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Jun 1 2015 1:00pm

Why Being an Urban Fantasy Heroine Sucks!

Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs

Being the heroine in an Urban Fantasy has to be the worse job in town.   In a paranormal romance, heroines get a hot, furry boyfriend who protects her from all danger.   A historical heroine is just hoping someone asks for a dance.  The only problem a contemporary heroine has to deal with is what to make for dinner or paying her rent.   Even the heroine in a BDSM novel is having a good time being tied up.   When an Urban Fantasy heroine gets tied up, an orgasm is not the next thing coming.

What sucks most about being an Urban Fantasy heroine?  Just ask these ladies. 

1. Nobody tells you the rules. Most of us have been in a situation where you feel like you don’t know what’s going on. Maybe you worked into work and they announce an emergency staff meeting. Everyone knows what’s happening, but not you.   Imagine that being your whole life.   Yesterday, you were a regular human going about your boring life and now someone has opened your eyes to the world of the supernatural who surround you, but no one gives you a welcome brochure or explains any of the rules. Just ask Anna Latham-Cornick  from Patricia Briggs' Alpha and Omega series.  Anna thought she was going on a date with a nice guy and ends up being turned into a werewolf. It wasn’t until she met and mated Charles Cornick, three years after being turned, that she finally learned what it means to be a werewolf and her true place in their society.

[She's a slow learner but we love her anyway...]

May 30 2015 9:30am

First Look: Dianne Duvall’s A Sorceress of His Own (June 2, 2015)

A Sorceress of His Own Dianne Duvall

Dianne Duvall
A Sorceress of His Own (Gifted Ones #1)
Dianne Duvall / June 2, 2015 / $2.99 digital

From the New York Times bestselling author of the acclaimed Immortal Guardians series comes an enchanting new series full of romance, danger, and loyalty: The Gifted Ones

Since the day Lord Dillon earned his spurs, rumors of his savagery on the battlefield have preceded him into every room, stilling tongues and sparking fear. Weary of battle, he wishes only to find a woman he can wed who will approach him not with fear, but with the tenderness that has been absent from his life for so long. Yet only the wisewoman seems invariably at ease in his presence. Perhaps because she garners the same fear in others that he does himself.

For seven years, Alyssa has been by Lord Dillon's side, counseling him from the shadows, healing him with her hands, and staving off the worst of his loneliness while his fearsome reputation keeps others at bay. Blessed—or cursed—with gifts that label her a sorceress, she is forced to conceal her youth and the love she harbors for him beneath umbral robes that lead Dillon and his people to believe she is the same aged wisewoman who served his father.

All is revealed, however, and passions flare when an enemy threatens Dillon's life and Alyssa sacrifices everything to save him. When Dillon discovers that the wisewoman is far from elderly, he is instantly entranced. And, as he and Alyssa work together to defeat an enemy bent on destroying them both, Dillon will risk anything_even the wrath of his king—to be with her.

What if the love of your life has been standing by your side for years but you never saw them? 

[But now you see him, the fierce warrior...]

May 27 2015 12:00pm

First Look: Elle Kennedy’s Midnight Captive (June 2, 2015)

Midnight Captive by Elle Kennedy

Elle Kennedy 
Midnight Captive (Killer Instincts #6)
Signet / June 2, 2015 / $7.99 print & digital

“For those who enjoy their romantic suspense on the dark and steamy side,”* here’s the blisteringly sexy new novel in the Killer Instincts series by the author of Midnight Action and Midnight Pursuits...

Former CIA agent Bailey Jones has spent months trying to forget her night of passion with mercenary Sean Reilly. An elite and methodical assassin, she has no room in her life for a reckless, rule-breaking Irishman, and she’s vowed to steer clear of the tempting bad boy who lured her into his bed under false pretenses.

When Sean is implicated in the robbery of a Dublin bank, Bailey knows something isn’t right. So what if she can’t trust him? There’s no way Sean would end up on the wrong side of the law. In fact, he’s stuck in the middle of a dark and dirty conspiracy that could put his twin brother’s life at risk with one wrong move. And Bailey’s life too when she agrees to help.

As the stakes are raised and Bailey finds herself torn between two brothers, the fine line between danger and desire is crossed…and it’ll take more than a killer instinct to survive.

