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Over the Edge

From the The Bridge Series series , Vol. 3

A satisfying continuation that offers appealing characters and plenty of risqué action.

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A provocative proposition leads to a tantalizing relationship in the third novel of Wild’s (Into the Fire, 2016, etc.) romance series.

Intelligent and accomplished Olivia Bridge is eager to build an independent life in New York City. After leaving her father’s private investment firm, she joined forces with her brothers, Cameron and Darren, to open a chain of fitness centers called Bridge Fitness. Her keen eye for detail helps her in developing the company’s aesthetics, and she works closely with their architect on the design. When she discovers that a design element has been changed at the request of Will Donovan, a real estate developer who’s financing the project, she’s angry and challenges his decision. Intrigued, Will invites her to dinner, where he offers her an unlimited design budget in exchange for a sexual fling. Although shocked by his offer, Olivia finds herself drawn to the dangerously sexy Will. Their resulting affair catches the eye of Will’s roommate, Ian Savo; soon, Olivia becomes the object of their mutual desire. What begins as a passionate frolic turns serious as the characters confront a series of personal and professional crises and realize that their feelings run deeper than they expected. Wild’s sexy, fun sequel successfully balances the characters and storylines introduced in On My Knees (2014) and Into the Fire with an engaging, fast-paced plot that centers on Olivia and the men who grow to love her. The key to the romance’s success is the sizzling chemistry between the three leads; their scenes are erotic and unexpectedly tender, giving their polyamorous relationship a solid layer of emotional depth. Characters from earlier books also figure prominently in this narrative, which should satisfy fans as well as newcomers to the series: Olivia’s brothers, Cameron and Darren, and their wives, Maya and Vanessa, are key supporting players, as is Will’s colleague, Jia Sumner, a successful businesswoman facing a scandal that threatens her career.

A satisfying continuation that offers appealing characters and plenty of risqué action.

Pub Date: Nov. 22, 2016

ISBN: 978-1-943893-09-6

Page Count: 304

Publisher: Waterhouse Press

Review Posted Online: Nov. 17, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2017

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IT ENDS WITH US

Packed with riveting drama and painful truths, this book powerfully illustrates the devastation of abuse—and the strength of...

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Hoover’s (November 9, 2015, etc.) latest tackles the difficult subject of domestic violence with romantic tenderness and emotional heft.

At first glance, the couple is edgy but cute: Lily Bloom runs a flower shop for people who hate flowers; Ryle Kincaid is a surgeon who says he never wants to get married or have kids. They meet on a rooftop in Boston on the night Ryle loses a patient and Lily attends her abusive father’s funeral. The provocative opening takes a dark turn when Lily receives a warning about Ryle’s intentions from his sister, who becomes Lily’s employee and close friend. Lily swears she’ll never end up in another abusive home, but when Ryle starts to show all the same warning signs that her mother ignored, Lily learns just how hard it is to say goodbye. When Ryle is not in the throes of a jealous rage, his redeeming qualities return, and Lily can justify his behavior: “I think we needed what happened on the stairwell to happen so that I would know his past and we’d be able to work on it together,” she tells herself. Lily marries Ryle hoping the good will outweigh the bad, and the mother-daughter dynamics evolve beautifully as Lily reflects on her childhood with fresh eyes. Diary entries fancifully addressed to TV host Ellen DeGeneres serve as flashbacks to Lily’s teenage years, when she met her first love, Atlas Corrigan, a homeless boy she found squatting in a neighbor’s house. When Atlas turns up in Boston, now a successful chef, he begs Lily to leave Ryle. Despite the better option right in front of her, an unexpected complication forces Lily to cut ties with Atlas, confront Ryle, and try to end the cycle of abuse before it’s too late. The relationships are portrayed with compassion and honesty, and the author’s note at the end that explains Hoover’s personal connection to the subject matter is a must-read.

Packed with riveting drama and painful truths, this book powerfully illustrates the devastation of abuse—and the strength of the survivors.

Pub Date: Aug. 2, 2016

ISBN: 978-1-5011-1036-8

Page Count: 320

Publisher: Atria

Review Posted Online: May 30, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2016

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LOVE AND OTHER WORDS

With frank language and patient plotting, this gangly teen crush grows into a confident adult love affair.

Eleven years ago, he broke her heart. But he doesn’t know why she never forgave him.

Toggling between past and present, two love stories unfold simultaneously. In the first, Macy Sorensen meets and falls in love with the boy next door, Elliot Petropoulos, in the closet of her dad’s vacation home, where they hide out to discuss their favorite books. In the second, Macy is working as a doctor and engaged to a single father, and she hasn’t spoken to Elliot since their breakup. But a chance encounter forces her to confront the truth: what happened to make Macy stop speaking to Elliot? Ultimately, they’re separated not by time or physical remoteness but by emotional distance—Elliot and Macy always kept their relationship casual because they went to different schools. And as a teen, Macy has more to worry about than which girl Elliot is taking to the prom. After losing her mother at a young age, Macy is navigating her teenage years without a female role model, relying on the time-stamped notes her mother left in her father’s care for guidance. In the present day, Macy’s father is dead as well. She throws herself into her work and rarely comes up for air, not even to plan her upcoming wedding. Since Macy is still living with her fiance while grappling with her feelings for Elliot, the flashbacks offer steamy moments, tender revelations, and sweetly awkward confessions while Macy makes peace with her past and decides her future.

With frank language and patient plotting, this gangly teen crush grows into a confident adult love affair.

Pub Date: April 10, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-5011-2801-1

Page Count: 416

Publisher: Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: Jan. 22, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 2018

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