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Thu
May 5 2016 4:30pm

So Good, So Sweet—So Right with Rebekah Weatherspoon!

So Right by Rebekah Weatherspoon

First comes love. Then comes…the most ill timed proposal in history? 

Kayla Davis never dreamt she’d meet sexy, considerate, and seriously sweet Internet billionaire, Michael Bradbury, but ten months after Michael went from Sugar Daddy to for real boyfriend she can’t imagine spending another day without him. Cohabitation is totally working—throw in a puppy or two and Kayla has her happily ever after wrapped up in a perfect little bow. 

Until she finds out Michael might have bigger plans for their future, like marriage, kids, and ownership of a professional sports team. Kayla is more than ready to join Michael on this amazing ride through the next chapter of their lives, but first she needs to catch her breath and see if Michael is ready to be a part of a team and not just the boss.

I loved the first installment. I even wrote a post about it. I don't think I realized it was a serial, effectively, until now, but what helps is that each part can stand alone, or end where it does. I would definitely recommend reading So Sweet, though, because it gives all the background. This story hits the highlights, so if you didn't care to read from the start, you wouldn't have to, but I think you'd miss a lot. Also, you should just read it if you haven't already because it's a great story that was highly recommended to me. (Which is why I picked it up, because otherwise? Sugar Daddies/Babies...not my thing.)

Back to the stories. I actually want to re-read them back-to-back now. I'm also—now make sure you're sitting down here—hoping for more. I know. Someone go check and see if the sky has fallen. Lime wants more of not just a series, but a serial. Maybe someone go find a priest—I may have been possessed. ;) I've also heard from Ms. Weatherspoon that there will be more. I fully expect to see more of the secondary characters, and a wedding. Imagine the wedding of two incredibly down-to-earth, yet wealthy individuals that have also basically become public figures. Good times.

[You can't help but want their life...]

Tue
Apr 26 2016 9:30am

First Look: Katee Robert’s The Wedding Pact (April 26, 2016)

The Wedding Pact by Katee Robert

Katee Robert
The Wedding Pact (O'Malley's #2)
Forever / April 26, 2016 / $5.99 print & digital

Carrigan O'Malley has always known her arranged marriage would be more about power and prestige than passion. But after one taste of the hard-bodied, whiskey-voiced James Halloran, she's ruined for anyone else. Too bad James and his family are enemy number 1. 

Hallorans vs. O'Malleys—that's how it's always been. James should be thinking more about how to expand his family's empire instead of how silky Carrigan's skin is against his and how he can next get her into his bed. Those are dangerous thoughts. But not nearly as dangerous as he'll be if he can't get what he wants: Carrigan by his side for the rest of their lives.

The best and worst thing about this book is that basically it happens in a vacuum. Let me explain—Carrigan and James are enemies not only because of their families ... but also because James had previously kidnapped Carrigan and his father was going to kill her. ... Yeah, normally I'm a big proponent of reading as you wish, and following series orders at will. While Katee Robert's The Wedding Pact technically can be read alone, I'd strongly advise reading The Marriage Contract (which was one of my top reads in 2015). 

[So where do we sign the license...]

Mon
Mar 28 2016 5:00pm

First Look: Kimberly Dean’s Courting Suspicion (March 29, 2016)

Courting Suspicion by Kimberly Dean

Kimberly Dean
Courting Suspicion (Courting #4)
Mischief / March 29, 2016 / $3.99 digital

It's difficult to run when you want to get caught. Book Four of the Courting Series.

Washington DC's elite escort service, Luxxor is known for its beautiful companions and its discretion. Nina Lockwood — classy, gorgeous, and whip-smart — has spent years building this risky business, but everything is put in jeopardy when a bull-headed, sexy detective starts poking around.

Josh Morgan is the last man on earth she should be attracted to, but Nina can't help it. A romance with a member of the Metro Police would be reckless, but she fantasizes about taking on her role of a D.C. madam in a more personal and pleasurable way.