*New York Times bestselling author Christy Reece

In Elle Kennedy’s latest Killer Instinct novel, Midnight Captive, Sean Reilly is the man who has all the information.  He can dig up everything on anyone.  There are no secrets that you can keep from him.  But right now he is stuck between his old life and the one he wants and he wishes someone had the answer to his problem.

Sean is being forced to rob a bank for his former boss, Eamon “Rabbit” O’Hare, the leader of the IRA faction group, the Irish Daggers. Rabbit is holding Sean’s twin brother, Ollie, as insurance that Sean gets him the information being kept in one of the safety deposit boxes. Sean and Ollie’s father was a staunch supporter of the cause before he died. He brought Sean and Ollie in as young men, but they soon realized they weren’t interested in following their father’s footsteps.

As he’d gotten older, he’d come to understand the politics behind it, but the cause hadn’t interested him and Ollie.  They’d left Dublin to work as mercenaries, eventually becoming some of the most sought-out information dealers on the map, and neither one of them had looked back.

But the past has a funny way of dragging you back in.

[Sean's love is in love with someone very close to him...]

May 15 2015 1:00pm

First Look: Darynda Jones’s Eighth Grave After Dark (May 19, 2015)

Eighth Grave After Dark by Darynda Jones

Darynda Jones
Eighth Grave After Dark (Charley Davidson #8)
St. Martin's Press / May 19, 2015 / $25.99 print, $12.99 digital

With twelve hellhounds after her, pregnant Charley Davidson takes refuge at the only place she thinks they can’t get to her: the grounds of an abandoned convent. But after months of being cooped up there,  Charley is ready to pop. Both metaphorically and literally since she is now roughly the size of a beached whale. Fortunately, a new case has captured her attention, one that involves a murder on the very grounds the team has taken shelter upon. A decades-old murder of the newly-vowed nun she keeps seeing in the shadows is almost enough to pull her out of her doldrums. 

Charley's been forbidden to step foot off the sacred grounds. While the angry hellhounds can’t traverse the consecrated soil, they can lurk just beyond its borders. They have the entire team on edge, especially Reyes. And if Charley didn’t know better, she would swear Reyes is getting sick. He grows hotter with every moment that passes, his heat scorching across her skin every time he’s near, but naturally he swears he’s fine.

While the team searches for clues on the Twelve, Charley just wants answers and is powerless to get them. But the mass of friends they’ve accrued helps. They convince her even more that everyone in her recent life has somehow been drawn to her, as though they were a part of a bigger picture all along. But the good feelings don’t last for long because Charley is about to get the surprise of her crazy, mixed-up, supernatural life….

Demons and Hellhounds and the Vatican? Oh my. Things are getting crazy(er) in the world of Charley Davidson. The grim reaper and the son of Satan are having a baby and Charley is being surrounded by…well, everyone. 

When Darynda Jones starts Eighth Grave After Dark, Charley and Reyes have been staying in the abandoned convent for eight months awaiting the birth of their daughter, affectionately known as Beep.  And they’re not alone.  No, they are never alone. 

[Someone is watching their every move...]

Apr 30 2015 8:30am

First Look: Thea Harrison’s Midnight’s Kiss (May 5, 2015)

Midnight's Kiss by Thea Harrison

Thea Harrison
Midnight’s Kiss (Elder Races Series, #8)
Penguin Publishing Group / May 5, 2015 / $7.99 print, $5.99 digital

In the latest Novel of the Elder Races, two souls who have long buried their passions are about to be consumed…

Ever since their scorching affair ended years ago, Julian, the Nightkind King, and Melisande, daughter of the Light Fae Queen, have tried to put the past behind them—and distance between them. But when a war breaks out between Julian and Justine, a powerful Vampyre of the Nightkind council, they find themselves thrown together under treacherous circumstances…

Kidnapped as leverage against Julian, Melly is convinced that her former lover won’t be rushing to her rescue. But when Julian gives himself up to save her, they both end up Justine’s captives. Armed only with their wits and their anger, Melly and Julian must work together to escape. But will they be able to ignore their complicated history, or will the fiery passion that once burned them blaze again?

