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Fri
Apr 17 2015 2:00pm

First Look: Jay Crownover’s Asa (April 21, 2015)

Asa by Jay CrownoverJay Crownover
Asa (Marked Men #6)
William Morrow / April 21, 2015 / $13.99 print, $5.99 digital

You never know which moment might lead to forever . . .

Asa Cross struggles with being the man everyone wants him to be and the man he knows he really is. A leopard doesn't change its spots, and Asa has always been a predator. He doesn't want to hurt those who love and rely on him, especially one luscious arresting cop who suddenly seems to be interested in him for far more than his penchant for breaking the law. But letting go of old habits is hard, and it's easy to hit bottom when it's the place you know best.

Royal Hastings is quickly learning what the bottom looks like after a tragic situation at work threatens not only her career but also her partner's life. As a woman who has only ever had a few real friends, she's trying to muddle through her confusion and devastation alone. Except she can't stop thinking about the sexy southern bartender she locked up. Crushing on Asa is the last thing she needs, but his allure is too strong to resist. And she knows chasing after a guy who has no respect for the law or himself can only end in heartbreak.

A longtime criminal and a cop just seem so wrong together . . . but for Asa and Royal, being wrong together is the only right choice to make.

I binge read this series in a weekend. I started Jet, I read Rule a while ago,  thought I would read one at a time and take a break. Well I blew through the entire series in a weekend. I couldn’t put it down and taking a break didn’t exist. Jay Crownover has the ability to immerse you in a colorful world filled with intriguing, complicated characters. I loved each and everyone one of these characters for various reasons, but Asa always stood out to me.

[OTP worthy?]

Wed
Apr 15 2015 5:00pm

Protective, Possessive, and Passionate: The Alpha Heroes of J. Lynn’s Wait for You Series

Wait for You by J. Lynn

J. Lynn aka Jennifer L. Armentrout’s New Adult series Wait for You is a witty, sexy look into a group of friends that are more like family. Since the first, Wait for You to Fall with Me I’ve devoured each of these books. Each of the main characters carry complexities that drive their stories to new levels. As we enter book 4 of the series, Fall with Me, J. Lynn/Jennifer Armentrout further emphasizes what makes her writing so fun, witty and downright sexy.  She gives unique twists to what could be tired stories of the good girl meets bad boy.

She isn’t afraid to GO THERE, some serious issues are addressed with sensitivity and no judgment. These are journeys that are taken with ups and downs and everything in between. It pulls at your heartstrings. There are some hard life lessons that are learned with serious consequences like in Be with Me when Tess figures out she could no longer dance and saw her entire future change or in Wait for Me when Avery confronts her parents after radio silence from them. But among all the craziness what stands out is the witty banter and her Alpha Male heroes.

Bring on the Alpha! I’m a huge fan of them and they roam a plenty in the series. Cam, Jase, Jax, and Reece exponentially raise the stakes on alpha hotness. They made me laugh and swoon, I even experienced some insane jealousy of their heroines. Their hilarious zingers and sometimes cheesiness really captures your attention and doesn’t let you go.

[We like a bit of cheese with our alphas...]

Wed
Apr 8 2015 9:30am

“Break the Wheel”: Who Will Feel the Sword—and Who Will Wield It—in Game of Thrones Season 5?

Game of Thrones, Season 5 posterThe fifth season of Game of Thrones appears to be bringing about major changes with new character and new locations. It's already been said by George R.R Martin, he's venturing outside the books and major surprises lay ahead, including new deaths not seen in the books. We last left Daenerys trying to hold the reigns. Jon witnessed King Mance Rayder being captured by Stannis, Tyrion fled after that epic scene with Tywin and Arya has boarded a ship bound for Braavos.

With the death of Tywin and the disappearance of Tyrion, King's Landing will be in an uproar. Am I the only rooting for Jamie to push through and lock Cersei in the dungeon? New playmakers will emerge and it will be interesting to see what hand Cersei will play. Will she feel the sword; I'm going to have to say no. Maybe Queen Margaery will turn the game and try to topple Cersei.