Josh has always been suspicious of Luxxor but is more intrigued by the mystery of the woman who runs it. He knows she's hiding secrets and he wants to discover each and every one of them — in uniform or not.

But when a Luxxor escort is found in a compromising situation with a prominent politician, the true cat-n-mouse game begins. Can Josh and Nina lower their guards to trust one another and give in to the attraction they both feel? Or will their suspicion minds keep them from seeing the true conspiracy going on behind the scenes?

Courting Suspicion is the book I've been waiting for in this series. It's one of the best books I've read in 2016, and I loved both Nina and Josh. I want to be Nina, or if I can't, I'd love to be friends with her (or someone just like her). If you have (a) Nina on your side, you're golden. While Courting Suspicion is the fourth book in the Courting Series, I think it can be read as a stand alone. Of course, the other books (Courting TroubleCourting Innocence) help with context, but they aren't necessary. In fact, I think book three (Courting Danger) might hold the most weight, and it's the one of the series I haven't read (yet)—I've even read the novellas one and two (Courting Jealousy). I do recommend reading the other books first though.

[You haven't been courted right yet? ...]

Mon
Jan 11 2016 3:00pm

First Look: Elle Kennedy’s The Score (January 11, 2016)

The Score by Elle Kennedy

Elle Kennedy 
The Score (Off Campus Series #3)
Elle Kennedy / January 11, 2016 / $4.99 digital

He knows how to score, on and off the ice 

Allie Hayes is in crisis mode. With graduation looming, she still doesn’t have the first clue about what she's going to do after college. To make matters worse, she’s nursing a broken heart thanks to the end of her longtime relationship. Wild rebound sex is definitely not the solution to her problems, but gorgeous hockey star Dean Di-Laurentis is impossible to resist. Just once, though, because even if her future is uncertain, it sure as heck won’t include the king of one-night stands. 

It’ll take more than flashy moves to win her over

Dean always gets what he wants. Girls, grades, girls, recognition, girls…he’s a ladies man, all right, and he’s yet to meet a woman who’s immune to his charms. Until Allie. For one night, the feisty blonde rocked his entire world—and now she wants to be friends? Nope. It’s not over until he says it’s over. Dean is in full-on pursuit, but when life-rocking changes strike, he starts to wonder if maybe it’s time to stop focusing on scoring…and shoot for love.

I've read both Elle Kennedy's The Deal and The Mistake and I just knew I had to read The Score and see our resident playboy manwhore Dean Di-Laurentis fall head over heels in love. (He's unapologetically a player and loves those titles.) It's basically my favorite thing when such heroes are brought to their knees. However, Dean falls in love pretty easily. He doesn't resist it, and he pursues Allie with an impressive single-mindedness. Allie Hayes is kind of a badass. While it's never thrown out there like Dean's personality and reputation, Allie is going to be a big name in the acting world. She's got the talent and the opportunity.

[Dean is back and he's grown up ...]

Sat
Jan 9 2016 3:00pm

What You Need is a Self-Conscious Alpha: Lorelei James’s Brady Lund

Both our male and female protagonists experience significant growth in Lorelei James's What You Need. I liked that Brady seems to be your (dare I say stereotypical?) alpha male tycoon on the surface … but no! He has vulnerabilities and insecurities. In fact, he's rather awkward, conscious of the fact, and self-conscious about it. And for Lennox, that she didn't run from who she was. She has changed, grown as a person, and has decided she wants to be part of corporate America … but she doesn't cut herself off from people in her past. (Well, the ones that shouldn't be excised.) Maybe it was just me, but I didn't get such a “bad girl” vibe from her. 

