Mar 31 2012 11:16pm

March 2012 Recommendations: Dukes, Single Fathers, and Ambitious Heroes

Rainshadow Road by Lisa KleypasAt the end of last year, we ran our fabulous bloggers’ lists of top reads of the year. Those posts were so fun that we’ve decided to continue, asking our bloggers to share the best thing they’ve read each month (or things, plural, if our bloggers declare a tie ’cause they just can’t choose). It doesn’t have to be a new book, as evidenced below; just something that made the month sparkle just a bit more. So here’s this month’s installment for March 2012 (and if you missed it, be sure to check out the January and February 2012 picks):


Rainshadow Road by Lisa Kleypas was my favorite March-published book. (It was actually published February 28, and I read it in early January.) After a year without a Kleypas book, my expectations for this one were really high, but the story delivered in every way. Sam and Lucy are both wonderfully rich characters, the setting adds a dimension to the story, and the magical realism was unexpected and delightful. I ended my review of the book with these words: “I give Rainshadow Road my highest recommendation and Lisa Kleypas my gratitude for writing a book that I will read again and again. And I’m counting the days until August and [Dream Lake].”

I also liked Sophia Nash’s Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea a great deal. It’s the first of her Royal Entourage series with a group of dukes as bad-boy celebrities in need of reform. Characters who don’t fit the conventional mold and one of the best proclamations of love scenes made it a standout.

Are You Alone on Purpose? by Nancy WerlinBrittany Melson

The best book I read in March was Are You Alone on Purpose? by Nancy Werlin. It’s an older book that I stumbled upon, but it was simple and sweet and made me cry.

Victoria Janssen

Silk Is for Seduction by Loretta Chase - I loved all the details of the cutthroat business of fashion, and the techniques of snaring customers from the aristocratic classes.  So much more fun than yet more spies!

Dolly Sickles

Deb Marlowe’s Tall, Dark and Disreputable

Aimee Laine’s Hide & Seek

Kindling the Moon by Jenn BennettChelsea Mueller

Kindling the Moon by Jenn Bennett (Arcadia Bell #1)

I am still kicking myself for waiting so long to read this book. Kindling the Moon blew me away with a clever, engaging heroine and a twisty plot. Better yet, I had to add a new book boyfriend to the list after reading this one. Lon Butler brings the sexy as a single father, who just happens to be an earthbound demon. Also, his skills shine during sexytimes. On the upside, the sequel comes out in April and I’m ready.

Synde Korman

Allison Pang’s A Sliver of Shadow

Damn, Allison Pang does it again, with Phin the Unicorn and Company in tow. I laughed, and cried (a lot)! New characters and drama...a must read for UF and PNR fans alike. LOVE IT.

Foxfire Bride by Maggie OsborneWendy the Super Librarian

Foxfire Bride by Maggie Osborne was published in 2004, and was the last book by this fantastic author before she announced her retirement from writing (and succeeded in breaking my heart in the process). It tells the story of a former scout named Fox, who decides to seek revenge against the man she feels ruined her life.  All she has to do is get to Denver, where the man now lives and runs an extremely large mining operation.  Into her lap falls the hero, Matthew Tanner, who must get to Denver in three months’ time to pay $50,000 to kidnappers who are holding his father for ransom.  This road romance features a prickly yet vulnerable heroine, an ambitious hero, and a fully-fleshed array of secondary characters.  A very good read that made me miss Ms. Osborne that much more (and who thought that would be possible?).


What was your favorite March read?

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Vanessa Ouadi
1. Lafka
My 2 March fav books (both released this month) are :

- Tessa Dare's A week to be wicked (Spindle Cove #2) : the book focuses on the trip to Scotland of a bluestockings and a scoundrel viscount. I read it just yestderday, and it was witty, funny, sensuous, sweet _ I loved it :-)

- Bella Andre's I only have eyes for you (The Sullivans #4) : such a sweet and tender love story, I really liked it ! I think there has been an article on H&H before the book was released :-)

I also read and liked a YA Romance, Simone Elkeles's Perfect Chemistry (I think it's the first book of a series, I shall go on with book #2).
Dolly Sickles
2. Dolly_Sickles
I chose Deb Marlowe's story because I love her unusual plot twist with the mystery man ... Exciting Regency reading, indeed! She delivers agreat story every time.

And I chose Amy Laine's story because, of the thousands of books I've read, this is in my top twenty. I absolutely loved her spin on Zeus' gift, the sexy chemistry between Tripp and Lexi, and the absolutely wonderfully romantic game of hide and seek at the end. This is my favorite type of romance: modern, smart, sexy, and engaging!
3. KathleenC
My favorite March romance was an unusual read for me. An erotic m/m novel entitled Finding Zach written by Rowan Speedwell. It was deeply touching, and at once heartbreaking and heartwarming. It spoke to my heart and soul, and I will never, ever forget it. It is on my personal all-time favorite romance stories list.
Here is the official blurb: For five years, Zach Tyler, son of one of the world’s richest software moguls, was held hostage, tortured, and abused. When he is rescued at last from the Venezuelan jungle, he is physically and psychologically shattered, but he slowly begins to rebuild the life he should have had before an innocent kiss sent him into hell.

His childhood best friend David has lived those years with overwhelming guilt and grief. Every relationship David has tried has fallen apart because of his feelings for a boy he thought dead. When Zach is rescued, David is overjoyed—and then crushed when Zach shuts him out.

Two years later, David returns home, and he and Zach must come to terms with the rift between them, what they feel for each other, and what their future could hold. But Zach has secrets, and one of them might well destroy their fragile love.
Highly recommended to those who favor their romance on the erotic side.
Marian DeVol
4. ladyengineer
Spring hit early and hard here in Atlanta with record pollen counts of over 8100 and 9300 on consecutive days (check if you don't believe me - yellow-green fuzz on EVERYTHING). That in combination with the recent purchase of a Kindle app-supplied Android tablet and discovery of erotic eBooks on Amazon, my annual bout of spring fever this year was also one for the record books! ;->

Because of this, my entries are the first two Masters of the Shadowlands series by Cherise Sinclair - Club Shadowlands and Dark Citadel.
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