E-Originals from Kelly, Rafferty, and Rico | Xpress Reviews

Fans of Pamela Clare will want this one; Rafferty’s second series offering will keep readers engaged with the entertaining plot and affecting romance, with mildly sexy love scenes; the town of Mayhem is a whimsical delight, and its quirky residents further the enjoyment

Week ending July 13, 2018

Kelly, Leslie A. Wanting You. Forever Yours: Grand Central. (Hollywood Heat, Bk. 2). Aug. 2018. 384p. ebk. ISBN 9781538761250. $3.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

In the second installment in her “Hollywood Heat” series (after Watching You), Kelly focuses on Rowan Winchester, former child star, now a Los Angeles police officer. He enters the story with a bang when he saves Evie Fleming from a violent mugging.

Evie is a true crime writer who is in L.A. doing research into famous Hollywood murders. Rowan is assigned to assist Evie with her work, but he’s not thrilled. His biggest issue isn’t that he’s deeply attracted to Evie—a feeling he’s sure is mutual—it’s that one of the murders she’s investigating has a personal connection to the Winchester brothers and they would prefer that it remain unsolved.

Rowan’s struggles to control his growing feelings for Evie are made more difficult when he realizes that someone is stalking her, and soon the danger leads them to an even closer association.

Verdict Kelly keeps the pace up and the sparks sparking between her protagonists while underpinning the story with a larger mystery that will make readers eager for the next book in the series. Fans of Pamela Clare will want this one.—Jane Jorgenson, Madison P.L., WI

 

Rafferty, Kris. Catch a Killer. Lyrical Liaison: Kensington. (Secret Agents, Bk. 2). Jun. 2018. 228p. ebk. ISBN 9781516108145. $3.99. ROMANTIC SUSPENSE

After losing lover and partner Jack Benton, FBI Special Agent Hannah Cambridge is now in Boston heading up a task force to put a stop to a string of serial killings plaguing the city. In fact, Hannah has been targeted as the next victim.

Jack died in a car explosion, and Hannah never had the chance to tell him she was pregnant. No one on the force knows about their child, and Hannah is in for the shock of her life to discover that Jack didn’t die but went deep undercover. He is back now to take over the task force and keep Hannah safe.

Her career is all she has ever had, and Hannah refuses to step away from the case, even for her own safety. Hannah and Jack have to set their differences aside and work toward repairing their broken relationship if they are ever going to stop this killer in his tracks.

Verdict Though most readers will have guessed the identity of the culprit before novel’s end, Rafferty’s (Caught by You) second series offering will keep them engaged with the entertaining plot and affecting romance, with mildly sexy love scenes.—Kara Kohn, Plainfield P.L., IL

 

Rico, L.E. Mischief and Mayhem. Bliss: Entangled. (Whiskey Sisters, Bk. 2). Jul. 2018. 315p. ebk. ISBN 9781640635906. $2.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

Jameson O’Halloran is slowly acclimating to life post-divorce. She’s coparenting with her ex, living with her sisters again, getting ready to go back to work, and staying away from men—full stop. Until Scott Clarke, her ex-brother-in-law, comes back to Mayhem, MN, when his father becomes ill, and sparks fly.

Scott’s been estranged from the family for years and is forced to return when it is discovered that he and Jameson are medical proxies for the fallen patriarch. Jameson and Scott have every reason to stay apart, but their attraction and the Clarke mystery keep bringing them together.

Verdict The second installment in the series (following Blame It on the Bet) continues to be a light, fun read, with just enough drama to keep the story flowing. The town of Mayhem is a whimsical delight, and its quirky residents further the enjoyment. A solid story for a summer day at the beach.—Kellie Tilton, Univ. of Cincinnati Blue Ash

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