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Thu
Aug 21 2014 4:30pm

First Look: Christine Warren’s Stone Cold Lover (August 26, 2014)

Stone Cold Lover by Christine Warren

Christine Warren
Stone Cold Lover (Gargoyle #2)
St. Martin's Press / August 26, 2014 / $7.99 print / digital

Art restorer Felicity “Fil” Shaltis can read the magic in auras, but her fascination with a valuable statue her friend Ella Harrow asks her to locate is purely artistic. At least until the fierce stone gargoyle comes to life as a powerful, and powerfully hot, immortal warrior, who promptly saves her life from a cultist set on destroying them both. Suddenly “chiseled good looks” takes on a whole new meaning…

Spar expected nothing less than one of the seven demons of the Dark to wake him—and instead finds himself the unlikely savior of a spirited human female who now bears the mark of the demon. As one of seven Guardians created to vanquish the Darkness, Spar has no time for love—but he can’t deny that his destiny is clearly entwined with Fil’s. To battle the looming threat to humanity, first Spar must save the woman who summoned him...

Christine Warren’s second Gargoyles story, Stone Cold Lover, takes up just days after we left Ella Harrow and Kees. They located another possible Guardian frozen in his stone sleep near Ella’s college friend Felicity Shaltis in Montreal. With the Guild members missing and many of the Warden’s dead, Ella and Kees are hoping that Felicity’s ability to see auras creates enough magic to wake other Guardian, or the nocturnis and the Darkness may just win against the Light. But maybe they should have mentioned to Fil that there was more to it than just locating a statute?

[Like that the statue is a gargoyle...?]

Tue
Aug 5 2014 9:30am

First Look: Katie Reus’s Bound to Danger (August 5, 2014)

Bound to Danger by Katie ReusKatie Reus
Bound to Danger (Deadly Ops #2)
Signet / August 5, 2014 / $7.99 print & digital

At a benefit dinner, community activist Maria Cervantes overhears two men plotting a terrorist attack that could rock Miami to its core. But before she can alert authorities, she’s almost killed in a massive explosion—and wakes up in a hospital with no memory of what happened. As the sole survivor of the attack, she is now a person of interest to the NSA—and especially to Agent Cade O’Reilly. Because Maria is the one woman Cade has never been able to forget.

Years ago, they were closer than either was willing to admit—until Cade disappeared when Maria needed him most. Now he’s sticking by her, whether she likes it or not. Because the memories locked inside her mind could hold vital clues to the next attack. Because terrorists want her dead—and because he never wants to let her go again.

In Bound to Danger, the second book of Katie Reus’s Deadly Ops series, terrorists are bombing Miami. They have a message that they want to make sure everyone remembers—but there's one woman who might actually know too much.

[She's the one who's bound for danger, right?...]

Sat
Aug 2 2014 10:00am

First Look: Maya Banks’s Taking It All (August 5, 2014)

Taking It All by Maya BanksMaya Banks
Taking It All (Surrender Trilogy #3)
Penguin / August 5, 2014 / $16.00 print, $9.99 digital

Chessy and Tate have been married for several years. In the beginning, their relationship was everything she wanted. Passionate. All-consuming. She offered her submission freely and Tate cherished her gift with a tenderness that made her feel safe. Content. Wanted. Loved beyond all measure. But as the years have gone by, Tate has become more immersed in making his business a success, and Chessy has taken a back seat to his business obligations. Growing unhappy with the status of their once blissful marriage, Chessy knows that something has to give, or they stand to lose it all.

Tate loves his wife. Has always loved her. Providing for her has always been his number-one priority. But lately she’s seemed unhappy, and he’s worried. Worried enough that he arranges for a night together that he hopes will reignite the fire that once burned like an inferno between them.

But a business call at the wrong time threatens everything. Chessy’s safety, his concentration, his wife’s faith in him as her husband—a man sworn to love and protect her above all else. Gutted with the realization that he’s going to lose her—has already lost her—he readies for the fight of his life. Whatever it takes, he’ll get her back, show her that nothing is more important than her love. And that if she’ll allow him to prove himself one more time, he’ll take it all. Everything. But he’ll give back far more: Himself. His undying love.

