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Jun 8 2017 9:30am

A Definitive Ranking of Every One of Julia Quinn’s Bridgertons Books

Note: This post may contain spoilers for anyone who hasn't read all of the Bridgerton books by Julia Quinn. 

The Girl With the Make-Believe Husband by Julia Quinn

In light of the recent release of Julia Quinn’s latest Bridgerton prequel, The Girl With the Make-Believe Husband, (Amazon | B&N | Kobo) it seems like a good time to rank the eight original Bridgerton books. In these latest books, Julia Quinn is giving readers the HEAs of the Rokesbys, ancestors of the beloved Bridgertons who captured readers hearts, especially when battling each other with a rousing and sometimes tetchy game of Pall Mall. Each of the original books have their own unique story about the eight siblings named in alphabetical order from A to H (Anthony, Benedict, Colin, Daphne, Eloise, Francesca, Gregory and Hyacinth).

Where do these oft-reread books fall on my scale? Read on to find out.

8. The Duke and I (Daphne Bridgerton and Simon Bassett)

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I have a great fondness for The Duke and I because it the first book in the Bridgerton series. It is a romance with a fake relationship as its two main characters decide to use each other to keep their family off their backs about marriage. Daphne hasn’t had any luck finding a husband and is tired of the marriage mart. Simon is her older brother’s best friend, and he is seriously tortured. The setup is great, but when the two are forced to marry, Simon deliberately withholds his seed from Daphne during sex in order to prevent pregnancy. Daphne is devastated and ends up taking advantage of a drunk Simon in order to get pregnant. While many things about this book worked for me, this story line did not and is the reason that this book falls to the bottom of my rankings.

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Apr 27 2017 9:30am

First Look: M. O’Keefe’s Baby, Come Back (May 1, 2017)

Baby, Come Back by M. O’Keefe

M. O'Keefe
Baby, Come Back 
M. O'Keefe / May 1, 2017 / $3.99 digital

Baby, Come Back by M. O’Keefe is the follow-up story to Bad Neighbor, the hot and steamy love story of the shy artist Charlotte and the bad boy, MMA fighter Jesse. In Bad Neighbor, we learn about Jessie’s brother Jack, who may be a very dangerous person, and his quest to find Charlotte’s sister Abby. At the end of Bad Neighbor, Jack has discovered Abby’s whereabouts and about her pregnancy. He is determined to to find her, and we are left unsure of Jack’s motives and of Abby’s safety.

Despite this uncertainty, Baby, Come Back is Jack and Abby’s story. It picks up before the events of Bad Neighbor. Abby is working for a company as liquor hostess of sorts. She and her coworkers are booked to work different clubs, and they circulate among the guests to push/sell a particular type of alcohol. When Abby and her crew are sent to work The Moonlight, she meets Jack and is immediately drawn to him.

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Apr 18 2017 9:30am

A Definitive Ranking of Every Suzanne Brockmann Troubleshooters Books (So Far)

What is the best Troubleshooters book? Our ranking is here!

Some Kind of Hero by Suzanne Brockmann

In July, Suzanne Brockmann returns to the world of the Troubleshooters with Some Kind of Hero, (Amazon | Kobo | B&N) the 19th book in this series, which remains one of my all-time favorite romantic suspense series. I credit Brockmann for my love of military heroes and for getting me into the romantic suspense genre. I have been a huge fan since I first read Tom and Kelly’s book The Unsung Hero (which also happens to be the first book in the series). So my love of the series undoubtedly qualifies me to officially rank the books in the series.

I left out the e-short stories as they were too difficult to fit in! Keep in mind that Brockmann has so many threads, secondary plots and flashbacks in her books. I decided to stick to ranking these based upon the primary romances because there is just so much going on in these books (with one minor exception).

18. Do or Die (Ian & Phoebe) 

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I don’t really consider this one part of the Troubleshooters world, so it automatically goes to the last place on my list. Ian is a SEAL, so he is in the military, but the book is set apart from the world created in the rest of the series. This is a solid romantic suspense but don’t expect it to really fit in with the series. It pretty much stands alone.

