Saturday, November 1

New Releases - November 2014

How was Halloween? Did you get scared? LOL. Can you believe I saw no kids?!

Well here we are, the beginning of a new month. Two little short months and it'll be the end of the year. Okay, that's scary! I'm so not ready for 2014 to be over! One thing I can't understand though is that the holidays are coming... so why are there so few new releases?! Don't they know that books make great gifts?

I think this is one of our shortest list ever! So make sure to point out any books we forgot!

November 3

Starstruck by LA Witt
published by Riptide Publishing
Hollywood is full of dirty secrets, but Carter refuses to be Levi’s.

Retired action star Levi Pritchard has made a quiet life for himself in the sleepy logging town of Bluewater Bay, Washington. But then Hollywood comes to film the wildly popular television series Wolf’s Landing, and Bluewater Bay isn’t so sleepy anymore. His retirement doesn’t stick, either, because he’s offered a part on the show—exactly the kind of complex role he’d always wanted, one that would prove him more than a glorified stuntman. The only catch? He has to stay in the closet—no matter how attractive he finds his co-star.

Carter Samuels is the critically-acclaimed male lead on Wolf’s Landing. And now, the man who inspired him to take up acting—and made him realize he’s gay—is joining the cast, and sparks fly between them instantly. But Carter is out and proud and determined to stay true to himself.

Remaining just friends is the only thing to do, as both the studio and Levi’s disapproving, dysfunctional family keep reminding them. Except their friendship deepens by the day, tempting them with what they can’t have but both desperately need.
Genre: Contemporary M/M Romance
Series: Bluewater Bay, Book #1

Ames: Eeeeeee!  I love Witt's writing and everything about this blurb makes me feel all grabby hands. Haha

November 4

The Kraken King by Meljean Brook
published by Berkley
A former smuggler and thief, Ariq—better known as the Kraken King—doesn’t know what to make of the clever, mysterious woman he rescues from an airship besieged by marauders. Unsure if she’s a spy or a pawn in someone else’s game, Ariq isn’t about to let her out of his sight until he finds out…

After escaping her fourth kidnapping attempt in a year, Zenobia Fox has learned to vigilantly guard her identity. While her brother Archimedes is notorious for his exploits, Zenobia has had no adventures to call her own—besides the stories she writes.

But when she jumps at the chance to escape to the wilds of Australia and acquire research for her next story, Zenobia quickly discovers that the voyage will be far more adventurous than any fiction she could put to paper…
Genre: Steampunk
Series: The Iron Seas, Book #4

Nath: The Kraken King serial was a good experiment, but seriously, nothing beats a complete, full-length novel!! A bit disappointed they chose that cover in the end... it's a bit generic and doesn't tell much about the story.

Ames: That is a bit of a weird cover, now that you mention it. I'm behind in this series, but not too badly so I hope I'll get to this book eventually. I didn't buy it while it was in installments because I was behind in the series. But I'll buy the completed novel.

Romancing the Billionaire by Jessica Clare
published by Penguin (InterMix)
The Billionaire Boys Club is a secret society. Six men of astonishing wealth. But there’s one thing money can’t buy. When it comes to love, success doesn't come so easily...

Jonathan Lyons. Playboy, billionaire, and adventurer, he lives life on the edge. When he hears that his mentor, Dr. Phineas DeWitt, had a secret journal that leads to a legendary artifact, Jonathan takes action. It stirs his blood, but it comes with a heady challenge: DeWitt's daughter Violet. She has what Jonathan needs. And she’s not giving it up it to the man who broke her heart.

Violet is Jonathan’s weakness—he’s still in love despite their volatile breakup a decade ago. But Violet’s memories have a sharper edge. She’s never forgiven him for abandoning her. Or so she thought. When Jonathan’s attentions turn seductive, she’s in danger of falling for him all over again. And she can’t help but wonder... does he really want her, or just what she's hiding?
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Billionaire's Boys Club, Book #5

Ames: I'm really liking this series. I don't care so much for the secret society but meh, whatever brings hot guys together. haha

Make You Remember by Macy Beckett
published by New American Library (Signet)
He's about to make his own luck.

Ten years ago, Beau Dumont made the biggest mistake of his life by letting his high school sweetheart, Devyn Mauvais, slip through his fingers. Now the reformed bad boy will stop at nothing to get her back. Even if it means tricking her into taking a job on his family's riverboat, The Belle of the Bayou.

When Devyn's old flame offers her a stint at the boat's day care center, she sees it as a chance to prove she isn’t just the descendant of Louisiana's most infamous voodoo queen. Besides, it beats leading ghost tours around New Orleans. Yet when it comes to Beau, Devyn's all business. She won't give the sweet-talking playboy another chance to break her heart.

But there's no escaping temptation in such close quarters, and Beau won't be satisfied with a few hot nights with the girl he's always loved. As he strives to make Devyn remember the good times, will his passion and heart be enough to regain her trust?
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Dumont Bachelors, Book #2

Nath: Ms Beckett has been on my to-try list of authors for a while. Finally, I read the first book in this series, Make You Mine. While I didn't fall in love with it, I' curious enough about Beau and Devyn to mark this one down on my radar and I want to give another go at this author :)

Tainted Blood by M.L. Brennan
published by New American Library (ROC)
In the third Generation V novel, Fortitude Scott proves that working with family can be deadly…

Former film student Fortitude Scott is finally gainfully employed. Unfortunately, said employment happens to be with a group of sociopathic vampires—his family. And as much as Fort is loath to get too deep into the family business, when his brother, Chivalry, is temporarily unable to run the territory, it’s up to Fort to keep things under control.

So when the leader of a powerful faction of shifters turns up murdered, Fort finds himself tracking down a killer while navigating dangerous rivalries, longtime grudges, and hidden agendas. Even with the help of his foxy kitsune sidekick, Suzume, he’ll need to pull out all the stops to hunt for the paranormal assassin.

But as he calls on fairies, witches, and ghouls for help, he discovers that the problem is much bigger than a single dead werebear. The supernatural community is preparing for a massive shift in power within the Scott family leadership—and Fort has landed right in the middle of the gathering storm.…
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Generation V, Book #3

Nath: Speaking of the to-try authors list... Here's another author I've been wanting to give a chance. I'm always on the look out for new urban fantasy series and this one was brought to my attention as I've really heard good comments. Only three books behind, not bad :P

November 6

Closer than You Think by Karen Rose
published by Headline
Psychologist Faith Corcoran is desperate to escape the stalker who’s made her life a nightmare for the past year—desperate enough to run to the one place that has been her nightmare far longer. Both boon and bane, her recent inheritance of her grandmother’s old house in Cincinnati offers sanctuary in which she can start her life anew, but requires that she face the dark memories that still resonate to this day.

But she has no idea how close to home her fears still are.

Two college girls have gone missing in the area, and FBI Special Agent Deacon Novak is called to work on the case. When his inquiry unexpectedly leads him to Faith, he finds a beautiful and brave woman he can’t help but fall for. Soon they’ll discover that this seemingly simple investigation is anything but. Reaching back decades into Faith’s own past, it will shatter everything she believes to be true and will give terrifying new meaning to flesh and blood.
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Series: Faith Corcoran, Book #1

Nath: Woooohooo!! My Karen Rose fix of the year! Can't wait to get my hand on this book. Already pre-ordered and hoping it'll come early :) Happy that the book is Deacon's... He was a really interesting character.

Ames:  Ok, more than any other author, I feel so bad about falling behind on Rose's series. :( I still buy her books faithfully because its Karen Rose so I know I'll get this one. Maybe that'll be the author I glom in 2015. :P

Nath: I sure hope so, Ames!! Because Ms Rose is definitively one of my favorite authors!! Oh, P.S. This is the UK edition release... For the North American one, it only comes out in February 2015. No way I'm waiting that long ^_^;

November 10

There's Something About Ari by L.B. Gregg
published by Riptide Publishing
Buck Ellis’s future seems pretty damn bright. With a full college scholarship in hand, he’s going to ditch Bluewater Bay and pave the way for his kid brother Charlie to do the same. The only fly in Buck’s ointment is his ten-year addiction to his best friend since second grade, his true love, and his Achilles heel: Ari Valentine, Mr. Least Likely to Succeed.

But then Buck’s mother dies, changing everything, and five years later, his future is still on hold. It’s a struggle to keep food on the table, a roof over their heads, and Charlie on the straight and narrow. Buck can’t afford any temptation, especially in the form of the newly returned, super hot, super confident, super successful television star Ari Valentine.

ADHD poster-child Ari Valentine left for Hollywood and lost everything, including his bad reputation. Then the breakthrough role of his skyrocketing career lands him back in Bluewater Bay, to the stunned disbelief of, well, everyone. But there’s only one person Ari longs to impress—the only person who ever really mattered to him, the person he left behind: Buck Ellis.
Genre: Contemporary M/M Romance
Series: Bluewater Bay, Book #2

Ames: I like Gregg's writing. I like friends to lovers. And so I'm thinking I'm probably really going to like this book.  Also, this isn't the first series coming out of Riptide Publishing by various authors and I really enjoyed the other one, forget the name, but it was good.

November 11

Love, in Spanish by Karina Halle
published by Karina Halle
The companion to the highly emotional, scandalous and USA Today Bestselling love story - LOVE, IN ENGLISH - is finally here! Love, in Spanish is a Love, in English follow-up novel told from Mateo Casalles' POV. While Love, in Spanish touches on some events that happened in LIE (you know the ones!) it is a whole new story set a year later that continues with Vera and Mateo's "happily ever after."
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Lie, Book #2

Ames: I'm one of those sick people who likes to read about cheating in books. LOL So book 1 in this series, told from Vera's POV was one I enjoyed. I cannot wait to see how the HEA unfolds from Mateo's point of view.

