DREAMING OF A WHITE WOLF CHRISTMAS

A cute shifter romance with plenty of holiday spirit.

Two white wolf shifters—a reclusive author and a dogged PI—find each other (and love) over the winter holiday season.

Two years ago, Clara Hart was bitten by a white wolf pup while camping in Minnesota with her friends. The pup wasn’t an ordinary wolf but a shifter, and its bite changed Clara’s life forever. Before the incident, she made a living as a romantic suspense author and enjoyed time with her adoptive parents. Now, with her body shifting into her wolf form during full moons, she’s become a recluse, moving to the wilderness of South Dakota and changing her name to Candice Mayfair. She doesn’t trust herself around friends and family, choosing instead to live a life of solitude. Fellow white wolf shifter and Minnesota PI Owen Nottingham is excited to finally open a brick-and-mortar store for his agency. His first case: find Clara Hart within 30 days or the inheritance her adoptive father left her becomes forfeit. Clara’s family has been disturbed by her sudden disappearance and figures it may have something to do with her previous camping trip in Owen’s neck of the woods. Obviously, Owen manages to track down Clara and is surprised to learn that she’s a shifter of his own kind, though she’s had the unfortunate luck of trying to figure out the whole shifting process on her own. Owen is overjoyed at the prospect of finding a mate given that his shifting species is rather rare, and he takes the opportunity to show her the ropes of a shifter lifestyle. While the timeline of events, past and present, is confusing to put together, the backdrop of a snowy cabin in the wilderness with Christmas fast approaching is a cozy distraction from any outlying, head-scratching details.

A cute shifter romance with plenty of holiday spirit.

Pub Date: Oct. 3, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-4926-4517-7

Page Count: 352

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

Review Posted Online: Aug. 21, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 2017

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

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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 30, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2016

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

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. 22, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 2018

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