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Jun 16 2015 9:30am

First Look: Lauren Dane’s Opening Up (June 16, 2015)

Opening Up by Lauren Dane

Lauren Dane
Opening Up (Ink & Chrome #1)
Forever / June 16, 2015 / $15.00 print, $5.99 digital

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lauren Dane delivers Book #1 in her Ink & Chrome erotic romance series.

The men of the Twisted Steel custom hot rod and motorcycle shop are great with their hands...and they're not afraid to get dirty.

PJ is exactly the kind of woman Twisted Steel owner Asa Barrons doesn't need. The last thing he wants to do is mix business with pleasure, and PJ has some of the best custom detailing he's ever seen. But the chemistry between them won't be denied, and soon he's introducing her to a whole new world in the bedroom, pushing her far beyond anything she's ever experienced. PJ finds she can't get enough, but how far is too far before he consumes her completely?

Lauren Dane is bold. She writes really confident, take-no-prisoners women, and that makes for a fun heroine we can look up to, comfortable in her own skin but vulnerable enough to have layers. That’s what we have in PJ, a smart, gorgeous pin-up type with mad skills in custom painting. Asa, owner of a custom cars and bike shop, is a bearded hunk of a guy who grew up rough then served in the Army, and the result is one sexy, over-protective hero who’s on the dominant side when it comes to sex. They’re in each other’s world so there’s already a shared link there, and from the beginning, PJ and Asa are just natural. Instant attraction leads to trading sexual innuendos right away, and it. is. hot. There are curves and muscles, piercings and tattoos, and it. is. hot. He’s older, she’s younger, and it. is. hot.

[A hot romance that will open you up...]

Jun 7 2015 2:00pm

Shipping Sunday: The Royals’ Eleanor/Jasper (Jeleanor)

The Royals Jasper and Eleanor

We in romance love our tropes. And there’s one new pairing that’s had me frantically searching out princess/bodyguard stories. I have The Royals’ hottest new TV couple - Jasper and Eleanor - to thank for that. Seriously, thank you. Their story is a complicated romance novel, rife with some of the latest trends, come to life. A little blackmail, lots of hate sex, some dominance/submission, hiding true feelings, trust issues, and ultimately enough common ground that the whole thing just works. And when chemistry on TV is this good, it’s worth getting hooked.

The princess is a piece of work. She’s spoiled and survives on a constant stream of drugs and alcohol in a desperate attempt to escape her crazy royal family and the expectations she can’t seem to live up to from the only ones she cares to impress. And difficult as she is, Jasper’s taken on the role of her bodyguard. But he has his own approach: blackmailing Eleanor with a sex tape after they sleep together in an effort to keep his job, and get closer to her.

[Nothing like a little hate to make the bedroom hotter...]

May 22 2015 9:30am

First Look: Tessa Bailey and Sophie Jordan Off Base (May 22, 2015)

Off Base by Tessa Bailey and Sophie Jordan

Tessa Bailey and Sophie Jordan
Off Base
Tessa Bailey and Sophie Jordan / May 22, 2015 / $2.99 digital

New York Times bestselling authors Tessa Bailey and Sophie Jordan team up for a collaboration featuring two sexy contemporary romance novellas.

Tessa Bailey: Kenna and Beck

A welcome home he never expected...and will never forget...

When Kenna Sutton is tasked with driving home newly returned Beck “True Blue” Collier, she expects the strategic Army mastermind to be a pasty number cruncher. Never at a loss for words, Kenna is nonetheless rendered speechless by the gorgeous, inexperienced and tightly-wound Army major that lands in her passenger seat. Outraged by Beck’s lack of a welcome home after seven long years overseas, Kenna takes matters into her own hands, giving Beck something he’s only ever fantasized about in his bunk.

Beck has never shied away from a test of will and Kenna gives new meaning to the word challenge. One problem? Kenna’s father is the lieutenant general presenting Beck with the Silver Star and Beck is determined to treat Kenna with the respect she deserves, even if her eyes beg Beck to act out his most secret desires with her. Desires he's always been told were the work of the devil. But how long can one lonely, starving man hope to resist the woman he craves?

