The July 2016 issue of RT Book Reviews features reviews for 6 Casablanca, 2 Fire, and 1 Landmark titles, including a TOP PICK! for Terry Spear’s Billionaire in Wolf’s Clothing. Reviews are below:
If the Earl Only Knew by Amanda Forester | 4 Stars | ISBN: 9781492605492
Review: Once again, Forester earns top marks for her spunky heroines and their men who need to be taught a thing or two (usually at the expense of their pride, and by said spunky heroines). Forester’s gift for humor and creating memorable characters who have survived wrenching tragedy sparkle like gems in this newest romp through the ton’s drawing rooms.
Summary: Though no fault of her own, Lady Katherine Ashton has quite the past, all of which she will take to her grave, unless, of course, life conspires against her and throws her into the arms—and family—of the Earl of Wynbrook. Years before, a shared tragedy bound their families together, and now, just when she’s freed herself and her twin from their heartbreaking history, a new threat appears. The earl has never had such a grand adventure since Lady Kate’s return, and she has unceremoniously ruined him for any other woman. Now all he has to do is convince her that they should wed. First, though, there is his sister’s wedding, the small matter of the ruffians who keep abducting Kate and her twin, and discovering where his always-mysterious solicitor has gone.
A Gift for Guile by Alissa Johnson | 4 Stars | ISBN: 9781492620532
Review: Johnson draws readers into an intriguing mystery romance as disparate characters join forces to combat the demons of their pasts. The quick pace, sexual tension, touch of poignancy and the well-drawn backdrop seamlessly merge, allowing her characters and their conflict to take center stage.
Summary: Sir Samuel Brass, once Scotland Yard’s most famous operative and private detective, has long been plagued by the cunning thief Esther Walker-Bales. After leaving London, Esther returns on a quest to right many wrongs, and Samuel is drawn back into her world. Esther is determined to amend her past mistakes, no matter what, and though she feels Samuel can be domineering and interfering, she has to accept his help when she finds herself in trouble. It is only Samuel who makes Esther feel a longing for a different life. Their working together forces them to make compromises, and their mutual attraction blazes into a passionate affair. Though each wishes to remain independent, they are stronger together, and build a bond of love and trust that cannot be broken.
You and Me, Always by Jill Mansell | 4 Stars | ISBN: 9781492638858
Review: There is a lightness and energy to Mansell’s writing that makes her work a consistent pleasure and a perfect escape. Her characters are charming; their struggles, emotions and relationships feel wonderfully genuine, and there is an implicit promise that, no matter what, all those characters who deserve happiness win it in spades. This particular story is a beautiful mix of heartbreak, humor, and redemption that is sure to delight fans and engage a wealth of new readers.
Summary: Lily’s 25th birthday begins with her opening the last letter from her beloved mother, who passed away when she was 8, and learning the name of her mother’s one true love, a man whom Lily becomes determined to meet. Later that day, she discovers that Eddie Tessler, a worldwide—and disgraced—film star, is hiding out at her best friend’s house. Lily can’t deny that she and Eddie share a surprising chemistry, but her childhood friend, Dan, seems increasingly unreceptive to her new relationship. The scene is set for a year that Lily—and her friends—will never forget.
Twisted by Hannah Jayne | 4 Stars | ISBN: 9781492631798
Review: Jayne’s chilling suspense novel will keep readers up all night as they try to decipher what information and characters they can trust. Snippets from the past appear throughout the narrative, giving readers glimpses of Bex’s childhood without detracting from present-day events. This is one of those books that readers will race to finish in one day.
Summary: Beth Ann Reimer is starting over. She has a new identity—Bex Andrews—new foster parents and a new hometown in Kill Devil Hills, where no one will know her as “the serial killer’s daughter.” Bex’s real father was accused of being The Wife Collector, a murderer who preyed on beautiful young women, but disappeared before he could be tried. Just when Bex thinks she’s finally free from living under the shadow of her father’s crimes, a young girl is murdered in Kill Devil Hills. Has Bex’s father found her? Now the police want her help, but Bex begins to question if her father really is guilty, or if he was framed.
Defending Taylor by Miranda Kenneally | 4 Stars | ISBN: 9781492630081
Review: I can’t quite put my finger on what is so enthralling about Kenneally’s newest novel, but it totally sucked me in. I loved that Kenneally didn’t go with an easy, traditional happy-go-lucky ending. I also enjoyed the flawed nature of the characters, which made them feel more relatable. This is a great summer read and my favorite novel by Kenneally so far!
