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Nov 23 2015 1:00pm

First Look: Elizabeth Hoyt’s Sweetest Scoundrel (November 24, 2015)

Sweetest Scoundrel by Elizabeth Hoyt

Elizabeth Hoyt
Sweetest Scoundrel (Maiden Lane #9)
Forever / November 24, 2015 / $7.99 print, $6.99 digital


Prim, proper, and thrifty, Eve Dinwoody is all business when it comes to protecting her brother's investment. But when she agrees to control the purse strings of London's premier pleasure garden, Harte's Folly, she finds herself butting heads with an infuriating scoundrel who can't be controlled.


Bawdy and bold, Asa Makepeace doesn't have time for a penny-pinching prude like Eve. As the garden's larger-than-life owner, he's already dealing with self-centered sopranos and temperamental tenors. He's not about to let an aristocratic woman boss him around . . . no matter how enticing she is.


In spite of her lack of theatrical experience-and her fiery clashes with Asa-Eve is determined to turn Harte's Folly into a smashing success. But the harder she tries to manage the stubborn rake, the harder it is to ignore his seductive charm and raw magnetism. There's no denying the smoldering fire between them-and trying to put it out would be the greatest folly of all . . .

Eve Dinwoody is no ordinary historical romance heroine. She has an unusual last name, is the bastard sister of a Duke, is remarkably plain in all physical aspects, and most prominently, she has a rather memorable, overlong nose. So in her latest Maiden Lane novel, Elizabeth Hoyt has paired her beakish heroine with the last of the Makepeace heroes, Asa, the younger, impulsive and wild brother. He’s a lowly theater manager with a loud personality, and she’s the meek financial overseer for the rebuilding of the grand pleasure gardens, Harte’s Folly. Thrust together, they’re something like vinegar and water but as Eve gains confidence and Asa shows his softer side, they’re once again a Maiden Lane couple brought together by unlikely circumstances to have lasting love.

[A lasting love tale ...]

Nov 3 2015 9:30am

First Look: Lorelei James’s Wrapped and Strapped (November 3, 2015)

Wrapped and Strapped by Lorelei James

Lorelei James
Wrapped and Strapped (Blacktop Cowboys #7)
Signet / November 3, 2015 / $15.00 print, $9.99 digital

In the new Blacktop Cowboys® Novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Hillbilly Rockstar strange bedfellows find common ground after the lights go down

Flower child, vegetarian and humanitarian Harlow Pratt and gruff and strapping cattle ranch foreman Hugh Pritchett have been taunting each other for years. Hugh thinks she’s nothing but a spoiled rich girl, and he’s had enough of that life with his ex-wife. Harlow thinks Hugh is an ill-mannered trouble-maker who wouldn't know fun if it bit him on his tight denim-clad butt.

When they’re forced together at the Split Rock Ranch and Resort, everything changes. They might be polar opposites, but working out their differences skin to skin, in the dark, seems to help their incompatibility a lot. But when trouble from both their pasts comes calling, Harlow and Hugh have no one else to lean on. Can they trust one another enough to make it through the hard times together… or will their tentative truce fall apart?

Wrapped and Strapped, the latest in western romance queen Lorelei James’ Blacktop Cowboy series, is the perfect do-over. For the one that got away, the relationship that held a spark that couldn’t blaze just yet. This is Hugh and Harlow. She’s the humanitarian hippie with a heart for causes, and he’s the rough tough cowboy tied to the land. Time and again, they butt heads and don’t see eye to eye, and it’s an opposite attracts romance, in a big way. But that’s the great thing about romance, and getting to that middle ground is what it’s all about.

[Love is often found in your opposite ...]

Nov 2 2015 1:45pm

First Look: Samantha Young’s One King’s Way (November 3, 2015)

Samantha Young
One Kings Way (On Dublin Street #6.5)
Intermix / November 3, 2015 / $3.99 digital

The New York Times bestselling author of On Dublin Street returns to the bar where it all began with Braden and Joss for a white-hot new novella full of passion and drama.

