Xpress Reviews: E-Originals | First Look at New Books, May 17, 2013

Week ending May 17, 2013

Adams, Dee J. Living Dangerously. Carina: Harlequin. (Adrenaline Highs, Bk. 4). May 2013. NAp. ebk. ISBN 9781426895500. EPUB $3.99. ROMANTIC SUSPENSE
Julie Fraser is “America’s Sweetheart.” She started out in a much-loved television series and ended up as a movie star. When someone apparently attempts to shoot her on the red carpet, she is saved from certain death by Troy Mills, who ends up injured himself. Troy is a PI going undercover as a bodyguard for a producer whose wife is sure her husband is having an affair with Julie. Troy and Julie grow close—very close. Troy quits his job after the third attempt on Julie’s life and takes up protecting her full time. While it might not be hard to figure out who the villain here is, the suspense is still strong, and the relationship between Troy and Julie is scorching hot.
Verdict An quick and enjoyable read.—Susan Hayes, Chattahoochee Valley Libs., Columbus, GA

Maxwell, Gina L. Rules of Entanglement. Entangled Pub. (Fighting for Love, Bk. 2). 2013. 397p. ebk. ISBN 9781622667949. EPUB $3.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
In this second book in Maxwell’s “Fighting for Love” series, District Attorney Vanessa MacGregor is a woman who is so afraid of commitment that she lives by a set of immutable rules that no man could possibly live up to. She needs control but has to learn to let go. Her best friend’s brother, Jackson “Jax” Maris, learns that he needs to find a woman who doesn’t cling to him—in other words, someone who keeps control of herself, at least most of the time. So Jax breaks most of Vanessa’s rules, and only the forced proximity of standing in for his sister and her fiancé making last-minute wedding arrangements keeps them together long enough to get past their initial rocky start. But once Vanessa and Jax decide to play with the time they have, their relationship is hotter than the nearby Hawaiian volcanoes. The only question is whether they can get past the biggest broken rule of all.
Verdict There’s a reason that the “opposites attract” romance is so popular: it generates lots of tension and tons heat! Rules of Entanglement definitely has plenty of both. There’s also a bit of sweetness as this couple explore the reasons behind Vanessa’s reluctance to commit and Jax’s family troubles. Fans will love this steamy summer romance. Double your pleasure and read also the first title in the series, Seducing Cinderella.—Marlene Harris, Seattle P.L.

starred review starMorgan, Tamara. The Rebound Girl. Carina: Harlequin. (Getting Physical, Bk. 1). May 2013. NAp. ebk. ISBN 9781426895715. EPUB $3.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
In this first book in the Morgan’s “Getting Physical” series, the quaint town of Pleasant Park seems like the perfect place for big-city gal Whitney Vidra and her associates to set up a health spa—until she starts fooling around with kindergarten teacher Matt Fuller. One sweetheart of a guy, Matt still helps his ex-wife with the yard work and bill paying. When Whitney promises to be his rebound girl, she teaches him things that shock the moral code of the town and as a result gossip threatens her business. Mix in Matt’s suddenly ill ex-wife and ghosts from Whitney’s past with a deceitful ex-boyfriend and Whitney has more to lose than her career. The cost could be the love she thought she never deserved.
Verdict Morgan is a good storyteller. The steady development of these characters is natural and real. A top-rate romance novel that any library should be proud to circulate!—Christyna Hunter, Loudoun Cty. P.L., Lovettsville, VA

Bette-Lee Fox About Bette-Lee Fox

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"