November 17

Gifted by Kelley Armstrong
published by Kelley Armstrong
Contains two holiday stories, one Otherworld Pack and one Cainsville.

Gabriel’s Gargoyles - (Cainsville short story, Gabriel Walsh as 10 year old narrator.) Cainsville was where a boy could walk the streets safely at any time, day or night. Where everyone was genuinely glad to see you, and didn’t think you were odd if you wanted to keep to yourself. Because Cainsville was odd, too. For one thing, there are the gargoyles. Unlike the others, Gabriel doesn’t believe the carven creatures came to life to protect the town. It’s up to a boy to protect himself. Now he’s determined to find the last hidden gargoyle by winter Solstice. He’s also determined to get the perfect gift for his great-aunt Rose. And when Gabriel Walsh sets goals, he achieves them…one way or another.

The Puppy Plan (Otherworld novella, 9 year old Logan Danvers as narrator.) When Logan finds an puppy abandoned by the roadside a few days before Christmas, he knows it’s a sign. His sister Kate wants a dog more than anything. Their parents aren’t completely opposed to the idea. It’s just a bad time. A really bad time. Maybe next year. But now there’s this puppy in need of a home and a girl in need of a pet… So how does a boy who always plays by the rules give his sister what she wants most?
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: connected to Otherworld series and Cainsville series

Nath: Huge fan of Ms Armstrong :) This one sounds cute! Can't wait to read more about Logan and Kate. Jeez, they're 9 already?!

November 18

Captivated by You by Sylvia Day
published by Berkley
Gideon calls me his angel, but he's the miracle in my life. My gorgeous, wounded warrior, so determined to slay my demons while refusing to face his own.

The vows we'd exchanged should have bound us tighter than blood and flesh. Instead they opened old wounds, exposed pain and insecurities, and lured bitter enemies out of the shadows. I felt him slipping from my grasp, my greatest fears becoming my reality, my love tested in ways I wasn't sure I was strong enough to bear.

At the brightest time in our lives, the darkness of his past encroached and threatened everything we'd worked so hard for. We faced a terrible choice: the familiar safety of the lives we'd had before each other or the fight for a future that suddenly seemed an impossible and hopeless dream...
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Crossfire, Book #4

Ames: I just finished book 3 in preparation of this one. Oh man did I hate how that one ended so abruptly!!  And I can already guess at how book 4 will end the same way...and how.  But I'm going to have to wait and see how that'll pan out in the book. I just love the drama between Eva and Gideon. Coming from another writer, I don't think I'd put up with the back and forth but Day just has a way with words. :P

November 25

Black Widow by Jennifer Estep
published by Simon & Schuster (Pocket Books)
There’s nothing worse than a cruel, cunning enemy with time to kill—and my murder to plan.

With wicked Fire elemental Mab Monroe long gone, you’d think I could finally catch a break. But someone’s always trying to take me down, either as Gin Blanco or my assassin alter-ago. Now along comes the Spider’s new arch-nemesis, the mysteriously named M. M. Monroe, who is gleefully ...more
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Elemental Assassin, Book #12

Nath: Looking forward to see in which direction the series is heading in. While predictable, this series is still quite enjoyable.

Night Shift - Anthology
published by Berkley
Four masters of urban fantasy and paranormal romance plunge readers into the dangerous, captivating world unearthed beyond the dark...

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh delivers a smoldering story with Secrets at Midnight , as the scent of Bastien Smith’s elusive lover ignites a possessiveness in him that’s as feral as it is ecstatic. And now that he’s found his mate, he’ll do anything to keep her.

In #1 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews’ novella, Magic Steals , when people start going missing, shapeshifting tigress Dali Harimau and jaguar shifter Jim Shrapshire must uncover the truth about the mysterious creatures responsible.

From Milla Vane—a warrior princess must tame The Beast of Blackmoor to earn a place among her people. But she quickly discovers that the beast isn't a monster, but a barbarian warrior who intends to do some taming himself.

It’s seer Makenna Frazier's first day on the job at Supernatural Protection and Investigations, and her first assignment is more than she bargained for when bodyguard duty for a leprechaun prince’s bachelor party goes every which way but right in national bestselling author Lisa Shearin’s Lucky Charms .
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: various

Nath: It's rare that I'm interested in all the stories in anthology, but it's the case with Night Shift! :) Can't wait to read Dali and Jim's new story! They're one of my favorite couples in the Kate Daniels series. Ms Singh's novellas are always cute :P I've also enjoyed Ms Shearin's new series and looking forward to see what Mac is up to. As for those who are unaware, Milla Vane is Meljean Brook's new pseudonym... I'm intrigued by this new series of hers.

Ames: I'm looking forward to read this for the Singh and Vane stories. I'm still behind in the Kate Daniel's series. Is that a surprise?

Nath: No ^_^; LOL.

The Duke's Guide to Proper Behavior by Megan Frampton
published by Harpercollins Publisher (Avon)
All of London knows the Duke of Rutherford has position and wealth. They also whisper that he’s dissolute, devilish, and determinedly unwed. So why, everyone is asking, has he hired a governess?

When Miss Lily Russell crosses the threshold of the Duke of Rutherford’s stylish townhouse, she knows she has come face to face with sensual danger. For this is no doting papa. Rather, his behavior is scandalous, and his reputation rightly earned. And his pursuit of her is nearly irresistible—but resist she must for the sake of her pupil.

As for the duke himself, it was bad enough when his unknown child landed on his doorstep. Now Lily, with her unassuming beauty, has aroused his most wicked fantasies—and, shockingly, his desire to change his wanton ways. He’s determined to become worthy of her, and so he asks for her help in correcting his behavior.

But Lily has a secret, one that, if it becomes known, could change everything . . .
Genre: Historical Romance
Series: Duke's Behaving Badly, Book #1

Ames: I really really enjoy Meg's writing and I'm really looking forward to this book. I like when a no good dissolute rake is brought down by a child and a governess. LOL

Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover by Sarah MacLean
published by Avon
She is the most powerful woman in Britain,
A queen of the London Underworld ...
But no one can ever know.

He is the only man smart enough to uncover the truth,
Putting all she has at risk . . .
Including her heart.

The fourth book in New York Times bestselling author Sarah MacLean’s incredible Rule of Scoundrels/Fallen Angels series. These four dark heroes will steal the hearts of their heroines and the readers alike! This is the last in the Rules of Scoundrels series—Chase’s story

By day, she is Lady Georgiana, sister to a Duke, ruined before her first season in the worst kind of scandal. But the truth is far more shocking—in London’s darkest corners, she is Chase, the mysterious, unknown founder of the city’s most legendary gaming hell. For years, her double identity has gone undiscovered . . . until now.

Brilliant, driven, handsome-as-sin Duncan West is intrigued by the beautiful, ruined woman who is somehow connected to a world of darkness and sin. He knows she is more than she seems and he vows to uncover all of Georgiana’s secrets, laying bare her past, threatening her present, and risking all she holds dear . . . including her heart.
Genre: Historical Romance
Series: The Rules of Scoundrels, Book #4

Ames: I read all three of the previous books in late summer (the only historicals I read this year practically) and I really enjoyed them. I had guessed Chase's secret so the grand reveal wasn't a big surprise. And I cannot wait to read her story!

Broken Open by Lauren Dane
published by Harlequin (HQN Books)
Beyond passion. And beyond their control…

Five years ago, Tuesday Eastwood's life collapsed and left her devastated. After an empty, nomadic existence, she's finally pieced her life back together in the small Oregon town of Hood River. Now Tuesday has everything sorted out. Just so long as men are kept for sex, and only sex…

Then she met him.

Musician and rancher Ezra Hurley isn't the man of Tuesday's dreams. He's a verboten fantasy—a man tortured by past addictions, whose dark charisma and long, lean body promise delicious carnality. But this craving goes far beyond chemistry. It's primal. It's insatiable. And it won't be satisfied until they're both consumed, body and soul…
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: The Hurley Boys, Book #2

Nath: I read the first book in this series. Rock stars seems to be a new trend in contemporary romance :P I'll probably pick this one up when I'm in the mood :)

Ames: I'm always in the mood for a Lauren Dane book!  LOL She's consistent and I love her writing. I really enjoyed book 1 in this series and I cannot wait to read this one. I really like the Hurley brothers.

The Shape of My Heart by Ann Aguirre
published by Harlequin (HQN Books)
Some people wait decades to meet their soul mate. Courtney Kaufman suspects she met hers in high school only to lose him at seventeen. Since then, Courtney's social life has been a series of meaningless encounters, though she's made a few close friends along the way. Especially her roommate Max Cooper, who oozes damaged bad-boy vibes from every pore.

Max knows about feeling lost and trying to move beyond the pain he's been on his own since he was sixteen. Now it's time to find out if he can ever go home again, and Courtney's the only one he trusts to go with him. But the trip to Providence could change everything because the more time he spends with Courtney, the harder it is to reconcile what he wants and what he thinks he deserves.

It started out so simple. One misfit helping another. Now Max will do anything to show Courtney that for every heart that's ever been broken, there's another that can make it complete.
Genre: New Adult
Series:2B Trilogy, Book #3

Ames: I really enjoyed book 1 in this trilogy and I'm waiting for book 3 to come out before jumping into the second one. Delayed gratification. But I hate waiting for books in a series to come out so I'd rather just read them all closer together. You know? But anyway, Max was introduced in book 1 and I really felt for the guy so I'm glad he's getting a story and a love of his own. Awwww.

