UPDATED: More book news, July 5, 2014

Compiled by Mary Louise Ruehr, Books Editor Published:

Best-Sellers

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BEST-SELLERS 

The Associated Press

Week ending 6/29/14

HARDCOVER FICTION

1. “Invisible” by Patterson/Ellis (Little, Brown)

2. “Top Secret Twenty-One” by Janet Evanovich (Bantam)

3. “Silkworm” by Robert Galbraith (LB/Mulholland)

4. “Mr. Mercedes” by Stephen King (Scribner)

5. “Written in My Own Heart’s Blood” by Diana Gabaldon (Delacorte Press)

6. “All Fall Down” by Jennifer Weiner (Atria)

7. “The Goldfinch” Donna Tartt (Little,Brown)

8. “The Matchmaker” by Elin Hilderbrand (Little, Brown)

9. “The One & Only” by Emily Giffin (Ballantine)

10.”Unlucky 13” by Patterson/Paetro (Little, Brown)

11.”Cop Town” by Karin Slaughter (Delacorte)

12.”All the Light We Cannot See” By Anthony Doerr (Scribner)

13.”The Hurricane Sisters” by Dorothea Benton Frank (William Morrow)

14.”The Target” by David Baldacci (Grand Central Publishing)

15.”Ghost Ship” by Cussler/Brown (Putnam)

HARDCOVER NONFICTION

1. “Hard Choices” by Hillary Rodham Clinton (Simon & Schuster)

2. “Blood Feud” by Edward Klein (Regnery)

3. “One Nation” by Ben Carson (Penguin/Sentinel)

4. “Good Call” by Jase Robertson (Howard Books)

5. “Instinct” by T.D. Jakes (FaithWords)

6. “Capital in the Twenty-First Century” by Thomas Piketty (Harvard/Belknap)

7. “Think Like a Freak” by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner (William Morrow)

8. “Everything I Need to Know I Learned From a Little Golden Book” by Diane Muldrow (Golden Books)

9. “America” by Dinesh D’Souza (Regnery)

10.”Grain Brain” by David Perlmutter (Little, Brown)

11.”The Closer” by Mariano Rivera (Little, Brown)

12.”I Am Malala” by Malala Yousafzai (Little, Brown)

13.”Finding Me” by Michelle Knight (Weinstein)

14.”Girlboss” by Sophia Amoruso (Penguin/Portfolio)

15.”Special Heart” by Bret Baier (Hachette/Center Street)

MASS MARKET PAPERBACKS

1. “Takedown Twenty” by Janet Evanovich (Bantam)

2. “The Promise” by Robyn Carr (Mira)

3. “Until we Touch” by Susan Mallery (Harlequin)

4. “Bombshell” by Catherine Coulter (Jove)

5. “Second Honeymoon” by Patterson/Roughan (Vision)

6. “Kiss and Tell” by Fern Michaels (Kensington/Zebra)

7. “Inferno” by Dan Brown (Anchor)

8. “The 9th Girl” by Tami Hoag (Signet)

9. “When Day Breaks” by Maya Banks (Berkley)

10.”Zero Hour” by Cussler/Brown (Berkley)

11.”Bones of the Lost” by Kathy Reichs (Pocket Books)

12.”The Last Boyfriend” by Nora Roberts (Jove)

13.”The Marriage Pact” by Linda Lael Miller (Harlequin)

14.”To Marry a Scottish Laird” by Lynsay Sands (Avon)

15.”On a Clear Day” by Debbie Macomber (Mira)

TRADE PAPERBACKS

1. “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn (Broadway Books)

2. “And the Mountains Echoed” by Khaled Hosseini (Riverhead)

3. “The Longest Ride” by Nicholas Sparks (Grand Central Publishing)

4. “The Boys in the Boat” by Daniel James Brown (Penguin)

5. “Doctor Sleep” by Stephen King (S&S/Gallery)

6. “Heaven Is for Real (movie tie-in)” by Todd Burpo (Thomas Nelson)

7. “The Silver Star” by Jeannette Walls (Scribner)

8. “The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert (Penguin)

9. “10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse” by J.J. Smith (Adiva)

10.”The Cuckoo’s Calling” by Robert Galbraith (LB/Mulholland)