I liked that that was the focus of the book. The people, and the romance. There weren't a lot of extraneous factors or manufactured drama, just real life. Which I always maintain is interesting and crazy enough. Especially when you're working for a major company, and one of you is the CFO, and you're trying to establish a (romantic) relationship. Especially when mothers are involved. One mother is terrifying but good, the other is terrifying in terms of the mess she might make. And bad. What You Need is a workplace romance. What I found enjoyable is that it's not your typical office romance. Lund Industries doesn't have a no fraternization policy ... but Ms. James still addresses the pitfalls of what is effectively a boss/employee relationship. 

[An alpha male who can be tamed ...]

Mon
Dec 28 2015 11:00am

H&H Bloggers Recommend: Best Reads of 2015, Part 4

Playing By the Greek’s Rules by Sarah Morgan

Each month, we ask our bloggers to share the best thing they’ve read (or things, plural, if our bloggers declare a tie ’cause they just can’t choose). It doesn’t have to be a new book, as evidenced below; just something that made the month sparkle a bit more.

It's the end of the year now, and so we've asked them for their top three books that made the year in reading so memorable. Without further ado, here's Part 4 (of four parts) of our bloggers best reads of 2015—and don't forget to check out Part 1Part 2, and Part 3:

Miss Bates:

When H&H asked me to pick the best three romances I read in 2014, I agonized. I penned lists. I culled lists. I whittled lists. I wrote long- and short-lists. This year, my top three romances danced in my head like seasonal sugarplums! I knew exactly who they were and why I loved them. Here they are, in no particular order other than the mental sugarplum one.

Sarah Morgan’s Playing By the Greek’s Rules is a brilliant riff on the opposites-attract trope. Lily Rose, former-foster-child, waif-heroine is made of loving, empathetic steel. Her sunny ways and self-soothing personal philosophy break down the walls of Jericho around pragmatic, commitment-phobe hero Nik Zervakis’s heart.

[The final best reads of 2015 ...]

Tue
Dec 1 2015 2:30pm

First Look: Beth Kery’s Glow (December 1, 2015)

Glow
Beth Kery
Berkley / December 1, 2015 / $16.00 print, $9.99 digital

Alice Reed never dreamed she’d escape the stigma of her disturbing past. That’s why she was shocked when, out of the blue, she was recruited to join the elite Durand Enterprises by the enigmatic CEO himself, Dylan Fall. The erotic charge between them was fast and deliciously forbidden. But as Alice opened up to worlds she’d never known, everything changed once again with a stunning discovery: there’s much, much more concealed in the shadows of Alice’s troubling childhood, and her life is about to change forever.

Now, with another piece of the puzzle of Alice’s identity revealed, a mysterious adversary plots to destroy it all—and Dylan is determined to protect her. But as Alice’s sexual addiction to Dylan turns helplessly to love, she can’t help but wonder: how deeply can she really trust him? What were his true motives in drawing her close to him? And what other secrets does he know about her past that even she has yet to learn?

You want to read Beth Kery's Glow. And even luckier for you - if you haven't read Glimmer yet you can immediately glom Glow and read the complete story. The second book in a duo logy is always difficult - you're not quite sure how things are going to go, what crucial details you might have forgotten, or if you're as invested in the story. I have to say that I was a bit apprehensive starting this story, but I quickly got wrapped up in the world of Camp Durand and the company. 

[Life changing sexiness is taking place here ...]

Sun
Nov 1 2015 10:00am

First Look: Kristen Callihan’s The Game Plan (November 1, 2015)

The Game Plan (Game On #3) by Kristen Callihan Kristen Callihan
The Game Plan (Game On #3)
Kristen Callihan / November 1, 2015 / $3.99 digital

A beard-related dare and one hot-as-hell kiss changes everything.

NFL center Ethan Dexter's focus has always been on playing football and little else. Except when it comes to one particular woman. The lovely Fiona Mackenzie might not care about his fame, but she's also never looked at him as anything more than one of her brother-in-law's best friends. That ends now.

