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

Over the Edge

From the The Bridge Series series , Vol. 3

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

LOVE AND OTHER WORDS

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. 23, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 2018

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FINDERS KEEPERS

Smashingly successful soapster Michaels (Vegas Sunrise, 1997, etc.) takes on Charleston, South Carolina, and the story of wealthy young Jessie Roland—old soap in a new wrapper. What can you say about Jessie’s bony adoptive mother, Thea Roland, who—thrice miscarrying, with two stillborns and a dead baby daughter—lights a cigarette on page two, drinks from a gold flask, then blows a smoke ring, and—stunning them—improbably announces to her surprised doctor and husband that she’s a drunk? Next, Thea kidnaps a golden-haired baby from a filling station and cries, “FINDERS KEEPERS!” as her husband drives her and her new treasure home. Years pass. Kidnaped baby Jessie becomes a solemn schoolgirl equipped with a $100 book-bag and a three-room playhouse, then as a college girl splits from tearful Thea, who replenishes Jessie’s trust fund by selling, one by one, her 73 Greek tankers. When Jessie becomes pregnant, she marries lover Tanner Kingsley but loses the baby during an accident—a baby she hopes will be cared for in heaven by Sophie, the best friend who committed suicide and has left her a fortune. When Thea dies, she leaves her tell-all diaries to Jessie, who discovers the identity of her real parents and, after reuniting with them, leaves for Nairobi. Paralyzingly ladylike junk that’s bloated with redundant dialogue and that, going by Michaels’s record, will sell.

Pub Date: Aug. 1, 1998

ISBN: 1-57566-323-6

Page Count: 352

Publisher: Kensington

Review Posted Online: Jan. 21, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1, 1998

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