Xpress Reviews: E-Originals | First Look at New Books, August 2, 2013

Week ending August 2, 2013

Cullen, Ciar. Lillian Holmes and the Leaping Man. Boroughs Pub. Group. 2013. 120p. ebk. ISBN 9781938876523. $3.99. PARANORMAL ROMANCE
Bored by society life and stifled by her dark past, Lillian Holmes has decided to become the preeminent female detective in America, following in the footsteps of her fictional—and sometimes imaginary—uncle, Sherlock Holmes. Lillian’s first case, however, is a bafflement as she watches a handsome suspect smile at her, jump from a second-story balcony, and land unharmed. Is the improbable possible, or are Lillian’s demons finally getting the better of her mind?
Cullen builds here upon the world in her previous title (The Shopgirl and the Vampire), and one hopes she’ll continue to add tales to this saga. With Lillian, Cullen has created an imperfect character to root for in both life and love and surrounded her with a ragtag band of associates. A paranormal romance packed with drama, drugs, and danger.—Kellie Tilton, Univ. of Cincinnati, Blue Ash

Mac Nicol, Susan. Stripped Bare. Boroughs Pub. Group. 2013. 290p. ebk. ISBN 9781938876684. $4.99. LGBT, CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Part-time male escort and full-time hacker Shane Templar is literally tied up by his client David when David’s father calls and demands he return home immediately to straighten out a financial mistake made by their firm. Shane is bothered by David’s reaction to the call. When Shane checks on David, he finds him in the hospital after a severe beating. There, Shane meets Matthew Langer, an attorney for David’s father, who believes the beating was administered by David’s homophobic father and his equally homophobic bodyguard. Matthew quits his job but is barred from visiting David, as is Shane. Matthew and Shane are attracted to each other, enough for Shane to give up the escorting, but Matthew is still grieving the death of his husband and keeps Shane at an emotional distance, even as the two begin a sexual relationship. When Matthew discovers Shane is using his hacking skills to enact a little justice for David, he is impressed but worried that Shane will go too far. Unfortunately, someone else is also watching Shane, and Matthew may not get the chance at another happy ever after.
Verdict Like K.A. Mitchell’s Bad Attitude, a high-society boy runs wild until he meets a man who provides a stabilizing influence in his life. Libraries where Mitchell’s series or fiction set in London is popular, or where Mac Nicol (Cassandra by Starlight) has a following may consider for purchase.—Melanie C. Duncan, Shurling Lib., Macon, GA

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"


  1. Ciar Cullen says:

    Thanks so very much for taking a look at Lillian Holmes and your kind words! I’m thrilled!

  2. Thanks so much for the mention for Stripped Bare and for your great summary. I’m honoured to have been featured here.