A worthy conclusion to a phenomenal series.

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From the Ones Who Got Away series , Vol. 4

Two estranged mass-shooting survivors have processed the experience in very different ways, but when they rekindle their friendship, it turns out that they might have a future together.

Former best friends Ashton Isaacs and Kincaid Breslin worked at a bookstore together in high school and helped each other cope with complicated home situations. When Kincaid started dating Graham Lowell, the son of the shop owners, she was pretty sure she’d found “The One.” After all, he was devoted to her and wrote her such lovely and romantic letters, and since he and Ash were friends, too, he didn’t grumble too much about their friendship. However, after Graham was killed during the mass shooting at their prom, Ash and Kincaid’s relationship became more complicated. Kincaid couldn't remember some vital moments during the shooting, and then, soon after, she and Ash took comfort in each other through sex. Angry and confused, Kincaid blamed Ash for taking advantage of her, and Ash left town, ultimately traveling around the world and becoming a popular fiction writer. The two have both remained close to the Lowells but have barely spoken to each other since high school. When Mr. Lowell has a health scare while Ash is in town, he and Kincaid agree to help them freshen up the bookstore, preparing it to sell. They quietly bury the hatchet, though proximity brings attraction. Ash has always secretly been in love with Kincaid, and she finds the older, sexier version of Ash hard to resist. Falling in bed feels inevitable, but falling in love is a minefield neither wants to risk. Or do they? Loren wraps up The Ones Who Got Away with another powerhouse romance that explores guilt, forgiveness, honesty, and how being true to oneself can be the key to love and happiness.

A worthy conclusion to a phenomenal series.

Pub Date: Dec. 31, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-4926-9319-2

Page Count: 448

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

Review Posted Online: Oct. 27, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15, 2019

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A clever, romantic, sexy love story.

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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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Another success for the publishing phenom.

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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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