We have met the King of the Nightkind in several of the books in the Elder Races series. Julian Regillus was born a Roman slave, won his freedom as a gladiator and became a Roman General. He is also the progeny of Carling Severan, former Queen of the Nightkind. Julian is cold, vicious and very, very dangerous.  Surprising, this two millennia old vampyre is also heartbroken.

In Midnight’s Kiss, Thea Harrison presents a side of Julian no one would have ever believed. Twenty years ago, Julian Regillus and Melisande Aindris, the heir to the Light Fae throne were romantically involved. Yet, not everyone was excited for them. If the King of the Nightkind and the future Queen of the Light Fae stayed together and married, that would throw off the balance of power for the Elder Races. 

[The King is still holding on to love...]

Apr 21 2015 8:30am

Eve+Roarke 4Ever: Fantasy Casting J.D. Robb’s In Death Series

Angelina Jolie as Lt. Eve Dallas

Every few years talk starts up that J.D. Robb’s In Death series will be optioned for the big screen. With this year’s release of the 40th book in the series, Obsession in Death, this past February, there was once again talk that it was past time to see these characters brought to life. 

Being a fan of the series for almost a decade, some of these characters have taken up long term residence in my brain while others have filled in along the way in “Aha!” moments. Whether or not you might agree with me, I would pay big money to able to see the world of In Death be brought to life on screen exactly like it does every time I pick up a novel.

Angelina Jolie as Lt. Eve Dallas – The series centers on Lt. Eve Dallas, the head of the homicide division of the New York Police and Security Department. Eve was abused and raped as a child by her own father.  She was forced to kill him in self-defense at the age of 8, then she was tossed into an uncaring foster system. Her name was given to her by a social worker and she made it her own. Eve dreamed of becoming a police officer and protecting the innocent. Eve gives her all to find justice for the dead.

[...and find love for herself?]

Mar 25 2015 1:20pm

First Look: Shelly Laurenston’s The Unleashing (March 31, 2015)

The Unleashing by Shelly Laurenston

Shelly Laurenston
The Unleashing (Call of Crows #1)
Kensington / March 31, 2015 / $15.00 print, $9.99 digital

Winging It

Kera Watson never expected to face death behind a Los Angeles coffee shop. Not after surviving two tours lugging an M16 around the Middle East. If it wasn't for her hot Viking customer showing up too late to help, nobody would even see her die.

In uncountable years of service to the Allfather Odin, Ludvig “Vig” Rundstrom has never seen anyone kick ass with quite as much style as Kera. He knows one way to save her life—but she might not like it. Signing up with the Crows will get Kera a new set of battle buddies: cackling, gossiping, squabbling, party-hearty women. With wings. So not the Marines.

But Vig can't give up on someone as special as Kera. With a storm of oh-crap magic speeding straight for L.A., survival will depend on combining their strengths: Kera's discipline, Vig's loyalty... and the Crows' sheer love of battle. Boy, are they in trouble.

Author Shelly Laurenston creates a whole new world in her newest novel, The Unleashing.   She puts her own twist on Norse Mythology and creates the nine clans who fight evil—and each other—to keep the balance between the light and the dark.  The gods also want warriors to fight at their side during the Ragnarok.  While Odin and Freyja choose their warriors by tracing their lineage back to the original Vikings tribes, the only culturally diverse Clan amongst them are The Crows.  The Goddess, Skuld, takes the dead and gives them a second life on earth in exchange for service to her as a Crow.  Skuld doesn’t discriminate on race or skin color.  She is looking for strong and smart women who will be an asset to her warriors.    

[So the only requirement is that you're a bada**? That's a goddess we can sign up with...]

Mar 9 2015 9:30am

First Look: Cecy Robson’s A Curse Unbroken (March 10, 2015)

A Curse Unbroken by Cecy RobsonCecy Robson
A Curse Unbroken (Weird Girls #5)
Loveswept / March 10, 2015 / $3.99 digital

Fans of Keri Arthur will love the Weird Girls, four sisters cursed with supernatural powers. In Cecy Robson’s latest urban fantasy romance, the search is on for an unholy grail, while evil is licking its wounds—and looking for revenge.