When he’s not working at the club, Craig Lanaghan looks out for his mother and little sisters. So when it comes to women, all he wants is a good time. But once Rain Alexander walks into his life, there’s no denying that this woman could be worth much more than a one-night stand….

Rain’s lifelong regret is having left her sister Darcy alone years ago with a guardian who turned out to be abusive. So when Darcy’s boyfriend publicly humiliates her in a cruel way, Rain’s overprotective instincts kick in and she follows him to Club 39—where she meets a guy who just might be her perfect match.

The chemistry between Rain and Craig is explosive, but Rain is out for revenge, and refuses to be sidetracked by flirtation. As things between them heat up, she’ll have to make a heartbreaking choice between giving in to the man of her dreams or putting her sister’s happiness first….

The On Dublin Street series is not only Samantha Young’s signature work, it was one of the hardest good-byes we’ve had to say to the beloved set of characters who came to feel like family when the last novel, Moonlight on Nightingale Way, was published earlier this year. Lucky for us, we didn’t have to. Because with the novella One Kings Way, we get retro On Dublin Street, a shorter but still complex story told in an alternate parallel timeline to the early novels, back to the bar where Joss and Braden fell in love. And with it we happily fall down the rabbit’s hole of bartender player Craig and throwback beauty Rain, the realist and the romantic’s story.

[Aww, just what we needed to say goodbye...]

Oct 26 2015 4:50pm

First Look: Caisey Quinn’s Missing Dixie (October 27, 2015)

Missing Dixie by Caisey Quinn

Caisey Quinn
Missing Dixie (Neon Dreams #3)
William Morrow / October 27, 2015 / $13.99 print, $3.99 digital

Fighting for redemption . . .

I've lived most of my life in darkness, beneath the shadows of secrets and addictions. The last thing I ever wanted to do was hurt the only girl I'd ever loved—the one who brought me into the light. In my entire life I'd made one promise—a promise I'd intended to keep. I've broken that promise and now I have to live with the fallout. Dixie Lark hates me, and I have to tell her that I love her. I also have to tell her a truth that might destroy us forever.

Can she love me, even if she can't forgive me?

Learning to move on . . .

Gavin Garrison broke his promise to my brother and he broke my heart in the process.I may never love anyone the way I've loved him, but at least I won't spend my life wondering “what if.” We had our one night and he walked away. I'm beginning to move on, but my brother's wedding and a battle of the bands are about to throw us together again.

Our band is getting a second chance, but I don't know if I can give him one. How do you hand your heart back to the person who set it on fire once already?

Caisey Quinn’s Neon Dreams trilogy has been magical. It’s one of those series where you have to hold on for the pay-off, but when it comes, like the best things in life, the big lights and big emotion make it all worth it. Dixie and Gavin’s — an up-and-coming New Adult super couple — story began in Leaving Amarillo and in tortured NA fashion, had to wait for brother and best friend Dallas to find his HEA with high school sweetheart Robyn in Loving Dallas before they could come full circle in Missing Dixie. These characters are more than windblown, small-town West Texas musicians hoping to make it; somehow the patchwork family and romance between Dixie and Gavin, Dallas and Robyn are so thoughtfully put together, they get completely under your skin. And if you’ve been holding your breath because it’s been real and messy, you can finally let go.

[Let it go. Let it go...]

Oct 15 2015 8:30am

Best Friend’s Little Sister Takes an Erotic Turn in Eden Bradley’s Dangerously Broken

Dangerously Broken by Eden Bradley

The brother’s best friend/little sister trope takes on hard BDSM kink in Eden Bradley’s long-awaited sequel, Dangerously Broken, where the great thing about the combination of this genre and this trope is the merging of taboos into a heightened awareness of sex, feelings, everything. Summer Grace has always been off-limits for Jamie, not just because of the promise he made her deceased brother but because of where his sexual preferences lie. But when he comes upon Summer playing at his BDSM club, The Bastille, he sees her in a whole new light. And the best thing? He doesn’t torture himself about it; he acts on it.

