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Dangerous Games

Tess Diamond. Avon, $7.99 mass market (384p) ISBN 978-0-06-265580-6

Diamond’s outstanding debut is pure romantic suspense gold. Maggie Kincaid is a survivor—a killer attacked her and her sister, Erica, and only Maggie escaped. Determined to battle evil, she became an FBI profiler, but after failing to save a young girl in a hostage situation, she left her job in disgrace. Two years later, her FBI mentor calls in a long-overdue favor, and Maggie joins the effort to save a prominent senator’s 14-year-old daughter, Kayla Thebes, who’s been kidnapped. Kayla is an insulin-dependent diabetic, so the clock is ticking; Maggie’s determined not to have another death occur on her watch. Enter former Army Ranger and current gray-ops security expert Jake O’Connor, who quickly realizes that not everything is as it seems—including the questionable dealings and priorities of the seemingly distraught senator. Maggie and Jake work well together, and their chemistry is off the charts, but even this dream team may not be able to rescue Kayla in time. Diamond ably draws readers into a gripping tale full of twists and turns. Just when the path to the ending seems clear, Diamond throws in another red herring. Kayla’s fate is known by the end of the book, but the author leaves another tantalizing mystery unsolved, which readers will eagerly interpret as a sign that more Maggie Kincaid tales are on their way. Agent: Rebecca Friedman, Rebecca Friedman Literary Agency. (Apr.)

Reviewed on 02/17/2017 | Details & Permalink

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An Extraordinary Union: The Loyal League, Book 1

Alyssa Cole. Kensington, $15 trade paper (320p) ISBN 978-1-4967-0744-4

Opening a series set in the Civil War era, Cole (Mixed Signals) hits all the right notes in this smartly written espionage romance brimming with vivid characterization, heartfelt dialogue, and sensual sweetness. Ellen “Elle” Burns, a sassy freedwoman, and Malcolm McCall, a charming immigrant from Scotland, are both spies committed to using their skills to defeat the Confederacy. Their collaboration is complicated by the sizzling chemistry between them. Elle has given up her freedom to pose as a mute slave in an influential Confederate household, as her photographic memory lets her retain confidential information after just a glance. In the same household, Malcolm claims to be a Confederate soldier, hoping to endear himself to Confederate officials. Their closeness leads to genuine mutual understanding of their private selves and a satisfying intimate relationship. But Elle knows the perils of an interracial romance, and she struggles to trust a man who lies so glibly. Despite their ability to work seamlessly together and their growing belief in a shared future, a risky plan to secure vital information goes awry, threatening the success of the mission—and their lives. Cole’s sparkling gem of a romance portrays love at its most practical and sublime; she writes with lyricism, intelligence, and historical accuracy. This fascinating novel is a most welcome addition to the historical romance genre. (Apr.)

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Enjoy the Dance: Dancing, Book 2

Heidi Cullinan. Heidi Cullinan, $4.99 e-book (344p) ASIN B01KVVFRM8

The rapidity of change in American politics allows Cullinan to make her second Dancing novel (after Dance with Me) a period piece set in the distant historical era of the early 2010s, in a Minnesota considering the repeal of same-sex marriage while the nation is on the edge of marriage equality. Dance teacher Tomás Jimenez’s student, Duon Graves, winds up on Tomás’s doorstep after enduring homophobic abuse from his family. Tomás’s neighbor, closeted kindergarten teacher Spenser Harris, takes the boy in. Someone needs to give Duon a new home, and Spenser realizes that Tomás cannot risk exposing his undocumented parents, whom he supports while they raise his deadbeat sister’s children, to the scrutiny of the foster care system. Cullinan balances activism and escapism as she places Tomás and Spenser’s interracial love-conquers-all romance in a context full of real contemporary challenges, letting the reader indulge hopeful thoughts of the possibility of successful support networks for gay men and immigrants without straying too far into after-school special territory. However, her analogy between the freedom of dance and the freedom to allow happiness into one’s life often feels overblown. (BookLife)

