Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Romantics rejoice your new bestsellers are here!

Lethal by Sandra Brown

Kirkus Reviews -

An FBI agent, deep undercover, is the prime suspect in a mass murder and must uncover the corrupt forces behind the killings to clear his name.

When 4-year-old Emily tells her mother, Honor, that there's a strange man in their backyard in Tambour, a small Louisiana bayou town, Honor is skeptical. But when she goes to check, the man, Coburn, accosts her. Holding her at gunpoint, Coburn ransacks her home, looking for something he won't divulge—but it involves her late husband Eddie, a Tambour police officer killed in a suspicious car accident. Meanwhile, Tambour police, deputy sheriffs and twin brothers Doral and Fred, who were Eddie's best friends, are searching for Coburn, a warehouse employee who allegedly shot his employer and six others and is now on the run. When Stan, Eddie's father, grows suspicious, he directs the posse to Honor's remote house. Finding nothing on Eddie, Coburn finally leaves, only to double back in time to shoot Fred, who has just arrived to check on Honor. Fred was ordered to kill Honor, Coburn claims, because the twins (and possibly Eddie before them) are in the employ of a sinister figure known only as the Bookkeeper who "facilitates" trans-border trafficking in humans, drugs and weapons. Now it's unsafe for Honor and Emily to stay put—Doral will hunt her down. Still unwilling to believe that her husband, a decorated cop, was implicated in such depravity, Honor nevertheless flees with Coburn, Emily in tow. As they hide out on a deserted shrimp boat, Coburn bucks his Washington boss's directive that he come in from the cold, and Honor fights her attraction to him (without success, naturally).Subplots involving a street thug who is the Bookkeeper's chief enforcer, Honor's brassy girlfriend Tori and her serial marriages, and an honest but ineffectual FBI officer and his wife, whose lives revolve around their severely disabled son, add some interest to a story line which is otherwise pat and predictable.

Standard Brown fare.

New York to Dallas by J. D. Robb

Publishers Weekly -

Bestseller Robb breaks with one tradition in her 34th Eve Dallas novel (after Treachery in Death); "Death" is not part of the title, but otherwise she delivers precisely the kind of rapid-fire thrust and parry action fans expect from the near-future New York Police and Security Dept. homicide lieutenant. Serial rapist/murderer Isaac McQueen (aka "the Collector"), the first major bust of Dallas's when she was a rookie, escapes from New York City's Rikers Island prison complex 12 years into his life sentence and immediately resumes his depredations on young girls. McQueen uses a hostage to force Dallas to travel to Dallas, Tex., the site of her own horrific childhood, where he has prepared surprises for her. Working with the FBI, the Dallas PSD, and husband Roarke, Dallas leads the effort to recapture the wily McQueen. The deadly chess game between Dallas and McQueen plays out against multiple backgrounds, including shocking revelations from Dallas's past and the complex, passionate relationship of Roarke and Dallas.

Only His by Susan Mallery
From the Publisher –

Wedding bells are ringing in Fool's Gold, but not for Nevada Hendrix. Her triplet sisters are engaged, and even her mother has a more active love life than she does. Determined to make a fresh start, she applies for her dream job, only to discover that her new boss is her first love. Maybe she could overlook the fact that they've seen each other naked, but she'll never forget the way he broke her heart.

Tucker Janack agrees to Nevada's "business only" ground rules. After all, love is a trap that the construction millionaire has avoided his whole life. But when great business partners turn out to be so much more, every rule gets broken. Will either of them be willing to try again…or will their past get in the way?

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