Desire was not the same as taking action. But who the hell was going to protect her from everything and everyone else at The Bastille if he didn’t do it himself? It was the same damn situation Allie had wrangled Mick into. With his help, he had to admit. But this was different. Wasn’t it? He had a feeling Summer Grace hadn’t done this because of him.

He’d seen the languorous lines of her body under that Domme’s hands. Had seen the way she responded to being hit with the leather paddle. She was right there, her body, her mind, committed to the moment. Oh yeah, she was all in. That wasn’t something anyone could fake. Even if she knew he was into kink — and if Allie had brought her to the club, he was pretty sure she’d known before they’d seen each other tonight — she was obviously there because it was what she wanted.

Summer Grace. With the same dark desires he had himself.

Which could lead her into some dangerous territory.

[This is off limits for work spaces ...]

Oct 4 2015 1:00pm

First Look: Katy Evans’s Ms. Manwhore (October 5, 2015)

Katy Evans
Ms. Manwhore (Manwhore #3)
Gallery / October 5, 2015 / $2.99 digital

Katy Evans returns with a sexy novella, the final installment of the unforgettable love story that began in Manwhore.

What lies ahead for Chicago’s most envied couple, Malcolm Saint and Rachel Livingston?

Sparks flew between them in Manwhore. Separated by deception, they felt the intensity and heat of their attraction turn up in Manwhore +1.

Will Chicago’s wealthiest and most notorious player finally settle down, or will one woman never be enough? Find out in Ms. Manwhore, the ultimate conclusion to their electric, breathtaking story.

This has been the year of Malcolm Saint. He burst on the scene as anything but just another billionaire playboy hero and made us sit up and take notice. Boldly confident, quietly mysterious, potently seductive, he was a god in Manwhore who proved himself human in Manwhore +1, and in the conclusion, Ms. Manwhore, Saint’s not only going monogamous, he’s making it permanent.

[Malcolm is buidling with his lover ...]

Sep 1 2015 8:30am

First Look: Lilah Pace’s Begging for It (September 1, 2015)

Begging For It by Lilah Pace

Lilah Pace
Begging for It (Asking for It #2)
Berkley / September 1, 2015 / $15.00 print, $4.99 digital

The provocative author of Asking for It once again explores the dark side of erotic obsession, and the secrets that make it as dangerous as it is irresistible.

Some secrets should only be shared in the dark.

Jonah and Vivienne’s erotic bond—living out raw scenarios of captivity and force—began as no-strings sex between strangers who shared the same desires. Now the intimacy between them is turning into love, but it’s a love built on fantasies so extreme that exploring them makes guilt inescapable. But the risks they're taking are far more dangerous than they'd imagined.

A stalker is terrorizing the city, and one of Jonah’s ex-lovers names him as a potential suspect to the police. Standing by a man under suspicion could cost Vivienne everything. But when Jonah’s stepfather takes advantage of the scandal to seize control of the Marks family fortune, Vivienne is drawn into her lover’s broken family and twisted past. Only then will she learn how dark the truth really is...

With Asking for It, Lilah Pace packed a punch. It wasn’t just the extreme rape fantasy premise or that the fantasy comes to life. The real shock was that for Jonah and Vivienne, it isn’t just fantasy; it was the embodiment and re-enactment of a very real personal hell for them both. Yet in each other, they finally found what they were missing, a partner who could help unlock that deeper part of themselves. And as they set forth boundaries and limits for their games, their world became a taboo paradise.

[Role playing turns into the perfect romance...]