Reviewed on 02/17/2017 | Details & Permalink

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72 Hours

Bella Jewel. St. Martin’s, $7.99 mass market (304p) ISBN 978-1-250-10834-0

In Jewel’s awkward, unsettling romantic thriller set in Florida’s swampy wilderness, Lara and Noah have 72 hours to escape from the clutches of a killer before his game of hide-and-seek turns into a death sentence. The man who has captured them has been following them for months, and he thinks they’ll be easy marks, incapable of working together to get out of the swamp before he catches them. He’s not entirely wrong; they both took tremendous hits during their breakup three months before, and their mutual trust is shattered. Now it looks like they won’t get time to even begin to clear the air unless they find a way to survive. Jewel’s clumsy plotting and lack of details (neither main character even has a last name) give readers little to enjoy. There’s some suspense, and lots of gore, but there’s no real reason to care. Agent: Kimberly Brower, Rebecca Friedman Literary. (Apr.)

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Fighting Attraction: Redemption, Book 4

Sarah Castille. Sourcebooks Casablanca, $13.99 trade paper (304p) ISBN 978-1-4926-4885-7

Returning to MMA training center Redemption, Castille plays with contrasting personality traits as one of the gym’s most cheerful and popular fighters, Jack “Rampage” Caldwell, hides his taste for sexual sadism. He’s convinced no one will accept him, particularly now that he’s joined the professional circuit. After undergoing a massive makeover, Rampage catches the attention of prim legal assistant Penny Worthington, who escaped the U.K. to start her life over in Oakland following a destructive relationship. Like Rampage, she keeps her kinky urges a secret, but when he discovers her tolerance for pain, they ease into a dominant/submissive relationship. As always, Castille never sacrifices character building for sex, and there is ample time for Penny and Jack to earn mutual trust before they get intimate. However, their kink scenes are markedly harsher than in Castille’s earlier light-BDSM Redemption contemporaries. Familiar gym members and side characters pop up frequently, though fans will wish for more of Makayla and Torment, the pair who started it all. Agent: Laura Bradford, Bradford Literary. (Apr.)

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Midnight Target: Killer Instincts, Book 8

Elle Kennedy. Berkley, $7.99 mass market (464p) ISBN 978-1-101-99131-2

Kennedy knows romantic thrillers like the back of her hand, and this eighth Killer Instincts novel, like its predecessors, is reliably worthy. Dual romances play out amidst fist-, knife-, and gunfights in a formerly peaceful South American city. Four years after finding her birth father, 21-year-old Cate Morgan wants him out of her face. Jim Morgan, a mercenary, dislikes that his newfound daughter’s career as a freelance photojournalist puts her in harm’s way; he wants her back in college. Instead, while on assignment in fictitious Guatana, she inadvertently photographs a man who kidnaps her and threatens her life. The good news is that Cate’s major crush, David “Ash” Ashton, is dispatched to rescue her. The bad is that Jim is coming too. When Jim is wounded, the call goes out for an assist from Ash’s former teammates, forcing them to come face to face after a previous mission (in 2013’s Midnight Alias) upended their relationship. A predictable plot doesn’t really detract from the strong characterization and, of course, the heavy action. Agent: Don Fehr, Trident Media Group. (Apr.)

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Royally Roma: The Royals, Book 1

Teri Wilson. Pocket Star, $4.99 e-book (304p) ISBN 978-1-4516-5963-4

Wilson’s lively contemporary romance series launch is reminiscent of the film Roman Holiday, as an Italian crown prince and an American tour guide meet in very unlikely circumstances. Niccolo La Torre, the Crown Prince of Lazaretto, is sitting on the piazza at the Hotel de Russie in Rome when tour guide Julia Costa mistakes him for the client who has booked her for the day. He plays along, eager to avoid his responsibilities just once in his life. The attraction between Julia and Niccolo is instantaneous, though she believes that he has called her boss to complain about her. But she finally realizes that he is not her client and has lied to her, especially when he claims at the end of the day that he can’t pay for the tour. Niccolo enjoys being with a woman who is attracted to him for himself, and Julia can’t seem to help falling under his spell even though she is wary of men. The constant sexual tension between the pair is fueled by the possibility of an intense confrontation when she realizes his true identity. Niccolo and Julia’s tale is funny, romantic, and delightful. Agent: Elizabeth Winick Rubinstein, McIntosh and Otis. (Apr.)

