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Tue
Feb 21 2017 12:15pm

First Look: Lisa Renee Jones’ Damage Control (February 21, 2017)

Damage Control by Lisa Renee Jones

Lisa Renee Jones
Damage Control (Dirty Money #2)
St. Martin's Griffin / February 21, 2017 / $15.99 print, $7.99 digital

The second book in a four-part series is always tricky. Damage Control,  the second in Lisa Renee Jones' Dirty Money series, is no exception. Fans on the hook after reading Hard Rules want reassurance that the couple they took to their hearts is going to make it but the plotline has to maintain suspense and tension so that readers devour the story avidly and wait impatiently for Bad Deeds and End Game to arrive. A hard task, but Jones’s latest Dirty Money tale satisfies on every level. 

Shane Brandon has fallen hard for Emily Stevens, but it turns out that she has as many secrets as him. Deeply hurt, Shane confronts her.

[Uh oh...]

Tue
Feb 21 2017 9:30am

First Look: Lisa Marie Perry’s Sin For Me (February 21, 2017)

Sin for Me by Lisa Marie Perry

If you love FOX’s sudsy Empire, then Lisa Marie Perry’s sizzling Sin For Me is a must-read! The twisted, drama-soaked first book in the Devil’s Music duology is set amidst the Atlanta music scene, at a record label that’s growing new talent and age-old feuds. Dangerous wild-child Delilah Bishop, voted out of her family’s company by her three best friends, Joshua Drake, Emma Toledo and Chelsea Coin, wants back in at any cost. She’ll burn things down (literally), wreck marriages — and even throw her own brother, songwriter Dante Bishop, under the bus to get what she wants. But what Delilah doesn’t realize is that Devil’s Music holds its own allure for Dante — in the form of chief operating officer Chelsea, the woman who betrayed him and still enthralls him.      

Her smile could command his heartbeat. Her touch could freeze his mind and light his body on fire. Her pussy was immortalized in the hip-hop/R&B song “In You,” which remained unfinished and unsung, confined to the pages of an old notebook.

Funny how his church’s priest had never said that evil could be beautiful, could sound like the most unforgettable melody, could feel so damn good wrapped around you.

Evil was Chelsea, a woman who’d turned his love against him, betrayed everyone in her way, and preyed on a friend’s mental instability.

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Mon
Feb 20 2017 10:00am

First Look: Lisa Kleypas’ Devil in Spring (February 21, 2017)

Devil in Spring by Lisa Kleypas Lisa Kleypas
Devil in Spring (Ravenels #3)
Avon / February 21, 2017 / $7.99 print, $6.99 digital

Is there a book that is more eagerly anticipated by the romance community than Lisa Kleypas’s Devil in Spring? Why is that? The beloved protagonists of Devil in Winter, Evangeline and Sebastian, are now the Duke and Duchess of Kingston and they do a star turn as preternaturally youthful and passionate parents, now grandparents. Their oldest son Gabriel, the new Lord St. Vincent, inadvertently gets into a serious scrape with Lady Pandora Ravenel, the season’s most reluctant debutant. Pandora is her generation’s wallflower, much more interested in her budding board games business than looking for a husband at a ball. Gabriel has a very satisfying relationship with a sophisticated married lady. Marriage is the last thing on the mind of either Gabriel or Pandora. Shades of Georgette Heyer’s Devil’s Cub, no?

Inevitably the news of his oldest son’s indiscretion brings Sebastian to town. Over a game of pool at Jenner’s, Sebastian tells Gabriel that if need be, they’ll “buy a husband for her,” since Gabriel seems to believe that his only honorable option is to marry Pandora. Why then doesn’t Gabriel leap at the opportunity to avoid “a lifetime shackled to a girl,” that he seemingly can’t abide? That question certainly intrigues Sebastian, particularly after Gabriel pronounces Pandora “bloody ravishing.”

[That's a high compliment indeed!]

Sat
Feb 18 2017 1:00pm

First Look: Megan Frampton’s My Fair Duchess (February 28, 2017)

My Fair Duchess by Megan Frampton

Megan Frampton
My Fair Duchess (Dukes Behaving Badly #5)
Avon / February 28, 2017 / $7.99 print, $5.99 digital

Fun Fact: Megan Frampton is the former community manager of Heroes and Heartbreakers—we now love being able to talk about her historical romances!

