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Sun
Aug 23 2015 10:00am

First Look: Sharon Page’s Deeper in Sin (August 25, 2015)

Deeper in Sin by Sharon Page

Sharon Page
Deeper in Sin (Wicked Dukes #2)
Kensington / August 25, 2015 / $12.95 print, $9.99 digital

Passion Lost
Memories of a dark past have left the Duke of Caradon disinclined to have any fun. But at the urging of friends, he finds himself attending a Cyprian ball in the hope that some woman will attract his attention. And one certainly does. A stunningly sensual woman who reawakens feelings of carnal desire he thought long lost. . .

Desire Found
Sophie Ashley knows little of the courtesan life except what she's read in a book. A quick learner, Sophie makes her debut at the Cyprian Ball hoping to find a wealthy protector. And when she makes the acquaintance of the reclusive Duke of Caradon, she's most eager to test her talents in the art of erotic seduction. . .

Deeper in Sin tells the story of Sophie, a down-on-her-luck common girl looking for a new start. And she chooses a brazen one: becoming a courtesan. The second book in Sharon Page’s erotic historical Wicked Dukes series is not only a bold seduction between two people seeking redemption or only a dark whodunnit, but rather a primer of insight into the lifestyle of a mistress in Regency England—one where you’ll visit the other side, where courtesan life isn’t at all glamorous; it’s murderous.

[Solve the mystery and don't look back...]

Tue
Aug 18 2015 4:30pm

First Look: Shayla Black and Lexi Blake’s Scandal Never Sleeps (August 18, 2015)

Scandal Never Sleeps by Shayla Black and Lexi Blake

Shayla Black & Lexi Blake
Scandal Never Sleeps (Perfect Gentlemen #1)
Berkley / August 18, 2015 / $16.00 print, $9.99 digital

From the New York Times bestselling authors of the Masters of Ménage series . . .

They are the Perfect Gentlemen of Creighton Academy: privileged, wealthy, powerful friends with a wild side. But a deadly scandal is about to tear down their seemingly ideal lives . . .

Maddox Crawford’s sudden death sends Gabriel Bond reeling. Not only is he burying his best friend, he’s cleaning up Mad’s messes, including his troubled company. Grieving and restless, Gabe escapes his worries in the arms of a beautiful stranger. But his mind-blowing one-night stand is about to come back to haunt him . . .

Mad groomed Everly Parker to be a rising star in the executive world. Now that he’s gone, she’s sure her job will be the next thing she mourns, especially after she ends up accidentally sleeping with her new boss. If only their night together hadn’t been so incendiary—or Gabe like a fantasy come true . . .

As Gabe and Everly struggle to control the heated tension between them, they discover evidence that Mad’s death was no accident. Now they must bank their smoldering passions to hunt down a murderer—because Mad had secrets that someone was willing to kill for, and Gabe or Everly could be the next target . . .

There’s a new sub-genre trending in romance this summer: it’s romantic suspense for the elite. First The Bourbon Kings, now with Shayla Black and Lexi Blake’s Scandal Never Sleeps, we’re plunged into privileged worlds few would ever be privy to. An ensemble of heroes lies at the heart of the Perfect Gentlemen series, and each of the six Creighton Academy players have major screen time: two billionaire helms of mega corporations, a CIA agent, a Navy officer, a lawyer-turned-Chief of Staff, and the freakin’ United States President. It’s the billionaire playboy trope for the political set.

[Leave the politics out of the bedroom... ]

Mon
Aug 17 2015 2:00pm

The Forbidden in Romance: Stepbrothers, Priests, and More from Stein, Leigh, and Pearce

Nauti Boy by Lora Leigh

Some of the most talked-about and even most-loved books in romance are those that fall on the more extreme ends of the spectrum. Romance lovers feel strongly about our fantasies, what appeals to each of us individually for whatever reason—experience, background, circumstance. Forbidden love is personal, often subjective, frequently polarizing. But these books start the dialogue, sometimes they start the trends. The best thing about Forbidden Romance is how there’s a little bit of everything for everyone. Whatever your trigger, whatever your fantasy, these are the books and their writers who are stretching the limits, pushing the boundaries, and opening minds. We love a guaranteed sweet, or hot, standard romance, but forbidden romance makes our hearts pound. Whether it’s stepsiblings, rape fantasy, physically impossible sex, incestuous-erotic, priest love, or a hundred others, the good news is if you’ve got a fantasy, you can probably explore it on the page.

