ENDLESS SUMMER NIGHTS
The common denominator of these stories is their Brazilian setting, but they can each stand alone. Great characters and the tropical backdrop draw readers into each entertaining tale from beginning to end.
Hill’s “Risky Business” finds Sydni Lawson in Rio to close a marketing deal with business mogul Gabriel St. James, but they’re both surprised when they immediately fall for one another. Meanwhile, Sydni’s boss, who happens to be her dad, has other plans for her downtime. In Octavia’s “Beats of My Heart,” musician Sunshine Embry is working for a tyrannical singer when she gets a break and is sent to record in Rio, where she crosses paths with her boss’ brother, popular musician Marlo Simmons. They try to hide their feelings for each other as Sunshine’s boss plots revenge on Sunshine for unwittingly falling for Marlo. A fashion business deal in Diamond’s “Heartbreak in Rio” brings Sidney Altman back in touch with the love of her life — the man who she shut out of her life forever — Rodrigo Serrano, who is still hurt, still in love with her and determined to win her back. (KIMANI ARABESQUE, Jun., 320 pp., $6.99)
Debbie R. Sims