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Apr 23 2017 1:00pm

First Look: Laura Moore’s Making Waves (April 25, 2017)

Making Waves by Laura Moore

Laura Moore
Making Waves: A Beach Lane Novel
Ballantine / April 25, 2017 / $16.00 print, $11.99 digital

There are many types of heroines and heroes—and we readers like a variety. Maybe a wallflower heroine in this book or a career women in the next. An alpha hero can make us swoon in one book, but so can the quiet intellectual in the next. Sometimes we want the down- to- earth hero—but I suspect that we all have the guilty pleasure of wanting to read about the prince

You know what I mean—the man who seems to have it all—wealth, good looks, and just a touch of arrogance. And of course, he meets the woman who doesn’t seem overly impressed with all his attributes—a woman who doesn’t fall at his feet. Now, I don’t know about you, but for the time it takes me to read the book, I love to live vicariously through the heroines.

Because the heroines are no slouches either. They’re smart, intelligent and caring. In fact, a perfect match for the hero—a princess-in-waiting and the story of their romance is the perfect fairytale.

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Apr 22 2017 1:00pm

First Look: Julia London’s Hard-Hearted Highlander (April 25, 2017)

Hard-Hearted Highlander by Julia London

Julia London
Hard-Hearted Highlander (The Highland Grooms #3)
HQN Books / April 25, 2017 / $7.99 print, $6.99 digital

Rabbie Mackenzie has elevated Scottish brooding to an art form. In all fairness, he has his reasons - his beloved country was crushed and his woman perished in the Jacobite uprising. Just as the Scottish highlands are bleak and barren, Rabbie is a damaged and complicated man.

No matter what he did, no matter how he prayed or swore that this day would be different, he could not move that boulder of melancholy. It grew bigger and heavier every day. And today was no different.

Perhaps there are appropriate modern labels for this. Depression. Anxiety. PTSD. Unfortunately, Rabbie is mostly keeping his suffering to himself. Worse, as a Scottish laird, he is obliged to do his duty and marry naive Avaline, an English teenager who is terrified of him.

Rabbie is prepared for matrimony for the sake of his family and clan, but he finds himself more interested in Avaline’s governess Bernadette. Like him, she is a wounded individual and he finds himself wanting to know her more.

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Apr 21 2017 9:30am

First Look: Kresley Cole’s Wicked Abyss (April 25, 2017)

Wicked Abyss by Kresley Cole

Kresley Cole
Wicked Abyss (Immortals After Dark #18)
Gallery Books / April 25, 2017 / $26.00 print, $13.99 digital)

Note: This review may contain hints at where the story is going, if you don't want to know anything about the plot, turn back and read the book first! We'll be here when you're ready to talk.

It's the year of the demon!  Warcraft brought demon hunters with the new expansion pack: Legion, and Kresley Cole's new book Wicked Abyss returns us to the Immortals After Dark world.  I have to be honest, I was somewhat disappointed in the last two books (not that they weren't good) but the road trips that both Lanthe and Thronos (Dark Skye) and Rune and Josie (Sweet Ruin) were a bit of an exhausting read. In Wicked Abyss, we rarely leave the hero's castle, which, honestly, I can't imagine why you would want to. I love Graven Castle and want to live there!

Lila, or Calliope, is a fey princess, engaged to King Saetth (who appeared in Sweet Ruin) since birth. When we first meet her, she's 13 years old and just witnessed her parents beheading...at the order of her finance.  She's standing on trial for her own life, but is instead banished to the mortal realm.

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Apr 19 2017 1:30pm

First Look: Tessa Bailey’s Too Hard to Forget (April 25, 2017)

Too Hard to Forget by Tessa Bailey

Tessa Bailey
Too Hard to Forget (Romancing the Clarksons #3)
Forever / April 25, 2017 / $7.99 print, $5.99 digital

Is white-hot drama featuring damaged protagonists your jam? Have I got some splendid news for you! Too Hard to Forget, the third installment in Tessa Bailey’s scorching Romancing the Clarksons series, is here, and it definitely brings the sizzle. And it brings the pain. And it also brings the painful sizzle. Gentle readers should be aware up front that this novel chronicles a second chance at love as experienced by a self-loathing college football coach and a four-times-engaged woman who can only achieve sexual satisfaction while her partner is spanking her and rasping the Lord’s Prayer into her ear. (There are kinks and then there are kinks.)