17. Dark of Night (Decker and Tracy; Sophia & Dave) 

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I admit to being one of the readers who hoped/expected Decker and Sophia to get a HEA after their intimate scene together in Into the Storm, which meant that Dark of Night was going to be a tough sell for me. Brockmann surprised me quite a bit with Decker’s sexual preferences and ended up convincing me that Decker and Sophie would not have worked together. However, I never warmed up to Tracy. She had been the office airhead for far too long. I was also a bit lukewarm about Dave and Sophia’s romance - which is why this one is close to the bottom of my rankings.

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Sep 30 2015 1:00pm

30 Days Has Spurtember: Spurts You’ll Never Forget, Part 3

Mine Tonight by Lisa Marie Perry

Are you ready for the final six spurts in our Spurtember Bonanza? Let’s get right to them.

In Lisa Marie Perry’s Mine Tonight (Book 3 of The Blue Dynasty series), there is an angry hero and an emotionally messed up heroine. Bindi Paxton has lost her fiance and her shot to stardom, so she heads to the Seychelles Islands for a vacation. There she meets Santino Franco, a man reeling from the loss of his pro football career due to injury. The injury has also caused Santino to suffer from erectile dysfunction, making this spurt a special one.

Bindi rode, stealing his control, so determined to take him higher and lure him deeper.

Hold me….

But he didn’t. As a spasm seized him, he captured her hips in a tight grip and groaned as a series of hot spurts coated her.

“I’m freakin’ lost in you.” Jerking softly into her now, Santino held her face, tasted her lips. “You’re so beautiful.”

That word.


 As in compliant. As in available. As in pleasing.

The end of a spurt drought!

[Time to vote on those spurts ...]

Sep 23 2015 9:30am

It’s Raining Men: Spurts You’ll Never Forget in Spurtember, Part 2

Going Under by Jeffe Kennedy

Note: Cover your screens from your bosses—this post is Not Safe For Work (in all the best ways)! If spurts aren't your thing, turn back now; if they are, come celebrate Spurtember with us!

Welcome to Spurtember, the first September in which we celebrate spurts in romance. Last week, I shared favorite spurts, ones that have shot long and hard to make me take notice. But it isn’t just about my favorite spurts. We here at Heroes and Heartbreakers were thrilled when you shared your favorite spurts with us in order for us to hold a Spurtoff where readers can vote for the favorite spurt, earning an author the coveted Golden Spurt rating. To play along, let us know your favorite spurt down in the comments or follow along with the discussion with the hashtag #Spurtember. We will collate all the entries in a third post. coming next week. Questions? Ask away here or direct them to @JenniferRNN on Twitter.

Spurtember is off to a fantastic start. Earlier, I shared some of my favorite spurts. Now, it is time to add some spurts submitted by readers and authors. We have a great mix for you.

To start things off, we’ve got a gem of a spurt from Jeffe Kennedy’s erotic romance, Going Under. In this book, Emily Hartwell is a reclusive game developer in hiding who gets involved with tech report Fox Mullins who is on a special assignment. There are lots of hot sexual shenanigans going on between these two, although the spurt that follows is of the solo variety.

He pushed his jeans midway down his thighs, blowing out an explosive breath as blood flow resumed to the compressed tissues. Greasing up his hand, he propped his forearm on the cool glass, leaning his head against it and staring out into the night, imagining Emily observing as he worked his cock with savage fury.
Within moments, his balls clenched and he came, spurting onto the glass door before he had a chance to grab the washcloth, as if he had, in fact, regressed to his thirteen-year-old self, with all the lack of finesse and control, not to mention the bumbling stupidity, that had entailed.

[Another round of spurts ...]

Sep 16 2015 9:30am

Come as You Are: Spurts You’ll Never Forget in Spurtember, Part 1

Stygian’s Honor by Lora Leigh

Note: Cover your screens from your bosses—this post is Not Safe For Work (in all the best ways)! If spurts aren't your thing, turn back now; if they are, come celebrate Spurtember with us!