It's already been said Bran Stark won't even show so he's safe, for now. Arya heading out to Braavos will introduce new locations and I can't wait to see what they have in store. If the books are still guiding the show, this is where her transformation to assassin will take place. It’s been said that we’ll see a familiar face joining her, Jaqen H’ghar. He gave her the coin she used to head to Braavos. Her journey will prove to be very interesting as she eliminates people from her to-kill list instead of adding to it. Or at least learning the skills necessary to do it.

[She's got a lot of growing up to do...]

Thu
Apr 2 2015 9:45am

First Look: Abbi Glines’s When I’m Gone (April 7, 2015)

When I'm Gone by Abbi GlinesAbbi Glines
When I'm Gone
Atria / April 7, 2015 / $15.00 print, $7.99 digital

I had an urge to fix all her problems. Which was stupid. She was doing fine without me. But something about those big eyes…

Mase Colt-Manning has always preferred his humble life as a Texas rancher to his birthright as the son of a legendary rock star. In fact, he rarely visits his father’s rarefied world in Rosemary Beach, especially if it means bunking at his vile half-sister Nan’s house—until one visit leads to a chance encounter with a young, gorgeous house maid who awakens him with her off-key but spirited imitation of a country music star…

Reese Ellis finally has her freedom. After escaping a lifetime of abuse from her parents and classmates for an undiagnosed learning disorder, she seizes the opportunity to be a house maid to some of the richest families in Rosemary Beach. But her job is in jeopardy when she causes an accident at the home of her most important client, Nan Dillon. When a hot, half-naked stranger with a cowboy’s swagger comes to her rescue, she’s intrigued—then afraid once he shows his own interest. Reese has never met a trustworthy man in her life. Will Mase be any different?

Abbi Glines has a formula that makes each of her books swoonworthy.  There’s the Alpha male and the feisty heroine, and they both have vulnerabilities. Her books are the equivalent of a cool drink on a hot day. They’re the perfect read, with the right amount of angst, romance, and intrigue to satisfy your book cravings.

[Take another sip...]

Mon
Mar 30 2015 2:00pm

First Look: Manda Collins’s A Good Rake is Hard to Find (March 31, 2015)

A Good Rake is Hard to Find by Manda Collins Manda Collins
A Good Rake is Hard to Find (Lords of Anarchy #1)
St. Martin's Press / March 31, 2015 / $7.99 print & digital

A DANGEROUS GAME

Heartbroken by the loss of her brother, Miss Leonora Craven vows to uncover the truth about his “accident,” which seems to have been anything but. Jonathan Craven was involved with the Lords of Anarchy, a notorious driving club, and Leonora can't help but suspect foul play. But the only way she can infiltrate their reckless inner circle is to enlist the help of Jonny's closest ally, Lord Frederick Lisle. If only he didn't also happen to be the man who broke Leonora's heart…

AN UNDENIABLE DESIRE

Frederick isn't surprised to find gorgeous, headstrong Leonora playing detective, but he knows that the Lords of Anarchy mean business—and he has no choice but to protect her. A sham engagement to Leonora will allow Frederick to bring her into the club and along for the ride. But it isn't long before pretending to be lovers leads to very real passion. With everything to lose, is their tempestuous affair worth the risk?

This was an interesting, intriguing read. The two main characters and the story line immediately pulled me in. The story immediately opens with a punch, Leonora’s brother has been murdered and she will stop at nothing to find out the truth. Reunited with a former fiancée, Freddy, they embark on a journey filled with races, secrets, and hot dalliances.

There was a lot of background to cover in this first book; Manda Collins does a great job of providing it without weighing down the story. The Lords of Anarchy are considered to be a local driving club but many secrets lay beneath the surface. Nora’s brother was a member and she believes this club is at the center of her brother’s death. Freddy is missing the fourth member of his club, “The Four Horsemen”, Nora’s brother was his best friend and his death has come as big shock. When Nora finds him and demands his help, a false engagement leads to old feelings coming to the surface. The false engagement is the best bet to get them in infiltrate the ranks of the Lords of Anarchy.

[Just put me in a corset and call me an “old lady”...]