Wednesday, October 1

New Releases - October 2014

And here we are, October... Yes, I'm going to sound like a broken record, but seriously, how did that happen? Soon, it's going to be the holidays! And you know I'm right. You can be in denial, but hey, the holidays books are starting this month! LOL.

As usual, October is a great month for book releases. Sooo many of them! Take a look at what we're thinking of picking up and let us know your choices :)

October 1

Your Bed or Mine? by Joss Wood
published by Mills & Boon
Breaking her man-ban!

Tori Phillips has spent years looking for The One. Unfortunately she’s never been able to find the right one – and when she catches her latest Mr Wrong in flagrante with another woman she imposes a man-ban. But Tori suddenly finds herself regretting her promise when a slight misjudgement finds her in the wrong bed with her new roommate, irresistibly sexy Matt.

Matt knows from experience how much trouble love can cause, so he’s steering clear of forever. But one night with sex-bomb Tori can’t hurt. After all, it’s only a fling – the hardest decision they have to make is her bed or his. Right… ?
Genre: Category Romance, Contemporary
Series: n/a

Nath: Ms Wood is an auto-buy for me as I really enjoy her category romance books. As such, picking this one up is a no-brainer :)

October 7

Otherworld Nights by Kelley Armstrong
published by Random House Publishing
It's been more than ten years since Kelley Armstrong began the Otherworld series and drew legions of fans to a realm roamed by witches, werewolves, necromancers, vampires, and half-demons. Many of the novels have become bestselling favorites, but not all of the Otherworld adventures have been easy to find. At last, "Otherworld Nights "shares short stories that have previously been available only online or in obscure collections. Fans have long been clamoring for this anthology and they won't be disappointed--they'll find plenty of surprises are in store.
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Otherworld Stories, Book #3

Nath: I love, love, love this series. Definitively one of my favorite UF series ever and I'll take any crumbs Ms Armstrong is going to give us :) I also really like these compilations because they complete series. You get a sense of accomplishment because now, you really have all of it. My only question is whether to get the Canadian or American edition ^_^; Because really, this cover... not my favorite :(

Reckoning by S.J. Harper
published by New American Library (ROC)
Join Agents Emma Monroe and Zack Armstrong.
She’s sacrificed. He’s suffered. They’ve both been betrayed.
Now it’s time for a reckoning.

Special Agent Emma Monroe has a secret. She’s a Fallen Siren, cursed by the gods and banished to Earth for her failure to prevent the kidnapping of Persephone. As an FBI agent she saves the lives of others believing redemption could be one rescue away.

Her partner Zack is a werewolf and former Black Ops sniper who once carried out a string of questionable assignments. Now he’s determined to atone for his past. Ironically, there’s a portion of his past Zack doesn’t remember—an affair with Emma. Giving into their attraction for one another almost led to their undoing. Now it’s back to business as usual.

While trying to unravel the mystery behind a series of kidnappings in Southern California, Emma and Zack become entangled with political tensions in the vampire and Were worlds. Not to mention the struggles they face in their relationship with one another. With so much uncertainty, they come to realize the only thing they can really count on is one another…or can they?
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Fallen Siren. Book #2

Nath: At first glance, this series really appeals to me. I like the cover, the premises, the characters and everything... Just need to read the first book that is in my TBR pile ^_^; In any case, Reckoning is definitively on my radar. Maybe it's the push I need to start the series :)

One Potion in the Grave by Heather Blake
published by New American Library (Signet)
Carly Bell Hartwell’s love potions are always in demand in Hitching Post, Alabama, the wedding capital of the South.…

When Katie Sue Perrywinkle walks into the Little Shop of Potions, Carly is surprised and delighted to see her old childhood friend. Katie Sue fled her hometown and a troubled family over a decade ago. But she’s not back for a social visit. She’s come to settle a score with Senator Warren Calhoun, who is in town for his son’s high-profile wedding.

But before Katie Sue has a chance to voice any objections, she’s forced to forever hold her peace. After finding her friend dead, Carly vows to find her murderer. Were the corrupt Calhouns willing to go to any lengths to avoid a scandal? Did Katie Sue’s family take the term “bad blood” to a whole new level? And why did the bride-to-be come to Carly for a love potion? As Carly gets closer to the truth, a killer is planning a very chilly reception.…
Genre: Cosy Mystery
Series: A Magic Potion Mystery, Book #2

Nath: Another series on my radar that I haven't started yet. You know, so many books, too little time ^_^; At least, One Potion in the Grave has the advantage that I know and like the author's writing. Definitively going to pick this one up, just a matter of time.

Echoes of Scotland Street by Samantha Young
published by New American Library
Shannon MacLeod has always gone for the wrong type of man. After she drifted from one toxic relationship to the next, her last boyfriend gave her a wakeup call in the worst possible way. With her world shattered, she’s sworn off men—especially those of the bad-boy variety.

Cole Walker is exactly the sort that Shannon wants to avoid—gorgeous, tattooed, charming, and cocky. But his rough exterior hides a good man who’s ready to find “the one.” He’s determined to pull Shannon from her self-imposed solitude and win her heart.

As Shannon opens up in the face of Cole’s steady devotion, the passion between them ignites to blazing levels. But when Shannon’s past comes back to haunt her, her fears may destroy the trust Cole has built between them—and tear them apart for good…
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: On Dublin Street, Book #5

Ames: I recently re-read book 2 so I have some catching up to do. LOL But I love Samantha Young's writing (except for that one book, blech) and can't wait to read this one.

Promise Me This by Christina Lee
published by Penguin (InterMix)
A new love will test the boundaries of passion between a privileged boy next door and the tattooed, blue-haired girl who helps him embrace his wild side...

Nate has developed quite a playboy reputation around campus. It's not that he doesn't respect or trust women; he doesn't trust himself. The men in Nate’s family are prone to abusive behavior—a dirty secret that Nate’s been running from his entire life—so Nate doesn't do relationships. But he can’t help himself around one girl…

Jessie is strong, independent, and works at a tattoo parlor. Nate can’t resist getting close to her, even if it’s strictly a friendship. But it doesn't take long for Nate to admit that what he wants with Jessie is more than just friendly.

With Jessie, he can be himself and explore what he’s always felt was a terrifying darkness inside him. Even when Nate begins to crave her in a way that both shocks and horrifies him, Jessie still wants to know every part of him. Testing their boundaries together will take a trust that could render them inseparable… or tear them apart.
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary
Series: Between Breaths, Book #4

Nath: Seems like I'm in a NA mood. This one sounds very interesting!

Ames: I read the first book in this series and really enjoyed it. I know Holly and Wena really enjoyed the other two books as well so I'm wanting to read the whole series too.

Reaper's Stand by Joanna Wylde
published by Berkley
As Reapers Motorcycle Club president, Reese “Picnic” Hayes has given his entire life to the club. After losing his wife, he knew he’d never love another woman. And with two daughters to raise and a club to manage, that was just fine with him. These days, Reese keeps his relationships free and easy—he definitely doesn’t want to waste his time on a glorified cleaning lady like London Armstrong.

Too bad he’s completely obsessed with her.

Besides running her own business, London’s got her junkie cousin’s daughter to look after—a more reckless than average eighteen-year-old. Sure she’s attracted to the Reapers’ president, but she’s not stupid. Reese Hayes is a criminal and a thug. But when her young cousin gets caught up with a ruthless drug cartel, Reese might be the only man who can help her. Now London has to make the hardest decision of her life—how far will she go to save her family?
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Reapers MC, Book #4

Ames: I am thoroughly enjoying this series and feel like each book just gets better and better. Picnic has been a character that we haven't learned too much about. All we know is he did lose his wife, so he doesn't do relationships anymore. And you have to be some kind of hardcore badass to be the president of an MC...I'm assuming. haha

Carolina Blues by Virginia Kantra
published by Berkley
Jack Rossi is Dare Island’s new police chief. The laid-back North Carolina community is just what he needs to recover from a rocky marriage and a big-city police department. He’s learned his lesson: no more high-profile women or high-pressure jobs. The last thing he wants is an unconventional alt girl rocking his world.

Grad student Lauren Patterson made headlines when she kept a bank robbery from going bad. She’s fled to Dare Island to clear her head and focus on writing her story. However, sexy Jack Rossi is a distraction that’s too hot to ignore, and it’s igniting an affair too combustible to resist—or quit.

But when their pasts come looking for them, Jack and Lauren find themselves fighting for the future they deserve, whatever the price.
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Dare Island, Book #4

Nath: I recently read Carolina Man and liked Jack Rossi's character. This one could be interesting, especially since you're moving away from the main family.

Only by HelenKay Dimon
published by Berkley
Sebastian Jameson negotiates for high-end clients who need problems taken care of quickly and discreetly. Accustomed to being in control, he’s still reeling from his ex-wife’s decision to write a tell-all about their private life, one that highlighted their bedroom activities. The fallout left Bast’s love life in chaos, making him a magnet for women who thrive on risky fantasies, and a pariah to all others.

Kyra Royer knows all about Bast’s reputation—and is intrigued enough to try to change him into a one-woman guy. But getting him into her bed will be a challenge. He’s known her brother for years, and her brother, with his rough past and sniper abilities, is not a man you cross. Kyra knows Bast thinks she’s off-limits, so she’ll have to get creative to make him hers.

As Kyra turns up the heat, Bast struggles to resist the sexy young woman’s considerable charms. But when Bast’s job turns from tricky to deadly, keeping Kyra nearby might be the only way to keep her alive—even if it means getting closer than he ever intended…
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Holton Woods, Book #2

Ames: I recently read Mercy and really enjoyed it. Sebastian was an interesting character and I would like to see how he goes about wooing Kyra when her big brother is such a bad-ass and waaaay overprotective.

