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Aug 31 2014 2:30pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[That makes things more complicated...]

Aug 22 2014 4:00pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

[Dare to tell us more!...]

Aug 20 2014 3:00pm

Outlander IS a Bodice Ripper

Outlander by Diana GabaldonBodice ripper*: A controversial term for the earliest of romance novels with a certain formula. Sure, they call to mind those notorious covers of the '70s and '80s where the hero grips a heroine who's effectively spilling out of her top as they both appear to be in the throes of never-ending orgasm. And for those well-versed in the genre, there are other qualities bodice rippers are known for, most importantly the content. Overall, the bodice rippers of old do share commonalities. Yet breaking some aspects of the ancient mold doesn't automatically prevent inclusion. And in light of this, Diana Gabaldon's Outlander, beloved as it is to its legions of fans and for all its glory in busting through genres to appeal to millions, is every bit the bodice ripper.

For many, the term bodice ripper is immediately negative. They're realistic, but not pretty. Never mind the fact that I gained more knowledge about very specific events in history and the human element in historical nuances from bodice rippers than I did from their textbook counterparts, and to this day Stormfire—the mother of all bodice rippers—remains one of my very favorite novels. The truth is, the characteristics that define a bodice ripper spill from the pages of Outlander, and in many ways Outlander is as polarizing as that infamous name.

[Tell us more...]

Aug 11 2014 2:00pm

First Look: Kit Rocha’s Beyond Addiction (August 11, 2014)

Beyond Addiction by Kit RochaKit Rocha
Beyond Addiction
Kit Rocha / August 11, 2014 / $3.99 digital

She’s fought like hell to leave the past behind.

Trix changed her name and her life when she got clean four years ago. Now, she has a new family and a job she loves—tending bar and dancing at the Broken Circle. As an O’Kane, she’s happy, untouchable. Until a nightmare from her old life tears her away from her home and drags her back to Hell—also known as Sector Five.

He’s still living—and dying—in it.

Losing Trix was the kick in the head Finn needed to get sober, but working as an enforcer for a man he hates is slowly crushing his soul. The only thing that keeps him going is his determination to destroy Sector Five from the inside. Then Trix comes back into his life—alive, in danger—and nothing else matters.

Getting her home could be a suicide mission. The only thing deadlier is the old spark that flares to life between them. Soon, Finn and Trix are battling the one addiction neither of them ever managed to kick—each other. And it could cost them everything.

War is coming to Sector Four. A sector leader is dead. Alliances are shifting, as tenuous as a secret deal or a knife in the back. And two people are caught in the crossfire. Kit Rocha's Beyond Addiction picks up with Finn and Trix right where book four's cliffhanger left off, and soon the two are on a good, old-fashioned road trip O'Kane style, running for their lives and trying to get home, wherever that is. For Trix, the O'Kanes are family, but Finn, a Sector Five renegade enforcer under corrupt leadership, isn't sure where he belongs now. He only knows that now that he has Trix back, he can't let go of her again.

[Love is the drug!]

Aug 5 2014 4:30pm

First Look: Lorelei James’s Hillbilly Rockstar (August 5, 2014)

Hillbilly Rockstar by Lorelei JamesLorelei James
Hillbilly Rockstar (Blacktop Cowboys)
NAL Trade / August 5, 2014 / $15.00 print, $9.99 digital

She’s protecting his body and guarding her heart....

Country music star Devin McClain understands there’s a downside to life in the public eye, but the laidback Wyoming cowboy has never imagined he’d attract crazed fans who would do anything to garner his attention. When veiled threats become real, he agrees to hire a discreet security detail. But Devin is shocked when that bodyguard is a hard-bodied woman. He’s even more stunned to be attracted to the steely-eyed stunner.

Former soldier Liberty Masterson’s return to civilian life has been fraught with challenges until she lands a job with a prestigious security firm. But when she agrees to provide personal protection during a cross-country tour, she doesn’t realize she has signed up to masquerade as the playboy star’s girlfriend. Though she’s more comfortable in combat boots than high heels, she has no choice but to appear to be the sexy groupie Devin prefers.

Living in close quarters causes the chemistry between them to ignite, and Devin realizes he wants to turn their charade of a romance into reality. Although Liberty surrenders to his every whim behind closed doors, she fears the sexy country star doesn’t see the real her; and Devin can’t help but worry when the tour ends that there might not be enough between them to build something that won’t fade away....

With Hillbilly Rockstar, Lorelei James doesn't just return to her Blacktop Cowboys series, she takes it on the blacktop in a new way, with country rockstar Devin McClain, and in doing so, creates an erotic western/rockstar romance hybrid that features the best of both genres. Because although book six steps outside of the ranching setting of Muddy Gap, Wyoming, it still fits right in with the heart, family, and sense of community we've come to love about this series that's light-hearted and fun yet manages to pack a punch. And all this takes place on the Heroes and Heartbreakers tour!


Jul 26 2014 10:00am

First Look: Sophie Jordan’s A Good Debutante’s Guide to Ruin (July 29, 2014)

A Good Debutante's Guide to Ruin by Sophie JordanSophie Jordan
A Good Debutante's Guide to Ruin
Avon / July 29, 2014 / $7.99, print / $6.99, digital

The last woman on earth he would ever touch . . .

Declan, the Duke of Banbury, has no interest in ushering Rosalie Hughes, his stepsister, into society. Dumped on him with nowhere else to go, he's determined to rid himself of the headstrong debutante by bestowing on her an obscenely large dowry . . . making her the most sought-after heiress of the Season.

. . . is about to become the only one he wants

But Rosalie isn't about to go along with Declan's plans. Surrounded by fortune hunters, how is she supposed to find a man who truly wants her? Taking control of her fate, Rosalie dons a disguise and sneaks into Sodom, a private club host to all manner of illicit activity—and frequented by her infuriatingly handsome stepbrother.

In a shadowed alcove, Declan can't resist the masked temptress who sets his blood afire . . . any more than Rosalie can deny her longing for a man who will send her into ruin.

The best thing about A Good Debutante's Guide to Ruin, the first book in Sophie Jordan's new Debutante Files series, is that it not only features that forbidden stepbrother/stepsister theme, it celebrates it. Declan and Rosalie were thrown together as children, raised under the same household when their parents married, but upon his father's death, Rosalie and her mother were cast out and Declan and Rosalie went their separate ways. Not only have they not seen each other in years, they don't have much in common anymore, he the wealthy prince – or duke, as the case may be – she the lowly pauper. Until the day when Rosalie returns to her stepbrother's doorstep, needing him once again.

[A little taboo...]

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...]

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!...]

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...]

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!]

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!...]

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!...]

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?...]

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!]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Mar 22 2014 2:00pm

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

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

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!...]

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!...]