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Tue
Nov 25 2014 9:30am

First Look: Sarah MacLean’s Never Judge a Lady By Her Cover (November 25, 2014)

Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover by Sarah MacLeanSarah MacLean
Never Judge a Lady by her Cover (Rule of Scoundrels)
Avon / November 25, 2014 / $7.99 print, $6.99 digital

By day, she is Lady Georgiana, sister to a duke, ruined before her first season in the worst kind of scandal. But the truth is far more shocking—in London's darkest corners, she is Chase, the mysterious, unknown founder of the city's most legendary gaming hell. For years, her double identity has gone undiscovered . . . until now.

Brilliant, driven, handsome-as-sin Duncan West is intrigued by the beautiful, ruined woman who is somehow connected to a world of darkness and sin. He knows she is more than she seems, and he vows to uncover all of Georgiana's secrets, laying bare her past, threatening her present, and risking all she holds dear . . . including her heart.

And so, the legend of Chase comes to an end. Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover is the final novel in Sarah MacLean's Rules of Scoundrels series and the identity of the ever-elusive Chase has been revealed. I’ve been eagerly anticipating this book for what seems like forever. The build up behind MacLean’s latest novel has been growing to a fever pitch. Let me tell you, this book smashed my preconceived theories out of the park. This is a gripping tale of a woman who has been ostracized by society and fights tooth and nail for revenge.

[Covering up her own secrets?]

Tue
Nov 4 2014 9:30am

First Look: When We Met Anthology (November 4, 2014)

When We Met anthologyA.L Jackson, Molly McAdams, Tiffany King, Christina Lee
When We Met
NAL / November 4, 2014 / $14.00 print, $5.99 digital

When four girls decide to live off campus together as juniors at a college in Michigan, they expect it to be their best year yet. Little do they know, it’s a year that will change the rest of their lives.

Behind Her Eyes by A.L. Jackson
Unable to live down her ex-boyfriend’s deception, Misha is determined to avoid betrayal. When, the new guy next door, Darryn starts to get under her skin, her defenses start to crumble. But trusting Darryn seems impossible, especially if he’s not sure he can trust himself.

Saving Me by Molly McAdams
On the outside, Indy is always ready for a party—but inside she’s breaking. Kier makes a weekly routine of saving the girl next door from herself on Saturday nights… but when will she be ready to remember him on Sunday morning?

Fouling Out by Tiffany King
Working at a sports bar, Courtney has become a pro at sidestepping propositions from arrogant jocks—which makes her a more elusive catch for campus basketball star Dalton than he expected. But when he falls for the saucy waitress, Dalton will have to rethink his game plan to prove he’s not the jerk Courtney expects.

Beneath Your Layers by Christina Lee
In order to ace her fashion internship, Chloe must team up with local college dropout and set builder, Blake—much to her chagrin. But after some “hands-on” experience, Chloe will have to ask herself if Blake factors into her carefully laid plans… 

When We Met is a New Adult Anthology with four awesome authors. This anthology is unusual in that it offers four complete, short stories that build upon each story. The novellas bland seamlessly, even though a different author writes each story. Each author is able to impart their unique voice, while allowing the stories to mix into one whole story.

[Introduce us!]

Mon
Nov 3 2014 4:30pm

First Look: Macy Beckett’s Make You Remember (November 4, 2014)

Make You Remember by Macy BeckettMacy Beckett
Make You Remember (Dumont Bachelors #2)
Signet / November 4, 2014 / $7.99 print & digital

Ten years ago, Beau Dumont made the biggest mistake of his life by letting his high school sweetheart, Devyn Mauvais, slip through his fingers. Now the reformed bad boy will stop at nothing to get her back. Even if it means tricking her into taking a job on his family’s riverboat, the Belle of the Bayou.

When Devyn’s old flame offers her a stint at the boat’s day-care center, she sees it as a chance to prove she isn’t just the descendant of Louisiana’s most infamous voodoo queen. Besides, it beats leading ghost tours around New Orleans. Yet when it comes to Beau, Devyn’s all business. She won’t give the sweet-talking playboy another chance to break her heart.