A Place Called Harmony by Jodi Thomas
published by Berkley
Desperate to escape his overbearing father, Patrick McAllen disappears with his bride, heading north to build a new town—discovering strength, honor and true love along the way.

After drinking away the grief from his family’s death, Clint Truman avoids jail by taking a job in North Texas and settling down with a woman he vows to protect but never love—until her quiet compassion slowly breaks his hardened heart wide open…

All Gillian Matheson has ever known is Army life, leaving his true love to be a part-time spouse. But when a wounded Gillian returns home to find her desperately fighting to save their marriage, he’s determined to become the husband she deserves.

Amidst storms, outlaws, and unwelcome relatives, the three couples band together to build a town—and form a bond that breathes life into the place that will forever be called Harmony.
Genre: Historical Romance, Western
Series: Harmony, Book #0.5

Nath: I'm a huge fan of Ms Thomas and her Harmony series. However, I'm not a huge fan of Western... and to go back to the story of how the town was built, you gotta admit it's a strange detour in a series. But if there's an author that can pull it off, it's definitively Ms Thomas :) While A Place Called Harmony was unexpected, I've read enough mentions of the three founding families to be interested in reading about the origins of Harmony!

Rules For a Proper Governess by Jennifer Ashley
published by Berkley
To Kiss A Thief...

Scottish barrister Sinclair McBride can face the most sinister criminals in London - but the widower’s two unruly children are a different matter. Little Caitlin and Andrew go through a governess a week, sending the ladies fleeing in tears.

Roberta “Bertie” Frasier enters Sinclair’s life by stealing his watch - and then stealing a kiss. Intrigued by the handsome highlander, Bertie winds up saving his children from a dangerous situation and returns them to their father. Impressed with how they listen to her, Sinclair asks the lively beauty to be their governess, never guessing that the unconventional lady will teach him a lesson or two in love.
Genre: Historical Romance
Series: MacKenzies & McBrides, Book #7

Nath: I've slacked off in this series a bit, but I'm really interested in Rules For a Proper Governess. The fact that the heroine is a thief and she'll have to deal with two unruly kids, it just sounds like the kind of books I like!

Ames: I'm not a fan of thieves but it's Jennifer Ashley so I'll still pick this one up.

The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan
published by Disney-Hyperion
Though the Greek and Roman crewmembers of the Argo II have made progress in their many quests, they still seem no closer to defeating the earth mother, Gaea. Her giants have risen—all of them—and they're stronger than ever. They must be stopped before the Feast of Spes, when Gaea plans to have two demigods sacrificed in Athens. She needs their blood—the blood of Olympus—in order to wake.

The demigods are having more frequent visions of a terrible battle at Camp Half-Blood. The Roman legion from Camp Jupiter, led by Octavian, is almost within striking distance. Though it is tempting to take the Athena Parthenos to Athens to use as a secret weapon, the friends know that the huge statue belongs back on Long Island, where it "might" be able to stop a war between the two camps.

The Athena Parthenos will go west; the Argo II will go east. The gods, still suffering from multiple personality disorder, are useless. How can a handful of young demigods hope to persevere against Gaea's army of powerful giants? As dangerous as it is to head to Athens, they have no other option. They have sacrificed too much already. And if Gaea wakes, it is game over.
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Series: The Heroes of Olympus, Book #5

Nath: Wow, I can't believe this is the last book... Can't believe 5 years have gone by already!! But wooohoo!!! Can't wait to read how Mr. Riordan wraps it all up! Hope it'll be as epic as The Last Olympian!

Whatever Life Throws at You by Julie Cross
published by Entangled Teen
Life loves a good curveball…

Seventeen-year-old Annie Lucas's life is completely upended the moment her dad returns to the major leagues as the new pitching coach for the Kansas City Royals. Now she's living in Missouri (too cold), attending an all-girls school (no boys), and navigating the strange world of professional sports. But Annie has dreams of her own—most of which involve placing first at every track meet…and one starring the Royals' super-hot rookie pitcher.

But nineteen-year-old Jason Brody is completely, utterly, and totally off-limits. Besides, her dad would kill them both several times over. Not to mention Brody has something of a past, and his fan club is filled with C-cupped models, not smart-mouthed high school “brats” who can run the pants off every player on the team. Annie has enough on her plate without taking their friendship to the next level. The last thing she should be doing is falling in love.

But baseball isn't just a game. It's life. And sometimes, it can break your heart…
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Series: n/a

Nath: Can't wait to get my hands on this one! I love Ms Cross' YA/NA books and I hope this one is no exception. In any case, the blurb is really promising :)

Ames: Indeed it is. I'm wondering how young Brody is though. I like sports romances...and the coach's daughter? haha Should be interesting!

Love and Other Unknown Variables by Shannon Lee Alexander
published by Entangled Teen
Charlie Hanson has a clear vision of his future. A senior at Brighton School of Mathematics and Science, he knows he’ll graduate, go to MIT, and inevitably discover solutions to the universe’s greatest unanswered questions. He’s that smart. But Charlie’s future blurs the moment he reaches out to touch the tattoo on a beautiful girl’s neck.

The future has never seemed very kind to Charlotte Finch, so she’s counting on the present. She’s not impressed by the strange boy at the donut shop—until she learns he’s a student at Brighton where her sister has just taken a job as the English teacher. With her encouragement, Charlie orchestrates the most effective prank campaign in Brighton history. But, in doing so, he puts his own future in jeopardy.

By the time he learns she’s ill—and that the pranks were a way to distract Ms. Finch from Charlotte’s illness—Charlotte’s gravitational pull is too great to overcome. Soon he must choose between the familiar formulas he’s always relied on or the girl he’s falling for (at far more than 32 feet per second squared).
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Series: n/a

Nath: Ohhh, this one sounds interesting Ames! Thanks for putting it on my radar!

Ames: I really like the cover for this one. I think it's cute and the premise sounds cute as well.

October 14

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
published by Balzer + Bray
A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.

Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.

Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.

So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Series: Snow Like Ashes, Book #1

Nath: I came across this cover a few months ago and it stuck with me. It sounds quite interesting and the kind of Fantasy YA books that I'd enjoy. Depending on reviews and possible cliffhangers, I might wait till a few more books are out in the series. But in any case, Snow Like Ashes is definitively, firmly on my radar :)

Delicate Ink by Carrie Ann Ryan
published by Fated Desires
On the wrong side of thirty, Austin Montgomery is ready to settle down. Unfortunately, his inked sleeves and scruffy beard isn’t the suave business appearance some women crave. Only finding a woman who can deal with his job, as a tattoo artist and owner of Montgomery Ink, his seven meddling siblings, and his own gruff attitude won’t be easy.
Finding a man is the last thing on Sierra Elder’s mind. A recent transplant to Denver, her focus is on opening her own boutique. Wanting to cover up scars that run deeper than her flesh, she finds in Austin a man that truly gets to her—in more ways than one.
Although wary, they embark on a slow, tempestuous burn of a relationship. When blasts from both their pasts intrude on their present, however, it will take more than a promise of what could be to keep them together.
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Montgomery Ink, Book #1

Ames: I've been wanting to try Carrie Ann Ryan's writing for a while now but I'm sick of paranormal romances as well so I haven't managed to pick anything up by her. But I am looking forward to checking this one out! It's a contemporary!

October 20

Someday Maybe by Ophelia London
published by Entangled Embrace
Some guys are impossible to forget.

Rachel Daughtry has a 10-year plan that leaves no room for mistakes. Or not-so-serious boys—including Oliver Wentworth, the freshman boyfriend she's never forgotten. Now she's back in San Francisco with an awesome-slash-scary new job. Unfortunately, The Plan doesn't cover things like meeting her best friend's new “secret” guy...Oliver.

Fortunately, no one knows that Rachel and Oliver were ever together, and endless bikini wax torture couldn't make Rachel hurt her friend. But it's killing Rachel. She's not over him. Not even a little. And as her 10-year-plan crumbles around her, Rachel realizes that maybe—just maybe—Oliver feels the same way.

Now Rachel is on the verge of losing all control. And her best friend. And the love of her life...
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary
Series: Definitely Maybe, Book #2

Nath: I like the cover, but I don't like this kind of story... Let me know what you think of it, Ames.

Ames: I like the idea behind this one. There's something about the drama of the situation that appeals to me.

October 21

Seventh Grave and No Body by Darynda Jones
published by St. Martin's Press
Twelve. Twelve of the deadliest beasts ever forged in the fires of hell have escaped onto our plane, and they want nothing more than to rip out the jugular of Charley Davidson and serve her lifeless, mangled body to Satan for dinner. So there’s that. But Charley has more on her plate than a mob of testy hellhounds. For one thing, her father has disappeared, and the more she retraces his last steps, the more she learns he was conducting an investigation of his own, one that has Charley questioning everything she’s ever known about him. Add to that an ex-BFF who is haunting her night and day, a rash of suicides that has authorities baffled, and a drop-dead sexy fiancé who has attracted the attentions of a local celebrity, and Charley is not having the best week of her life.

A tad north of hell, a hop, skip, and a jump past the realm of eternity, is a little place called Earth, and Charley Davidson, grim reaper extraordinaire, is determined to do everything in her power to protect it.

We’re doomed.
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Charley Davidson, Book #7

Nath: Seriously, how is it possible that this is Book #7 in the series already?! Where does time fly? I'm a bit behind, but I know that I'll get to this one eventually. Need my dose of Charley :P

October 28

Archangel's Shadows by Nalini Singh
published by Berkley
In the wake of a brutal war, the archangel Raphael and his hunter consort, Elena, are dealing with the treacherously shifting tides of archangelic politics and the people of a battered but not broken city. The last thing their city needs is more death, especially a death that bears the eerie signature of an insane enemy archangel who cannot— should not—be walking the streets.