11.”The Ocean at the End of the Lane” by Neil Gaiman (William Morrow)

12.”How to Read Literature Like a Professor” by Thomas C. Foster (Harper Perennial)

13.”Sweet Salt Air” by Barbara Delinsky (St. Martin’s)

14.”Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls” by David Sedaris (Back Bay)

15. “Inferno” by Dan Brown (Anchor)

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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WALL STREET JOURNAL-BEST SELLERS 

The Associated Press

Best-Selling Books Week Ended June 29

FICTION

1. “Invisible” by James Patterson and David Ellis (Little, Brown)

2. “Top Secret Twenty-One” by Janet Evanovich (Bantam)

3. “Silkworm” by Robert Galbraith (Mulholland Books)

4. “Insurgent” by Veronica Roth (Katherine Tegen Books)

5. “Mr. Mercedes” by Stephen King (Scribner)

6. “Allegiant” by Veronica Roth (Katherine Tegen Books)

7. “Tales From a Not-So-Glam TV Star” by Rachel Renee Russell (Aladdin)

8. “Save Rafe” by James Patterson, Chris Tebbetts, Laura Park (Little, Brown)

9. “Written in My Own Heart’s Blood” by Diana Gabaldon (Delacorte Press)

10.”The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green (Dutton Books)

NONFICTION

1. “Hard Choices” by Hillary Rodham Clinton (Simon & Schuster)

2. “Minecraft: Redstone Handbook” by Scholastic (Scholastic)

3. “Blood Feud: The Clintons vs. The Obamas” by Edward Klein (Regenry Publishing)

4. “Minecraft: Essential Handbook” by Scholastic (Scholastic)

5. “One Nation: What We Can All Do” by Ben Carson (Sentinel)

6. “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young (Thomas Nelson)

7. “Strengths Finder” by Tom Rath (Gallup Press)

8. “Good Call” by Jase Robertson (Howard Books)

9. “Unbroken: A World War II Story” by Laura Hillenbrand (Random House)

10.”Instinct” by T.D. Jakes (Faithwords)

FICTION E-BOOKS

1. “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green (Penguin)

2. “Invisible” by James Patterson and David Ellis (Little, Brown)

3. “Top Secret Twenty-One” by Janet Evanovich (Random House)

4. “The Promise” by Robyn Carr (Harlequin MIRA)

5. “When Day Breaks” by Maya Banks (Berkley)

6. “Until We Touch” by Susan Mallery (Harlequin HQN)

7. “The Silkworm” by Robert Galbraith (Little, Brown)

8. “The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt (Little, Brown)

9. “Breathe With Me” by Kirsten Proby (Ampersand Publishing)

10.”Rusty Nailed” by Alice Clayton (Gallery Books)

NONFICTION E-BOOKS

1. “It Looked Different on the Model” by Laurie Notaro (Random House)

2. “Blood Feud: The Clintons vs. The Obamas” by Edward Klein (Regenry Publishing)

3. “On Gold Mountain” by Lisa See (Rosetta Books)

4. “Orange Is the New Black” by Piper Kerman (Random House)

5. “Minding the Manor” by Mollie Moran (The Lyons Press)

6. “I Didn’t Come Here to Make Friends” by Courtney Robertson (Harper Collins)

7. “My Mother Was Nuts” by Penny Marshall (New Harvest)

8. “The Sisters Who Would Be Queen” by Leanda de Lisle (Random House)

9. “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” by Maya Angelou (Random House)

10.”The Nazi Officer’s Wife” by Edith Hahn Beer (Harper Collins)

Nielsen BookScan gathers point-of-sale book data from about 16,000 locations across the U.S., representing about 85 percent of the nation’s book sales. Print-book data providers include all major booksellers and Web retailers, and food stores. E-book data providers include all major e-book retailers. Free e-books and those sold for less than 99 cents are excluded. The fiction and nonfiction lists in all formats include both adult and juvenile titles; the business list includes only adult titles. The combined lists track sales by title across all print and e-book formats; audio books are excluded. Refer questions to Michael.Boone(at)wsj.com.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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USA TODAY BEST-SELLERS 

The Associated Press

1. “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green (Dutton Children’s)

2. “Invisible” by James Patterson and David Ellis (Little, Brown)