The preternatural world is changing. After a massive magical throwdown tore apart the established order, the dark elements are rebuilding their ranks unopposed. Celia Wird’s world is changing, too. She’s the mate of the pureblood were Aric, and his Warriors are honor-bound to protect her family as she and her sisters recover from unimaginable horrors.

Celia hesitates to reveal the true extent of the Wird sisters’ trauma, but they aren’t the only ones keeping secrets: Aric and the werewolf Elders are tracking a stone that grants limitless power. So is a tough coven of witches. Then Misha, a master vampire with his own plans for the stone, sends Celia after it. Can she and the vamps beat both the weres and the witches to the treasure before it falls into the wrong hands?

Fearing for Celia’s safety, Aric begs her to stay out of the hunt. What they don’t realize is that they’re the ones being hunted. But Celia’s ready to prove that she’s not easy prey.

How come everything that is pure evil not only finds Celia Wird, but actively seeks her out? Is it more than just bad luck that follows Celia around, or is it a malicious plot derived from the mind of author Cecy Robson?

[That is the question...]

Mar 2 2015 3:00pm

First Look: Sara Humphreys’s Vampires Never Cry Wolf (March 3, 2015)

Vampires Never Cry Wolf by Sara Humphreys Sara Humphreys
Vampires Never Cry Wolf (Dead City #3)
Sourcebooks / March 3, 2015 / $7.99 print & digital

As far as beautiful vampire Sadie Pemberton is concerned, werewolves shouldn't be sticking their noses into New York's supernatural politics. They don't know jack about running a city-not even that hot-as-sin new vampire-werewolf liaison who's just arrived in town.

Werewolves are too sexy for their own good...

The last thing Killian Bane wanted was to end up in New York City playing nice with vampires. Unfortunately, he's on a mission, and when he encounters the sexiest, most stubborn female vamp he's ever met, he's going to have to turn on a little of that wolfish charm...and Sadie's going to learn a thing or two about what it means to have a wild side...

Everyone knows that vampires and werewolves don’t mix.  It would be crazy for a vampire to get too close to a creature whose bite could kill her, even if he exudes sex and temptation. Right? Sara Humphreys’s latest Dead in the City novel, Vampires Never Cry Wolf, deals with the unsuitable attraction between NYC vampire Sadie Pemberton and the Alaskan werewolf prince and heir to the throne, Killian Bane.

[Love is blind...]

Feb 26 2015 12:15pm

First Look: Patricia Briggs’s Dead Heat (March 3, 2015)

Dead Heat by Patricia BriggsPatricia Briggs
Dead Heat (Alpha and Omega #4)
Ace / March 3, 2015 / $26.95 print, $12.99 digital

For once, mated werewolves Charles and Anna are not traveling because of Charles’s role as his father’s enforcer. This time, their trip to Arizona is purely personal—or at least it starts out that way...

Charles and Anna soon discover that a dangerous Fae being is on the loose, replacing human children with simulacrums. The Fae’s cold war with humanity is about to heat up—and Charles and Anna are in the cross fire.

As humans, it is hard enough to face our own mortality.  When you mix in the world of the supernatural, it gets worse.  Werewolves, vampires and the like can all live for centuries. In a supernatural world, making friends with humans is like having a pet goldfish.  Our lives are fragile and short and just when they are getting to enjoy our company and our individual quirks, *flush* it is time for us to go.

Usually when humans are mixed into an Urban Fantasy, it is either in a discussion of friends long gone or in the present tense, with human friends in their prime of life.  In Patricia Briggs’s latest Alpha and Omega novel, Dead Heat, she makes Charles face the pending death of his long-time friend, sinceeven a werewolf of Charles’s power and strength cannot fight the ravages of human mortality.

[It is quite a juxtaposition...]

Feb 10 2015 9:45am

First Look: J.D. Robb’s Obsession in Death (February 10, 2015)

Obsession in Death by JD RobbJ.D. Robb
Obsession in Death
Putnam Adult / February 10, 2015 / $27.95 print, $14.99 digital

Eve Dallas has solved a lot of high-profile murders for the NYPSD and gotten a lot of media. She—and her billionaire husband—are getting accustomed to being objects of attention, of gossip, of speculation.