This hunt must be undertaken with stealth and without alerting their people. It must be handled by those who can become shadows themselves…

Ash is a gifted tracker and a woman cursed with the ability to sense the secrets of anyone she touches. But there’s one man she knows all too well without a single instant of skin contact: Janvier, the dangerously sexy Cajun vampire who has fascinated and infuriated her for years. Now, as they track down a merciless killer, their cat-and-mouse game of flirtation and provocation has turned into a profound one of the heart. And this time, it is Ash’s secret, dark and terrible, that threatens to destroy them both.
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Guild Hunter, Book #7

Nath: Finally, Ash and Janvier's book!! Can't wait! Really looking forward to it and to my autumnal dose of Ms Singh LOL.

Ames: I'm slooooowly catching up on this series. I recently re-read book 1 and 2 and then read Archangel's Consort for the first time. So I am looking forward to catching up!

Burn For Me by Ilona Andrews
published by Harpercollins Publisher (Avon)
Nevada Baylor is faced with the most challenging case of her detective career—a suicide mission to bring in a suspect in a volatile case. Nevada isn’t sure she has the chops. Her quarry is a Prime, the highest rank of magic user, who can set anyone and anything on fire.

Then she’s kidnapped by Connor “Mad” Rogan—a darkly tempting billionaire with equally devastating powers. Torn between wanting to run or surrender to their overwhelming attraction, Nevada must join forces with Rogan to stay alive.

Rogan’s after the same target, so he needs Nevada. But she’s getting under his skin, making him care about someone other than himself for a change. And, as Rogan has learned, love can be as perilous as death, especially in the magic world.
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Hidden Legacy, Book #1

Nath: Ilona Andrews and magic... enough said no? :P

Ames: I am jumping on this one because it's book 1 in a new series. Since I'm hopefully behind on the other series I figure I may as well start fresh. haha

Black Dog by Caitlin Kittredge
published by Harpercollins Publisher (Harper Voyager)
Ava has spent the last hundred years as a hellhound, the indentured servant of a reaper who hunts errant souls and sends them to Hell. When a human necromancer convinces her to steal her reaper’s scythe, Ava incurs the wrath of the demon Lilith, her reaper’s boss.

As punishment for her transgression, Lilith orders Ava to track down the last soul in her reaper’s ledger . . . or die trying.

But after a hundred years of servitude, it’s time for payback. And Hell hath no fury like an avenging Ava . .
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Hellhound Chronicles, Book #1

Nath: I've been meaning to read Ms Kittredge for years. With a new series, now seems the perfect time. Of course, it helps that the blurb sounds so intriguing :)

All Broke Down by Cora Carmack
published by Harpercollins Publisher  (William Morrow)
Dylan fights for lost causes. Probably because she used to be one.

Environmental issues, civil rights, corrupt corporations, and politicians you name it, she's probably been involved in a protest. When her latest cause lands her in jail overnight, she meets Silas Moore. He's in for a different kind of fighting. And though he's arrogant and infuriating, she can't help being fascinated with him. Yet another lost cause.

Football and trouble are the only things that have ever come naturally to Silas. And it's trouble that lands him in a cell next to do-gooder Dylan. He's met girls like her before fixers, he calls them, desperate to heal the damage and make him into their ideal boyfriend. But he doesn't think he's broken, and he definitely doesn't need a girlfriend trying to change him. Until, that is, his anger issues and rash decisions threaten the only thing he really cares about: his spot on the Rusk University football team. Dylan might just be the perfect girl to help.

Because Silas Moore needs some fixing after all.
Genre: New Adult
Series: Rusk University, Book #2

Ames: Wena and I enjoyed book 1 and reviewed it. It's funny because Silas was a douche in the first book. We both had faith that he could be redeemed though. I'm looking forward to seeing his character come around and then to see if another character from book 1 grows a bit as well.

Yes Please by Amy Poehler
published by Harpercollins Publisher (HarperAvenue)
In Amy Poehler’s highly anticipated first book, Yes Please, she offers up a big juicy stew of personal stories, funny bits on sex and love and friendship and parenthood and real life advice (some useful, some not so much), like when to be funny and when to be serious. Powered by Amy’s charming and hilarious, biting yet wise voice, Yes Please is a book is full of words to live by.
Genre: Non-Fiction, Humor
Series: n/a

Ames: I love Amy Poehler and her humor so I'm saying it will probably be a foregone conclusion that I will love her writing too. She's a funny gal.

The Viscount Who Lived Down the Lane by Elizabeth Boyle
published by Harpercollins Publisher (Avon)
She has no desire for love...

As she arrives in Mayfair, Louisa Tempest is horrified when her incorrigible cat bolts from the carriage and dashes into a neighbor's house, where she comes face-to-face with the reclusive Viscount Wakefield. But even more dismaying than his foul temper is the disarray in which she finds his home. Convinced his demeanor would improve if his household were in order, Louisa resolves to put everything to rights.

...until she meets the viscount who lives down the lane.

Much to his chagrin, Wakefield finds it impossible to keep the meddling Louisa out of his home, invading his daily life with her "improvements," and his nights with the tempting desires she sparks inside him. Wounded in the war, he's scorned society ever since his return . . . until Louisa opens the door to his heart and convinces him to give love a second chance.
Genre: Historical Romance
Series: Rhymes with Love. Book #4

Nath: I love meddling heroines LOL. Recently, Ms Boyle's books have been a bit of a miss for me, but I'm hoping The Viscount Who Lived Down the Lane will change the trend.

Ames: This one sounds really cute. I haven't read anything by Boyle in a long time. 

The Shocking Secret of a Guest at the Wedding by Victoria Alexander
published by Zebra (Kensington)
The bride and groom cordially request your presence for a wedding at Millworth Manor...

Guests will include Jackson Quincy Graham Channing, New York City banker, and Lady Theodosia "Teddy" Winslow, wedding planner to the finest families in England.

Introductions shall be followed by light conversation, dancing, flirtation, arguing, reconciliation, and an impulsive kiss that both parties are quite certain they will never repeat.

Until they do.

A mutually beneficial fake engagement will be accompanied by all manner of very real complications, scandalous revelations, nefarious schemes, and one inescapable conclusion:

That true love--unlike the perfect wedding--is impossible to plan. . .
Genre: Historical Romance
Series: Millworth Manor, Book #4

Nath: Ms Alexander is one of my favorite historical romance authors and as such, she's an auto-buy for me. Of course, it helps that so far, I've been enjoying the Millworth Manor series greatly :) I read the excerpt of The Shocking Secret of a Guest at the Wedding and I'm really excited for it!

Only Enchanting by Mary Balogh
published by New American Library (Signet)
The Survivors' Club: Six men and one woman, all wounded in the Napoleonic Wars, their friendship forged during their recovery at Penderris Hall in Cornwall. Now, in the fourth novel of the Survivors' Club series, Flavian, Viscount Ponsonby, has left this refuge to find his own salvation—in the love of a most unsuspecting woman…

Flavian, Viscount Ponsonby, was devastated by his fiancée’s desertion after his return home. Now the woman who broke his heart is back—and everyone is eager to revive their engagement. Except Flavian, who, in a panic, runs straight into the arms of a most sensible yet enchanting young woman.

Agnes Keeping has never been in love—and never wishes to be. But then she meets the charismatic Flavian, and suddenly Agnes falls so foolishly and so deeply that she agrees to his impetuous proposal of marriage.

When Agnes discovers that the proposal is only to avenge his former love, she’s determined to flee. But Flavian has no intention of letting his new bride go, especially now that he too has fallen so passionately and so unexpectedly in love.
Genre: Historical Romance
Series: Survivor's Club, Book #4

Nath: Well, well, well. I wasn't expecting a new installment in the Survivor's Club series quite so soon. I won't complain though since the hero is Flavian and I've been curious about him! While the books so far have been nice, it hasn't been Ms Balogh at her best. Wonder if a change of publisher mid-way in the series will make a difference. I do hope so.

Ames: I only ever read the first book in the series but MB is an auto-buy author for me. I'll wait and see what you have to say about this one.

Maybe This Christmas by Sarah Morgan
published by Harlequin (HQN Books)
This winter, ex-skiing champion, reformed heartbreaker and single dad Tyler O'Neil has only one mission—making sure his daughter, Jess, has the best Christmas ever. The fact that his best friend, Brenna, is also temporarily moving into his chalet at the overbooked Snow Crystal resort is a delicious distraction he's simply going to have to ignore. Theirs is the one relationship he's never ruined, and he's not about to start now.

Ski pro Brenna Daniels knows all about the perils of unrequited love—she's been in love with Tyler for years. But living with him is absolute torture…how can she concentrate on being his friend when he's sleeping in the room next door? Then when Tyler kisses Brenna, suddenly the relationship she's always dreamed of feels so close she could almost touch it. Could this be the Christmas her dreams of a happy-ever-after finally come true?
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: O'Neil Brothers, Book #3

Nath: I've been waiting for Tyler and Brenna's story. They were the most interesting characters in Sleigh Bells in the Snow for me.

Ames: Oh yeah I agree. And them being friends? Love it!

One In a Million by Jill Shalvis
published by Grand Central Publishing
As the brains behind wedding site, Callie sees it all: from the ring to the dress, the smiles . . . to the tears. It's that last part that keeps her single and not looking. Getting left at the altar will do that to a girl. But when Callie returns to her old hometown, she finds that her sweet high school crush is sexier than ever. And he makes it hard to remember why she's sworn off love . . .