3. “Top Secret Twenty-One” by Janet Evanovich (Bantam)

4. “The Promise” by Robyn Carr (Harlequin MIRA)

5. “The Silkworm” by Robert Galbraith (Little, Brown)

6. “Until We Touch” by Susan Mallery (Harlequin HQN)

7. “When Day Breaks” by Maya Banks (Berkley)

8. “If I Stay” by Gayle Forman (Speak)

9. “Divergent” by Veronica Roth (Katherine Tegen Books)

10. “Mr. Mercedes” by Stephen King (Scribner)

11. “The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt (Little by Brown)

12. “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn (Broadway Books)

13. “The Maze Runner” by James Dashner (Delacorte Books for Young Readers)

14. “Looking for Alaska” by John Green (Speak)

15. “Insurgent” by Veronica Roth (Katherine Tegen Books)

16. “Kiss and Tell” Fern Michaels (Kensington)

17. “Blood Feud: The Clintons vs. The Obamas” by Edward Klein (Regenry Publishing)

18. “Allegiant” by Veronica Roth (Katherine Tegen Books)

19. “All Fall Down” by Jennifer Weiner (Atria Books)

20. “Takedown Twenty” by Janet Evanovich (Bantam)

21. “Cop Town” by Karin Slaughter (Delacorte)

22. “Hard Choices” by Hillary Rodham Clinton (Simon & Schuster)

23. “Written in My Own Heart’s Blood” by Diana Gabaldon (Delacorte)

24. “Dork Diaries 7: Tales from a Not-So-Glam TV Star” by Rachel Renee Russell (Aladdin)

25. “Paper Towns” by John Green (Speak)

Reporting stores include: Amazon.com, Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble.com, Barnes & Noble Inc., Barnes & Noble e-books, BooksAMillion.com, Books-A-Million, Bookland and Books & Co., Costco, Davis-Kidd Booksellers (Nashville, Memphis), Hudson Booksellers, Joseph-Beth Booksellers (Lexington, Ky.; Cincinnati, Charlotte, Cleveland, Pittsburgh), Kobo, Inc., Powell’s Books (Portland, Ore.), Powells.com, R.J. Julia Booksellers (Madison, Conn.), Schuler Books & Music (Grand Rapids, Okemos, Eastwood, Alpine, Mich.), Sony Reader Store, Target, Tattered Cover Book Store (Denver).

For the extended, interactive and searchable version of this list, visit http://books.usatoday.com/list/index

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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BOOK CLUBS

• Monday Morning Book Group: 11 a.m. July 7, Kent Free Library, 312 W. Main St. — “One Summer: America, 1927” by Bill Bryson. B.Y.O.C. (Bring Your Own Cup) for free coffee and a discussion the first Monday of each month. No registration required. Copies available. Information: 330-673-4414 or kflinfo@kentfreelibrary.org.

• Learned Owl (Hudson) summer reading groups: 1 p.m. July 8 and 22 — For kids ages 7 and 8: For first meeting choose a book from the Magic Tree House series to read and talk about with the group; 3 p.m. July 9 and 23 — For kids ages 9 and 10: For first meeting read a Newbery Award book to share.  Call 330-653-2252 to register. 

• Adult Book Discussion: 7 to  8 p.m. July 9, Reed Memorial Library, 167 E. Main St., Ravenna — “The Man Who Was Thursday” by G. K. Chesterton. Copies available. Information: 330-296-2827, ext. 200.

• Kid Lit for Grown-Ups: 6:30 p.m. July 10, Kent Free Library, 312 W. Main St. — “The Riverman” by Aaron Starmer and “Heartbeat” by Elizabeth Scott. No registration required. Copies available. Information: 330-673-4414 or kflinfo@kentfreelibrary.org.

• Book Group @ the Market: Noon, July 12, Haymaker Farmers’ Market, located on the corner of Franklin St. and Summit St. under the Haymaker Overpass — “The $64 Tomato: How One Man Nearly Lost His Sanity, Spent a Fortune, and Endured an Existential Crisis in the Quest for the Perfect Garden” by William Alexander. Bring a lawn chair. No registration required. Copies available at the Kent Free Library. Information: 330-673-4414 or kflinfo@kentfreelibrary.org.

