Romance: Reunited at last
Mary Jo Putney delivers a refreshing Regency-era romance in Once a Rebel, the second book in her Rogues Redeemed series. In England, childhood friends Callista Brooke and Gordon Audley try to elope to save Callista from an arranged marriage, but are caught by their fathers and parted under ugly circumstances. Fifteen years later, Gordon is on a mission to locate a widow trapped in Washington, D.C., during what’s now known as the War of 1812. To his delight, Callie is that widow, and she and Gordon are reunited. They settle into their old friendship, ignoring the sparks of attraction. More dangers lie ahead as they fight to survive the burning of the city and locate Callie’s family. If the two persevere and return home to England, past and present will collide—and the love of a lifetime may finally be recognized. Filled with action and adventure and spiced with an intriguing glimpse of American history, Once a Rebel is not to be missed.
Soul mates get a second chance in Sarah Morgan’s latest New York City-set romantic comedy, Holiday in the Hamptons. Felicity “Fliss” Knight made a mistake 10 years ago, and it shows up in Manhattan to haunt her in the form of her ex-husband, veterinarian Seth Carlyle. In order to avoid him, she hastens to the Hamptons to help her grandmother recover from an accident. But Seth pops up there, too, and though she tries to pass herself off as her twin sister, Harriet, her ex isn’t buying it. And he isn’t letting her run away from him again either. Their marriage ended abruptly, and both blame themselves. In Seth’s mind, now is the time to heal the aching wound and see if they can find a future. It’s what his heart wants—and he thinks she might still love him, too. Morgan’s latest is a tender, enjoyable tale of a couple confronting their past and learning to let go of old hurts to find new happiness.
TOP PICK IN ROMANCE
Gripping action meets fiery passion in Going Dark by Monica McCarty. Known for her historical romances, McCarty dives into contemporary suspense with aplomb. Marine ecologist Annie Henderson travels to the Western Isles of Scotland to protest offshore drilling. During her preparations, she meets Dan, a taciturn boat captain who is both mysterious and strangely compelling. When Annie’s trust in the wrong people steers her toward disaster, it’s the sexy waterman who rescues her and protects her on the run. As they survive one near miss after another, Annie realizes that her rescuer is someone special—his real name is Dean Baylor, and he’s the leader of a Navy SEAL team presumed to be killed in action. Dean is in even more danger than Annie, and during their search for answers, he’s painfully aware that his involvement with a wanted woman threatens the surviving members of his team and their goal to uncover who set them up. The simplest solution for the romantic pair is to part forever, but it may be too late. Going Dark is an energetic, entertaining and highly recommended read.
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This article was originally published in the September 2017 issue of BookPage. Download the entire issue for the Kindle or Nook.