Sophie Jordan: Huntley and Cullen

Being a good girl has its drawbacks...

Huntley Collier, an emergency room nurse and all-around do-gooder, is tired of living in the friend zone. Cullen Brooks was given the job of babysitting Huntley when her brother – his best friend – deployed. But their friendly coffeehouse hangouts and TV marathons leave her wanting more. When one crazy night leads to too many drinks and an explosion of long-denied lust, Huntley's dreams become a reality. And reality is one hot, wild place she never wants to leave.

But only a good girl can bring down a bad boy...

Known as Sullen Cullen around Black Rock, Cullen Brooks doesn’t have many friends, but Huntley is one of them … and despite his decidedly unfriendly fantasies of the curvy blonde, she is far too sweet for his darker tastes. Keeping his hands off is easier said than done, however, when demure, little Huntley responds to his touch like the wildcat he never expected...and can't stop pursuing, despite his better judgment. But when Cullen suddenly faces losing her, will this bad boy risk it all to keep his good girl?

Tessa Bailey and Sophie Jordan’s erotic military romance Off Base is the best-kept secret this spring. These authors collaborated on a top-secret, digital project they only revealed the week of release, featuring two intertwined novellas about two separate couples all set on the fictional Fort Black Rock Army Base. Jordan’s story features the beloved best friend/little sister trope, and Bailey’s story can be summed up in three words: Army virgin hero. And more than anything, this is the hottest stuff they’ve written yet.

[The military gets a little spicy with these two couples...]

May 11 2015 9:30am

First Look: Cora Carmack’s All Played Out (May 12, 2015)

Cora Carmack
All Played Out (Rusk University #3)
Harper Collins / May 12, 2015 / $13.99 print, $4.99 digital

In the third book in New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cora Carmack’s Rusk University series, a good girl is about to find out what happens when she creates the ultimate college bucket list and she sets her sights on a jock.

First person in her family to go to college? CHECK.

Straight A’s? CHECK.

On track to graduate early? CHECK.

Social life? …..yeah, about that….

With just a few weeks until she graduates, Antonella DeLuca’s beginning to worry that maybe she hasn’t had the full college experience. (Okay... Scratch that. She knows she hasn't had the full college experience).

So Nell does what a smart, dedicated girl like herself does best. She makes a “to do” list of normal college activities.

Item #1? Hook up with a jock.

Rusk University wide receiver Mateo Torres practically wrote the playbook for normal college living. When he’s not on the field, he excels at partying, girls, and more partying. As long as he keeps things light and easy, it's impossible to get hurt... again. But something about the quiet, shy, sexy-as-hell Nell gets under his skin, and when he learns about her list, he makes it his mission to help her complete it.

Torres is the definition of confident (And sexy. And wild), and he opens up a side of Nell that she's never known.  But as they begin to check off each crazy, exciting, normal item, Nell finds that her frivolous list leads to something more serious than she bargained for. And while Torres is used to taking risks on the field, he has to decide if he's willing to take the chance when it's more than just a game.

Together they will have to decide if what they have is just part of the experiment or a chance at something real.

Cora Carmack’s third Rusk University New Adult novel, All Played Out, is the best—and hottest—in the series yet. Wide receiver Mateo Torres is a fun lovin’ ladies’ man who doesn’t take anything too seriously except football. And Nell is a shy, by-the-book innocent who’s always kept her head down and focused on the future. Until early graduation looms all too soon on the horizon and she realizes college has passed her by without much living in the now. So in a sort of spin on the lessons in seduction trope, the college bucket list is born.

[Our kind of bucket list, since the final item has to be an HEA...]

May 4 2015 9:30am

First Look: Elizabeth Moss’s Wolf Bride (May 5, 2015)

Wolf Bride by Elizabeth Moss

Elizabeth Moss
Wolf Bride (Lust in the Tudor Court #1)
Sourcebooks / May 5, 2015 / $15.99 print, $7.99 digital

Hilary Mantel meets Sylvia Day: the first installment in a deliciously erotic trilogy, set against the sumptuous backdrop of the scandal-ridden Tudor Court.