But there’s no escaping temptation in such close quarters, and Beau won’t be satisfied with a few hot nights with the girl he’s always loved. As he strives to make Devyn remember the good times, will his passion and heart be enough to regain her trust?

Make You Remember is set in the Bayou, with the bulk of the story taking place on a riverboat near New Orleans. It’s filled with references to voodoo queens, New Orleans style food and the fast paced environment aboard a riverboat.

[Ooh, what a great backdrop... does it come with shrimp creole?]

Thu
Oct 30 2014 4:15pm

New Adult Roundup for October 2014: A Fighting Chance

Becoming Calder by Mia SheridanThis month’s round up features characters facing some tough times and upheaval. When all is said and done, they’ll go down swinging for what they want.

Becoming Calder/Finding Eden by Mia Sheridan is set in a world where modern luxuries are a thing of the past; this is a crazy ride with eye-opening scenes. Calder and Eden find themselves battling religious proclivities that were drummed into them from birth. With new thoughts and ideas forming in their minds, can they fight against fate and destiny? Eden and Calder must battle against the community they’ve been raised in to find their happiness.

The story has surprising twists—I found myself having a lot of WOW moments and can't even begin to describe the feels this book invoked. These two books were released simultaneously and Becoming Calder must be read first.

Alex by Sawyer Bennett tells the story of a bitter hockey player who meets his match in Sutton Price, an addiction counselor. Sutton helps peel back the cynical layers to reveal the gentle man underneath. Alex has always lived his life under abuse and anger; will Sutton help him turn over a new leaf? This is a character-driven story with great detail. Sutton and Alex each have an angst-filled journey with many surprises along the way. I'm looking forward to the next installment, as Garret, his teammate, was one of my favorites of the story.

[It takes a village—or a team—to get an HEA...]

Sat
Oct 18 2014 11:00am

The Ties that Bind: Siblings in Romance Novels from Ashley, Roberts, Andre, and More!

Rock Chick by Kristen AshleyComing from a large family, I always enjoy reading romance books that also feature sibling relationships. Protectors, confidantes, and allies all rolled into one, your siblings can prove to be your best and worst enemy—sometimes working in conjunction with you and other times driving you absolutely insane. 

These are some of my favorite sibling bonds in romance: 

1. The Nightingales in Kristen Ashley's Rock Chick series

First making their appearance in Rock Chick, book one of the series, the Nightingales constantly keep us—and each other—on our toes. Lee, Hank and Ally are close in age and have a tight relationship. Lee and Hank were the quintessential big brothers, keeping  a close eye on Ally. They have their hands full, operating on all sides of the law—Lee as a P.I. and Hank as a police officer— and Ally usually gets in a lot of mischief, especially with her band of rock chicks.

2. The Mackenzies in Jennifer Ashley’s Mackenzies series

This Scottish family features a tight knit of brothers. Banding together from infancy against a common enemy, their father, the brothers leaned on each for support. Each of these strong men went on to better themselves with the help of their family.

[Did your favorite family make the cut?]

Thu
Oct 9 2014 8:30am

First Look: Jess Michaels’s A Moment of Passion (October 14, 2014)

A Moment of Passion by Jess MichaelsJess Michaels
A Moment of Passion (The Ladies Book of Pleasure #2)
Samhain Publishing / October 14, 2014 / $5.50, digital

When Lady Jacinda unwraps a scandalous birthday gift, she’s sure the anonymous giver is playing a cruel joke. The Ladies Book of Pleasures may be responsible for one gossiped-about marriage, but for a lady ruined by a rogue and shunned by society, Jacinda is doomed to a lonely, loveless future.

Worse, as she pages through the volume of passionate promises, she is observed by the wicked and dangerous Duke of Carnthorn—and now he is stalking her as a possible willing victim of his shocking preferences.

