E-Originals from Devos, Paton, and Wyatt & St. George | Xpress Reviews

Week ending October 27, 2017

Devos, Janie. A Corner in Glory Land. Lyrical: Kensington. (Glory Land, Vol. 1). Dec. 2017. 275p. ebk. ISBN 9781516104321. $4.99. HISTORICAL FICTION
It’s nearing the end of the 19th century, and Eve Stewart lives on the banks of central Florida’s Ocklawaha River. She’ll narrate her family’s changing relationships as the children grow up and leave home to make their own way and through tragedy. Once her twin sister’s interracial romance is discovered, Eve must seek the help of a local hunter to track Ivy and Moses through the Florida wilderness to warn them of her father’s wrath. The opening volume in this multigenerational family saga suffers from pacing problems. The first half features exposition-heavy prose that proves Devos’s (The Art of Breathing) extensive research but slows the action. It isn’t until Eve follows Ivy’s flight in the second half that the story picks up. In addition to the action of the chase, Eve finds herself torn between two men and two ways of life as Florida starts to settle and develop. An interesting though not always successful subplot is Eve’s discovery of her own racial prejudices and how bigotry does not have to be overt to be wrong and cruel.
Verdict Once the plot gets going, this book presents an interesting and enjoyable look at a different side of Florida, but readers might not get that far.—Jennifer Rothschild, Arlington P.L., VA

Paton, Ainslie. The Love Experiment. Carina: Harlequin. (Stubborn Hearts, Bk. 1). Oct. 2017. 274p. ebk. ISBN 9781488081071. $3.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Jackson Haley is the star investigative reporter for the Courier in Chicago. Derelie Honeywell is the lifestyle digital edition newbie. She is assigned by her supervisor to work with Jack through the 36 Question Project, which supposedly encourages intimacy. Jack doesn’t want to participate but finds Derelie’s determination refreshing. Obviously, the 36 questions get them closer than just colleagues. This is quite the story of the newspaper industry and why people turn to fight clubs to let off steam.
Verdict The last half may be a little rushed, but Paton (Hoodwinked Hearts) creates characters readers can care about; highly recommended for those who like their love stories with a little humor and a lot of sex.—Susan Hayes, formerly with Chattahoochee Valley Libs., Columbus, GA

Wyatt, Tara & Harper St. George. Take Down. Pocket Star. (Blood & Glory, Bk. 2). Nov. 2017. 315p. ebk. ISBN 9781501170201. $4.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Gabriel Maddox, MMA (mixed martial arts) light heavyweight champion of the World Fighting Championship (WFC) League, is known for his laser focus while training and in the ring. Gabe plays by the rules and enjoys the sheer brutal force of the sport. No one suspects that he needs the physical release of the fight and meaningless sexual flings to numb a painful past he can’t overcome. Journalist Megan Sinclair is determined to find out what really motivates Gabe for her exposé articles on the WFC—who needs another fluff piece on the wildly popular sport? Megan’s passion for her job is also a welcome refuge from her own past trauma. At their initial meeting, neither can deny their surprising chemistry and firm boundaries are set. However, Megan isn’t the type to give up a story easily.
Verdict This steamy light Sub/dom romance will have readers begging for these two conflicted souls to heal each other. Fans of the first in the series, Dirty Boxing, will not want to miss this story although this can be thoroughly enjoyed as a stand-alone. [Previewed in Joyce Sparrow’s “Love Is All Around,” LJ 10/15/17.—Ed.]—Nicole J. Suarez, Frankfort P.L. Dist., IL

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