E-Original Romances from Davis, Munn, and Parrish | Xpress Reviews

Week ending April 27, 2018

Davis, Mary. The Widow’s Plight. Mountain Brook Ink. (Quilting Circle, Bk. 1). Jul. 2018. 311p. ebk. ISBN 9781943959389. $3.99. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
Davis here introduces the residents of Kamola, WA. It’s 1893, and Lily Lexington Bremmer has arrived on the train with her young son, Toby, clearly fleeing an abusive past. Though Lily is extremely wary of any man, she accepts the kindness of Edric Hammond, who helps her get her bearings, find lodging, and land employment in her new hometown. As the friendship between the two grows, Lily begins to hope that they might have more, until she learns something about Edric that once again brings back all her fears. She’s not sure she can ever escape her past and may perhaps have to move once again. But with the help of her new quilting circle friends and her rekindled faith in God, she hopes to make the right choice.
Verdict This sweet romance from Davis (Courting Her Amish Heart), with a touch of suspense, will hit all the right notes for readers of historical Christian romance.—Jane Jorgenson, Madison P.L., WI

Munn, Vella. Ranger’s Legacy. Tule. (Montana Rangers, Bk. 1). Apr. 2018. 184p. ebk. ISBN 9781948342896. $3.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Amber Baum’s first day in Sweetheart, MT, convinces her that she made the right choice. This government job to help preserve historic Native structures might only be temporary and not what her family envisioned for her, but the change of scenery and distance from Sacramento, CA, offer her the chance to come into her own. Now, if she can only convince some of the townspeople that she’s not their enemy. Luckily, she meets Ranger Garret Houle, who quickly helps her get the lay of the land and find a place to live. He also takes her out to see her first grizzlies in the wild. The two fall hard, and it’s soon apparent to everyone in town, but Garret’s control issues push Amber away. It’s up to their respective families to help them realize how they complete each other.
Verdict Fans of Munn’s previous books (e.g., Romancing the Montana Bride) expect the majestic setting of Montana to be front and center, and this title is no exception. The new series also promises some heat for those cold Montana nights.—John Rodzvilla, Emerson Coll., Boston

starred review starParrish, Roan. Riven. Loveswept: Random. Jun. 2018. 262p. ebk. ISBN 9781524799328. $4.99. LGBTQIA ROMANCE
Most people dream of living the rock star life, but for Theo Decker, lead singer of popular group Riven, it’s a nightmare. He hates being mobbed by fans and forced to disguise himself to sneak out to local stores. But he lives for the music, so he keeps going even though he’s slowing dying inside. On one of Theo’s midnight rambles, he stumbles across Caleb Blake Whitman, a bluesy musician playing for his own satisfaction in a rundown bar. Caleb’s music calls to Theo, but Caleb is leery of being drawn back into the music world, even if eventually he and Theo do scorch the sheets. The music world chewed Caleb up, pulled him into a whirlwind of addiction and rehab, and spit him out. Even his growing love for Theo may not be enough to save him from another fall, and Theo must decide where he really wants his life to go.
Verdict Fans will devour Parrish’s (Invitation to the Blues) latest. There’s backstage drama, angst, a hot romance, and a down-to-earth look at addiction and its consequences that blends seamlessly into the story. Highly recommended for all libraries where rock star romance is popular.—Melanie C. Duncan, Washington Memorial Lib., Macon, GA

 

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