Jason, Earl of Northfield, is having none of it. Jacinda, keeper of his most painful secret, is a friend he will not abandon to a wolf like Carnthorn. As they embark on a pretend courtship—for her own protection, of course—their proper decorum in public melts into wicked passion in the bedroom.

But even as real feelings begin to develop between them, Carnthorn is watching. He is not convinced. And he is determined to possess Jacinda, no matter whom he has to destroy…

Warning: This book contains friends turning to lovers, a highly erotic secret affair and a wicked villain who will destroy what he cannot have.

“The first step on an erotic journey is often the most difficult”.—The Ladies Book of Pleasures

This is the second book in The Ladies’ Book of Pleasures series, but each book can be read as a standalone. Jess Michaels writes an intriguing series that plays with emotions, and in this book, she's built up the romance and angst even more.

[Give us the scoop...]

Wed
Oct 8 2014 3:30pm

Improper Love in Jennifer Ashley’s Rules for a Proper Governess

Rules for a Proper Governess by Jennifer AshleyJennifer Ashley's feisty, independent heroines are distinct and memorable. In her fabulous Mackenzie series, the Mackenzie/McBride clan is made up of Scottish, alpha males. It's not easy to catch the eye of these tough men, yet her heroines are more than up to the challenge.

In her latest release, Rules for a Proper Governess, the protagonist Bertie, is no exception—Bertie is a common pick-pocketer whom we first meet while she awaits the verdict on a case involving a friend. Who should we have as the barrister but the stoic Sinclair McBride. Sinclair is one of the youngest—and definitely one of the most attractive—barristers in London. Bertie is entranced by him. When circumstance arise that cause her father to become angry with McBride, he uses Bertie as his tool for petty revenge. Bertie is fierce in all aspects except for matters relating to her father. Her father has used his fists to control her, so she's learned that she should bend to her father's will.

What I loved about Bertie is that during this time period, early 19th century that is, women are supposed to be demure and usually lack independence, but Bertie grabs what she wants —quite often, actually—stealing what she needs or bargaining for it. She runs away from constables and lives life on the edge. The same can be said with Sinclair, whom she grabs because she wants him, and doesn't take no for an answer. Sinclair, who has been drowning in paternal responsibilities and loneliness, is captivated by Bertie’s spirit and her violet blue eyes.

[Violet is such a rare eye color...]

Tue
Sep 30 2014 1:45pm

September 2014 New Adult Roundup: The Mind is a Battlefield

Shatter by Erin McCarthyTurmoil and angst abound in September’s NA Releases. Many of these characters are struggling with new relationships while trying to tame their inner demons. Sometimes, your biggest enemy is yourself and these characters prove that. Overcoming the limitations you set on yourself can be the hardest task of all.

An uncompromising New Adult story, Shatter by Erin McCarthy features Kylie and Jonathan who have what they thought was going to be a one-night-stand. Eight weeks later consequences rear their ugly head. Told in Dual POV, this is the end of a series I’ve followed religiously and greatly enjoyed. McCarthy holds nothing back for these characters and I’m sad to see them go.

Told in Grant and Harlow’s POV One More Chance by Abbi Glines is the sequel to Take a Chance. Reeling from Harlow’s unexpected news, Grant must quickly make a decision, will he chose Harlow? A heart-wrenching, gripping story —make sure you keep the tissues handy.

The final book in this trilogy, The Certainty of Violet and Luke by Jessica Sorenson brings on the angst. The story picks up right where book two ended and it doesn’t slow down. The finality of their story is focused on their character growth. The encompassing love between Violet and Luke seems to be on the way to a happy ending despite the gloom that surrounds them. When secrets are revealed their foundation is once again rocked. These tormented characters have a long road to reach a place of absolution and happiness.

[We bet it's a bumpy road too...]