Bound to him against her will...

Lord Wolf, hardened soldier and expert lover, has come to King Henry VIII's court to claim his new bride: a girl who has intrigued him since he first saw her riding across the Yorkshire moors.

Eloise Tyrell, now lady-in-waiting to Queen Anne Boleyn, has other ideas. She has no desire to submit to a man she barely knows and who-though she is loath to admit it-frightens her more than a little.

Their first kiss awakens in both a fierce desire that bares them to the soul. But as the court erupts into scandal around the ill-fated Queen, Eloise sees firsthand what happens when powerful men tire of their wives...

There can never be too many erotic historical romances. To have the bedroom door of couples in period settings, language, and garb wide open is somehow just more indulgent and naughty. And we all love a good arranged marriage story, especially here in the first book in Elizabeth Moss’s Lust in the Tudor Court series, Wolf Bride, between Lord Wolf and lady’s maid Eloise, once childhood acquaintances but now virtual strangers. There’s a host of tropes here for the taking, and the fact that it’s all set around one of the most explosive, controversial events in history is a back-drop that will really set this trilogy apart.

[Will you be abe to handle it all?]

Apr 28 2015 1:45pm

First Look: Leah Raeder’s Black Iris (April 28, 2015)

Black Iris by Leah Raeder

Leah Raeder
Black Iris
Atria Books / April 28, 2015 / $15.00 print, $5.99 digital

The next dark and sexy romantic suspense novel from the USA TODAY bestselling author of Unteachable, which was praised for its “lush, haunting prose, deft storytelling, and scorching sensuality” (M. Pierce, bestselling author of the Night Owl trilogy), and called “one of the best forbidden romances” (Lauren Blakely, New York Times bestselling author).

“Love is not a thing that we create. It’s an undoing.”

It only took one moment of weakness for Laney Keating’s world to fall apart. One stupid gesture for a hopeless crush. Then the rumors began. Slut, they called her. Queer. Psycho. Mentally ill, messed up, so messed up even her own mother decided she wasn’t worth sticking around for.

If Laney could erase that whole year, she would. College is her chance to start with a clean slate.

She’s not looking for new friends, but they find her: charming, handsome Armin, the only guy patient enough to work through her thorny defenses—and fiery, filterless Blythe, the bad girl and partner in crime who has thorns of her own.

But Laney knows nothing good ever lasts. When a ghost from her past resurfaces—the bully who broke her down completely—she decides it’s time to live up to her own legend. And Armin and Blythe are going to help.

Which was the plan all along.

Because the rumors are true. Every single one. And Laney is going to show them just how true.

She’s going to show them all.

In Leah Raeder’s second book, Delaney Keating has a certain disdain for the “typical college romance novel,” and Black Iris is anything but. Emily Thorne has nothing on Laney, and Raeder’s novel is a cross between “Revenge” and “How to Get Away with Murder,” on steroids. Here’s an idea of just what young people on the cusp of adulthood really are dealing with, a dark world of sexuality undefined, drugs, and what Laney herself perhaps describes best as “Machiavellian masturbation.” It’s a head-trip, but it’s a big foray into an under-represented and misunderstood sector of romance, and Raeder brutally and passionately conveys a story that may just turn all expectations upside down.

[Black Swan has nothing on Black Iris...]

Apr 20 2015 3:00pm

Small Town Showalter: Introducing Gena Showalter’s The Original Heartbreakers

The One You Want by Gena ShowalterGena Showalter’s take on small town romance in her new series the Original Heartbreakers is all her own.

This series, named after the heartbreakers themselves - Dane, West, Jase, and Beck - actually plays up the men, their relationship, their past, and their connection to each other. It’s a real part of the story, not just a throwaway. And Showalter gives them real secrets, real struggles, and real baggage to earn their titles. We’re convinced these bad news bad boys that have just moved to Strawberry Valley, Oklahoma, are here to do some damage. And this time they just may have their hearts handed to them.

