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Wed
Jul 23 2014 3:00pm

The Ultimate Temptation: Best Friend/Little Sister Romances

Until Fountain Bridge by Samantha YoungWhat is it about the brother’s best friend and his little sister hooking up that is so irresistible? It's one of the most popular themes in romance, appearing over and over again.

Perhaps the main appeal is there's a sort of built-in chemistry that naturally exists between these two people who have denied what they want, sometimes for years. He wants to protect her like a brother. but feels something so much stronger and not very brotherly towards her. There are endless possibilities resulting from this chemistry. And whether it's a noble hero who's trying to keep the brothers' code of honor, or the heroine whose feelings of fondness toward her brother's best friend have grown into an abiding romantic love, the combination of these qualities and degree of urgency in giving in and crossing the line are what makes these stories our favorite.

In Samantha Young's On Dublin Street series, Adam and Ellie's story is a simmering, quiet tale told in the midst of Braden and Joss's big love, but it's not at all unexpected. In fact, we hope for their happy ending just as much. But between years of friendship and the fear of ruining that, along with worry about Braden's disapproval, misunderstanding and frustration have stood in the way. Though it takes a life-or-death crisis to finally bring these two together, Young throws the trope on its head when it's easy-going Braden who roots for Adam and Ellie most of all. They're one of those couples who we just know is meant to be because once they allow it, everything's easy, and two such sweet people deserve nothing less.

[They had a long journey...]

Wed
Jul 16 2014 2:15pm

First Look: Kate Pearce’s Tempting a Sinner (July 29, 2014)

Tempting a Sinner by Kate PearceKate Pearce
Tempting a Sinner (Sinners Club #2)
Kensington / July 29, 2014 / $15.00 print, $13.50 digital

Within the circles of British intelligence, Benedict, Lord Keyes, is known for his cold brilliance and strict military demeanor. Yet this icy exterior masks a man of smoldering passion and scorching sexuality who will do anything to keep his past a secret. . .

Miss Malinda Keyes refuses to be intimidated by Lord Keyes. In fact, she enjoys a good battle, especially one of erotic wiles and carnal cunning. Determined to expose his lordship's past, she will use every wanton weapon in her arsenal to tease and tempt this sinner into the ultimate sensual surrender. . .

Tempting a Sinner is the second in Kate Pearce's spinoff Sinners Club series, and as wonderful as its House of Pleasure predecessor is, this is the writing Pearce was made for. The Sinners Club itself isn't quite what I was expecting; it is a gentleman's club with some nefarious, behind closed doors sexual activity but perhaps not the constant, no-holds-barred orgy I anticipated. Yet this series is markedly naughtier and more forbidden than it might seem at first blush. And that's exactly as it should be.

[We're already onto our second blush!...]

Fri
Jul 11 2014 11:00am

When Second Is the Best: Memorable Secondary Relationships in Romance Novels

Simply Scandalous by Kate PearceSometimes the trickiest thing in romance isn’t finding a compelling, well-composed main love story, but offering a secondary romance storyline that not only folds in naturally, but stands out on its own as a fully developed, integral part of the book. In a world of serial romance, duologies, and series, these aren’t books with couples whose stories are ongoing, introduced in one book only to receive full-length attention at some point. These are those special ones who manage to grab our attention and capture our hearts in a reduced number of pages in someone else’s story. And often they manage to completely steal the show.

This is the case in the final book of Kate Pearce’s long-running, successful House of Pleasure historical erotic series, where the stakes get higher and higher in each book. Emily is the youngest member of the Delornay-Ross clan, and she’s had her eye on the house manager Ambrose for some time. Not only does he work at the pleasure house, an establishment from which the family has attempted to keep Emily away, but he’s a former slave. This is an attraction we’ve seen lurking in the background, but in Simply Scandalous their story is told in a climactic, satisfying way. Richard and Violet may have been the official primary couple, but it’s Emily and Ambrose who are truly memorable.

“I’ll help you with the society mothers, but only if you will help me with Ambrose.”

“I’m quite happy to assist you with winning Ambrose.” His smile was devilish. “But I think we will have to be a little more direct than dancing too many times together or slipping off to wander around the family grounds. I doubt Ambrose will play by society rules. Are you willing to risk your reputation?”

Emily met his wicked blue gaze. “Yes, for Ambrose, I believe that I am.”

[That's a mark of a good woman...]

