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Thu
Aug 28 2014 9:30am

First Look: Patricia Briggs’s Shifting Shadows (September 2, 2014)

Shifting Shadows by Patricia BriggsPatricia Briggs
Shifting Shadows (Stories from the World of Mercy Thompson)
Penguin / September 2, 2014 / $26.95 print, $12.99 digital

Mercy Thompson’s world just got a whole lot bigger…

A collection of all-new and previously published short stories featuring Mercy Thompson, “one of the best heroines in the urban fantasy genre today” (Fiction Vixen Book Reviews), and the characters she calls friends…

One of the stories in Patricia Briggs's new Mercy Thompson collection, “Silver,” takes place long before Moon Called, and it's the story of Ariana and Samuel’s first meeting, the first half of the story that continues in Silver Borne. It tells the very difficult background of Bran and Samuel and how they came to be how they are now. Silver is a painful story because the reader is given a glimpse into Bran’s story before he was the all-powerful Marrok. It is a little humbling to find him down and hurting.

[Aww! Bran!...]

Thu
May 8 2014 9:30am

First Look: Aleksandr Voinov and L.A. Witt’s Hostile Ground (May 12, 2014)

Aleksandr Voinov and L.A. Witt
Hostile Ground
Riptide / May 12, 2014 / $17.99 print / $8.99 digital

After the deaths of three undercover cops investigating a drug ring in a seedy strip club in Seattle, Detective Mahir Hussain has been sent to finish the job. He joins the club’s security team in the hopes of finding enough evidence to bust the operation before the men in charge find a reason to put him in a shallow grave.

To protect the strippers, only gay men can work the club. Ridley, the cold and intimidating head of security, knows exactly how to test potential new hires—including Mahir. From the minute they meet, Mahir and Ridley engage in a dangerous dance of sex and mind games. Mahir needs to find his evidence before Ridley figures out he’s a cop—and before they both grow too close to betray one another.

As the game goes on, Mahir burrows deeper into the operation, where he learns there’s much more happening than meets the eye . . . and why every cop who made it this far has been silenced with a bullet.

Hostile Ground is co-authored by Aleksandr Voinov and L.A. Witt, who are also known for their Market Garden series. The Market Garden series is heavy on the BDSM theme, but light on the violence. The blurb for Hostile Ground speaks of mind games and undercover efforts, so the violence is much more evident here.

[Not for the faint of heart, then]

Tue
Apr 22 2014 12:00pm

Firing Up Dreams in Vivian Arend and Elle Kennedy’s DreamMakers Series

All Fired Up by Vivian Arend and Elle KennedyThe DreamMakers trilogy is a new collaboration from Vivian Arend and Elle Kennedy. The series follows three ex-Rangers who have left the military and started a business not typical of what you would see men do.

“No joke. We own and operate a company called DreamMakers.”

She looked utterly fascinated. “You’re matchmakers?”

“No. No matchmaking. More like event planning,” Parker explained. “We plan extravagant dates and events for helpless boyfriends or husbands who don’t have the imagination to do it themselves.”

Parker, Dean, and Jack are approached by a man to set up the perfect date. When they sit down with the man they quickly realize he has no clue what his girlfriend likes, what her favorite color is, what flowers she likes or really anything about her. They don’t like the guy, but he is paying them, so they decide to do some recon to learn more about her.

When Parker joins her in the weekly yoga class, recon on Lynn Davidson takes a direction they never expect. Lynn is sexy and funny, and Parker wants her. He can’t figure out why she is with the douche planning the date, but he must rein in his desire because she is the girlfriend of a client.

[Yeah, we'll see how long that lasts...]

Sat
Mar 15 2014 11:00am

First Look: Abigail Roux’s Ball and Chain (March 17, 2014)

Ball & Chain by Abigail RouxAbigail Roux
Ball and Chain (Cut & Run #8)
Riptide / March 17, 2014 / $17.99 print, $7.99 digital

Home from their unexpected deployment, the former members of Marine Force Recon team Sidewinder rejoin their loved ones and try to pick up the pieces of the lives they were forced to leave behind. Ty Grady comes home to Zane Garrett, only to find that everything around him has changed—even the men he went to war with. He barely has time to adjust before his brother, Deuce, asks Ty to be his best man. But that isn’t all Deuce asks Ty to do, and Ty must call for backup to deal with the business issues of Deuce’s future father-in-law.

