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Tue
Dec 16 2014 9:30am

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 9:45am

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 9:30am

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 10:00am

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 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...?]