But if you can take it? Tessa Bailey can dish it out. Oh, boy, can she ever.

Three years ago, Elliott Brooks was the powerful, recently-widowed coach of a highly successful college football team. Peggy Clarkson was a gorgeous undergraduate cheerleader. She chased Elliott until he caught her, and they had a brief, clandestine relationship fueled by lust and guilt (hence the prayer and spanking) – Elliott, a devout Catholic, couldn’t forget the circumstances surrounding his wife’s untimely death and was tormented by the utterly sinful bad wrongness of his illicit relationship with a student. Accordingly, he ended up smashing Peggy’s heart into a million little pieces.

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Apr 17 2017 9:30am

First Look: Robyn Carr’s Any Day Now (April 18, 2017)

Any Day Now by Robyn Carr

Robyn Carr
Any Day Now (Sullivan's Crossing #2)
MIRA/ April 18, 2017 / $26.99 print, $12.99 digital

One of the things that readers enjoy most about Robyn Carr’s books is the unique scenarios she incorporates within her books. We’ve read about a heroine who lived in a commune; a hero who served time in prison and many more. Carr continues this trend in Any Day Now with Sierra Jones.

Sierra and her brothers and sisters had a very atypical upbringing. Sadly, their father is schizophrenic and their mother’s focus has always been more on  supporting him rather than her children’s welfare. This lead to a very unstable childhood:

“My parents?” she asked. “Oh, Sully. Hasn’t Cal told you about Jed and Marissa? They raised us mostly in a converted school bus! On the road. Sometimes we picked vegetables to make ends meet. We hardly went to school. Jed has a serious screw loose. Last time I saw him he was wearing an aluminum foil beanie on his head. He was the first person to give me a joint!”

Feeling abandoned by her siblings, and being the only one left behind Sierra turned to drugs and alcohol but never felt that she was addicted or that these substances controlled her life. But then she met Derek and what he did devastated her:

Well, there was an accident. I wasn’t driving but it was my car. He was driving. He took me out of a bar, took my keys and was driving me home. He said I was drunk and he was just taking me home. I think he put something in my wine because, seriously, it wasn’t that easy for me to get wasted like that. It was still early. I knew we hit something but I didn’t see it happen. He stopped the car and looked and got back in and drove away. He said it was a cyclist and he left him there. Left him. Left him to die.

“He told me he called the police and said he was a witness, that he saw a woman driver hit a man and leave him. I didn’t hear him call the police. I don’t know if he did. I don’t know if he hit a man or a tree branch or a dog. I was in and out. He told me what he said. I said, “But I wasn’t driving!” And he said, “No one will believe you—you have a history.’ And then. . . And then he convinced me. In a brutal way. In a terrifying way. He said I would never tell anyone anything.  Or I’d be sorry.

Derek scared her so much that she ran straight to rehab and then to a group home —spending nine months isolated from the world. Needing a fresh start, and to put distance between her and the toxic people in her life, she decides to visit her brother Cal, and his new wife Maggie in Colorado.

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Apr 14 2017 9:30am

First Look: Lauren Layne’s Walk of Shame (April 18, 2017)

Walk of Shame by Lauren Layne

Lauren Layne
Walk of Shame (Love Unexpectedly #4)
LoveSwept / April 18, 2017 / $4.99 digital 

Lauren Layne is back with another stand-alone in her Love Unexpectedly series. Walk of Shame is everything we have grown to love about Lauren Layne. It’s fast-paced, the characters are layered, and the chemistry always smolders. Yes, I said smolders. It’s true. It’s what I love about a Lauren Layne book.

This story incorporates some of my favorite tropes—opposites attract and enemies to lovers. Georgie Watkins is a socialite who’s not as shallow as we initially are led to believe. Yes, she loves to stay out late and party, shop, and enjoy a good time. But she’s got depth and Layne does a nice job of peeling away Georgie's layers.