Welcome to Spurtember, the first September in which we celebrate spurts in romance. Today, I plan to share my favorite spurts, ones that have shot long and hard to make me take notice. But it isn’t just about my favorite spurts. We here at Heroes and Heartbreakers are hoping that you will share your favorite spurts with us in order for us to hold a Spurtoff where readers can vote for the favorite spurt, earning an author the coveted Golden Spurt rating. To play along, leave a comment on this post or share the spurt on twitter with the hashtag #Spurtember. We will collate all the entries in another post. Questions? Ask away here or direct them to @JenniferRNN on Twitter.

Since my spurt obsession began with Lora Leigh’s Stygian’s Honor, one of my favorite spurts has to come from this book. But the trouble is that there are 30, yes 30 Stygian spurts in this book. Choosing one was no easy feat. However, I feel the following captures one of the things that makes Lora Leigh’s Breeds so special—the mating knot.

She was jerking beneath him.

She was melting around him.

The feel of his release spurting inside her, the mating knot suddenly extending a portion of the already broad length of his cock, locking her in the desperately flexing muscle that milked at it, sent her rushing headlong into an explosion of of pure violent ecstasy.

[#Spurtember is taking off ...]

Jul 16 2015 12:00pm

The Secrets and Submission of J. Kenner’s On My Knees

J. Kenner’s On My Knees is the second book in the Stark International Trilogy following the burgeoning romance of Sylvia Brooks and Jackson Steele. At the end of Say My Name (the first book), Jackson had revealed that he and Damien Stark (the hero of Kenner’s original Stark trilogy) were half-brothers, that both shared the same father, Jeremiah Stark. Sylvia was put into a tough position because of her work as Damien’s personal assistant. What would this news mean to the couple? Would the news affect Jackson’s job working as an architect for Damien? Would more secrets surface?

As On My Knees begins, Jackson does decide to tell Damien about their familial relationship. Damien does not react, but later he demands that Sylvia fire her lover. After all, Damien’s relationship with Jeremiah Stark is not a pleasant one. Damien is suspicious of Jackson’s motives, and rightfully so. Sylvia has no choice but to carry out Damien’s wishes, but she will not let the news of Jackson’s parentage make her question their love.

However, Sylvia does worry about Jackson who takes the news poorly and reverts back to his bare knuckle fighting ways. When Sylvia finally finds him, she demands that he find another outlet for his anger and inner turmoil. She wants to be his touchstone and the person he turns to work through his issues. She is willing to submit more fully to him, hoping that he will stop holding back. Jackson accepts and takes their sexual relationship to a new level. While things in Jackson’s life seem to spin out of control, his relationship with Sylvia gets stronger and heats up significantly.

[The relationship is getting hot, but the secrets just keep coming...]

Jul 10 2015 2:00pm

Forgive Me, Father, For I Have Sinned: Sierra Simone’s Priest

Priest: A Love Story by Sierra Simone

Every once in a while there is so much buzz about a new book in romancelandia that I HAVE to read the book in question. Recently, people have been talking about Priest: A Love Story by Sierra Simone. A romance about a Catholic priest who breaks his vows and just might be kinky? There was no way I could resist this book. The story captivated me from the beginning. There certainly are several taboo elements (a priest who breaks his vows, sex on the altar, use of sacrament oil as lube, etc), but ultimately Priest is a compelling and angst-ridden romance that more than lives up all the hype.

Tyler Anselm Bell is a Catholic priest working in a small town parish. He became a priest to right past wrongs and hurts in his family and to heal a community ripped apart by a church abuse scandal. He is a believer who cares about his people. He is a good priest and a good man. But everything changes when Poppy Danforth enters his confessional to confess her sins. Poppy is not a Catholic, but she is looking for something, a sense of belonging, a family. And she is drawn to the church and to Father Bell.

[He's faithful and he talks dirty...]

Jun 25 2015 2:30pm

Hotter Than a Crowded Ballroom: Kate Pearce’s Erotically Charged Writing

Eden’s Pleasure  by Kate Pearce

Kate Pearce knows how to write erotically-charged romance. While not all of her books are erotic in nature, she has a knack for writing some of the hottest historical romance that I’ve ever read. I was hooked on Pearce from the moment that I read Eden’s Pleasure and Antonia’s Bargain, two connected stories featuring the Harcourt twins and their lady loves.