Aug 31 2015 12:30pm

First Look: Lora Leigh’s Wicked Lies (September 1, 2015)

Wicked Lies by Lora Leigh

Lora Leigh
Wicked Lies (Men of Summer #2)
St. Martin's Press / September 1, 2015 / $7.99 print & digital

From #1 bestselling author Lora Leigh comes Wicked Lies, a sizzling novel of the Men of Summer-their ways and means, and the women they desire...


Jazz Lancing is the stuff of legends. A mountain-bred ex-Navy SEAL with rugged dark looks, a tall muscled frame, and gorgeous blue eyes, he can have any woman he wants in the state of Tennessee. Except Annie Mayes. The beautiful, innocent teacher refuses to fall for Jazz because she's hiding a secret more powerful than her own temptation ...


Jazz knows that Annie isn't who she says she is-that she's lying about her identity, her past, and her motives. But can she be trusted? Little does he know Annie has been craving his kiss for years, dreaming that Jazz would take her in his arms and save her from her demons. But telling Jazz the truth could put both of them in peril. In this deadly game of danger, deceit, and darkness, is desire worth the risk of losing...everything?

Lora Leigh is at her best when she’s writing nail-biting suspense with a group of characters we’ve come to know as close-knit and well-loved, set in the low-country backwoods of the southern midwest. With Wicked Lies she returns to a series whose first book ten years ago still brings fond memories, but has been rebranded with the new Men of Summer series title, and with a launching point all its own. Its Americana at its finest, with homegrown terrorists, big alphas, and the women they’d do anything to possess, Leigh’s bread and butter.

[The more they know, the less they can trust...]

Aug 23 2015 9:00am

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

Deeper in Sin by Sharon Page

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

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

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

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

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

Aug 18 2015 3:30pm

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

Scandal Never Sleeps by Shayla Black and Lexi Blake

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aug 17 2015 1:00pm

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

Nauti Boy by Lora Leigh

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

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

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

Jul 28 2015 8:30am

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

The Bourbon Kings by J.R. Ward

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jul 27 2015 11:00am

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

All the Ways to Ruin a Rogue by Sophie Jordan

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

First friends, then enemies . . .

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

Now something more...

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

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

[Heat up your TBR list...]

Jul 13 2015 3:30pm

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

Caged by Lorelei James

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jul 9 2015 8:30am

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

Simply Irresistible by Kate Pearce

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

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

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

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

Jun 16 2015 8:30am

First Look: Lauren Dane’s Opening Up (June 16, 2015)

Opening Up by Lauren Dane

Lauren Dane
Opening Up (Ink & Chrome #1)
Forever / June 16, 2015 / $15.00 print, $5.99 digital

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lauren Dane delivers Book #1 in her Ink & Chrome erotic romance series.

The men of the Twisted Steel custom hot rod and motorcycle shop are great with their hands...and they're not afraid to get dirty.

PJ is exactly the kind of woman Twisted Steel owner Asa Barrons doesn't need. The last thing he wants to do is mix business with pleasure, and PJ has some of the best custom detailing he's ever seen. But the chemistry between them won't be denied, and soon he's introducing her to a whole new world in the bedroom, pushing her far beyond anything she's ever experienced. PJ finds she can't get enough, but how far is too far before he consumes her completely?

Lauren Dane is bold. She writes really confident, take-no-prisoners women, and that makes for a fun heroine we can look up to, comfortable in her own skin but vulnerable enough to have layers. That’s what we have in PJ, a smart, gorgeous pin-up type with mad skills in custom painting. Asa, owner of a custom cars and bike shop, is a bearded hunk of a guy who grew up rough then served in the Army, and the result is one sexy, over-protective hero who’s on the dominant side when it comes to sex. They’re in each other’s world so there’s already a shared link there, and from the beginning, PJ and Asa are just natural. Instant attraction leads to trading sexual innuendos right away, and it. is. hot. There are curves and muscles, piercings and tattoos, and it. is. hot. He’s older, she’s younger, and it. is. hot.