As you might suspect, My Fair Duchess, the latest in Megan Frampton’s Dukes Behaving Badly series is a retelling of the classic My Fair Lady. Yes, there’s a makeover and a reluctant man overseeing the education of the plucky young lady. The real hook, however, is an inversion of the governess-artistocrat trope. I loved it.

Our heroine, the newly-minted Duchess of Blakesley, is an anomaly. She becomes a duchess due to an old forgotten ruling in her family line that allows any direct heir to inherit, not just the most closely related male. A note at the beginning of the novel should clear this up for you in case you are thinking “oh come on, that’s not a thing!” (It was a thing in one family, one time.) Having been raised by servants in the country while her father allows the duchy to languish, Genevieve is woefully unprepared for the role. She needs a new wardrobe, training in estate management, an entire new staff, and the confidence to pull off the demeanor expected of a duchess.

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Thu
Feb 16 2017 9:30am

First Look: Sawyer Bennett’s Roman (February 21, 2017)

Roman by Sawyer Bennett

Sawyer Bennett
Roman (Cold Fury Hockey #7)
Loveswept / February 21, 2017 / $5.99 digital

In the latest in the Cold Fury series, Sawyer Bennett tackles the bad boy of the team, Roman. Roman is always ready to throw down for a fight or to find his next conquest. That’s all catching up to him and he’s feeling the heat from upper management, when he meets Lexi.

Lexi is a mystery all on her own. She finds herself in North Carolina looking for her unsuspecting father, Brian the CEO owner of the Cold Fury. Eek! She’s not sure what she’s going to find but she’s determined to meet him and hopefully gain a relationship with her father and her new sister, Grey.

“Let’s get drunk and lose our inhibitions,” he suggests, and I look over my shoulder at him to find him sitting on my couch and unlacing his shoes, which are more like low boots and clearly more expensive than mine.

“I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again.: I laugh as I pull two bottles of beer out of my fridge. “You are so bad.”

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Wed
Feb 15 2017 3:00pm

First Look: M. O’Keefe’s Wait For It (February 28, 2017)

Wait For It by M. O'Keefe

M. O'Keefe
Wait For It (Everything I Left Unsaid #4)
Loveswept / February 28, 2017 / $4.99 digital

Wait For It is the fourth in her Everything I left Unsaid series by Molly O'Keefe. We finally get Tiffany’s story as she leaves her abusive husband, Phil, for good. Blake Edwards is the last person she expects to help her, especially since he’s Tiffany’s brother-in-law. The same man who paid Tiffany to never contact him or his family again. Sometimes pride is a heavy dose to swallow. But with Tiffany’s case, she’ll swallow her pride and then some in order to protect her children.

And that’s what I love about Tiffany. She’s got grit and heart and she’s determined to make life better for her children and herself. When she unknowingly crashes her friend Annie’s party in order to ask for help, the last person she wants to see is Blake. Despite knowing the man has no soul, she can’t help but be drawn to him.

Someone walked in front of the door, a big man in a beautiful dark-brown leather coat and a black T-shirt underneath it, with curls that picked up the light, gilding him like some angel in a renaissance painting, and then he was gone…

Blake Edwards.

My hate was a wrecking ball against that big beautiful red-brick wall that held me up. My unadulterated loathing for that man took my wall down in one swing.

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Sun
Feb 12 2017 11:00am

First Look: Emma Chase’s Royally Matched (February 21, 2017)

Royally Matched by Emma Chase

Henry John Edgar Thomas Pembrook, Prince of Wessco and heir to the throne, is not looking for love. He’s the penultimate playboy and enjoys that hard-earned status. At least that’s what he wants everyone to know. Because if he were to reveal his true self, his fears and hopes? No one would believe him. Even more frightening, no one would believe in him. Ever since his brother abdicated his right to the throne by marrying a commoner from America, Henry finds himself in an unfamiliar position. A position where he must bear responsibility for his country. A position his older brother was groomed for, while expectations for Henry remained low.