Summary: Taylor’s always pushed herself to excel: in school, on the soccer field and in every other part of her life. For better or worse, that’s what’s expected of a senator’s daughter. When one well-intentioned bad decision derails her future, Taylor finds herself directionless for the first time. Stuck between two terrible outcomes, she tried to make the best choice, but she never imaged the severity of the consequences. Now her family is furious at her for destroying their image right before her father is up for re-election. The only person who seems to understand what she’s going through is her older brother’s best friend—the guy she’s nursed a crush on for years. Unfortunately, he’s also the guy who blew her off on her 16th birthday. Afraid she’ll never get into her dream college or be forgiven by her family, Taylor is desperate to find a way forward. But what do you do when your best isn’t good enough?
Devil and the Deep by Julie Ann Walker | 4 Stars | ISBN: 9781492608936
Review: The second installment of the Deep Six series drops readers on a tropical island where both treasure and danger lurk. Fans of Walker’s action-packed adventures and expert alpha men are sure to be satisfied, as former SEAL Bran Pallidino hunts down a group of ruthless kidnappers to rescue a woman he refuses to admit he’s fallen for. New to the series? You’ll be happy to know you can dive right in, even if you haven’t read book one. From the Caribbean setting to the fast-paced suspense, this book is a certified beach read!
Summary: For the last few months, Bran Pallidino’s days have been spent exploring the sea for sunken treasure and exchanging flirtatious emails with socialite Maddy Powers. However, when Maddy shows up to the island where Bran and his crew are settled, Bran shuts down, refusing to take their relationship beyond cyberspace. But when Maddy is kidnapped, Bran must revert back to SEAL-mode to rescue her while also coming to grips with his feelings.
Always My Girl by Samantha Chase | 4 Stars | ISBN: 9781492616283
Review: The Shaughnessys’ return is welcome, as always. The latest brother to fall is Quinn, and he brings good questions with him: Can you fall in love with your best childhood friend, and when did she grow up to look that smokin’ hot? The beauty of this family is the honesty that they dole out to each other. This is another winner in a series that is true to life.
Summary: Since they met at the age of 6, Quinn and Anna have been best buds. Their bond has survived all of the speed bumps of growing up. But Anna’s been keeping a secret: She is madly in love with Quinn. He is, of course, oblivious. He pursued his love for speed by becoming a racecar driver. Now that his career is over, he’s opened up a local repair shop. He’s also dating the hottest women he can find. Anna is finally ready to move on and find love. At the festivities for his brother’s wedding, Quinn finally notices that Anna isn’t a little girl any more.
Billionaire in Wolf’s Clothing by Terry Spear | 4 ½ Stars, TOP PICK! | ISBN: 9781492621898
Review: A billionaire who’s bewitched by a she-wolf senses danger up ahead, and he’s afraid that he’d be losing more than just his heart. This newest werewolf series is packed with adventure, humor, passion, a touch of flirtation and danger. It’s no wonder Spear continues to surprise her fans with the sexy alpha Billionaire in Wolf’s Clothing—it’s magnificently entertaining.
Summary: Sometimes opposites attract, but other times, it brings chaos and deception. Jade Ashton is a strong she-wolf and a loving mother who would do anything to protect her cub. So when she was blackmailed by her ruthless brother, Jade had no choice but to go up against powerful billionaire Rafe Danali. As a shifter and a member of the most prominent wolf family, Rafe knows his life is pretty close to perfect. But upon meeting the beautiful and mysterious Jade, he senses there is more mystery that beauty to his lady wolf. And as Rafe slowly unravels the suspicion and threats surrounding Jade, he will also discover a secret that could change their lives—and possibly the world—forever.
Rose Bride by Elizabeth Moss | 3 Stars | ISBN: 9781492613886
Review: Moss tells a tale of a young woman whose actions have scandalized her in a period where this is definitely frowned upon. While the writing is strong, the story tends to drag on in a few spots. Readers may find this distracting. The characters in the story are well defined and likable, and the passion between them burns off the page. A great steamy read!
Summary: Margerie Croft is an impure woman. She lost her virginity before her wedding night. Deciding that she is not going to marry a man whom she is not in love with, she flees King Henry VIII’s court. She will not spend her life being passed around, as this would be her only other option if she decided to stay. Having heard the rumors about Margerie, Virgil Elton notices something about her. Asking for her help, he soon realizes that she is as smart as she is beautiful. Now it is up to him to convince her that she is more than what others think of her.