[A hot romance that will open you up...]

Jun 7 2015 1:00pm

Shipping Sunday: The Royals’ Eleanor/Jasper (Jeleanor)

The Royals Jasper and Eleanor

We in romance love our tropes. And there’s one new pairing that’s had me frantically searching out princess/bodyguard stories. I have The Royals’ hottest new TV couple - Jasper and Eleanor - to thank for that. Seriously, thank you. Their story is a complicated romance novel, rife with some of the latest trends, come to life. A little blackmail, lots of hate sex, some dominance/submission, hiding true feelings, trust issues, and ultimately enough common ground that the whole thing just works. And when chemistry on TV is this good, it’s worth getting hooked.

The princess is a piece of work. She’s spoiled and survives on a constant stream of drugs and alcohol in a desperate attempt to escape her crazy royal family and the expectations she can’t seem to live up to from the only ones she cares to impress. And difficult as she is, Jasper’s taken on the role of her bodyguard. But he has his own approach: blackmailing Eleanor with a sex tape after they sleep together in an effort to keep his job, and get closer to her.

[Nothing like a little hate to make the bedroom hotter...]

May 22 2015 8:30am

First Look: Tessa Bailey and Sophie Jordan Off Base (May 22, 2015)

Off Base by Tessa Bailey and Sophie Jordan

Tessa Bailey and Sophie Jordan
Off Base
Tessa Bailey and Sophie Jordan / May 22, 2015 / $2.99 digital

New York Times bestselling authors Tessa Bailey and Sophie Jordan team up for a collaboration featuring two sexy contemporary romance novellas.

Tessa Bailey: Kenna and Beck

A welcome home he never expected...and will never forget...

When Kenna Sutton is tasked with driving home newly returned Beck “True Blue” Collier, she expects the strategic Army mastermind to be a pasty number cruncher. Never at a loss for words, Kenna is nonetheless rendered speechless by the gorgeous, inexperienced and tightly-wound Army major that lands in her passenger seat. Outraged by Beck’s lack of a welcome home after seven long years overseas, Kenna takes matters into her own hands, giving Beck something he’s only ever fantasized about in his bunk.

Beck has never shied away from a test of will and Kenna gives new meaning to the word challenge. One problem? Kenna’s father is the lieutenant general presenting Beck with the Silver Star and Beck is determined to treat Kenna with the respect she deserves, even if her eyes beg Beck to act out his most secret desires with her. Desires he's always been told were the work of the devil. But how long can one lonely, starving man hope to resist the woman he craves?

Sophie Jordan: Huntley and Cullen

Being a good girl has its drawbacks...

Huntley Collier, an emergency room nurse and all-around do-gooder, is tired of living in the friend zone. Cullen Brooks was given the job of babysitting Huntley when her brother – his best friend – deployed. But their friendly coffeehouse hangouts and TV marathons leave her wanting more. When one crazy night leads to too many drinks and an explosion of long-denied lust, Huntley's dreams become a reality. And reality is one hot, wild place she never wants to leave.

But only a good girl can bring down a bad boy...

Known as Sullen Cullen around Black Rock, Cullen Brooks doesn’t have many friends, but Huntley is one of them … and despite his decidedly unfriendly fantasies of the curvy blonde, she is far too sweet for his darker tastes. Keeping his hands off is easier said than done, however, when demure, little Huntley responds to his touch like the wildcat he never expected...and can't stop pursuing, despite his better judgment. But when Cullen suddenly faces losing her, will this bad boy risk it all to keep his good girl?

Tessa Bailey and Sophie Jordan’s erotic military romance Off Base is the best-kept secret this spring. These authors collaborated on a top-secret, digital project they only revealed the week of release, featuring two intertwined novellas about two separate couples all set on the fictional Fort Black Rock Army Base. Jordan’s story features the beloved best friend/little sister trope, and Bailey’s story can be summed up in three words: Army virgin hero. And more than anything, this is the hottest stuff they’ve written yet.