This unfolding works perfectly, because we need to understand why Andrew Mulroney—the protoype workaholic divorce lawyer—would be interested in someone like Georgie. Likewise, why would Georgie, who’s holding out for a happily ever after have a fascination with a man who is waking up when she’s heading to bed, and solidifies the end of happily ever afters for a living? Everything about these two screams collision. They’re so opposite I scratched my head at the first couple chapters. Would this be the first Lauren Layne book I might not like? Blasphemy, I know.

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Apr 13 2017 2:00pm

First Look: Julie James’s The Thing About Love (April 18, 2017)

The Thing About Love by Julie James

Julie James
The Thing About Love
Berkley / April 18, 2017 / $15.00 print, $8.99 digital 

Readers have long embraced small town romances, but reading the same type book over and over again is a sure-fire recipe for a reading rut which then leads to a reading slump.

Luckily for readers, Julie James has the perfect cure. Her settings are big city; her heroines are highly educated professional women who go head to head with their male counterparts. Heroines like Jessica Harlow.

 Listening to her father’s dinner time stories about his civil litigation cases inspired Jessica to go into law herself.  After only a year of law experience, Jessica was recruited into the FBI. She knew up front that being female would be a disadvantage and her youth too –she is the youngest in her class but there is more:   

“You’re a woman. You’re fresh out of some fancy Ivy League law school with only a year’s worth of job experience. And you’re short.” In their final meeting before she’d left for Quantico, her recruiter, Special Agent Stan Ross, had ticked off those characteristics on his fingers, looking particularly peevish about the last one. “Not to mention, you look like you just stepped out of a shampoo commercial with all this. . . flowy hair.” . . .

“There are going to be people who won’t want to take you seriously. People who see a pretty, young blonde and make assumptions,” he’d continued. “So you make them take you seriously. Don’t give them any reason to doubt you in the Academy. You go in there, Harlow, and you’d goddamn better show them what you’re made of. You do that, and you’ll be fine. More than fine actually.”

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Apr 13 2017 9:30am

First Look: Viola Carr’s The Dastardly Miss Lizzie (April 18, 2017)

The Dastardly Miss Lizzie by Viola Carr

Viola Carr
The Dastardly Miss Lizzie (Electric Empire #3)
Harper Voyager / April 18, 2017 / $15.99 print, $9.99 digital 

Viola Carr has written another dastardly good read with her third book in the Electric Empire series. The Dastardly Miss Lizzie picks up from where The Devious Dr. Jekyll left off—with Dr. Eliza Jekyll still battling her dark alter ego Miss Lizzie Hyde for control. However, since book one in the series Eliza has gained a husband as well as a reputation for solving crime.

As for Miss Hyde, she remains the bane of Eliza’s life and the source of much conflict. I admit to liking Lizzie better than Eliza. Sure, Eliza is sane while Lizzie’s a foul-mouthed ghoul, but Lizzie is a fun ghoul, a marvellous mistress of mayhem with an in-your-face energy, and quicker to snap than a steel trap.

I SCREECH, AND SLITHER OUT LIKE A SNAKE. OUR bones crackle, bright agony. Our reflection in the mirror contorts, our eyes darkening, me-her-me-her-me. Our cheekbones jut, my chin sharpens, our lips swell in a saucy cherry pout. My hair bursts from its pins, no longer blond but rich dark mahogany.

“Why, hello, Miss Lizzie!” I waste no time in tossing away her stupid spectacles—I can see just fine, thanks—and wriggling out of Eliza’s wet clothes. I kick her dull gray dress aside, break out of her corset with its stupid flat chest. Even her chemise is wet and moldy-smelling. My set’s much more accommodating, and thank bleeding Christ for that. A woman’s allowed to have boobs. I push ’em up real nice and yank the laces tight.

Urgent claws rip at me, desperate for pleasure. This new elixir’s got a punch, all right. Everything’s louder, stronger, brighter, and I’m thirsty for flavor, famished for every dark sensation. But despite my craving, bright relief staggers me. I can’t breathe in your uptight body, Eliza. Like Newgate’s foul cells in there, it is, rusted bars and stenches and ugly darkness. If I lose my marbles, like you’re always saying—mad like Eddie Hyde, Lizzie, and you’ll be the end of us, boo hoo!—it’ll be no one to blame but yourself.

