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Nonfiction on Complementary/Natural Mother and Infant Care Options | Xpress Reviews

For readers looking for a very specific, curated experience of complementary/natural prenatal through postnatal mother and infant care options; most would be better served to follow the authors’ online writings

Fiction from Connelly, Healy, Hearne, Koontz, Kuhn, Mallery, plus Two Debuts | Xpress Reviews

Put this one in your beach bag; fans will clamor for Connelly’s new protagonist, a female Bosch; Healy delivers a striking, heartbreaking story; this compact volume affirms the strength of Hearne’s urban fantasy series; this new (series!) heroine from Koontz is bound to be an immediate hit; urban fantasy fans seeking novels featuring diverse protagonists should snap up Kuhn’s works; for romance fans and admirers of fresh women’s fiction; debut novelist Maynard crafted a heartwarming coming-of-age story

E-Originals from Barnard, Long, and Lynn | Xpress Reviews

A dreamy lead man in an exquisite locale who falls for the nerdy girl next door; this country romance from Long will capture readers and have them anticipating the series’ next installment; can Rowan and Zane have a future together despite their rocky, unorthodox beginnings?

Graphic Novels from Fisher & Co., King & Others, and the EC Archives | Xpress Reviews

The diversity of Fisher’s characters and the intermingling of absorbed personalities are well done; this top-notch movie adaptation is a gory nightmare fun house worth exploring again and again; the high artistic standard and compellingly literate noir tales by the industry’s finest

Nonfiction from Actor/Father/Friend Jeffrey Tambor | Xpress Reviews

Jeffrey Tambor’s memoir is an insightful meditation on adversity and how it intrinsically shapes us all, this essential read will have broad appeal

Fiction: Black, Cantero, Chase, Clayton, Drew, Huntley, Jewel, Leigh, McKay, and Williams | Xpress Reviews

Black spins a poetic and enthralling tale; highly recommended for fans of Scooby-Doo; shabby glamour and dark atmosphere make for an electric setting; for folks seeking a whip-smart erotic romance with nuance; an in-depth character study of a flawed man; resonating well among the current rash of psychological thrillers; with appeal to both the NA and YA markets; an eerie glow on the denizens of London’s criminal class; for those who enjoy unearthly tales grounded in historical events; the neatly tied-up conclusion is especially impressive

E-Originals from Armstrong, Harris, Platt, and Sands | Xpress Reviews

This close-proximity M/M tale is indeed hot; fans of new adult romance will sweep this up, as will readers with a heart for the friends-to-lovers angle; Platt’s Regency turns up the heat on the battlefield and in the bedroom; this sexy sequel sets the scene for the rest of the series

Graphic Novels by Grell and a Gaming-Themed Biography by Kushner and Shadmi | Xpress Reviews

A worthwhile title for fans of sf, action-adventure, and 1980s nostalgia; Kushner offers an affectionate tribute to the classic Dungeons & Dragons and its creator

Nonfiction: Vin Baker, Takuichi Fujii, Neuroscience, Concentration Camps, Trans Men | Xpress Reviews

The NBA and addictions; Coppola’s live cinema; healing philosophies; the life and art of Takuichi Fujii; an engaging combination of science, detective story, and memoir; a unified picture of concentration camps as a tool of government; the lives of trans men at the turn of the 20th century; a disappointing look at slave ships and POWs

E-Originals from Etchison, Lovelace, and Moran | Xpress Reviews

With dialog that is witty and realistic, Etchison’s latest is great for fans of military romance; fans of Lovelace’s series will enjoy this second title; a can’t-put-it-down emotional read from Moran