E-Originals from Alexander & Co., Benefiel, Layne, and Debuter Johanna | Xpress Reviews

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Four romance authors have taken a different point of view in stories, set between 1866 and 1917, featuring strong women; realistic characters, mystery, and danger are a great combination from Benefiel; a debut offer an edge to a star-crossed-lovers story; Layne is equally adept at writing portrayals of grief and scenes of steamy passion

Graphic Novels from Chanoinat & Le Hénanff, Matsumoto, Milton & Auladell, Bios | Xpress Reviews

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Fans of the Elvis will relish this book; manga and graphic novel fans will reread Matsumoto’s collection for years; this retelling of Paradise Lost will be best appreciated by academic audiences; this book of biographies might make readers eager for the actual reprints of the work discussed

Fiction from Manaster and Debuter Smith | Xpress Reviews

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Manaster has written a deeply human and morally saturated novel, with captivating language; while debuter Smith’s protagonists are well drawn, it’s hard to care for a relationship that seems so disengaged

E-Originals from Cullen, deWolfe, Grey, and Rider | Xpress Reviews

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Cullen’s latest is a spicy romance between two strong and willful characters; deWolfe’s central story is a page-turner; Seth’s overbearing nature wins out, resulting in a less-than-convincing hero and happily ever after in Grey’s latest; fans of sports romance will find a lot to like in this latest from Rider

Graphic Novels from the Thought Bubble Festival and Wood & Co. | Xpress Reviews

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Whether excerpts of larger works or self-contained stand-alones, all of the Thought Bubble pieces are smart and compelling; Black Road presents a sinewy opening that will draw in readers looking for a Dark Ages adventure

Nonfiction on Mary Astor’s Custody Trial and Taking a Vertical View | Xpress Reviews

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The trial story includes a strong, smart Astor; her troubled, nervous ex-spouse; their intense, hardworking lawyers; and a kindly judge; Graham looks at satellites, bombers, drones, helicopters, elevators, skyscrapers, housing, favelas, sewers, bunkers, mines, and basements—from below ground to high in the air

Fiction from Church, Gracen, Hart, Higashino, March, Maxwell, Wallace, & Winterson | Xpress Reviews

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An appealing and passionate love story from Grace; Hart delivers a suspenseful, gritty Ash McKenna book; Higashino has crafted an epic crime novel; a historical debut from Limburg; a Christmas tale from March; a sweetly unconventional Regency romance from Maxwell; a satisfactory debut from Moore; a holiday collection from Winterson

E-Originals from Joyce and Varlet, with Debuter Stuart | Xpress Reviews

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Joyce’s follow-up romance is a can’t-miss for series fans; much happens in five days in between sultry sex scenes in Stuart’s debut; readers will be glued to the love story between Z and Connelly while kept in suspense about the shady dealings at the club

Fiction from Rice and Riggle, with a Debut from Rydahl | Xpress Reviews

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“Vampire Chronicles” fandom will be clamoring for a peek at Rice’s latest tale, though it’s confusing at times; Riggle presents an entrancing novel of the Broadway theatrical world in its heyday; Rydahl’s debut unfolds one unexpected clue at a time and will keep readers guessing until the very end

E-Original from Calista Fox’s “Burned Deep” Series | Xpress Reviews

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Prepare for action, sex appeal, and bulging biceps as this hunky bodyguard protects his lady love in the latest from Calista Fox