I admit a weakness for ‘bad’ heroines who don’t do what they should and leave a trail of fall-out in their wake and Lizzie does a great job of that. For example, she takes over Eliza’s body to throw a vase at Chief Inspector Reeve for suggesting Eliza should be too busy planning her wedding to solve crime. Lizzie also spits out some very creative curses.

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Apr 12 2017 9:30am

First Look: Lenora Bell’s Blame It on the Duke (April 18, 2017)

Lenora Bell
Blame It on the Duke (Disgraceful Dukes #3)
Avon / April 18, 2017 / $7.99 print, $5.99 digital

Lenora Bell’s third novel, Blame it on the Duke, follows in the pattern she set with her first two—a witty, tropey, sexy romp. In this installment, however, she’s given us a meaty subplot to chew on: the spectre of mental illness.

Nick Hatherly is “lost” in a bet made by his father. The “winner” is Lady Alice Tombs, a skilled linguist who wishes to travel to India before marrying anyone. She has been actively discouraging any suitors with awkward, often off-putting, conversation since the time that readers met her in How the Duke Was Won. Her parents, particularly her social-climbing mother, are determined to marry her off as soon as possible, thus the bet and ensuing betrothal. Nick is a self-described rake, determined never to marry or sire any children. His father isn’t the only member of his family to go mad, you see. At one point, he walks Alice down a gallery of family portraits and describes all the ways his ancestors have descended into lunacy.

On the surface, we see the couple that doesn’t want to marry and doesn’t want to fall in love. If that’s a dynamic that pleases you, look no further. The couple goes so far as to write up a contract that states the exact terms of their marriage: no children, Alice gets to go to India, Nick gets to stay in London, they will have one month of “training” before Alice leaves, during which time Nick will be faithful to her.

[And then she comes back, right!?]

Apr 4 2017 3:00pm

First Look: Julie Ann Walker’s Wild Ride (April 4, 2017)

Wild Ride by Julie Ann Walker

Julie Ann Walker
Wild Ride (Black Knights Inc. #9)
Sourcebooks / April 4, 2017 / $7.99 print & digital

Wild Ride is my first Black Knights Inc. book (9th in the BKI series) but not knowing the past stories of this rugged, iconoclastic band of brothers and sisters was never a barrier. Julie Ann Walker weaves in just enough back-story to clarify why underground operator, former Navy SEAL, Ethan “Ozzie” Sykes is between a rock and a hard place in his relationship with passionate, persistent Chicago Tribune reporter Samantha Tate.

First things first—Ozzie is “both beautiful and masculine.” Samantha draws on her journalistic chops to paint a compelling word picture of her friend.

Combine his mug with his boyish, flyaway blond hair, his half grin, and the kind of loose-hipped swagger that could only be pulled off by the supremely fit, and what you ended up with was the whole package. We’re talking the kind of package seen on the silver screen. The kind of package that—Oh, no he didn’t. As if he’d read her mind, he reached down and adjusted his package as he strolled past a table full of coeds.

A little bit Charlie Hunnam, a little bit Ryan Gosling—Whoa Nelly! Samantha and Ozzie have been friends but not friends with benefit for years. Initially, when she came sniffing around “Black Knights Inc., the covert government defense firm disguised as a custom motorcycle shop,” Ozzie was tapped to deflect her from unmasking BKI’s secrets. Easier said than done, because even though Samantha knows that boys are a distraction—hey, she has scoops to uncover, Pulitzer winning stories to write—it gets harder as the years go by.

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Apr 4 2017 12:00pm

First Look: Donna Alward’s Somebody’s Baby (April 4, 2017)

Somebody's Baby by Donna Alward

Donna Alward
Somebody's Baby (Darling, VT #3)
St. Martin's Press / April 4, 2017 / $7.99 print & digital 

I’ve read all three books in Donna Alward’s Darling, VT new series, and thoroughly enjoyed all three. Isn’t it fabulous that the wait time between the books has only been a month. If you missed the start of the series, don’t worry, each book stands on its own.

Now as much as I’ve enjoyed the other books I must admit that Somebody’s Baby is my favorite. Of course, I had an inkling that it would be –since the hero is a veterinarian.