Any small town contemporary romance series that opens with the stepbrother/stepsister trope gets instant attention. Forbidden but with built-in conflict and chemistry when done right, Dane and Kenna’s story is no different. It’s sexy and emotional and perfect as a novella. And though their parents have been in a long-term relationship, Dane and Kenna really couldn’t be more different, so when they come together, it’s everything that maybe shouldn’t work but does.

[Isn't that amazing...]

Apr 13 2015 5:00pm

First Look: Christina Lauren’s Beautiful Secret (April 14, 2015)

Beautiful Secret by Christina LaurenChristina Lauren
Beautiful Secret (Beautiful Bastard #4)
Gallery / April 14, 2015 / $16.00 print, $7.99 digital


New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author Christina Lauren’s Beautiful and Wild Seasons series hook up in Beautiful Secret for an erotic intercontinental romp that celebrates the best of both worlds!

When Ruby Miller’s boss announces he’s sending her on an extended business trip to New York City, she’s shocked. As one of the best and brightest young engineers in London, she knows she’s professionally up to the task. The part that’s throwing her is where she’ll be spending a month up close and personal working alongside—and staying in a hotel with—Niall Stella, her firm’s top urban planning executive and The Hottest Man Alive. Despite her ongoing crush, Ruby is certain Niall barely knows she’s alive…until their flirty overnight flight makes him sit up and take notice.

Not one for letting loose and breaking rules, recently divorced Niall would describe himself as hopeless when it comes to women. But even he knows outgoing California-girl Ruby is a breath of fresh air. Once she makes it her mission to help the sexy Brit loosen his tie, there’s no turning back. Thousands of miles from London, it’s easy for the lovers to play pretend. But when the trip is over, will the relationship they’ve built up fall down?

It’s the Christina Lauren plot we love best: boss and intern. Where else do we get phrases like “topography of his crotch” and “business porn” in our romance? But in Beautiful Secret, this time Ruby has a huge crush on her very Mr. Darcy-like office exec, Niall Stella. He’s perfectly British, proper and closed-off, and she’s a younger, freer Cali girl with every bit as much to teach him as he can give her. At first it’s a comedy of errors - her secret crush, his discovery - but soon enough it has the potential to be a fantasy of epic proportions when Ruby’s sequestered with Niall for a month on a work trip in NYC.

[This author does love to push people together...]

Apr 10 2015 9:30am

One Night Changes Everything in Karina Halle’s Where Sea Meets Sky

Josh and Gemma are strangers. And Karina Halle’s New Adult novel, Where Sea Meets Sky, combines one-night-stand with coming-of-age to glorious success, one that makes this not just a read, but an experience. They meet on one side of the world, in Vancouver at a Halloween party—where the mental image of the hero dressed as Khal Drogo, plus one very hot encounter, gets things off to a banging start—and end up on the other side. 

On the scale of sex, there are four different ways to measure your fuck. There is sex. Good sex. Amazing sex. And mind-blowing sex. There is no bad sex because, I mean, it’s still sex. At least to me. I’m not picky. But what I did with Gemma, that fucktastically hot foreign minx, is in another category of its own.

That was pure, primal, crazy, sweaty, erotic, sensual, rabid animal, life-changing sex. That was the sex that happens once in your life. If you’re lucky. I cannot get it out of my head. I cannot get her out of my head. For the next few days after Halloween, Gemma and her come-hither eyes and thick hair and infectious laugh are all I can think about.

But I never even got her last name.

Josh and Gemma, like so many twenty-somethings, need a change, something new. They’re similar in the ways they’ve been stuck spinning their wheels for too long at too young an age, a mirror of the other that finally allows them to see it’s time to start living. It’s Gemma who inspires Josh to take off on the trip of a lifetime with very few plans, a dream we all wish we had the guts to go after. It’s clear that Where Sea Meets Sky is the novel of Halle’s heart. A road trip of epic proportions, it’s also a love letter to the country of New Zealand. You feel as if you’re there, and moreover, you feel every emotion of Josh’s and Gemma’s.

