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Apr 12 2014 10:00am

Hard Time by Cara McKennaCara McKenna
Hard Time
Intermix / April 15, 2014 /$3.99 digital

Annie Goodhouse doesn’t need to be warned about bad boys; good sense and an abusive ex have given her plenty of reasons to play it safe. But when she steps into her new role as outreach librarian for Cousins Correctional Facility, no amount of good sense can keep her mind—or eyes—off inmate Eric Collier.

Eric doesn’t claim to be innocent of the crime that landed him in prison. In fact, he’d do it again if that’s what it took to keep his family safe. Loyalty and force are what he knows. But meeting Annie makes him want to know more.

When Eric begins courting Annie through letters, they embark on a reckless, secret romance—a forbidden fantasy that neither imagines could ever be real…until early parole for Eric changes everything, and forces them both to face a past they can’t forget, and a desire they can’t deny.

Set in the same bleakly hopeless Darren, Michigan, where her spectacular After Hours unfolded, Hard Time is Cara McKenna's companion piece, a novel equally as shocking and unpredictable that, instead of a psychiatric hospital, begins on the shaky grounds of a prison, and instead of a rough orderly, goes all the way with a convicted felon hero. Annie and Eric's courtship, which can be called nothing else as the letters are so sweetly innocent and pure in nature, is so sharply contrasted with where they are, yet because the trappings of the outside world are stripped away, a very intense connection emerges very quickly. It's almost sensory overload.

[Delicious, sexy overload...]

Mar 31 2014 4:30pm

Dangerously Bound by Eden BradleyEden Bradley
Dangerously Bound (A Dangerous Romance)
Berkley / April 1, 2014 / $15.00 print, $9.99 digital

Allie LeClair has finally returned to the sultry city of New Orleans. After ten years of studying and working as a pastry chef in San Francisco and all over Europe—and feeding her submissive side at BDSM clubs—Allie is home, and she has something to prove to the man who once fueled her desires. She’s not a child anymore.

When security specialist Mick Reid hears that Allie is back in town, he knows he won’t be able to stay away for long. Ever since he discovered his darker side, Mick has tried to protect Allie from the aggressive beast within him—but that power and wildness is exactly what she wants.

Can they take the heat?

Allie has made the first move, but now it’s up to Mick. The game has begun, and playing has never been so rough.

BDSM has been all the rage in romance the last few years. Whether it's  bondage, a particular focus on the dominance and submission or sadism and masochism aspects, the hardcore Dom or more elusive female Domme, a look at the nuances of power exchange, switching, or the psychological aspects of a relationship on the spectrum, a little bit of everything has been represented. But in Dangerously Bound, Eden Bradley introduces the first in a new series set around the Bastille Club in sultry New Orleans and exposes a theme not often found in mainstream romance: pain play.

Mick and Allie have a history. This is not only one of the best things about their story, but it's front and center throughout, a smart move that provides a forensic look at a relationship undergoing every stage. Not understanding the darker urges in his younger years, Mick can't imagine that it's anything Allie would be on board with. So that, coupled with a bad accident that shattered not only his leg but any chance to enter into the noble family business of firefighting, has him convinced he's the black sheep in every way. But in an apt parallel, just as Mick was pushing her away, Allie was discovering too that even before she had the experience to understand it, there was a darker side to her own sexual preferences.

[Come to the dark side...]

Mar 27 2014 4:30pm

Teach Me a Lesson by Jasmine HaynesJasmine Haynes
Teach Me a Lesson
Berkley / April 1, 2014 / $16.00 print, $9.99 digital

Do what you have to do, Principal. I deserve it…

High school guidance counselor by day, sex therapist by night, Charlotte Moore’s passion is people—whether helping students with the realities of life or helping their parents with the fantasies. Enter Principal Lance Hutton, the perfect subject for Charlotte’s method in recharging the sex drive—and it’s going to take some discipline. Considering this hot older man is her boss, it makes sense that he dole out the punishment. Besides, Charlotte’s begging for it.

But when Charlotte’s after-school extracurricular activities are made public, it threatens her job, her reputation, and the career of the man she’s falling head over heels in love with. Now, if this town wants a scandal, Charlotte and Lance are ready to give them one—and a lesson in bad behavior they’ll never forget.