Tue
Jun 24 2014 4:30pm

First Look: Sharon Page’s Deeply in You (June 24, 2014)

Deeply in You by Sharon PageSharon Page
Deeply in You (The Wicked Dukes)
Aphrodisia / June 24, 2014 / $15.00 print / $12.99 digital

Anxious to save her brother from debtor’s prison, Helena Winsome agrees to find proof that the Duke of Greybrooke is a traitor. Well aware of his wicked ways, she takes on the guise of a demure governess. But his smoldering sensuality overwhelms her—as does his vow to make her his lover, a scandalous promise that leaves her weak with desire…

Darkly handsome and powerfully seductive, the Duke of Greybrooke is a man of deep passion. When the lovely Miss Helena Winsome turns down an offer to become his mistress, Grey takes on the challenge. He’ll expose Helena to the erotic thrill of carnal pleasure and tease her senses until all she can do is beg for more…

Deeply in You is the first in Sharon Page's new Wicked Dukes series, but more than that, it's her return to straight erotic historicals. This is welcome news fans of her brilliant Sin trilogy. And this first book packs a punch with its governess heroine, rakish duke, and enough espionage and back-stabbing to keep us guessing the whole way through.

[Guess we'll have to read more!]

Tue
Jun 3 2014 9:30am

First Look: Rhyannon Byrd’s Keep Me Closer (June 3, 2014)

Keep Me Closer by Rhyannon ByrdRhyannon Byrd
Keep Me Closer (Dangerous Tides #2)
Berkley / June 3, 2014 / $15.00 print, $9.99 digital

Five years after the end of his marriage and his career as a detective, Alex Hudson wears a permanent suit of armor to keep the world at bay. Now a PI in South Florida, he believes that he’s better off free of romantic complications—even if a certain beautiful redhead makes him sweat with little more than a look. But he’s determined to steer clear of women and the trouble they bring. Until trouble comes uninvited...



Renowned therapist Brit Cramer has seen her fair share of violence and knows how to handle it. But when a former patient targets Brit as his feminine “ideal,” she finds help in the last place she ever expected—the tall, dark, outrageously sexy Alex Hudson, who saves her from a violent attack. Brit’s been powerfully attracted to Alex from the moment they first met several years ago, but she knew better than to do more than enjoy the view…

The initial uncertainty they both feel shatters in the face of a searing, absolute desire, but their time is running out as they find themselves caught in the sights of a madman who will stop at nothing to get what he wants. Before they know it, they’re fighting not only for their lives, but for the possibility that they may have both found exactly what they’ve always wanted and needed...in each other. 

Rhyannon Byrd and her urgently erotic suspense novels are a well-kept secret in a niche genre that she's expertly made her own. Packed with quiet but visceral intensity from start to finish, Byrd's books make their mark because just as the suspense element is a real presence, the heavily sexual bent of the romance is at the forefront.

[Sexual suspense!...]

Tue
May 27 2014 4:30pm

First Look: Sophie Jordan’s Tease (May 27, 2014)

Tease by Sophie Jordan

Sophie Jordan
Tease (The Ivy Chronicles)
William Morrow / May 27, 2014 / $13.99 print, $2.99 digital

A born flirt and good-time party girl, Emerson has never had a problem finding a willing guy. She’s always chosen her hook-ups carefully, and she's never broken her three cardinal rules:

Never let them see the real you.

Never fall in love.

Always leave them begging for more.

Then comes Shaw. A hotty from the wrong side of the tracks, he’s immune to her flirtatious banter and come-hither smile. After rescuing her from a disastrous night at a biker bar, he doesn’t even try to take her to bed—he calls her a tease and sends her home instead. Unable to resist a challenge, or forget the sexy dark-eyed bad-boy biker, she vows to bring him to his knees.

But instead of making Shaw beg, she finds herself craving him. For the first time in her life, she’s throwing out her rulebook. Suddenly, she’s the one panting for a guy she can’t control. A guy who won’t settle for anything less than the real Emerson, who forces her to do things she’s never imagined, including facing a past she thought she'd buried.

A guy who just might leave her wanting more . . .

With Tease, the second release in the painstakingly honest series The Ivy Chronicles, Sophie Jordan gives us two people who aren't what they seem. By the end of Foreplay, we may feel we have a fairly strong grasp on Emerson, the resident wild child party girl who celebrates her sexuality and makes no apologies for it. But the truth is much less definable, and turning expectations on their head is what Jordan's New Adult books are becoming known for.

[Don't tease us!...]

