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Fri
Apr 11 2014 9:30am

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!...]

Mon
Mar 3 2014 4:00pm

Passionately Yours by Cara ElliottCara Elliott Passionately Yours
Forever / March 4, 2014 / $7.99 digital

Proper young ladies of the ton-especially ones who have very small dowries-are not encouraged to have an interest in intellectual pursuits. Indeed, the only thing they are encouraged to pursue is an eligible bachelor.

Preferably one with both a title and a fortune.

So, the headstrong, opinionated Sloane sisters must keep their passions a secret.

Ah, but secret passions are wont to lead a lady into trouble . . .

In Cara Elliott's Passionately Yours, Miss Caroline Sloane is the youngest daughter of the Hellions of High Street, and also the most passionate. Their father raised Caro and her sisters to follow intellectual pursuits, even if it was a little unconventional for a young lady of the ton to have such an education.

[Unconventional makes for an excellent heroine!...]

Mon
Feb 17 2014 4:30pm

Concealed in Death by J.D. RobbJ.D. Robb
Concealed in Death
Putnam Adult / February 18, 2014 / $27.95 print, $11.99 digital

In a decrepit, long-empty New York building, Lieutenant Eve Dallas’s husband begins the demolition process by swinging a sledgehammer into a wall. When the dust clears, there are two skeletons wrapped in plastic behind it. He summons his wife immediately—and by the time she’s done with the crime scene, there are twelve murders to be solved.

The place once housed a makeshift shelter for troubled teenagers, back in the mid-2040s, and Eve tracks down the people who ran it. Between their recollections and the work of the force’s new forensic anthropologist, Eve begins to put names and faces to the remains. They are all young girls. A tattooed tough girl who dealt in illegal drugs. The runaway daughter of a pair of well-to-do doctors. They all had their stories. And they all lost their chance for a better life.

Then Eve discovers a connection between the victims and someone she knows. And she grows even more determined to reveal the secrets of the place that was called The Sanctuary—and the evil concealed in one human heart.

J.D. Robb (a.k.a. Nora Roberts) has given us such dynamic characters in her In Death series, featuring the ass-kicking, killer catching, Lt. Eve Dallas of the NYPSD, and her multi-billionaire husband, Roarke. Since this series began, this pair have lived their lives far from their very impoverished and harsh beginnings.

[What's ahead for Eve and Roarke?...]

Thu
Feb 13 2014 1:00pm

Stone Guardian by Danielle MonschTo meet the newest hero of the paranormal romance, just need to search above you. They hide in plain sight on top of buildings or even out in a garden. From their high perches, are they guarding over the city or looking for their soul mates?

Gargoyles are the latest addition to the list of paranormal heroes. There is no mistaking their grey skin, which is hard as stone. They have wings, tails, claw and fangs, and while the backgrounds and focus of these guardians is still open for wide interpretation, there seems to be only two universal truths to a gargoyle hero: (1) They live to protect, and (2) they always possess a magical power to transform into a human form. How else to blend in with the humans or seduce your beautiful heroine?

Authors such as Danielle Monsch, Christine Warren, and Jacquelyn Frank show us that there is beauty within the beast.

The first book of Danielle Monsch’s Entwined Realms series, Stone Guardian, introduces us to a new world after The Great Collision where dimensions have collided. The Human Realm and the Magic Realm have merged and humans find themselves facing werewolves, necromancers, zombies, and countless other magical creatures for the first time.

[Werewolves, necromancers, and zombies, oh my!...]

Sat
Feb 1 2014 3:30pm

All You Need Is Love by Marie ForceMarie Force
All You Need is Love
Berkley / February 4, 2014 / $7.99 print, $5.99 digital

When Cameron Murphy heads to Vermont to build a website for a new client, she imagines a more relaxing trip than she gets. After wrecking her car by colliding with the town moose, she meets the most handsome hero she’s ever seen. Unfortunately, her savior, Will Abbott, is also the son of her client—and he wants nothing to do with the new website or the city girl creating it.

For all Will cares, Cameron can march her fancy boots right out of town and out of his family’s business. But he can’t seem to get her out of his head. As his family’s dispute heats up, so does the chemistry between the two, leaving them wondering if simple is better after all—especially when it comes to matters of the heart.