Stepsibling romance has become all the rage in publishing, but Lora Leigh started it all way ahead of the trend with the first in her series of the same name, Nauti Boy. Army guy Rowdy returns home from service to the stepsister he’s loved for years and fought attraction to by going halfway around the world. But Kelly’s awakened to it too now, Rowdy’s resolve has waned, and Lora Leigh’s dirty talk is at a perfect all-time high once Kelly and Rowdy get started. It’s virgin heroine, getting it on under your parents’ roof, pure unadulterated fantasy. This is what made me love the stepsibling trope as my own personal forbidden trigger.

[Forbidden doesn't mean off limits...]

Tue
Jul 28 2015 9:30am

First Look: J.R. Ward’s The Bourbon Kings (July 28, 2015)

The Bourbon Kings by J.R. Ward

J.R. Ward
The Bourbon Kings (Bourbon Kings #1)
Penguin / July 28, 2015 / $27.99 print, $13.99 digital

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Black Dagger Brotherhood delivers the first novel in an enthralling new series set amid the shifting dynamics of a Southern family defined by wealth and privilege—and compromised by secrets, deceit, and scandal....

For generations, the Bradford family has worn the mantle of kings of the bourbon capital of the world. Their sustained wealth has afforded them prestige and privilege—as well as a hard-won division of class on their sprawling estate, Easterly. Upstairs, a dynasty that by all appearances plays by the rules of good fortune and good taste. Downstairs, the staff who work tirelessly to maintain the impeccable Bradford facade. And never the twain shall meet.

For Lizzie King, Easterly’s head gardener, crossing that divide nearly ruined her life. Falling in love with Tulane, the prodigal son of the bourbon dynasty, was nothing that she intended or wanted—and their bitter breakup only served to prove her instincts were right. Now, after two years of staying away, Tulane is finally coming home again, and he is bringing the past with him. No one will be left unmarked: not Tulane’s beautiful and ruthless wife; not his older brother, whose bitterness and bad blood know no bounds; and especially not the ironfisted Bradford patriarch, a man with few morals, fewer scruples, and many, many terrible secrets.

As family tensions—professional and intimately private—ignite, Easterly and all its inhabitants are thrown into the grips of an irrevocable transformation, and only the cunning will survive.

When it comes to romance, we’re used to a pretty specific formula. At least general guidelines, an idea of what to expect. With J.R. Ward’s long-awaited, contemporary Southern saga, The Bourbon Kings, there are no expectations. It’s splashy, it’s extravagant, it’s jaw-dropping. It’s a world with characters we want to follow through, imperfect people whose lives are messes, who are at the brink of massive change, rampant scandal, and complete collapse. Ward takes risks from start to finish, and the result is new romance, told as an ensemble, a quick-paced cross between violent suspense masked under proper manners and bold romance with big emotion, within a multi-POV structure and the intrigue of modern class relations. Bourbon is both the livelihood and the drug of choice. 

[3 couples looking for more than HEA or less...]

Mon
Jul 27 2015 12:00pm

First Look: Sophie Jordan’s All the Ways to Ruin a Rogue (July 28, 2015)

All the Ways to Ruin a Rogue by Sophie Jordan

Sophie Jordan                  
All the Ways to Ruin a Rogue (The Debutante Files #2)     
Avon / July 28, 2015 / $7.99 print, $5.99 digital

First friends, then enemies . . .

Lady Aurelia hasn't always hated Max, Viscount Camden, her brother's best friend. In fact, as a besotted girl, she thrived under his kind attention— sure that he was the most noble and handsome man in the land. Until her young heart discovered what manner of rogue he really was. Now, though she enjoys nothing more than getting on his last nerve, she can't deny Max drives her to distraction— even if she tries to pretend otherwise.