Fi doesn't know what to make of Dex. The bearded, tattooed, mountain of man-muscle looks more like a biker than a football player. Rumor has it he's a virgin, but she finds that hard to believe. Because from the moment he decides to turn his quiet intensity on her she's left weak at the knees and aching to see his famous control fully unleashed.

Fi ought to guard her heart and walk away; they live vastly different lives in separate cities. And Dex is looking for a forever girl. But Dex has upped his game and is using all his considerable charm to convince Fi he's her forever man.

​ Whoa. So I (obviously) got an ARC of this book, and I didn't see the cover until after I read it. ... I don't normally do this but ... let's all take a moment and admire that cover, shall we? And also how very much it fits the story. Yes. 

[A moment of silence for that cover...]

Fri
Oct 9 2015 1:00pm

Sugar Baby in Love: Rebekah Weatherspoon’s So Sweet

So Sweet by Rebekah Weatherspoon

So Sweet by Rebekah Weatherspoon is just so cute. It's a fun story that will leave you feeling good after you've finished it. Although So Sweet is a novella, Weatherspoon balances things nicely—there's just enough realism to let you believe this totally unbelievable situation maybe might could happen. Really. There's a refreshing frankness to Kayla, and the tone of the story that makes it almost—almost—tongue-in-cheek. It's just a grand jaunt and you'll want to be along for the ride.

I really enjoyed So Sweet, and I still like it even upon discovering that this story is a continuation. (I am firmly entrenched in team “give me a stand alone story.”) The will satisfy, and it could work, but I'm glad there will be more. Kayla and Michael are honest from the start and don't play games. What also helps is Michael is … basically perfect. It might seem a tad skeevy he's dating someone so young, but that's taken care of with the whole sugar baby aspect—you expect it and that helps the reader move on. Also because he's actually not at all creepy.

[It's sweet with the right bedroom temperature ...]

Mon
Oct 5 2015 1:00pm

First Look: HelenKay Dimon’s Mine (October 6, 2015)

Mine by HelenKay Dimon

HelenKay Dimon
Mine (Holton Woods #3)
Berkley / October 6, 2015 / $16.00 print, $9.99 digital

She doesn’t depend on anyone for anything. He intends to make her his completely.

Natalie Udall thought her position at the CIA was secure—until protecting her team earned her an armed escort into certain danger. Natalie can’t stand the idea of being secreted away in a cabin in the middle of nowhere, especially since it means sharing close quarters with the controlling bodyguard enlisted to keep her alive.

Gabe MacIntosh joined the military to support his son, trained as a sniper and dealt with death on a regular basis. Now retired and operating a security firm, his first assignment is to protect a CIA agent on the run. She’s strong willed and difficult—and all Gabe can think about is exerting his domination and stripping her of every expectation she has.

Natalie has no intention of giving in to Gabe’s straightforward demands of dominant sex with no attachments—even though the very idea of giving up control thrills her like nothing ever has…

I loved this book. Loved. It. I was in New York over the summer, and everyone asked me what the best book I'd read lately was. Had I read Mine before my trip, I would have told them this. This bookJust thinking about it makes me smile. Mine is one of the best books I've read this year, and honestly might be the best book. 

[Everyone must read this ...]

Tue
Aug 11 2015 9:30am

First Look: Lisa Kleypas’s Brown-Eyed Girl (August 11, 2015)

Brown-Eyed Girl by Lisa Kleypas

Lisa Kleypas
Brown-Eyed Girl (Travis Family #4)
St. Martin's Press / August 11, 2015 / $25.99 print, $12.99 digital

Wedding planner Avery Crosslin may be a rising star in Houston society, but she doesn't believe in love-at least not for herself. When she meets wealthy bachelor Joe Travis and mistakes him for a wedding photographer, she has no intention of letting him sweep her off her feet. But Joe is a man who goes after what he wants, and Avery can't resist the temptation of a sexy southern charmer and a hot summer evening.