In the follow-up to her perfectly racy The Naughty Corner, Jasmine Haynes tells the very forbidden tale of the school counselor/sex therapist-on-the-side Charlotte and school principal Lance, seizing another delicious fantasy and going all the way with it. Charlotte is used to talking about sex all day long in her practice, but her own sex life leaves something to be desired. Her preconceived ideas about only hooking up with younger guys and past hurts that have her running scared from relationships have left her with few options, besides a very strong desire to be controlled in the bedroom...and spanked.

[Spare the rod doesn't apply here...]

Mar 22 2014 2:00pm

Lorelei James
NAL Trade / March 25, 2014 / $15.00 print / $9.99 digital

When sensei Ronin Black first encounters Amery Hardwick, the fire in her eyes ignites a sexual spark a thousand times better than the primal rush he used to get from mixed martial arts matches. She accepts his darker edges and admits to him that her desires aren’t as wholesome as he believed. And before long Ronin is grappling with emotions he’s never felt before….

Yet despite demanding Amery bare her body and soul to him, Ronin holds a part of himself back. When she learns Ronin’s secret and walks out, his life begins to unravel. To regain her trust he must let go of his pride and prove to her that it’s more than passion binding them together.

The first part of Lorelei James's BDSM rope bondage series introduces Ronin and Amery and the world inside the Denver dojo where they work and play, and ultimately learn that the best things come to those who work for it. The challenges they faced in Bound are alive and kicking as they pick up right where they left off—when Ronin's secrets became one too many and he had to wonder if the consequences would be losing Amery entirely.

[Bet that's got him tied up into knots!]

Mar 11 2014 4:30pm

Spring Fling by Julia Kent, Sara Fawkes, Cathryn Fox, and Lauren Hawkeye

Julia Kent, Sara Fawkes, Lauren Hawkeye, Cathryn Fox
Spring Fling Anthology
Harper Collins / March 11, 2014 / $1.99 digital

Party Spring Break–style with four bestselling romance authors, including Julia Kent and Sara Fawkes, as they dish out sexy tales of romance in the Big Easy!

Share Me by Julia Kent

Emma Barton has just been dumped—for being boring. Now she's letting loose and reclaiming her inner bad girl with not one, but two sexy strangers! Double the pleasure means double the fun, right?

Shake Me by Sara Fawkes

Determined to forget her cheating boyfriend, Cassidy Dupre agrees to a night out with playboy Travis Dean. But when she finds herself wanting more than she bargained for, this evening could spell desire … or disaster!

Show Me by Cathryn Fox

Eva Parker wants a lesson in seduction … from her brother's best friend. When teaching becomes tension, will they be able to keep it professional? Or will friends forever become something much hotter?

Shock Me by Lauren Hawkeye

Callie Gilmore is determined to break out of the friend zone with Ryder Hawkins. Donning a mask and making her move seems easy, but when fate throws a curveball, Callie must choose: turn and run … or embrace the night.

With spring break right around the corner, it's that time for the perfect beach read that's all about the travel, the parties, young love and letting go. With a common thread featuring heroines who all need to live a little and find their inner confidence —and what better place to do that than in New Orleans?—Spring Fling is a sizzling New Adult anthology from authors Julia Kent, Sara Fawkes, Cathryn Fox, and Lauren Hawkeye, whose stories have New Adult colliding with the erotic, all with some of the best themes in romance.

[Erotic colliding sounds intriguing!...]

Feb 25 2014 10:30am

Tiffany Clare
The Scandalous Duke Takes a Bride
St. Martin's Press / February 25, 2014 / $7.99 print & digital

As a wealthy young widow, Lady Jessica Heyer must endure the closest of scrutiny and most wicked of rumors from society gossips. Their whispers would be utterly unbearable if it weren’t for her oldest friend, the Duke of Alsborough. Jessica knows she can always count on Hayden. What she never could have expected, however, is that he is deeply, madly in love with her…

For years, Hayden has kept his longing for his beautiful friend Jessica a secret. But now that she’s finally free to remarry, will she be willing to take their relationship to a more intimate level? He’ll get his answer soon—at a glittering masquerade, where identities are hidden, hearts are open, and true love is unmasked…in a single, shameless act of passion.