Instead of taking the reins and risking the possibility he might make mistakes, he maintains his party-boy image and apathetic persona. Until his grandmother, the Queen, sends him away to think about his responsibility. But Henry’s not one to hide from the camera. Nope. Instead, he invites them into the castle and agrees to a reality show where he will be with ten eligible women vying for his attention and the possibility of becoming the next Queen of Wessco.

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Tue
Feb 7 2017 3:00pm

First Look: Donna Alward’s Somebody Like You (February 7, 2017)

Somebody Like You by Donna Alward

Donna Alward
Somebody Like You (Darling, VT #1)
St. Martin's Press /  February 7, 2017  / $7.99 print & digital

If you’re in the mood for small town romance between two average people, this is the book for you. Now don’t get me wrong. Being average is fabulous. I think many of us tend to categorize ourselves into that category. I’m talking, this is your food for the soul book where there are no alpha bazillionaires. Just two people getting a second chance at love.

So before I get into the meat of the review, a little prologue. Imagine this…It’s the early '90s, I’m in college hanging up my posters in my dorm room. And my favorite is one of a little boy and girl, say four or five years old? They’re standing in the middle of a wooded path in autumn. And they’re kissing. As you can imagine, it’s adorable.

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Tue
Feb 7 2017 11:00am

First Look: Kerrigan Byrne’s The Duke (February 7, 2017)

The Duke by Kerrigan Byrne

Kerrigan Byrne 
The Duke (Victorian Rebels #4)
St. Martin's Press / February 7, 2017 / $7.99 print & digital

Each of Kerrigan Byrne’s books has dealt with redemption and heroes whose pasts are not as clear as most heroes we see in historical romance.  But more than any of the others, The Duke isn’t about finding your one true love, but about what needs to happen for someone to be ready to fall in love.

‘Tell me exactly,’ the heroine says to the hero in the middle of the black moment, ‘when I should have revealed my tender secret to you?’ 

When indeed.  Especially considering the hero, the book’s titular Duke, and the heroine have spent the entire length of the book dealing with issues of timing.

 Our hero first meets the heroine at her ‘night job’, as a hostess at a ‘club’; she is the ‘whore’ with the heart of gold who blows his mind and his heart.  She meets him again at her ‘day job’, when on the verge of death from injuries he receives on the battlefield, she literally nurses him back to health. Finally, she is his next door neighbor, the widow of an older man.  He holds the first as a perfect moment in his mind, doesn’t know the second and cannot stand the woman he meets in the third.  To him, these three women  are unconnected, even though they are the same person. 

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Mon
Feb 6 2017 1:00pm

First Look: J.D. Robb’s Echoes in Death (February 7, 2017)

Echoes in Death by J.D. Robb

J.D. Robb
Echoes in Death (In Death #44)
St. Martin's Press / February 7, 2017 / $27.99 print, $14.99 digital

Lt. Eve Dallas has faced many a brutal killer in her years as a Homicide cop.  Eve has come a long way from her own bloody and brutal past to be a cop who stands for the victims.  But in her latest investigation, Eve has to push down all the echoes of her own past to do what needs to be done to find justice. 

In J.D. Robb’s Echoes in Death, Eve and Roarke almost run over a victim of what looks like a burglary gone wrong. The search of the woman’s residence finds a grisly scene   including the body of the victim’s husband.  There is evidence to robbery, but the most haunting part is the sexual attack on the wife.  A search of like crimes bring up a series of other burglaries where the husband is beaten and incapacitated while his wife is continually beaten and brutalized in front of him. All the couples are wealthy, but something about the couple and more importantly the beautiful, young wives, seems to be the vital clue.  Figuring out why these couples, why these woman will give Dallas the key into the mind of this killer.

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Mon
Feb 6 2017 9:30am

First Look: Sophie Kinsella’s My (Not So) Perfect Life (February 7, 2017)

My (Not So) Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella

Have you ever dreamed of running off to a cabin in the woods alone...not with a significant other –but with a bag of books? That is my perfect fantasy. Winter cabin with the necessities (snow is okay) plus fireplace...down comforter...and new books by my favorite authors. And one of those authors would be Sophie Kinsella.  While I didn’t get to read her latest, My (Not So) Perfect Life in my fantasy cabin it still was a fabulous treat.

If you’ve never read a Sophie Kinsella book, then the most important things to know about her books is that they are full of humor and laughter, in addition to being a modern women’s perfect allegory. And in her latest Kinsella teaches us and her heroine a valuable (although not new) lesson–don’t believe everything on social media.