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MOM: Magic Circles, Book 1

Collin Piprell. Common Deer, $14.99 e-book (324p) ISBN 978-0-9950729-5-4

In an ambitious but incoherent combination of postapocalyptic techno-thriller, murder mystery, and psychological exploration of reality, Piprell (Kicking Dogs) showcases the dangers of overreliance on technology. In the mid-21st century, biological and technological warfare between India and China has destroyed most of the world. Africa has entirely disappeared, and Islamic terrorists have released a virus that sterilized anyone left alive. The remaining humans have taken refuge in malls, where the Mall Operations Manager (MOM), an artificial intelligence, provides protection from the outside, instant information, and virtual reality worlds to explore. But for Cisco, a test pilot for the virtual worlds, and Leary, his mentor figure, things are starting to seem wrong. Mondays are coming more often, the other test pilots are being killed, and Brian the Evil Canadian is plotting to finish destroying the world. The setting and its history are well developed, and the unique futuristic vocabulary becomes clear with a little effort, but the frequent point-of-view changes and genre shifts are jarring. Pervasive sexual violence and racist caricatures will put off many readers. (Apr.)

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Buffalo Soldier

Maurice Broaddus. Tor.com, $2.99 e-book (116p) ISBN 978-0-7653-9428-6

This alternate-present steampunk adventure novella starts out strong, but the short length keeps both the world and the narrative from fully developing. Desmond Coke is a servant to a prominent Jamaican family, but he can’t bear how family scion Lij is treated, so he escapes with the boy to the mainland. They make their way through the Albion colony of America and neighboring Tejas before entering the Five Civilized Tribes’ territory. They’re pursued by Pinkerton agent Cayt Siringo, whose employer wants to claim Lij for his own purposes. Broaddus (The Voices of Martyrs) creates a fascinating world, but what little readers learn about it sometimes raises confounding unanswered questions, such as how Lij’s favorite writers, James Baldwin and Toni Morrison, still came to exist in this timeline. More is revealed about the history of the people with whom Desmond and Lij find sanctuary, but the story’s conclusion feels rushed. This is a solid introduction to an intriguing world, and hopefully Broaddus will revisit and expand upon it. Agent: Jennifer Udden, Barry Goldblatt Literary. (Apr.)

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From Ice to Ashes

Rhett C. Bruno. Hydra, $4.99 e-book (298p) ISBN 978-0-399-18161-0

In this standalone set in the same world as 2016’s Titanborn, a desperate man is caught up in the racial and economic strife between the natives of Titan, known as Ringers, and the Earthers who have subjugated and exploited them for decades. Kale Drayton is determined to save his mother, who’s quarantined and dying from a mysterious illness. When he’s given a chance to cure her, he reluctantly accepts, even though it means smuggling an item onto the gas harvesting ship on which he works. This is just the opening gambit of an insurrection led by the Children of Titan, who have much bigger plans for Kale as they struggle to free themselves from Earther oppression. Bruno uses skillful worldbuilding and rising tension to construct a fast-paced, action-packed tale of the far future, but the core plot—humble nobody discovers his true heritage while joining a rebellion against a corrupt authority—is all too familiar. There’s value in Kale’s depiction as a desperate underdog and hapless thief, but it’s lost as his story develops in a predictable manner. Agent: Mike Hoogland, Dystel, Goderich & Bourret. (Apr.)

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