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A bachelor, his left hand now sports a gold wedding ring.


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Could finding love be his greatest scandal of all?


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True love is even better the second time around.


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The renegade cowboy returns


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Do they have the recipe for true love?


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sweeping WWII thriller set at an English country house, described by Lee Child as "like binge watching a great British drama on Masterpiece Theater.


Reviews

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Return Fire
by Christina Diaz Gonzalez
"Fantastic sequel in an action filled series"
Posted January 11, 2017

In the sequel to MOVING TARGET, Cassie Arroyo, an American going to school in Italy, has finally found the Spear of Destiny. Unfortunately, just when she had it, she lost it in a betrayal she never expected. Now, Cassie must find it again and fix the dark destiny she may Read more...


Frazzled
by Booki Vivat
"Adorable middle grade about finding your own path"
Posted January 11, 2017

Abbie Wu hates being in the middle. She's the middle child in her family, and now she's headed to middle school. The worst part is that Abbie doesn't even know what her "thing," her talent or passion is, when everyone around her already seems to know theirs Read more...


Moving Target
by Christina Diaz Gonzalez
"A wild, enthralling ride through a magical, mysterious Italy"
Posted January 5, 2017

Cassie Arroyo attends school in Rome, though she is American, while her father teaches art history at a university there. What starts as a normal day for Cassie takes a dramatic turn when her father suddenly hustles her into the car and starts talking about how they've been found Read more...


Pasadena
by Sherri L. Smith
"Fans of Veronica Mars will devour this intimate mystery"
Posted January 5, 2017

The characters in PASADENA by Sherri L. Smith make this story sing. The cast is full of diversity and even the characters we only get a glimpse of are realistic and complex. Smith's skill for creating nuanced characters is evident, particularly through her main character. Jude is tough, gritty Read more...


Nevernight
by Jay Kristoff
"Ferocious tale of bloodshed, vengeance, kindness, and heart"
Posted November 19, 2016

Mia Corvere watched her father hang as a traitor when she was ten years old. Her family was then taken prisoner, and she barely escaped. When she begins befriending the shadows on her run from the Senate, she finds herself learning under a retired killer and preparing for a future Read more...


The Season
by Jonah Lisa Dyer, Stephen Dyer
"Perfect for a good laugh (or several)"
Posted September 12, 2016

Megan McKnight prefers to be on a soccer field, scoring a winning goal, than participating in a debutante season in Dallas. When her mother secretly enters her into the season anyway, Megan is angry, but soon, she realizes exactly what being in the season means for her family. As she Read more...


The Gathering
by Dan Poblocki
"Spooky haunted house story with complex characters"
Posted August 26, 2016

Poppy, Azumi, Marcus, Dash, and Dylan are all summoned to the Shadow House, though each thinks they're there for a different reason. Poppy believes she's finding her long lost family, Azumi and Marcus both think they're going to a school, and Dash and Dylan think it's Read more...


Rocks Fall Everyone Dies
by Lindsay Ribar
"Original and unique story of power, rocks, and family"
Posted August 26, 2016

Aspen Quick has an interesting power; he can reach into a person and take things from them, a memory, a feeling, a fear, even a freckle on their arm if he chooses. His whole family has certain abilities in exchange for protecting and fixing the Cliff, something they've been Read more...


The World Without Us
by Mireille Juchau
"Haunting mystery with complex family dynamic"
Posted August 24, 2016

The Müllers are a grieving family after losing their youngest member. The parents, Stefan and Evangeline, struggle in their own ways, often turning to other people than each other. Tess, the oldest daughter, hasn't spoken in months. Meg, the younger, takes her anger out on others. Even Tess Read more...


The Mermaid's Secret
by Katie Schickel
"An entertaining story about what it means to be human"
Posted August 21, 2016

Jess Creary is stuck on an island with memories of her deceased sister. The only highlights are surfing and flirting with Matthew. When Jess is out surfing one day, she catches a wave that does the impossible and transforms her into a mermaid. As a mermaid, Jess has confidence and Read more...