While the setting is London, and then Somerset, it’s a story that is universal–small town girl wants to make it big in a sophisticate, cosmopolitan city. And to do that Katie thinks that she needs to leave the country girl behind.  County brogue –gone.  Ingenuous name—changed;

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Sun
Feb 5 2017 10:00am

First Look: Christine Warren’s Hard to Handle (February 7, 2017)

Hard to Handle by Christine Warren

Christine Warren
Hard to Handle (Gargoyles Series #5)
St. Martin's Press / February 7, 2017 / $7.99 print & digital 

Hard to Handle is the latest novel in Christine Warren’s Gargoyle series and this time Beauty is the Beast.   

These Guardians protect our world against the Darkness and the Order of Nocturnis that serve them. Since the beginning of time, whenever one of the seven Guardians fell, another Guardian was sent to take his place.  His being the key word.  Guardians have always been an all-boys club, so how did Ash get here?

Why is the latest Guardian sent to earth female?  No one wants to know the answer to that mystery more than Ash.  She knows that there must be a very important reason that she was sent here as female, the first ever female Guardian, but why?

No matter what shape she wore, her strength could crush a mortal of either sex.  After all, she was a warrior and a Guardian.  She existed to battle the most powerful Demons the Darkness had ever spawned.  Her prowess could not be matched on this plane, even if this was the first time she had ever visited it.

The thought made her frown, because it meant something very important had brought her here.  She need to discover that reason, and for that, she should have a Warden by her side.

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Thu
Feb 2 2017 9:30am

First Look: Cat Sebastian’s The Lawrence Browne Affair (February 7, 2017)

The Lawrence Browne Affair by Cat Sebastian

Cat Sebastian
The Lawrence Browne Affair
Avon Impulse / Feburary 7, 2017 / $1.99 digital

Cat Sebastian’s second male/male regency novel is a beautiful story about the ways in which we can make ourselves better for those we love. With echoes from The Thomas Crown Affair (as the name would suggest) and Beauty and the Beast, Sebastian weaves a tale that manages to be sad, hopeful, and thoroughly satisfying.

When my husband saw the cover of my copy sitting about, we had the following exchange:

Him: “So is that two dukes?” (This question probably says something about my recent reading habits and trends in romance as a whole, but that is neither here nor there.)
Me:  “No, it’s an earl and…”
Him: “If you say an earl and a duke…”
Me: “No, no dukes. It’s an earl and a con artist! But the earl is sort of a crazy inventor recluse. Like if Belle’s dad was sexy!”

Lawrence Browne, the Earl of Radnor, is essentially the only member left of his family, but for a son, Simon, whom he claimed as his to spare a young woman a scandal. His father and brother, the two previous Earls of Radnor, were both “mad,” so he’s convinced he is as well and lives in a small set of rooms in one tower of an estate that’s been left to collapse in ruin.  In his little tower, he invents things, including a safety fuse that has been tested through many explosions and has scared everyone in the village away. So we have one man who is incredibly intelligent, thinks he’s insane, and hides in a tower. (It’s not mentioned by name in the novel, probably because it’s 1816 and we didn’t refer to it as such, but I think Lawrence has a form of autism or agoraphobia.)

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Tue
Jan 31 2017 11:00am

First Look: Eloisa James’s Seven Minutes in Heaven (January 31, 2017)

Seven Minutes in Heaven by Eloisa James

Eloisa James
Seven Minutes in Heaven
Avon / January 31, 2017 / $7.99 print,  $6.99 digital

Parenthood, for the wealthy and aristocratic in the 1800s—with their easy access to governesses should be easy but Eloisa James in her charming new book, Seven Minutes in Heaven easily dissuades us of this. No matter what era you live in, parenting is very complicated—as Eugenia Snowe and Edward Reeve know.

As children, they both had unorthodox childhoods. Eugenia until the age of ten, lived an unconventional life with her father, Lord Strange. Known as the most scandalous man in England because of the motley group of people he invited to live on his estate. Strange protected his daughter from his intellectual but debauched visitors by having the servants lock her in the nursery every night. He failed to supervise the servants, so Eugenia mainly raised herself. It’s only after Eugenia developed rat fever that he rectified his down fallings as a father. Plus, it helped that he fell in love with a wonderful woman, Harriet, Duchess of Berrow, who took them both in hand.

