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Sat
Mar 14 2015 11:00am

One Kiss More: Mandy Baxter Brings the Heat

One Kiss More by Mandy BaxterEmma Ruiz and U.S. Marshal Landon McCabe ratchet up the tension as they fend off drug kingpins and potentially even worse, with McCabe trying to determine just what role, exactly, Emma played in the escape of her father from prison.

But the real tension in Mandy Baxter’s fun romp is the seriously hot attraction between Emma and Landon. As the marshal who initially put her father away, Landon is unable to trust Emma, though he remembers all too well his attraction to her, “her presence trigger(ing) something primal in his subconscious.”

And Emma, too, has reasons to distrust McCabe: She knows he can ferret out her secrets, like what she really knows about her dad’s escape, and her own part in it. What she doesn’t know, though, is that she’s in over her head, and only with Landon’s help is she going to be able to find her way out. But even as she distrusts him initially, she can’t help from being attracted to him:

She leaned out of the doorway to watch him leave, appreciative of the way his designer jeans hugged his ass. Boy was tight. His shoulders rolled as he walked, the precious and grace of every placed step a thing of beauty. Deputy US Marshal Landon McCabe was still the enemy. He was the one who’d arrested her father and the man who was looking to do it again. But, damn, was he ever something to look at.

[Add that one to the “pro” column...]

Sun
Jan 4 2015 3:00pm

First Look: Theresa Romain’s Secrets of a Scandalous Heiress (January 6, 2015)

Secrets of a Scandalous Heiress by Theresa RomainTheresa Romain
Secrets of a Scandalous Heiress (Matchmaker Trilogy)
Sourcebooks Casablanca / January 6, 2015 / $7.99 print, digital

Heiress Augusta Meredith can't help herself-she stirs up gossip wherever she goes. A stranger to Bath society, she pretends to be a charming young widow, until sardonic, darkly handsome Joss Everett arrives from London and uncovers her charade.

Augusta persuades Joss to keep her secret in exchange for a secret of his own. Weaving their way through the treacherous pitfalls of a polite world only too eager to expose and condemn them, they begin to see that being true to themselves is not so bad...as long as they're true to each other...

Many things in Theresa Romain’s Secrets of a Scandalous Heiress differ from the traditional historical romance. Our setting is Bath, not the glittering ballrooms of the London ton. And the unlikely proposal made by our heroine, Augusta, is also non-traditional.

[Unlikely and non-traditional...]

Mon
Aug 25 2014 4:30pm

First Look: Lorraine Heath’s Once More, My Darling Rogue (August 26, 2014)

Once More My Darling Rogue by Lorraine HeathLorraine Heath
Once More, My Darling Rogue (Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James #2)
Avon / August 26, 2014 / $7.99 print / $6.99 digital

They are England's most eligible bachelors, with the most scandalous reputations. But for the right woman, even an unrepentant rogue may mend his ways . . .

Born to the street but raised within the aristocracy, Drake Darling can't escape his sordid beginnings. Not when Lady Ophelia Lyttleton snubs him at every turn, a constant reminder he's not truly one of them. But after rescuing her from a mysterious drowning, he realizes she doesn't remember who she is. With plans to bring her to heel, he insists she's his housekeeper—never expecting to fall for the charming beauty.

While Ophelia might not recall her life before Drake, she has little doubt she belongs with him. The desire she feels for her dark, brooding employer can't be denied, regardless of consequences. So when Ophelia's memory returns, she is devastated by the depth of his betrayal. Now Drake must risk everything to prove she can trust this rogue with her heart once more.

Historical romance need not always be light and fluffy. Indeed, some of the best contain elements—abuse, rape, family jealousies, and family secrets—are not always the stuff of romance. Until put into the hands of a masterful author, however.

[Do tell!]

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...?]

Wed
Jun 25 2014 4:30pm

First Look: Lorelie Brown’s Riding the Wave (July 1, 2014)

Riding the Wave by Lorelie Brown

Lorelie Brown
Riding the Wave (A Pacific Blue Novel)
Signet / July 1, 2014 / $7.99 print & digital

With a make-or-break world championship on the line, professional surfer Tanner Wright has come back to the coastal California hometown he left a decade ago, carrying only his board and the painful knowledge of his father’s infidelity. Now that Hank Wright is dead, Tanner intends to keep the secret buried to spare his mother and sister the burden.

The last time Avalon Knox saw her best friend’s brother, she was fourteen and he was a twenty-year-old surfer god. She’s never understood or respected the way Tanner distanced himself from the family that has embraced her. But now she has the professional chance of a lifetime: to photograph Tanner for the competition—if he’ll agree.

Out on the waves, they find in each other passion that’s impossible to resist. And Tanner’s not the only one trying to move forward from his past. As the competition heats up, secrets get spilled, and lust takes over. How close can Avalon get to this brooding surfer…without getting burned?

Contemporary romances can sometimes try too hard to be cute, trendy, or worst, hip. Riding the Wave doesn't do any of those things, and what's more, feels incredibly fresh. With its vivid depiction of the surf life in Southern California, Lorelie Brown uses rich language to transport us right into her characters' world.

[Turning us all into California girls?]

Wed
May 28 2014 2:00pm

Disney’s Frozen: Is It a Fairytale Romance?

Frozen PosterJudging by outward appearance, Frozen might seem to be another Disney princess movie, with its traditional princess and the requisite happily ever after.

But, luckily for those of us who like a little darkness in our HEAs, there’s more to this frothy mixture than meets the eye. For starters, it is based on Hans Christian Anderson’s Snow Queen. Our Danish friend was not exactly known for light and fluffy—remember that story about the Little Match Girl? Or even The Ugly Duckling? His stories have always contained a dark pathos, and the Snow Queen is no different.

In the Hans Christian Anderson version, we are given no explanation as to why the Snow Queen is the way she is, or why she kidnaps the young boy Kai, who then has to be rescued by his friend Gerda. The female director of Frozen, though, brings Queen Elsa—our story’s version of the Snow Queen—to life, imbuing her with enough angst to make any modern day teen proud.

[Exactly as it should be...?]