But now Eve has become the object of one person’s obsession. Someone who finds her extraordinary, and thinks about her every hour of every day. Who believes the two of them have a special relationship. Who would kill for her—again and again…

With a murderer reading meanings into her every move, handling this case will be a delicate—and dangerous—psychological dance. And Eve knows that underneath the worship and admiration, a terrible threat lies in wait. Because the beautiful lieutenant is not at all grateful for these bloody offerings from her “true and loyal friend.” And in time, idols always fall…

Lt. Eve Dallas of the New York Police and Security Department has been on the job for over a decade., but it's only been in the last two years that several of her cases have garnered her a bit of notoriety.That and her marriage to multi-billionaire Roarke has made Eve the focus of media attention. In J.D. Robb's Obsession in Death, someone else has focused all of their attention on Eve and wants to show their loyalty and their devoted friendship to Eve. They want to show that friendship with a token—a gift of blood.

[Not quite a nice-smelling candle, huh?]

Feb 9 2015 5:15pm

Twenty Years and Still Alive: J.D. Robb’s In Death Series

Naked in Death by J.D. RobbIt has been 20 years since Nora Roberts, writing as J.D. Robb, first created a futuristic world where guns are banned but man still finds a way to kill man. To balance the scales in this futuristic world, she has given us Lieutenant Eve Dallas of the New York Police and Security Department. A woman whose dark past of brutality and rape at the hands of her father forged her into a dedicated cop who protects the innocent and finds justice for those whose lives were taken away. With the upcoming release of the 40th novel in the series, we look at the world she created and the growth of the cop we love and admire.

The first novel, Naked in Death, starts us at the end of the year 2058. The world has long recovered to the darkness of the Urban Wars, and handguns have banned and most have been destroyed. Eve Dallas has been called to a homicide where a woman has been killed by a handgun and her investigation brings her to the door of a suspect and an avid weapons collector known only by the name Roarke. Eve doesn’t know that from the moment she sees the I.D. photo of the man with eyes bluer than the sky and a face made by God on his best day, her world would never be the same.

[And neither would ours...]

Jan 28 2015 4:30pm

Vengeance Is Roarke: Roarke’s Dark Past in Vengeance in Death

Vengeance in Death by J.D. RobbThis week, H&H celebrates the forthcoming release of the fortieth (!!!) book in J.D. Robb's In Death seriesObsession in Death. As part of the celebration, we're taking an in-depth look at the sixth book in the series, Vengeance in Death. To join the discussion on Twitter, use the hashtag #obsessedwithindeath. And be sure to check out posts from fellow romance blogs Romance at Random and, next week, Smexy Books for more re-read fun.

Check out our first post discussing Eve and Roarke's relationship.

In the course of J.D. Robb's In Death series, we have learned that Roarke grew up on the mean streets of Dublin, forced to pick pockets for his abusive father. In fact, he started his vast empire of Roarke Industries with the monies from criminal dealing on the far side of law. Roarke was still indulging in some of those shady dealings until he met Eve. There will always be a bit of the Dublin street rat lurking behind the polished businessman.

[Eve gets Roarke's Irish up!]

Dec 30 2014 12:30pm

First Look: Kerrelyn Sparks’s Crouching Tiger, Forbidden Vampire (December 30, 2014)

Crouching Tiger, Forbidden Vampire by Kerrelyn SparksKerrelyn Sparks
Crouching Tiger, Forbidden Vampire (Love at Stake)
Avon / December 30, 2014 / $7.99 print, $6.99 digital

Russell wakes from a coma to find he's become a vampire. Now he has a thirst for revenge. Determined to hunt down the master vampire who turned him, he's used to working alone . . . until he meets Jia. She is after the same vampire for murdering her parents and insists she can help Russell on this mission. Reluctantly, he agrees, and sets up some ground rules:

Rule #1: Their partnership is strictly business. If he holds her a little too close . . . if she looks at him with those exotic eyes . . . well, that has to stop.

Rule #2: He's in charge. Jia isn't used to taking orders and questions every move he makes. So he stops her the only way he knows how.

Rule #3: Don't fall in love. But the kiss that was supposed to quiet her awakens something else in him . . . something forbidden. Because Jia is engaged. To someone else.

