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Sat
Aug 30 2014 1:30pm

Mad Dogs and Englishmen: Not-Your-Usual Historicals for August 2014

Slave Girl by Lisa CachHere in the States, August is the last month of freedom before the kids go back to school and the parents can celebrate a return to normalcy. It’s also the month where we all try to grab that last gasp of summertime fun before the weather turns cooler and we settle in for what we hope will not be a long, hard winter.

Why not fill your beach bag and/or your favorite digital content device with some tasty not-your-usual historical offerings? While there are a bumper crop of cowboys this month (yeehaw!), there’s still plenty of variety to tickle even the most fickle of fancies.

Ancient Rome!

Slave Girl by Lisa Cach

A sex slave who’s never been touched… National bestselling author Lisa Cach spins an erotic, passionate novel about a young Roman Empire slave who’s intended to become her king’s concubine—until a rugged barbarian prince takes her heart…and more.

Lovely Nimia is a slave to King Sygarius, who’s grooming her to be his consort as soon as she reaches full womanhood. And that time is very close. Nimia is forced to attend shocking lessons in the erotic arts; lessons that leave her body aroused and her mind conflicted. Because while she’s attracted to Sygarius’s power and eroticism, her spirit rebels at being his slave.

Then one of Sygarius’s allies comes to visit. Smart and ambitious, Clovis burns to take over Sygarius’s kingdom—and the beautiful Nimia. And though her virginity is meant for Sygarius, Clovis takes it with her enthusiastic consent.

When Sygarius learns that she is no longer a virgin, Nimia flees for her life. But can she find Clovis before the wrath of Sygarius—and imminent death—finds her first?

[+More new and unusual historicals...]

Wed
Aug 27 2014 10:45am

First Look: Lauren Jameson’s Linger (September 2, 2014)

Linger by Lauren JamesonLauren Jameson
Linger
Penguin / September 2, 2014 / $15.00, print / $5.99, digital

On her last night in Nevada before embarking on a yearlong veterinary internship, Scarlett Malone is celebrating—and looking for one night of incredible pleasure. But the man who draws her eye is not her usual type: He’s a cowboy whose alpha-male tendencies tempt her beyond belief. Scarlett can’t understand why she wants this man and no one else, but she’s determined to entice him to submit.…

Dr. Logan Brody lives an isolated life in rural Montana, running a ranch and suppressing his submissive tendencies. Only on his occasional trips does he give into his hidden urges. He can’t deny his scorching attraction to Scarlett or that she makes him want more, but he never lets anyone break him down fully. He’s hers for one night and one night only.

But when Scarlett shows up at Logan’s door as his intern for the year, he realizes that the walls around his heart are about to crumble—and that this sexy dominant woman has no intention of letting him keep control.…

Nothing causes pages to burn quite like a submissive alpha male cowboy and a Mistress determined to make him hers.  Lauren Jameson’s Linger is a stunningly sexy concoction that weaves together two souls with a taste for volcanic-hot sex.  Scarlett Malone is just about to leave her home for a veterinary internship.  City life doesn’t teach a veterinarian all of the in’s and out’s of large animal care, and the only way to get the needed hands-on experience is to work under someone who takes care of those big animals on a day-to-day basis.  This means going out into the quiet countryside of Montana and leaving the hustle and bustle of city life behind.

Before Scarlett leaves for a year, she takes one more night to fulfill her sexual desires.  A rich friend of hers owns one of the hottest BDSM clubs in the area; she has trained to be a Mistress and has more than her share of fans.  That final night, Scarlett enters the club to see a man that she has to have.  A tall cowboy with a beautiful body—a cowboy who may very well be a Master himself—immediately catches her attention.  Scarlett is in luck: her cowboy is a submissive, if an alpha one, and the challenge he will provide her is just what she needs. 

[Challenge accepted...]

Thu
Jul 24 2014 2:00pm

First Look: Maisey Yates’s Unbroken (August 5, 2014)

Unbroken by Maisey YatesMaisey Yates
Unbroken
Berkley / August 5, 2014 / $5.99, digital / $7.99, print

Amber Jameson has always thought of her best friend Cade as an older brother. A really hot older brother. But growing up in foster care, she learned to rely only on herself. As much as she likes stealing glances at Cade’s chiseled jaw and painted-on jeans, she resents the way he swoops in like a superhero to fix things for her.

