Roberts's latest novel of romantic suspense is a cunningly calibrated portrait of a young chef's recovery from violent trauma. While driving in the Grand Tetons, displaced Bostonian Reece Gilmore stops in the small town of Angel's Fist, near Jackson Hole, Wyo., and considers the "Cook Wanted" sign in Joanie's, a local diner. Still rattled by a shooting spree at her Boston restaurant that left her wounded and the only survivor among 12 co-workers, Reece is easily spooked, as noted by her plainspoken new boss, Joanie, and the locals who frequent the restaurant. Among them is a wary, unattached mystery novelist, Brody. Indeed, when Reece claims to have witnessed a murder while hiking along Snake River, few except Brody are inclined to believe the skittish new resident: Sheriff Rick Mardson hasn't found any clear evidence of a woman struck down near the river; Doc Wallace is suspicious of Reece's fragile mental state; and Joanie isn't about to cut Reece any slack while running a busy kitchen. Roberts cleverly casts suspicions on the locals while developing the romance between the two feisty protagonists. A slow-burn start combusts in a satisfying denouement; Roberts's legions of fans will be enthralled.
The most eligible bachelor in town, sexy Tye McBride steers clear of marriage-hungry females. Once betrayed by love, he's vowed never to go soft over a lady again. Besides, he has his hands full minding his mischievous nieces, known as the McBride Menaces. But now that his lawyer has told him to either wed or lose guardianship, he sees Claire Donovan as the perfect bride, in name only -- except something about her makes him dizzy with desire. And something about him makes her breathless. Something could complicate their best-laid plans. Something like...magic.
Love and chocolate are the order of the day in this charming collection of historical novellas by four of St. Martin's best-known romance writers. Humor runs rampant as Josh Travis must deal with the consequences when his romantic poem and box of chocolates are delivered to the local spinster schoolmarm by mistake in Margaret Brownley's "Rocky Road"; a bizarre wager turns romantic for the town's most eligible bachelor and a creative dessert chef in Raine Cantress's "Miss Delwin's Delights"; a heroine resigned to the death of her lover agrees to marry another in Alexis Harrington's "A Taste of Remembrance"; and a rancher and a candy store owner with a chocolate allergy spar in Sue Rich's "Sweet Creations." Pleasent and lively, these stories are delightful reading and should appeal to most readers.
Two great books for the price of one. Rorie Campbell has a pleasant, predictable life in San Francisco, where she's seeing a pleasant, predictable man. Then, one vacation, her car breaks down on an Oregon country road and horse rancher Clay Franklin comes to her rescue. Rorie soon discovers that a city girl can fall in love with a country man. But Clay has no right to return her feelingsâbecause he's engaged to another woman.
Hate, lust and considerable intrigue propel Bradford's latest (after Everything to Gain), a romantic mystery. Sebastian Locke, the last great philanthropist, has the world at his fingertips?power, money and a beautiful fiancee. Suddenly, mysteriously, he commits suicide?or does he? The answer is unveiled through a series of first-person narratives by members of his dysfunctional family. Vivien, his third wife, who seduced, married and divorced Sebastian but remained his confidante, will stop at nothing to learn the truth behind his death. But the philanthropist's son, Jack, hated his father with a passion that rendered the younger man impotent; glad to be out from under his father's shadow, he couldn't care less about the truth. Meanwhile, Luciana, the fragile daughter with a will of iron that matches her father's, is determined to gain control of Sebastian's assets and to start a new Locke dynasty of her own. Bradford's writing style is dialogue-heavy and laid-back, sometimes passionless, but the clever and unexpected plot twists, capped by the revelation of Sebastian's shattering secret, will keep the author's many fans entranced.
Cady Briggs was happy to get out of the family business. Aunt Vesta's antiques gallery may be a prestigious and successful business, but the stress and responsibilities weren't much fun for her, nor were the frequent comparisons to Aunt Vesta's quirky personality. Cady much prefers her art-consulting business, especially when it leads to meeting enigmas like Mack Easton. Mack's request for help tracking down a stolen Renaissance helm seems like an easy job, and a good way to get to know the mysterious man.
Jayne Ann Krentz's latest is sure to sell like hotcakes. Though the initial connection between hunk and heroine feels a bit awkward, their developing relationship evens out and, combined with the complex maneuverings of a corrupt antique world and the long list of murder suspects, keeps the reader hastily turning the pages toward a breathtaking conclusion.
Talented electrical engineer Jake Cantrell meets Maggie Sorrell, an attractive interior designer, while working on sets for an amateur theatrical group. Both have moved to Connecticut to start life anew after failed marriages. In spite of obstacles, including their age difference--Maggie is 44 and Jake will turn 29--they fall hard for each other. Narrator Lisa Banes captures the romance, drama and moody spells in whispery and warm tones. Using light and subtle changes in pitch, she effectively differentiates the characters and genders, making the plot easy to follow. Bradford's poignant and inspiring story of faith and love is well matched by Banes's clear and natural articulation.
For Grace Hart, single mother and Juvenile and Domestic Court Judge, it's never a problem sorting out other families' affairs, but when her own 15-year-old daughter, Jessica?recently diagnosed with diabetes and unable to come to terms with her disease?begins sneaking out at night, experimenting with drugs and alcohol, and running with a fast crowd, it's a different story. Enter Detective Tony Marino, on the night that one of Jessica's sneak-outs coincides with a stalker breaking into the Hart home in suburban Ohio. Despite the fact that Grace and Tony initially antagonize each other, before long he moves in with the Harts to help defend them from the still-at-large stalker. Formulaic plotting puts a decided damper on any surprises that might be derived from the love story. The characters must convince a skeptical police force that the stalker's manifestations?messages on mirrors, stolen teddy bears, a dead hamster?are more than harmless pranks. Such material might prove credibly spooky coming from a King or a Koontz, but in the hands of Robard (The Senator's Wife) the chills are nearly nil. With its conventional characters, a frothy "angel" motif and a predictable feel-good ending, this book makes for very light suspense-reading, despite steamy romantic scenes and a plot that manages to casually involve working-parenthood, adoption, criminal teens and an ineffective justice system.
Coulter's new thriller romance opens with Ruth Warnecki lost in a cave in rural Virginia while fellow (married) FBI agents Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock are hot on the tail of a psychotic dirty old man (Moses Grace) and his flirtatious teenage partner (Claudia), who've kidnapped a smalltime comedian. Coulter fans know she'll deliver page-turners filled with good guys battling bad guys as well as enjoying domestic tranquility. After Ruth makes it out of the cave, she's cared for by Dixon Noble, the local sheriff and ex-New Yorker with two kids and a missing wife; then Ruth and the gang return to the cave to discover the body of a murdered music student.