• Pierce Streetsboro Library’s Book Discussion Club: 3 p.m. July 14 in the library’s meeting room, 8990 Kirby Lane — “The Orchardist” by Amanda Coplin about a solitary orchardist who provides shelter to two runaway teenage girls in the untamed American West at the turn of the century.  Light refreshments. Register:  330-626-4458. 

• Pizza and Pages: Noon, July 15, Kent Free Library, 312 W. Main St. — “Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong” by Prudence Shen. Teens in grades six to nine are invited for lunch, a book discussion, games and crafts. Registration is required and closes at 6 p.m. on the Friday before each program. Register at Youth Services Desk: 330-673-4414 or kflinfo@kentfreelibrary.org.

• Read the Classics Book Club: 7 p.m., July 15, Kent Free Library, 312 W. Main St. — “Heart of Darkness” by Joseph Conrad. No registration required. Copies available. Information: 330-673-4414 or kflinfo@kentfreelibrary.org.

• Teen Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Group: 7 p.m., July 16, Kent Free Library, 312 W. Main St. — “The Maze Runner” by James Dashner.  For teens entering grades nine to 12 who love sci-fi and fantasy books. No registration required. Information: 330-673-4414 or kflinfo@kentfreelibrary.org.

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AUTHOR VISITS

• Betty Weibel will bring her book, “Cleveland Grand Prix: An American Show Jumping First,” to the Learned Owl Bookshop, 204 N. Main St. in Hudson, from 1 to 3 p.m. July 12. Information: 330-653-2252.

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King, Caro among those backing anti-Amazon letter

NEW YORK (AP) — Stephen King, Nora Roberts and Robert Caro are among the hundreds of authors who have added their names to an online letter criticizing Amazon.com for restricting access to works published by Hachette Book Group.

The letter, initiated by Hachette author Douglas Preston, urged Amazon to resolve its standoff with Hachette over e-book prices and other issues. Readers were asked to email Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos at jeff@amazon.com and “tell him what you think.” Amazon has slowed delivery on books by Preston and other Hachette authors, limited discounts and removed pre-order tags for upcoming releases.

Other authors endorsing the letter, which appears on http://www.prestonchild.com/storage/med/preston/220_AmazonStatement.pdf ., include James Patterson, Andrew Solomon and Scott Turow. Some on the list are Hachette writers, but many are published by rival companies.

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Burt Reynolds memoir scheduled for 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — Burt Reynolds, the actor who once showed all, is now ready to tell all.

G.P. Putnam’s Sons announced Wednesday that Reynolds’ memoir, “But Enough About Me,” is set for release in fall 2015.

The 78-year-old Reynolds promises in a statement to “set the record straight” on everything from his love affairs with Sally Field and Loni Anderson to his Cosmopolitan centerfold from 1972. His films include “Deliverance,” ‘’Boogie Nights” and “Smokey and the Bandit.”

Reynolds’ book also is expected to cover his friendships with Clint Eastwood, Frank Sinatra and Johnny Carson, among others.

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Here are this week’s book reviews from McClatchy-Tribune:

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“West of the Revolution: An Uncommon History of 1776” by Claudio Saunt; W.W. Norton (284 pages, $26.95)

As America’s founders gathered in Philadelphia in 1776, two Franciscans named Francisco Atanasio Dominguez and Francisco Silvestre Velez de Escalante began a journey west from Santa Fe, N.M., hoping to find a way to the Pacific Coast. Negotiating with Native Americans and faltering over harsh terrain, they had no idea that 13 colonies were at the same time declaring independence from Britain, asserting the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, creating a country that would one day encompass much of the continent.

In “West of the Revolution: An Uncommon History of 1776,” historian Claudio Saunt evokes this shadow saga of America’s founding year in landscapes distinct from the 13 colonies. This is a history more terrible than wondrous, a necessary counternarrative to our enlightened Revolution.

For the most part, Saunt looks to trade as the way to explain shifts in allegiances and power. He has created a sweeping narrative of noncolonial America in 1776. But he is at his most colorful when he finds individual stories, such as that of the Frenchman floating down the Arkansas River with “one severed head and the corpses of two of his companions.”

The strangeness of proto-American history may be found in the details.

—Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times

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“War and Gold: A 500-Year History of Empires, Adventures, and Debt” by Kwasi Kwarteng; Public Affairs/Perseus Books (442 pages, $28.99)

Kwasi Kwarteng is a son of Ghanaian parents who is a historian, hedge fund analyst and Conservative member of Britain’s Parliament. His eye is fixed on the West in “War and Gold,” where abandoning gold to finance war and government largesse has repeatedly meant surrendering order and sound money.

It’s is a well-written history of money — particularly in the last 100 years — rather than a history of the interplay of its title subjects. It is a reach, for example, to tie the consequences of war into the big credit crashes of 1929 and 2008.

Kwarteng is withering in his criticism of President Lyndon Johnson’s “guns and butter” in the 1960s, when the Democrat’s Vietnam War and Great Society were financed by borrowing. But the seeds of the 2008 near-collapse of international finance were planted when a Republican president ended the $35-an-ounce link between the dollar and gold.

Kwarteng says the GOP’s insistence on tax cuts and the Democrats’ refusal to reduce welfare spending put both parties in the position of making circular arguments to the effect that “deficits don’t matter.”

It’s refreshing to read such a concise and cutting book, even if it is not entirely convincing.

—Jim Landers, The Dallas Morning News

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“The Quick: A Novel” by Lauren Owen; Random House (544 pages, $27)

“The Quick” centers on close-knit siblings James Norbury and his older sister, Charlotte. As the book opens, the socially awkward James, a would-be writer, heads to London after finishing his degree at Oxford. Poor spinster Charlotte, feeling deserted, remains behind on their family’s decrepit country estate.

The siblings’ correspondence comes to a dead stop, and James becomes unreachable. Panicked, Charlotte travels to London in search of him, and what she finds completely, to use present-day vernacular, blows her mind. She’s soon immersed in a blood-drenched search for not only her brother, but for justice and a semblance of sanity.

“The Quick” is that rare book that reviewers and readers live for: both plot- and character-driven, a stay-up-all-night-reading romp of more than 500 pages that you’ll desperately wish was double that. This is elegant, witty, force-of-nature writing, and Lauren Owen should have a long and illustrious career ahead of her.

For those like me who’re dismayed to see the book end, I’m pleased to report that she’s said she’s at work on a sequel, which can’t come fast enough. Lauren, we beg of you: Be quick.

—Joy Tipping, The Dallas Morning News

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“The Farm” by Tom Rob Smith; Grand Central (368 pages, $26)

Tom Rob Smith’s new novel is built on an intriguing premise that unravels swiftly. A young Londoner named Daniel gets a call from his father in Sweden, where his parents have retired to a farm in a small rural community. “Your mother ... she’s not well,” his father tells him and begins to weep. Daniel’s mom, he says, has been “imagining things — terrible, terrible things” and has disappeared from the hospital where she’s being evaluated.

Daniel rushes off to Heathrow to fly to his father’s aid, but before he can board the plane he gets a call from his mother. “I’m sure your father has spoken to you,” she says. “Everything that man has told you is a lie.”

And here is where “The Farm” quickly falls apart, after just a few pages, through Smith’s curious decision to tell almost the entire story through a series of far-fetched, overly detailed, stilted monologues.

Unlikely as it is, Daniel does get answers, and none of them will surprise you. With “Child 44,” about a serial killer at work in Stalin’s Russia, Smith hit upon a fantastic idea. But his instincts falter badly with The Farm, a suspense novel with no suspense at all.

—Connie Ogle, The Miami Herald

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“I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You” by Courtney Maum; Touchstone (336 pages, $25.99)

Richard Haddon, the morose British artist at the center of Courtney Maum’s amusing and yet still heartfelt new novel, used to be devoted to the avant garde. He made mixed-media collages using saw blades and driftwood and melted ramen noodle packets. He wrapped toy soldiers in Bubble Wrap to make a statement.

Now, though, things have changed. Richard’s art has finally found a market, but he’s deeply unhappy about the conventional turn it has taken.

“I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You” is a midlife crisis novel, but Maum enough inventiveness and wit to make Richard’s dilemma feel fresh. He knows he’s made a mess of his life even as he sabotages himself, and she invests readers in his fate while being perfectly clear he’s responsible for his own bad behavior. Trying to deserve our blessings and failing is just so painfully human.