[Their emotions are our emotions...]

Mar 24 2015 4:30pm

First Look: Katy Evans’s Manwhore (March 24, 2015)

Manwhore by Katy Evans

Katy Evans
Manwhore (Manwhore #1)
Gallery / March 24, 2015 / $16.99 print, $7.99 digital

From Katy Evans, the New York Times bestselling author of Real, Mine, Remy, Rogue, and Ripped comes the first novel in a sexy new series.

Is it possible to expose Chicago's hottest player—without getting played?

This is the story I've been waiting for all my life, and its name is Malcolm Kyle Preston Logan Saint. Don't be fooled by that last name though. There's nothing holy about the man except the hell his parties raise. The hottest entrepreneur Chicago has ever known, he's a man's man with too much money to spend and too many women vying for his attention.

Mysterious. Privileged. Legendary. His entire life he's been surrounded by the press as they dig for tidbits to see if his fairytale life is for real or all mirrors and social media lies. Since he hit the scene, his secrets have been his and his alone to keep. And that's where I come in.

Assigned to investigate Saint and reveal his elusive personality, I'm determined to make him the story that will change my career.

But I never imagined he would change my life. Bit by bit, I start to wonder if I'm the one discovering him...or if he's uncovering me.

What happens when the man they call Saint, makes you want to sin?

Bastard heroes are hard to get right in romance, and with Katy Evans’s Malcom Saint from her new series with the unforgettable title, Manwhore, she gives us her version of the type. So many memorable ones have stood out on the pages in recent years, that they need to be bad enough but still human. Still someone who says he isn’t looking for love, but doesn’t completely and irrevocably screw it up when it comes his way. Malcolm Saint fits the bill.

[So many bills...]

Mar 16 2015 4:30pm

First Look: Alex Rosa’s Tryst (March 17, 2015)

Tryst by Alex RosaAlex Rosa
Intermix / March 17, 2015 / $3.99 digital

In this sensational New Adult debut by Alex Rosa, boyfriends are too much trouble. So what’s the harm in a little fun?

With an abusive relationship behind her, Skyler moves out of her Orange County apartment, changes her phone number, cuts ties with her friends, and moves in with her brother Josh, a talent agent with a spare room in his incredible house in Hollywood.

Josh is happy to take Skyler under his wing, but he has one rule: she can’t sleep with his roommate, Blake. That’s fine by Skyler. She doesn’t want a man in her life right now—and certainly not cocky Blake who’s with a different girl every night. But his all-American boy charm and his ripped model physique are difficult to refuse. Josh will never know if no one ever tells him. And a little secret now and then never hurt anyone…

There’s one trope that just doesn’t seem to grow old: best friend/little sister. Alex Rosa’s debut Tryst capitalizes on all the best elements of this favorite theme while getting just right those moments that make  it so tempting and forbidden. And it turns out New Adult is a pretty perfect setting for this popular pairing. 

[The setup may be familiar, but it's a whole new story...]

Mar 9 2015 5:00pm

First Look: Nalini Singh’s Rock Hard (March 10, 2015)

Rock Hard by Nalini SinghNalini Singh
Rock Hard (Rock Kiss #2)
Nalini Singh / March 10, 2015 / $4.99 digital

In New York Times best-selling author Nalini Singh’s newest contemporary romance, passion ignites between a gorgeous, sinfully sexy man who built himself up from nothing and a shy woman who has a terrible secret in her past…

Wealthy businessman Gabriel Bishop rules the boardroom with the same determination and ruthlessness that made him a rock star on the rugby field. He knows what he wants, and he’ll go after it no-holds-barred.

And what he wants is Charlotte Baird.

Charlotte knows she’s a mouse. Emotionally scarred and painfully shy, she just wants to do her job and remain as invisible as possible. But the new CEO—a brilliant, broad-shouldered T-Rex of a man who growls and storms through the office, leaving carnage in his wake—clearly has other plans. Plans that may be equal parts business and bedroom.

If Charlotte intends to survive this battle of wits and hearts, the mouse will have to learn to wrangle the T-Rex. Game on.

