Anne Calhoun. Berkley Sensation, $7.99 mass market (304p) ISBN 978-0-425-26502-4
Known for erotic romance, Calhoun (Uncommon Pleasure) delivers a more traditional contemporary that’s steamy enough to satisfy her fans and has a strong story to win over new readers. Adam Collins challenged classmate Josh Wilmont to a motorcycle race, but during the race, Josh lost control of his bike and died. Devastated, Adam left the small town of Walkers Ford, S.Dak., to join the Marines, leaving behind the girl he loved, Marissa Brooks. Twelve years later, Adam comes home to find Marissa working on repairing Brookhaven, the family house her father had to sell. The last of the once-prominent Brooks family, Marissa is determined to rehabilitate the mansion and the Brooks reputation. The attraction between Marissa and Adam is immediate and strong, and while there’s no urgency to their romance, they commence a believable relationship and help each other heal their scars. Romance readers who enjoy a solid love story with some heat will appreciate this steamy, emotionally complex novel. Agent: Laura Bradford, Bradford Literary Agency. (June)
Reviewed on: 04/15/2013
Release date: 06/04/2013
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