Nearly ten years ago, Kerrelyn Sparks told us the ridiculous tale of the vampire who lost a fang and needed to find a dentist before sunrise or he would be left as a one-fanged vampire for the rest of eternity. I am sure she didn’t realize when she first sat down to tell her story that she was creating the phenomena which would become the Love at Stake series. As we say goodbye to the vamps at Romatech, we take a last look at the world Kerrelyn created for us.

[We're looking back with lots of love...]

Dec 22 2014 3:15pm

First Look: Rebecca Zanetti’s Marked (December 22, 2014)

Marked by Rebecca ZanettiRebecca Zanetti
Kensington / December 22, 2014 / $15.00 print, $6.99 digital

Janie Kayrs has known Zane almost her whole life. He was her friend in the dream world. She trusted him. But that was before he kidnapped her, spiriting her away to an isolated cabin to learn what her dreams never told her. Like how dangerous he looks. How he got on the wrong side of the negotiating table. And how much sexier he is in real life...

Zane is a battle-hardened warrior, used to command and solitude. But Janie has drawn him from the minute they met. His need for her could destroy everything he's worked for, but the risk is too sweet not to take it. They call her the Chosen One. But when it comes down to the questions of peace or war, life or death, safety or passion, it will be Janie who makes the choice...

Rebecca Zanetti’s Dark Protectors series is coming to an end. The Realm, led by the vampire family, the Kayrs, and with the help of their allies, the shifter nation and the Coven Nine witches, has been fighting the Kurjans for centuries. For the last decade, the demons have joined the Kurjans in the battle against the Realm. These battles became a full scale war twenty years ago when the Kurjans created Virus-27, a biological weapon that attacked the vampire’s women, with its purpose to break the bond between the vampires and their mates.

[Mark my words, they won't succeed!]

Nov 26 2014 2:30pm

Sometimes It’s Great, Sometimes It’s a PITA: Families and Holidays

I Saw Her Standing There by Marie ForceThe holiday season is quickly approaching, and the closer we get to Thanksgiving, the more groaning you will hear all around you. But it’s not from the amount of pie being consumed, it is over the amount of time we will need to spend with our families. Many people spend this time of year dreading those few painful hours surrounded by their loved ones. Such family anxiety has inspired movies like Home for the Holidays and Four Christmases.

So if we hate spending time with our own family, why are we flocking to the bookstores to buy stories involving large, close families who are overly involved in each other’s lives?  Is it because when your favorite literary mom asks, “What are your plans for the future?” we can feel her love and concern pouring out. Yet when your mom ask you the same question all you can think is, She’s trying to control my life!   

There is nothing we love more than reading about how these siblings meddle and butt into each other’s lives. When all is said and done, all that meddling breaks down to one thing: making sure that those people they love most are simply happy.

[Spend the holidays with your favorite fictional families...]

Oct 29 2014 8:30am

First Look: Elle Kennedy’s Midnight Action (November 4, 2014)

Midnight Action by Elle KennedyElle Kennedy Midnight Action
Signet / November 4, 2014 / $7.99 print, digital

Ex–army ranger Jim Morgan leads a team of elite mercenaries, but eighteen years ago in Paris, he was part of a black ops unit whose mission was to hunt down a rogue operative. In order to trap the criminal, Jim seduced Noelle, the man’s daughter—a ruthless act that cost him the love of his life and turned her into a mortal enemy. Now he can’t trust her, but he still desires her. He also needs her help....

Older, wiser, and unwilling to play the fool again, Noelle runs a group of highly skilled assassins. And she’s just been offered the hit of the century: Eliminate Jim Morgan. History gives them no reason to trust each other, but with their lives in jeopardy at the hands of a common enemy, the lines between love and hate are soon blurred. Now Noelle and Jim must face the past if they want to have a future—let alone a future together.

If you ever wondered just where the line between love and hate is, you need only pick up a copy of Elle Kennedy’s Midnight Action, the most recent novel in the Killer Instincts series.

[It's a thin line!]

Oct 16 2014 8:30am

First Look: Nora Roberts’s Blood Magick (October 28, 2014)

Blood Magick by Nora RobertsNora Roberts
Blood Magick
Penguin / October 28, 2014 / $17.00 print, $9.99, digital

County Mayo is rich in the traditions of Ireland, legends that Branna O’Dwyer fully embraces in her life and in her work as the proprietor of The Dark Witch shop, which carries soaps, lotions, and candles for tourists, made with Branna’s special touch.