With the Rock Kiss series, Nalini Singh has broken form a bit. While no stranger to contemporaries, Singh's backlist includes so many paranormals that this self-published series about rock stars has been a departure. And with Rock Hard, she changes the game even more. There are no rock stars to be found front and center here, but it’s the story we’ve been waiting for: Gabriel “The Bishop” rugby-star-turned-powerful-CEO and quiet personal assistant Charlotte Baird. Or T-Rex and the mouse.

[You know we love our boss-assistant romances...]

Feb 3 2015 10:30am

First Look: Samantha Young’s Hero (February 3, 2015)

Hero by Samantha YoungSamantha Young
NAL Trade / February 3, 2015 / $15.00 print, $3.99 digital

Alexa Holland’s father was her hero—until her shocking discovery that her mother and she weren’t his only family. Ever since, Alexa has worked to turn her life in a different direction and forge her own identity outside of his terrible secrets. But when she meets a man who’s as damaged by her father’s mistakes as she is, Alexa must help him.

Caine Carraway wants nothing to do with Alexa’s efforts at redemption, but it’s not so easy to push her away. Determined to make her hate him, he brings her to the edge of her patience and waits for her to walk away. But his actions only draw them together and, despite the odds, they begin an intense and explosive affair.

Only Caine knows he can never be the white knight that Alexa has always longed for. And when they’re on the precipice of danger, he finds he’ll do anything to protect either one of them from being hurt again....

There’s something about the billionaire and his assistant. It’s been told before, but with Samantha Young’s deft spin and knowing her characters to their core, Hero is unputdownable. A departure from her popular, close-to-home Scotland-set On Dublin Street series, Hero crosses the pond to tell the deeply entangled tale of Caine and Alexa, two individuals whose sins of Alexa's father have come to consume them, but have also brought them together.

[What can I help you with, bossman?]

Feb 2 2015 11:45am

First Look: Christina Lauren’s Beautiful Beloved (February 3, 2015)

Beautiful Beloved by Christina LaurenChristina Lauren
Beautiful Beloved
Simon and Schuster / February 3, 2015 / $0.99 digital

The seventh work in the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling series that started with the Beautiful Bastard, Beautiful Stranger, and Beautiful Player novels. Featuring all the Beautiful characters…plus one tiny new addition to the group.

In Beautiful Stranger, finance whiz Sara Dillon met the irresistibly sexy Brit, Max Stella, at a New York City club. Through the series we’ve watched them learn to balance commitment with their less than private brand of playfulness. In Beautiful Beloved, Max and Sara take it to the next step. But the question is: Will they be able to find a balance between the wild sexcapades they aren’t ready to retire, and the demands of parenthood that come along with their new Beautiful bundle of joy? Parenthood: it’s not for the weak of heart.

The Beautiful Bastard, Stranger, and Player have all grown up in Christina Lauren's Beautiful series. Once prime-time bachelors, they each had their world shaken up when they met their mate, now marriage, settling down, and pregnancy have changed everything. Beautiful Beloved is a return to the cast and series we love so much, with the spotlight once again on Max and Sara, and their new bundle of joy. But this isn’t really a baby story; it’s a couple’s post-pregnancy story, about reclaiming the lovers they want to be along with the role as parents they now are. And it not only rings true for Max and Sara, it carries an important message.

[We're ready to receive it...]

Jan 6 2015 2:00pm

First Look: Alice Clayton’s Last Call (January 6, 2015)

Last Call by Alice ClaytonAlice Clayton
Last Call (Cocktail Series)
Gallery / January 6, 2015 / $9.99 print, $4.99 digital

Simon and Caroline are back for another round of baking, banging, and big life changes. Settling in, but never settling down, Caroline has finally struck a balance between the professional and the personal. As one of the top interior designers in San Francisco, she travels all over Northern California between nook time with Simon.

Perpetual globetrotter Simon has cut his frequent flyer miles in half over the last year, preferring to balance his professional and personal life, as well.