Eden’s Pleasure and Antonia’s Bargain are romances that are related to the Simply (a.k.a. House of Pleasure) series, one of my favorite historical romance series. The series consists of nine books about the sexual escapades of the lords and ladies in Regency England. Simply Sexual is the first book in the series and is the story of Lord Valentin Sokorvsky, a one-time sex slave in a Turkish brothel. Valentin has no sexual boundaries and proves to be a challenge for Sara Harrison. Simply Sinful is the second book in the series and features Peter Howard, who was enslaved with Valentin in the Turkish brothel. Peter meets (and later weds) Abigail Beecham, a woman determined to find a man to fulfill her sexual desires. One of the most fascinating relationships of the entire series is that of Valentin and Peter who are more than friends.

[There's so much more to Kate Pearce...]

Jun 23 2015 11:00am

10 BDSM Romances You Should Read (An Opinionated Opinion)

Personal Geography by Tasmen Parker

While erotic romances with BDSM elements have been around for quite some time, they seem to be everywhere in our post-Fifty Shades of Grey world. But they are not all created equal and there are several that stand out from the rest and are must reads. Check out my list of 10 BDSM romances that everyone should read.

1. Light Switch by Lauren Gallagher is one of my all time favorite BDSM romance novels. Kristen and Scott have more than one committed relationship, but enter into a Dominant/submissive relationship when Kristen asks Scott to help her explore her submissive desires. Scott uses specific rituals to mark their play time. For example, he rolls up his shirt sleeves and swirls wine in a glass to mark to get Kristin into a submissive headspace. The sex is hot, and there are several scenes that will appeal to fans of both exhibitionism and voyeurism as well as BDSM.

2. Personal Geography by Tamsen Parker is a recent addition to this list. This is the first of a two-book series about high-powered businesswoman, India, and her Dominant lover Cris. India is an experienced submissive who sets strict rules and uses a broker to set her encounters. But Cris is different than most of her Dominants and pushes her for more. Personal Geography does have a cliffhanger ending, but it (and Intimate Geography, the sequel) is a stand out read. While several of the BDSM scenes are hardcore, Cris is not an alphahole Dom—in fact, he is actually a beta Dom, which is a rare thing in erotic romance.

[BDSM erotic romances continued...]

Jan 12 2015 5:30pm

The Intel on Stephanie Tyler’s Section 8 Series

Fragmented by Stephanie TylerThis definitely needs a spoiler warning!

In April of 2013, Stephanie Tyler introduced the Section 8 series, featuring a group of outcast, former military heroes, who couldn’t quite keep themselves out of trouble. An intense and often violent romantic suspense series, all three books in the series are connected and are best read in order. With the third book in the series, Fragmented, having just been released, here is a recap of what has happened in the first two books.

Surrender is the first book in the series and features a romance between Dare and Grace. However, there is much more taking place in this book than just the primary romance. Tyler spends a great deal of time setting the series up and giving background information. As Surrender opens, Dare is licking his wounds after a military op gone wrong that has made him bitter. He is disillusioned with the military and the government. When Adele, a woman who once worked with his father (Darius) for a secret covert ops division of the government (which was the original Section 8), shows up on his doorstep, Dare knows there is trouble. However, he doesn’t expect the news that his half-sister is in trouble and hiding from the authorities.

[We're the authority on Stephanie Tyler's Section 8 though...]

Jan 6 2015 12:40pm

First Look: Stephanie Tyler’s Fragmented (January 6, 2015)

Fragmented by Stephanie TylerStephanie Tyler
Fragmented (Section 8)
Signet / January 6, 2015 / $7.99 print, digital

When Dr. Drea Timmons was kidnapped during Section 8’s last mission, Jem did everything in his power to rescue the woman he’d fallen for—a woman unwillingly recruited for one of S8’s most personal and dangerous covert operations. Drea survived, but at a price. The trauma of her capture has rendered her without a single memory of her ordeal—or any recollection of how violently unpredictable her ex-boyfriend, Danny, an Outlaw Angel, had become, or why she had left him.