Branna’s strength and selflessness hold together a close circle of friends and family—along with their horses and hawks and her beloved hound. But there’s a single missing link in the chain of her life: love…

She had it once—for a moment—with Finbar Burke, but a shared future is forbidden by history and blood. Which is why Fin has spent his life traveling the world to fill the abyss left in him by Branna, focusing on work rather than passion.

Branna and Fin’s relationship offers them both comfort and torment. And though they succumb to the heat between them, there can be no promises for tomorrow. A storm of shadows threatens everything that their circle holds dear. It will be Fin’s power, loyalty, and heart that will make all the difference in an age-old battle between the bonds that hold their friends together and the evil that has haunted their families for centuries.

Blood Magick is the conclusion to Nora Roberts's Cousins O’Dwyer trilogy. Branna, her brother Connor, and their cousin, Iona, are the descendants of Sorcha, the Dark Witch. With the help of Boyle, Meara and Fin, they have tried twice already to defeat the evil sorcerer, Cabhan. They came close to defeating him when they crossed the dimensions of time and added the power of the original three, Sorcha’s children. Branna will need to figure out how to draw their power once again from the past, but unless, and until, they destroy the source behind Cabhan’s power, he will continue to regenerate using his black magic.

[But...but...love will prevail, right?]

Oct 13 2014 1:30pm

First Look: Manda Collins’s Once Upon a Christmas Kiss (October 14, 2014)

Once Upon a Christmas Kiss by Manda CollinsManda Collins
Once Upon a Christmas Kiss
St. Martin's Press / October 14, 2014 / $3.99 digital

When Sir Lucien Blakemore arrives at his cousin’s estate for a week-long Christmas party, he’s shocked to see Miss Winifred Nightingale among the other guests. Employed by his neighbor back in Yorkshire, the governess with the lovely eyes has always seemed off limits, but she’s visiting here as a guest—and there’s nothing like a little mistletoe to make the spirits bright…

Miss Winifred Nightingale never dreamed a holiday visit with her sister would lead to both ladies spending Christmas as the local lord’s guests. But the big surprise is when she finds the handsome Sir Lucien Blakemore staying there too. The attraction between them is undeniable, but will an old nemesis and a party guest bent on mischief make their first kiss under the mistletoe their last?

There is nothing more enjoyable than a house party to celebrate the Christmas season. A gathering of friends and relatives for fun festivities, caroling, gathering of holiday greens, and even sleigh rides.

[And don't forget the holiday smooching!...]

Sep 25 2014 10:00am

First Look: Samantha Young’s Echoes of Scotland Street (September 30, 2014)

Echoes of Scotland Street by Samantha YoungSamantha Young
Echoes of Scotland Street
NAL Trade / September 30, 2014 / $15.00 print / $4.99 digital

Shannon MacLeod has always gone for the wrong type of man. After she drifted from one toxic relationship to the next, her last boyfriend gave her a wake-up call in the worst possible way. With her world shattered, she’s sworn off men—especially those of the bad-boy variety.

Cole Walker is exactly the sort that Shannon wants to avoid—gorgeous, tattooed, charming, and cocky. But his rough exterior hides a good man who’s ready to find “the one.” He’s determined to pull Shannon from her self-imposed solitude to win her heart.

As Shannon opens up in the face of Cole’s steady devotion, the passion between them ignites to blazing levels. But when Shannon’s past comes back to haunt her, her fears may destroy the trust Cole has built between them—and tear them apart for good.…

In her latest On Dublin Street novel, Samantha Young gives us the story of Cole Walker. We first fell in love with young Cole in Down London Road when his big sister, Jo, met their neighbor Cam MacCabe. Cole’s mother was an alcoholic who was physically and verbally abusive to young Cole and it was only the love and care of his big sister, Jo, and the guidance received from Cam, his first male role model, that turned Cole into the kind, caring and loving man we first see grown up in Fall from India Place. Cole and Hannah have grown to become best friends, and we know that the care and concern he shows for Hannah will be echoed in the love he will find in his own story.

[He's turned into a hot Cole!]