E-Originals, February 22, 2019 | Xpress Reviews

Relatable characters, humor, and a dash of flannel make Fenske’s latest a joy to read; Sharma’s novel is highly recommended for fans looking for more romances with a bit of Bollywood sparkle and melodrama

Week ending February 22, 2019

Fenske, Tawna. Hottie Lumberjack. Tawna Fenske. (Ponderosa Resort Romantic Comedy, Bk. 4). Mar. 2019. 224p. ebk. $3.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Single mom Chelsea Singer is taken aback to find a 6'5" lumberjack enter her bakery, axe in tow, to place a cupcake order, but she soon learns that the impressive frame and sweet tooth belong to Mark Bracelyn, part owner of Ponderosa Ranch Luxury Resort and brother to her friend Bree. While in the shop, Mark helps Chelsea fix a broken doorknob. She, in turn, leaves a little note in his bakery box asking which flavor cupcake he likes the best, and that sparks their relationship. There is no question that Chelsea is falling for Mark, but she feels he is holding something back. When someone threatens the safety of both Chelsea and her daughter, Mark is quick to the rescue, but for this relationship to last, he must give Chelsea more than just his protection.
VERDICT Relatable characters, humor, and a dash of flannel make Fenske’s ( Sergeant Sexypants) latest a joy to read; the mild romantic elements will please many.—Kara Kohn, Plainfield P.L., IL

redstarSharma, Nisha. The Takeover Effect. Avon Impulse. (Singh Family, Bk. 1). Avon Impulse. Apr. 2019. 384p. ebk. ISBN 9780062854179. $3.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
The romance between Hemdeep Singh and Mina Kohli begins in a high-level corporate boardroom, as her uncle’s law firm is up to its neck in the hostile takeover of the Singh family’s high-tech development company. Mina plans to expose her uncle’s dirty tricks and take back the law firm her mother founded but instead is attracted to the oldest Singh heir. For her to do her job, she’s supposed to be an unbiased evaluator. She finds herself anything but, caught between her desire to get Hem anyway she can have him and her goal of ousting her uncle from her family’s legacy. The corporate politics are cutthroat, while the family shenanigans are down and dirty. And the chemistry between Mina and Hem burns white hot. Whether it’s hot enough to survive the mess they are in the middle of is touch and go—and definitely touch—for this entire thrill ride.
VERDICT Sharma’s (My So-Called Bollywood Life) latest is highly recommended for lovers of romances involving big business and family drama and romances imbued with diverse flair, as well as for fans who fell in love with the work of Sonali Dev and are looking for more stories with a bit of Bollywood sparkle and melodrama.—Marlene Harris, Reading Reality, Atlanta

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