An exhilarating read that could easily be a blockbuster on the screen.

Body of Evidence

An anthropologist gets caught up in an international incident and must later testify against her uncle while fighting off romantic urges toward the man who rescued her, but is also her uncle’s lead prosecutor.

The second in Grant’s (Concrete Evidence, 2013, etc.) series is a fast-paced suspense novel with a budding romance. It starts in media res; the protagonist, Mara Garrett, who has dedicated her life to searching for the remains of lost American soldiers, faces a death sentence in a North Korean courtroom. At the last moment, U.S. Attorney Curt Dominick saves Garrett from the firing squad. Dominick is prosecuting her father-figure uncle, who’s a former U.S. vice president, on charges related to war crimes. The following pages are overstuffed with plot twists and action—biological warfare, murder, car chases, political posturing and plenty of explosions. Grant, a four-time Golden Heart Award finalist and archaeologist, uses her experience in the field to describe the excavation scenes carried out by Garrett’s Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command team. The politicking, courtroom questioning and military knowledge are also well-researched. The dialogue between Garrett and her love interest not only builds their relationship, but also gives their characters complexity. As Garrett and Dominick crisscross the country to piece together their mystery while dodging their deaths, a new, yet plausible, wrench gets thrown into the already taut storyline. Inevitably, the couple makes it to Washington, D.C., where the courtroom drama comes to a head and all loose ends are neatly tied.

An exhilarating read that could easily be a blockbuster on the screen.

Pub Date: July 31, 2013

ISBN: 978-1490974187

Page Count: 292

Publisher: CreateSpace

Review Posted Online: Nov. 5, 2013

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Heartfelt and funny, this enemies-to-lovers romance shows that the best things in life are all-inclusive and nontransferable...

THE UNHONEYMOONERS

An unlucky woman finally gets lucky in love on an all-expenses-paid trip to Hawaii.

From getting her hand stuck in a claw machine at age 6 to losing her job, Olive Torres has never felt that luck was on her side. But her fortune changes when she scores a free vacation after her identical twin sister and new brother-in-law get food poisoning at their wedding buffet and are too sick to go on their honeymoon. The only catch is that she’ll have to share the honeymoon suite with her least favorite person—Ethan Thomas, the brother of the groom. To make matters worse, Olive’s new boss and Ethan’s ex-girlfriend show up in Hawaii, forcing them both to pretend to be newlyweds so they don’t blow their cover, as their all-inclusive vacation package is nontransferable and in her sister’s name. Plus, Ethan really wants to save face in front of his ex. The story is told almost exclusively from Olive’s point of view, filtering all communication through her cynical lens until Ethan can win her over (and finally have his say in the epilogue). To get to the happily-ever-after, Ethan doesn’t have to prove to Olive that he can be a better man, only that he was never the jerk she thought he was—for instance, when she thought he was judging her for eating cheese curds, maybe he was actually thinking of asking her out. Blending witty banter with healthy adult communication, the fake newlyweds have real chemistry as they talk it out over snorkeling trips, couples massages, and a few too many tropical drinks to get to the truth—that they’re crazy about each other.

Heartfelt and funny, this enemies-to-lovers romance shows that the best things in life are all-inclusive and nontransferable as well as free.

Pub Date: May 14, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-5011-2803-5

Page Count: 416

Publisher: Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: March 3, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15, 2019

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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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