Xpress Reviews: E-Originals | First Look at New Books, June 29, 2012

Week ending June 29, 2012

starred review starBecker, Anne Marie. Avenging Angel. Carina: Harlequin. (Mindhunters, Bk. 2). Aug. 2012. c.252p. eISBN 9781426894152. EPUB $5.99. ROMANTIC SUSPENSE
Following Only Fear, Becker’s second Mindhunters title depicts a puzzling murder that takes place amid New York’s prestigious art scene. Chicago detective Noah Crandall joins his friend Diego Sandoval in New York City to find the killer responsible for the murder of Diego’s niece, Natalee. The investigation brings them to Vanessa Knight and the Atherton Gallery, where Natalee had interned. Noah hopes to gain Vanessa’s trust to get at any inside information that will lead to the killer. When a suspicious painting by an unknown artist turns up at the gallery, they soon learn that this is not the killer’s first murder and most likely won’t be his last. As Noah and Vanessa work closely together to bring about justice for Natalee, a mutual desire develops, but Noah’s past has him putting up a wall that Vanessa is determined to break down.
Verdict Avenging Angel is a solid read with a unique story line and sufficient romantic elements to make it a worthy comparison to established romantic suspense authors such as Mariah Stewart and Mary Burton. This title works well as a stand-alone, so readers need not start the series at the beginning.‚ Kara Kohn, Plainfield P.L., IL

King, Samantha Ann. Sharing Hailey. Carina: Harlequin. Jul. 2012. 318Kb. eISBN 9781426894039. EPUB $5.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Hailey has just gotten out of a bad relationship with Daniel. He could never be the poster boy for a great guy, but the great guys Hailey wants are her brother’s best friends, Tony and Mark. As luck would have it, the guys have waited a long time for their chance with Hailey. To save their friendship, the pair decide to team up rather then compel Hailey to choose between them. On a friends and family trip to Hawaii, they let Hailey in on their plan, and the three begin a relationship. However, the threat of Daniel is always there. Our protagonists need to figure out how to make a three-way relationship work as well as avoid the threat from Hailey’s old boyfriend. The publisher tags this title as erotica, but it’s no different from what can be found in typical romances these days. The ménage √† trois gives it a little edge but not very much.
Verdict If you are looking for a decent romance, then this could work; for something steamy and erotic, pick something else.‚ Ryan A. Franklin, Mattoon P.L., IL

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Bette-Lee Fox (blfox@mediasourceinc.com) is Managing Editor, Library Journal.

Now in her 46th year with Library Journal, Bette-Lee also edits LJ's Video Reviews column, six times a year Romance column, and e-original Romance reviews, which post weekly as LJ Xpress Reviews. She received the Romance Writers of America (RWA) Vivian Stephens Industry Award in 2013 for having "contributed to the genre or to RWA in a significant and/or continuing manner"