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Mon
Jan 30 2017 3:00pm

First Look: Kelly Bowen’s Between the Devil and the Duke (January 31, 2017)

Between the Devil and the Duke by Kelly Bowen

Kelly Bowen
Between the Devil and the Duke (A Season for Scandal #3)
Forever / January 31, 2017 / $5.99 print & digital

No question, Kelly Bowen is an automatic buy for me regardless if I’m purchasing for my own library or gifting her books to all my friends. Why? Because I know when I open that first page, I’m in for a gourmet feast of literary historical romance perfection. Her writing improves with each story, the plot-twists nourish my brain, and the subtle humor and dialogue lift my spirits. All this and I haven’t yet shouted to the rooftops my adoration for the love story driving the narrative.

Can you tell I have an author crush?

Between the Devil and the Duke is the latest in her A Season for Scandal series. Remember Elise deVries from A Duke to Remember? Well, Elise’s brother Alex, also a partner at Chegarre and Associates, finds love at last. And the lucky lady is the bomb. Lady Angelique Archer is a genius with numbers. Like all of Bowen’s heroines, Angelique is no simpering miss waiting to be rescued. When her brother inherited the Marquess estate, worries about money and eating three meals a day should have been non-existent. Instead, all assets from the estate have mysteriously disappeared. Instead of crumpling into a pool of tears and complaining about their once-hefty coffers, she devises a plan to keep them afloat. By using her brain, of course. If she can remain incognito and continue to hustle the men at vingt-et-un, she can return to the club known as Lavoie’s and ensure that bills get paid and her siblings can stay in school.

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Mon
Jan 30 2017 11:15am

First Look: Alison Goodman’s The Dark Days Pact (January 31, 2017)

The Dark Days Pact by Alison Goodman

Alison Goodman
The Dark Days Pact (Lady Helen Series #2)
Viking / January 31, 2017 / $18.99 print, $10.99 digital

If you thought you loved the Lady Helen novels after their premiere with The Dark Days Club last year, brace yourselves friends. Because love is about to become obsession.

The Dark Days Pact is everything that the increasing tension in The Dark Days Club promised us the sequel would be: an intense, terrifying, thrilling rush of romance and battle, blood and beating hearts, enemies and lovers. Darker, faster, at times absolutely hair-raising, this book is the critical moment at the height of a trilogy when the risks have never been greater and the rewards seem fewer and farther between.

In The Dark Days Pact we return to heroine and reluctant reclaimer Helen, who is living in seclusion in Brighton with Lady Margaret and Mr. Hammond after being discarded by her uncle at the end of the first book. (Following that amazing kiss on the floor of her bedroom with Carlston where she saved his life after the deceiver attack that killed the horrible Benchley.) Her potential betrothal to the Duke of Selburn (Looooove him) has imploded following the scandal, she is estranged from her family, surrounded by a frightening new reality—but, well, at least Brighton is quieter than London! Unfortunately, while life in Brighton may move at a more sedate pace, Helen’s life has not exactly quieted down.

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Sun
Jan 29 2017 10:00am

First Look: Kristan Higgins’s On Second Thought (January 31, 2017)

On Second Thought by Kristan Higgins

Kristan Higgins
On Second Thought 
HQN Books / January 31, 2017 / $15.99 print, $7.99 digital

It has been a little over ten years since Kristan Higgins released her first book, Fools Rush In. Readers were charmed with its keen and humorous insights about the complexities of finding true love.

Higgins is still writing about love’s travails—lucky for us. In addition, over the years her books have become even more perceptive, and On Second Thought is one of most thoughtful, touching books about the process of finding love that I’ve read in a long time. It made me cry—in good way. The characterization is perfect. The scenarios are both genuine and realistic. And the humor is spot-on.

In romance, there is this whole mythology or truth depending on your view and experience, about people finding the perfect one—that when we meet that person we’ll just know that it’s right. For some, that might happen, but for others, it is not so simple and that is the concept that Higgins explores in On Second Thought. It’s a story of two sisters, one who found “the one” her senior year of college, and one who had resigned herself to singlehood.

