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J.R. Ward. Pocket, $9.99 mass market (528p) ISBN 978-1-982150-37-2

Bestseller Ward keeps readers’ hearts racing in the first paranormal romance of a sexy, action-packed spin-off series to her Black Dagger Brotherhood series. Lydia Susi has been running the Wolf Study Project in Walters, N.Y., on behalf of her absentee boss, and it’s up to her to hire the preserve’s new handyman. The moment Daniel Joseph walks in the door to interview, she knows she’s in trouble—but she has no idea how much. As her boss’s continued absence gives rise to concern that something may have happened to him and the wolves suffer increasing ill-effects from the construction of a nearby resort, Lydia and Daniel team up to get answers and save the preserve. Along the way, the pair can’t help falling for each other, but Daniel has his reasons for living as a drifter and Lydia knows he can’t stay. Ward builds to a breathtaking finale with an impressively orchestrated twist, setting the bar high for the series to come. This emotional roller coaster does not disappoint. Agent: Meg Ruley, Jane Rotrosen Agency. (July)