ROMANCE

The Loner

Boroughs. (Canyon Club, Bk. 1). 2014. 267p. ebk. ISBN 9781941260647. $4.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
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Still embittered over his humiliating experience as a financial aid student at the elite Canyon Preparatory School for Boys, tech multimillionaire Will Sloan wants no part of the upcoming school fundraiser. Then he learns that widow Annie James, the woman who turned down his proposal ten years earlier, will be involved. Will is now determined to get some answers and take his revenge. But neither Will nor Annie counts on the fiery chemistry that still flares between them. Class issues, bullying, and treachery are at the heart of this compelling story that pulls no punches as it brings the privileged world of the private prep school to vivid, if somewhat tarnished, life.
VERDICT Engaging, sympathetic protagonists, a well-rendered supporting cast (young Ulysses is especially appealing), and a satisfyingly sigh-worthy love story at the center of a well-paced plot get this planned trilogy off to a superb start. Moore (To Seduce an Angel), already well known for her beautifully crafted Regencies and historical romances, lives in Mill Valley, CA.

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