An energetic romance that would make Nora Ephron proud.

GHOSTING

A LOVE STORY

Cyrano de Bergerac meets classic rom-com banter in this contemporary romp about the highs and lows of modern dating.

Miles Ibrahim is possibly at the lowest point in his life: His engagement is over, his ex-fiancee announced a surprise pregnancy, he’s forced to crash on a friend’s couch, and his freelancing gig of playing ghostwriter for online dating profiles is in jeopardy. To add insult to injury, Miles now has competition for the free day-old biscotti and large window seat at one of his favorite cafes in New York. Miles’ cafe interloper is Zoey Abot, recent transplant from California. Though both Miles and Zoey get off on the wrong foot, they have way more in common than they realize. They’re affected by the loss of trust from loved ones. They are firmly in the camp of “starving artist” as they scrounge and scrimp to afford rent and food in the Big Apple. They’re also both secretly wooing one another as dating profile ghostwriters for other people. Both Miles and Zoey are complex and lively characters who sizzle and spark when together, and getting to know their adorable family members is an added, heartwarming bonus. Miles’ parents are a Muslim and Jewish couple, and they adore their son to bits. Meanwhile, Zoey is still dealing with abandonment issues from her parents, who met in the Philippines while doing disaster relief; thankfully, she has a lovely best friend who is also her grandma. At times, the romantic pacing gets bogged down in the details of Miles' and Zoey’s larger social circles, like Zoey’s definitely racist boss, Clifford, and the persnickety boyfriend of Miles’ best friend. For those feeling the lack of romantic comedies on the screen, this book will undoubtedly scratch that itch with its excellent banter, secret personas, and slow-burn attraction between a hero and heroine vying for a table big enough to put down their laptops.

An energetic romance that would make Nora Ephron proud.

Pub Date: May 26, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-4967-3065-7

Page Count: 352

Publisher: Kensington

Review Posted Online: April 13, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 2020

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Slow yet satisfying.

HOW TO CATCH A DUKE

From the Rogues to Riches series , Vol. 6

A woman inquiry agent seeks assistance from a ducal heir and winds up falling in love.

Formidable and imposing Abigail Abbott is in danger after a marquess requested she hand over some letters and she refused. She turns to clever Lord Stephen Wentworth, heir to the Duke of Walden, requesting he help fake her death so she can escape harm’s way. Stephen instead proposes a courtship of convenience. Because of his title, she would be protected with him as an ally. As they spend time together to ensure her safety, they reveal truths about their pasts, explore their physical desires for each other, and uncover more mysteries regarding the letters and the people interested in them. This installment in the Rogues to Riches series features familiar faces and Burrowes’ superb writing. Despite Abigail’s circumstances, the story has little conflict until some late twists amp up the drama. The pace is mostly unhurried, sometimes overly so. Abigail and Stephen genuinely like each other throughout the book, so the romance itself feels quite low stakes, even with their differences in station and morals—Abigail is an anti-violence lapsed Quaker while Stephen designs guns. Stephen uses canes to walk due to an injury in his youth, and this disability is deftly handled. Additionally, his candor regarding past trysts, with both women and men, is refreshing. Secrets and mysteries add some intrigue, but it’s the strength of the adept and captivating leads that carries the story.

Slow yet satisfying.

Pub Date: April 13, 2021

ISBN: 978-1-5387-5383-5

Page Count: 368

Publisher: Forever

Review Posted Online: Feb. 10, 2021

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 2021

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HONEST ILLUSIONS

Suspenseful, glamorous story of love, blackmail, and magic, set in New Orleans and Washington, D.C., about a family of high-class magicians practicing the time-honored profession of thievery. When magician Maxmillian Nouvelle adopts the 12-year-old runaway Luke Callahan, he gives him more than a family: He teaches him the secrets of blending what's real and what's not...giving people what they want—and also taking what they value. For the Great Nouvelle is a master jewel-thief; stealing from the undeserving rich warms his blood like the anticipation of good sex, a passion that both Luke and Max's bratty daughter Raxanne eventually share. Thirteen years pass: As Luke practices the fine arts of larceny and escapology, Roxanne grows into a flame-haired witch who turns bell, book, and candle into smoke onstage. Offstage, she trades in her David Cassidy poster for Luke; together, they set off sparks that could make an innocent bystander..go up in flames. But Luke's invincibility, like the Great Houdini's, is deceptive: Slimy Sam Wyatt—a former grifter now running for the Senate—slithers in from Luke's past, his frigid heart full of contempt for the family he once tried to seam. He threatens to frame Luke for murder and expose the Nouvelles' after-hours show unless he disappears. Five years later, a homesick Luke reappears, determined to show the disillusioned Roxanne that he's more than smoke and mirrors. Together, they set out to plot vengeance, staking everything on their most daring sting to date. True to the magician's oath, Roberts reveals no secrets, but the illusion works—in a compelling and detail-rich first hardcover. Good escape reading.

Pub Date: July 17, 1992

ISBN: 0-399-13761-0

Page Count: 384

Publisher: Putnam

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1, 1992

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