Four trite plots for the price of one, from the ever-popular author of Light In Shadows (2002, etc.).

TRUTH OR DARE

What is it about November? And about sequels?

There are sunny skies over Whispering Springs, Arizona, yet everyone’s unhappy. Even though Zoe Truax is psychic, she can’t figure out why her handsome new hubby, p.i. Ethan Truax, has the blues. Oh—his brother was murdered in November. Right. Just when Zoe was thinking that she, an escapee from a sinister loony bin, and he, a three-time loser at wedded bliss, might make a go of their hasty marriage, everything is going haywire. They’re remodeling Nightwinds, his desert house, and roughing it in a nearby cheesebox apartment complex run by insanely perky manager Robyn, who’s a stickler for the rules—and really getting on Zoe’s nerves. Ethan, meantime, can’t shake his bleak, edgy mood. Lots of edgy sex does seem to help, thank you, but daily vitamins, organic muesli, and intimate chats don’t seem to help. Zoe’s psychic abilities, however, still work when it comes to interior decorating. She just might land a lucrative contract to decorate the house of wealthy meditation guru Tabitha Pine, but there’s competition: glamorous, bitchy Lindsey Voyle. On with the plot! Ethan broods, Zoe frets, and someone from the past shows up: Arcadia Ames, Zoe’s fellow patient at Candle Lake Manor. Arcadia had had herself committed to fool her murderous husband Grant, who is still on her trail. But who’s stalking Zoe? Perky manager Robyn, driven batty by a brain tumor? Maybe. What else is going on in Whispering Springs? Well, Mayor Paloma Santana hopes to clear the name of her dead grandmother, who, a humble housekeeper, was accused decades ago of murdering her employer, famous author Walter Kirwan, to inherit his house, though some said his agent did him in. Could valuable unpublished manuscripts lie hidden in that very house? A lackluster showdown between an academic expert on Kirwan and a rare-book dealer awaits. Ethan, playing Nancy Drew in male drag, finds conclusive evidence by using nothing more than a common screwdriver.

Four trite plots for the price of one, from the ever-popular author of Light In Shadows (2002, etc.).

Pub Date: Jan. 5, 2004

ISBN: 0-399-15073-0

Page Count: 416

Publisher: Putnam

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2003

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With frank language and patient plotting, this gangly teen crush grows into a confident adult love affair.

LOVE AND OTHER WORDS

Eleven years ago, he broke her heart. But he doesn’t know why she never forgave him.

Toggling between past and present, two love stories unfold simultaneously. In the first, Macy Sorensen meets and falls in love with the boy next door, Elliot Petropoulos, in the closet of her dad’s vacation home, where they hide out to discuss their favorite books. In the second, Macy is working as a doctor and engaged to a single father, and she hasn’t spoken to Elliot since their breakup. But a chance encounter forces her to confront the truth: what happened to make Macy stop speaking to Elliot? Ultimately, they’re separated not by time or physical remoteness but by emotional distance—Elliot and Macy always kept their relationship casual because they went to different schools. And as a teen, Macy has more to worry about than which girl Elliot is taking to the prom. After losing her mother at a young age, Macy is navigating her teenage years without a female role model, relying on the time-stamped notes her mother left in her father’s care for guidance. In the present day, Macy’s father is dead as well. She throws herself into her work and rarely comes up for air, not even to plan her upcoming wedding. Since Macy is still living with her fiance while grappling with her feelings for Elliot, the flashbacks offer steamy moments, tender revelations, and sweetly awkward confessions while Macy makes peace with her past and decides her future.

With frank language and patient plotting, this gangly teen crush grows into a confident adult love affair.

Pub Date: April 10, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-5011-2801-1

Page Count: 416

Publisher: Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: Jan. 23, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 2018

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Heartfelt and funny, this enemies-to-lovers romance shows that the best things in life are all-inclusive and nontransferable...

THE UNHONEYMOONERS

An unlucky woman finally gets lucky in love on an all-expenses-paid trip to Hawaii.

From getting her hand stuck in a claw machine at age 6 to losing her job, Olive Torres has never felt that luck was on her side. But her fortune changes when she scores a free vacation after her identical twin sister and new brother-in-law get food poisoning at their wedding buffet and are too sick to go on their honeymoon. The only catch is that she’ll have to share the honeymoon suite with her least favorite person—Ethan Thomas, the brother of the groom. To make matters worse, Olive’s new boss and Ethan’s ex-girlfriend show up in Hawaii, forcing them both to pretend to be newlyweds so they don’t blow their cover, as their all-inclusive vacation package is nontransferable and in her sister’s name. Plus, Ethan really wants to save face in front of his ex. The story is told almost exclusively from Olive’s point of view, filtering all communication through her cynical lens until Ethan can win her over (and finally have his say in the epilogue). To get to the happily-ever-after, Ethan doesn’t have to prove to Olive that he can be a better man, only that he was never the jerk she thought he was—for instance, when she thought he was judging her for eating cheese curds, maybe he was actually thinking of asking her out. Blending witty banter with healthy adult communication, the fake newlyweds have real chemistry as they talk it out over snorkeling trips, couples massages, and a few too many tropical drinks to get to the truth—that they’re crazy about each other.

Heartfelt and funny, this enemies-to-lovers romance shows that the best things in life are all-inclusive and nontransferable as well as free.

Pub Date: May 14, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-5011-2803-5

Page Count: 416

Publisher: Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: March 3, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15, 2019

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