E-Originals, April 12, 2019 | Xpress Reviews

The book quickly relegates series regulars to the sidelines to focus on Violet and Andre’s rekindled passions; recommended for readers of Regency romance, particularly those who love their heroines in nontraditional roles; a fun, spicy read that should entice audiences

Week ending April 12, 2019

Foster, Melissa. Bayside Escape. World Literary. (Love in Bloom/Bayside Summers, Bk. 4). Mar. 2019. 300p. ebk. ISBN 9781948868105. $4.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
After returning to the Cape to work with her estranged sister, Violet Vancroft gave up her nomadic ways but not her desire to help. After a lifetime of heartbreak and isolation, Violet finds it easier to forget the past by volunteering at local medical clinics. In one of Foster’s small-world coincidences, the man she left behind in Ghana appears as her mother’s date for the wedding of Violet’s sister, Desiree, to Rick Shaw (Bayside Desire). When physician Andre Shaw agreed to Lizza’s offer to spend some time on the Cape, he thought it would help him heal a broken heart, not bring him back to the woman who broke it. What follows is a novel of reconciliation and reconnection on a deadline, as Violet must decide to foster the roots she’s put down or follow Andre to the ends of the earth.
VERDICT The world of “Bayside Summers” can feel a little overwhelming to new readers, especially in a book that begins by introducing previous protagonists at a wedding. The book quickly relegates series regulars to the sidelines to focus on Violet and Andre’s rekindled passions.—John Rodzvilla, Emerson Coll., Boston

Sebastian, Cat. A Duke in Disguise. Avon Impulse. (Regency Imposters, Bk. 2). Apr. 2019. 384p. ebk. ISBN 9780062820662. $3.99. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
While there are plenty of political shenanigans surrounding engraver John Ashby and printer Verity Plum, the initial tension revolves around their mutual unwillingness to risk their long-standing friendship for the possibility of love. Further complications arise when Ash discovers that he’s the heir to a dukedom and that he must claim a title both he and Verity hold in deepest disgust in order to save the lives of those who live in fear of the man who murdered Ash’s father and attempted to murder Ash himself. The radical Verity has no desire to marry at all, making Ash certain that he will lose his love to his duty. Unless love conquers all. As a follow-up to the first book in the series ( Unmasked by the Marquess), this is a surprisingly traditional historical romance. There is plenty of Sebastian’s usual radicalism, set during a period when sedition was punished as treason and radical writers and publishers risked the gallows. But the love story itself hews to the staples of historical romance—fear of love, evil dukes, missing heirs, and lovers who believe they can’t compromise enough to achieve their happy ever after.
VERDICT Recommended for readers of Regency romance, particularly those who love their heroines in nontraditional roles.—Marlene Harris, Reading Reality, Atlanta

Winckler, Elsa. An Irresistible Temptation. Tule. (Cavallo Brothers, Bk. 2). Apr. 2019. 149p. ebk. ISBN 9781950510047. $3.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
David Cavallo and Dana Roux have been in each other’s orbit thanks to family connections, but it isn’t until a wedding dance that sparks really begin to fly. Dana and David come from two different worlds, however, and Dana’s not sure they can overcome those differences. When David discovers that a story from his days as a journalist had led to tragedy for the Roux family, he’s determined to help Dana figure out what really happened. Someone doesn’t want the past revisited, though, and our lovers are forced to examine what is most important in their lives.
VERDICT The second entry in Winckler’s “Cavallo Brothers” series is much stronger than the first (An Impossible Attraction), with the focus heavily on the protagonists. This allows for a solid mystery to develop, leading the way for our hero and heroine to sort out the clues and their feelings toward each other and letting readers invest in the story. A fun, spicy read that should entice audiences.—Kellie Tilton, Univ. of Cincinnati Blue Ash

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