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- ISBN-13: 9781476706016
- ISBN-10: 1476706018
- Publisher: Pocket Books
- Publish Date: March 2015
- Page Count: 368
- Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.1 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.4 pounds
Series: Half-Moon Hollow #5
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-08-17
- Reviewer: Staff
Choppy storytelling mars the third installment of Harper's (A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses) paranormal romance series. College student Gigi Scanlon's big sister, Iris, is a vampire, and an overprotective one to boot. Both sisters are thrilled by Gigi's return to Half-Moon Hollow, Ky., for the summer, but Iris isn't so happy about Gigi's summer job working for the infamous vampire Council. Gigi's determined to make her own way, however, and quickly finds herself embroiled in the intrigues of office politics and joys of leadership, while having frequent dreams of a handsome vampire she's never formally met (only kissed). The book is resplendent with humor, but the jokes rely on over-the-top antics and the plot on barely believable connections. The meet-cute is given hardly more than passing mention, while much of the novel relies on past characters as pratfalls and plot crutches. Agent: Stephany Evans, FinePrint Literary Management. (Mar.)
Romance: Fighting for true love
A mixed martial arts fighter loses the battle for his heart in Holding Strong, the latest in Lori Foster’s Ultimate series. Denver Lewis thinks daycare worker Cherry Peyton is sexy, beautiful and a definite flirt. The fact that her flirtations with other men bothers him so much has made him steer clear of her. With an important fight in the offing, he doesn’t need the distraction of a known tease. However, his resistance only lasts for so long, and when he and Cherry finally kiss, he knows he must have her. Cherry fell for Denver early and is ecstatic that they’re together—until ugliness from her past arrives. She hopes to handle the situation on her own, but she quickly learns the importance of trust. Will Cherry and Denver manage to defeat her ghosts and find their happy-ever-after? This story is a winner, proving that nobody writes a studly hero better than Foster.
In Molly Harper’s The Dangers of Dating a Rebound Vampire, 20-year-old human programmer Gigi Scanlon works for the World Council for the Equal Treatment of the Undead. The hours aren’t ideal, but the perks are great, and Gigi is accustomed to dealing with vampires since her sister, brother-in-law and friends are blood-drinkers themselves. However, complicating her job is the distraction of Nik Dragomirov, the mysterious vamp who gave her one searing kiss and then disappeared. Now he’s back and running hot and cold when it comes to Gigi. She’s attracted to Nik big time, but there’s the pesky fact that he can easily turn from sweet seducer to dangerous assailant. When they learn that a witch has cursed Nik, it’s a race to break the spell before it forces Nik to put a very permanent end to their growing love. Entertaining and laugh-out-loud funny, this paranormal romance is a great addition to the Half-Moon Hollow series.
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Eloisa James continues her best-selling Desperate Duchesses series with Four Nights with the Duke, a jewel of a love story. Mia Carrington is desperate to find a husband in order to secure the guardianship of her orphaned nephew, so she turns to Vander Brody, the Duke of Pindar, her adolescent crush and the one man she can blackmail into a quick marriage. Being cornered by Mia enrages Vander, but to save his family name he agrees to her stipulations—up to a point. Assuming that her old obsession with him is fueling the situation, he’ll exact revenge by allowing her only four nights a year in his bed. When the truth comes out—that Mia only wants a convenient marriage that can quickly be annulled—he’s only more annoyed. The maddening yet lovely woman moves in with her ward, and Vander easily bonds with the child, leading him to believe that the marriage might work after all. However, the machinations of an unscrupulous relative threaten all they have begun to build together. Sexy, sweet and with secondary characters who will wiggle their way into readers’ hearts, this historical romance is amusing, smiles-all-around entertainment.