Now something more...

Max cannot recall a time when Aurelia did not vex him. If she was not his friend's sister, he would stay far away from the infuriating vixen. Unfortunately, they are always thrown together. At parties and family gatherings...she is always there. Mocking him, tossing punch in his face, driving him mad...until one night, she goes too far and he retaliates in the only way he can: with a kiss that changes everything.

Sophie Jordan’s new historical series is something different, a new dimension for the author who’s well-versed in historical and expanded to Young Adult, Paranormal, and New Adult. In this case, her foray into New Adult has added heat and depth to her latest Debutante Files book: it’s bolder, sexier, and riskier, and all the better for it. The first book, The Good Debutantes Guide to Ruin, is an historical stebsibling story, Christmas novella An Heiress for All Seasons harkens back to classic romance sagas with big emotion and big reward, and this second entry, All the Ways to Ruin a Rogue, is a spicy enemies-to-lovers tale where the fighting is foreplay, the brassy heroine gives as good as she gets, and the journey to giving in is as good as the destination.

[Heat up your TBR list...]

Mon
Jul 13 2015 4:30pm

First Look: Lorelei James’s Caged (July 14, 2015)

Caged by Lorelei James

Lorelei James
Caged (Mastered #4)
NAL / July 14, 2015 / $14.99 print, $9.99 digital

In the searing fourth novel in the Mastered Series, following Unraveled, only one woman can set a hardened fighter free from his past.…

In order to survive a life of tragedy, Deacon McConnell embraced his roughest edges and learned to fight on the streets. Then a life-changing jujitsu seminar led by Sensei Ronin Black led Deacon to become a professional fighter. With his muscular physique and his body covered in tattoos and scars, the MMA fighter defines mean, both on and off the mat.

But everything changes when innocent Molly Calloway signs up for his kickboxing class. Molly is Deacon’s opposite in every way: She’s kind, sweet, thoughtful, and educated. After a heated argument between them turns into a passionate encounter, Deacon realizes Molly is eager to experience more, and she looks to him to take her to the darker edge of lust....

The last thing either of them expects is how deeply their lives will be thrown upside down by the passion they find together.

Lorelei James can set up all the parts of a love story like nobody’s business. Her BDSM Mastered series has hit full stride with Caged, as couples we’ll long to see come into stories of their own are being moved into place, and we’re really getting attached to the characters that make up the Denver Black Arts dojo. For Molly and Deacon, she’s a bit prim, he’s a bit mean, but theirs is an inexplicable chemistry through three books’ and two years’ timeline worth of foreplay. This was worth waiting for. 

[Another great BDSM erotica from the Mastered series...]

Thu
Jul 9 2015 9:30am

When Happy Ever After Gets Real: Kate Pearce’s Simply Irresistible

Simply Irresistible by Kate Pearce

Note: This post contains spoilers from Kate Pearce's Sinner's Club series, especially Simply Irresistible and Simply Sinful. Read with caution—and delight!

Kate Pearce is no stranger to doing things her own way. Her latest spin-off series, The Sinners Club, contains enough taboos like incest and games, multiple partners, and sex of all combinations to set it apart in historical erotic romance. And with her latest novella in the original House of Pleasure series, Simply Irresistible, she turns tropes on their head and bucks any usual standards with the “killing off” of an original character, bigamy, swinging, and showing that even in romance, the happy ever after isn’t always the end of the story.

We go back to the beginning to revisit original couples Val and Sara, Peter and Abby, but Simply Irresistible is really the bookend to Peter and Abby’s story. Their story was probably the most open-ended of all of the Simply novels, due to Peter’s ongoing attraction to and sexual relationship with Val and the fact that Abby is legally married to James, who prefers men himself and was a prominent part of the source material, Simply Sinful. So for those of us wondering exactly how this sexual musical chairs of sorts was going to figure long-term, this is the answer.

[It's a hell of a job making it work with or without love...]

Tue
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...]

Sun
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...]

Fri
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...]

Mon
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...]

Mon
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?]

Tue
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...]

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?]