The third leg of Tiffany Clare's intertwined Dangerous Rogues series, The Scandalous Duke Takes a Bride, finally gives us the friends-to-lovers story we were waiting for, and this is the best book yet. Hayden, the Duke of Alsborough, is a beta hero who's known what he wants—his best friend Jessica —for a long time, and now that she's free from the hand of an evilly cruel husband, he's following his heart. With a reputation as black as sin, holding secrets that have just been hinted at, Jessica could easily have been unsympathetic or, at worst, an outrageous caricature, but she's a finely balanced strong-yet-sensitive heroine. Both are fully deserving of the story that's been building throughout the series to finally bring them together.

[Two good halves made better as a whole!...]

Feb 10 2014 12:05pm

Lauren Dane, Kit Rocha, Vivian Arend
Kit Rocha / February 10, 2014 / $15.00 print, $4.99 digital

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Lauren Dane takes you into a brand new world in All That Remains. Summer Killian falls fast and hard when Charlie arrives in Paradise Village. But the heat turns all the way up when she learns Charlie is also with Hatch — the man she loved four years before. While she's not sure she's cut out for a triad, neither man is going to give her up.

Take a Rocky Ride with New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Vivian Arend as she leads you back to the Six Pack Ranch. Anna Coleman might be the law around Rocky Mountain House, but bad boy Mitch Thompson knows that under the stiff RCMP uniform is a woman with a passion for speed and pleasure that matches his own, and he's not giving up until she's his.

Kit Rocha returns to Sector Four in Beyond Temptation. A promise to a dying friend backfires when Noah Lennox finds that the girl he was supposed to rescue is all grown up — and wearing O'Kane ink. He wants to protect her from the secrets of their past, but she wants him. And an O'Kane woman always gets what she wants.

Whether it’s a new addition to a rockin’ dystopian series, a spin-off of a beloved saga, or entry in a new, futuristic world, the Marked anthology’s common thread is its inked, and pierced, alpha heroes and tough heroines who each make a splash and never crowd each another out. In fact, authors Kit Rocha, Vivian Arend, and Lauren Dane blend three very different stories together in a way that offers something for everyone, as long as unique world-building, suspenseful action, and explosive sex is on the agenda.

[Sounds like a good deal...]

Feb 9 2014 12:29pm

Every Second with You by Lauren BlakelyLauren Blakely
Every Second with You: No Regrets, Volume 2
CreateSpace / February 10, 2014 / $9.99 print, $2.99 digital

Every Second With You = Sex. Love. Addiction. Heartache. Pain. And Hope.

I used to think love was a lie. Now I know it's real, powerful, and I don't want to lose it...But my future scares me, and there's no way this can be happening, especially since I've finally broken free from all the people who wanted pieces of me. I don't even know how to start over, but I have to find a way. So when I discover what my mother's been keeping from me, it doesn't make me hate her. It gives me hope for a new life, outside of New York. But the ties that bind me to this city are so strong, sometimes they are chains. If only I could leave with...


I will do anything for her. She owns me, heart, mind and body. But when Harley tells me this, I am rocked to the core, and terrified of what happens next. Especially when this time it's not her past that chases me, it's someone from my own. And that someone is messing with my head when I'm trying to be strong for Harley. But all I really want is to escape with the girl I love... For the rest of our lives.

How can you move forward when the past keeps chasing you?

Lauren Blakely’s Every Second with You picks up right where we left off with Trey and Harley in the two-book No Regrets series. And if The Thrill of It was deeply angst-ridden, dark and emotional, the conclusion of their story is profoundly romantic, poetic and lyrical. Having found their happily ever after and conquering their own demons to get there, Harley and Trey are hoping for smooth sailing. Until another curve ball heads their way. In approximately nine months. And suddenly their future becomes very real.

[Surprise! Your life about to change, big time...]

Jan 30 2014 1:30pm

Bound by Lorelei JamesLorelei James
Bound (Mastered Series #1)
NAL / February 4, 2014 / $15.00 print, $9.99 digital

Former small-town girl Amery Hardwick is living her dream as a graphic designer in Denver, Colorado. She’s focused on building her business, which leaves little time for dating—not that she needs a romantic entanglement to fulfill her. When her friend signs up for a self-defense class as part of her recovery after an attack, Amery joins her for support. That’s where she meets him.