Nick O’Flaherty and Kelly Abbott join Ty and Zane at the wedding on an island in Scotland, thinking they’re there to assuage Deuce’s paranoia. But when bodies start dropping and boats start sinking, the four men get more involved with the festivities than they’d ever planned to.

With the clock ticking and the killer just as stuck on the isolated island as they are, Ty and Zane must navigate a veritable minefield of family, friends, and foes to stop the whole island from being destroyed.

Note: This post contains SPOILERS from Touch & Geaux.

Ball & Chain is the eighth book in Abigail Roux’s Cut & Run series. For seven books we have hung on the edge of our seats and followed our beloved Ty and Zane through every step of their tumultuous relationship. Touch & Geaux, Book 7, ripped a fandom’s heart out and left us all flailing with nothing solid to grasp onto. All their secrets are on the table and Ty has deployed leaving Zane to face the consequences of the infamous kiss in front of all their coworkers.

[Where do we go from here?...]

Thu
Jan 30 2014 12:30pm

Keeping You in...: Top 10 Romantic Suspense Novels You Should Read

Black Ice by Anne StuartRomantic Suspense is a tricky genre, requiring a perfect balance between its two main elements. If the plot is too heavy on the suspense, romance readers are bound to be disappointed because we love our romance. On the flip side, we pick up a suspense novel expecting something exciting and nail biting. So which novels give us both?

I have listed 10 books where the authors did a perfect job of mixing the love interest, good times and heart pounding action. What do you think? Did I miss anything obvious?

10. Black Ice by Anne Stuart

Why? Anne Stuart writes the best anti-hero around. When you combine that with the mystery and intrigue you have a perfect mix of romance and suspense. Black Ice will have you wondering about the HEA and the 'how will they fix this’ question up to the final page.

9. After the Night by Linda Howard

Why? Linda Howard is one of the best Romantic Suspense authors around and After the Night is one of her best. Faith Devlin’s mom is the local tramp, and when she runs away with Gray Rouillard’s father the town is up in arms. Things aren’t really what they seem, so when Faith returns 12 years later to confront the past, the passion between Gray and Faith explodes onto the pages. Their first time is one of the hottest scenes in memory.

[+8 more can't-miss romantic suspense novels...]

Wed
Jan 22 2014 3:30pm

First Look: Chloe Neill’s Wild Things (February 4, 2014)

Wild Things by Chloe NeillChloe Neill
Wild Things
NAL / February 4, 2014 / $15.00 print, $7.99 digital

Since Merit was turned into a vampire, and the protector of Chicago’s Cadogan House, it’s been a wild ride. She and Master vampire Ethan Sullivan have helped make Cadogan’s vampires the strongest in North America, and forged ties with paranormal folk of all breeds and creeds, living or dead…or both.

But now those alliances are about to be tested. A strange and twisted magic has ripped through the North American Central Pack, and Merit’s closest friends are caught in the crosshairs. Gabriel Keene, the Pack Apex, looks to Merit and Ethan for help. But who—or what—could possibly be powerful enough to out-magic a shifter?

Merit is about to go toe to toe, and cold steel to cold heart, to find out.

Chloe Neill's Wild Things is the ninth book in the Chicagoland Vampires series and readers have been on a wild ride throughout; we have experienced the highest of highs and the lowest of lows, and  there is still so much to come. Each book has discovered—and resolved—a problem, but also kept advancing  the overall series arc.

[What's next?...]

Wed
Dec 18 2013 3:00pm

H&H Bloggers Recommend: Best of 2013, Day 1

Touch and Geaux by Abigail RouxMay old friends be forgot? We don't think so! We're celebrating our favorite reads with four days of the Best of 2013. We asked our bloggers for their favorite books of 2013, with one stipulation, they had to be new to them and not necessarily new to 2013. We know we got a few recommendations to add to our to be read piles and it's a great way to feed those readers you hopefully get for Christmas!

Want more? See the recommendations from Day 2Day 3, and Day 4 as well!

Jennifer Myers

Touch & Geaux by Abigail Roux
The Cut & Run series is really my everything for the year, favorite book, series and new author.  I read them all in two weeks and then did it all over again.  Touch & Geaux ripped me open, put me back together and then did it all over again.

