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Mon
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...]

Mon
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

AN UPTIGHT BRITISH EXECUTIVE. AN ADVENTUROUS AMERICAN NEWBIE. A SEXY INTERNATIONAL SCANDAL IN THE MAKING.

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...]

Fri
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...]

Tue
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...]

Mon
Mar 16 2015 4:30pm

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

Tryst by Alex RosaAlex Rosa
Tryst
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...]

Mon
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...]

Tue
Feb 3 2015 10:30am

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

Hero by Samantha YoungSamantha Young
Hero
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?]

Mon
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...]

Tue
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!]

Mon
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!]

Tue
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...]

Mon
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!]

Thu
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. 

[Extraordinary!...]

Sat
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?...]

Tue
Nov 18 2014 5:30pm

First Look: Sophie Jordan’s Wild (November 18, 2014)

Wild by Sophie JordanSophie Jordan
Wild (Ivy Chronicles)
Avon / November 18, 2014 / $13.99 print / $2.99 digital

Months after her boyfriend dumped her, Georgia can still hear the insults he hurled at her. Boring. Predictable. Tame. Tired of feeling bad, she’s ready to change her image, and go a little wild. What better way to prove her ex wrong than a hot night of sexual adventure at the secret campus kink club?

In the shadowy den of the kink club, she unexpectedly runs into Logan Mulvaney, her friend’s little brother. A player extraordinaire too hot for his own good, he may be younger, but the guy is light years ahead when it comes to sexual experience. Now he’s telling her to go home—“good girls” don’t belong here!

Georgia is tired of having others define her. She’s going to teach Logan a lesson he won’t forget—one white hot, mind-wrecking kiss . . . that leads to another . . . and another . . . and. . . . Realizing she’s way in over her head, Georgia runs.

Only Logan won’t let her go. Everywhere she goes he’s there, making her want every inch of him. Making her forget who she is. Who he is. And just how wrong they are for each other.

There's nothing better or more fun than a good girl gone bad. With Wild, Sophie Jordan wraps up her sexy New Adult trilogy, the Ivy Chronicles, with the long-awaited story of too-perfect Georgia and bad boy Logan. And if the first book in the series was all about foreplay, this one is all sexual tension. The good girl and bad boy is a common theme in New Adult, but the two best things about watching it unfold here: Georgia's fall from good girl status, and that Logan's the one to take her there.

[He's got Georgia on his mind, huh?]

Mon
Nov 10 2014 2:45pm

First Look: Kit Rocha’s Beyond Possession (November 10, 2014)

Beyond Possession by Kit RochaKit Rocha
Beyond Possession (Beyond 5.5)
Kit Rocha / Novmeber 10, 2014 / $2.99 digital

Tatiana Stone has worked hard to establish herself as one of Sector Four's most skilled crafters. All she wants is peace—but the sins of her father haunt her. He ruled the sector as a petty tyrant before the O'Kane takeover, and plenty of people harbor bitter memories of his cruelty. Especially now that Tatiana’s beloved baby sister has fallen in with a man who wants to start a revolution.

Zan failed his boss once, and it won't happen again. So when Dallas O'Kane asks him to defuse the rebellion brewing in the sector, he’ll do whatever it takes to get the job done—including seduce Tatiana. It’s the perfect opportunity to get closer to the pretty crafter and complete his mission. But what he discovers is a fiery, passionate woman—and an affair that could destroy them both.

With every visit to Sector Four, there's more and more to admire about the O'Kanes. In Kit Rocha's Beyond Posession, we meet fallen princess Tatiana Stone, whose father's brutal regime was taken down by Dallas O'Kane, leaving her to pick up the pieces and try to make a life for herself, caught in the chains of the old life she hated, but a stigma she can't escape, as well as fragile loyalty to the new authority she can't fully join. And the best and worst part of this new world order for Tatiana and her place in it is Zan.

[Beyond contradictions]

Tue
Nov 4 2014 5:30pm

First Look: Christina Lauren’s Dirty Rowdy Thing (November 4, 2014)

Dirty Rowdy Thing by Christina LaurenChristina Lauren
Dirty Rowdy Thing (Wild Season #2)
Gallery / November 4, 2014 / $16.00 print, $7.99 digital

Despite their rowdy hookups, Harlow and Finn don’t even like each other...which would explain why their marriage lasted only twelve hours. He needs to be in charge and takes whatever he wants. She lives by the Want-something-done? Do-it-yourself mantra. Maybe she’s too similar to the rugged fisherman—or just what he needs.

Christina Lauren's new Wild Seasons series has been full of surprises. Its premise, that what happens in Vegas doesn't stay in Vegas, is a sort of cosmic comeuppance and a hell of lot of fun. We knew Harlow and Finn's story was an explosive one, the couple who made the most of the wedding night following an impulsive quickie wedding but went their separate ways in the light of day. But there's something they can't get out of their systems, and the surprising thing is how much more it is than that.