When former rodeo rival Jim Davis starts harassing Amber to sell her grandfather’s failing ranch, Cade swoops in once again. To send Jim on his way, Cade pretends to be Amber’s boyfriend, moving in to help fix the place up. With her grandfather behind the idea, Amber and Cade have to keep the charade going—whether she likes it or not.

But as their make-believe romance starts to heat up, maybe Cade and Amber will learn to admit that they both could use a little saving…

Lately, it seems that the romance genre has seen a lot of broken and dark characters. Perhaps we all want a little more gritty reality with our romance. Even in the small town of Silver Creek, full of sexy cowboys and ranchers, we can’t escape our pasts.

Maisey Yates’s most recent novel, Unbroken, continues the story of the Mitchell clan in Silver Creek. Sexy former rodeo star Cade Mitchell has always turned to his friend Amber in times of trouble, but now, when Cade realizes he may never ride again, he is beginning to realize that he feels more than just brotherly affection for her. When he pretends to be her boyfriend to head off harassment from another man, and then Amber’s grandfather buys into the plan, he ends up staying at Amber’s – indefinitely.

[And then forever...?]

Thu
Jun 26 2014 12:00pm

Cowboys vs. Dukes: Comparing Western and Historical Heroes

The Gunslinger by Lorraine Heath

Today we're pleased to welcome author Lorraine Heath to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Lorraine's latest release, The Gunslinger, is a Western historical featuring a gunslinger who doesn't want to be anyone's hero! But Lorraine also writes Regency and Victorian Historials, so she's here to share some of the pros and cons of each type of hero. Thanks, Lorraine!

Thank you so much for having me here today at Heroes and Heartbreakers to discuss heroes.

I must admit that I find cowboys and Regency/Victorian gents equally sexy. They share a lot of common traits, but they are also very different.

What I love most about cowboys is that they are self-made men. Nothing is handed to them and they don’t expect anything to be. They work hard for what they acquire, whether it’s land, bounty, or a lady’s heart.

What I love most about Regency/Victorian heroes is that they have history behind them. They are usually old family, born into wealth and privilege. They don’t take their heritage for granted and they have an enormous amount of respect for duty and honor. Even when they are debauched, there is a keen understanding regarding their place in Society and what is expected of them.

[But what's expected is sometimes no fun...]

Thu
Jun 5 2014 9:30am

Branded by Laura Wright’s Cavanaugh Brothers Series

Laura Wright takes us deep into the cowboy world of Texas with her new series The Cavanaugh Brothers. In the first book, Branded, it’s evident that unresolved matters of the past can fester wildly if allowed. And for the Cavanaughs and the ranch foreman at the Triple C, Mackenzie Byrd, the past haunts their every move. Complicating matters, a drunken kiss shared between Mac and the eldest Cavanaugh, Deacon, opens up a world of possibilities, if only they can find a common ground between what was and what could be.

From the very first page, a diary entry from the one daughter in the Cavanaugh family, Cass, it’s clear that Mackenzie has it bad for Deacon. Back then, she was far too young for him to notice, allowing her youthful crush to die out with time and distance. When Deacon returns to the ranch, along with his brothers, for their father’s funeral, Mackenzie’s resolve is tested. Seeing the grown-up version of the girl that used to follow him around stirs something in Deacon also.

It was damn unfortunate how beautiful she’d become. Granted, he was pretty exceptional at resisting the things that were bad for him. But in that moment, he wasn’t sure how he’d react if Mackenzie Byrd put her head on his shoulder like she had the cowboy’s. Wasn’t sure if his arm would steal around her waist, too, or if he’d pull her close to his side and brush his lips over the curve of her right ear.

[Wait until he gets below her neck!...]

Wed
May 21 2014 4:30pm

First Look: Laura Moore’s Once Tasted (May 27, 2014)

Once Tasted by Laura MooreLaura Moore
Once Tasted
Ballantine / May 27, 2014 / $7.99 print & digital

Three siblings, an extraordinary family, a lasting heritage—in the irresistible Silver Creek Ranch trilogy, they’ll fight for the land and the people they love.

Everything has come easily to Reid Knowles, the middle son of a California ranching family. But his charmed life is suddenly complicated when his good friend and neighbor asks him to help run the winery next door. His neighbor’s niece, Mia Bodell, is in charge—and she has made it clear that she’d rather be roped to a steer than to Reid Knowles. Never one to back down from a challenge, Reid vows to win her trust.