When Danny threatens to turn Drea over to the feds, she is forced to go on the run and confront a past that is as deadly as her future. As trouble closes in on both ends, Drea has no choice but to trust Jem, the only man who can help her, the only man whose electri

Fragmented is the third book in Stephanie Tyler’s Section 8 series, a romantic suspense series following the exploits of a group of renegade military heroes. The book begins with Dr. Drea Timmons living with Jem’s ex-CIA partner, Carolina. Drea is recovering from events in the last Section 8 book, Unbreakable, which left her with amnesia—and no memory of Jem or Section 8. Of course, Drea has big problems beyond her amnesia caused mostly by her ex Danny who is now the head of the Outlaw Angels, a dangerous and violent motorcycle club. In addition to being an Outlaw Angel enemy, Drea is wanted for questioning by the FBI. And although Drea cannot remember Jem, Jem is determined to keep her safe from both Danny and the FBI.

[All she can remember is trouble]

Dec 6 2014 1:00pm

Too Big for One Book: Erotic Romance Trilogies by Kenner, Tan, and More!

Release Me by J. KennerThe release of E.L. James's Fifty Shades of Gray series helped popularize a trend in romance: BDSM erotic romances where one couple’s happily ever after is told over three books. This trend has both pros and cons; the pros being that a couple’s HEA can be told in more depth and readers can spend more time with the main characters, but the cons being there are often cliffhanger endings, there may be a long wait between books, and the second books often read like filler. Despite the cons, I keep reading them.

One of the most popular of these BDSM series is J. Kenner’s Stark trilogy, which follow the tumultuous relationship between Nikki Fairchild and Damien Stark in Release Me, Claim Me and Complete Me. In Release Me, Damien, a billionaire entrepreneur, offers Nikki a million dollars to pose for a nude painting. She accepts and thus gets swept up in Damien’s swank and kinky lifestyle. In the second book, the author reveals more about Damien’s past and adds more external conflict. While the couple remains together, Damien is in trouble by the end of Claim Me, setting the stage for the storyline in Complete Me. The relationship between Nikki and Damien is compelling and sexy with only light kink and some bondage. For fans of this series, there are several novellas revisiting the couple.

[It's like sitting down with old friends...]

Nov 25 2014 5:20pm

First Look: Tiffany Reisz’s The King (November 25, 2014)

The King by Tiffany ReiszTiffany Reisz
The King (Original Sinners)
Harlequin MIRA / November 25, 2014 / $14.95 print, $9.99 digital

Cunning. Sex. Pure nerve. Only this potent threesome can raise him to his rightful place as ruler of Manhattan's kink kingdom. 

Bouncing from bed to bed on the Upper East Side—handsomely paid in both bills and blackmail fodder—Kingsley Edge is brilliant, beautiful and utterly debauched. No carnal act or chemical compound can relieve his self-destructive apathy—only Søren, the one person he loves without limit or regret. A man he can never have, but in whose hands Kingsley is reborn to attain even greater heights of sin. He plans to open the ultimate BDSM club­: a dungeon playground for New York's A-list that'll change the scene forever. 

The club becomes Kingsley's obsession—and he's enlisted some tough-as-nails help. His new assistant Sam is smart, secretive and totally immune to seduction (by men, at least). She and Kingsley make a wicked team. Still, their combined—and considerable—expertise in domination can't subdue the man who would kill their dream. The enigmatic Reverend Fuller won't rest until King's dream is destroyed. It's one man's sacred mission against another's….

The King is the second book in the second quartet of Tiffany Reisz’s Original Sinners series, the quartet that revisits the early years of Soren, Nora and Kingsley’s relationships. In The Saint, Reisz told us the story of Soren and Eleanor’s formative years from when they met, up until when they consummated their relationship, all from Nora’s point of view. 

[There are three sides to every story...]