The Christina Lauren duo's take on their first rugged, outdoorsman hero proves that Frenchman hottie Ansel was not a fluke and all of their men are just that sexy. Finn is burly and hard-working, quiet and thoughtful, until he's all take charge and dominant behind closed doors, and just the thing to give feisty vixen Harlow a run for her money.

[She needs someone to keep her on her toes...]

Tue
Oct 21 2014 2:00pm

First Look: Darynda Jones’s Seventh Grave and No Body (October 21, 2014)

Seventh Grave and No Body by Darynda JonesDarynda Jones
Seventh Grave and No Body
St. Martin's Press / October 21, 2014 / $25.99 print, $12.99 digital

Twelve. Twelve of the deadliest beasts ever forged in the fires of hell have escaped onto our plane, and they want nothing more than to rip out the jugular of Charley Davidson and serve her lifeless, mangled body to Satan for dinner. So there’s that. But Charley has more on her plate than a mob of testy hellhounds. For one thing, her father has disappeared, and the more she retraces his last steps, the more she learns he was conducting an investigation of his own, one that has Charley questioning everything she’s ever known about him. Add to that an ex-BFF who is haunting her night and day, a rash of suicides that has authorities baffled, and a drop-dead sexy fiancé who has attracted the attentions of a local celebrity, and Charley is not having the best week of her life. But all of that combined barely scratches the surface of her problems. Recent developments—and a few distressing prophesies—have forced her to become a responsible adult. Exactly the kind of adult she’s never aspired to be. To conquer such a monumental task, she’s decided to start small. Really small. She gets a pet. But how can she save the world against the forces of evil when she can’t even keep a goldfish alive?

A tad north of hell, a hop, skip, and a jump past the realm of eternity, is a little place called Earth, and Charley Davidson, grim reaper extraordinaire, is determined to do everything in her power to protect it.

We’re doomed.

Charley Davidson, the heart and soul of Darynda Jones's fantastically funny Grim Reaper series, is growing up. She's wearing more hats than ever, but it's not just about her, and not even just about her and Reyes anymore. Charley is more than the sum of all of her self-named body parts and deadpan one-liners,  and she's becoming stronger with each installment of this heroine-centric series.

[You go, girl!]

Sun
Aug 31 2014 2:30pm

First Look: Erin McCarthy’s Shatter (September 2, 2014)

Shatter by Erin McCarthyErin McCarthy
Shatter
Berkley / September 2, 2014 / $14.00 print, $5.99 digital

From the USA Today bestselling author of True, Sweet, and Believe comes a tantalizing New Adult novel about finding love in the most unexpected ways…

Kylie Warner prides herself on being optimistic, but after finding her best friend in bed with her boyfriend and flunking chemistry, her upbeat attitude has taken a dive. Even an impromptu hook-up with her sexy new chemistry tutor only brightens her mood slightly. After all, it’s not like she’ll ever see the tattooed scholar again…

While he’s a whiz at complex equations, Jonathon Kadisch has trouble when it comes to figuring out women. So when Kylie tells him that she’s pregnant after their night of passion, he’s at a complete loss. He’s prepared to be a good father—unlike his own deadbeat dad—but he’s less prepared to fall for the genuine and alluring blonde bearing his child.

With emotions running high, Kylie wonders if Jonathon’s devotion is out of growing love or looming obligation. And when heartbreak threatens to tear them apart, Jonathon will have to fight for the only girl who’s ever made him feel whole…

Erin McCarthy's True Believers series has always been a little set apart from the typical New Adults. The raw, gritty writing and the forthright way everyone just speaks their mind has been notable from the start, but in the course of four books, the topics explored have grown increasingly heavier, forcing an inherently lovable group of underdogs in a series that really shows the underbelly of college life to grow up very fast. And with Shatter, there's one issue at the forefront: unplanned pregnancy.

[That makes things more complicated...]

Fri
Aug 22 2014 4:00pm

First Look: Anna Campbell’s What a Duke Dares (August 26, 2014)

What Duke Dares by Anna CampbellAnna Campbell
What a Duke Dares (Sons of Sin #3)
Grand Central / August 26, 2014 / $8.00 print, $7.99 digital

What woman in her right mind would say no to marrying the dashing Duke of Sedgemoor? Miss Penelope Thorne, that's who. She's known Camden Rothermere since they were children-and she also knows she'd bring nothing but scandal to his name.

Cam can hardly believe Penelope turned down his proposal. But if she wants to run off to the Continent and set the rumor mill ablaze, he can't stop her. Then her brother's dying request sends him to bring home the one woman he thought he'd finally gotten over.

The only way they'll both get back to London without their reputations in tatters is to pretend they're married during the journey. That means kissing like they mean it and even sharing a bed-until it becomes hard to tell where the game ends and true desire begins . . .

At the Romantic Times Convention in May, Lisa Kleypas declared during a panel that what she hopes for the future of historical romance is a return to the lush, sweeping, epic dramas of the past. In my mind, this is some delicious cross between bodice rippers that got our blood pumping and the tamer but still romantic and memorable historical hits of recent years. And What a Duke Dares, the third novel in Anna Campbell's Sons of Sin series, is a good start to usher in this hybrid that represents the best of both worlds.

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