Ronin Black, owner of the dojo, is so drawn to Amery that he takes over her training—in public and in private. The enigmatic Ronin pushes Amery’s boundaries from the start, and with each new tryst, Amery becomes addicted to the pleasure and to him. But when Amery senses Ronin is hiding something, she questions her total trust in him, despite the undeniable thrill of his possession….

Lorelei James has stepped way outside her box. Sure, she’s covered just about every possible theme and thread in her prolific backlog, but with Bound, the first in her highly-anticipated, two-part Mastered series, she’s entering new territory. James has traded in her usual ranches and rodeos, but kept the ropes. This isn’t your standard BDSM story.

[Back to the ropes...]

Jan 30 2014 10:30am

Jaci Burton
Melting the Ice
Berkley / February 4, 2014 / $15.00 print / $7.99 digital

 Everything’s coming together for budding fashion designer Carolina Preston. Only months away from having her own line, she could use some publicity. That’s when her brother suggests his best friend as a model—hockey player Drew Hogan.

Carolina and Drew already have a history—a hot one, back in college. Unforgettable for Carolina, but for Drew, just another slap shot. This time, though, it’s different. His perfect body would be for professional use only. This time, she could use him.

Drew is all for it. He’s looking forward to the exposure. Plus, it would give him a chance to prove to Carolina that he’s changed. If only he could thaw her emotions, convince her to let down her guard and let him in just one more time…

With the seventh entry in her popular Play-by-Play sports series, Jaci Burton returns to the hockey rink with Drew and Carolina. For years Carolina has been avoiding family friend Drew after throwing herself at him in college led to one big night where she lost her virginity and ended up with a cold morning after. Drew was a hot shot on the rise, far from ready to tangle up with his best friend’s sister.

But Carolina’s never forgotten the good—or the bad—that came from that night. Her deeply buried feelings begin to surface as she prepares to launch her own fashion line and wants to use sports professionals to do it. Except when this leads to Drew’s modeling for her.

[Let the beefcake parade begin!...]

Jan 7 2014 11:15am

Before Jamaica Lane by Samantha YoungSamantha Young
Before Jamaica Lane
NAL Trade / January 7, 2014 / $15.00 print, $5.99 digital

Despite her outgoing demeanor, Olivia is painfully insecure around the opposite sex—usually, she can’t get up the nerve to approach guys she’s interested in. But moving to Edinburgh has given her a new start, and, after she develops a crush on a sexy postgrad, she decides it’s time to push past her fears and go after what she wants.

Nate Sawyer is a gorgeous player who never commits, but to his close friends, he’s as loyal as they come. So when Olivia turns to him with her relationship woes, he offers to instruct her in the art of flirting and to help her become more sexually confident.

The friendly education in seduction soon grows into an intense and hot romance. But then Nate’s past and commitment issues rear their ugly heads, and Olivia is left brokenhearted. When Nate realizes he’s made the biggest mistake of his life, he will have to work harder than he ever has before to entice his best friend into falling back in love with him—or he may lose her forever….

When Samantha Young’s On Dublin Street series began, it started so strong with Joss and Braden that we had to wonder if magic could strike twice. But with Cam and Jo in Down London Road, Young proved it wasn’t a fluke and they could be every bit as powerful a couple. Now with Nate and Olivia in Before Jamaica Lane, it’s clear that with a complementary heroine and hero (even if they’re total opposites), emotional triggers, a strong premise and always electric chemistry, Young's books are solidly satisfying. Nate and Olivia are a force of their own.

[Tell me more, tell me more...]

Dec 25 2013 11:00am

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

Check back every other weekday between now and Christmas for all of the blogger recommendations! See the picks from Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3.

Rachel Kramer Bussel:

S.E.C.R.E.T. Shared by L. Marie Adeline
I loved this continuation of her trilogy about women fulfilling their sexual fantasies. It was a perfect sequel and contained one of the hottest sex scenes—on a plane!—I’ve read. After I wrote the First Look, I found out that many of the New Orleans settings, including the protagonist’s clothing store, are real.

