A charming finale to a contemporary romance series good enough to wipe out years of librarian stereotypes.

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LAWS OF ATTRACTION

From the Librarians in Love series , Vol. 3

A one-night stand becomes a law librarian’s newest patron.

Foster Deacon has not returned home to Denver from New York City to settle down, as his mom thinks; he’s there in order to work at a new law firm, without any help from his dad, and then he's leaving again. He has mixed feelings about his move, but on his first night home, he receives a sign that he’s made the right decision—he meets a cute blonde in a bar looking for a fling and brings her home. When he goes to work on Monday, however, his fling is sitting behind the reference desk. The blonde turns out to be Becky Schrader, who thought the “dirty lumberjack” she picked up would be the perfect one-night stand, until he walked through the doors of her law library as her firm’s hotshot new associate. Foster was supposed to be a break from trying to find Mr. Right, not a second date, and in any event, she no longer dates lawyers. Even though the last thing either wants is an intraoffice romance, tortured by already knowing how good they are together, both find excuses to stay in touch, even sinking so low as to flirt through emails about legal journal subscriptions. The sparks between Foster and Becky from the start make their story a wee bit spicier than Title's (The Undateable, 2017, etc.) first two Librarians in Love books, and a hefty subplot gives it more heart than anyone would expect from a love story centered around a law firm. Title has completed her trilogy with yet another very funny romance that celebrates a headstrong librarian heroine, though, like the first two books, this entry can be read on its own and will attract new readers enticed by her alpha lawyer hero. In particular, fans of Jennifer Crusie who haven’t yet discovered Title’s knack for sparkling contemporary stories will take to this one before the end of the first chapter.

A charming finale to a contemporary romance series good enough to wipe out years of librarian stereotypes.

Pub Date: Oct. 31, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-4201-4187-0

Page Count: 294

Publisher: Zebra/Kensington

Review Posted Online: Sept. 19, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1, 2017

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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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