A typical visit to the town of Happily Inc.—sexy, connected, emotional, and fun.

WHY NOT TONIGHT

Sent by the gallery where she works to check on a taciturn artist in his isolated hilltop home in the middle of a rainstorm, Natalie Kaleta winds up stranded.

Ronan Mitchell moved to Happily Inc., California, after learning he was his artist father's illegitimate son. Raised by his father and his wife alongside their four legitimate sons, Ronan feels betrayed and confused and has distanced himself from his family, including the two brothers who followed him to the town. All three are renowned artists and share studio space attached to a gallery that carries their work. It’s not unusual for Ronan to be out of contact, but when he’s unreachable for too many days, gallery assistant Natalie is sent to check on him in his mountain home during a violent storm, then finds herself stranded due to blocked roads. Forced to spend a few days together, Ronan and Natalie have a delightful time and clearly share an intense chemistry. The two begin an affair that spills into their lives in mostly positive ways. Ronan is moved by Natalie’s determined optimism, especially after he discovers her own heartbreaks and watches her own struggle as an artist. Natalie pulls Ronan out of his gloom, inching him back into a social life and his brothers’ lives. A family reunion reopens wounds, though, and Ronan realizes he faces losing everyone he loves if he can’t work through his hurt. Mallery’s next Happily Inc. title rounds out the Mitchell family saga in satisfying fashion, and Natalie’s bright, cheerful attitude is the perfect antidote to Ronan’s self-absorbed moodiness, which occasionally weighs the book down. As usual in this series set in destination-wedding magnet Happily Inc., the central wedding of the book adds a fun touch, bringing texture and community to the story along with check-ins from favorite characters.

A typical visit to the town of Happily Inc.—sexy, connected, emotional, and fun.

Pub Date: Sept. 18, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-335-47460-5

Page Count: 384

Publisher: Harlequin HQN

Review Posted Online: July 17, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 2018

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

THE UNHONEYMOONERS

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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With frank language and patient plotting, this gangly teen crush grows into a confident adult love affair.

LOVE AND OTHER WORDS

Eleven years ago, he broke her heart. But he doesn’t know why she never forgave him.

Toggling between past and present, two love stories unfold simultaneously. In the first, Macy Sorensen meets and falls in love with the boy next door, Elliot Petropoulos, in the closet of her dad’s vacation home, where they hide out to discuss their favorite books. In the second, Macy is working as a doctor and engaged to a single father, and she hasn’t spoken to Elliot since their breakup. But a chance encounter forces her to confront the truth: what happened to make Macy stop speaking to Elliot? Ultimately, they’re separated not by time or physical remoteness but by emotional distance—Elliot and Macy always kept their relationship casual because they went to different schools. And as a teen, Macy has more to worry about than which girl Elliot is taking to the prom. After losing her mother at a young age, Macy is navigating her teenage years without a female role model, relying on the time-stamped notes her mother left in her father’s care for guidance. In the present day, Macy’s father is dead as well. She throws herself into her work and rarely comes up for air, not even to plan her upcoming wedding. Since Macy is still living with her fiance while grappling with her feelings for Elliot, the flashbacks offer steamy moments, tender revelations, and sweetly awkward confessions while Macy makes peace with her past and decides her future.

With frank language and patient plotting, this gangly teen crush grows into a confident adult love affair.

Pub Date: April 10, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-5011-2801-1

Page Count: 416

Publisher: Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: Jan. 23, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 2018

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