After a one night stand, however, Avery is determined to keep it from happening again. A man like Joe can only mean trouble for a woman like her, and she can't afford distractions. She's been hired to plan the wedding of the year-a make-or-break event.

But complications start piling up fast, putting the wedding in jeopardy, especially when shocking secrets of the bride come to light. And as Joe makes it clear that he's not going to give up easily, Avery is forced to confront the insecurities and beliefs that stem from a past she would do anything to forget.

The situation reaches a breaking point, and Avery faces the toughest choice of her life. Only by putting her career on the line and risking everything-including her well-guarded heart-will she find out what matters most.

You know when something is so good you don't see the point in trying to convince others because it's so obvious? That's how I feel about Brown-Eyed Girl. I read this book in a morning and considered re-reading it immediately upon finishing it.  I don't think I've read anything by Lisa Kleypas since the last Travis book was published (and I loved Smooth Talking Stranger too)—and it was like a homecoming. Reading this book made me happy. The story is simple enough—but not. Lisa Kleypas is a beautiful writer, and you're immediately drawn into the story. Even someone who doesn't love first person narratives will like this story, because Ms. Kleypas has such an effortlessly engaging style.

[And Joe is the perfect hero...]

Tue
Jul 28 2015 2:00pm

First Look: Lauren Layne’s Frisk Me (July 28, 2015)

Frisk Me by Lauren Layne

Lauren Layne
Frisk Me (New York's Finest #1)
Forever / July 28, 2015 / $6.00 print, $5.99 digital

Officer Luc Moretti had no idea that his dive into the East River would have him drowning in a media frenzy. No matter how many times he tells reporters he was just doing his job, they're determined to make him into NYC's newest hero. Coming from a long line of NYPD's finest, Luc knows that being a cop has nothing to do with headlines and viral videos, and he's more than ready to get back to life away from the cameras-until he meets the gorgeous but jaded journalist assigned to film a TV special on him . . .

Ava Sims may be the only woman in NYC who isn't in love with Officer Moretti. That's why she's going after the real story-to find out about the man behind the badge. Ava's determined to keep things strictly professional, but the more time she spends around Luc, even she has to admit there's something about a man in uniform...and she can't wait to get him out of his.

I think that Lauren Layne is my favorite “new-to-me” author discovery of the year. Her writing voice and style are excellent, and she has a magical touch with creating dynamic characters. I really enjoyed Frisk Me, and it's not even my favorite book by her. But let's talk about Frisk Me. It was great that New York City is such an integral part of the book. Too often there are stories set in the city, that other than the label, could be anywhere else. I liked the nod to the history and majesty of The Statue of Liberty, woven into a scene where Luc and Ava are riding the Staten Island ferry. 

[I support you, team blue...]

Tue
Jun 2 2015 11:00am

First Look: Nalini Singh’s Shards of Hope (June 2, 2015)

Shards of Hope by Nalini Singh

Nalini Singh
Shards of Hope (Psy-Changeling #14)
Penguin Publishing / June 2, 2015 / $26.95 print, $12.99 digital

The “smoldering heat, epic romance, and awesome action”* of Nalini Singh’s New York Times bestselling series continues as two Arrows find themselves caught in a chilling conspiracy that spans all three races…

Awakening wounded in a darkened cell, their psychic abilities blocked, Aden and Zaira know they must escape. But when the lethal soldiers break free from their mysterious prison, they find themselves in a harsh, inhospitable landscape far from civilization. Their only hope for survival is to make it to the hidden home of a predatory changeling pack that doesn’t welcome outsiders.

And they must survive. A shadowy enemy has put a target on the back of the Arrow squad, an enemy that cannot be permitted to succeed in its deadly campaign. Aden will cross any line to keep his people safe for this new future, where even an assassin might have hope of a life beyond blood and death and pain. Zaira has no such hope. She knows she’s too damaged to return from the abyss. Her driving goal is to protect Aden, protect the only person who has ever come back for her no matter what. This time, even Aden’s passionate determination may not be enough—because the emotionless chill of Silence existed for a reason. For the violent, and the insane, and the irreparably broken…like Zaira.