With this warm, reflective novel, Maum seems to be nodding sagely at what we know to be true: Life is a mess, it’s always a mess, and the struggle to be a better person goes on forever.

—Connie Ogle, The Miami Herald

© 2014, McClatchy-Tribune

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The Romance Reader: ‘The Escape’

By Lezlie Patterson

McClatchy-Tribune News Service (MCT) 

“The Escape” by Mary Balogh; Dell (2014, $7.99 paperback)

There is nothing really bad about Mary Balogh’s latest novel. But there is nothing really great about it either.

The story, due to be released next week, is well-written with strong characters and is the third full-length novel in her “The Survivors Club” series.

The series is a good one. This story is just OK.

The premise: Seven survivors of the Napoleonic Wars have formed a group, thanks to the machinations of the Duke of Stanbrook. Five men are former soldiers who returned with severe injuries, and one woman witnessed her husband’s tortured death. Stanbrook’s son was killed in the war.

The first two books occurred about the same time as “The Escape.” Vincent, who was blinded in the war, married Sophie in “The Arrangement.” “The Proposal” paired Lady Gwendoline Muir, from several of Balogh’s past books (including “One Night for Love” and “A Summer to Remember”) with Hugo, a man who suffered emotional trauma from the war.

These books offer scarred heroes, men who suffered tragedy and painful, life-changing injuries. These are admirable men, likeable heroes.

Ben’s injuries cost him the full use of his legs.

Samantha is a survivor as well. She married young and was quickly disillusioned by her unfaithful husband. Her in-laws were judgmental puritans who never approved of her. She spent years caring for her husband, who was injured in the war. When he died, she spent months imprisoned by absurdly strict mourning rules dictated by her in-laws.

Samantha, as she told Ben, just wanted to live.

Circumstances forced her to flee to Wales, and Ben accompanied her to offer protection. Once they got there, she found a place where she could live and be happy. And Ben ended up finding his happiness.

One thing that made this a bit difficult to follow is how spread out the books in the series are: “The Proposal” was released in May 2012, and “The Arrangement” in August 2013. That may make it difficult for a smooth transition between the stories.

There was no conflict in the story. No bad guys threatening Ben and Samantha’s happiness, no misunderstandings or lurking evil.

It made for an innocent, emotionless read. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. But it’s not really great either.

HOW IT STACKS UP

Overall rating: 3-plus of 5. “The Escape” manages to keep your interest without really being all that interesting. It’s an easy going read, one that will not get a reader’s pulse racing or engage emotions. Still, you will like Ben and Samantha enough that you’ll become invested in seeing them achieve their happily-ever-after.

Hunk appeal: 10. There is nothing wrong with Ben, but he just never really does anything that wows you. He’s quite admirable, however, having overcome severe war injuries to live more of a normal life than anyone thought possible. After a disastrous initial encounter with Samantha, he’s a perfect gentleman for the rest of the book.

Steamy scene grade: XXXX. Well, maybe not always the perfect gentleman.

Happily-Ever-After: OK. Following the pattern of the rest of the book, the ending wasn’t very climatic. In fact, it was rather annoyingly dull. Spoiler alert, but not much: At the end, Ben and Samantha separate for “months” because both need “alone time.” Yuck. Then, when they reunite, it’s all quite civil and proper. Yuck and yuck. But, they do reunite and embark on their happily-ever-after.

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ALSO THIS WEEK

“The Suitor” by Mary Balogh (2013, paperback) 3-plus of 5. This novella ties into Balogh’s “The Survivors Club” series. Julian is the Duke of Stanbrook’s nephew and heir. He fell in love with Philippa years earlier, when Philippa’s youth made it inappropriate. He bided his time, preparing for the day when he could properly court her. But as that day arrived, Philippa’s parents had arranged a meeting for their daughter with Vincent (“The Arrangement”). She thwarts that to give Julian time to make his move. It all ties in rather well. This is a fun, quick story.

Lezlie Patterson is a former columnist for The State newspaper in Columbia, S.C. Readers may send her email at lezlie.patterson@gmail.com . To read more of her romance reviews, go to http://lezlie-romance.blogspot.com.

© 2014, McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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