A wonderfully descriptive paranormal romance that breathes some much-needed life into the subgenre.

THE LAST WOLF

From the Legend of All Wolves series , Vol. 1

Two lonely outsiders risk health and home to find love amid danger.

Shifters and werewolves have been enemies for centuries. While wolves are forced to change with every full moon, Shifters can pick a form at will. As humans earned their place at the top of the food chain hundreds of years ago, Shifters chose to remain in their human forms. They have a history of attacking wolves while they’re vulnerable, using human weapons to raid a wolf pack’s supply of riches. In present-day upstate New York, the Great North Pack is pairing off its wolves in a celebration, known as “the Dæling,” that ushers the juveniles into adulthood. Silver is the runt of the group, and, unpaired, she’s destined for the role of servant to the Pack’s ruling Alphas. But when a Shifter/wolf hybrid shows up on the land, gored and bleeding to death, Silver recognizes she has a chance to change her future of submission. If she chooses to help the stranger, she’ll be exiled from her Pack, but she knows the risk is worth the reward of forging her own path. Silver and the hybrid, Tiberius, are thrust into complicated circumstances in which the elements, humans, and wolves alike are their enemies. Debut author Vale has created a paranormal community in the modern world, and it's a standout, though it would have been helpful to have a glossary for the unique terminology. The romance takes a back seat to wolf-pack dynamics and paranormal politics, but the scenes showing the dark, primal attraction between Silver and Tiberius can become addictive for readers —a dense, gooey chocolate cake in page form.

A wonderfully descriptive paranormal romance that breathes some much-needed life into the subgenre.

Pub Date: Feb. 6, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-4926-6187-0

Page Count: 320

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

Review Posted Online: Dec. 12, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2018

Did you like this book?

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

Did you like this book?

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

Did you like this book?

more