In the final chapter of Maya Banks’s Surrender Trilogy, Tate and Chessy’s marriage has been changing lately, and not for the better. Chessy is feeling abandoned by Tate. Tate’s priorities have changed and his dominance has changed to neglect.

Tate Morgan thought he lived the life most men fantasize about. He is married to the most beautiful woman and after five years of marriage their sex life is still incredible. He has a fabulous house, an expensive car, and an ever increasing business. His life is a dream, but it quickly turns into a nightmare when his beloved Chessy announces that she is leaving him.

[What's gone wrong?...]

Tue
Jul 22 2014 9:30am

First Look: Kresley Cole’s Dark Skye (August 5, 2014)

Dark Skye by Kresley Cole Kresley Cole
Dark Skye
Simon & Schuster (Gallery) / August 5, 2014 / $25.00 print, $12.99 digital

As a boy, Thronos, prince of Skye Hall, loved Lanthe, a mischievous Sorceri girl who made him question everything about his Vrekener clan. But when the two got caught in the middle of their families’ war, tragedy struck, leaving Thronos and Lanthe bitter enemies. Though centuries have passed, nothing can cool his seething need for the beautiful enchantress who scarred his body—and left an even deeper impression on his soul.

Lanthe, a once-formidable sorceress struggling to reclaim her gifts, searches for love and acceptance with all the wrong immortal suitors. But she’s never forgotten Thronos, the magnificent silver-eyed boy who protected her until she was ripped from the shelter of his arms. One harrowing night changed everything between them. Now he’s a notorious warlord with a blood vendetta against Lanthe, hunting her relentlessly.

With their families locked in conflict and battles raging all around them, will Thronos and Lanthe succumb to the brutal chaos that threatens everything they cherish? Or will the fragile bond they formed so long ago spark a passion strong enough to withstand even the darkest doubts?

Finally, finally….FINALLY Kresley Cole has given us the story of Melanthe of the Deie Sorceri, Queen of Persuasion and Thronos Talos, Knight of Reckoning, Heir of the Skye. Dark Skye has been five long years of waiting for Immortal After Dark fans. When Thronos looked at Lanthe in Demon from the Dark and declared they would be together “soon,” little did we know that was Demonish for “freakin’ forever,” but I guess when you are immortal a few years would be considered soon.

[We learned. We learned...]

Tue
Jul 1 2014 4:30pm

First Look: Sara Humphreys’s Vampire Trouble (July 1, 2014)

Vampire Trouble by Sara HumphreysSara Humphreys
Vampire Trouble
Sourcebooks Casablanca / July 1, 2014 / $6.99 print / digital

Maya remembers the last moments of her life as a human with haunting clarity, and every man she meets pays the price...until Shane. Finding herself in the middle of a bloody fight between vampires and werewolves, Maya has no choice but to let the devastatingly sexy vampire guard get close to her.

Shane Quesada, a four-century-old vampire sentry, is known for his cold, unemotional precision, but once Maya begins to invade his dreams, his world is changed forever. His job to protect her is swiftly replaced by the all-consuming need to claim her as his own.

When you are an immortal creature who can live for centuries, a five year old vampire is just a baby vamp, and like many five year olds, Maya Robertson is always looking to get into trouble. In Sara Humphreys’s newest novel, Vampire Trouble, baby vamp Maya likes to play with her food. She is known for flirting and teasing the human male patrons at her bar, The Coven, but she has no desire to take it any further.

Maya was getting sick and tired of other vampires telling her what to do at every turn. It was starting to make her crazy. So what if she liked to play with human men? She fed on them and teased them a little. She took them right to the brink of sex and then denied them the one thing they wanted—but she never hurt them.

The night Maya was turned, Olivia had found her in an alley, raped, beaten and on the edge of death. Now Maya wants to be in control of the human males from whom she feeds. She takes blood from them, yes, but it is more about finally being in charge and never being a victim again.

