In the quaint little town of Cailkirn, Alaska, it's impossible to keep a secret, especially one as juicy as the unexpected return of Kitty Grant. Tack MacKinnon remembers her wild red curls and even wilder spirit-and still feels the sting from when she shattered his heart in college. Read more...
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In the quaint little town of Cailkirn, Alaska, it's impossible to keep a secret, especially one as juicy as the unexpected return of Kitty Grant. Tack MacKinnon remembers her wild red curls and even wilder spirit-and still feels the sting from when she shattered his heart in college. But there's a pain in Kitty's gorgeous eyes that guts him to the core and Tack is determined to do whatever it takes to see the woman he still loves smile again-even if it means taking on her demons as his own.
After fleeing an abusive ex-husband, Kitty decides that the best way to heal her broken heart is to come back home. But she gets a whole new shock when she sees how undeniably sexy Tack has become. More handsome, more muscular, more charming-more "everything"-he's impossible to resist. Before she knows it, they're reigniting sparks that could set the whole state of Alaska on fire. Yet trust doesn't come easy to Kitty anymore, and as things heat up between her and Tack, she can't help but wonder if one of them is going to get burned . . .
"Lucy Monroe writes smart, sensual, emotional books for intelligent women."
-JoAnn Ross, "New York Times" bestselling author
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-03-23
- Reviewer: Staff
In the first of her Northern Fire series, Monroe (the Children of the Moon series) introduces Cailkirn, Alaska, the small town Kitty Grant’s ancestors founded nearly 200 years ago. Eight years after Kitty escaped Cailkirn, she returns to rebuild her life, following her divorce from an abusive husband who sent her spiraling into anorexia. Tack MacKinnon runs a hiking tour company that caters to tourists from cruise ships. He was heartbroken when Kitty broke off their longtime friendship and got married (though her spouse remains in California), and now he’ll do anything to protect his heart while helping her recover her health. With immediate chemistry between them, he uses casual, hot sex to bribe her to eat. Tack’s insistence on pretending to be just friends hamstrings the development of romance; the jealousy and misunderstandings are never balanced by tenderness. The repeated introduction of flat protagonists for future books gives the novel an unsatisfying episodic feel. Agent: Ethan Ellenberg, Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency. (May)
Romance: The girl next door
Former teenage lovers reunite in Let Me Love You Again, the second book in Anna DeStefano’s Echoes of the Heart series. When entrepreneur Oliver Bowman’s foster father suffers a heart attack, Oliver returns home and reconnects with the loving couple that raised him. Although he’s been sending them money to aid in raising more foster children, Oliver hasn’t been back since leaving at 18 after a disastrous, drunken night. But when he visits, he learns that Selena Rosenthal, the girl he once gave his heart to, is living next door with her young daughter. Could the girl be his daughter, or is she simply another reason to ignore his renewed attraction to Selena? As a single mother dealing with a difficult divorce, Selena shouldn’t be feeling so much for Oliver, despite the fact that they were each other’s solace as teens. Trusting that good things can happen is hard for this couple, yet necessary if they have any hope of a future together. DeStefano has written an emotional family drama—readers should have a hankie at the ready.
A Highland captain of the guard tames an English lady in the second installment of Victoria Roberts’ Highland Spies series, Kilts and Daggers. Lady Grace Walsingham visits Scotland for her sister’s wedding, and Grace intends to stay in the Highlands for a few more weeks while her betrothed, a nobleman, returns to London. However, this means she will have to put up with a man who constantly gets under her skin: her new brother-in-law’s captain of the guard. Fagan Murray can’t help but needle the English miss who’s always looking down her pretty nose at him, but he must stay close and protect her. This closeness creates an unwanted but simmering attraction that only heats up further when Fagan is ordered to escort Grace back to London. The journey gives both a better appreciation of each other and their growing passion. While Grace’s future now seems tied to the Scottish soldier, a new danger means she and Fagan may have no future at all. This pleasing tale of two sparring lovers opening their hearts is full of fun and adventure.
TOP PICK IN ROMANCE
A woman returns home to rebuild her life in Lucy Monroe’s Wild Heat, the first book in her Northern Fire series. After her divorce, Kitty Grant leaves LA and returns to her family in small-town Cailkirn, Alaska. In Cailkirn, it’s impossible for Kitty to avoid the best friend she once spurned for her husband-to-be. Tack MacKinnon is glad Kitty’s back, for her sake, though he’s decided to keep his distance—one broken heart is enough for a lifetime. Their tight community doesn’t allow much space, however. Soon Kitty is working for him, and he’s helping her heal from a serious eating disorder. Their relationship turns physical, and although he’s made it clear it’s a friends-with-benefits situation, Kitty begins to see her buddy in a new light. Can they overcome their fears and become a couple? Characters to cheer for, steamy love scenes and a beautiful setting make this book a standout