A delightfully multifaceted story from a writer who continues to map out new territory for Regency romance.

THE MARQUESS MAKES HIS MOVE

From the Clandestine Affairs series , Vol. 3

An undercover mapmaker and an undercover marquess fall for each other.

R. Fleming is known to draw the finest maps in London, but no one has ever met the actual cartographer: Rose Fleming, a woman whose work secretly keeps her family’s business afloat. She was raised learning mapmaking and surveying at her uncle’s side, but as it’s the Regency era, even though the shop was left to her in her uncle’s will and she handles all the commissions, her husband is in charge of the business and their accounts. Her marriage hasn’t been what she expected, but she’s resigned herself to a quiet life doing the work she loves. When her husband hires a new footman, she’s intrigued first by his good looks and then his candor, unexpected from someone in service. He’s surprisingly forward because he isn’t, as he claims, Alex, a farmer’s son. He’s actually Alex, Marquess of Brandon, and he’s working undercover as a footman because he suspects Rose’s husband has colluded with Brandon’s neighbors to cheat his family out of land on their country estate. He expects a footman position will allow him to do a bit of quick snooping to find proof of the fraud and destroy Fleming, but he quickly learns both that life as a footman is harder than he thought and that Rose is much more captivating than he’d imagined. As the complex plot unfolds, Rose and Alex are drawn to each other again and again, but the secrets they are keeping from each other might turn what seems like a happy ending into a final disappointment. Quincy delivers another compelling story featuring a hardworking heroine in the third entry in her Clandestine Affairs series. She also once again explores the difficulties of living in the Regency ton while also being of Arab descent as well as the ways in which class mobility could occur (or not) in this era. But what makes the story unusually daring is that its heroine starts the story married to one man and ends it married to another, via an elegant twist that ensures she retains the empathy and respect of the reader throughout. As the story also contains a slow burn as well as several passionately intimate scenes, there’s much for readers to love.

A delightfully multifaceted story from a writer who continues to map out new territory for Regency romance.

Pub Date: March 29, 2022

ISBN: 978-0-06-298684-9

Page Count: 384

Publisher: Avon/HarperCollins

Review Posted Online: Feb. 5, 2022

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 2022

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IT ENDS WITH US

Hoover’s (November 9, 2015, etc.) latest tackles the difficult subject of domestic violence with romantic tenderness and emotional heft.

At first glance, the couple is edgy but cute: Lily Bloom runs a flower shop for people who hate flowers; Ryle Kincaid is a surgeon who says he never wants to get married or have kids. They meet on a rooftop in Boston on the night Ryle loses a patient and Lily attends her abusive father’s funeral. The provocative opening takes a dark turn when Lily receives a warning about Ryle’s intentions from his sister, who becomes Lily’s employee and close friend. Lily swears she’ll never end up in another abusive home, but when Ryle starts to show all the same warning signs that her mother ignored, Lily learns just how hard it is to say goodbye. When Ryle is not in the throes of a jealous rage, his redeeming qualities return, and Lily can justify his behavior: “I think we needed what happened on the stairwell to happen so that I would know his past and we’d be able to work on it together,” she tells herself. Lily marries Ryle hoping the good will outweigh the bad, and the mother-daughter dynamics evolve beautifully as Lily reflects on her childhood with fresh eyes. Diary entries fancifully addressed to TV host Ellen DeGeneres serve as flashbacks to Lily’s teenage years, when she met her first love, Atlas Corrigan, a homeless boy she found squatting in a neighbor’s house. When Atlas turns up in Boston, now a successful chef, he begs Lily to leave Ryle. Despite the better option right in front of her, an unexpected complication forces Lily to cut ties with Atlas, confront Ryle, and try to end the cycle of abuse before it’s too late. The relationships are portrayed with compassion and honesty, and the author’s note at the end that explains Hoover’s personal connection to the subject matter is a must-read.

Packed with riveting drama and painful truths, this book powerfully illustrates the devastation of abuse—and the strength of the survivors.

Pub Date: Aug. 2, 2016

ISBN: 978-1-5011-1036-8

Page Count: 320

Publisher: Atria

Review Posted Online: May 31, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2016

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With captivating dialogue, angst-y characters, and a couple of steamy sex scenes, Hoover has done it again.

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REMINDERS OF HIM

After being released from prison, a young woman tries to reconnect with her 5-year-old daughter despite having killed the girl’s father.

Kenna didn’t even know she was pregnant until after she was sent to prison for murdering her boyfriend, Scotty. When her baby girl, Diem, was born, she was forced to give custody to Scotty’s parents. Now that she’s been released, Kenna is intent on getting to know her daughter, but Scotty’s parents won’t give her a chance to tell them what really happened the night their son died. Instead, they file a restraining order preventing Kenna from so much as introducing herself to Diem. Handsome, self-assured Ledger, who was Scotty’s best friend, is another key adult in Diem’s life. He’s helping her grandparents raise her, and he too blames Kenna for Scotty’s death. Even so, there’s something about her that haunts him. Kenna feels the pull, too, and seems to be seeking Ledger out despite his judgmental behavior. As Ledger gets to know Kenna and acknowledges his attraction to her, he begins to wonder if maybe he and Scotty’s parents have judged her unfairly. Even so, Ledger is afraid that if he surrenders to his feelings, Scotty’s parents will kick him out of Diem’s life. As Kenna and Ledger continue to mourn for Scotty, they also grieve the future they cannot have with each other. Told alternatively from Kenna’s and Ledger’s perspectives, the story explores the myriad ways in which snap judgments based on partial information can derail people’s lives. Built on a foundation of death and grief, this story has an undercurrent of sadness. As usual, however, the author has created compelling characters who are magnetic and sympathetic enough to pull readers in. In addition to grief, the novel also deftly explores complex issues such as guilt, self-doubt, redemption, and forgiveness.

With captivating dialogue, angst-y characters, and a couple of steamy sex scenes, Hoover has done it again.

Pub Date: Jan. 18, 2022

ISBN: 978-1-5420-2560-7

Page Count: 335

Publisher: Montlake Romance

Review Posted Online: Oct. 13, 2021

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1, 2021

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