Written in Red by Anne Bishop
The first book in what promises to be an amazing new Urban Fantasy series, Written in Red was un-put-downable.  The world building and graphic nature of the story were amazing.  I adored the unapologetic brutal nature of the shifters.

[See who else made the list!...]

Thu
Nov 14 2013 11:45am

10 Must-Read Male/Male Romances: An Opinionated Opinion

If It Flies by L.A. Witt and Aleksandr VoinovM/m romance (male/male) is a romance sub-genre that has recently exploded in popularity. With some not as well-known authors, it can be hard to find books to cover your reading needs so here is a list of the top ten m/m romance novels.

This list isn’t necessarily a best of the best list, but it is one that I think encompasses several themes within the m/m romance genre. Hopefully, I gathered some that would appeal to many different people, but please tell me what I missed. Like everyone else, I am always on the lookout for more books to add to my TBR pile.

10. L. A. Witt and Aleksandr Voinov, If It Flies

Any number of books by either of these authors could go on this list, but this one is one of my favorite. The Market Garden series features the subject of rent boys and the things they will do for their clients—and what their clients want to do for them. L. A. Witt and Aleksandr Voinov can write the heck out of a sex scene, and the book is very dirty and very sexy.

9. Rowan Speedwell, Illumination

The hero is a rock star and in the closet. Most of us can’t resist that bad-boy rock star, but this one struggles with having it all but not being able to truly be happy. The other hero is agoraphobic and also suffers from a debilitating social anxiety, two issues in direct conflict with the lifestyle of the man he loves. Illumination also deals with the topic of addiction and the struggle to overcome it.

[+8 more essential male/male reads...]

Mon
Nov 4 2013 2:45pm

Power Couples: Eve and Roarke, Mac and Barrons, and More!

Thankless in Death by J.D. RobbRomance readers are in the age of the billionaire and young, virginal, innocent heroine—many of the books being published now have a power imbalance between the hero and heroine. It is common for our hero to be powerful, rich, irresistible, seductive and a bit of a jerk. Don’t get me wrong; I love the alphahole as much as the next girl and you will never see me turning down one of those books. But isn’t it nice when you are able to find a book where the hero and heroine are equal in power? Where they are equal in influence and status? I have found a couple of examples of couples where both the man and woman are nothing to mess with.

Eve and Roarke (In Death series by J.D. Robb) — We have heard many times over that Roarke owns most of the known universe in the In Death series, but Eve is no slouch, either. She is a NYPSD detective and recently has been offered more. Both came from rough beginnings and changed their lives for the better; Eve made herself into the best cop around and Roarke made himself a lot of money. While no one can question the overriding influence of money, Eve has had a book and a movie written about her. She has taken down so of the most heinous criminals and managed to marry the hero too. ;)

[+ 3 more power couples...]

Thu
Oct 3 2013 9:30am

First Look: Cara McKenna’s Unbound (October 15, 2013)

Unbound by Cara McKennaCara McKenna
Unbound
InterMix / October 15, 2013 / $3.79

She set out to find herself, and discovered the darker side of desire.

Merry’s lost a lot recently—first her mother, then close to a hundred pounds. Feeling adrift, she strikes out in search of perspective. A three-week hike through the Scottish Highlands was supposed to challenge her new body and refocus her priorities, but when disaster strikes, she’s forced to seek refuge in the remote home of a brooding, handsome stranger…

Rob exiled himself to the Highlands years ago, desperate to escape his own self-destruction. Haunted by regrets, he avoids human contact at all costs…but when Merry turns up injured, he can’t very well run her off. And as he nurses her back to health, Rob can’t resist his guest’s sweet demeanor—or her flirtatious advances. The igniting passion between them rouses a secret appetite Rob has long struggled to keep hidden. But Merry craves nothing more than to help Rob surrender to his desires, and the journey draws the lovers into an entirely different kind of wilderness.

With all new Cara McKenna books there is a certain expectation of how the hero will be. Willing Victim's Flynn was alpha to the extreme. Then there was Kelly Robak from After Hours, who wasn’t afraid to tell you what he wants. Unbound features a hero far removed from any Cara McKenna comfort zone.

