An entertaining, well-crafted novel of love and lust later in life.



This first book in a planned trilogy taps the erotic escapades of an uptight attorney and her beach-loving boyfriend.

Debut author Ewing, a practicing attorney in Florida, compresses the story of a relationship between two unnamed protagonists into a single shared weekend, during which the woman (from whose point of view the tale is predominantly told) also entertains vivid memories of their other past encounters. While demolishing an expert witness in a deposition, she finds herself both looking forward to the weekend to come and looking back at the earlier days of the romance. Separated by 130 miles, the couple relied on their words to connect, attract and arouse one another until their desires could be physically fulfilled. Some of the sizzle is diminished by a tendency to describe flashbacks of sexual episodes rather than detailing similar episodes as they unfold in the present. Still, there’s plenty of passionate intensity, though some of the erotic associations are a bit contrived, particularly a scene involving a dill pickle. Clues to the ages and experiences of the couple emerge slowly: Her son’s age here, her battle with cancer there, the gray in his ponytail here, his 29-year marriage there. These gradual revelations heighten the impact of the realization that this is a sensual story featuring older adults—an effect that feels fresh and innovative as an understated celebration of sexuality throughout a life span. Ewing also deepens the storyline with a keen understanding of how private thoughts are unconsciously transmitted and how unspoken doubts can change the course of an entire relationship. Her characters are well-developed and appealing, and dialogue is natural and unforced, thouh the distracting convention of avoiding proper names (except for the cat, Elvis) is a bit odd. Over all, the work is strong enough to overcome its minor missteps, and the conclusion promises a similarly enjoyable experience in the sequel.

An entertaining, well-crafted novel of love and lust later in life.

Pub Date: Feb. 5, 2014

ISBN: 978-1483408286

Page Count: 142

Publisher: Lulu

Review Posted Online: April 22, 2014

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A strict report, worthy of sympathy.


A violent surfacing of adolescence (which has little in common with Tarkington's earlier, broadly comic, Seventeen) has a compulsive impact.

"Nobody big except me" is the dream world of Holden Caulfield and his first person story is down to the basic, drab English of the pre-collegiate. For Holden is now being bounced from fancy prep, and, after a vicious evening with hall- and roommates, heads for New York to try to keep his latest failure from his parents. He tries to have a wild evening (all he does is pay the check), is terrorized by the hotel elevator man and his on-call whore, has a date with a girl he likes—and hates, sees his 10 year old sister, Phoebe. He also visits a sympathetic English teacher after trying on a drunken session, and when he keeps his date with Phoebe, who turns up with her suitcase to join him on his flight, he heads home to a hospital siege. This is tender and true, and impossible, in its picture of the old hells of young boys, the lonesomeness and tentative attempts to be mature and secure, the awful block between youth and being grown-up, the fright and sickness that humans and their behavior cause the challenging, the dramatization of the big bang. It is a sorry little worm's view of the off-beat of adult pressure, of contemporary strictures and conformity, of sentiment….

A strict report, worthy of sympathy.

Pub Date: June 15, 1951

ISBN: 0316769177

Page Count: -

Publisher: Little, Brown

Review Posted Online: Nov. 2, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 1951

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Shalvis’ latest retains her spark and sizzle.


Piper Manning is determined to sell her family’s property so she can leave her hometown behind, but when her siblings come back with life-changing secrets and her sexy neighbor begins to feel like “The One,” she might have to redo her to-do list.

As children, Piper and her younger siblings, Gavin and Winnie, were sent to live with their grandparents in Wildstone, California, from the Congo after one of Gavin’s friends was killed. Their parents were supposed to meet them later but never made it. Piper wound up being more of a parent than her grandparents, though: “In the end, Piper had done all the raising. It’d taken forever, but now, finally, her brother and sister were off living their own lives.” Piper, the queen of the bullet journal, plans to fix up the family’s lakeside property her grandparents left the three siblings when they died. Selling it will enable her to study to be a physician’s assistant as she’s always wanted. However, just as the goal seems in sight, Gavin and Winnie come home, ostensibly for Piper’s 30th birthday, and then never leave. Turns out, Piper’s brother and sister have recently managed to get into a couple buckets of trouble, and they need some time to reevaluate their options. They aren’t willing to share their problems with Piper, though they’ve been completely open with each other. And Winnie, who’s pregnant, has been very open with Piper’s neighbor Emmitt Reid and his visiting son, Camden, since the baby’s father is Cam’s younger brother, Rowan, who died a few months earlier in a car accident. Everyone has issues to navigate, made more complicated by Gavin and Winnie’s swearing Cam to secrecy just as he and Piper try—and fail—to ignore their attraction to each other. Shalvis keeps the physical and emotional tension high, though the siblings’ refusal to share with Piper becomes tedious and starts to feel childish.

Shalvis’ latest retains her spark and sizzle.

Pub Date: Jan. 28, 2020

ISBN: 978-0-06-296139-6

Page Count: 384

Publisher: Morrow/HarperCollins

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15, 2019

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