Her life marked by loss, Mia knows that nothing comes easily—love included. In high school, her heart was crushed by Reid, and even though years have passed, the hurt lingers. Mia is achingly aware that the teen heartthrob has matured into a devastatingly handsome playboy, and the budding winemaker refuses to let down her guard. But one taste of unbridled passion changes things. From Reid’s first intoxicating kiss to his unexpectedly tender seduction, Mia is swept into a passionate affair that could tear her heart to pieces . . . or give her everything she has ever wanted.

Many of us have lived the story of a shy teenager attracted to the more outgoing, popular classmate. We secretly admired him from afar, watching him work his charismatic magic on those worthy to be in his inner circle and the lucky few whose trajectory intersected his life, even if only momentarily. We dreamed of the day when he would suddenly recognize our true inner beauty, and of course, outer beauty too—after we had our fantasized makeover.

So it is only natural that we are drawn to this type of story, especially when the girl gets the guy. Laura Moore puts her own distinctive stamp—including setting, characterization, and humor—on one of readers’ favorite tropes in Once Tasted.

[Tell us more!...]

Thu
May 8 2014 12:00pm
Excerpt

Once Tasted: Exclusive Excerpt

Laura Moore

Three siblings, an extraordinary family, a lasting heritage—in the irresistible Silver Creek Ranch trilogy, they’ll fight for the land and the people they love.

Everything has come easily to Reid Knowles, the middle son of a California ranching family. But his charmed life is suddenly complicated when his good friend and neighbor asks him to help run the winery next door. His neighbor’s niece, Mia Bodell, is in charge—and she has made it clear that she’d rather be roped to a steer than to Reid Knowles. Never one to back down from a challenge, Reid vows to win her trust.

Her life marked by loss, Mia knows that nothing comes easily—love included. In high school, her heart was crushed by Reid, and even though years have passed, the hurt lingers. Mia is achingly aware that the teen heartthrob has matured into a devastatingly handsome playboy, and the budding winemaker refuses to let down her guard. But one taste of unbridled passion changes things. From Reid’s first intoxicating kiss to his unexpectedly tender seduction, Mia is swept into a passionate affair that could tear her heart to pieces . . . or give her everything she has ever wanted.

Get a sneak peek of Laura Moore's Once Tasted (available May 27, 2014) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Mia needed to pee. She needed to open her eyes, too. But her lids were as heavy as cinder blocks. She swallowed, and all the sand of the Sahara slid down her throat.

She felt awful, kind of like overstretched taffy, and though her head didn’t pound, she couldn’t move it. It was stuck somehow. Never, ever again would she drink pomegranate martinis.

The cries of the awakening birds came through the open window. Then she heard something else. The sound was low-pitched and reached her right ear in a warm blast. Someone was breathing.

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Sun
Mar 23 2014 12:00pm
Excerpt

Rising Assets: Exclusive Excerpt

Rebecca Zanetti

Friends with benefits was never the plan…

Melanie Jacobs is in trouble. With three jobs—including running her ranch—and dwindling funds, she’s exhausted. Not to mention desperately trying to hide a secret. Unfortunately, her best friend Colton Freeze knows all too well that’s something is going on, and he won’t give up until he knows exactly what he needs to fix.

Then Colton learns the truth—that Melanie’s future happiness rests in the fickle hands of fate, and her chances for having a family are shrinking with every passing day. Her only comfort is Colton, but when a heated argument between them turns into an even hotter kiss, the boundaries of their friendship are erased, leaving only a scorching-hot hunger for more.

Every kiss—every touch—is a stolen pleasure. But will their new friends-with-sexy-benefits arrangement bring them closer together, or destroy everything they once shared?

Get a sneak peek of Rebecca Zanetti's Rising Assets (available March 31, 2014) with an exclusive excerpt of Chapter 1 & 2.

Chapter 1

“She can’t be working here. No way.” Colton Freeze leaned forward in his chair and slid his nearly empty beer on the battered wooden table. A jukebox belted out Garth Brooks, peanut shells lined the floor, and longnecks took residence on almost every table in the bar. Unfortunately, the sense of home failed to relax him.

”I’m only telling you what Mrs. Nelson said at the bank.“ His friend, Hawk, turned toward the long, oak bar. ”If she is working here, I wish she’d show up so I can go home to bed.”