Thu
Mar 26 2015 4:00pm

March Madness, The Secrets Game: New Adult Romance Best Bets for March 2015

The Deal by Elle KennedyThis month brought some very interesting reading material. These characters are plagued with secrets and what a tangled web you weave, when you practice to deceive. From orchestrated encounters, using someone as a front—to gain what you want, to being so painfully honest you almost wish you kept it a secret, these reads will capture your attention.

The Deal (Off-Campus #1) by Elle Kennedy is the best book I’ve read all year. Quirky, witty banter and swoonworthy scenes make this an amazing read. Garret is the BMOC, captain of the hockey team; he’s struggling with one class when his paths cross with Hannah. They settle on a deal to help each other and along the way they find a lot in common.

Confess by Colleen Hoover uses real confessions and artwork throughout the story, it makes for a compelling emotional read. The heroine, Auburn puts her heart on the line for Owen but he may be hiding a secret that could destroy them both.

[These and more best bets within!...]

Fri
Feb 27 2015 2:20pm

First Look: Kim Karr’s The 27 Club (March 3, 2015)

The 27 Club by Kim KarrKim Karr
The 27 Club
Penguin / March 3, 2015 / $15.00 print, $5.99 digital

You don't know when...

You don't get to choose if...

When it's time to join...you'll know.

You might think you want to be a member—but trust me, this is one club you don't want to join. It's not a place where people go to live out their deepest, darkest sexual desires—there are no handcuffs or blindfolds.

The 27 Club only admits those who die young and tragically. Having just lost my brother to the club, I know there is no doubt. I'm next. This is my destiny… and I was ready to yield.

But then I met Nate. He awakened a sensuality in me that had never been explored, never satisfied. I knew then I could no longer accept my destiny. Nate's presence controls me. I'm overwhelmed by his touch, his words; my every thought is consumed by desire. I believe he was brought into my life for a reason.

Nate doesn't believe in destiny.

But I do.

And if there's a way to cheat it—I must.

“Perhaps it’s destiny telling me to let go and explore the wilder side of life.”

The premise of Kim Karr's The 27 club is built around a “curse” surrounding artists. It’s widely known that a lot of prominent entertainers have died on their 27th year of birth and this is what the 27 club is based on. Zoey’s family has a similar curse. Various members of her family have no made it past their 27th year. It has affected her mother, her grandfather and now her brother. When she arrives in Miami to deal with the aftermath of her brother’s death and her grief, she decides to stop hiding behind the curse and instead embrace life.

[And love?]

Mon
Feb 23 2015 12:30pm

Hot for You: New Adult Best Bets for February 2015

Shift by Karina EspinosaFebruary is one of my favorite months, as it’s filled with all things romance. This roundup brings on the steam and the Alpha. From second-chance romances to friends-to-lovers to anti-heroes, you’ll be sure to find plenty of options to fill up your New Adult TBR.

Shift by Karina Espinosa is the start of a new paranormal romance. Mac has recently discovered she’s a werewolf. Using her claws and sarcastic, witty barbs Mac is navigating through new territory. Mysterious new hot guys, college, and suspense keep you captivated, this is one book you don’t want to miss.

Hero by Samantha Young is an unforgettable romance. Alexa carries guilt for actions that are not her own. When her paths cross with Caine, Boston’s most elusive and hottest bachelor, she’s compelled to reveal their notorious connection. Caine is an anti-hero who is equally swoonworthy and frustrating. Their chemistry is white-hot and the story has twists to keep you on your toes.

The Billionaire and the Virgin by Jessica Clare carries the hilarious characters in Marjorie and Robert. A spin off from her Billionaire Boys Club novels, these two will keep you entertained with their witty banter, steamy moments and endearing storyline.

[What else is new in New Adult?...]

Sun
Feb 22 2015 11:00am

First Look: K. Bromberg’s Slow Burn (February 24, 2015)

Slow Burn by K. BrombergK. Bromberg
Slow Burn (Driven)
Signet / February 24, 2015 / $7.99 print, $5.99 digital

Reeling from the sudden loss of her sister, Haddie Montgomery has sworn off relationships. All she wanted from Beckett Daniels was a sexy distraction to help her escape her pain for just a little while....There weren’t supposed to be any strings attached—so why can’t she shake the memory of that unforgettable night from her thoughts? Or the taste of his kiss from her lips?

