives). Somehow Reena doesn't put together that all of her boyfriends have been in the path of catastrophic (occasionally deadly) events, so her stalker hits the phone lines to clue her in with dirty messages that become more and more intimate. When Reena launches a torrid love affair with her new neighbor, whose truck soon explodes, she begins to get it. Fearing for her family's safety, Reena reopens past cases and learns that her troubles started when she was a child. The tale builds to a breathless climax as she (literally) races to beat out the flames of one fire before determining where the next one will be set.

Roberts does it again with this fast-paced romantic mystery that's both steamy and thrilling, despite its somewhat obvious nature.

Pub Date: Oct. 4, 2005

ISBN: 0-399-15306-3

Page Count: 448

Publisher: Putnam

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 2005

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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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