Tue
Sep 23 2014 2:00pm

First Look: Jaci Burton’s Hope Burns (September 30, 2014)

Hope Burns by Jaci BurtonJaci Burton
Hope Burns
Jove / September 30, 2014 / $7.99 print / digital

Molly Burnett dreads returning to her hometown of Hope for her sister’s wedding, especially knowing she’ll have to endure a weekend with the one man she never wants to see again. It’s only a couple of days, so Molly will try to forget her painful past with high school sweetheart Carter Richards. Because despite the bitter memories, she still can’t forget what they once meant to each other.

But when Molly is forced to extend her stay, Carter sees this as his second chance to do things right, to start over again with the only woman he’s ever loved. This time, he isn’t going to let Molly run. Together they’re going to confront the past and put it behind them, and hope for a future as bright as the flame that still burns hot between them.

Family comes first in Jaci Burton’s novels, and Hope Burns, the third book in this series, is no exception. I was eagerly anticipating the unraveling of the mystery of Molly and Carter. The small town is brimming with happiness over the marriage of Emma and Luke, the H/H of the first book, and that event has forced the prodigal daughter, Molly, to return.

[Who is she burning to see again?]

Wed
Sep 10 2014 3:30pm

Hit the Road: Top 10 Motorcycle Club Heroes

Jax and Tara in Sons of Anarchy

Source: fanpop.com

As of last night,Sons of Anarchy is back on our TV screens. Jax Teller is the epitome of the MC hero: tough as nails attitude, loyal, caring and hoooooottttt. MC books have become quite the rage and it seems this type of hero won’t be fading away any time soon.

What makes a great MC hero? Tough love, alphatastic attitude, a deep loyalty for their brothers, and they’re incredibly sexy!

Here’s a list of my top gritty, rough and tumble, love to hate ‘em MC heroes (in no particular order):

[Let's get this show on the road...]

Sun
Sep 7 2014 9:00am

Somebody’s Watching Me: Stalkers in Romance

Raw by Belle Aurora**This post contains spoilers—some big, some small—you have been warned.**

“I wear my sunglasses at night so I can watch you weave and breathe…” 

Stalkers in romance have been a consistent theme for years. High on drama and adrenaline, my liking for stalker books probably began back in Sweet Valley when the Wakefield twins had an overenthusiastic admirer. When a romance novel has a stalker theme, it excels at revealing those creeptastic moments, that black moment when the hero or heroine realizes their personal space has been infiltrated. I find myself making sure I close my blinds, or double-checking my surroundings. Be warned there’s SPOILERS ahead. These are some of the best books that have brought out these feelings:

1. Raw by Belle Aurora 
You are put deeply in the mind of Twitch, the stalker, so deeply, in fact you fall for the stalker. Yeah, that’s you with the Stockholm Syndrome sitting right there. Twitch has followed Lexie for years, and has become a physical symbol for him of all the things in his life that have gone wrong. He starts out in the book as a predator, but as the story evolves, a change occurs, and somehow the two of them fall in love and chaos ensues. Raw takes your typical stalker story and turns it on its head.

[Stalker...turned “hero”?!]

Sat
Sep 6 2014 9:00am

First Look: Jennifer Ashley’s Scandal and the Duchess (September 16, 2014)

Scandal and the Duchess by Jennifer AshleyJennifer Ashley
Scandal and the Duchess (MacKenzies)
InterMix / September 16, 2014 / $1.99 digital

Scandal follows Rose Barclay, young widow of the Duke of Southdown, wherever she goes. It's never her fault, but newspapers love to write about the young woman from Scotland, and the much older duke she married, who died on their honeymoon. The duke left her with a large widow's portion, now contested by his son, who kicks Rose out of the estate's dower house and uses it to kennel his dogs.

Rose does not need to be found with a large, handsome Scot passed out at her feet, fueling gossips and giving her brother-in-law more ammunition. The Scot is Steven McBride—a decorated soldier who is notorious for heavy gambling and womanizing during his leave time. Steven is happy to open his eyes and find the beautiful woman standing over him, and happy to help spirit her away. He comes up with a ruse to foil the journalists, but Rose will have to go along with his very scandalous proposal.

