More romance than whodunit, this series debut from the author of the Pet Psychic mysteries (Karma’s a Bitch, 2013, etc.)...



A doggie-yoga instructor gets help in solving the death of a wealthy student from a private eye who’s part detective and all dreamboat.

Although she and her pup, Buddha, are living with her mother and just scraping by, Elle Pressley is thankful that her job at the posh Pampered Pup Spa & Resort gives her the opportunity to be the Gulf Coast island of Moon Key’s premiere (and only) doga instructor. The doga classes Elle leads allow rich women to come in and do yoga alongside their dogs, even if the doga classes provide more chances for the women to posture for one another than to work on their postures. Elle doesn’t mind until the fighting between two of her students interrupts the class’s inner peace. It’s not Celeste’s fault that Zebina stole her husband—at least that’s one side of the story. And when Celeste is found dead in a mud bath the following day, Zebina has her own story: Celeste’s death is completely unrelated to their feud. Elle figures that she should’ve known something would go wrong when the ghost of her childhood dog, Angel, appeared to her, since Angel’s appearances have always been warnings to watch out. The one who really needs to watch out is Elle’s best friend, Hope, whose husband, Dr. Ira Craft, is accused of the murder. It only makes sense, since Celeste was killed by Botox to the neck right after her Botox appointment with Dr. Craft. Certain that meticulous Ira had nothing to do with Celeste’s death, Elle turns to interloping Irish PI Devon Burke for help solving the crime, though it seems the hunky helper wants something more.

More romance than whodunit, this series debut from the author of the Pet Psychic mysteries (Karma’s a Bitch, 2013, etc.) embraces the absurd and has fun poking at the wealthy characters in a way one hopes is intentional.

Pub Date: Dec. 1, 2015

ISBN: 978-0-7278-8539-5

Page Count: 208

Publisher: Severn House

Review Posted Online: Oct. 8, 2015

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15, 2015

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Another success for the publishing phenom.


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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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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