Rob lives alone and he has no problem with it. Being far from civilization keeps him far from the demons that haunt his life. Things are better for everyone if he keeps to himself. But when Merry appears and needs help, he cannot turn her away. As the two become close, Rob wants things he hasn’t allowed himself to contemplate for so many years.

[Will he give in to temptation?...]

Tue
Aug 27 2013 3:00pm

Hear Me Out: The Best Audiobooks

Audiobooks? Sounds like a good idea.Perhaps this sounds familiar: As of right now, my to-be-read list is 762 books.

So how is it possible to get through more books? After thinking on it, I realized I spend a lot of time in my life doing mundane actions, like driving to work, doing the dishes, mowing the yard, folding laundry, running…and I thought why not try audio books?

Audio books turned out to be a huge win for me. Now those tasks are accompanied by an audiobook. The ironic thing, however, is that instead of whittling down that to-be-read list I have found myself picking up some of my favorite series and listening to them. No matter how many times I read a book, when someone else reads it to me…why, it is like reading it for the first time all over again!

[You could say that it feels like the very first time...]

Wed
Aug 7 2013 4:30pm

The Balancing Act of Romantic Suspense: Kennedy, Robb, Gerard and More!

Midnight Games by Elle KennedyRomantic Suspense is a tough sub-genre to write. Instead of just having one subject to deal with, the author has to balance both romance and suspense. Usually, one of those elements is overwhelmed by the other. It is hard to decipher which is more important and what should carry the book, but if done well, both devices should complement the other.

I have a couple of go-to authors for Romantic Suspense; most are older series and one is a fairly new one. But with each book each author releases, they do not disappoint with either the sexy times or the suspenseful times.

Elle Kennedy has a fairly new series called Killer Instincts. Book three, Midnight Games, is has just been released. Midnight Games is the book where Ms. Kennedy’s new series really amped up the stakes.

A master of disguise, Isabel Roma spends her life pretending to be other women. Normally, her emotions are reined in tight—but sexy mercenary Trevor Callaghan has a knack for getting under her skin. The elite operative’s quiet strength and raw magnetism affect her in ways she’s never felt before, a distraction that can quickly turn deadly in their dangerous line of work.

After putting his tragic past behind him, Trevor is ready to focus on his future—and he damn well intends for Isabel to be in it. When their entire operation is thrown into chaos, Trevor enlists Isabel’s talent for deception. And as they attempt to save their team in a world where the stakes are high and the danger is grave, Trevor must convince Isabel that the woman beneath all the disguises is the one worth having...

[A master-of-disguise heroine? Okay, that is pretty cool...]

Fri
Jul 26 2013 9:30am

First Look: Sierra Dean’s Pitch Perfect (August 6, 2013)

Pitch Perfect by Sierra DeanSierra Dean
Pitch Perfect
Samhain / August 6, 2013 / $5.50 digital

She’d be the perfect catch if he could take his eye off the ball.

Emmy Kasper knows exactly how lucky she is. In a sport with few opportunities for women at the pro level, she’s just landed her dream job as head athletic trainer for the San Francisco Felons baseball team. Screwing up is not an option.

She’s lost in thought as she pedals to the spring training facility, her mind abuzz with excitement as she rounds a corner—and plows head-on into two runners. The end of her career dances before her eyes when she realizes she’s almost run over the star pitcher.

As Tucker Lloyd watches the flustered Emmy escape with his bandana tied around her skinned knee, the view is a pleasant change from worrying about his flagging fastball. At thirty-six, the tail end of his career is glimmering on the horizon. If he can’t pull something extraordinary out of his ball cap, the new crop of rookies could make this season his last.

The last thing either of them needs is a distraction.

The last thing either of them expects is love.

Tucker and Emmy start their relationship with a bang when Emmy almost runs the star pitcher over. Yes, she is only on her bike, but that is not the way she would have liked to introduce herself to the man with whom she would be working very closely. All running him over accomplished was letting Emmy know, in no uncertain terms, that Tucker Lloyd is one fine man and she is going to have trouble working with him and not seeing him in a sexual light.

[Professionalism is important...]

Thu
Jul 11 2013 9:30am

Villain to Hero: Kleypas, KCole, Singh, and More!