Rory Gallagher and Oaklee Collier grew up together. Rory and Oaklee’s brother Cam were best friends and two-years-younger Oaklee always wanted to follow along. Rory and Cam still keep in touch, but rarely get together since Cam is now a big-time hockey player. Still, Rory vividly remembers the slug, and Cam verbal warning that his sister was off limits after Rory was caught looking at her... physical attributes.

Rory and Oaklee left Darling for college, and both fell in love there. Each suffered a harsh disappointmen, and now both are back in Darling.

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Apr 3 2017 3:00pm

First Look: Calista Fox’s The Billionaires (April 4, 2017)

The Billionaires by Calista Fox

Calista Fox
The Billionaires (Lover's Triangle #1)
St. Martin’s Griffin / April 4, 2017 / $15.99 print, $4.99 digital

Jewel Catalano, Rogen Angelini, and Vin D'Angelo had been childhood best friends, spending every possible moment with one another. Rogen became her first love, the first one to show her what pleasure could be. Until a volatile feud erupted between their powerful California wine country families and she and Rogen were torn apart from each other. What she didn't expect was to find comfort and passion like she had never known in Vin's arms and bed. But when that too ended in disaster, Jewel moved to San Francisco to work for the Catalano empire. Years later, a series of daring acquisitions brings Jewel back to River Cross, the hometown where Rogen and Vin have recently returned as well. Jewel has the curves, the smarts, and the success to bring any man to his knees―especially the two men who remained best friends and still burn to possess her.

Mixing family business with erotic pleasure ignites a smoldering love triangle. But in order to pull off the bold deal that will build the trios’ own legacy and to stay in their heady, sensual paradise, they must discover what true love really is―or lose everything their hearts' desire, in The Billionaires by Calista Fox.

Two feuding wine country families provide the backdrop―and the conflict―for this erotic romance where the heroine—gorgeous and savvy Jewel Catalano—takes center stage for two powerful men. 

If you like your ménage stories strictly heterosexual and female-centric with no lightsaber duels in the sack, The Billionaires delivers―because broody Vin D’Angelo conveniently loves back-door action while sensitive, perfect mate Rogen Angelini is a PIV enthusiast, and they’ve been taking women together for years! They are all about pleasing a lady―specifically one lady―and lucky Jewel must come to terms with the fact that she never has to choose between the best pals. Even though she spent seven years chastely separated from her two loves, due to misunderstandings and family disapproval, a sizzling reunion is definitely in the cards from the moment she returns home from San Francisco to the lush valley where she grew up. 

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Apr 3 2017 1:00pm

First Look: Kianna Alexander’s Back to Your Love (April 4, 2017)

Back to Your Love by Kianna Alexander

Kianna Alexander
Back to Your Love (Brothers of TDT #1)
Sourcebooks / April 4, 2017 / $7.99 print & digital

Back to Your Love opens with a familiar refrain for women of a certain age—the curse of being a perpetual bridesmaid (but don’t assume the problem is that the bridesmaid wants to be walking down the aisle herself). Dr. Imani Grant has a business to open, a painful episode in her past to forget and she is fine, just fine. Even a room overlooking a “wide, sandy band of beach below as well as the soft, rising waves of the Atlantic lapping at the shore,” doesn’t ease her troubled mind. She wants to be there for Georgia, “her college roommate and constant companion through four years of undergrad at Spelman.”

This was the third time in fourteen months she’d been asked to serve as a bridesmaid for one of her friends. At this point, her nerves were beyond frazzled. If her mother inquired just once more about whether she was seeing anyone, she was pretty sure her head would explode.

Her mother isn’t a guest at the wedding, but there were sure to be “well-intentioned older ladies present for the joyous event.” Questions about her single status will be impossible to avoid. Like the memories flooding Imani’s consciousness.

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Apr 3 2017 9:30am

First Look: Anna Bennett’s I Dared the Duke (April 4, 2017)

I Dared the Duke by Anna Bennett

Anna Bennett
I Dared the Duke (The Wayward Wallflowers Series #2)
St. Martin's Press / April 4, 2017 / $7.99 print & digital

The second in the Wayward Wallflowers series does not disappoint. We continue to get witty dialogue, awkward moments, swoon-worthy moments, and chemistry! All these things make I Dared the Duke by Anna Bennett a “yes, if you love historical romance you should read” read. The icing on the cake? The Dowager Duchess, our beloved Duke’s grandmother. She’s a conniving sort who only wants the best for her grandson, and I love how her mind works. Hehe.