But the memory of that fateful night still haunts her, and she fights sleep each day because of the recurring nightmares. If it was possible for a vampire to pull the covers over her head and hide from the monster in her dream, she would.

[Maybe you just need someone to protect you...]

Mon
Jun 30 2014 3:00pm

If You Like Maya Banks’s KGI Series...Try Kennedy, Leigh, Eden and More!

Midnight Rescue by Elle KennedyMaya Banks's KGI series introduces us to the Kelly family. The five Kelly brothers, who have each received different military training, have all come together to create KGI, Kelly Group International. KGI specializes in covert operations, protection and black op rescue. They have infiltrated drug cartels, hunted down sex slavers, and combed the deepest jungles for hostages. KGI has recruited some of the best sharpshooters and intelligence men and woman to complete their teams. To them, every mission is personal, and they will do whatever is necessary to protect and return your loved one to you.

If you are a fan of sexy, military men, ready and able to protect you or rescue you from the most dangerous of situations, these series are for you. But what if you've already read Maya Banks's KGI series? Here are some recommendations for what to read next:

Elle Kennedy’s Killer Instincts series actually focuses on two separate teams: Jim Morgan was in the special forces, and now heads his own group of mercenaries. They specialize in covert ops, protection and retrieval. While Noelle’s chameleons are a group of female assassins trained in hand to hand, B&E, disguises and blending in, who are led by the Queen of Assassins herself. These teams try not to mix business with pleasure, but after the guns are fired and the smoke clears, sometimes going deep under covers with a fellow operative is just what to you to break the tension.

[It's really the preferred way to break tension...]

Tue
Jun 24 2014 9:30am

First Look: Alice Clayton’s Rusty Nailed (June 24, 2014)

Rusty Nailed by Alice Clayton

Alice Clayton
Rusty Nailed (Cocktail series)
Gallery / June 24, 2014 / $15.00 print, $7.99 digital

Playing house was never so much fun—or so confusing. With her boss on an extended honeymoon, Caroline’s working crazy-long hours to keep the interior design company running—especially since she’s also the lead designer for the renovation of a gorgeous old hotel. And with Simon, her hotshot photographer boyfriend, gallivanting all over the world for his job, the couple is heavy-duty into “absence makes the heart grow fonder” mode. No complaints about the great reunion sex, though!

Then a trip back east to his childhood home has Simon questioning his nomadic lifestyle. He decides to be home more. A lot more. And he wants Caroline home more, too. Though their friends’ romantic lives provide plenty of welcome distraction, eventually Caroline and Simon have to sort out their relationship. Sure, more togetherness is a good thing—but does less traveling and working have to mean the other extreme? Apple pie and picket fences?

Alice Clayton's Cocktail series starts with a bang…and a moan. When Caroline “Pink Nighty Girl” first met Simon “Wallbanger” Parker, sparks flew…angry sparks flew. Simon and his harem of girlfriends were keeping Caroline up night after night banging on their adjoining bedroom wall. Sleepless nights are bad enough, but when pictures started falling on her head, it was Caroline’s turn to do the banging—on Simon’s front door.

[Knock, knock!]

Sun
Jun 22 2014 11:00am

First Look: Maya Banks’s When Day Breaks (June 24, 2014)

When Day Breaks by Maya BanksMaya Banks
When Day Breaks (A KGI Novel)
Berkley / June 24, 2014 / $7.99 print, $7.99 digital

Eden is said to be one of the most beautiful women in the world. Her face has graced countless magazines and her body has sold millions of dollars of clothing. But her fame and beauty has earned her more than she ever imagined. Evil is stalking her, determined to extinguish the ethereal beauty forever.

Swanson or “Swanny” as his teammates call him is always up for the next mission. He came back from Afghanistan wounded and scarred. Hardly the kind of man who even belongs in the same room with Eden. And yet there’s something about the quiet beauty that stirs his blood and makes him dream of the impossible. Because Beauty loving the Beast only happens in fairy tales and KGI doesn’t deal in fairy tales. Ever.