Marie Force’s newest Green Mountain series might be the biggest boost for Vermont since Ben & Jerry’s opened its factory for tours. All You Need Is Love introduces the Abbot Family, which has owned the Green Mountain Country Store, a popular stop for tourists, for three generations. Of the ten Abbot children, Will, Hunter, Ella, Charlotte and Wade all help their father, Lincoln, run the store, while the rest provide authentic “Vermont Made” items to sell at the shop. Colton runs the sugaring facility to create the maple syrup with the help of youngest brother Max. Hannah makes her own jewelry. Landon creates wood carvings, and Lucas manages the Christmas Tree Farm.

[Okay, yeah, let's roadtrip it to Vermont...]

Fri
Jan 31 2014 10:30am

Avenger's Heat by Katie ReusKatie Reus
Avenger's Heat
Signet / February 4, 2014 / $7.99 print, $5.99 digital

Enforcer Erin Flynn has dedicated her life to protecting her kind. But keeping her heart safe from Noah Campbell, the smoking-hot shifter who saved her life last year, is more difficult. The deadly beauty would love to sink into his arms and become his mate, but she knows she can’t—he must never know about her dark past.

When Erin is sent to investigate the disappearances of pregnant shifters in New Orleans, Erin and Noah find themselves involved in a mystery more sinister than anyone expected. And as Erin delves further into the crimes, chilling information about her own past is revealed. The people who wanted her dead in the first place are trying to finish the job, and Noah wants nothing more than to shield her from harm. But can Erin truly trust Noah and let him see the wounded beast she’s hidden for so long?

In the fourth book of Katie Reus’s Moon Shifter series, Erin Flynn had been found by Noah Campbell and his pack severely beaten and left for dead behind a dumpster like trash. It has taken her months to heal from her injuries and even longer to learn to trust again. Erin is now part of Noah’s pack and has been working with Jayce Kazen to become an Enforcer for the North American Counsel of Lupine Shifters.

[Where will her work take her?...]

Thu
Jan 30 2014 2:45pm

Letting Go by Maya BanksMaya Banks
Letting Go
Berkley / February 4, 2014 / $16.00 print, $9.99 digital

Josslyn found perfection once, and she knows she’ll never find it again. Now widowed, she seeks the one thing her beloved husband couldn’t give her: dominance. Lonely, searching for an outlet for her grief and wanting only a brief taste of the perfection she once enjoyed, she seeks what she’s looking for at an exclusive club that caters to people indulging in their most hedonistic fantasies. She never imagined that what she’d find would be the one man who’s long been a source of comfort—and secret longing. Her husband’s best friend.

Dash has lived in an untenable position for years: in love with his best friend’s wife but unwilling to act on that attraction. He’d never betray his best friend. And so he’s waited in the wings, offering Joss unconditional support and comfort as she works past her grief, hoping for the day when he can offer her more.

When he finds her in a club devoted to the darker edges of desire, he’s furious because he thinks she has no idea what she’s getting herself into. Until she explains in detail what it is she wants. What she needs. As realization sets in, he is gripped by fierce, unwavering determination. If she wants dominance, he is the only man who will introduce her to that world. He is the only man who will touch her, cherish her…love her. And the only man she’ll ever submit to.

For Maya Banks’s newest trilogy, Surrender, she has quite appropriately named the first in the series Letting Go. This book is about letting go of a life that is over and making the decision to move on to a new, uncharted future.

[Follow your heart...]

Tue
Jan 21 2014 5:30pm

Believe by Erin McCarthyErin McCarthy
Believe
InterMix / January 21, 2014 / $3.99 digital

Robin used to be a party girl… until she got black out drunk and woke up in bed with her best friend’s boyfriend. Now she’s faced with being THAT girl, and couldn’t be more disgusted with herself. She can’t even tell her friends the reason for her sudden sobriety and she avoids everyone until she meets Phoenix—quiet, tattooed, and different in every way that’s good and oh, so bad…

Phoenix is two days out of jail when he meets Robin at his cousin’s house, and he knows that he has no business talking to her, but he’s drawn to her quiet demeanor, sweet smile, and artistic talent. She doesn’t care that he’s done time, or that he only has five bucks to his name, and she supports his goal to be a tattoo artist.