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Sun
Jan 26 2014 10:09am

First Look: Emma Cane’s The Cowboy of Valentine Valley (January 28, 2014)

The Cowboy of Valentine Valley by Emma CaneEmma Cane
The Cowboy of Valentine Valley
Avon / January 28, 2014 / $5.99 print, $4.99 digital

Ever since a heated late-night kiss—that absolutely should not have happened—cowboy Josh Thalberg makes former Hollywood bad girl Whitney Winslow's pulse beat faster. But when she decides to use his gorgeous leatherwork in her new upscale lingerie shop, Leather & Lace, she's determined to keep their relationship strictly professional . . . even if she wants so much more.

Josh has never met a challenge he isn't up for. Which is probably why he allowed Whitney to persuade him to take the sexy publicity photo that went viral—and now has every woman in America knocking down his door . . . every woman except the one he can't get out of his head.

But how to convince a reformed bad girl that some rules are worth breaking?

I haven’t read any of Emma Cane’s works before, but who can resist a former bad girl or a gentle satire of today’s media world? Plus having the woman be wealthy, successful, and traveled puts a new spin on a small-town romance.

Whitney Winslow never dreamed that her father wouldn’t want her in the family business. But even after she graduated summa cum laude as a business major, and then went on to receive her MBA, she is unable to convince her father that she is capable of working in the family firm, leaving her devastated.

[Can't let 'em get you down...]

Sat
Jan 25 2014 2:00pm

First Look: Laura Drake’s Nothing Sweeter (January 28, 2014)

Nothing Sweeter by Laura DrakeLaura Drake
Nothing Sweeter
Forever / January 28, 2014 / $8.00 print, $7.99 digital

Aubrey Madison is starting over. Leaving Los Angeles and everything behind except the scars of her ruined past, Bree sets out for cowboy country. Now she has a new home, a new job—and a new worry: the ruggedly sexy rancher who makes her long for things she shouldn't . . .

Rough and tumble cattleman Max Jameson has broken wild stallions and faced angry bulls. Yet the redheaded city cupcake who turned up at the High Heather Ranch might be his undoing. Bree has a plan to rescue the ranch from foreclosure that's just crazy enough to work. But will Max gamble his future on a beautiful stranger?

In Laura Drake's Nothing Sweeter, Aubrey Madison is a mess. Her city life and city desk job blew up in her face and she’s looking for a new start. I’ve often wondered what happens when people on the run enter witness protection—if they do what they’ve always done, aren’t they sitting ducks for nefarious felons to find them? No fear of that with Aubrey, because she’s done prison time for her part in a financial felony and she has the internal and external scars to prove it. Nope, Bree (a new name for a new life) has a better idea. She thinks back to her days as a “horse-crazy kid” when she swapped free riding lessons for grooming duties at a local boarding stable. It could work as a fall-back plan:

She’d lose herself in physical labor and horses. They’d been the anchors that had gotten her through puberty. Maybe they’d help her sort out the mess she’d made of her life.

[Enter Max Jameson...]

Sat
Jan 18 2014 12:30pm
Excerpt

The Cowboy’s Mail Order Bride: Exclusive Excerpt

Carolyn Brown

The Cowboy's Mail Order Bride by Carolyn BrownShe's Got Sass...

Emily Cooper promised her dying grandfather that she'd deliver a long-lost letter to a woman he once planned to wed. Little does adventurous Emily know that this simple task will propel her to places she never could have imagined...with a cowboy who's straight out of her dreams...

He's Got Mail...

When sexy rancher Greg Adams discovers his grandmother Clarice has installed Emily on their ranch as her assistant, he decides to humor the two ladies. He figures Emily will move on soon enough. In the meantime, he intends to keep a close eye on her—he doesn't quite buy her story of his grandmother as a mail-order bride.

A lost letter meant a lost love for Clarice, but two generations later, maybe it's not too late for that letter to work its magic.

A Note from Carolyn Brown:
Hi all y’all! It’s great to be back here at Heroes and Heartbreakers to give you an excerpt from The Cowboy’s Mail Order Bride, which is just a couple of weeks away from publication. Emily and Greg have been flirting for weeks and now they are at their first formal affair, a Valentine’s party at the North Texas Angus Association held in a country club. Because of a misunderstanding they are not there as a couple but rather alone and wishing they were together but sometimes fate and grandmothers have to use what they have to get what they want.

