Another cohesive, engaging thriller in the Enzo Lee series.

MEGAN'S CURE

AN ENZO LEE MYSTERY THRILLER

In Lowe’s (Project Moses, 2013, etc.) latest series novel, journalist Enzo Lee sets out to find a miracle drug for his ailing grandmother and stumbles upon a corporate pharmaceutical conspiracy.

When a strange man kidnaps 10-year-old Megan Kim after luring her away from her school, authorities are quickly alerted. But despite appearances, Dr. Walter Novak of the major pharmaceutical company Merrick & Merrick hasn’t kidnapped Megan for evil purposes—he’s trying to save her. Meanwhile, reporter Lee stands vigil by his grandmother’s bedside. He’s losing hope for her recovery until her doctor mentions a miracle cure that was once on the horizon but suddenly disappeared without a trace. Putting his investigative skills to work, Enzo locates Megan and Dr. Novak, and he’s quickly pulled into their desperate plight when he understands the implications and impact of Novak’s discovery. Lee does everything he can to bring their story to light, despite the odds; meanwhile, Merrick & Merrick will stop at nothing to prevent Dr. Novak from revealing his world-altering secret. Lowe brings back the likable, persistent Enzo Lee in this third novel. At the outset, Enzo is reporting light fluff pieces and still reeling from a journalistic debacle—but he appealingly steps up when the going gets tough. Lowe portrays Megan as wise beyond her years, a trusting child who never appears naïve. Another supporting character, Detective Bobbie Connors, is also a solid asset to the story. The novel quickly introduces multiple storylines and characters, and as a result, it takes a while for the plot to truly kick in and gain traction. However, Lowe soon merges his various elements to deliver a story that moves forward with solid assurance.

Another cohesive, engaging thriller in the Enzo Lee series.

Pub Date: Feb. 23, 2014

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: 300

Publisher: Enzo Lee Publications

Review Posted Online: March 8, 2014

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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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The best-selling author of tearjerkers like Angel Falls (2000) serves up yet another mountain of mush, topped off with...

SUMMER ISLAND

Talk-show queen takes tumble as millions jeer.

Nora Bridges is a wildly popular radio spokesperson for family-first virtues, but her loyal listeners don't know that she walked out on her husband and teenaged daughters years ago and didn't look back. Now that a former lover has sold racy pix of naked Nora and horny himself to a national tabloid, her estranged daughter Ruby, an unsuccessful stand-up comic in Los Angeles, has been approached to pen a tell-all. Greedy for the fat fee she's been promised, Ruby agrees and heads for the San Juan Islands, eager to get reacquainted with the mom she plans to betray. Once in the family homestead, nasty Ruby alternately sulks and glares at her mother, who is temporarily wheelchair-bound as a result of a post-scandal car crash. Uncaring, Ruby begins writing her side of the story when she's not strolling on the beach with former sweetheart Dean Sloan, the son of wealthy socialites who basically ignored him and his gay brother Eric. Eric, now dying of cancer and also in a wheelchair, has returned to the island. This dismal threesome catch up on old times, recalling their childhood idylls on the island. After Ruby's perfect big sister Caroline shows up, there's another round of heartfelt talk. Nora gradually reveals the truth about her unloving husband and her late father's alcoholism, which led her to seek the approval of others at the cost of her own peace of mind. And so on. Ruby is aghast to discover that she doesn't know everything after all, but Dean offers her subdued comfort. Happy endings await almost everyone—except for readers of this nobly preachy snifflefest.

The best-selling author of tearjerkers like Angel Falls (2000) serves up yet another mountain of mush, topped off with syrupy platitudes about life and love.

Pub Date: March 1, 2001

ISBN: 0-609-60737-5

Page Count: 336

Publisher: Crown

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15, 2001

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