But Phoenix knows Robin has a secret, and that it’s a naïve dream to believe that his record won’t catch up with them at some point. Though neither is prepared for the explosive result when the past collides with the present…

In Erin McCarthy’s True Believer series, she illustrates that although money and upbringing can separate people, there are still issues that make up a person’s character that can bridge the gap between social levels and shows us that deep down we are more alike than we may first believe.

Robin, the heroine of Erin McCarthy's Believe, grew up in an average middle class home, with average middle class parents in an average middle class neighborhood. She went to college to get a degree in graphic arts so that she could get a plain old office job in a few years and someday marry an accountant or police officer and have her own average middle class home in an average middle class neighborhood and her requisite 2.5 kids.

[What does her future really hold?...]

Mon
Jan 6 2014 5:30pm

After the Storm by Maya BanksMaya Banks
After the Storm
Berkley / January 7, 2014 / $7.99 print, $5.99 digital

Over the years, Donovan Kelly has fought relentlessly for justice, women and children always holding a special place in his heart. Working side by side with his brothers, Donovan has witnessed firsthand the toll it’s taken—physically, mentally, and emotionally—on his loved ones, and the innocent lives caught in the crossfire. What he never expects is for his next mission to happen right on his home turf—or for it to take a very personal turn.

Picturesque Kentucky Lake is the perfect place for a soul in search of safe harbor. A beautiful stranger has arrived—desperate, breathless, and on the run from a dark past closing in on her and the younger siblings she has vowed to protect. Donovan must now draw on every resource at his disposal—if he wants to save a woman and the children who may prove to be his destiny. 

Rusty Kelly knows about being a kid on her own. Before being adopted by the Kelly family, she lived on the streets rather than live with her abusive father, trying to stay under the radar of the local police and anyone who would try to do her harm. So when Rusty looks into the eyes of 15-year-old Travis Breckenridge, she recognizes the fear and desperation that he was trying to hide. She wants to help this kid on the run, so offers him a job at the family hardware store. She also knows from experience that offering help to someone in his situation is like offering food to a feral animal. She is aware if she pries too much, he will run. She wouldn’t have trusted anyone offering help, and he won’t either.

[Enter Donovan Kelly...]

Sun
Jan 5 2014 10:30am

Jacquelyn Frank
Forsaken
Ballantine / January 7, 2014 / $7.99 print, $5.99 digital

As a mercenary, Leo Alvarez has signed on for a lot—but he never signed on for his best friend becoming host to the soul of an ancient Egyptian pharaoh. Jackson is now inhabited by a Bodywalker, and Leo is forced to grapple with a realm of supernatural beings far more dangerous than anything he’s ever encountered.

But when Jackson is wounded by an attack from a demon god, Leo must team up with another supernatural creature—a Night Angel—to save his friend from utter destruction. With skin as black as midnight, hair as white as snow, and a body of pure perfection, the Night Angel arouses a burning desire in Leo, even as he refuses to be intimidated by her power—or the power of those who would destroy his friend. An unusual alliance is forged, electrified by sexual temptation, and together the two must unite their strengths to bring down a supreme evil.

Leo Alvarez was the biggest badass around. Since leaving the Rangers, he’s been a mercenary for hire, armed and dangerous and killing a few bad guys along the way. No one can hurt him, he thinks, until he encounters creatures in the night more powerful and dangerous than a human.

[So much to learn, Leo...]

Sun
Dec 29 2013 11:00am

Turn Up the Heat by Lori Foster, Christie Ridgway, and Victoria DahlLori Foster, Christie Ridgway, and Victoria Dahl
Turn Up the Heat Anthology
Harlequin / December 31, 2013 / $7.99 print & digital

Love Won't Wait 
Lori Foster 

Brendan “Brick” Carlisle is used to women falling at his feet, so shy waitress Merrily Loveland is a breath of fresh air—and an irresistible challenge. But before he can make his move, Merrily comes to him with an offer he can't refuse. If only their “no-strings” pact didn't leave him wanting so much more…. 

Beach House Beginnings 
Christie Ridgway 

She might have avoided Crescent Cove, California, for years, but no-nonsense Meg Alexander is confident she can handle a brief trip home. What she doesn't count on is the spark of desire she feels for Caleb McCall. Can a weekend in paradise convince her to give love a second chance? 

