Labor Day E-Originals from DePaul, Lorret, Lovelace, and Struth | Xpress Reviews

Week ending August 29, 2014

DePaul, P.A. Exchange of Fire: An SBG Novel. InterMix: Penguin. Aug. 2014. NAp. ebk. ISBN 9780698180949. $4.99. MILITARY ROMANTIC SUSPENSE
Black ops sniper Wraith has gone dark after faking her death and is on the run from the devastating consequences of her last mission. Unknowingly, she runs straight to Casper Grady, former marine, and the Gradwick Center, where Grady provides local children and their families with a place for fun and recreation. When Grady hires “Sandra” he thinks he’s hit gold in the superorganized whirlwind that fits right in with his staff and the mission of Gradwick. Just as Grady moves on his desire to get to know Sandra better, her past catches up with her. Though he has some knowledge of special ops units and how they work, Grady is blown away to think that his “Sandra” is a sniper with a “kill on sight” order hanging over her head. Sandra’s black ops team show up to help keep her alive and along with Grady try to bring down the SBG director who wants them all dead. Meanwhile, Grady and Sandra fight the attraction just recently acknowledged and the lies and deceit that may tear them apart.
Verdict While Sandra and Grady start off exchanging the fire of mutual desire, soon they are exchanging fire with the enemy in an attempt to stay alive. Exchange of Fire is a steamy, exciting, and suspenseful opening offering in the new “SBG” series by DePaul (Guardian Redeemed). If you enjoy military action, suspense, steamy romance, and a little danger, this is the series for you.—Lisa M. Jordan, Johnson Cty. Lib., KS

Lorret, Vivienne. Finding Miss McFarland. Avon Impulse. (Wallflower Wedding, Bk. 2). Aug. 2014. 197p. ebk. ISBN 9780062315786. $1.99. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
findingmissmcfarland082914Since the embarrassing incident at Delaney McFarland’s debut, she has realized that a love match is not in her future. A marriage of convenience would be best for her situation—not only for her own pursuits but for those of her future husband as well. With plans under way to entice a penniless rake, the last thing she needs is interference, especially from Mr. Griffin Croft. However, Griffin has his own ideas about what Delaney needs, not that he has any designs on her. She’s avoided him since her disastrous debut, but Griffin can’t seem to get her off his mind: he obviously has to save Delaney from herself. When a chance spark turns to burning passion, Griffin realizes that Delaney is not the only one who needs saving. Can he convince her that she can have all she wants from life and marriage—and love, too?
Verdict Lorret’s spirited heroine is icing on the cake of this entertaining romance. This second book in the series (after Winning Miss Wakefield) features amusing dialog and secondary characters, resulting in a well-rounded story that is a must for all ebook romance collections.—Kristi Chadwick, Massachusetts Lib. Syst., South Deerfield

Lovelace, Sharla. Stay with Me. Beyond the Page. Aug. 2014. 222p. ISBN 9781940846279. $3.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Savanna (Savi) Barnes, a fortysomething single mom, has a tough choice to make. After months of finding every excuse possible to take her dog to see the new, attractive veterinarian Duncan Spoon, she gets up the nerve to ask him out. Dr. Spoon not only is hot, loves dogs, and is a good cook, it turns out he thinks Savi’s hot, too. What could be the beginning of a long overdue affair for Savi is complicated when her old flame strides back into town. Savi and Ian’s youthful past involves motorcycles, hot sex in the woods, and trespassing. And just when she thought they had grown up enough to love one another, she caught him cheating and Savi was left with a torn heart. Now Ian’s back in town, all mature and handsome, to help his brother out of some financial woes. Determined to ignore the sparks he still ignites in her, Savi knows Duncan is a better, more stable choice. Still, when Ian finally gets the chance to explain his actions, Savi isn’t sure what to do. She may just combust before she can choose between her new flame and the old one.
Verdict In this latest from Lovelace (Don’t Let Go), Savi’s struggle between these two men is very real and worth the read to find out whom she chooses.—Christyna Hunter, Loudoun Cty. P.L., Lovettsville, VA

Struth, Sharon. Share the Moon. Lyrical: Kensington. (Blue Moon Lake, Bk. 1). Aug. 2014. 285p. ebk. ISBN 9781616505639. $3.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Sophie Shaw, a small-town reporter as well as a single and grieving mother, wants to buy back Tate Farm. But before she can plan to own the winery on the farm that holds a precious, personal memorial, Resort Group International (RGI) and its president, Duncan Jamieson, outbid her. Never mind that Duncan is a handsome single father and has had a crush on her since he visited Blue Moon Lake during their youthful summers. Her only hope is that the town’s zoning board will halt plans for RGI’s latest project. As town reporter, Sophie must uncover the truth to rumors of bribery on the part of Duncan and his company, as well as his family’s involvement in a crime that was hushed up years ago. As Sophie and Duncan dance around their attraction to each other, the fight between RGI and the town’s environmental protection group stirs the rumors. Lies and truths about family love and deceit are flung too fast for faith to take hold. Can the town’s inhabitants, including Duncan and Sophie, learn to trust one another by forgiving the past?
Verdict There is often more focus here on the struggle between the town and RGI than on the love story. But Struth (The Hourglass) has a gift for layering stories within stories while keeping them all connected.—Christyna Hunter, Loudoun Cty. P.L., Lovettsville, VA