I’ve been a huge fan of the Highland Pleasures series since I stumbled across The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie. Jennifer Ashley writes amazingly complex characters that are still easily relatable. They come alive across the pages with wit, humor and natural ease. Her Scottish heroes are some of my favorite historical fiction characters, and Scandal and the Duchess is an excellent addition to the series.
[Ye dinna say!]

Tue
Sep 2 2014 8:30am

First Look: Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Son of No One (September 2, 2014)

Son of No One by Sherrilyn KenyonSherrilyn Kenyon
Son of No One
St. Martin's Press / September 2, 2014 / $27.99 print, $14.99 digital

**Note: This post may contain minor spoilers.**

In Son of No One, next in the blockbuster The Dark-Hunters series by Sherrilyn Kenyon, it’s not easy being life’s own personal joke, but Josette Landry has made an unstable peace with the beast. Completely down on her luck, Josette takes a job with a local paranormal group as a photographer and camerawoman. Yeah, they’re even crazier than she is. The only paranormal thing she believes in is the miracle that keeps her rusted out hoopty running. But when something truly evil is released into the world, they are forced to call in reinforcement.

From the moment Josette meets Cadegan, she knows something about him isn’t quite right. Mysterious and armed with lethal sarcasm, he seems a lot older than his age.

Centuries ago, Cadegan was viciously betrayed into an immortal prison by the only person he’d ever trusted. Forced against his will to do good, he hates everything in life. All he wants is a way out. But for the damned there is only eternal suffering. And yet there is something about Josette that intrigues him. Something he can’t seem to fight and the last time he felt this way about a woman, it cost him everything.

He knows he has to stay away from her, but the unleashed demon is hellbent on consuming her soul. If one more innocent is taken, he will be sent back to an unimaginable prison that makes his current hell look like paradise. But how can he keep her safe when his being with her is the greatest threat of all?

And so another great Sherrilyn Kenyon novel is released. Son of No One is everything that encompasses Kenyon’s signature style. Fun writing with witty banter, great plot, and descriptions that throw you right into the setting, this book is an AMAZING addition to the Dark-Hunter universe.

[Give us the details...]

Thu
Aug 28 2014 11:00am

Between a Rocker and a Hard Place: August 2014 New Adult Recommendations

Ugly Love by Colleen HooverIn this month’s New Adult roundup we see plenty of rockers. But even among the non-rockers and rockers alike, the common theme is choices. These characters are in some tough situations and they must make up their minds in order to move forward.

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover focuses on Miles and Tate’s budding relationship. Fast burning through the lines of friends with benefits, they embark on journey of rediscovery. Featuring a mature narrative with rich characters, Ugly Love weaves a tale of taking chances, choosing to move beyond the past, and finding forgiveness.

[Find out what else is new in New Adult...]

Sun
Aug 17 2014 1:00pm

First Look: Melanie Scott’s The Devil in Denim (August 26, 2014)

The Devil in Denim by Melanie ScottMelanie Scott
Devil in Denim (New York Saints #1)
St. Martin's Press / August 26, 2014 / $7.99 print & digital

LIFE JUST THREW HER A CURVEBALL.

As the team-owner’s daughter, Maggie Jameson grew up in the New York Saints’ stadium—glove, cap, hot dogs, and all. Baseball’s in her blood, and she’s always dreamed of the day when she would lead the Saints to victory herself. That was before her dad had to sell the team to Alex Winters. The fast-talking, fiercely attractive businessman has a baseball pedigree that’s distinctly minor league. Maggie wants to hate him but his skills of seduction, however, are off the charts.

WILL LOVE BE A HOME RUN?