Get a sneak peek of Carolyn Brown's The Cowboy's Mail Order Bride (available February 4, 2014) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Emily was aware of exactly where Greg was sitting when she walked in the door. He was dressed in black creased jeans that stacked up just right over his shiny black boots. His silver belt buckle was embossed with the Lightning Ridge brand. Flashes of a white shirt showed behind the lapels of his black western cut jacket. Her mouth was so dry that she craved just one sip of that long neck Coors he was holding.

Clarice introduced people to her so fast that she’d never remember any of the names. She’d shaken hands with dozens of cowboys and as many ladies when suddenly someone turned up the heat in the Denison Country Club about forty degrees. She felt Greg’s hand on her bare back exactly one second before she looked past his glasses into his green eyes and realized that it was the sexual energy between them that had caused the sudden rise in temperature and that it had nothing to do with the thermometer.

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Thu
Nov 7 2013 5:00pm

Deconstructing the Cowboy: Why They Work So Well as Hero Material

Texas Tango by Cynthia D'AlbaToday we're welcoming author Cynthia D'Alba to Heroes and Heartbreakers to talk about a subject very near and dear to her (and our!) hearts: cowboys. Cynthia's latest book, Texas Tango, is the second in her Texas Montgomery Mavericks series, and includes a fake wedding, a doctor who doesn't want to settle down, and a cowboy with a dream. Thanks for being here, Cynthia!

Hi all. Cynthia D’Alba here. I’m thrilled to be here talking about my favorite subject…cowboys! When I was a young girl, all the stories were about knights in shiny armor who rode in on a white horse to save the fair maiden. Today, not so much. The fair maiden is as likely to save the knight as he is to save her.

And let’s face it, you just don’t see that many knights wearing shiny armor these days. So who or what can replace that brave knight? There may be lots of options (Navy SEALs, doctors, cops, FBI or other government secret agents) but to me, nothing quite evokes a brave knight riding in as well as the modern day cowboy. So what makes the cowboy work so well as hero material? Let’s start with the physical attributes.

[Cue “Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy”...]

Wed
Sep 25 2013 2:30pm

Don’t Let Napoleon Win: Not-Your-Usual Historicals for September 2013

Highland Ever After by Maya BanksSeptember seems to be a thin month in general for historicals, so there are only a few options for Prinny-free historicals this month.  Still, there’s a nice variety here among the offerings that I found. 

Highlanders!

Highland Ever After by Maya Banks

After Scotland’s three strongest clans forge a formidable alliance, an uneasy king plots to consolidate power. Knowing that true strength lies in possessing land, fealty, and hearts, he orders sweet Taliesan McHugh to submit to a marriage that will give him control of the coveted McHugh keep. A tender beauty, Taliesan accepts her fate, certain that her lame leg has made her undesirable to any man—until she is swept into the powerful embrace of rugged, devilishly sensual Brodie Armstrong, a warrior who vows to shield her from brutality at any cost.

Fearless and bold, Brodie refuses his king’s command to stand down. Instead, he conspires to rescue the rare beauty whose bravery and innocence stir his blood as no woman ever has. As desperate power struggles reverberate throughout the Highlands, Brodie defies his king and devotes himself to the only mission that commands his loyalty, his blood, and his honor: winning Taliesan’s heart.

[+Westerns, Vikings, and an Egypt-set paranormal!...]

Sat
Sep 21 2013 12:00pm
Excerpt

The Cowboy’s Christmas Baby: Exclusive Excerpt

Carolyn Brown

The Cowboy's Christmas Baby by Carolyn Brown

'Tis the season for...

A pistol-totin' woman who's no angel
A tough rancher who doesn't believe in miracles
Love that warms the coldest nights

After a year in Kuwait, Lucas Allen can't wait to get back to his ranch for Christmas and meet his gorgeous Internet pal in person.

When he pulls in, there's Natalie Clark right in his front yard with a pink pistol in her hand and a dead coyote at her feet.

Lucas is unfazed. But wait...is that a BABY in her arms?

Get a sneak peek of Carolyn Brown's The Cowboy's Christmas Baby (available September 24, 2013) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Lucas and Natalie are two-stepping in the living room to “Honky Tonk Moon” by Randy Travis.