No matter how hard Haddie tries to forget about him, Becks relentlessly tries to prove that she should start living for today. But she is determined to avoid romantic commitment, and she can always use her ex-boyfriend’s reappearance to help snuff out the slow burn within her that Becks has sparked....

Or will fate force her to realize that this kind of connection doesn’t come along very often and a chance at love is worth the risk?

K. Bromberg's Slow Burn exactly describes the awakening of sexual energy between two people who have had a burning chemistry since meeting. Haddie and Becks were first introduced earlier in the Driven series, but Slow Burn can be read as a standalone. Haddie Montgomery and Beckett Daniels are the best friends of newly married couple, Rylee and Colton Donavan (protagonists from Driven). Circumstances keep bringing them together and they decide to celebrate the nuptials of their best friends with each other.

[Burn, baby, burn...]

Thu
Jan 29 2015 7:05pm

New Year, New Beginnings: New Adult Best Bets for January 2015

Never Never by Colleen HooverThis month’s releases in New Adult bring us characters making some major decisions. Whether it be new relationships or changing the direction of old ones, they aren’t afraid to grab life by the horns to make it bigger and better. 

Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fischer collaborate on the novella, Never Never, the first in a new series. Never Never it sets up what is bound to be an epic mystery—I had questions going in and came out with even more. I can’t wait to see what these two cook up in the rest of the series.

One Night Stand by JS Cooper is about a quickie that was anything but that. Hilarity ensues when the guy that was supposed to be a fun hook up shows up in your living room and you realize he’s actually more than just a stranger.

Raze by Tillie Cole is a no holds barred tale of two twisted individuals. Kisa is the daughter of the head of a Russian crime mob, while the hero Raze has had to fight to survive or for almost his entire life. When Raze and Kisa meet, it’s explosive. A tale of survival, Raze and Kisa tell a dark, love story.

[Dark...Survival...Love? Sign us up!]

Mon
Jan 5 2015 5:30pm

First Look: Erika Kelly’s You Really Got Me (January 6, 2015)

You Really Got Me by Erika KellyErika Kelly
You Really Got Me (A Rock Star Romance)
Penguin / January 6, 2015 / $7.99 print & digital

Emmie Valencia has what it takes to be the music industry’s hottest band manager. She just needs to prove it. Determined to discover a killer new band, Emmie is ready to make her move. First stop: Austin, Texas.

As a sizzling-hot lead singer, Slater Vaughn has no trouble raising heart rates—but his band’s been flat-lining for years. When Emmie, his bandmate’s sister, crashes with them in exchange for some free management, her industry know-how lands them a spot in the biggest music festival in Texas. But it isn’t just her business acumen that catches Slater’s attention. Emmie is sexy and warm, and—for the first time in his life—he wants more.

But as irresistible as Slater is, Emmie is done with musicians. In her experience, a man can’t be a rock star and someone to trust with your heart—but Slater is determined to show her he’s both.

The first in a new series, You Really Got Me is the story of Emmie and Slater, two tortured characters, both working towards their dream jobs but finding that their pasts hinder them from fully enjoying their successes. Both have emotional scars from their childhood that they’ve barely come to terms with. Erika Kelly weaves a poignant tale about uncompromising love. It gives a realistic, unfiltered look into the making of a rock band and all the turmoil that entails.

[Let's rock and roll all night!]

Fri
Jan 2 2015 11:00am

First Look: Penelope Douglas’s Falling Away (January 6, 2015)

Falling Away by Penelope DouglasPenelope Douglas
Falling Away
NAL Trade / January 6, 2015 / $14.00 print, $5.99 digital

K. C. Carter has always followed the rules—until this year, when a mistake leaves her the talk of her college campus and her carefully arranged life comes crashing to a halt. Now she’s stuck in her small hometown for the summer to complete her court-ordered community service, and to make matters worse, trouble is living right next door.

Jaxon Trent is the worst kind of temptation and exactly what K.C. was supposed to stay away from in high school. But he never forgot her. She was the one girl who wouldn’t give him the time of day and the only one to ever say no. Fate has brought K.C. back into his life—except what he thought was a great twist of luck turns out to be too close for comfort. As they grow closer, he discovers that convincing K.C. to get out from her mother’s shadow is hard, but revealing the darkest parts of his soul is nearly impossible.…

Penelope Douglas ventures into dark, gritty territory in Falling Away. Jaxon Trent is the epitome of a tortured hero. When we first met him in Bully, he was the mysterious half-brother of Jared and wise beyond his years.