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Fri
Jan 27 2017 9:30am

First Look: Rebecca Zanetti’s Justice Ascending (January 31, 2017)

Justice Ascending by Rebecca Zanetti

Rebecca Zanetti
Justice Ascending (The Scorpius Syndrome #3)
Zebra / January 31, 2017 / $7.99 print, $5.99 digital 

Rebecca Zanetti’s latest novel in her dystopian Scorpius Syndrome series, Justice Ascending, features Tace Justice. Tace was a simple Good Old Boy from Texas and a former army medic. Tace expected to return to Texas some day and continue the family tradition of becoming a lawman. That was before the Scorpius bacteria wiped out most of the population and changed everything, and before the Scorpius infection changed Tace from a gregarious flirt to something so much darker.   

Most of those infected succumb to the high fevers and the bacteria’s attack on the brain. Survivors of the bacteria are never completely the same person they were before infection. Some are faster, stronger or smarter, but many lose a part of themselves, that part that makes them human. They lose the ability to have compassion and empathy since the bacteria attacks the frontal lobe of the brain. The damage done ranges from mild to severe and the worst of those fall into darkness and become Rippers. Rippers have dangerous psychopathic tendencies ranging from deranged to brilliantly cunning, but almost all have lost any interest in their fellow man.

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Thu
Jan 26 2017 9:30am

First Look: Joanna Shupe’s Mogul (January 31, 2017)

Mogul by Joanna Shupe

Joanna Shupe
Mogul (The Knickerbocker Club #3)
Zebra / January 31, 2017 / $7.99 print, $4.99 digital

With an opening line like “She never expected to find her former husband in an opium den,” one might think that Mogul, the third installment of Joanna Shupe’s Knickerbocker Club series, might not be the sort of historical romance novel one comes across every day. One would be right. Why is that, one might ask? One asks a good question. Let’s break that down.

First, the titular mogul in question is Calvin Cabot, owner of three different newspapers, passionately dedicated to spreading the truth, even when, maybe especially when that truth is uncomfortable. Knickerbocker fans may feel like the wait has been forever for Calvin to get his own book, and, now that he’s in the spotlight, he does not disappoint. What’s the worst thing that could happen to a man with a reputation for valuing the truth? Toss up, one says, between having a secret of his own and that one lapse in judgement, where he didn’t investigate, and thus, lost everything that mattered? In Mogul, Shupe gives Calvin both.

Second, every Knickerbocker hero meets his match, and Calvin meets his in smart and beautiful Lily Davies, daughter of a wealthy mine owner. While the slender brunette on the cover of this book is lovely, one wonders if it’s not Lily’s cousin, Cora, standing in while Lily, a smart as a whip, curvy blonde, is busy running her late father’s mining company. When Lily and Calvin first met, Lily had yet to take the reins of Davis Mining, purportedly to hold the position until her brother, Tom, comes of age (sure, Lily, you’re holding it for your brother. We believe that. Not like you actually like all that corporate derring-do for yourself.)

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Tue
Jan 24 2017 2:00pm

First Look: Jill Shalvis’s Accidentally on Purpose (January 24, 2017)

Accidentally on Purpose by Jill Shalvis

Jill Shalvis
Accidentally on Purpose (Heartbreaker Bay #3)
Avon / January 24, 2017 / $7.99 print, $6.99 digital 

After reading the first two books and novella in the Heartbreaker Bay Series and getting a glimpse of the sparks that were flying between Elle and Archer, I just knew their story was going to be a good one.

And it was.

On the surface, Accidentally on Purpose is an enemies to lovers romance (which always seems to up the ante on hotness), but as you start to get to know Elle and Archer, you realize that “enemies” is not only too simple of a word, but also a little off-base. There’s history between these two, and it’s really, really interesting.

Since I don’t want to give away any spoilers, though, I’ll talk about the other thing I absolutely loved about this book: the fact that Elle and Archer are both incredibly strong, independent characters.

Their friends see both of them as badasses. Elle’s always impeccably dressed (and usually wearing a killer pair of heels while at it) and is one of those people who just gets shit done. Archer’s all hot and muscular and alpha and owns a security company that occasionally has dangerous assignments. He, too, just gets shit done.

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