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Delphine Dryden. Riptide, $16.99 trade paper (162p) ISBN 978-1-62649-415-2

In the third Escape contemporary erotic romance (after The Unicorn), BDSM maven Drusilla moves back to her hometown, the sunny West Coast suburb of St. Andrews, with plans to set up a new kink club. She calls on friends—including Amie, her ex-girlfriend—for assistance. Dru just wants a little help getting her registration system set up, but when she and Amie meet again, sparks fly and the two of them decide to enjoy a quick fling. As old flames reignite, Dru must also contend with a saboteur who seems determined to see her fledgling club shut down for good. Dru and Amie’s relationship is tender and sweet with a healthy dose of hot, responsible kink, and the main characters are deliciously well-rounded and engaging, with vulnerabilities that threaten their ability to commit even as they strive to learn how to love each other. Readers who have been dismayed by the paucity of respectful erotic stories about bisexual and demisexual women who switch will be beside themselves with delight at Dryden’s tender portrayals. Agent: Courtney Miller-Callihan, Handspun Literary Agency. (July)