Short Take: Heroes are My Weakness – Susan Elizabeth Phillips

There’s a reason Phillips lands on the bestseller list year after year, book after book: Her novels are not only romantic, they are funny and whip smart. This one’s got three starred advance reviews. The woman knows what she’s doing…

“Phillips takes all the iconic elements of those classic Gothic novels of the 1960s and ’70s and deftly combines them with her own signature literary calling cards of realistically quirky yet all too relatable characters, polished writing, tart humor, and an abundance of potent sexual chemistry. The result is another romance to treasure from one of the genre’s superstars, and proof positive that good things come to those readers who wait.”
— Booklist (starred review)

“In a stunning change of pace, Phillips reveals a brilliant flair for the Gothic as she channels the Brontës, Daphne du Maurier, Victoria Holt, and Phyllis Whitney in a riveting, updated tale featuring a brooding, dangerous hero, a threatened (but definitely not classically helpless) heroine, and a chilling, foreboding setting (complete with a windswept cliff-top mansion). An unforgettable, deliciously spicy romance that readers won’t want to put down.”
— Library Journal (starred review)

“Phillips uses hints and references to Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca to create a sometimes tense atmosphere, using the structure of the older book to both fulfill and subvert the reader’s expectations. Theo fulfills his role as the stereotypical brooding hero, and Annie is much more independent than her counterpart as she learns about her past, helps Jaycie’s daughter overcome trauma, and investigates the mysterious occurrences that are trying to drive her off the island. Details of smalltown New England life round out this powerfully successful homage.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Heroes Are My Weakness (9780062106070) by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. $26.99 hardcover. 8/26/14 one day laydown.

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