In the latest KGI series novel, Maya Banks brings us the story of Daryl “Swanny” Swanson. Nearly two years ago, Swanny, Nathan and their team were captured and tortured for months in Afghanistan. Night terrors aren’t the only souvenirs from that period in his life; the ugly scars that mar Swanny’s face and body are the outward scars he carries now.

[Beauty is more than skin-deep!...]

Fri
Jun 20 2014 11:00am

First Look: Thea Harrison’s Pia Saves the Day (June 23, 2014)

Pia Saves the Day by Thea Harrison

Thea Harrison
Pia Saves the Day
Teddy Harrison, LLC / June 23, 2014 / $4.50 print /$2.99 digital

In the latest story of the Elder Races, two mates face their deadliest challenge yet—each other…

Pia and Dragos’s magical young son Liam (the Peanut), is growing at an unprecedented rate, and if that isn’t enough, he is also exhibiting new, and unpredictable, magical gifts. To protect him, the concerned parents decide to move to upstate New York.

Both Dragos and Pia relish the idea of leaving behind the city. They finally have the space to indulge their Wyr side, and Liam can grow in safety. It’s a breath of fresh air—literally—but their idyllic situation is shattered when Dragos is injured in a freak accident.

Stripped of his memory and bereft of Pia’s taming influence, there’s nothing holding back Dragos’s darkest side. And in order to restore her family and save her mate, Pia must confront the most powerful menace in Elder Races history.

It’s going to take more than a penny to fix this…
Thea Harrison takes us once again into the home of Dragos and Pia Cuelebre in her newest novella in the Elder Races series, Pia Saves the Day.

It wasn’t too long ago that Pia Giovanni-Cuelebre was alone in the world, keeping her head down as her mother always taught her, and staying clear of the Elder Races. Pia’s inner Wyr is so rare because her kind was hunted to near extinction for their blood. Staying under the radar was the only way for her to stay alive. That is, until she crossed paths of one of the most powerful and eldest Wyr in existence. It’s amazing how one penny can change your life.

[Sometimes that's all it takes...]

Tue
Jun 17 2014 9:30am

First Look: Molly Harper’s Better Homes and Hauntings (June 24, 2014)

Better Homes and Hauntings by Molly HarperMolly Harper
Better Homes and Hauntings
Pocket / June 24, 2014 / $7.99 print / $7.99 digital

When Nina Linden is hired to landscape a private island off the New England coast, she sees it as her chance to rebuild her failing business after being cheated by her unscrupulous ex. She never expects that her new client, software mogul Deacon Whitney, would see more in her than just a talented gardener. Deacon has paid top dollar to the crews he’s hired to renovate the desolate Whitney estate—he had to, because the bumps, thumps, and unexplained sightings of ghostly figures in nineteenth-century dress are driving workers away faster than he can say “Boo.”

But Nina shows no signs of being scared away, even as she experiences some unnerving apparitions herself. And as the two of them work closely together to restore the mansion’s faded glory, Deacon realizes that he’s found someone who doesn’t seem to like his fortune more than himself—while Nina may have finally found the one man she can trust with her bruised and battered heart.

But something on the island doesn’t believe in true love…and if Nina and Deacon can’t figure out how to put these angry spirits to rest, their own love doesn’t stand a ghost of a chance.

In Better Homes and Hauntings, Molly Harper gives us our own grown-up episode of a Scooby Doo mystery. Deacon Whitney, billionaire and creator of the social-networking website, EyeDee, has just inherited the mansion known as The Crane’s Nest located on Whitney Island off the coast of Rhode Island. It is better known for the murder of Catherine Whitney by her husband Gerald just after it was completed a hundred years ago. They say that Catherine was having an affair with the architect and that Gerald killed her in a jealous rage.

[Quick! To the Mystery Machine!]

Sun
Jun 1 2014 10:00am

First Look: Marie Force’s I Want to Hold Your Hand (June 3, 2014)

I Want to Hold Your Hand by Marie ForceMarie Force
I Want to Hold Your Hand
Berkley / June 3, 2014 / $7.99 print & digital

Almost seven years after losing her husband in Iraq, Hannah Abbott Guthrie isn’t sure she’s ready—or able—to move on, but the attentions of a lifelong friend are making her think about it for the first time. The memory of the sweet kiss she shared with Nolan Roberts hasn’t strayed far from her thoughts, but she also fears that pursuing something with him would mean betraying her husband’s memory.

