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A vibrant second-chance love story about repairing community and romantic connection.

Years after their high school relationship ended, a war veteran and an aspiring community leader navigate a complicated reunion.

Santiago “Saint” Vega and Lola León were high school sweethearts—in secret, that is—but their different backgrounds, with the Vega family a pillar of Humboldt Park and Lola's father engaged in less-than-legal activities, made it tough for them to envision a future together. They both left town after high school, Saint enlisting in the military and Lola cutting ties with her family for her own safety, and the former sweethearts haven't crossed paths for decades, until now. Lola decides she’s done running and is back home teaching self-defense classes, while Saint has been concentrating on his responsibilities as a single father. Neither suspects that their meddling grandfathers, longtime rivals in a mean-spirited nursing home prank war, will bring them together again. For Saint, it’s an opportunity for a fresh start with the girl who got away, but Lola isn’t convinced that he’s interested in more than a fling, especially given her lingering connection to her family’s criminal past. Besides, her attention is focused on helping out her neighborhood, including finding a new building for the local LGBTQIA+ youth shelter. She doesn’t realize that Saint’s uncle made a business deal with the company responsible for closing the old shelter, but how long can the truth stay hidden? The latest in Caña’s Vega Family Love Stories series is full of all of the dynamics that made A Proposal They Can’t Refuse (2022) so irresistible, from a comedic cast of supporting characters to an emphasis on the importance of community. Saint and Lola’s relationship is explored through both past and present timelines, emphasizing just how deep their history runs and providing an illuminating comparison between the people they were before and the ones who are much better equipped to pick up where they left off.

A vibrant second-chance love story about repairing community and romantic connection.

Pub Date: Oct. 31, 2023

ISBN: 9780778333500

Page Count: 336

Publisher: Harlequin MIRA

Review Posted Online: Aug. 10, 2023

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 2023

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Sink your teeth into this delightful paranormal romance with a modern twist.

A vampire and an Alpha werewolf enter into a marriage of convenience in order to ease tensions between their species.

As the only daughter of a prominent Vampyre councilman, Misery Lark has grown accustomed to having to playing the role that’s demanded of her—and now, her father is ordering her to be a part of yet another truce agreement. In an effort to maintain goodwill between the Vampyres and their longtime nemeses the Weres, Misery must wed their Alpha, Lowe Moreland. But it turns out that Misery has her own motivations for agreeing to this political marriage, including finding answers about what happened to her best friend, who went missing after setting up a meeting in Were territory. Isolated from her kind and surrounded on all sides by the enemy after the wedding, Misery refuses to let herself forget about her real mission. It doesn’t matter that Lowe is one of the most confounding and intense people she’s ever met, or that the connection building between them doesn’t feel like one born entirely of convenience. There’s also the possibility that Lowe may already have a Were mate of his own, but in spite of their biological differences, they may turn out to be the missing piece in each other’s lives. While this is Hazelwood’s first paranormal romance, and the book does lean on some hallmark tropes of the genre, the contemporary setting lends itself to the author’s trademark humor and makes the political plot more easily digestible. Misery and Lowe’s slow-burn romance is appealing enough that readers will readily devour every moment between them and hunger to return to them whenever the story diverts from their scenes together.

Sink your teeth into this delightful paranormal romance with a modern twist.

Pub Date: Feb. 6, 2024

ISBN: 9780593550403

Page Count: 416

Publisher: Berkley

Review Posted Online: Oct. 21, 2023

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15, 2023

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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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