Spicy sexual chemistry and a generous dash of authentic Puerto Rican flavor blend together in a sharp romance that begs to...

ACTING ON IMPULSE

A popular Hollywood actor who's putting his body through drastic transformations to establish himself as a versatile performer finds himself enamored by a sassy fitness trainer, learning that there’s more to life than a job.

Fitness expert and trainer Tori Alvarez decides to go to Aruba to escape the gossip and speculation surrounding her rocky relationship with a publicity-hungry politician. She meets up-and-coming sitcom star Carter Stone on her flight to Aruba, but since he's fresh from the set of a film which required him to shed several pounds and grow a beard, she doesn’t recognize him. Tori is still sore from her previous relationship, but she finds herself reluctantly charmed by Carter’s impishness, and they spend a couple of idyllic days laughing and bantering. Then, when a nosy paparazzo descends on Carter, Tori discovers the truth about his identity and feels tremendously betrayed. Hoping to thaw Tori’s anger, Carter approaches her for assistance when he realizes that he will have to gain back his robust physique quickly to bag a role in a big-budget Hollywood film. Before she can let Carter back into her life, though, Tori is forced to decide if she can overcome her reluctance to live a life in the public eye. The first installment in the Love on Cue series is charming, witty, and consistently funny and will get readers invested in the sharply etched secondary characters. Although the final resolution of Tori’s personal troubles seems too pat to ring true, Sosa hits all the right notes by weaving a uniformly entertaining story that effortlessly unpacks several socially relevant themes, such as the relationship between fitness and traditional cuisine and the nature of show business.

Spicy sexual chemistry and a generous dash of authentic Puerto Rican flavor blend together in a sharp romance that begs to be savored.

Pub Date: Sept. 19, 2017

ISBN: 978-0-06-269033-3

Page Count: 384

Publisher: Avon/HarperCollins

Review Posted Online: Aug. 30, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15, 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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