Nolan has loved Hannah for years, but he’d been giving her the space she needed to heal from her devastating loss. Now, when an opportunity arises to show her how he feels, Nolan can’t resist, but he knows earning her love will take more than a kiss. Somehow he has to prove to Hannah that finding love twice in a lifetime is possible—and well worth risking her heart.

In her latest book, Marie Force brings us back to Vermont, into the home of the Abbott Family. In this particular family (of 10 children), there is only one way to describe them, which is 'close,' a nice way of saying everyone knows each other’s business. Even with most of them now grown and out of the house, some things don’t change, and keeping things personal around the Abbot family is impossible.

[Keeping it personal is difficult, then...]

Fri
May 2 2014 3:30pm

First Look: Kelsie Leverich’s A Beautiful Distraction (May 6, 2014)

A Beautiful Distraction by Kelsie Leverich

Kelsie Leverich
A Beautiful Distraction (A Hard Feelings novel)
NAL / May 6, 2014 / $14.00 print, $5.99 digital

First Sergeant Rafe Murano did everything to the extreme. He trained harder, he fought harder, and, unfortunately, he loved harder. And falling for the wrong woman nearly destroyed him.

Home from a deployment and without his missions to consume him, Murano is ravaged by memories of his heartbreak. So he drinks until he’s numb and drowns himself in meaningless one-night stands. But they only take the edge off….

Until he meets Fallon.

Haunted by her past, Fallon Kelly knows all too well about the desperate desire for an escape. So when she sees the tatted-up bad boy who’s one punch away from a ride in the back of a squad car, she offers him a distraction—one that quickly becomes an addiction.

Little does she know, this bad boy can love so hard, it can break her.…

In the Hard Feelings series, Kelsie Leverich brings tales of the men who fight for our country and the lives behind those brave soldiers. In A Beautiful Distraction, we get the full story of Rafe Murano.

[And it's a doozy...]

Mon
Apr 28 2014 4:30pm

First Look: Kerrelyn Sparks’s How to Seduce a Vampire (Without Really Trying) (April 29, 2014)

How to Seduce a Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks

Kerrelyn Sparks
How to Seduce a Vampire (Without Really Trying)
Avon / April 29, 2014 / $7.99 print, $6.99 digital

Vampire Zoltan Czakvar is on the hunt for the truth about his father's death. He's been searching for a very long time—since 1241, in fact. And he is not about to give up, even when he's attacked by a woman with striking blue eyes and a hell of a right hook!

Neona is also on the hunt. She's looking for a mate and she thinks muscled Zoltan will work just fine. After all, men are good for only one thing. Soon, though, she realizes there's more to this handsome vampire than just sexual prowess. But she's keeping a secret from Zoltan, something so big that it will rock the vampire world.

Can their newfound love survive . . . even if their passion means the destruction of her world?

In Kerrelyn Sparks’s latest Love At Stake novel, How to Seduce a Vampire (Without Really Trying), we finally get a closer look at the elusive Coven Master of Europe, Zoltan Czakvar.

[How much closer?...]

Fri
Apr 11 2014 9:30am

First Look: Nora Roberts’s The Collector (April 15, 2014)

The Collector by Nora Roberts

Nora Roberts
The Collector
Putnam / April 15, 2014 / $27.95 print, $14.99 digital

When professional house-sitter Lila Emerson witnesses a murder/suicide from her current apartment-sitting job, life as she knows it takes a dramatic turn. Suddenly, the woman with no permanent ties finds herself almost wishing for one. . . .

Artist Ashton Archer knows his brother isn’t capable of violence—against himself or others. He recruits Lila, the only eyewitness, to help him uncover what happened. Ash longs to paint her as intensely as he hungers to touch her. But their investigation draws them into a rarified circle where priceless antiques are bought, sold, gambled away, and stolen, where what you possess is who you are, and where what you desire becomes a deadly obsession. . . .

