Warmhearted but formulaic love story, strictly for the fans.


A free-spirited heiress gets tackled by a handsome quarterback in this gush-a-minute romance by gush-a-minute specialist Phillips, here making her hardcover debut.

Mollie Somerville likes “rabbits and fairy tale forests, china teapots and linen nightgowns.” Fittingly, she’s a children’s book illustrator, creator of Daphne the Bunny, a winsome critter whose antics are the talk of every kindergarten. But all is not well in the flowery meadow: Daphne has a nemesis of sorts, one Benny the Badger, whose bungling earns him her undisguised contempt. Apparently, Daphne is not an entirely fictional character. Mollie’s plucky little bunny is actually her alter ego, and the big dumb badger is really Kevin Tucker, the supersexy, reckless quarterback for the Chicago Stars, an NFL team once owned by Mollie’s father. At her request, Kevin bedded Mollie one boozy night, then had to be persuaded, none too gently, by the coach to wed her when she got pregnant because the condom broke. When Mollie miscarried, their hasty marriage went to pieces. Turns out that Kevin fears commitment! His teenage mother gave him up for adoption before she became glamorous TV actress Lilly Sherman, and he never knew his father. Eventually, Lilly explains that Dad was a rodeo rider and stuntman who died young—hence Kevin’s risk-taking propensities. Then Mollie explains her own troubled past: her cruel, overbearing father used his millions to control people, including his assortment of showgirl wives, and she had to relinquish the fortune he left her so that she could be a real person, with an actual life. Kevin and Mollie seesaw between love and hate until she throws a dead tuna into his private lake and he throws her in shortly thereafter. Will these star-crossed lovers ever find happiness? Just ask Daphne, if you can catch her . . . .

Warmhearted but formulaic love story, strictly for the fans.

Pub Date: Feb. 6, 2001

ISBN: 0-380-97572-6

Page Count: 384

Publisher: Morrow/HarperCollins

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15, 2000

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Hoover’s (November 9, 2015, etc.) latest tackles the difficult subject of domestic violence with romantic tenderness and emotional heft.

At first glance, the couple is edgy but cute: Lily Bloom runs a flower shop for people who hate flowers; Ryle Kincaid is a surgeon who says he never wants to get married or have kids. They meet on a rooftop in Boston on the night Ryle loses a patient and Lily attends her abusive father’s funeral. The provocative opening takes a dark turn when Lily receives a warning about Ryle’s intentions from his sister, who becomes Lily’s employee and close friend. Lily swears she’ll never end up in another abusive home, but when Ryle starts to show all the same warning signs that her mother ignored, Lily learns just how hard it is to say goodbye. When Ryle is not in the throes of a jealous rage, his redeeming qualities return, and Lily can justify his behavior: “I think we needed what happened on the stairwell to happen so that I would know his past and we’d be able to work on it together,” she tells herself. Lily marries Ryle hoping the good will outweigh the bad, and the mother-daughter dynamics evolve beautifully as Lily reflects on her childhood with fresh eyes. Diary entries fancifully addressed to TV host Ellen DeGeneres serve as flashbacks to Lily’s teenage years, when she met her first love, Atlas Corrigan, a homeless boy she found squatting in a neighbor’s house. When Atlas turns up in Boston, now a successful chef, he begs Lily to leave Ryle. Despite the better option right in front of her, an unexpected complication forces Lily to cut ties with Atlas, confront Ryle, and try to end the cycle of abuse before it’s too late. The relationships are portrayed with compassion and honesty, and the author’s note at the end that explains Hoover’s personal connection to the subject matter is a must-read.

Packed with riveting drama and painful truths, this book powerfully illustrates the devastation of abuse—and the strength of the survivors.

Pub Date: Aug. 2, 2016

ISBN: 978-1-5011-1036-8

Page Count: 320

Publisher: Atria

Review Posted Online: May 31, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2016

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


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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