Sex, Lies and Sensibility

Berkley. Feb. 2024. 432p. ISBN 9780593440964. pap. $18. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
At their father’s funeral, Nora and her sister learn the shocking and humiliating news that their mother was his mistress, and they were his hidden family. Their father’s other family spitefully gives them 30 days to vacate their lifelong home. Their only inheritance is an isolated house in rural Maine. But there’s a catch—they have to find a way to make it a profitable inn, and fast, or they’ll lose it. When they arrive, they find the house is beyond dilapidated and needs substantial work and money to be habitable. Luckily, Nora meets Ennis “Bear” Freeman, a local and member of the Abenaki tribe. Bear is struggling with financial woes of his own that threaten to ruin him and his entire community, yet he is still eager to help Nora reach her goal. However, shameful secrets from Nora’s and Bear’s pasts are now making it difficult for this budding relationship to become serious.
VERDICT With super-sexy scenes, deeply emotional storylines, and strong Black and Indigenous characters, Payne’s (Pride and Protest) modern retelling of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility will appeal to readers who enjoy multicultural, smart, and highly entertaining contemporary romances.
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