In a direct nod to Alfred Hitchcock’s classic film Rear Window, Nora Roberts starts us on an adventure that will take us around Manhattan, includes a dash out to Long Island, and a quick hop over to Italy to find antique treasures and keep them out of the hands of The Collector.

[A capitalized nickname makes him seem Much Scarier...]

Wed
Apr 2 2014 9:30am

Imprisoned by Love: Convict Heroes in Romance Novels

Hard Time by Cara McKennaIn a romance, can love exist without trust? What happens when your hero is an ex-convict? Several novels introduce heroes who has spent time in prison. Their crimes range from theft to murder, some have done their time and paid for their crimes and some have been falsely imprisoned for crimes they never committed. Regardless of guilt or innocence, we would like to believe that their time spent inside has reformed the criminal and has made him a better man. Yet, when something as fragile as our heart is concerned, can we ever truly trust in them?

The upcoming novel by Cara McKenna, Hard Time, introduces us to Eric Collier. Eric has been serving time for beating a man with a tire iron. After five years behind bars, he has given up his desire for many things of the outside world which are missing from his life, including women. That is, until the new librarian walks in, and for the first time since they locked him up, he wants to be good enough for a woman like Annie. Their correspondence brings desire back into both their lives, but can they have a future after Eric is paroled? Wicked fantasies with a prisoner are safe, but letting a violent criminal into your bed might be too much. While Eric has matured from the foolish boy that was first imprisoned, he still believes that what he did was just. Can Annie begin a life with a man who might be sent back to prison if his need to protect once again leads to violence?

[Second chance at life and love...]

Mon
Mar 31 2014 9:30am

First Look: Elle Kennedy’s Midnight Pursuits (April 1, 2014)

Midnight Pursuits by Elle Kennedy

Elle Kennedy
Midnight Pursuits (A Killer Instincts Novel)
Signet / April 1, 2014 / $7.99 print & digital

Soldier-for-hire Ethan Hayes is the youngest member of an elite mercenary team. While he may be affectionately nicknamed the rookie, the skills Ethan honed as a Marine make him seriously dangerous. But when a sudden distress call puts him in close quarters with a rival, he finds more than his field skills being put to the test.

Juliet Mason stands out as the master thief in a covert group of assassins and spies. Her latest mission is personal—and it’s gone horribly wrong. Juliet may prefer to work alone, but when the rookie comes to her aid in snowy Eastern Europe, she can’t deny they make a good team. But even up against a powerful enemy, their most challenging task yet may be fighting the passion between them.

Midnight Pursuits is the fourth installment in Elle Kennedy’s Killer Instincts series, and gives us a deeper look at the youngest member of Morgan’s team, Ethan, and one of Noelle’s assassins for hire, Juliet.

[Older woman, younger man—interesting!...]

Wed
Mar 26 2014 11:00am

First Look: Rebecca Zanetti’s Rising Assets (March 31, 2014)

Rising Assets by Rebecca Zanetti

Rebecca Zanetti
Rising Assets
Entangled Brazen / March 31, 2014 / $.99 digital

Melanie Jacobs is in trouble. With three jobs—including running her ranch—and dwindling funds, she’s exhausted. Not to mention desperately trying to hide a secret. Unfortunately, her best friend Colton Freeze knows all too well that’s something is going on, and he won’t give up until he knows exactly what he needs to fix.

Then Colton learns the truth—that Melanie’s future happiness rests in the fickle hands of fate, and her chances for having a family are shrinking with every passing day. Her only comfort is Colton, but when a heated argument between them turns into an even hotter kiss, the boundaries of their friendship are erased, leaving only a scorching-hot hunger formore.

Every kiss—every touch—is a stolen pleasure. But will their new friends-with-sexy-benefits arrangement bring them closer together, or destroy everything they once shared?

In Rebecca Zanetti's Melanie Jacobs and Colton Freeze have been friends all their lives. When Melanie lost her parents and moved to her grandfather’s ranch, she was unofficially adopted by Colton’s family.

[We think there's a friends-to-lovers story on the horizon!...]