*Jaci Burton, New York Times bestselling author

I know everyone is going to be talking about Nalini Singh's Shards of Hope on release day, and a lot of plot points...but I want to focus on the little things as it were. First of all, I love the title, and it really fits. I think the entire series is very clever with how the each title matches its book, but I think Shards of Hope fits it to a T. Aden and Zaire are such interesting, lovely, unusual, and balanced characters. Aden has been a fan favorite, and I was so glad to see his heroine is someone who loves and protects him so fiercely. In fact, we all know Aden is no slouch - he's the head of the Arrows, which should be enough to tell you how scary he is. Full stop. And I just have to mention—without spoilers—how much I absolutely love what his psychic ability is. But that all being said? Zaire is the one you want to watch out for. Not because she's broken and out of control like she initially thinks she is, but because of her inspiring intensity and devotion to Aden...and her surprisingly soft heart. She's a marshmallow with children or people society might label as damaged...but she'll end you in the blink of an eye if she ever considers you a threat to Aden.

[A kickass lady is great backup...]

Wed
Apr 29 2015 10:45am

First Look: Beth Kery’s Glimmer (May 5, 2015)

Glimmer by Beth Kery

Beth Kery
Glimmer (Glimmer and Glow Series #1)
Berkley / May 5, 2015 / $16.99 print, $9.99 digital

After graduating from her M.B.A. program, Alice Reed is surprised when she’s recruited for the management training experience at legendary Camp Durand, owned by Durand Inc.’s young, billionaire CEO, Dylan Fall. The company usually recruits from Ivy League schools, not insignificant colleges like Alice’s.

Alice enthusiastically accepts, but she still wonders why Dylan would choose a girl from the wrong side of the tracks for the prestigious program. But after a passionate encounter one night, she discovers exactly why—Dylan wants her, and Alice can hardly resist his fierce sexual appetites, though she is amazed that she could appeal to an experienced, sophisticated man like Dylan.

As Dylan introduces her to thrilling, erotic territory, Alice discovers a delicious new part of herself. Night after night, she steals away to find ecstasy and escape in Dylan’s arms. But behind her lover’s powerfully magnetic facade, Alice senses darkness, secrets from Dylan’s past lurking in his beautiful, lonely mansion—secrets that are starting to haunt Alice. And the ghosts of the truth might tear Dylan and Alice apart forever . . .

Glimmer is one of the best books I've read this year. I first read this book in February, and as soon as I finished it I knew I'd want to read it again. In fact, the second time around I noticed a number of things had so much more meaning. It's one of the books that has stayed with me all year. Beth Kery's writing has a way of drawing you in, so make sure you have a free day to read this book.

[A night of thrill that turns into bliss.]

Sat
Mar 28 2015 10:00am

First Look: Kele Moon’s The Slayer (March 31, 2015)

The Slayer by Kele MoonKele Moon
The Slayer
Loose Id LLC / March 31, 2015

To Chuito the apartment was a self-imposed prison for a lifetime of sins. To Alaine, the girl next door, it was salvation from her overbearing, religious father.

He was a devil.

She was an angel.

Two people who should’ve never met, let alone become friends, but it’s not until they give into the dangerous passion that’s been simmering under the surface for five years that things go to hell.

On the outside, Chuito ‘The Slayer’ Garcia is on top of the world. He’s successful. He’s wealthy. He's a champion MMA fighter surrounded by friends who support him, but they don’t know what he was before he came to Garnet.

A gangster.

A thief.

An addict.

A murderer.

Now his past is churning up demons he can’t ignore. Chuito knows he needs to go back to Miami to end it, but there's something holding him back, a single temptation he can't resist before leaving.