“…I know a little bar just like Randy is singing about and I betcha we could find a honky tonk moon. We’ll have to go some time.”

“Why, Lucas Allen, are you askin’ me for a date?” she flirted.

“I am. I bet the three wise men will watch Joshua for us to go shoot a few games and have a beer or two,” he said.

She giggled. “Where is this honky tonk?”

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Mon
Aug 5 2013 4:30pm

First Look: Alison Kent’s Unforgettable (August 6, 2013)

Unforgettable by Alison KentAlison Kent
Unforgettable
Berkley / August 6, 2013 / $16.00 print, $8.89 digital

The infamous Dalton Gang was once known for riding—and playing—hard. Now, as owners of the Dalton Ranch in Crow Hill, Texas, they’re working from sunup to sundown. But one look from the right woman can tempt them back into the saddle…

When a walk on the wild side turned into a nightmare for Everly Grant, she escaped her abusive ex by taking a job with Crow Hill’s small newspaper. Now she’s assigned to write a human interest story on the return of the Dalton Gang, and she soon discovers that Boone Mitchell could give her plenty more than a good interview. As much as she craves safety, she finds herself irresistibly drawn to Boone’s dangerous streak. Before she takes the cowboy to bed, she lays down the law: There are no strings attached, and she’s the one in charge.

That’s fine for Boone. In fact, Everly teaches him things no other woman ever dared. Soon they find themselves wanting more than their simple arrangement will allow. But to get there, Everly will have to open up in ways she thought she never could… 

Alison Kent's Dalton Gang trilogy is a different kind of western. Its members, Boone Mitchell, Dax Campbell, and Casper Jayne, aren't the typical cowboys with hearts of gold. They may be elusive and sexy in that irresistible way, but they're also rough, not easy to be around, and have legitimately dark pasts littered with secrets, abuse, and abandonment. It's no surprise that when they all return to no-man's-land Crow's Hill, Texas, to inherit a ranch together that these men have more than tongues wagging as a result. But it's Boone with the biggest hurdles to overcome, an incident as a teenager that has left him keeping women at bay. So when his buddies do the unthinkable—tame their wild spirits with the love of some good women—he's all alone with a broken ranch and a broken spirit.

[Your time will come, Boone...]

Sun
Aug 4 2013 11:30am

Shipping Sunday: Montana Sky’s Willa/Ben, Lily/Adam, and Tess/Nate

Ashley Williams and John Corbett as Willa and Ben in Montana SkyThis week's shipping sunday is dedicated to the three main couples in one of my very favorite Nora Roberts novels, Montana Sky*, which—conveniently enough—was made into a Lifetime movie a few years back, thus giving us plenty of pretty pictures to gaze at.

Did you enjoy seeing Mercy sisters Willa, Tess, and Lily brought to life? How about their romances (Willa/Ben, Tess/Nate, and Lily/Adam)?** Do you have a favorite Montana Sky 'ship, from the book or the movie or both?

*Is it just me or is it REALLY difficult to decide on a #1 favorite Nora Roberts book?!!

**FYI, the Montana Sky movie starred Ashley Williams (Willa), John Corbett (Ben), Laura Mennell (Lily), Nathaniel Arcand (Adam), Charlotte Ross (Tess), and Aaron Pearl (Nate).

[+ more Montana Sky pretties...]

Fri
Aug 2 2013 12:00pm

First Look: Lorelei James’s Turn and Burn (August 6, 2013)

Turn and Burn by Lorelei JamesLorelei James
Turn and Burn
NAL / August 6, 2013 / $15.00 print / $8.89 digital

Tanna Barker is a world champion barrel racer. But her personal life has been less of a success, and she’s feeling adrift. After her mother’s unexpected death, her father has remarried, and sold the Texas ranch she called home. Now a rodeo injury has left the restless spitfire holed up in Muddy Gap, unsure what her next move should be.

Until she meets her match in a wild, wild cowboy

Veterinarian August Fletcher has always put his job first. He’s never found a woman who could handle his on-the-road lifestyle. But when sassy, sexy Tanna blows into town, he finally finds the woman of his fantasies. And there’s something between them, but she claims she’s been burned by love ’em and leave ’em road dogs before. How can Fletch prove that he’s in it for the long haul, and that their sizzling relationship is better than winning any rodeo medal? It’ll take some sweet persuasion to convince Tanna that Muddy Gap is where she belongs.