Tue
May 20 2014 2:54pm

First Look: Darynda Jones’s Sixth Grave on the Edge (May 20, 2014)

Sixth Grave on the Edge by Darynda Jones

Darynda Jones
Sixth Grave on the Edge (Charley Davidson series)
St. Martin's Press / May 20, 2014 / $25.99 print, $12.99 digital

Most girls might think twice before getting engaged to someone like Reyes Farrow—but Charley Davidson is not most girls. She’s a paranormal private eye and grim reaper-in-training who’s known to be a bit of a hell-raiser, especially after a few shots of caffeine. Her beloved Reyes may be the only begotten son of evil, but he’s dark and sultry and deeply sexy and everything Charley could hope for. Really. But when the FBI file on Reyes’ childhood happens to land into her lap, she can’t help herself: She opens it...and then the real fun begins. First, Charley finds a naked corpse riding shotgun in her car. Then, a man loses his soul in a card game. Throw in a Deaf boy who sees dead people, a woman running from mobsters, and a very suspicious Reyes, and things can’t get any worse for Charley. Unless, of course, the Twelve Beasts of Hell are unleashed…

Charley Davidson returns in Darynda Jones's Sixth Grave on the Edge, and she's bringing everything but the kitchen sink with her. Gone are the days where this is a simple mystery series; the mythology is deepening, and much like Charley's hilarious struggle with ADD, she's hit from all sides with cases of both the missing persons and otherworldly variety. This new addition to the series hits the ground running, and this time, not everything's wrapped up with a neat bow by the end.

[Are things looking Grim for Charley?...]

Sat
May 10 2014 12:00pm

First Look: Cora Carmack’s All Lined Up (May 13, 2014)

All Lined Up by Cora CarmackCora Carmack
All Lined Up

William Morrow / May 13, 2014 / $13.99 print / $3.99 digital

In Texas, two things are cherished above all else—football and gossip. My life has always been ruled by both.

Dallas Cole loathes football. That's what happens when you spend your whole childhood coming in second to a sport. College is her time to step out of the bleachers, and put the playing field (and the players) in her past.

But life doesn't always go as planned. As if going to the same college as her football star ex wasn’t bad enough, her father, a Texas high school coaching phenom, has decided to make the jump to college ball… as the new head coach at Rusk University. Dallas finds herself in the shadows of her father and football all over again.

Carson McClain is determined to go from second-string quarterback to the starting line-up. He needs the scholarship and the future that football provides. But when a beautiful redhead literally falls into his life, his focus is more than tested. It's obliterated.

Dallas doesn't know Carson is on the team. Carson doesn't know that Dallas is his new coach's daughter.

And neither of them know how to walk away from the attraction they feel.

With the start of her new series set at Texas's fictional Rusk University, Cora Carmack writes what she knows. And you can't really know all of the obsession, complexity, and rivalry involved in Texas football unless you've lived it. Where weekly games take over small towns all over the state and young players become celebrities and good coaches are like gods. And where it's easy to get swallowed up in the whole thing. This is a world that Carmack builds through first-hand experience, and she captures all of its spirit.

[Go team!]

Sat
Apr 12 2014 10:00am

First Look: Cara McKenna’s Hard Time (April 15, 2014)

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...]

Mon
Mar 31 2014 4:30pm

First Look: Eden Bradley’s Dangerously Bound (April 1, 2014)

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...]

Thu
Mar 27 2014 4:30pm

First Look: Jasmine Haynes’s Teach Me a Lesson (April 1, 2014)

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...]

Sat
Mar 22 2014 2:00pm

First Look: Lorelei James’s Unwound (March 25, 2014)

Lorelei James
Unwound
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!]

Tue
Mar 11 2014 4:30pm

First Look: Spring Fling Anthology (March 11, 2014)

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!...]

Tue
Feb 25 2014 10:30am

First Look: Tiffany Clare’s The Scandalous Duke Takes a Bride (February 25, 2014)

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!...]

Mon
Feb 10 2014 12:05pm

First Look: Marked Anthology (February 10, 2014)

Lauren Dane, Kit Rocha, Vivian Arend
Marked
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...]

Sun
Feb 9 2014 12:29pm

First Look: Lauren Blakely’s Every Second with You: No Regrets, Vol. 2 (February 10, 2014)

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...

Trey...

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...]

Thu
Jan 30 2014 1:30pm

First Look: Lorelei James’s Bound (February 4, 2014)

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...]

Thu
Jan 30 2014 10:30am

First Look: Jaci Burton’s Melting the Ice (February 4, 2014)

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!...]

Tue
Jan 7 2014 11:15am

First Look: Samantha Young’s Before Jamaica Lane (January 7, 2014)

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.

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Wed
Dec 25 2013 11:00am

H&H Bloggers Recommend: Best of 2013, Day 4

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!...]