There’s much better erotic romance out there.

WINTER

From the Pleasure Quartet series

A young ballerina realizes she won’t make it professionally and, as she’s finding a new purpose, meets a mesmerizing artist with whom she embarks on a journey of passionate self-discovery.

After French ballet student Giselle loses her boyfriend and her place at her London ballet school, she returns to Paris aimless, takes a job at a flower shop, then becomes a model for an up-and-coming artist. William is sensual in ways Giselle has never experienced before, and the two quickly become lovers, sharing an explosive attraction and a surprising emotional connection. As the relationship intensifies, they share their deepest secrets and most intimate fantasies. William is connected to a mysterious network of sex clubs and decadent events that intrigue Giselle, and, encouraged by her lover, she delves into this shadowy world with him. In most ways, Giselle and William are perfectly matched and deeply connected, but when a long-standing tension causes an argument, a careless accident leads to tragic consequences, and Giselle’s guilt sends her down another career track and into the sheltering employment of the enigmatic company William was tied to. Moving across the globe, Giselle settles into a satisfying professional life but an empty emotional existence and, after many years, decides to revisit her past, with surprising results. Jackson tells a vaguely interesting story that is at times sensual, at times sexually explicit, and at times compelling. But most of the time, it kind of meanders, with some lovely language, some good writing, and some beguiling elements but mostly a disengaged, disjointed narrative style that keeps us one more step removed from a story that already lacks structure and tension and wanders in too many directions without much discernible purpose.

There’s much better erotic romance out there.

Pub Date: Nov. 10, 2015

ISBN: 978-1-4976-9869-7

Page Count: 386

Publisher: Open Road Integrated Media

Review Posted Online: Aug. 18, 2015

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 2015

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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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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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