Turn and Burn tells the story of a spitfire barrel racer and hot to trot veterinarian. She’s adrift after the death of her mother and a rodeo injury that’s put her out of the ring, and he’s consumed by dedication to his work. She hails from the great state of Texas, and he’s firmly rooted in the ranches of Wyoming. She desperately needs a breath of fresh air and a new start; his life is begging for a change. And the fifth book in Lorelei James’s Blacktop Cowboys series is everything it should be.

[What more could we ask for?]

Tue
Jul 23 2013 4:30pm

Hotter Than July: July 2013’s Erotic Reads

Ruby by Jeffe KennedyIn need of some sexy reading material to fill your e-reader? I’m here for you. Each month I will bring you an assortment of erotic pleasure reads to tempt your palate—and your credit card....

July brings passion to the forefront in an explosion of wet, sultry heat as the couples below soon discover.

Ruby by Jeffe Kennedy

Part of Kennedy’s Facets of Passion series, Ruby is a quick sexy read that presents two of my favorite subjects—food and sex—against the sultry background of New Orleans. Two strong-willed individuals clash both in and out of bed as our hero cooks up some steamy delights in order to make the heroine submit to his many charms.

Danielle Sosna has no problem denying herself in order to achieve her goals—after all, that attitude landed her a dream job at Vogue Paris. But in New Orleans for one last assignment before heading overseas, she's faced with the most decadent of temptations. Seductive Cajun chef Bobby Prejean takes Dani's strength of will as a challenge, and offers her a night of wild indulgence—if she will agree to obey his every command…

Dani can't resist Prejean's invitation to join him in a world of carnal desire, complete with fetish costumes and masks. Determined to keep her emotional distance, she gives Prejean everything but her name. A night becomes a week, as she spends Mardi Gras suspended…in the delicious space where pleasure meets pain.

Too late, she realizes the cloak of anonymity has not protected her—and that chasing her dream might come at the expense of her heart.

[It's gettin' hot in here...]

Sun
May 26 2013 12:00pm
Excerpt

Billion Dollar Cowboy: Exclusive Excerpt

Carolyn Brown

Billion Dollar Cowboy by Carolyn Brown

Colton Nelson was 28 when he won the Texas Lottery and went from ranch hand to ranch owner overnight. When people started lining up wanting some of his millions, he hired a friend, Andy Joe, to handle his affairs and find him a bride and buy her, no matter what the cost.

Laura Baker and her sister, Emily, had been raised in foster homes. Though she was the younger of the two, Laura was always bailing Emily out of trouble. So when Andy Joe slid into her booth at a diner one night and made a proposition to Laura, it seemed the perfect solution...until Laura met Colton and realized she didn’t give a damn about his money and that her love was not for sale. Twenty minutes later she was standing over him while he raised the weights up and down in ten unit reps before putting them back in the rack. On the tenth time she thought she’d have to help him but he managed without her. He sat up on the bench, wiped his face with a towel and nodded toward the machinery.

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He picked up a bottle of water from the cooler in the corner and drank the whole thing. “I’m going to ride the bike a few miles while you run.”

She stepped onto the treadmill; set it to a nice comfortable trot to warm up and after five minutes hit it to speed up to three miles an hour. Five more minutes and she poked the buttons to do four miles an hour. That wasn’t as fast as she could run but it got a good heavy heart beat going.

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Cowboy Tough by Joanne KennedyShe's hardly a cowgirl...

Cat Crendall left a successful advertising job in New York to teach art workshops in the wild west. The Boyd Ranch is hardly her dream destination, but if the outing's a success, the company will send her to more exotic locations.

But once a cowboy...

Mack Boyd was in the middle of the best bronc-riding season of his life when his mother asked for help with an artists' retreat at the ranch. Mack might be able to ride a wild stallion to a standstill but he can't say no to his family.

Cat and Mack are complete opposites...but when the ranch is threatened financially, can they set aside their differences and work together?

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Cat could feel a connection humming between them, as if they were joined by a wire that was electrified and just a little too hot. Up until now, Mack had been a cowboy, something exotic and a little dangerous, a dalliance in a far country. But now he was Mack. A man. And a lover, unless she shut him down right this minute.

That tight fist of fear tugged at her heart again. She had an impulse to crack a joke, laugh, cut the tension somehow. But all she could do was look, and let him look back.

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