Nov 16 2014 11:00am

Give Up the Chase: Anticipating Sarah MacLean’s Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover

Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover by Sarah MacLean**Note: This post contains spoilers on the Chase storyline from Sarah MacLean's The Rules of Scoundrels series and Love by Number series. If you are not caught up, stop now!**

With this month’s release of Sarah MacLean’s Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover, The Rules of Scoundrels series come to a close. In this one, MacLean finally tells the story of Chase, the mysterious proprietor of the Fallen Angel hell which has been the focal point of the four books in this series. But Chase’s roots go much further back than the start of The Rules of Scoundrels. They can be found in MacLean’s first historical romance series, Love by Numbers.

The Love by Numbers series features three books: Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake, Ten Ways to be Adored When Landing a Lord and Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke’s Heart which detail the happily ever afters of three siblings: twins Gabriel St. John, the Marquess of Ralston and Lord Nicholas St. John and their scandalous half sister Juliana Fiori. In Nines Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake, Ralston meets his match in Lady Calpurnia Hartwell, a proper spinster who conceives a bold plan in order to live the live she wants. She writes a list of nine rules of society that she plans to break. Gabriel ends up becoming her guide, her companion and her love.

[So rule-breaking started early, did it?]

Nov 12 2014 10:30am

First Look: Jackie Ashenden’s Living in Sin (November 18, 2014)

Living in Sin by Jackie AshendenJackie Ashenden
Living in Sin (Living In #2)
Samhain / November 18, 2014 / $4.49 digital

At twenty, Lily Andrews has already lived a lifetime. Her battle with leukemia put her three years behind her ballet career, and now that the grueling treatment is behind her, she’s eager to put her dancing shoes back on—literally and figuratively.

One man has been her personal light at the end of her tunnel, the one man she’s sure will help her rekindle her passion for life. Kahu Winter. And she’ll let nothing stand in the way of having him—not even Kahu himself.

When Kahu catches Lily sneaking into his club, the desire in her eyes tells him it’s more than a delayed act of youthful rebellion. Her lively spirit calls to him, but Kahu is too cynical, too jaded, too broken for a sweet young thing like her.

But Lily won’t take no for answer so he’ll make her a deal: She’s got one month to seduce him and after that, he’s moving on—figuratively and literally.

There’s just one thing he forgot to keep out of her reach. His heart…

Living in Sin is the second book in Jackie Ashenden’s Living In . . . series, a contemporary, erotic romance set in New Zealand. Kahu Winter is the thirty-eight year old co-owner of a private club in Auckland, a jaded and world weary man who isn’t looking for a relationship, especially with the twenty-year old daughter of his business partner. Lily Andrews may only be twenty, but she’s had a tough life, having just survived a long and difficult battle with leukemia. She is determined to get back to her ballet career—and is determined to get Kahu to help her achieve that goal.


Nov 10 2014 4:25pm

Spies, Hitmen and SEALS Do It Best: Sexy Romantic Suspense, Part 2

Riding Wild by Jaci BurtonThere were books by Edie Harris, Lora Leigh and Carolyn Crane featured in part one of this look at sexy romantic suspense novels. But fear not, there are plenty more where those came from. Let’s take a look at some more.

Riding Wild is the first book in Jaci Burton’s The Wild Riders series which features a secret, special ops group who masquerade as a motorcycle club. Mac Canfield is on assignment with the Wild Riders when he runs across a woman from his past, Lily West. Lily is working as a private investigator and suspects that Mac is working on the wrong side of the law. Mac ends up kidnapping Lily to save his cover. Sparks fly as Lily tries to find out what Mac is up to while getting as close to him as possible.

It made her even hotter to know his cock was hard against her ass cheeks. This play was a huge turn-on for him, just as it had been for her. She lifted her hips and ground her ass against he thick ridge pressing down on her.

“Tease,” he whispered, surging forward to further torment her with his cock.


“Yeah, a hot, hard one. You want it?”

She bit down on her bottom lip, her panties flooding with moisture. She lifted against him. “Do it. Hurry.”

[Things are about to get even hotter...]

