A wholesome fairy-tale romance perfect for fans of light Victorian fiction.

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The Gypsy's Sun

From the Gypsy Series series , Vol. 2

Historical fiction about an agent in Britain’s special forces who falls in love with a girl he encounters on assignment. 

In the second installment of her Gypsy series, Tate (The Gypsy’s Silence, 2014, etc.) creates another successful historical romance. Jeffrey Hale, the Viscount Trent, is a free-spirited young man in the late 1800s who has joined England’s special forces. Along with his friends Adrian St. Clair and Richard Stansby from Book 1, Trent receives an unusual assignment from his commanding officer. With the intention of reducing their overinflated egos, their supervisor sends the men to a small town where they are tasked with assisting in various civilian jobs. In his new position helping women run a library, Trent meets young Emily May, an orphan living with her grandparents. He quickly becomes attached to the girl and feels an overwhelming urge to protect her. Even so, when his commander declares the assignment complete, Trent leaves town with barely a backward glance. Years later, Trent’s fortune is read by a gypsy, who tells him he’s destined to fall in love with a girl he’s already met. A bit of a dandy at the time, Trent ignores the prediction, but as years pass, the constant rotation of women in his life grows tiresome. He longs to fulfill the prophecy and struggles to learn the identity of the mysterious woman the gypsy described. When he returns to Emily May’s hometown as a more mature man, this time to settle his late uncle’s estate, he realizes that little Emily May, now fully grown, is the woman with whom he is meant to spend his life. Trent wonders if he can reignite the schoolgirl crush she once harbored for him and if he will ever be the type of man she deserves. Like the first volume in the series, the story is filled with interesting period details and amusing facts about social mores in Victorian society. The narrative portrays characters with richness and depth, adding satisfying nuance to characters established in the first book. Tate continues to demonstrate notable skill in building romantic suspense that will keep readers turning pages.

A wholesome fairy-tale romance perfect for fans of light Victorian fiction.

Pub Date: July 13, 2015

ISBN: 978-1-5143-7920-2

Page Count: 244

Publisher: CreateSpace

Review Posted Online: Oct. 13, 2015

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15, 2015

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Another success for the publishing phenom.

UNDER CURRENTS

An abused boy fights back, escapes, then returns as an attorney to his beloved hometown, but just as he’s falling in love with a transplanted landscaper, a series of attacks from shadowy enemies jeopardizes their happiness.

“From the outside, the house in Lakeview Terrace looked perfect.” Which of course means that it wasn't. We're introduced to the horrifying Dr. Graham Bigelow, who beats his wife and, increasingly as the boy gets older, his son, Zane. On the night of Zane’s prom, a particularly savage attack puts him and his sister in the hospital, and his father blames Zane, landing him in jail. Then his sister stands up for him, enlisting the aid of their aunt, and everything changes, mainly due to Zane’s secret diaries. Nearly 20 years later, Zane leaves a successful career as a lawyer to return to Lakeview, where his aunt and sister live with their families, deciding to hang a shingle as a small-town lawyer. Then he meets Darby McCray, the landscaper who’s recently relocated and taken the town by storm, starting with the transformation of his family’s rental bungalows. The two are instantly intrigued by each other, but they move slowly into a relationship neither is looking for. Darby has a violent past of her own, so she is more than willing to take on the risk of antagonizing a boorish local family when she and Zane help an abused wife. Suddenly Zane and Darby face one attack after another, and even as they grow ever closer under the pressure, the dangers become more insidious. Roberts’ latest title feels a little long and the story is slightly cumbersome, but her greatest strength is in making the reader feel connected to her characters, so “unnecessary details” can also charm and engage.

Another success for the publishing phenom.

Pub Date: July 9, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-250-20709-8

Page Count: 448

Publisher: St. Martin's

Review Posted Online: April 14, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 2019

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A romantic suspense that skillfully balances both elements.

THE DECEPTION

A successful businesswoman hires a smooth-talking bounty hunter to find a lead on her sister’s murder.

Kate Gallagher was the only one available to identify her younger sister Chrissy’s body after she was found dead, having run away from home two years earlier. Since Chrissy succumbed to drugs and turned to sex work to survive, her murder isn't taken seriously by the local homicide department. Kate is filled with grief and regret at not having been there for her sister, and she’s determined to find her killer as a kind of penance. Jason Maddox is the charming man Kate almost hooked up with at a local bar. He also happens to be on the payroll of the most successful investigation company in Dallas. He’s all too eager to help Kate out and spend more time getting to know the blonde he danced with at the Sagebrush Saloon. At first, Kate and Jason vow to keep things professional until the case is solved; there’s obvious attraction that they’re willing to pursue at a later date. But the increasing sense of danger mixed with Kate and Jason’s close proximity proves to be too heady of a combination. The tension never lets up as the pair visit seedy bars and interrogate unsavory characters. With a steamy romance and undeniably hot chemistry, the main characters are well matched. They’re both driven, slightly stubborn, and enjoy the adrenaline rush of catching criminals. Martin (The Conspiracy, 2019, etc.) doesn’t skimp on graphic, violent details as Chrissy’s murder leads her couple to something much bigger: human trafficking. Though not for the faint of heart given its weighty material, this is an un-put-down-able page-turner that’s sure to satisfy fans of romance and thrillers alike.

A romantic suspense that skillfully balances both elements.

Pub Date: Sept. 10, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-335-00769-8

Page Count: 384

Publisher: Harlequin HQN

Review Posted Online: June 17, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2019

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