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Riders series, following Ride Hard (2016),
utterly irresistible, as she revs up the danger
and injects plenty of steamy sensuality into
the story. —John Charles
By Irene Hannon.
Apr. 2017. 352p. Revell, paper, $15.99 (9780800727680).
Adam Stone and Lexie Graham have little in common beyond living in the same
small town. However, a law-enforcement
call to ex-con Adam’s home soon brings
the two together in ways neither would
have anticipated. The second in Hannon’s
Hope Harbor series, following Sea Rose
Lane (2016), continues to bring to life the
charming, small coastal Oregon town while
introducing readers to new characters. When
Adam started a new life for himself in Hope
Harbor, the best he had hoped for was to
live a quiet life and keep to himself. Lexie, as
police chief, is active in the community, but
she had resigned herself to the fact that her
love life was behind her. However, as the two
work together to help stop recent vandalism,
they find their hearts and hopes expanding. Hannon’s sweet inspirational romance
reminds readers of the power of faith and
love to transform lives and lead to a future
beyond what most people could imagine for
themselves. —Carolyn Richard
By Heidi McLaughlin.
Apr. 2017. 272p. Forever, paper, $14.99
(9781455598236); e-book, $3.99 (9781455598243).
McLaughlin launches her Boys of Summer series with third baseman for the Boston
Renegades Ethan Davenport. Ethan has made
some dumb mistakes: tweeting out his home
address and mistaking an underage girl for an
adult at a bar. It doesn’t help that the BoRe
Blogger continues to post snide remarks.
Ethan is ready for a fresh start this season, but
the cute woman who sits near the third-base
line every single game is making it hard for
him to concentrate on baseball, and he is even
more distracted when they start dating. Daisy
is reserved, and they take things slowly as it
becomes clear that she has a secret that could
cause them to break up. Even though readers may be able to figure it out, they will still
be invested in the happiness of this couple.
Sports romances are hot; look to Kate Angell,
Deirdre Martin, and Stephanie Evanovich,
and this is a good blend of game details and
relationship realities. Readers will look forward to reading more about the Renegades in
future books. —Amy Alessio
Wanted & Wired.
By Vivien Jackson.
Apr. 2017. 384p. Sourcebooks/Casablanca, paper, $7.99
Raunchy Mari is an expert assassin, simply
unparalleled as a sniper. But things go wrong
when the clone she thinks she is taking out
turns out to be the human husband of a sena-
tor. She manages to escape with Heron, her
technologically enhanced partner, taking shel-
ter in his armored home, but an attack and
hack of his enhancements force them to seek
help from the Queen of Chiba on her space
station. Though the story runs a little thin in
the first novel in Jackson’s Tether series, she
does succeed in building a terrifying futur-
istic dystopia where technology and biology
are mated. Full of contradictions, Mari, the
daughter of a genius professor, uses abomina-
ble grammar, and though she claims to abhor
cyber-enhanced post-humans, she does adore
Heron. Jackson’s sf romance becomes more
interesting as a backstory develops about
Mari’s father, Heron’s history, and the seces-
sion and independence of Texas. Ultimately,
Jackson leaves the reader anticipating the next
installment and wanting to learn more about
her nano-fae. —Diana Tixier Herald
When Tides Turn.
By Sarah Sundin.
Mar. 2017. 400p. Revell, $15.99 (9780800723446).
Sundin continues her exceptional Waves
of Freedom series with a new tale about the
U.S. Navy’s WWII involvement at sea and
ashore. Stuck at a desk job with the Anti-
Submarine Warfare Unit, steely Dan Avery
is determined not to let a
woman deter his career aspi-
rations—again. When Tess
Beaumont leaves her shop-
girl life in Boston to join
the cause, her frustration
toward others’ superficial-
ity fuels her desire to make
a difference, even if it’s by
putting herself in danger amid suspicions
that a spy is at work within her French expa-
triate community. Against all odds—and the
navy’s rule against relationships with other
naval officers—Tess and Dan must navigate
between their duties to country and desire
for one another.
Sundin’s series is rooted in her fascination
with the Women Accepted for Voluntary
Emergency Service (WAVES), the first female
branch of the U.S. Naval Reserve. Sundin expresses all due admiration to these pioneering
and heroic women while showcasing the tensions these new roles brought. She consistently
delivers a buoyant richness in her writing as she
balances intrigue and romance with suspense
and faith. The romantic agony of forbidden
love makes for a delicious finale, and the entire
series, including Through Waters Deep (2015)
and Anchor in the Storm (2016), is an inspiring
and triumphant labor of love. —Kate Campos
With Love, Wherever You Are.
By Dandi Daley Mackall.
Mar. 2017. 416p. illus. Tyndale, $22.99
(9781496421210); paper, $15.99 (9781496421227).
Their love has blossomed on the front lines
of the WWII battlefields in France, but his
constant reassignments have made romance
practically impossible. Most of the time, their
sole communication is War Department–cen-
sored letters. Dr. Frank Daley and nurse Helen
Eberhart are brave, committed, and frustrated
by how very difficult it is to be with each other.
Mackall’s tale of love in the European theater
during WWII makes readers feel as though
they’re there with Helen and Frank. This could
be because these characters are based on the
author’s parents, and much
of the story is rooted in their
correspondence and tales of
their wartime experiences.
No detail is too small, and
no emotion is untapped as
these two courageous people
put their own relationship
on hold to heal the sick and
wounded, often under circumstances in which
they are in grave danger. The no-holds-barred
depictions of war, in-depth characterizations,
and suspense make Mackall’s historical novel
an excellent choice for libraries of all types.
Photographs as well as questions for group dis-
cussions enhance this already compelling story.
YA: Teens studying the time period might
appreciate Mackall’s novel, which brings
WWII vividly to life from an unusually
personal and romantic perspective. SM.
SF/Fantasy & Horror
By Christopher Golden.
Apr. 2017. 320p. St. Martin’s, $25.99 (9781250117052);
Since religion’s conception, human beings
have striven to find proof that some higher
power exists. Sometimes the search is abstract,
but in the case of Golden’s latest novel, the
unearthed proof is horrifyingly real. Engaged
thrill seekers Meryam and Adam spend their
time traveling the world, publishing books
about their adventures, but it isn’t until an
avalanche on Mount Ararat occurs that they
decide to cement their claim to fame. With
the help of guides, their group reaches a newly
exhumed cave at the site of the avalanche, to
discover what looks like Noah’s Ark. But the
Ark isn’t the only thing they find; a mummified body with long horns is uncovered in the
ruins, and its presence causes tension among
the team of archaeologists and scholars sent
to study the artifacts. Fights escalate, people
start disappearing, and even the nonbelievers
of the team begin to suspect the worst: they’ve
unearthed a demon. Golden takes readers
on a terrifying journey into their own worst
nightmares with a novel that is sure to chill to
the bone. —Rachel Colias
Black Mad Wheel.
By Josh Malerman.
May 2017. 304p. Ecco, $26.99 (9780062259684); e-book
Before tearing up the charts as the rock band
the Danes, Philip Tonka and his bandmates
were in the U.S. Army. The Danes’ first gig
was as an army band, traveling across Europe
entertaining their fellow WWII servicemen.