Strong Enough to Love 
Victoria Dahl 

Photographer Eve Hill had always told herself that sexy Brian Stewart was off-limits. But now he's back in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and Eve can't resist their long-denied attraction. When the reality turns out to be hotter than the fantasy, Eve might end up getting more than she bargained for….

In this anthology, Lori Foster, Christie Ridgway, and Victoria Dahl show us that although we believe our heads rule our decisions, it is our hearts that show us the way. In each of these stories, our heroes and heroines are simply looking for a little passion to heat up a cold night with no attachment and no life-long commitment. They don’t know that this one moment will put them on a path to a true love that can’t be denied.

[Let love in...]

Mon
Dec 23 2013 2:00pm

The Bitter Kingdom by Rae CarsonMay old friends be forgot? We don't think so! We're celebrating our favorite reads with four days of the Best of 2013. We asked our bloggers for their favorite books of 2013, with one stipulation, they had to be new to them and not necessarily new to 2013. We know we got a few recommendations to add to our to be read piles and it's a great way to feed those readers you hopefully get for Christmas!

Check back every other weekday between now and Christmas for all of the blogger recommendations! See the picks from Day 1Day 2, and Day 4.

Rae Alley:

Bitter Kingdom (by Rae Carson) would be my top read. It's billed as a YA, but like so many YA titles lately it isn't just for young adults. There's a bit of finding yourself and making sure you know your purpose in the world throughout this book (and the previous two in the trilogy) but what was interesting to me was seeing how we got to the happy ever after for our heroine and her captain. You start the novel with her running to his rescue and him unaware of whether or not she really is coming to save him as it might mean her trading places with him and how does he really feel about that...and this pace of action stays throughout.

[Action-packed is the way we like it!...]

Tue
Dec 10 2013 10:30am

The Redhead Plays Her Hand by Alice ClaytonAlice Clayton
The Redhead Plays Her Hand
Gallery / December 17, 2013 / $15.00 print, $7.99 digital

Grace’s star is on the rise with a new TV series, but then the director asks her to lose fifteen pounds. When she goes public with her struggles with weight, she suddenly develops a huge fan club of people who are happy to see a curvy actress speak up, and she becomes a flashpoint in society’s ongoing conversation about what’s beautiful and what Hollywood’s responsibility is to portray women of all shapes and sizes.

Meanwhile, Jack is voted the Sexiest Man Alive and becomes a little too enamored with the star lifestyle. But while he can have anything he wants, he can’t have the one thing he really needs: a public relationship with Grace, which his manager says will hurt his career. When Jack begins to spiral downward into parties, booze, and Hollywood brat behavior, it’s time for Grace to set him straight—and maybe dare to walk the red carpet together, hand in hand.

All rock stars say they just want to play music and all actors say they just want to practice their craft, but like with any good drug, they quickly become addicted to the fame. Like any addiction, they can’t see the dark side of that fame until it is too late, and if they are not careful, the dark side of that stardom they wanted so badly can destroy the person they were.

[Can Jack and Grace deal?...]

Tue
Nov 5 2013 11:00am

Kinked by Thea HarrisonThea Harrison
Kinked
Berkley / November 5, 2013 / $7.99 print, $5.99 digital

As a harpy, Sentinel Aryal is accustomed to dealing with hate, but Sentinel Quentin Caeravorn manages to inspire in her a burning ire unlike anything she’s ever known. Aryal believes the new Sentinel to be a criminal, and vows to take him out as soon as the opportunity arises. But the harpy’s incessant wrath has pushed Quentin to the limit, and forces him to make a deadly vow of his own.

To put an end to the conflict, Dragos, Lord of the Wyr, sends them on a reconnaissance mission to the Elven land of Numenlaur. Forced to work together, Aryal and Quentin’s mutual antagonism escalates. Each fight draws forth more passion—culminating in an explosively sexual confrontation. But when their quest reveals real danger, Aryal and Quentin must resolve their differences in ways beyond the physical, before the entire Wyr is threatened.

In Thea Harrison’s newest Elder Races story, Kinked, Aryal is the only female to achieve the coveted position as one of Dragos’s Sentinels in the Wyr domain. Aryal is a harpy. A harpy refers to a creature of Greek mythology who has the head and torso of a woman and the wings, legs, and talons of a bird. It also refers to a shrewish, unpleasant woman. Aryal is both.

[Will she meet her match?...]