Abby knows nothing outside of her quaint life in the commune. After joining the Church of Apocalyptic Faith as a child, she's remained inside its sheltered confines, but her curiosity has always gotten her into trouble. It's this feeling that draws her to the handsome Grape Man. Otherwise known as Luc, the Grape Man owns the nearly defunct vineyard across the fence. Luc is perfectly content to be alone growing his grapes and fantasizing about Abby. She's helped him in the vineyard before, but he's a bit wary of where she comes from. The people across the fence seem like a cult, he thinks, but surely they're harmless, right? When Abby appears at his doorstep cold, beaten, and afraid, his opinions of his pious neighbors quickly change. Together, they enter a dangerous fight against the charismatic leader of the church that will push both to their limit. This page-turner by Anders (By Her Touch, 2017) will have readers forgetting the improbable premise to see if Abby can escape the clutches of the cult and find love, too. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews
Anders's engrossing third Blank Canvas contemporary (after By Her Touch) brings romance and suspense to the mountains outside Blackwood, Va. Young widow Abby Merkley belongs to the cultish Church of the Apocalyptic Faith—led by her stepfather, Isaiah—but she defies the church's teachings to seek a job from her gruff, grape-growing, loner neighbor, Luc Stanek, whom she recognizes as a kindred spirit. Abby is willing to break multiple rules to acquire medicine for her young friend Sammy, who's epileptic, but she can't bring herself to tell Luc that she finds him attractive. When Isaiah announces his plan to marry her, Abby resists and is tortured by Isaiah's devout followers, who brand her with hot irons. She successfully escapes to Luc's farmhouse under the cover of a winter storm, and he shows her kindness and erotic passion—both of which are completely new to her. Wanting to protect Abby and help her heal, Luc reaches out to Sheriff Clay Navarro and dermatologist Georgette Hadley, whom Anders's fans will enjoy meeting again. Anders excels at creating sympathetic characters who will win the reader's heart. A nail-biting incursion into the cult to rescue children concludes this sterling tale of two lost souls finding true love. Agent: Laura Bradford, Bradford Literary. (Aug.) Copyright 2017 Publisher Weekly.
When he discovers a bloodied and branded woman on his doorstep, Luc Stanek is pulled into the world of this woman who is marked as a charismatic cult leader’s property and only he can see the woman she truly is as he tries to win her freedom. Original.Review by Publisher Summary 2
"Anders excels at creating sympathetic characters who will win the reader's heart."—Publishers Weekly, STARRED ReviewThe rules are simple: Never speak to outsiders.Never yearn for something more.And never, ever seek the pleasure of a stolen kiss...or a whispered promise that with him, she can finally be free.Abby Merkley has been a member of the Church of the Apocalyptic Faith since she was a child, and there's no way out...until her darkly handsome, brooding neighbor defies the rules and takes her into the safety of his arms.He should frighten her, but everything inside Abby thrills at Luc Stanek's rough manners and shockingly gentle touch. He excites her, ignites her, leaves her shaken and wanting more. But evil men follow in her footsteps, and it may take more than one fierce beauty to defend her loving beast.Blank Canvas series:Under Her Skin (Book 1)By Her Touch (Book 2)In His Hands (Book 3)Praise for the Blank Canvas dark romance: "A dark and emotional tale that will make your spine tingle as well as your heart."—SARINA BOWEN, USA Today bestselling author of Bittersweet for Under Her Skin"The perfect romance...a hint of danger, a whole lot of spice, and an HEA you believe in."—ANNE CALHOUN, award-winning author of Under the Surface for Under Her Skin"Emotionally riveting page-turner."—Publishers Weekly STARRED for Under Her Skin"Incredibly sexy, heartbreaking, and intense."—Kirkus for Under Her Skin"Gripping [and] emotionally satisfying."—Publishers Weekly STARRED for By Her Touch"Anders has created wonderful variations on the beauty and the beast theme [with] a greatly tormented hero, and a powerful mix of menace and romance."—Booklist for By Her Touch