Alex could never have imagined how much this team means to Maggie. He needs her to help show the players that they’re still a family…even if he and Maggie are at the verge of exchanging blows. But her fiery determination and gorgeous looks prove irresistible to Alex. And much as he wants to relegate their relationship to the playing field—and get the Saints back in the game—Alex just can’t help himself: What he wants to win most is Maggie’s heart…

Melanie Scott's The Devil in Denim is a different take on the usual baseball novel. It doesn’t focus on a baseball player, but on the players behind the scenes. Tom Jameson has owned the Saints baseball team for years. Maggie, Tom’s daughter, was raised with the Saints. A recent college graduate, Maggie assumed she would work at the owner’s office for the Saints. Unexpectedly, Tom sells the Saints to businessman Alex Winters and his two associates Malachi Coulter (Mal) and Lucas Angelo.

[For love of the Saints...]

Wed
Jul 30 2014 3:00pm

The “I Won’t Promise I’ll Ever Be Perfect” Scene from Skye Jordan’s Ricochet

Ricochet by Skye JordanRachel and Ryker’s firecracker chemistry is the basis for the romance in Ricochet by Skye Jordan. Ryker, a bomb specialist stationed in Afghanistan, needs to have direction and a purpose. He’s currently back in the States for a month at the demand of his CO, who required that Ryker return in the aftermath of a disastrous mission that had horrific results. This return is unwanted, though, and he soon joins up with the Renegades, a stuntman team, as their bombing specialist in order to keep himself focused on a purpose.

Flashbacks to Afghanistan reveal the source of Ryker’s PTSD, which is poignant and heartbreaking. Jordan captures raw, vulnerable moments from this typically stoic alpha-male in which he is confused, upset and battling an invisible enemy. Ryker’s mind can flip at any moment, and sometimes not even Rachel can talk him back.

Just a bad memory. You’re safe. Everyone’s safe.”

Of Ryker’s five-man EOD unit, only one survived the bombing. This flashback gives us vivid details regarding the catastrophe.

[And an idea of the comforting that will happen later...?]

Mon
Jul 28 2014 1:00pm

July 2014 New Adult Roundup: Solace in the Arms of a Bad Boy

Whiskey Prince by Toni AleoThis month’s New Adult releases seem to be filled with angst and despair. New Adult is defined by vicissitudes of life; these books highlight the transitions and growth experienced by all characters. But, of course, what’s life without some funny moments to break up the tension. I laughed, I cried but overall these books brought on some major feels. What stood out for me was the support these characters were able to find in unlikely places and the independence that it spurred.

A tale of love and loss, Whiskey Prince by Toni Aleo finds the right balance between the two. After losing both of her parents, Amberlyn follows her late mother’s advice and travels to Ireland to live with an aunt and uncle she’s never met. Trying to work past her grief and find a new path in life, she tends bar at the family pub. While seeking solitude, Amberlyn encounters Declan, heir to the O’Callaghan Distillery and local royalty known popularly as the “Whiskey Prince,” and a connection is made. Declan is a bit of a recluse due to a traumatic event involving his sister. He finally comes out of his shell when his parents hand him an ultimatum, get married or lose the Distillery. Set against the backdrop of Ireland, this story brings two people together who need each other to start their next journey in life.

[It got these Irish eyes smiling...]

Tue
Jul 15 2014 8:30am

The Otherworld Cup: Vampire-Free Paranormal Romances from Showalter, Cole, Halle, and More!

Awakened by the Minotaur by Erin MooreParanormal romances are on the decline, but are they a “dying” trend? With fewer of these types of books out there, the authors who are publishing in the genre have been throwing new kinds of stories, resulting in welcome changes to the typical vampire variety. Paranormal Romance stories have come to encompass a wide range of supernatural elements, from valkyries to gargoyles, characters one never thought of as having a “happy ever after” are popping up. In the game of keeping paranormals alive, here are some books that standout as unique among all the vampire and shifter books.