Alaine

She’s the one drug he can’t give up…even if it destroys them both.​

​I don't even know where to start with Kele Moon's The Slayer. Just... damn. This book is intense. I read it in one day, and I resented each and every thing that took my time away from it. (Like, deeply resented. There may have been yelling. Possibly.) That's how good The Slayer is. In fact, I happened to read The Viper over a weekend, and it was so good I immediately ran to Moon's webpage and saw The Slayer was coming out and I went all I must have this book now. And it worked, so I'm sharing with you. This is a really good book. There's so much going on yet the story doesn't get bogged down. Incredible.

[He's just that good. And that dangerous.]

Mon
Jan 26 2015 11:45am

First Look: Kelly Jamieson’s Playing Dirty (January 27, 2015)

Kelly Jamieson
Playing Dirty (Windy City Kink, Book 3)
Samhain Publishing / January 27, 2015 / $4.99 digital

What seems like surrender may not be surrender at all...

Paige Nelson has an amazing new life in a new city with her own business and new friends, her abusive ex-husband firmly in her past. Plans to expand her business are running into a few roadblocks, but she doesn't need a man to help her. She can do this on her own.

From the minute he lays eyes on Paige, prominent developer Raff Lauden wants her. Intensely. Urgently. Though petite and delicate usually isn't his type, he finds himself asking her out. Even more surprising? She says no.

Paige has a history of being attracted to dominant, controlling man. The kind she swore never to get involved with again. But maybe she's trying to resist the one man who can give her everything she's ever really wanted...

This is probably my favorite book I've read so far this year, and my favorite thing about Playing Dirty by Kelly Jamieson is how human the characters are. Paige and Raff are just so well developed. They're absolutely dynamic. In fact, (perhaps excluding Paige's ex) I don't think there's a single static character in the book. I also knew going in that this book takes place in the “middle” of a series, but I had no problem keeping up. This book definitely stands alone.

[We'll stand by it!]

Sat
Dec 27 2014 3:30pm

First Look: Melanie Scott’s Angel in Armani (December 30, 2014)

Angel in Armani by Melanie ScottMelanie Scott
Angel in Armani
St. Martin's Press / December 30, 2014 / $7.99 print, digital

Sara Charles is striking out on her own. With her dad out of commission, Charles Air has only one helicopter left—and only Sara to fly charters. With the family business in jeopardy, Sara needs all the clients she can get and the newest one is New York Saints team surgeon, Lucas Angelo. When an unexpected flirtation escalates into a night of pure blind passion, Sara is in agony over what she believes was extremely poor judgment on her part. She wants nothing more than to avoid Lucas. And keep her business her business. But she needs him—in more ways than one.

But there is a catch: Lucas also needs Sara. Spring training is upon him, and his schedule is madness. So he asks Sara to be his personal pilot. It’s an offer she can’t refuse. She intends to keep him at arm’s length—especially when she discovers just what different lives they have. Little does Sara know that, for Lucas, the only thing more important than business is pleasure. He only plays to win. And he intends to hit it out of the park…

I have to say that it's been a while since I read a baseball romances. I like most sports romances, and baseball was the first professional sport I ever got into, so it was nice to revisit it. At its heart, Melanie Scott's Angel in Armani is a sweet Cinderella story. Don't get me wrong, the hero and heroine definitely have sex. In fact, they hook up pretty early on. The “sweet” label comes about, though, because Sara and Lucas have sex early on (and throughout), but once that's established, the book focuses on the relationship and outside factors more than the physicality. And for the Cinderella theme, Angel in Armani would be the period between Prince Charming finding Cinderella, and them getting married. Which is definitely a new perspective.

[Are there any missing shoes?]

Tue
Dec 2 2014 12:20pm

First Look: Megan Mulry’s Roulette (December 2, 2014)

Roulette by Megan MulryMegan Mulry
Roulette
Montlake / December 2, 2014 / $12.99 print / $3.99 digital

Miki Durand has always dodged the limelight. As the illegitimate daughter of a French movie star and a Russian billionaire, she craves a normal life—and it’s almost within reach. She’s up for a tenure-track position and has a perfect-on-paper boyfriend. What more could a woman want?