Love Lies Beneath
by Ellen Hopkins
"Lush thriller brimming with tension"
Posted August 21, 2016

Tara knows what she wants from life: wealth, handsome men, and delicious liquor. Having been through three marriages, she's convinced love isn't in the cards for her, if it exists at all, until she meets a dashing surgeon, Cavin Lattimore. Cavin has everything she's looking for and Read more...


Girl in the Shadows
by Gwenda Bond
"A magical, action packed follow up to Girl on a Wire"
Posted August 21, 2016

Moira Mitchell is ready to take the floor as a magician, following in her father's footsteps. However, her father has forbidden her against her wishes, so she snatches an invitation to join the famous Cirque American without him knowing. While at the Cirque, Moira discovers she has more than Read more...


Exile for Dreamers
by Kathleen Baldwin
"A wonderful addition to the Stranje House series"
Posted August 21, 2016

Tess Aubreyson has visions at night of what might happen in the future. While the dreams are often helpful for her and her fellow students at the Stranje House, they usually lead to death and despair, and she fears she will go mad like her mother before her. When her Read more...


Never Missing, Never Found
by Amanda Panitch
"Gasp-inducing suspense where nothing is predictable"
Posted August 20, 2016

Scarlett was kidnapped and taken away from her family at a young age, though she was eventually able to escape. Now, she's a teenager working at an amusement park for the summer. It's her chance to have a normal life filled with fun, friends, and flirting, but on Read more...


The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You
by Lily Anderson
"Wit, laughter, romance, and originality rolled into one"
Posted August 20, 2016

Trixie Watson has her senior year goals set: save up money to spend at her favorite comic store and, most importantly, take third ranking in her class from Ben West. Since they were kids, Ben and Trixie have been at war. When their best friends start dating, the two are Read more...


A World Without You
by Beth Revis
"Engrossing exploration of mental health and family"
Posted June 30, 2016

Bo lives most of his week at Berkshire Academy, a school for youth who are troubled in some way. Bo, however, believes the school is for people like him who have superpowers. For Bo, this means his power to travel through time, and he fears it is his Read more...


Beware That Girl
by Teresa Toten
"A psychological thriller where no one can be trusted"
Posted June 29, 2016

Kate O'Brien is used to being the scholarship kid after she's moved around so many times. With her expert lying skills, she finds wealthy student Olivia at her newest school and plans to use Olivia for status, money, social rank, and maybe a little friendship on the side Read more...


The Safest Lies
by Megan Miranda
"On the edge of your seat YA thriller"
Posted June 29, 2016

Kelsey's mother hasn't left their house in 17 years. She was kidnapped at Kelsey's age and is fearfully worried that the tragedy will repeat itself. Kelsey tries to keep under the radar, but a car accident that puts her and her mother's name in the newspaper Read more...


Hanging Mary
by Susan Higginbotham
"Fascinating take on the life of Mary Surratt"
Posted June 29, 2016

Most know the story of how Abraham Lincoln was killed, but few know about Mary Surratt. Mary Surratt was the mother of Johnny, a man with close relations to John Wilkes Booth. Mrs. Surratt is a supporter of the Confederacy, but a mostly passive one as she prefers to keep Read more...


The Darkest Lie
by Pintip Dunn
"Emotional mystery with grief, romance, and thrills"
Posted June 25, 2016

Cecilia "CeCe" Brooks thought she had a close relationship with her mother. When her mother commits suicide and rumors of a sex scandal with a student erupt, CeCe is full of uncertainty and pain. It doesn't help that her classmates bully her about it and her father can't Read more...


Samantha Randolph


In addition to reviewing at Fresh Fiction, I write for the Barnes and Noble Teen Blog, blog at The Forest of Words and Pages, review at Young Adult Books Central, and intern for Entangled Publishing. I'm a geeky Slytherin who loves reading, watching too much Netflix, and drinking cinnamon roll lattes.

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