In Erin Moore’s Awakened by the Minotaur, Teo and Lara have a white-hot connection right from the start. Lara has taken a much-needed vacation to Greece and luckily lands Teo as her guide. Unknowingly, she has walked onto an island filled with ancient rites and sacrifices to the Minotaur. Teo fights Lara at every turn as he is aware of the darkness that swirls within him. Teo is possessed by the spirit of the Minotaur and it falls upon Lara to save him. An erotic novel that turns up the heat, it’s a fast read that will leave you wanting more.

Gena Showalter is one of my go-to Paranormal Romance authors (my other go-to is also featured in this post) who has a wide variety of characters to pick from. My favorite series of hers has to be the Lords of the Underworld series. Loosely based off the Pandora’s box legend and various Greek Mythology stories, Showalter makes it all her own. Each character has a different demon/vice that has infiltrated their soul. Each of these seductive warriors finds their match in unlikely places. The stories cover a wide variety of locations and they meet many different characters along the way. Packed with action, hilarious banter, each book has me falling me in love with a different Lord. I’m eagerly anticipating her next release and I hope this series doesn’t end any time soon.

[With so much lore to tap into, we have high hopes, too...]

Mon
Jul 14 2014 8:30am

First Look: Jess Michaels’s A Matter of Sin (July 15, 2014)

A Matter of Sin by Jess MichaelsJess Michaels
A Matter of Sin (Ladies Book of Pleasures #1)
Samhain / July 15, 2014 / $5.50 digital

The widowed Lady Isabel Avenbury has one remaining younger sister to shepherd into an advantageous marriage, and then she will be free. Free to take a lover to fill her lonely nights—the only option left for a woman on the delicate edge of a certain age.

Except when she chaperones her sister to a country house party, she is taken aback by her sudden, undeniable attraction to the host. And deliciously scandalized when she finds a copy of the notorious, much-gossiped-about Ladies' Book of Pleasures in his library.

When Seth Rowland, Marquis Lyndham, notices his book is missing, his interest is piqued as to which of the potential young brides at his party has absconded with it—and he’s shocked to discover it’s Isabel. Though older than the women he’d planned to court, the powerful beauty exudes a sensuality he cannot ignore.

The book inspires them to begin a desperate, passionate affair. But their time together is running out and they must choose. Follow society’s rules, or take a chance at love.

A Matter of Sin by Jess Michaels weaves a tale of passion and seduction inspired by an erotic manual. Seth is on a quest to find a young bride to provide him heirs to carry on the family name, while Isabel is the matriarch of her family. She lost her parents at a young age and was married to man who was a lot older than she.

[All eyes on our heroine...]

Fri
Jul 11 2014 8:30am

First Look: Lavinia Kent’s Mastering the Marquess (July 29, 2014)

Mastering the Marquess by Lavinia KentLavinia Kent
Mastering the Marquess
Loveswept / July 29, 2014 / $2.99 digital

The time has come for the widow Louisa, Lady Brookingston, to move on, but she refuses to remarry at the cost of shaming her late husband’s memory. Their six years together were wedded bliss—even if a war injury prevented him from fulfilling his marital duties. Only one woman can help Louisa: Madame Rouge, the discreet proprietress of a club where London’s elite explore their wildest fantasies.

Geoffrey, the Marquess of Swanston, has no intention of agreeing to deflower an anonymous virgin. But when Madame Rouge tempts him with the absolute power he’ll have over a woman who knows nothing of carnal delights, he’s intrigued. Control is the one thing he cannot resist—and control is what he loses during his night with the blindfolded beauty. He longs to take her further, to leave his mark upon her perfect behind, but the mystery woman refuses to see him again. Instead Geoffrey reluctantly agrees to take a wife, the widow of his dear friend, Lord Brookingston—fating them both to a wicked surprise.

Lavinia Kent's Mastering the Marquess is probably the hottest historical romance story I’ve ever read. This unlikely tale of seduction between two people who don’t actually meet opens right away with the details of an illicit night neither one of them can forget. Sexual tension drips from the pages. Both of these characters are currently in a transitional period, and their lives are going to take a sharp turn into unknown territory.

[Turn here!]