A brilliantly plotted, action-packed, and completely satisfying celebration of the series.

ALLEGIANCE OF HONOR

The barriers among Psy, Changeling, and human are falling, but not everyone is happy with the new order, and those determined to shatter it will attack the most vulnerable to do so.

Singh returns with the 15th book in her paranormal Psy-Changeling series set on Earth a few generations in the future. The past three and a half years have been filled with an aggressive power grab from the Psy Council, arguably the most ruthless and dangerous leaders in history. Meanwhile, Changelings across the planet have entered into alliances to stand united against the Council, overcoming ancient habits of remote isolation to find strength together. This new paradigm of cooperation has filtered into every aspect of life and has overturned the brutal Psy Silence, the social measure that prohibited emotions. New leaders have emerged, most of whom are motivated less by power or greed and more by family and friendship. Not everyone is pleased by the new direction, and those interested in undermining the emerging world order will strike at the heart of those things the rising leaders hold most dear and which most threaten proponents of the old regime: mixed race children, for one, like Naya Hunter, daughter of Lucas Hunter, the DarkRiver leopard pack alpha, and his mate, Sascha, who escaped the brutal oppression of Silence despite being part of one of the most influential Psy families. In an author's note, Singh says her last book, Shards of Hope (2015), ended "the first arc, or season one, of the series, while also opening season two." This book can be seen as a check-in with the characters from the series so far, as well as a wrap-up of some unresolved storylines, before moving on to the next phase. Between all the matchmaking she's done for her characters, Singh has spent 14 books weaving relationships and tightening friendships, and here she’s illustrating the tight bonds that have formed and celebrating the children who have been born, free of isolationism and Silence. There are threats, shadowy enemies, implied conspiracies, and a dangling romance that is tied up, but for the most part, this book is the party at the end of the war.

A brilliantly plotted, action-packed, and completely satisfying celebration of the series.

Pub Date: June 14, 2016

ISBN: 978-1-101-98776-6

Page Count: 496

Publisher: Penguin

Review Posted Online: May 4, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15, 2016

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A clever, romantic, sexy love story.

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RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE

The much-loved royal romance genre gets a fun and refreshing update in McQuiston’s debut.

Alex Claremont-Diaz, son of the American President Ellen Claremont, knows one thing for sure: He hates Henry, the British prince to whom he is always compared. He lives for their verbal sparring matches, but when one of their fights at a royal wedding goes a bit too far, they end up falling into a wedding cake and making tabloid headlines. An international scandal could ruin Alex’s mother’s chances for re-election, so it’s time for damage control. The plan? Alex and Henry must pretend to be best friends, giving the tabloids pictures of their bromance and neutralizing the threat to Ellen's presidency. But after a few photo ops with Henry, Alex starts to realize that the passionate anger he feels toward him might be a cover for regular old passion. There are, naturally, a million roadblocks between their first kiss and their happily-ever-after—how can American political royalty and actual British royalty ever be together? How can they navigate being open about their sexualities (Alex is bisexual; Henry is gay) in their very public and very scrutinized roles? Alex and Henry must decide if they’ll risk their futures, their families, and their careers to take a chance on happiness. Although the story’s premise might be a fantasy—it takes place in a world in which a divorced-mom Texan Democrat won the 2016 election—the emotions are all real. The love affair between Alex and Henry is intense and romantic, made all the more so by the inclusion of their poetic emails that manage to be both funny and steamy. McQuiston’s strength is in dialogue; her characters speak in hilarious rapid-fire bursts with plenty of “likes,” “ums,” creative punctuation, and pop-culture references, sounding like smarter, funnier versions of real people. Although Alex and Henry’s relationship is the heart of the story, their friends and family members are all rich, well-drawn characters, and their respective worlds feel both realistic and larger-than-life.

A clever, romantic, sexy love story.

Pub Date: June 4, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-250-31677-6

Page Count: 432

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

Review Posted Online: March 4, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15, 2019

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An entertaining page-turner.

MET HER MATCH

Terri Rayburn is devastated that her perfect man belongs to someone else, but once Nate Taggert realizes that Terri's the one for him, her complicated past still stands in the way of their being together.

Terri is attracted to Nate the moment she lays eyes on him, and soon they fall into an easy partnership at the Virginia lake resort she runs with her father. Nate is upfront about being engaged to the mayor’s daughter, Stacy, but she’s in Europe for a few weeks, and it quickly becomes clear to Terri that Nate and Stacy aren’t a great match. However, Terri, whose mother left when she was 2, has always had a problematic relationship with the citizens of Summer Hill. Since Leslie disappeared, the town gossip has made sure everyone remembers her as a promiscuous vixen, a label which tainted Terri as she got older and made her look like a problem when, as Nate begins to understand, she was really a victim. It’s clear to everyone around them that they are falling in love, but even as Nate realizes it himself, Terri is adamant that they can’t be together. She won’t steal him from the popular Stacy because it would mean she’d never be able to live in Summer Hill, and she won’t abandon her father. Deveraux spins an intriguing and unorthodox romance, continuing her Summer Hill branch of the Taggert/Montgomery series with two characters who have some unique, interesting obstacles in their paths and navigate through them with secrets uncovered and old wounds healed. The story is well plotted, though Nate is unnecessarily oblivious sometimes and the book takes an unexpected swing into romantic suspense territory in the last quarter. The solved mystery resolves Nate and Terri’s conflict, though the villain’s motivations seem a little cartoonish.

An entertaining page-turner.

Pub Date: Sept. 17, 2019

ISBN: 978-0-7783-5124-5

Page Count: 336

Publisher: Harlequin MIRA

Review Posted Online: July 28, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 2019

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