When The Marquess Met His Match by Laura Lee Guhrke
I loved the entire premise about this smart and proud professional matchmaker who doesn’t want to lust after a bad boy, but does, and a man who’s in search of a rich wife but doesn’t know the perfect one is right under his nose. Their avoidance tactics, jealousy, stolen kisses, and verbal sparring add up to a perfect historical romance.

[Sounds like a perfect formula!...]

Dec 3 2013 5:30pm

Unrestrained by Joey W. Hill

Joey W. Hill
Berkley / December 3, 2013 / $16.00 print, $7.99 digital

Athena is an accomplished businesswoman in control of every aspect of her life. But since the death of her husband, she’s had the desire to explore submissive cravings she’s had for some time. Unfortunately, Athena is known as a Mistress, because that’s the role she’s always played.

Her type A personality was strong enough to serve her husband as a Domme because that’s what he needed. It’s not until she meets Dale, a retired Navy SEAL, that she attempts to discover what her own submissive desires are. But letting go of her control is not so easy.

Fortunately, Dale is an accomplished Master who can help Athena live out her fantasies. And as she slowly surrenders to his touch, both of them will learn more about the nature of love between Dominant and submissive, and how it defies all expectations.

Joey W. Hill has mastered the art of writing the female Domme and has certainly put her stamp on BDSM erotic romance. But in her newest novel, Unrestrained, Domme heroine Athena has a secret: she’s really a submissive and she’s kept this hidden for years. But there’s one man she can’t cover with so well, a sexy SEAL whom she spots in a scene, giving herself away and unraveling the tightly-held control she’s maintained for so long. And with this, Hill primarily offers a glimpse into the psychological aspects of a BDSM relationship, the mental give-and-take of exploring this deep connection with a new partner, and a plunge into switches and power shifts.

[It's best not to get tied down to one role...]

Dec 2 2013 6:00pm

Lauren Dane and Megan Hart

There All Along

Berkley / December 3, 2013 / $15.00 print / $7.99 digital

“Land’s End” by Lauren Dane…The Land’s End highway is one of the most dangerous places in the universe. The constant peril of brigands keeps Verity Coleman stuck in Silver Cliffs, dreaming of the open road—and of Loyal Alsbaugh, the tall and silent highway patrolman. When her town is attacked, Verity has a chance to win over Loyal’s muted heart. But will his wounded past make him leave her along the road, or can she convince him to take her along?

“By the Sea of Sand” by Megan Hart…Captain Kason Reed was willing to give his life to the Sheirran Defense Forces, but now he can’t remember anything but bits and pieces of the war. When his sexual attraction to his caregiver, Teila, causes him to make advances toward her, she becomes the aggressor, urging him with her body to explore the memories of his past—memories that all seem to draw him back to Teila…

There All Along once again reunites Lauren Dane and Megan Hart in an anthology of unconnected, stand-alone novellas that introduce new worlds and exceptional imagination. Futuristic sci-fi romance can be tricky business, whether getting too bogged down or going too far out there. But the themes are universal, and when that’s at the heart, the creative possibilities are endless. And both stories here really shine.

[Balance is important in nutrition AND anthologies...]

Nov 22 2013 10:30am

Sins and Needles by Karina HalleWhen Karina Halle’s Artists Trilogy splashed on the scene earlier this year, it made its mark for several reasons: the con-artist heroine, the gamma-turned-sociopath anti-hero, and a romantic suspense saga that is always on the move, never lets up, and constantly keeps us guessing. But above all, it will be known for the love triangle that goes beyond a mere device; it drives the story.

The Artists Trilogy is actually a four-book series (counting prequel novella On Every Street), which goes back and forth between the two heroes from book to book, an unusual departure from the traditional structure of romance. There’s Javier, the right hand of a crime magnate Ellie meets as she embarks on a life of revenge against the man who scarred her for life. Surprisingly, Javier is the one who causes Ellie to turn her life around before she ever really gets off course, inspiring her to yearn for something she’s never had—a life of love, and stability, at least as much as that’s possible in the lair of a drug lord. Javier says all the right things, and he’s just about got everyone under his spell…until he screws everyone all over.

