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Tue
Jul 15 2014 9:30am

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

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

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

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

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

Mon
Jul 14 2014 9:30am

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[All eyes on our heroine...]

Fri
Jul 11 2014 9:30am

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

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

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

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

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

[Turn here!]

Tue
Jul 1 2014 3:15pm

Strong with a Side of Sass: Feisty New Adult Heroines from Glines, Ashley, Webber, and More!

Misbehaving by Abbi GlinesIt’s refreshing to read books where the heroine is a no-holds barred kind of character, and feisty new adult heroines are inspiring in their take-charge attitudes. These ladies are usually armed with either physical prowess and/or a silver tongue. In no particular order, these are some of my favorite new adult feisty ladies:

1. Jess in Misbehaving by Abbi Glines
Jess appears in many of the Sea Breeze novels; in the opening scene of her book she’s destroying her ex-boyfriend’s truck. She had finally had enough of his crap and was letting him know. She’s strong and fights for everything she has.

2. Jaxx from Rags by Suzanne Wright
Jaxx is an orphan who later becomes a model. She has the mouth of a sailor and doesn’t let others bring her down. She’s honest and funny, she’s the one to have on your side. She’s extremely loyal and she’s always ready to jump in for a friend.

3. Tabby from Own the Wind by Kristen Ashley
I consider Own the Wind New Adult because both of the main characters fall in that age bracket. Tabby is the president’s daughter of the local motorcycle club. Having been raised in a biker club, she has a lot of sass. She easily carries the attitude that is needed to gain respect in the MC life while also being a genuinely nice person.

[Sassy and sweet...pretty perfect to us!]

Fri
Jun 27 2014 3:00pm

First Look: Sarah Castille’s In Your Corner (July 1, 2014)

In Your Corner by Sarah CastilleSarah Castille
In Your Corner (Redemption)
Sourcebooks Casablanca / July 1, 2014 / $13.99 print, $7.99 digital

Two years ago, Jake and Amanda were going hot and heavy. But when Jake wanted more, Amanda walked away. Jake immersed himself in mixed martial arts, living life on the edge. But that didn't dull the pain of Amanda's rejection-until a chance encounter throws them together.

A high-powered lawyer, Amanda was a no-strings-attached kind of girl. But two years after her breakup with Jake, she still hasn't found anyone who gets her heart pumping the way he did. And then he shows up in her boardroom, hot as sin and needing help...

But can he rule her heart?

Jake is darker, sexier, and impossible to resist. As their chemistry builds, Amanda's not sure if she can stay in control, or if she's finally willing to let him claim her body and soul.

Just as the title suggests, Sarah Castille's second Redemption book focuses on who Amanda has in her corner. There are some major issues Amanda has to work through in order to come out on top. Two years after we met them in Against the Ropes, Jake and Amanda are brought together when Jake needs help on a case. When we last saw them, it was definitely not under pleasant circumstances.

[Funny how things change...]

Thu
Jun 26 2014 4:30pm

No Boys Allowed: Girls’ Nights Out from Banks, Ashley, and More!

Seduction and Snacks by Tara SivecGirls' nights out (GNOs) are usually a night of unrestrained fun, the nights you and your girlfriends get together and just unleash. It usually has three things: good people, good food, and good booze. With the help of some of my favorite heroines, here are some of guidelines for a great GNO:

1. Friends don’t let friends text on girls' night

The Chocolate Lovers series by Tara Sivec has plenty of funny, jaw dropping moments. I love the camaraderie between the woman of the series and their ability to not take themselves too seriously. In Seduction and Snacks, Claire, Liz, and Jen have a night out, while the guys stay at home with Gavin. Adding mystery to the moment, the guys receive some crazy text messages from the girls.

“Hey, Carter,” Jim said as he walked back in from the kitchen. Why is Claire sending me a picture of her tits with the words, “Me fish Lou,” in it?”

The fun ensues with various text messages sent to the incorrect recipient. The night ends with a trip to the hospital and a massive hangover.

[+4 more rules for a successful GNO...]

Sat
Jun 21 2014 2:00pm

Game Changers: Top 10 Hottest Jock Heroes

The Vincent Boys by Abbi GlinesSports romance books have been growing to include more than just the typical “jocks"; football, baseball, basketball have been pushed to the side for fighters, hockey players, and even race car drivers. Jocks are always an enjoyable read. It’s like having water after a really long, hot day. I look for cover inspiration, humor, general badassery, and charisma in my jocks.

Here's the list of Hot Jocks:

1. Beau Vincent, of Abbi Glines's New Adult book The Vincent Boys, set my heart jogging as the misunderstood bad boy in his small town. It’s the South, so everyone plays football—even Beau. Good enough to be offered a scholarship for college ball, Beau is one sexy, bad boy who wins the heart of the town “good girl.” She also happens to be his cousin’s girlfriend. Played out among their high school walls, Beau is the perfect blend of bad boy from the wrong side of the tracks with a sweet side.

[+ meet 9 more sexy jocks...]