Devil in Winter by Lisa KleypasConverting a villain to a hero, can it really be done? My knee jerk answer is 'heck, no!' Why would we want to love the bad guy when there are so many good guys out there? Would you ever trust them to not turn back to the bad side? But on further consideration, what makes a better hero than a reformed, or semi-reformed, man? What could be a greater love story than to be the one woman who inspired epic love in a villain? Let’s talk about some of the best villains turned hero:

Sebastian St. Vincent, Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas

Sebastian, Lord St. Vincent, was introduced in It Happened One Autumn, where he proceeded to kidnap his best friend’s fiancée. It was a measure of desperation, but nothing more than what everyone expected from the reprobate. He really needed a bride and would go to any lengths to acquire one.

“Because I’m Sebastian, Lord St. Vincent. I can’t be celibate. Everyone knows that.”

[There is no better introduction...]

Thu
Jun 6 2013 9:30am

First Look: Ruthie Knox’s Flirting with Disaster (June 10, 2013)

Flirting with Disaster by Ruthie KnoxRuthie Knox
Flirting with Disaster
Loveswept / June 10, 2013 / $9.99 print, $3.99 digital

Fresh out of a fiasco of a marriage, Katie Clark has retreated to her hometown to start over. The new Katie is sophisticated, cavalier, and hell-bent on kicking butt at her job in her brother’s security firm. But on her first assignment—digging up the truth about the stalker threatening a world-famous singer-songwriter—Katie must endure the silent treatment from a stern but sexy partner who doesn’t want her help . . . or her company.

Sean Owens knows that if he opens his mouth around Katie, she’ll instantly remember him as the geeky kid who sat behind her in high school. Silence is golden, but he can’t keep quiet forever, not with Katie stampeding through their investigation. It’s time for Sean to step up and take control of the case, and his decade-old crush. If he can break through Katie’s newfound independence, they just might find they make a perfect team—on the road, on the job, and in bed.

Flirting With Disaster is the third book in Ruthie Knox’s Camelot series. Our heroine, Katie, is the sister of Caleb from Along Came Trouble. She is a little lost, a little aimless and a lot determined. She has convinced Caleb to allow her to help with a job, one that involves fieldwork instead of paperwork.

This job was the big chance she’d been waiting for-her opportunity to get out of Camelot and see new places, rub elbows with interesting people, become somebody independent of Levi and Caleb. Her own somebody.

[Enter Sean Owens...]

Fri
May 31 2013 11:00am

First Look: Lisa Renee Jones’s Being Me (June 11, 2013)

Being Me by Lisa Renee JonesLisa Renee Jones
Being Me
Gallery / $15.00 print / $7.59 digital / June 11, 2013

I arch into him, drinking in his passion, instantly, willingly consumed by all that he is and could be to me. . . .

Sara McMillan is still searching for Rebecca, the mysterious woman whose dark, erotic journal entries both enthralled and frightened her. Tormented by a strong desire to indulge the demands of her new boss while also drawn deeper into her passionate bond with the troubled artist, Chris Merit, Sara must face a past as deeply haunting as Rebecca’s written words. In one man’s arms, Sara will find the safe haven to reveal her most intimate secrets and explore her darkest fantasies. But is safety just an illusion, when the truth about Rebecca has yet to be discovered?

Fascinated by the dark fantasies in the journals she’s discovered, and the two men who have now found a place in her life, Sara McMillan finds herself torn between her new life and her past. Now, more than ever, Sara identifies with the lost journal writer, Rebecca, and is certain that something sinister has happened.

In the arms of the sexy, tormented artist Chris Merit, Sara seeks answers about Rebecca and ends up discovering things about herself she never knew existed. Chris forces Sara to reconsider who she is and what she truly wants from life—but not before his dark desires threaten to tear them apart. Her boss, Mark Compton, offers her the shelter to understand just what those needs mean to her, and what they might have meant to Rebecca, but can she trust him to lead her to a final conclusion to Rebecca’s story?

[Only one way to find out...]

Fri
May 17 2013 11:00am

First Look: Jill Shalvis’s It Had to Be You (May 28, 2013)

It Had to Be You by Jill ShalvisJill Shalvis
It Had to Be You
Grand Central / May 28, 2013 / $8.00 print, $5.99 digital

Ali Winters is not having a good day. Her boyfriend left her, everyone in town thinks she's a thief, and now she's about to be kicked out of her home. Her only shot at keeping a roof over her head and clearing her name is to beg for help from a police detective who's as sexy as he is stern....