Mon
Mar 24 2014 4:30pm

First Look: Nora Roberts’s Shadow Spell (March 25, 2014)

Shadow Spell by Nora Roberts

Nora Roberts
Shadow Spell
Berkley / March 25, 2014 / $17.00 print, $9.99 digital

With the legends and lore of Ireland running through his blood, falconer Connor O’Dwyer is proud to call County Mayo home. It’s where his sister, Branna, lives and works, where his cousin, Iona, has found true love, and where his childhood friends form a circle that can’t be broken…

A circle that is about to be stretched out of shape—by a long-awaited kiss.

Meara Quinn is Branna’s best friend, a sister in all but blood. Her and Connor’s paths cross almost daily, as Connor takes tourists on hawk walks and Meara guides them on horseback across the lush countryside. She has the eyes of a gypsy and the body of a goddess…things Connor has always taken for granted—until his brush with death propels them into a quick, hot tangle.

Plenty of women have found their way to Connor’s bed, but none to his heart until now. Frustratingly, Meara is okay with just the heat, afraid to lose herself—and their friendship—to something more. But soon, Connor will see the full force and fury of what runs in his blood. And he will need his family and friends around him when his past rolls in like the fog, threatening an end to all he loves…

In the second book of Nora Roberts's O’Dwyer trilogy, cousins Branna, Connor and Iona, with the help of their friends, Fin, Meara, and Boyle, will use the magic connection of three by three to fight against Cabhan's black magic. Cabhan has been trying to possess the O’Dwyer family’s magic since the first Dark Witch, Sorcha, passed her magic to her three children, Brannaugh, Eamon and Teagan. When dreams start to blur the lines between the past and the present, will the magic of the first three, combined with the power of O’Dwyer circle, which will finally destroy Cabhan?

[Will the Circle be unbroken?...]

Thu
Mar 20 2014 4:30pm

6 Reasons to Return to (or Try!) Paranormal Romance: Ward, Briggs, KCole, and More!

Dark Lover by J.R. WardIf you think all paranormal romance is the same, think again. There is a huge difference between the world building of each series and—most importantly, perhaps—how seriously the author takes their characters.

J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood creates a world where vampires live secretly and peacefully among the humans. They eat and drink like humans, and only share blood with their own kind. A diet of human blood would not sustain these vampires for long. The Brotherhood protects the citizens from attacks by the Lessening Society. Lessers might smell like baby powder, but there is nothing innocent about them. Lessers are created by the Omega from violent humans who give up their souls for immortality. The vampire king, Wrath, is the leader of the Brothers and after centuries of life, it appears the Brothers have more emotional scars than physical ones. Even their deity, the Scribe Virgin, is not benevolent. The Brothers know better than to ask her for favors since even the asking can get you killed, but if you ask, you must be willing to pay the pound of flesh she will require of you. For she will save your true love’s life—as long as you promise never to see her again.

[That doesn't look like the way to get to an HEA...]

Sat
Mar 8 2014 4:15pm

First Look: Sarah Harian’s The Wicked We Have Done (March 18, 2014)

The Wicked We Have Done by Sarah HarianSarah Harian
The Wicked We Have Done (A Chaos Theory Novel)
InterMix / March 18, 2014 / $3.99 digital

Twenty-two-year-old Evalyn Ibarra never expected to be an accused killer and experimental prison test subject. A year ago, she was a normal college student. Now she’s been sentenced to a month in the compass room—an advanced prison obstacle course designed by the government to execute justice.

If she survives, the world will know she’s innocent.

Locked up with nine notorious and potentially psychotic criminals, Evalyn must fight the prison and dismantle her past to stay alive. But the system prized for accuracy appears to be killing at random.

She doesn’t plan on making friends.

She doesn’t plan on falling in love, either.

Sarah Harian's The Wicked We Have Done is an exciting and thought provoking debut. The book centers on ten young people between the ages of eighteen and twenty-five who have all been convicted of the crime of murder. Instead of a life sentence, they are given a choice to go the Compass Room for thirty days for judgment. If they survive, they can go free.

[A real matter of life or death!...]