This is what Halle does so well. Nothing is expected, which makes her world all the more unpredictable and scary. Six years later, a hardened Ellie has licked her wounds and turned into the kind of criminal who would make her parents proud. And for the first time, she tries going back home. She immediately runs into Camden McQueen, a tattooed sex god who’s definitely grown up from her gangly gothic best friend in high school. Things didn’t end well between them then and Ellie isn’t really interested in any attachments now, but Cam is still the sensitive, thoughtful guy she remembers and Ellie’s humanity can’t help coming to the forefront when she’s around him. When a plan to con him out of thousands goes awry, she’s suddenly in Cam’s debt, and what follows is a beautifully spun love story in Sins and Needles. It’s a story of first love reunited, redemptive and hopeful.

[Here's where things get complicated...]

Nov 21 2013 10:45am

Lauren Blakely
The Thrill of It
Lauren Blakely / $2.99 digital / November 21, 2013

Some say love can be an addiction. Others say it's the thing that makes life worth living. Let me tell you everything I know about love...Love isn't patient, love isn't kind. Love is a game, a chase. A thrill. Love is wild and war-like, and every man and woman must fight for themselves. At least that's how it was for me. A high-priced virgin call girl by the time I started college, I was addicted to love and to sex. Even though I've never had either. I controlled love, played it, and held the world in the palm of my hands. Then I fell down from those highs, and I'm being blackmailed for all my mistakes, forced to keep secrets from everyone, except the only guy I don't regret.

With all the other women, I knew what they were. They were temporary. They were pills, they were bottles, they took away all the pain, and numbed the awful memories that wore down my ragged, wasted heart. Until I met Harley. She's the only girl I ever missed when she walked away. But now she's back in my life, every day, and there are no guarantees for us, especially since I don't know how to tell her my secrets. What happened to my family. All I know is she's the closest I've ever come to something real, and I want to feel every second of it.

How can you love with no regrets when regret is all you know?

Lauren Blakely's The Thrill of It is a stark, brutal look at two young sex addicts, Harley and Trey, and the underbelly of New Adult. The two meet as strangers in New York City and for one night open up to each other completely before walking away from their former lives for good. Trey’s drug of choice is hunting cougars in the Upper East Side building where he grew up, landing him in hot water when husbands began to catch on. But Harley’s fix is more complicated; she’s a call girl, but there’s a catch, and this is where we’re transfixed.

I’m a sex addict and a virgin.

I know everything about sex and I’ve never done it, though I came close last night.

I know nothing about love.

I know men.

[You've definitely got my attention...]

Nov 1 2013 9:30am

Foreplay by Sophie JordanSophie Jordan
William Morrow / November 5, 2013 / $13.99 print, $3.99 digital

Pepper has been hopelessly in love with her best friend's brother, Hunter, for, like, ever. He's the key to everything she's always craved: security, stability, family. But she needs Hunter to notice her as more than just a friend. Even though she's kissed exactly one guy, she has the perfect plan to go from novice to rock star in the bedroom: take a few pointers from someone who knows what he's doing.

Her college roommates have the perfect teacher in mind. But bartender Reece is nothing like the player Pepper expects. Yes, he's beyond gorgeous, but he's also dangerous and deep—with a troubled past. Soon what started as a lesson in attraction is turning both their worlds upside down, and showing them just what can happen when you go past foreplay and get to what's real....

Sophie Jordan’s New Adult foray with Foreplay—featuring uniquely-named redhead Pepper and sexy, misunderstood Reece—is charming and effortless, and happily lives up to its charged title with a boundary-pushing heat level. All of this takes us back to the early days of first love and sexual awakening in a poignant, lovely way, one of the marks of a successful New Adult novel.

[“Boundary-pushing heat level,” you say? Oooh...]

Oct 15 2013 5:15pm

Sweet by Erin McCarthyErin McCarthy
InterMix / October 15, 2013 / $3.99 digital

Jessica Sweet thought going away to college would finally make her free of her parents’ constant judgments and insistence she play chastity club role model for their church events, but if anything, the freedom has made her realize she can’t go home and be a hypocrite anymore. Tired of dodging their questions, she stays at school over the summer and lands in an unexpected crash pad: Riley Mann’s house.