Blue Hell arched an eyebrow at me, and I deflated. Not a damn thing had changed. And yet everything had changed. While I was away, Jaxon Trent had become a man.

Things have changed, but Jaxon retains his mystery. He is now an alpha man and has buried his past—or at least attempted to. He tries to move past it by gaining control of everything he can. He’s extremely intelligent and uses the skills he’s honed to gain influence and power. He has the town of Sheldon Falls in his pocket, but it’s still not enough to quiet his inner demons.

[We all have those...]

Wed
Dec 24 2014 1:00pm

Jingle Those Bells: New Adult Best Bets for December 2014

The Law of Moses by Amy HarmonIt’s the last New Adult Roundup of the Year! This has been a great year for New Adult with many titles being published. More amazing stories will be coming our way in 2015 and I’ll be waiting for them with bells on. This month these books are ringing with anticipation, thrills and secrets.

Amy Harmon’s The Law of Moses is a journey of discovery and pain. Moses had a rough beginning. Secrets and tragedy fill his days and this blooming romance with Georgia seems to be headed down a dead end street. A heartbreaking story of perseverance and strength, this will pull out all your emotions and then some.

When Delilah lands in the Hades Compound after being “rescued” from the only life she’s ever known, she hates every second of it. Desperate to return to her zealot community, she secludes herself. When Ky is tasked with protecting her, a new world is opened up to her. Hearts Recaptured by Tillie Cole tells the story of two lost souls trying to find their place in the world.

Monica Murphy begins a new trilogy with Owning Violet. Violet, the efficient middle sister of the famous Fleur Cosmetics company, has also been the passive peace-maker. With the arrival of mysterious Ryder McKay, she begins making waves and breaking through her shell. Office treachery and secrets threaten Violet professionally and personally but, she may just surprise everyone and turn the tables.

[What else is new and noteworthy?...]

Tue
Dec 16 2014 10:30am

We’re Not So Different, You and I: Heroines in Sarah MacLean and Christina Lauren

One Good Earl Deserves a Lover by Sarah MacLeanRomance readers have a plethora of options to choose from like, billionaires to regular Joes to dukes, all kind of heroes and heroines are found within the pages of your favorite books. These characters can be found in various genres across romance storylines. Each division has particular attributes that distinguish each of them, whether it is time, characters or setting. While some genres seem to be polar opposites, similarities can be found in even the most unlikely.

Sarah MacLean’s One Good Earl Deserves a Lover and Christina Lauren’s Beautiful Player are examples of such stories. Sarah MacLean writes amazing heroines set in the Regency period. Historical romance can be a hard line for some readers, as sometimes the historic detail can be overwhelming. MacLean has the ability to easily integrate you into the time periods and write stories relevant to all. Christina Lauren is a hilarious duo with witty, independent heroines. Unlike MacLean, their books are contemporary modern novels. Their books are contemporary modern novels.

Sarah MacLean and Christina Lauren have two heroines that blur the lines between these two genres. Each of the heroines are in fields where women do not conform to the norm. Unique heroines, Pippa and Hanna are two characters that have touched a chord. These are two “average” women who are grabbing life by the reins and taking control.

[These ladies aren't pushovers...]

Wed
Dec 10 2014 10:45am

All About the Geek, No Floppy: Computer Prodigies in Romance from Moon, Yates, and More!

Spencer Reid from Criminal MindsComputer geniuses are a minority in the romance genre. This seldom-explored hero is not one who immediately comes to mind when thinking of the typical Alpha romance character; heroes are less Sheldon from Big Bang Theory and more Jax from Sons of Anarchy. But this overlooked hero is quickly gaining a foothold, and it’s not only the males who are heralding a change. Lisbeth, the Goth girl from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, is one hacker I would never want to mess with. On the other end of the spectrum, I’ve come across Snowden fan fiction cleverly replacing his name as “Snowjob.”  ESPN recent ran an article on a computer game championship obtaining more viewers than basketball and baseball final world games. Smart and assertive geniuses who can fix my router problems are fast becoming my favorite type of hero.