Tanner is a deep-sea diver with a wild, adrenaline-junkie past—and now his teenage son is back in his life. How can Tanner be a role model when he's still paying for his own mistakes? It's hard enough that gorgeous Callie has appeared in town like a beautiful dream, challenging his best-laid plans to keep his heart on lockdown. Though there's something about being around her again that makes him feel like he can be the man she—and his son—deserve. Little Lucky Harbor holds their past; can it hold a beautiful new future?
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Lucky Harbor, Book #12

Nath: And here we are... the last book of the Lucky Harbor series. Who would have thought? I've heard great reviews so far for this one. Hope it'll measure up to the positive buzz!

Ames: Well maybe now that the series is coming to a close I will read it. Of course I have all the books...

Unleashed by Rachel Lacey
published by Grand Central Publishing 
What happens when you find the right one at the wrong time?

Cara Medlen has a serious case of animal attraction. And it's not because of all the foster dogs she's rescued. She's got it bad for her incredibly sexy neighbor. Her one rule: Don't get attached. It's served her well with the dogs she's given to good homes and the children she's nannied. Yet the temptation of Matt's sexy smile might just convince her that some rules are made to be broken.

Matt Dumont doesn't need his skills as a private investigator to detect disaster on the horizon. Cara is everything he thought he'd never find-gorgeous, funny, and caring. But there's no way he can start a relationship just as he's about to move to another state. Talk about bad timing. As their attraction sizzles too hot to deny, they'll have to make a decision: forget the consequences and let loose, or forget each other and let go...
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Love to the Rescue, Book #1

Nath: I don't know what it is about this one, but something pulls me to it. Will most probably give it a try :)

Ames: I'm all over this one. I almost lost track of this one! I didn't note it down anywhere so I'm glad you did Nath. :P There's a puppy on the cover, the heroine loves animals. There's a lot going on that I like already. I'm so shallow.

Nath: We all are, Ames LOL.

Monday, September 1

New Releases - September 2014

Happy Labour Day everyone! I'm not sure about the States, but here in Canada it's a long weekend for us. Woohoo!  I plan on taking advantage of the beautiful day because it's going to start getting cold soon.

September has an interesting mix of books. But contemporary romances still seem to be in the majority. I have no complaints because that's what I'm interested in reading. As always, please let us know which books you're looking forward to. :P

September 01

She's so Over Him by Joss Wood
published by Harlequin (KISS)
What not to do with your ex…

Maddie Shaw has spent the past ten years not thinking about her fast-and-furious fling with Cale Grant. His dark blue eyes, his hot-chocolate voice, his magic touch… No, she doesn't remember anything like that. Only the numbing devastation when he let her down and she walked away.

Now Cale's sauntered back into Maddie's life-drinking in the same bars, working on the same projects and setting off the same fireworks inside her. It's Maddie's chance to prove just how over her ex she really is…but one steamy kiss later she's fallen at the first hurdle…!
Genre: Category romance, Contemporary
Series: None

Nath: If I'm not wrong, She's so Over Him is Ms Wood's debut novel and is now being re-released with Harlequin. As a fan, I'm going to get it of course :)

Dead Don't Lie by L.R. Nicolello
published by Harlequin (HQN Books)
You can run from the past…but you can never truly hide…

Detective Evelyn Davis delves deep into the minds of monsters for a living. She's the best psychological profiler in the Seattle P.D., with a talent that comes from heartbreaking experience. When Evelyn was just eighteen, she received word of her family's murder in the form of a horrifying video. Fifteen years later, tracking down other psychopaths is the only thing that brings her some peace.

But now two local families have been wiped out. Though the chilling crime scenes suggest murder-suicides, Evelyn believes a serial killer is at work. So does Special Agent Marcus Moretti, whose easy charm and fiercely protective instincts are breaking down all her defenses. Evelyn needs to put aside her emotional attachment to find the madman stalking her city; but with each discovery, this case becomes more personal. She's starting to suspect the killer wants her; and he is edging closer with every step, ready to make Evelyn pay a devastating price...
Genre: RS
Series: None

Nath: I've been looking up and down for romantic suspense and Dead Don't Lie sounds right up my alley :) Available only in e-book I think. Lucky I'm now a convert LOL.

September 02

Haunted by Kay Hooper
published by Berkley
When Deacon James’s younger sister Melanie calls him, terrified, he goes to her aid in the small Georgia town of Sociable. What he finds is a scared young woman in the grip of what she insists is a paranormal nightmare—and murder. Two local men have been killed under mysterious circumstances. And Melanie is the prime suspect.

Trinity Nichols left a high-stress job for quiet, small-town life. But news of the murders has left her—and the town—on edge, especially when there is nothing remotely ordinary about how the men died. And her investigation is yielding more than she bargained for, including a group of strangers who have descended on Sociable, some with abilities Trinity finds hard to believe, and agendas she refuses to trust. For some reason, they know a lot more than they should about what’s happening in town. And what’s happening is growing stranger by the minute.

Now Trinity, Deacon, and this odd band of FBI agents must work together to solve a series of disturbances so incredible that Trinity, and the town of Sociable, will be changed forever. She just isn’t certain who—or what—will be left standing when it’s all over.
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Series: Bishop/FBI SCU, Book #15

Nath: Yes, yes, yes!! Haunted is the book that will make my September :) I love Ms Hooper's writing and this series. This one sounds like a good one :) I wonder which agents will be present... Can't wait for my pre-order copy to arrive! This also conclude the current trilogy... I sure hope Ms Hooper will continue!

Shifting Shadows by Patricia Briggs
published by Berkley (Ace)
Mercy Thompson’s world just got a whole lot bigger…

A collection of all-new and previously published short stories featuring Mercy Thompson and the characters she calls friends…

Includes the new stories…
“Roses in Winter”

…and reader favorites
“Fairy Gifts”
“Alpha and Omega”
“Seeing Eye”
“The Star of David”
“In Red, with Pearls”
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Mercy Thompson, Book #8.5

Ames: I know I haven't read all the novellas out there that belong to the Mercy Thompson series so I'm looking forward to this one. It'll have to tide me over until the next full length novel comes out. :P

Nath: I like these compilation book because it completes a series very well :)  Four new novella is pretty good and like Ames, I haven't read all the others.

Wickedly Dangerous by Deborah Blake
published by Berkley
Known as the wicked witch of Russian fairy tales, Baba Yaga is not one woman, but rather a title carried by a chosen few. They keep the balance of nature and guard the borders of our world, but don’t make the mistake of crossing one of them…

Older than she looks and powerful beyond measure, Barbara Yager no longer has much in common with the mortal life she left behind long ago. Posing as an herbalist and researcher, she travels the country with her faithful (mostly) dragon-turned-dog in an enchanted Airstream, fulfilling her duties as a Baba Yaga and avoiding any possibility of human attachment.

But when she is summoned to find a missing child, Barbara suddenly finds herself caught up in a web of deceit and an unexpected attraction to the charming but frustrating Sheriff Liam McClellan.

Now, as Barbara fights both human enemies and Otherworld creatures to save the lives of three innocent children, she discovers that her most difficult battle may be with her own heart…
Genre: Paranormal romance
Series: Baba Yaga, Book #1

Nath: Initially, I wasn't too sure about Wickedly Dangerous. I like witches and the spin on Russian fairy tales was intriguing... After reading the prequel novella, Wickedly Magical, I was convinced :) I really enjoyed it and as such, my expectations for Wickedly Dangerous are now quite high :)

Night's Honor by Nalini Singh
published by Berkley
On the run from her former employer, Tess knows that she’s vulnerable on her own amongst the Elder Races. That’s why she decides to audition to become the human attendant of a powerful Vampyre of the Nightkind demesne. But while her position affords her the safety she seeks, her protector turns out to be more than she bargained for.

The right-hand man of the Nightkind King, Xavier del Torro is both terrifying and alluring. While his true nature frightens Tess, she can’t ignore the appeal of his innate sense of integrity and self-restraint. Thrown into Xavier’s world, Tess must quickly learn to navigate the dangers—both to her life and to her heart. But the biggest threat comes from her own past…
Genre: Paranormal romance
Series: The Elder Races, Book #7

Ames: I re-read Dragon Bound not too long ago so I should really continue on with this series. LOL But I'm taking my sweet time. I'm still buying this one though, gotta keep up for that day when I glom this whole series. It'll happen!

Nath: Hmmmm. I read this series on and off and right now, not sure I will pick up Night's Honor. I haven't read the Vampyre books of the series and seriously, that cover... I keep thinking the title is Night's Terror ^_^;

The Winter Long by Seanan McGuire
published by Penguin (DAW)
Toby thought she understood her own past; she thought she knew the score.

She was wrong.

It's time to learn the truth.
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: October Daye, Book #8

Nath: It seems like authors have given each other's the word to tie up some loose ends :) That's what Ms McGuire is doing with The Winter Long, hence the very cryptic blurb. I'm curious to know what is the truth, so I'll definitively be picking this one up :)

House Immortal by Devon Monk
published by New American Library (ROC)
One hundred years ago, eleven powerful ruling Houses consolidated all of the world’s resources and authority into their own grasping hands. Only one power wasn’t placed under the command of a single House: the control over the immortal galvanized...

Matilda Case isn’t like most folk. In fact, she’s unique in the world, the crowning achievement of her father’s experiments, a girl pieced together from bits. Or so she believes, until Abraham Seventh shows up at her door, stitched with life thread just like her and insisting that enemies are coming to kill them all.

Tilly is one of thirteen incredible creations known as the galvanized, stitched together beings immortal and unfathomably strong. For a century, each House has fought for control over the galvanized. Now the Houses are also tangled in a deadly struggle for dominion over death—and Tilly and her kind hold the key to unlocking eternity.