After a high-profile case goes wrong, Luke Hanover returns to his hometown for some peace and quiet. Instead he finds a bombshell brunette in a heap of trouble. As he helps Ali put her world back together, the pieces of Luke's own life finally seem to fall into place. Is this the start of a sizzling fling? Or are Luke and Ali on the brink of something big in a little town called Lucky Harbor?

It Had to Be You is the seventh book in Jill Shalvis's Lucky Harbor series, and it's is just as strong as the first six. One of the tricks to keeping an ongoing series fresh is creating characters whom people like and with whom they can identify. Ms. Shalvis has a gift for writing down-to-earth yet quirky heroines and swoonworthy, honorable heroes.

[Perfect combination!...]

Tue
May 14 2013 2:00pm

Jilted at the Altar from Authors Bell, Kennedy, and Maguire

Down for the Count by Christine BellJilted, rejected, abandoned, left at the altar, deserted, however you want to term it, having it happen on your wedding day is not a cool thing. It is what happens directly afterward that most interests me. I love to see the heroine jump back into things. Seeing her thumb her nose at her ex, leave with another man, have a honeymoon in spite of the jerk, really fall in love and find happiness; all of these things make for a wonderful HEA.

Most of the books of this plot type, that I have read, are based off of the groom cheating on the bride. I would love to be able to find a “Runaway Bride” type book but for the plot to really work for me, the groom has to be a dastardly jerk. If he isn’t cheating or horrible how can I possibly justify the heroine hooking up so quickly afterward? Here are a couple of books that I have found with this theme:

Down for the Count by Christine Bell — Lacey finds her groom in a supply closet with one of her bridesmaids so what is she to do? Well she goes on her honeymoon with her best friend’s older brother. Galen happens to be a boxing stud with a bit of a reputation but Lacey does not care. All she wants is a good time and Galen is there to provide it.

[I'll bet he does...]

Fri
May 3 2013 2:30pm

Halfway to the Bed: Whose Story Might be Next in Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress World?

Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene FrostJeaniene Frost's Halfway to the Grave was my first introduction to Cat and Bones and their world, and not only were they the first paranormal romance couple I'd met, they remain my favorite.

There are six Night Huntress novels focusing solely on Cat and Bones. But surrounding them are many complex, hot, fascinating, infuriating and hysterical secondary characters. Many of these secondary characters have gone on to have their own books:

  • Bones’ best friend, Spade, was featured in First Drop of Crimson. He was paired up with Cat’s best friend Denise.
  • Mencheres, Bones’ grandsire, was the second book in the Night Huntress world. Eternal Kiss of Darkness had Mencheres finding love with Kira.
  • Vlad Tepesh is currently the star in his own trilogy, The Night Prince series. He remains quite the antihero, but is paired with a great heroine in Leila.

So who does that leave us with? Which character should get his or her own story?

[Let's consider some options...]

Tue
Apr 23 2013 4:00pm

Urbanized: New Entrants to Urban Fantasy from Bishop, Robson, and Daniels

Written in Red by Anne BishopUrban Fantasy is a tricky genre; many series begin with a book that offers hope it will be the start to something wonderful. In order to achieve that promise, the characters have to be strong and full of depth. Readers need to be able to explore the intricacies of the characters and the world they live in. The series cannot be shallow or superficial, otherwise after only a few books we will be left with nowhere to go. Thankfully, there are a few books that have been published recently that seem to have all the elements for keeper urban fantasy series:

Written in Red (The Others #1) by Anne Bishop

...[E]nter a world inhabited by the Others, unearthly entities—vampires and shape-shifters among them—who rule the Earth and whose prey are humans.

Anne Bishop is well known for her Black Jewels, Ephemera, and Tir Alainn series, but this is the first book of hers that I've read. And as of right now, it's my top book for 2103. Written in Red is unapologetic in its brutal and graphic content, unforgiving characters and bloody plot. This book has everything I look for in a new UF series and I fully expect to be a devout follower of the series for many years to come.

[What other series are off to a good start?...]