Alexander Savage, the Duke of Blackshire, became duke at much too young of an age, due to much too sad of circumstances. Having survived a fire where his parents periled, he carries around the guilt of his survival. The grandmother, the dowager duchess raised him and she is the penultimate grandmother. Unbeknownst to Alex, she takes on a companion, Lady Elizabeth Lacey, aka one of the Wilting Wallflowers. A moniker Alex created at the start of Beth and her sister’s first season.

No, the name was not nice. In fact, it quite tarnished their reputation and made their marriage mart prospects quite glum. The less than enticing name combined with the fact their impoverished uncle—the man who raised them when their parents died—was a bit off his rocker, does not make one’s prospects on the marriage market favorable.

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Apr 2 2017 10:00am

First Look: Lecia Cornwall’s The Lady and the Highlander (April 4, 2017)

The Lady and the Highlander by Lecia Cornwall

Lecia Cornwall
The Lady and the Highlander (A Highland Fairytale #3)
Swerve / April 4, 2017 / $3.99 digital

The third in the Highlander Fairy Tale Series by Lecia Cornwall is by far my favorite thus far. The Lady and the Highlander fashions its story after Snow White and the Huntsman. Everything about this story consumed me and kept me up until the story was complete. As I got closer to the end, I warred with my desire to slow down, because I didn’t want it to end, yet finish so I knew the conclusion.

What I loved most about this story is the epic feel that reads like a fairytale movie. The second thing I loved about The Lady and the Highlander is the hero, Iain Lindsay. He’s a sealgair or hunter for our villain, the witch Bibiana. As with all Snow White renditions, Bibiana is obsessed with youth and being the fairest in all the land. She convinces Donal MacLeod to wed her and places all of the MacLeod daughters under a spell. All but Laire MacLeod. Laire, with hair as dark as night and skin as pale as snow, is beyond compare. She’s also a tough cookie and escapes the clutches of Bibiana. Thus, Iain is sent to kill Laire, only instead, he falls in love.

But the love is not immediate and Iain is one who holds to his secrets and sins. He’s mysterious and dark, layered and extremely sexy. And quite dangerous.

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Apr 1 2017 1:00pm

First Look: Suzanne Enoch’s My One True Highlander (April 4, 2017)

My One True Highlander by Suzanne Enoch

Suzanne Enoch
My One True Highlander (No Ordinary Heroes #2)
St. Martin's Press / April 4, 2017 / $7.99 print & digital 

My One True Highlander by Suzanne Enoch explores the captor/captive trope, though with a twist. Because our captor isn’t actually the true captor. By keeping our heroine, Lady Marjorie Forrester—sister of a duke—captive, Graeme, Viscount Maxton, is actually keeping her safe. So even though we want to hate Graeme when he forbids Marjorie from leaving, we can’t. His intentions are good, despite his initial treatment of the lady. Even more sweet, in an odd twisted way, Graeme will stop at nothing to protect his three younger brothers. Younger brothers responsible for said kidnapping of Lady Marjorie—without their older brother’s knowledge. Watching Marjorie slowly win over all four brothers is heartwarming, especially as she fights to win Brandon’s trust. Brandon is the oldest after Graeme, and the mastermind behind kidnapping plot.

Unbeknownst to Marjorie, there’s a turf war going on between her newly titled brother, and the Maxwell, the Duke of Dunncraigh. When Marjorie receives a letter from her brother that he’s to be married, she quickly leaves London, glad to escape the condescending treatment she’s received after she transformed from a lady’s companion to the sister of a duke. I don’t blame Marjorie. The ton’s scrutiny can be harsh, indeed.

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Mar 31 2017 2:00pm

First Look: Tara Sue Me’s Master Professor (April 4, 2017)

Master Professor by Tara Sue Me

Tara Sue Me
Master Professor (Lessons from the Rack #1)
Berkley / April 4, 2017 / $16.00 print, $7.99 digital 

Andie is beyond thrilled when her life-long friend (and Hollywood heartthrob) Terrence finally wants to take things a step further. He tells her he’s a Dominant and explains what this would mean, because he knows she is not only a virgin, but also knows nothing of his world. Terrence is happy to find that Andie is cautiously curious. She says she will do whatever it takes to be person he wants in his bed.