The secrets that Tilly must fight to protect are hidden within the very seams of her being. And to get the secrets, her enemies are willing to tear her apart piece by piece…
Genre: Fantasy
Series: House Immortal, Book #1

Nath: I've always wanted to read Ms Monk`s books, but for some reasons, I get a block with her Allie Beckstrom series. So House Immortal is my chance :) It sounds interesting, so we'll see how it goes...

September 08

Melt for Him by Lauren Blakely
published by Entangled Publishing (Brazen)
He knows exactly how to make her burn…

Fire captain and bar owner Becker Thomas usually spends his nights alone, trying to escape painful memories from his past. When he meets a sexy, free-spirited brunette outside his bar, he knows he’s found the perfect way to forget for one night. But when he later discovers the woman he’s itching for another night with is his best friend’s sister, everything comes to a halt.

Just out of a toxic relationship, Megan Jansen is only in Hidden Oaks to visit her brother, photograph the firemen’s calendar, and then slip off to another adventure. The brooding man who gave her the best sex ever is an unexpected surprise. The problem is, he’s her brother’s friend and a fellow fireman, and Megan’s rule is no firemen. She knows she’s going to get burned …but keeping their hands off each other is easier said than done.
Genre: Contemporary romance
Series: Fighting Fire, Book #2

Ames: Firefighter - check. Best friend's sibling - check. And I've read and enjoyed Lauren Blakely before. This one sounds right up my alley.

September 09

Rock Addiction by Nalini Singh
A bad boy wrapped in a sexy, muscled, grown-up package might be worth a little risk…

Molly Webster has always followed the rules. After an ugly scandal tore apart her childhood and made her the focus of the media’s harsh spotlight, she vowed to live an ordinary life. No fame. No impropriety. No pain. Then she meets Zachary Fox, a tattooed bad boy rocker with a voice like whiskey and sin, and a touch that could become an addiction.

A one-night stand with the hottest rock star on the planet, that’s all it was meant to be…

Fox promises scorching heat and dangerous pleasure, coaxing Molly to extend their one-night stand into a one-month fling. After that, he’ll be gone forever, his life never again intersecting with her own. Sex and sin and sensual indulgence, all with an expiration date. No ties, no regrets. Too late, Molly realizes it isn’t only her body that’s become addicted to Fox, but her heart…
Genre: Contemporary romance
Series: Rock Kiss, Book #1

Ames: I loooove Nalini's writing (she pulled me out of an epic slump in July) and she does not disappoint with her latest contemporary romance. I've already read it and I highly recommend it.

Nath: It's Nalini Singh. That's enough for me to pick up Rock Addiction :)

Make it Right by Megan Erickson
published by Harpercollins Publisher (William Morrow)
Max Payton lives by two rules:
Size and strength win any fight, and never show weakness.

When a rash of assaults sends Bowler University for a tail spin, Max volunteers to help teach a self-defense class. One of the other instructors is the beautiful pixie-faced girl he keeps butting heads with…and who challenges everything he thought he knew.

Lea Travers avoids guys like Max - cocky jocks who assume she's fragile because of a disability caused by a childhood accident. She likes to be in control, and something about being with Max makes her feel anything but. But during the moments he lets his guard down, Lea sees a soul as broken inside as she is outside. Trusting him is a whole other problem...

When the assaults ramp up and hit close to home, Lea and Max must learn, before it’s too late, that true strength can come from vulnerability…and giving in to trust is sometimes the only way to make things right.
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary
Series: Bowler University, Book #2

Ames: Wena and I just reviewed book 1 and we both gave it a B. Max and Lea were both introduced in book 1. Max comes off as a bit of a jerk so I'm interested to see how the author turns his character around.

Festive in Death by J.D. Robb
published by Putnam
Personal trainer Trey Ziegler was in peak physical condition. If you didn’t count the kitchen knife in his well-toned chest.

Lieutenant Eve Dallas soon discovers a lineup of women who’d been loved and left by the narcissistic gym rat. While Dallas sorts through the list of Ziegler’s enemies, she’s also dealing with her Christmas shopping list—plus the guest list for her and her billionaire husband’s upcoming holiday bash.

Feeling less than festive, Dallas tries to put aside her distaste for the victim and solve the mystery of his death. There are just a few investigating days left before Christmas, and as New Year’s 2061 approaches, this homicide cop is resolved to stop a cold-blooded killer.
Genre: RS, Mystery/Thriller
Series: In Death, Book #39

Nath: Yep, I'm still reading this series... and it's Christmas! LOL. This one sounds fun and Ms Robb is definitively a comfort author :)

September 16

I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
published by Random House Publishing (Dial Books)
Jude and her brother, Noah, are incredibly close twins. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude surfs and cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and divisive ways... until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as an unpredictable new mentor. The early years are Noah's story to tell. The later years are Jude's. What the twins don't realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to one another, they’d have a chance to remake their world.
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Series: none

Ames: I read and enjoyed Jandy's debut book, The Sky is Everywhere. I've always kept an eye out for her next book and I'm so glad to say it's finally arrived.

Nath: Gotta say, the blurb sounds intriguing :)

Truth or Dare by Mira Lyn Kelly
published by Random House Publishing (LoveSwept)
After her one attempt at commitment ends with the discovery that her fiancé already has a wife and kid, Maggie Lawson vows that the only people she’ll love ’til death do they part will be her friends. Unfortunately that means Maggie letting her bestie rope her into a year-long dating dare: score a new date each month or pay a penalty. Seems doable—until Maggie’s date stands her up, leaving only one option: the sexy stud who just moved in upstairs. The problem? He and Maggie can’t stop fighting—and that’s just the beginning.

His name is Tyler Daniels and the last thing he needs is his neighbor distracting him with her girl-next-door smile and sharp tongue. Tyler’s in Chicago for one reason: to woo back his selfish ex in order to reclaim the child he once thought was his—and that means keeping Maggie out of his bed. A tall order, since Maggie has become a bigger temptation than he ever expected to face. But before they can even consider leaving the past behind, Maggie and Tyler must accept a brand-new dare: real, forever love.
Genre: Contemporary romance
Series: Dare to Love, Book #1

Ames: Ok, the set up for this one sounds a bit crazy, but I've read Mira Lyn before and I have faith that she can pull it off.

Scandal and the Duchess by Jennifer Ashley
published by Penguin (InterMix)
Scandal follows Rose Barclay, young widow of the Duke of Southdown, wherever she goes. It's never her fault--honor bright--but newspapers love to write about the young woman from Scotland, and the much older duke she married, who died on their honeymoon. The duke left her with a large widow's portion, now contested by his son, who kicks Rose out of the estate's dower house and uses it to kennel his dogs.

Rose does *not* need to be found with a large, handsome Scot passed out at her feet, fueling gossips and giving her brother-in-law more ammunition. The Scot is Steven McBride - a decorated soldier who is notorious for heavy gambling and womanizing during his leave time. Steven is happy to open his eyes and find the beautiful woman standing over him, and happy to help spirit her away. He comes up with a ruse to foil the journalists, but Rose will have to go along with his very scandalous proposal.
Genre: Historical romance
Series: Highland Pleasures, Book #6.5

Ames: It's Jennifer Ashley. Her historicals are auto-buys for me. :P

September 22

Snow Falling on Bluegrass by Molly Harper
published by Simon & Schuster (Pocket Star)
Kentucky Tourism Commission employee and executive assistant extraordinaire Kelsey is known around the office for having everything under control. So it’s not surprising that she and her boss, Sadie, have everything planned to the second for the office winter retreat. But there are things even Kelsey can’t micromanage.

An unprecedented snowstorm smothers half of Kentucky and knocks out the power, closes the roads, and generally shuts down the state. Luckily, the lodge has working fireplaces and enough food to keep the staff from turning on each other like something out of The Shining. Kelsey wouldn’t mind being stuck inside if it wasn’t for the tension with her not-so-secret crush, Charlie, the office’s statistician. But handsome Ranger Luke, the lodge’s only employee on hand, is there to take Kelsey’s mind off her discomfort.

Even though this weekend is supposed to be a planning session for KTC, Kelsey can’t help her mind from wandering and finds herself conflicted over Luke and Charlie. Someone’s love will keep her warm, but whose will it be?
Genre: Contemporary romance
Series: Bluegrass, Book #3

Ames: The cover of this book reminds me that winter is coming. NOOOOO it's too soon!! LOL Believe me, when it gets to -50 (C AND F) I need no reminders what's around the corner. Seriously, end of September and things get cold here. Anyway, I think this sounds cute and I honestly don't mind love triangles. Plus Molly is a good solid writer.

Nath: Ugh Ames, you had to remind me of winter... Hopefully, it won't be a bad one this year! But we probably just jinxed ourselves LOL.

I've read the first book in this series. I like Ms Harper, so I'm probably going to pick up this one :)

September 23

Deacon by Kristen Ashley
Deacon has an ugly history, a history that broke him, leaving him a ghost of a man. Out of necessity, he left the normal world to descend into the criminal world and found he fit. So he stayed. Cold as ice and living off the grid, Deacon has no intention to connect, not with anyone.

Then he returns to some remote cabins in the Colorado Mountains and finds they have new owners. One of them is Cassidy Swallow, a young woman willing to work hard to live her quiet dream in a house by a river surrounded by aspen and pine.

Suddenly, Deacon finds he’s at war. Cassidy’s pull for him to connect is strong. He fights it, but he loses, always coming back for more. But when he does, he gives her nothing.

From the first time she sees him, Cassidy knows Deacon is dead inside. She knows he’s the kind of man who could destroy a woman. But one night when Deacon’s control slips, Cassidy takes a chance.