Nov 6 2014 5:30pm

Spies, Hitmen, and SEALS Do It Best: Sexy Romantic Suspense, Part 1

Blamed by Edie HarrisRomantic suspense novels are usually action packed with great danger at every turn, and with seriously creepy villains. Such pumped up, adrenaline fueled situations often give rise to dramatic sexual tension. There is something extremely sexy about people finding love while fighting for their lives. Some authors use the dramatic tension to ramp up the heat adding an erotic punch to their stories. Here are some very sexy romantic suspense books that are sure to help turn up the heat as the weather turns cooler up here in the northern hemisphere.

Blamed is the first book in a new series about the Faraday family by Edie Harris. Beth Faraday is a retired hitwoman, attempting to make a new life for herself. But someone has put a hit out on her, bringing fellow spy Raleigh Vick to her doorstep. The two have a long history, of crossing paths for work—and for romance. But everything may not be what it seems with Vick;  Harris takes readers on an intense journey with several twists and turn with this one. And it is not short on sexy moments.

[We like sexy moments...]

Sep 5 2014 9:30am

First Look: Mia Gabriel’s Lord Savage (September 9, 2014)

Lord Savage by Mia GabrielMia Gabriel
Lord Savage
St. Martin's Press / September 9, 2014 / $14.99 print / $5.99 digital

I’d never felt so vulnerable, at once both lost and found, as I now did sprawled across Savage in this foolish throne-chair. His strength was my solace, my comfort, and there was nothing better than hearing the beating of his heart beneath my ear.

Once trapped in a loveless, pleasure-less marriage, Evelyn Hart leaves her home in New York for the glittering ballrooms of 1800s London. However, when she arrives she meets the Earl of Savage, a dark, powerful, dominating man who seems to live up to his name, despite his noble trappings, a man who possesses her with just one look. Soon Evelyn finds herself pulled into Savage's world - a world of dark pleasures and erotic passions unlike any she has ever experienced. Evelyn's heart is captured with no hope of escape. But can they overcome the tortures of the past together...?

Savage never imagined someone like Evelyn walking into his life. As soon as he sees her he knows he must have her, no matter the cost, in Lord Savage by Mia Gabriel.

When her aging husband dies, ending their passionless marriage, Evelyn Hart sees a chance to experience life on her own terms for the first time, to break out of the lonely cage she was held hostage in first by her father and then by her husband. With money to spare, Evelyn decides to flee New York and seek out the more exotic pleasures that she believes London has to offer. At first, she is bored by the ostentatious ballrooms and smarmy gentleman who only fawn over her financial endowments. That is, until she catches sight of the Earl of Savage’s backside cavorting with a lady friend in the bushes during a ball. Her first foray into voyeurism opens up a new world that is filled with carnal delights and new friends who embrace all things sexual. 

[Not a bad thing to embrace...]

Jun 19 2014 4:30pm

First Look: Tiffany Reisz’s The Saint (June 24, 2014)

The Saint by Tiffany Reisz

Tiffany Reisz
The Saint
Harlequin MIRA / June 24, 2014 / $14.95 print, $10.99 digital

Before she became Manhattan's  most famous dominatrix, Nora Sutherlin was merely a girl called Eleanor… 

Rebellious, green-eyed Eleanor never met a rule she didn't want to break. She's sick of her mother's zealotry and the confines of Catholic school, and declares she'll never go to church again. But her first glimpse of beautiful, magnetic Father Marcus Stearns—Søren to her and only her—and his lust-worthy Italian motorcycle is an epiphany. Eleanor is consumed—yet even she knows being in love with a priest can't be right. 

But when one desperate mistake nearly costs Eleanor everything, it is Søren who steps in to save her. When she vows to repay him with complete obedience, a whole world opens before her as he reveals to her his deepest secrets that will change everything. 

 Danger can be managed—pain, welcomed.  Everything is about to begin. 

With the release of The Saint, Tiffany Reisz begins the The White Years, the second story arc in the eight books that make up The Original Sinners series. It begins with Nora in the Black Forest in Bavaria grieving for something. She is alone until someone new to the Sinners world knocks on her door to offer her comfort. Needing to talk, Nora tells him, and the reader, the tale of how she met and came to be the property of Soren. An intense but fascinating story, Reisz tells it with flare, hilarious dialogue (is there anything better than Nora’s wit?), and passion.

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