[The military gets a little spicy with these two couples...]

May 11 2015 8:30am

First Look: Cora Carmack’s All Played Out (May 12, 2015)

Cora Carmack
All Played Out (Rusk University #3)
Harper Collins / May 12, 2015 / $13.99 print, $4.99 digital

In the third book in New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cora Carmack’s Rusk University series, a good girl is about to find out what happens when she creates the ultimate college bucket list and she sets her sights on a jock.

First person in her family to go to college? CHECK.

Straight A’s? CHECK.

On track to graduate early? CHECK.

Social life? …..yeah, about that….

With just a few weeks until she graduates, Antonella DeLuca’s beginning to worry that maybe she hasn’t had the full college experience. (Okay... Scratch that. She knows she hasn't had the full college experience).

So Nell does what a smart, dedicated girl like herself does best. She makes a “to do” list of normal college activities.

Item #1? Hook up with a jock.

Rusk University wide receiver Mateo Torres practically wrote the playbook for normal college living. When he’s not on the field, he excels at partying, girls, and more partying. As long as he keeps things light and easy, it's impossible to get hurt... again. But something about the quiet, shy, sexy-as-hell Nell gets under his skin, and when he learns about her list, he makes it his mission to help her complete it.

Torres is the definition of confident (And sexy. And wild), and he opens up a side of Nell that she's never known.  But as they begin to check off each crazy, exciting, normal item, Nell finds that her frivolous list leads to something more serious than she bargained for. And while Torres is used to taking risks on the field, he has to decide if he's willing to take the chance when it's more than just a game.

Together they will have to decide if what they have is just part of the experiment or a chance at something real.

Cora Carmack’s third Rusk University New Adult novel, All Played Out, is the best—and hottest—in the series yet. Wide receiver Mateo Torres is a fun lovin’ ladies’ man who doesn’t take anything too seriously except football. And Nell is a shy, by-the-book innocent who’s always kept her head down and focused on the future. Until early graduation looms all too soon on the horizon and she realizes college has passed her by without much living in the now. So in a sort of spin on the lessons in seduction trope, the college bucket list is born.

[Our kind of bucket list, since the final item has to be an HEA...]

May 4 2015 8:30am

First Look: Elizabeth Moss’s Wolf Bride (May 5, 2015)

Wolf Bride by Elizabeth Moss

Elizabeth Moss
Wolf Bride (Lust in the Tudor Court #1)
Sourcebooks / May 5, 2015 / $15.99 print, $7.99 digital

Hilary Mantel meets Sylvia Day: the first installment in a deliciously erotic trilogy, set against the sumptuous backdrop of the scandal-ridden Tudor Court.

Bound to him against her will...

Lord Wolf, hardened soldier and expert lover, has come to King Henry VIII's court to claim his new bride: a girl who has intrigued him since he first saw her riding across the Yorkshire moors.

Eloise Tyrell, now lady-in-waiting to Queen Anne Boleyn, has other ideas. She has no desire to submit to a man she barely knows and who-though she is loath to admit it-frightens her more than a little.

Their first kiss awakens in both a fierce desire that bares them to the soul. But as the court erupts into scandal around the ill-fated Queen, Eloise sees firsthand what happens when powerful men tire of their wives...

There can never be too many erotic historical romances. To have the bedroom door of couples in period settings, language, and garb wide open is somehow just more indulgent and naughty. And we all love a good arranged marriage story, especially here in the first book in Elizabeth Moss’s Lust in the Tudor Court series, Wolf Bride, between Lord Wolf and lady’s maid Eloise, once childhood acquaintances but now virtual strangers. There’s a host of tropes here for the taking, and the fact that it’s all set around one of the most explosive, controversial events in history is a back-drop that will really set this trilogy apart.

[Will you be abe to handle it all?]