Terrence has to go away on a shoot, but he also wants Andie trained as a submissive as soon as possible. So, with little time, he suggests she be enrolled in BDSM’s most coveted school, The RACK Academy. The only stipulation of this idea being that she remains (technically) a virgin.           

Terrence said he knew that in order for the training to work, she couldn’t feel inhibited or guilty about what she would be doing. She appreciated the freedom, but it made her feel a bit apprehensive as well.

Fulton is in charge of incoming students to RACK. When hearing Andie’s file, a series of red flags jump to mind and he feels that she isn’t suited for training at all.

“You think you’re a submissive? You guess you want to find out for sure?” He mocked her with her own words.

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Mar 31 2017 9:30am

First Look: Kylie Scott’s Twist (April 11, 2017)

Twist by Kylie Scott

Kylie Scott
Twist (Dive Bar Series #2)
St. Martin's Griffin / April 11, 2017 / $14.99 print, $4.99 digital

The Dive Bar in Coeur D’Alene strikes again. This time it’s the perfect love between Alexandra Parks and Eric Collins. They both know it’s a great match, at least online. What’s more? Alex digs deep in her cauldron of courage and flies from Seattle to Coeur D’Alene to surprise Eric on his birthday. Only, Eric isn’t actually Eric, but Joe. Surprise!

Thus, our perfect match actually has a very dismal beginning, laden with lies and deceit. At least that’s what we think. Though the more we read into the backstory of Joe and Alex’s online affair, we realize how much of Joe really does surface. Sure, it started out as innocent, where Joe went online for Eric, helping to find someone during Eric's stay in Seattle. A dating profile Joe was going to delete until he realizes Alex wasn’t perfect for his brother, but for him. Only by the time he recognizes this, he's already too many email exchanges deep into his ruse. So he did what any male falling in love might do, he lied. Sort of. Well, he lied about his name. But not in his character, which shines true with their electronic exchanges.

Alex, however, is the queen of the one-night stands. She’s not someone wanting to take that next step in a relationship. Not until she connects with Eric/Joe online does she get the nerve to fly out and meet him in person. But is she meeting him only because he lives so far away? Because the distance makes him safe?

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Mar 29 2017 3:00pm

First Look: Karen Booth’s The Ten-Day Baby Takeover (April 1, 2017)

The Ten-Day Baby Takeover by Karen Booth

Karen Booth
The Ten-Day Baby Takeover (Billionaires and Babies #80)
Harlequin Desire / April 4, 2017 / $5.25 print, $4.49 digital

Aiden Langford has no time for love, in fact, it’s at the tippy top of his “Not To Do Ever” list. Jaded by the rejection he felt from his parents since childhood, Aiden is all business, all the time, except for the occasional sex only flings he works in on business trips. While Aiden is fearless in business and in his pleasure pursuits, matters of the heart leave him not just perplexed, but petrified. The last thing he ever saw coming was the strange gripping sensations he feels around his heart when Sarah Daltrey walks into his office with his progeny on her hip.

An inexplicable tug came from the center of his chest as his vision drifted to the child. All alone in the world. He’d known that feeling well when he was young, and he despised the idea of any child growing up that way.

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Mar 28 2017 3:00pm

First Look: Rachel Lacey’s Crazy for You (March 28, 2017)

Crazy for You by Rachel Lacey

Rachel Lacey
Crazy for You (Risking it All #2)
Forever / March 28, 2017 / $7.99 print, $6.99 digital

At the end of Crazy for You, Rachel Lacey’s reformed bad boy hero informs the heroine that her dreams are important.  That he loves her enough to give up the dream of settling down completely in the town he found home in.

“So I’m here to beg for your forgiveness on the condition that you promise you won’t derail your plans for me.”

By the end of the book, you learn how important this is.  It’s the main thread that holds the story together, in fact. 

When a small town is faced with the damage the wider world does to it’s residents, the reaction is usually to fall back on the relationships, both past and future, that were created within.  Friendships, memories and promises are always given a greater weight as people search for answers to life’s larger questions. 

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