The next step in their lives seems preordained—toasts, veils, and the aisle of rose petals. But when an accident on a photo shoot in Southeast Asia brings Caroline the most terrifying phone call she could ever imagine, she has to ask whether “till death do us part” is a more realistic prospect than faces most couples.

It's been a grand adventure, and Caroline and Simon wouldn't go out without the best surprise ending ever. One part sexy, one part laughter, a dash of exotic locales, and one pink nightie, mixed with passion, and you've got Last Call. Served with a side of Clive.

Caroline and Simon have been through it all. After starting off things with a bang in Alice Clayton's Wallbanger and experiencing the growing pain of things in Rusty Nailed, they've always done things their own way. But now with their friends' relationships naturally evolving into marriage and babies, the question in Last Call is, what's next for them? And the answer is an ending, romantic and perfect and perfectly Simon and Caroline, and what we're left with after seeing these two come full circle in their own screwball romantic comedy is still lots of laughs, plenty of romance and heat and swoon, and the pang of farewell.

[It's too soon to say goodbye!]

Dec 22 2014 3:00pm

Good Things Come in Small Packages: 2014 Christmas Novellas from Shalvis, Burton, and More!

Merry Christmas, Baby by Jill ShalvisWith just days until Christmas, it can be difficult to find the time we might wish for to devote to our favorite pastime. Thankfully, this holiday season has seen an influx of festive short stories, perfect for the reader strapped for time but looking for spirit. And with this group of holiday novellas—from returns to fan favorite series and stories we've been waiting for to sexy historicals set in more obscure eras to an m/m/m menage paranormal—there's a little something for everybody.

First up is a gift to all long-time fans of Jill Shalvis's Lucky Harbor series, Merry Christmas, Baby, a return glimpse into the lives of Sawyer and Chloe, and a short but sweet, multi-layered look at an unexpected pregnancy for a happily married couple. Chloe's pregnancy brain and neuroses and Sawyer's quiet but steady commitment make for a fun, heartwarming cap to their story, complete with a Christmas surprise. 

There's something about historicals and Christmas stories that go especially well hand in hand. With Her Christmas Earl, Anna Campbell weaves a unique story about a rake and a maiden caught in that compromising-position-of-doom, but it's an unusual one. It's once the hero and heroine really begin getting to know one another, along with a delicious look at their spicy life once the marriage-of-convenience vows are taken, where this story really begins to shine.

[A spicy marriage of convenience is our favorite kind!]

Dec 16 2014 12:00pm

First Look: Larissa Ione’s Revenant (December 16, 2014)

Revenant by Larissa IoneLarissa Ione
Revenant (Demonica)
Grand Central / December 16, 2014 / $8.00 print, $7.99 digital

For five thousand years, Revenant believed he was alone in the world, a fallen angel beyond any redemption. Now he finds he has a twin brother who had all the light and love Revenant was denied. Caught in a tug of war between Heaven and Hell, he must weigh his thirst for revenge against his desire for a mysterious female named Blaspheme-a female whose very origins could deliver him into salvation . . . or destruction.

Blaspheme has a deadly secret: she's the forbidden offspring of an angel and a fallen angel. Hunted by both heavenly and satanic forces, she has survived only by laying low and trusting no one. When Revenant claims he can save them both, how can she possibly believe him? But the powerful angel is persistence incarnate and for Blaspheme, there's no place she can hide in Heaven or Hell where he won't find her . . .

Last year saw a real return to Larissa Ione's popular and super-imaginative Demonica series and a merging with her Lords of Deliverance series, with Reaver, the most powerful angel in Heaven restored to grace as a Radiant, as well as the “good twin.” In a companion novel that continues to show profound effects on the paranormal fate of the world, Revenant is the dark side of the coin, the angel who's equally as powerful as his brother but who's only ever known a life in Hell, the “bad twin.”

[We do love a bad boy...]

