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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?]

Thu
Oct 30 2014 5:15pm

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 12:00pm

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 9:30am

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 4:30pm

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...]