Logan St. James is a smoldering, sexy beast. Sure, he can be a little broody at times – but Ellie Hammond’s willing to overlook that. For years, she’s had a crush on the intense, gorgeous royal security guard, but she doesn’t think he ever saw her, not really.
To Logan, the now 22-year-old Ellie was just part of the job – a relative of the royal family he’d sworn to protect. Logan grew up on the wrong side of the tracks, in a family on the wrong side of the law. But now he covers his tattoos with a respectable suit. He’s handsome, brave, skilled with his hands and…other body parts. Any woman would be proud to have him. But there’s only one woman he wants. For years he’s watched over her, protected her, taught her how to throw a punch, and spot a liar. But beautiful Ellie’s off-limits. Everybody knows the bodyguard rules: Never lose focus, never let them out of your sight, and never, ever fall in love.
On Transition Day, the second child in every family is taken by the government and forced into servitude. Roselle St. Sismode’s eighteenth birthday arrives with harsh realizations: She’s to become a soldier for the Fate of Swords military arm of the Republic during the bloodiest rebellion in history, and her elite firstborn mother is happy to see her go. Televised since her early childhood, Roselle’s privileged upbringing has earned her the resentment of her secondborn peers. Now her decision to spare an enemy on the battlefield marks her as a traitor to the state. But Roselle finds an ally, and more, in fellow secondborn conscript Hawthorne Trugrave. As the consequences of her actions ripple throughout the Fates Republic, can Roselle create a destiny of her own? Or will her Fate override everything she fights for, even love?
After a failed apprenticeship, a chance encounter with Theodore Camden, one of the architects of the grand New York apartment house The Dakota, leads to a job offer, for Sara Smythe. In 1985, Bailey Camden is desperate. Fresh out of rehab, the former party girl is homeless, jobless, and penniless. Two generations ago, Bailey’s grandfather was the ward of famed architect Theodore Camden. But the absence of a genetic connection means Bailey won’t see a dime of the Camdens’ estate.
Theodore Camden died after suffering multiple stab wounds by a madwoman named Sara Smythe, a former Dakota employee who had previously spent seven months in an asylum. But, what Bailey discovers in the apartment’s basement could turn everything she thought she knew about Theodore Camden – and the woman who killed him – on its head.
Bernice Aurora Wescott has one thing she doesn’t want anyone to know: Her name. That is, until Bee meets Levi, the local golden boy who runs a charity organization called The Color Project. Levi is not at all shy about attempting to guess Bee’s real name; his persistence is one of the many reasons why Bee falls for him. But while Levi is everything she never knew she needed, giving up her name would feel like a stamp on forever. And that terrifies her.
When unexpected news of an illness in the family drains Bee’s summer of everything bright, she is pushed to the breaking point. Losing herself in The Color Project, a world of weddings, funerals, cancer patients, and hopeful families that the charity funds, is no longer enough. Bee must hold up the weight of her family, but to do that, she needs Levi. She’ll have to give up her name and let him in completely or lose the best thing that’s ever happened to her.
Cyril Avery is not a real Avery – or at least, that’s what his adoptive parents tell him. And he never will be. But if he isn’t a real Avery, then who is he? Born out of wedlock to a teenage girl cast out from her rural Irish community and adopted by a well-to-do if eccentric Dublin couple via the intervention of a hunchbacked Redemptorist nun, Cyril is adrift in the world, anchored only tenuously by his heartfelt friendship with the infinitely more glamourous and dangerous Julian Woodbead.
At the mercy of fortune and coincidence, he will spend a lifetime coming to know himself and where he came from and over his many years will struggle to discover an identity, a home, a country, and much more. John Boyne is the author of New York Times bestseller The Boy In the Striped Pajamas.