In Brenna Aubrey’s Gaming the System series, Adam Drake is the CEO of his own gaming company, similar to the real world's Blizzard entertainment. This software prodigy meets Mia when he bids on—and wins—her virginity. Mia, a prolific gamer, runs a small gaming blog. She decides to sell her virginity in order to pay for her mother’s medical bills. What she doesn’t expect is Adam to be a dashing, intense, six-pack-ab-toting genius. Adam is swoon-worthy with surprise trips to Paris, a constant uplifting companion and  even creates an interactive area of the game that brought them together—all just for Mia.

[Awww...]

Thu
Dec 4 2014 10:30am

First Look: Jess Michaels’s A Measure of Deceit (December 9, 2014)

Jess Michaels
A Measure of Deceit
Samhain Publishing / December 9, 2014 / $5.50, digital

The Ladies Book of Pleasures, now credited with two marriages and countless other affairs and liaisons, has Society all aflutter. The one person not benefitting from its scandalous advice? The author herself.

From the safety of her anonymity, Lady Grace Hollis, Duchess of Jameswood, enjoys the blissful results of her handiwork—and pretends she does not miss the passionate proclivities she penned. But when her handsome editor begins making the rounds of Society parties, she wonders how long her secret will be safe.

Connor Sheridan wants—needs—to know the answer to the one burning question on everyone’s lips: the mystery writer’s identity. And it’s not just because their correspondence, delivered via untraceable couriers, has made him smile, frown, or imagine her engaged in erotic escapades—with him.

Other letters have begun landing on his desk, letters written by a decidedly unfriendly hand. And though it may threaten her reputation, the safest place for her could very well be his arms. Whether she likes it or not.

Warning: This book contains secret identities, dangerous liaisons, and a very sexy Scot.

 

“You told me your rank means nothing in this space,” he said, his voice soft as a caress and his accent hypnotic. “And it won’t. If you want me, Grace, then submit to me and all the pleasure I can give. No arguments, none of that legendary control. Just let me take you.“

A Measure of Deceit is the third book in the Ladies’ Book of Pleasure series by Jess Michaels. Each can be read as a standalone but to truly appreciate the mystery, read the whole series— they’re actually very fun reads. The series centers around three women who are close friends. A book has taken society by storm, The Ladies’ Book of Pleasure, and it has greatly influenced the lives of these three, Grace, Jacinda and Isabel.

[It's a very scandalous read...]

Sun
Nov 30 2014 11:00am

Masters of Deflection: New Adult Roundup for November 2014

Dirty Rowdy Thing by Christina LaurenThe novels in November’s New Adult Roundup amp up the humor as well as the angst. Humor can be the best way to deflect sadness away from awful situations. These characters use this age-old deflection maneuver to perfection. But, deflection of any kind can only work for so long, as the characters below prove.

Using their popular snark and dirty-talking alpha heroes, duo Christina Lauren deliver another hit with Dirty Rowdy Thing. Harlow and Finn are complete opposites, but like magnets, aren’t able to resist the pull. They quickly realize what they thought was some ex-spouse-quick-loving, has tied them to each other in ways they never imagined. The one-liners kept me laughing while still delivering an engrossing story.

Belle Aurora gives us the highly anticipated book in her Friend-Zoned series, Sugar Rush. Max, a single dad, and Helena, a recent college grad, are two charismatic characters. Helena is hilarious and keeps us on our toes with her antics and personality. A fun-loving friendship blooms between the two that quickly escalates to more. A light-hearted read, Max and Helena have a fun, boisterous journey.

The Duet by R.S Grey is a fun ride. Brooklyn, American’s favorite pop star, is forced into a duet with the brooding rocker, Jason Monroe. Brooklyn has a unique brand of humor and lights up any room. When she meets Jason, her complete opposite, she’s unable to charm her way into his good graces. What occurs is uproarious attempts by Brooklyn to finagle her way into Jason’s world.

[What else is new to shelves this month?...]

Tue
Nov 25 2014 10:30am

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 10:30am

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 5:30pm

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?]