Dec 1 2014 12:15pm

First Look: Lorelei James’s Schooled (December 2, 2014)

Schooled by Lorelei JamesLorelei James
Schooled (The Mastered Series)
Intermix / December 2, 2014 / $2.99 digital

When Amery Hardwick first met martial arts master Ronin Black, she wasn’t ready for the level of his sensual artistry—or his need for extreme control. Nor was she prepared for the primal urges it released in her. Amery and Ronin were made for each other.

When they married they were certain their future would be a fulfilling journey of love and passion. But happily ever after is never so simple. Six months later, while in Japan, Ronin is training with his sensei, while Amery is consumed by her own burgeoning career—and a culture shock with which she is struggling to adapt.

Now, from the heady pleasures of Tokyo bondage houses to the unyielding family traditions pulsing with every beat of Ronin’s heart, Amery and Ronin find the limits of their relationship tested once again, and shocked to discover what they’re willing to do in order to save it.

The great thing about sequels after fan favorite couples get their HEA is the comfort of knowing they have conquered all and come out together, while still getting to see them learning to navigate the everyday obstacles of life. This is exactly what we find in Lorelei James's Schooled, her follow-up to the Mastered duet featuring Ronin and Amery Black. 

[Getting schooled takes on a whole new meaning!]

Nov 27 2014 11:00am

First Look: Beth Kery’s Only for You (December 2, 2014)

Only for You by Beth KeryBeth Kery
Only for You (One Night of Passion)
Berkley Trade / December 2, 2014 / $16.00 print, $9.99 digital

Former Army intelligence officer Seth Hightower may work with the Hollywood elite as a makeup artist, but he’s learned not to trust the rich and famous with anything more than a good time. Only one woman ever tempted him to break his rules about dating actresses—and she left him with the memory of a single night and a lifetime of what-ifs.

Hollywood “It” girl Gia Harris is used to being in the spotlight. But after she witnesses something that puts her life in danger, she needs to avoid prying eyes. Seth’s special skills make him the perfect person to keep her famous face out of the news, but their history makes him the last person she wants to be alone with. He’s far too tempting—and now, far too close…

As Seth conceals Gia from those who would do her harm, they can’t ignore the blistering attraction between them. And when they give in to their cravings, they reveal more about themselves than either of them has ever laid bare before…

Beth Kery returns to her One Night of Passion series with the final installment, Only for You, whose connecting premise to the other stories is beginning with a scorching one night stand and leading to true romance. And like in the other entries, Seth Hightower—whose story we've been waiting for—and Gia Harris, both huge fixtures in the Hollywood scene, have a one-night encounter that is far from ordinary. 


Nov 22 2014 11:30am

3 Things the Fifty Shades of Grey Film MUST Get Right

Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson as Christian and AnaLove it or hate it, E.L. James's Fifty Shades of Grey is a cultural phenomenon. It's a polarizing work inside and out of romance circles, but its bestseller status many times over and overwhelming penchant as watercooler talk made a transition to the big screen basically inevitable. The thing is, its popularity means that just about everyone has an opinion on the idea of a BDSM romance novel translating to theaters. It's really the first exposure of the genre to blockbuster feature film status. And regardless of the final product, Fifty Shades of Grey struck a chord with people across the globe for a reason, and above all, the film version has to respect that. The Fifty Shades film should make us love it for the same reasons the book resonated with so many. It must reflect the story we've come to know and in order to do that, it has to nail three things: the extreme sex, the proper articulation and balance of the romance, and Christian Grey.

As a film, Fifty Shades of Grey has one objective to accomplish: Walking the tightrope of honoring what fans and readers love about the addictive quality of the work while doing justice to our overactive imaginations as we've devoured the story and know it well. It needs to take itself seriously but not too seriously.

The intensity that should have come across in the first official trailer released this summer at times unfortunately just feels slow, boring, and even cold. So often BDSM is portrayed poorly and inaccurately, and with the visual component of the props and the Red Room of Pain, it cannot be a bunch of cheap thrills. It can't be stereotype and it can't just be an extreme version of Twilight. Execution of the BDSM lifestyle here is a concern, and it's one of the main hit-or-miss elements upon which the film's success hinders, and there will be plenty of fact-checkers in the audience.

[What else will fans be expecting?...]