But when an unforeseen tragedy knocks her off cruise control, Miki finds herself leaving sunny LA for cosmopolitan St. Petersburg. With the fate of her father’s international business in her hands, she comes face-to-face with the ultimate temptation: corporate rival Jérôme Michel de Villiers. He’s everything she never thought she wanted, and their sizzling attraction soon sparks into an all-consuming flame.

Notoriously risk-averse, Miki knows it would be a gamble to fall for the sexy French playboy. But for the first time in her life, she’s ready to take a chance and let the chips fall where they may.

I decided to read Megan Mulry's Roulette on a whim; I didn't know much more about the book than what was in the blurb. I thought I saw someone say it was like an updated Harlequin Presents (which was a plus in my book), and it is that, sort of, but it's so much more. I'm so glad I read Roulette, and I already know I'll be re-reading it.

[Spin the bottle wheel!]

Tue
Oct 28 2014 9:30am

First Look: Sonali Dev’s A Bollywood Affair (October 28, 2014)

A Bollywood Affair by Sonali DevSonali Dev
A Bollywood Affair
Kensington / October 28, 2014 / $15.00 print, $13.50 digital

Mili Rathod has been bound by marriage since she was four years old. But when her husband shows no sign of claiming her after twenty years of waiting, Mili grabs the chance to leave India and come to America on a scholarship.

Playboy filmmaker Samir ''Sam'' Rathod is Bollywood's favorite bad boy. He'll do anything for his big brother - even travel halfway across the globe to take care of the ''wife'' who just crawled out of his brother's past. Yet Mili isn't the simple village girl Sam expected. She's a whirlwind who sucks him into her roommate's elaborate elopement and soon has him drowning in her onyx eyes. And though Mili fancies herself in love with his big brother, the husband she has never met, Sam is hoping for a very different ending.

In Sonali Dev's A Bollywood Affair, Mili Rathod hasn’t seen her husband in twenty years—not since she was promised to him at the age of four. Yet marriage has allowed Mili a freedom rarely given to girls in her village. Her grandmother has even allowed her to leave India and study in America for eight months, all to make her the perfect modern wife. Which is exactly what Mili longs to be—if her husband would just come and claim her.

[An affair of the smart!]

Mon
Oct 6 2014 11:15am

First Look: HelenKay Dimon’s Only (October 7, 2014)

Only by HelenKay Dimon

HelenKay Dimon
Only
Berkley Trade / October 7, 2014 / $15.00 print / $9.99 digital

Sebastian Jameson negotiates for high-end clients who need problems taken care of quickly and discreetly. Accustomed to being in control, he’s still reeling from his ex-wife’s decision to write a tell-all about their private life, one that highlighted their bedroom activities. The fallout left Bast’s love life in chaos, making him a magnet for women who thrive on risky fantasies, and a pariah to all others.

Kyra Royer knows all about Bast’s reputation—and is intrigued enough to try to change him into a one-woman guy. But getting him into her bed will be a challenge. He’s known her brother for years, and her brother, with his rough past and sniper abilities, is not a man you cross. Kyra knows Bast thinks she’s off-limits, so she’ll have to get creative to make him hers.

As Kyra turns up the heat, Bast struggles to resist the sexy young woman’s considerable charms. But when Bast’s job turns from tricky to deadly, keeping Kyra nearby might be the only way to keep her alive—even if it means getting closer than he ever intended…​

Only ​is the second book in HelenKay Dimon's Holton Woods series. I really love the setting and set of characters in this series. I'm not a “series zealot,” so I don't demand series be read in order, but in this case I'd say it is important to read Mercy first. While Only technically can be read alone, I think you'd miss a lot and be a little lost. There's an easy solution though: read both. You'll thank me.

[Have Mercy!]