Sat
Jun 14 2014 10:00am

First Look: Serena Bell’s Hold Me Tight (June 17, 2014)

Hold on Tight by Serena Bell

Serena Bell
Hold on Tight
Loveswept / June 17, 2014 / $2.99
, digital

A young mother and a battle-scarred veteran must decide if they can rekindle the sparks they once shared.

Fighting for his country gave Jake Taylor’s life shape and meaning. Now as an injured war hero he struggles to find purpose, until he runs into the gorgeous woman he dated briefly—and disastrously—before being deployed eight years ago. Turns out Jake doesn’t just need to figure out how to be a civilian . . . he also needs to learn how to be a dad.

Eighteen, pregnant, and totally lost, Mira Shipley couldn’t track down the soldier who fathered her child, so she put college on hold and focused on making a good life for her son. Now she’s determined to be something more than Sam’s mom, her parents’ daughter, or Jake’s girl—as hot as she finds her old flame’s take-charge attitude in and out of bed. Soon Mira and Jake realize that their passion didn’t disappear when Sam was conceived—and that instead of running away, sometimes it’s better to hold on tight.

In Serena Bell’s heartwarming novel, a young mother and a battle-scarred veteran must decide if they can rekindle the sparks they once shared. Fighting for his country gave Jake Taylor’s life shape and meaning, but now, as an injured war hero, he struggles to find purpose. He finds his purpose, and then some, when he runs into the gorgeous woman he dated briefly—and disastrously—before being deployed eight years ago. Turns out Jake doesn’t just need to figure out how to be a civilian...he also needs to learn how to be a dad.

[That's a lot to take on...]

Thu
Jun 12 2014 12:00pm

Awkward! Top Cringe-Worthy Dad Moments in Romance Novels

Simply Irresistible by Rachel GibsonFather’s Day is coming up, and what better way to celebrate it than by counting down with awkwardly funny dad moments?

While dads usually have to enforce the rules, they are oftentimes turned to putty in their children's hands. These are some cringe-worthy moments that turned into laughs and great fatherhood memories for these men.

Pet Shop Meltdown:

In Rachel Gibson’s Simply Irresistible, John discovers he has a six-year-old daughter. He attempts various ways to try to form a relationship with her.

While on a father-daughter date, the two pass a pet store, where John unknowingly allows his daughter to “window shop.“

The dog’s little pink tongue darted out and licked Lexie’s chin. “He likes me, “ she laughed.

John looked at his watch, anxious to have Lexie and the dog part company. “The movie is going to start. We have to go now.”

“I’ve already seen it three times,” she said without taking her eyes from the dog. “You’re precious darlin’," she drawled, sounding amazingly like her mother. “Give me some sugar.”

“No.” John shook his head, suddenly feeling like a pilot trying to land an airplane on one engine. “Don’t exchange sugar.”

His plan for a quick stop turns into an epic meltdown. John scrambles to assuage his daughter’s tears, leading to a hilarious moment in the book. This full-blown meltdown is complete with puppy eyes, promises, love declarations, jubilation, and fear for John’s safety when Georgie (Lexie's mother) finds out.

[Oooh, someone's gonna be in trouble!...]

Tue
Jun 10 2014 9:30am

Sex with the Ex from Sheehan, Ashley, and More!

Bad Things by R.K. LilleyHow often do you get a second chance? “Sex with the ex” is an already popular trope in the romance genre that has seen a boom in recent books. Who doesn’t love a second chance to make things right? But these situations have to be done correctly, and that can be tricky; the angst, drama, tension, and buildup are all crucial ingredients adding to the Molotov cocktail that are these relationships.

R.K. Lilley’s Danika and Tristan series, one of my all-time favorites, is years in the telling, a tale of second chance romance in epic proportions. Starting from day one, Danika and Tristan’s relationship is a roller coaster of emotions and my neck has whiplash from the crazy ups and downs. The angst level is explosive. Tristan, the charismatic magician/rocker, has an addictive personality that causes a whole lot of issues. Danika, a young, budding art promoter, tries to stay strong for Tristan but after too many fights, accidents and antics she makes a choice to let the relationship go. What I loved about this book was the uncertainty of the relationship. It was realistic in terms of the struggles Danika and Tristan faced and when they eventually found their way back to each other, the reward was sweet and worthwhile.

What seems to be key for this troupe? Miscommunication. I find myself wanting to yell at the characters sometimes, JUST TALK IT OUT!” Of course, this only adds to the build-up of the tension and the development of the story.

[The edge of our seats is right where they want us...]

Fri
Jun 6 2014 10:45am

Larger-than-Life Humor and More in Rebekah Weatherspoon’s Fit

Rebekah Weatherspoon's Fit, the first book in the Fit series, follows the story of fiery Violet, who is not your typical romance novel heroine. She’s plus sized, Asian and hilarious. Fit is a short story with an introduction to some light bondage and makes for a quick, fun read.

What stands out most in this book is Violet’s snarky, humorous responses. She is funny and quick-witted, which keeps the story light even while dealing with a heavy topic like self-image. She works in Hollywood, which is not pleasant for someone plus-sized.

[Achieving image consciousness!...]