Romance: Stolen hearts
Julia London sets a delicious Highland romance on the high seas in Devil in Tartan. With her clan in dire financial straits, a desperate Lottie Livingstone embarks on a daring plan—she and her kinsmen will steal a ship and transport casks of whiskey to Denmark. To her surprise, she succeeds and finds herself in control of Captain Aulay Mackenzie, his vessel and his crew. Aulay can’t believe he was foolish enough to be tricked by a woman’s beauty. His voyage was intended to prove that sea trade could be profitable for his clan, and now he’s lost some of his goods and a lot of his self-respect. As he journeys on as Lottie’s captive, however, he finds it hard not to admire her tenacity. She admires Aulay in return, and their close proximity—as well as brushes with danger—leads to an undeniable passion. But when their shared adventure ends, can Aulay forgive Lottie for all she’s taken from him? London’s latest is an action-packed ride.
THE PRINCESS BRIDE
An orphan finds a new life in A Princess in Theory, first in a new series by Alyssa Cole. Orphaned at a young age, hardworking grad student Naledi Smith has always felt alone. But she’s too busy to dwell on that, or to do more than delete the strange emails telling her she’s the long-lost betrothed of Prince Thabiso of Thesolo. Because Naledi refuses to answer any of the emails, Thabiso, who was promised to Naledi when they were small children, poses as her new neighbor. Naledi can’t get her new acquaintance out of her mind, but soon the truth is out, and Thabiso earns her ire for his deception. However, she also learns she has living grandparents in Thesolo who are dangerously ill. In order to visit them and sort out her past, Naledi travels to the African country, where she begins to unravel mysteries and figure out what to do about Thabiso. This is a fun, fanciful romance perfect for readers dreaming of royal weddings.
TOP PICK IN ROMANCE
Deeply romantic and spiced with danger, Lisa Kleypas’ Hello Stranger will make readers swoon. Government agent Ethan Ransom secretly trails doctor Garrett Gibson around Victorian London in order to protect her on her rounds through its more dangerous neighborhoods. But when he steps in to defend her from ruffians, he can’t resist making himself known to her. Their powerful attraction to one another takes both by surprise. The fiercely independent Garrett fascinates Ethan, and he is enraptured by her fortitude and intelligence. And while Garrett has made her peace with having a satisfying career instead of a relationship, Ethan’s devotion makes her realize she could have both. But Ethan’s investigation into corruption soon embroils them both in a situation that could jeopardize their future and their lives.
Kleypas’ elegant, assured prose and attentive characterization adorn every page of Hello Stranger. This is a fabulous love story with a perfectly matched pair at its heart.
ALSO IN BOOKPAGE: Read our Q&A with Lisa Kleypas about Hello Stranger.
This article was originally published in the March 2018 issue of BookPage. Download the entire issue for the Kindle or Nook.