Her love life has gone to the dogs Rose Richardson is on the run from her dangerous ex-husband, a crime she didn't commitand the embarrassment of being an advice columnist with a disastrous personal life. Donning a fake identity, she escapes to a lovely lake house rental in rural Connecticutonly to discover her refuge is already occupied. Leo Drake is devastatingly handsomeand clearly wants to be alone. Rose stands her ground, even while she fears being found out for the fugitive she is. Plus, her sweet dog, Bella, seems to like the brooding widower, so how bad could he be? A prize winning novelist, Leo lost everything after he lost his wife. But his mysterious housemate just might be the muse he needs to reignite his writing career. Despite his misgivings, Rose has secrets that only draw him closer, firing his imagination, even as his heart struggles with the attraction building between them. Plus, he kind of likes the quirky pooch. And as he tries to untangle his unusual predicament, Bella's antics just might be the key to showing the loner that love is the only inspiration he needs Praise for Sharon Struth Struth has a gift for layering stories within stories while keeping them all connected. --Library Journal Struth is an author to watch! --Laura Drake, author of RITA-award winner The Sweet Spot Sharon Struth writes a good story about love and loss. She knows her characters and has a path she wants them to take. -- Eye on Romance The plot is refreshing and will definitely keep the reader turning page after page." -- Fresh Fiction
By embarking on a quest to dunk a basketball at the age of 34, journalist Asher Price investigates the limits of human potentialstarting with his own. We all like to think that (with a little practice) we could run faster, learn another language, orwhip upa perfect souffl. But few of us ever put those hopes to the test. In Year of the Dunk, Asher Price does, and he seizes on basketball's slam dunk--a feat richly freighted with distinctly American themes of culture, race, and upward mobility--as a gauge to determine his own hidden potential. The showmanship of the dunk mesmerized Asher as a child, but even with his height (six foot plus) and impressive wingspan, he never pushed himself to try it. Now, approaching middle age, Asher decides to spend a year remaking his body and testing his mind as he wonders, like most adults, what untapped talent he still possesses. In this humorous and often poignant journey into the pleasures and perils of exertion, Asher introduces us to a memorable cast of characters who help him understand the complexity of the human body and the individual drama at the heart of sports. Along the way he dives into the history and science of one of sports' most exuberant acts, examining everything from our genetic predisposition towards jumping to the cultural role of the slam dunk. The year-long effort forces him to ask some fundamental questions about human ability and the degree to which we can actually improve ourselves, even with great determination. From the Hardcover edition.
An enchantingly festive short story, Christmas Gifts at the Beach Cafe is a perfect Christmas read from Lucy Diamond. With her Cornish Beach Caf closed for the winter, Evie Flynn should be looking forward to lazy days and a happy Christmas, with nothing more pressing to think about than when to have her next mince pie. But her sister Ruth is coming to stay, in a cloud of heartbreak and bitterness following her marriage breakdown, along with her three unhappy children, and Evie knows she'll have her work cut out, trying to spread some festive cheer. Then her boyfriend Ed breaks the news that he's going to spend Christmas in London, for family reasons, and her heart sinks even further. Add in to the mix a lost dog plus the hotly contested village Christmas bake-off and before long, Evie is feeling the strain. But there are still a few surprises in store for her, that look set to make this Beach Caf Christmas the most memorable one yet... PRAISE FOR LUCY DIAMOND "Seamless, engaging, believable, fun and heartfelt" Heat "Charming, funny ... Loved it" Milly Johnson, bestselling author of Here Come the Girls "The new queen of the gripping, light-hearted page-turner" Easy Living
From the bestselling author of Welcome to Forever (Full of heart and emotion!Lori Wilde) comes a sweet, sexy novel about breaking all the rules. In Seaside, North Carolina, the boys on the base are heroesbut that doesn't mean they're always well-behaved. As a preacher's daughter, Valerie Hunt only dates the very respectable, very boring men who meet her father's strict standards. In private, however, she leads a double life as a romance writer of steamy stories about the least respectable sorts of men. Valerie has always kept her hottest fantasies separate from her real life, but when she nearly runs a hot-blooded biker off the road, the lines begin to blur. Even though Valerie almost killed him, Griffin Black can't be angry after he learns the reason for her distracted driving: an unruly puppy belonging to her ailing friend. As a member of the military police K-9 unit, Griffin insists on training the dog himself. But he soon wonders how he's ever going to stay disciplined around the most alluring, down-to-earth, and totally unattainable woman he's ever met. Valerie is the ultimate good girl. And Griffin is going to need all his old tricks to unleash her wild side. Praise for Welcoming the Bad Boy Hot and sweet and adorable and steamy and sexy all at the same time . . . This story captured my heart and left me enamored. Books and Spoons Blog A wonderful series that will have you swoon, laugh, maybe even shed a tear or two at some points, and warm your heart all the way down to your toes (watch out for a bit of heat here and there, too!). . . . The men of Seaside will sweep you off your feet. Roberta's Dream World Readers (and dog lovers!) who like their romance on the sweet and light side will love this one. Girl Plus Books The read was light, fast, sweet, and hit the spot. The Book Junkie With Welcoming the Bad Boy , you are getting a lot more than a bad boy romance or even a military romance. . . . I love absolutely everything about this book. Cara's Book Boudoir Enjoy the fun and try not to fall for Griffin . . . it appears he's already taken. Reviews from the Heart Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.