Sarcastic, cocky, and full of opinions, Riley is also sexy personified with tattoos and biceps earned from working as a roofer all day. Not the right guy for her even if Jessica was looking for a relationship, which she is definitely not. But Jessica knows that Riley hides the burden of having to raise his younger brothers behind that grin and as she helps him get his house in order for a custody hearing, they begin to fall hard for each other, and she is forced to question what she’s hiding herself.

Jessica has never had a problem getting naked with a guy, but when it comes to showing Riley how she truly feels inside, her fear of rejection may just ruin the best thing—the best guy—to ever happen to her…

Erin McCarthy's Sweet is my favorite kind of a romance: a love/hate relationship where the hero and heroine spend the majority of the book alone together, just the two of them, whether by choice or by force. In this case, Jessica can’t imagine having to spend a week living under Riley’s roof while she waits for her summer sublet and the family of brothers he cares for is away. She’s a little spoiled and sheltered, and he’s plenty insufferable. But the banter they’ve exchanged since they first met indicates a spark. And what starts out as loathing actually becomes something very…sweet.

[Who'd have guessed?!...]

Oct 7 2013 1:30pm

Death and the Girl He Loves by Darynda JonesDarynda Jones
Death and the Girl He Loves
St. Martin's Press / October 8, 2013 / $5.99 print, $6.76 digital

The fate of the world is not something a girl wants on her shoulders, and that is especially true for Lorelei McAlister.  Unfortunately for her, that is exactly where the world’s fate has decided to take up residence. Lorelei has seen firsthand the horrors that lie beneath our everyday world. And those horrors are getting her friends killed. Because of this, she agrees to leave the sanctity of her hometown and is sent to a different world entirely. A boarding school. But even here she is being watched. Someone knows what she is. What she carries inside her soul.  And on top of that she’s seeing visions.  This is nothing new for Lorelei.  But these visions are something more: death, destruction, and the end of the world.   Lorelei must face the fact that there are people who want her dead, and no matter where she goes, no matter how far she runs, the lives of her friends and family are in mortal peril.  Lucky for her, her friends and family include the handsome Angel of Death, a fiercely protective half-angel, and a ragtag group of loyal supporters who aren’t afraid to get a little dirty in the name of fighting pure evil. 

Life for Lorelei McAlister is anything but normal. For one thing, in this third and final book in Darynda Jones's Darklight trilogy, she is now Lorraine Pratt, taking on a new identity at a Maine boarding school in an attempt to protect her family and friends back home in Riley’s Switch, New Mexico. And for another, she has a bigger role she really can’t escape, no matter how far she runs: the prophet destined to thwart the apocalypse and save mankind.

[Who says teenagers don't have adult problems?...]

Oct 1 2013 4:30pm

The Naughty Corner by Jasmine HaynesJasmine Haynes
The Naughty Corner
Berkley / Ocotber 1, 2013 / $15.00 print, $7.99 digital

Somebody’s been a bad girl...

Writer Lola Cook is on a deadline. Meeting it gets twice as difficult when she finds herself in the unwelcome role of babysitter for her nephews. Two months with the twin teenage terrors is too much for Lola—until she has a brilliant idea: send the boys to football camp. That’ll at least get them out of her hair for five hours every day. Perfect.

Divorced father Gray Barnett has coached summer football camp long enough to know he’ll get saddled with misfits, but William and Harry exceed all expectations. They’re impossible, they’re disruptive, and when he meets their hot aunt Lola, they’re worth the trouble. That is, if Lola accepts Gray’s conditions.

Every time the twins misbehave, it’s Lola who must take their punishment. With every naughty infraction, Lola gets more and more accepting—of the penalties. She has no idea just how bad a girl she can be—or how much fun she’ll have getting what she deserves.

Jasmine Haynes always thinks outside of the box when it comes to her stories. In The Naughty Corner, she takes a classic form of childhood punishment and adds plenty of kink so we’ll never look at it the same way again. Technical writer-turned-babysitter Lola and Coach Gray’s arrangement that she will receive the consequences of her nephews’ ill behavior at football camp is unusual for sure, and so over the top, it’s outrageous.

[Encouraging bad behavior would be wrong, right?...]