He might break her. He also might be her dream come true.
Genre: Contemporary romance
Series: Unfinished Hero, Book #4

Ames: Ok, I admit I haven't read KA as much recently but I still look forward to whatever she writes. This series isn't my favourite, the hero of book 1 is a freaking pimp. But still...It's KA.

September 30

Fever Pitch by Heidi Cullinan
published by Samhain Publishing
Sometimes you have to play love by ear.

Aaron Seavers is a pathetic mess, and he knows it. He lives in terror of incurring his father’s wrath and disappointing his mother, and he can’t stop dithering about where to go to college—with fall term only weeks away. Ditched by a friend at a miserable summer farewell party, all he can do is get drunk in the laundry room and regret he was ever born. Until a geeky-cute classmate lifts his spirits, leaving him confident of two things: his sexual orientation, and where he’s headed to school. Giles Mulder can’t wait to get the hell out of Oak Grove, Minnesota, and off to college, where he plans to play his violin and figure out what he wants to be when he grows up. But when Aaron appears on campus, memories of hometown hazing threaten what he’d hoped would be his haven. As the semester wears on, their attraction crescendos from double-cautious to a rich, swelling chord. But if more than one set of controlling parents have their way, the music of their love could come to a shattering end.
Genre: m/m, Contemporary
Series: Love Lessons, Book #2

Ames: I loooooved Love Lessons when I read it and can't wait to read more in the series. I hope it knocks my socks off. :P

Nath: Like Ames, I enjoyed Love Lessons and hopefully, this one will be as good and cute :) Love the cover by the way.

As Long As You Love Me by Ann Aguirre
published by Harlequin (HQN Books)
Most people dream about getting out of Sharon, Nebraska, but after three years away, Lauren Barrett is coming home. She has her reasons—missing her family, losing her college scholarship. But then there's the reason Lauren can't admit to anyone: Rob Conrad, her best friend's older brother.

Football prowess and jaw-dropping good looks made Rob a star in high school. Out in the real world, his job and his relationships are going nowhere. He's the guy who women love and leave, not the one who makes them think of forever—until Lauren comes back to town, bringing old feelings and new dreams with her.

Because the only thing more important than figuring out where you truly belong is finding the person you were meant to be with.
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary
Series: 2B, Book #2

Ames: I just finished reading book 1 in this series and I loved it! I am so happy to be reading Lauren's story so soon. Yay!

Going Gone by Sharon Sala
published by Harlequin (Mira)
The final storm of the season could be her last.

After barely escaping death when her plane crashed deep in the Rocky Mountains during tornado season, Laura Doyle is left with a lingering fear for her life. Her lover, FBI agent Cameron Winger, reassures her that he found her then and always will. But Laura is right to be afraid, because when their engagement is announced it signals to a madman that it's time for his killing spree to begin again.

Twice thwarted by Cameron and his partners, the Stormchaser pairs random acts of God with deliberate acts of evil. His final act of vengeance will finish his twisted vendetta by taking from Cameron the thing he loves most: Laura.

As law enforcement struggles to connect the gruesome murders he's committed to mask his return, the Stormchaser draws closer to his true target. But Cameron and Laura don't realize they're in the eye of the storm—and this time, being unprepared for the onslaught could spell disaster.
Genre: RS
Series: Forces of Nature, Book #3

Nath: I'm a fan of Ms Sala, so I'll probably pick up this book even though I'm not up-to-date in the series.

In Your Dreams by Kristan Higgins
published by Harlequin (HQN Books)
Emmaline Neal needs a date. Just a date—someone to help her get through her ex-fiancé's wedding without losing her mind. But pickings are slim in Manningsport, New York, population 715. In fact, there's really only one option: local heartthrob Jack Holland. Everyone loves Jack, and he won't get the wrong idea…. After all, Jack Holland would never actually be interested in a woman like Em. Especially not with his beautiful ex-wife creeping around, angling to reunite ever since he rescued a group of teens and became a local hero.

But when the wedding festivities take an unexpectedly passionate turn, Em figures it was just one crazy night. Jack is too gorgeous, too popular, to ever end up with her. So why is she the one he can talk to about his deep, dark feelings? If Em is going to get her dream man, she'll have to start by believing in him…
Genre: Contemporary romance
Series: Blue Heron, Book #4

Ames: I don't think I've read any books in this series but this intrigues me. I'm a sucker for punishment but I like when exes are in the picture to stir some shit up. Only in fiction. I do not have time for that kind of drama in real life. LOL

Nath: Ames, reviews and opinions for the Blue Heron series have been all over the place, so it's hard to get an accurate feel... I know I enjoyed the last book, Waiting on You, and that's why I'm going to give In Your Dreams a try.

He's so Fine by Jill Shalvis
published by Grand Central Publishing (Forever)
For Olivia Bentley, Lucky Harbor is more than the town where she runs her new vintage shop. It's the place where folks are friendly to strangers-and nobody knows her real name. Olivia does a good job of keeping her past buried, not getting too cozy with anyone... until she sees a man drowning. Suddenly she's rushing into the surf, getting up close and personal with the hottest guy she's ever laid hands on.

Charter boat captain Cole Donovan has no problem with a gorgeous woman throwing her arms around his neck in an effort to "save" him. In fact, he'd like to spend a lot more time skin-to-skin with Olivia. He's just not expecting that real trouble is about to come her way. Will it bring her deeper into Cole's heart, or will it be the end of Olivia's days in little Lucky Harbor?
Genre: Contemporary romance
Series: Lucky Harbor, Book #11

Ames: Jill is an autobuy author for me. I should read her books already. Just kidding! I've read some. LOL

Nath: LOL. I like to pick up Lucky Harbor books when I don't know what to read, so He's so Fine is definitively on my list... especially since early reviews have been very favorable.

All Fired Up by Kate Meader
published by Grand Central Publishing (Forever)
Her sweetest mistake...

Cool as a Chicago winter, private events planner Cara DeLuca is a model of self-control... until she meets the one temptation she can't resist: Shane Doyle. The sexy, Irish pastry chef is too hot, too sure, too young, and after a crazy night in Vegas-her new husband. While at first Cara wants nothing more than a way out of her sham marriage to Shane, she soon finds that beneath his farm boy demeanor lies a man who can match her drive, both in and out of the bedroom. How can the wrong guy feel so deliciously right?

... Tastes so, so good

Shane has carefully structured his career and life around one goal: connecting with the family that doesn't know he exists. Marrying a woman with more issues than a magazine stand wasn't part of the plan, but melting Cara's icy exterior is so worth the detour. Now as the annulment date nears and long-buried secrets are revealed, Shane will have to fight for the one thing guaranteeing the perfect life he craves... the current Mrs. Shane Doyle.
Genre: Contemporary romance
Series: Hot in the Kitchen, Book #2

Nath: It looks full of drama, but there's something that pulls me to this book. Probably the fact that the hero is a pastry chef LOL. On my radar, will see whether or not I get it...

Hope Burns by Jaci Burton
published by Penguin (Jove)
Molly Burnett and Carter Richards share a painful past, one that sent Molly running out of town, vowing never to return. The only thing bringing her back is her sister’s wedding, and she doesn’t intend to stay long. But circumstances force her to remain in town, and within close distance of the one man who hurt her more than she’d ever been hurt before. Can the two of them face down the past and work together toward the possibility of love and happiness in Hope?
Genre: Contemporary romance
Series: Hope, Book #3

Nath: I wasn't impressed with the first book in this series, Hope Flames, but I'm somewhat curious with Molly and Carter's story. Plus, with the Lucky Harbor series coming to an end, I need to find a new go-to-series.

The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion
published by Harpercollins Publisher
The Wife Project is complete, and Don and Rosie are happily married and living in New York. But they’re about to face a new challenge.

Rosie is pregnant.

Don sets about learning the protocols of becoming a father, but his unusual research style gets him into trouble with the law. Fortunately his best friend Gene is on hand to offer advice: he’s left Claudia and moved in with Don and Rosie.

As Don tries to schedule time for pregnancy research, getting Gene and Claudia back together, servicing the industrial refrigeration unit that occupies half his apartment, helping Dave the Baseball Fan save his business and staying on the right side of Lydia the social worker, he almost misses the biggest problem of all: he might lose Rosie when she needs him most.
Genre: Fiction
Series: Sequel to The Rosie Project

Ames: I really enjoyed The Rosie Project and can't wait to catch up on Don and Rosie. Awwww. I may have to re-read RP to get ready for this one!

Nath: This was a really nice surprise to find out :) Can't wait to see Don dealing with Rosie's pregnancy :) Hopefully, another fun book ahead.

Rock Courtship by Nalini Singh
What happens when the Gentleman of Rock decides to play dirty?

A drummer for the hottest rock band on the planet, David has a single, powerful weakness: Thea, the band’s publicist and the woman who steals his breath away with her every move.

Only problem is, Thea doesn’t date clients—or musicians. Emotionally scarred by a cheating ex, she’s not about to risk her heart with a man who has groupies buzzing around him like flies. Even if his sexy smile ties her up in knots.

What she doesn’t know is that David is a one-woman man...and he’s madly in love with her. David’s determined to prove he’s worth the risk, and willing to court her, step by exquisite step. Thea’s about to discover just how long and hard this handsome drummer can play.
Genre: Contemporary romance
Series: Rock Kiss, Book #1.5

Ames: Eeeee! TWO Nalini books in one month!! And Thea and David are interesting characters.

Nath: Obviously, if I enjoy Rock Addiction, I'll be picking Rock Courtship. Otherwise, I'll still be picking up Rock Courtship to give the series another go. See how the mind works here? LOL