Tuesday, July 1

New Releases - July 2014

 While June was bleak, July is full of sunshine and new releases! Yay! All is back to normal in my world! I can predict a really good reading month :)


July 01

On the Fence by Kasie West
published by Harpercollins Publisher (HarperTeen)
She's a tomboy. He's the boy next door…

Charlie Reynolds can outrun, outscore, and outwit every boy she knows. But when it comes to being a girl, Charlie doesn't know the first thing about anything. So when she starts working at a chichi boutique to pay off a speeding ticket, she finds herself in a strange new world. To cope with the stress of her new reality, Charlie takes to spending nights chatting with her neighbor Braden through the fence between their yards. As she grows to depend on their nightly Fence Chats, she realizes she's got a bigger problem than speeding tickets-she's falling for Braden. She knows what it means to go for the win, but if spilling her secret means losing him for good, the stakes just got too high.
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Series: None

Nath: I've become an unconditional fan of Ms West after Pivot Point :) So basically, I'll pick up everything she writes. That being said, I do recommend On the Fence. I had the chance to read an eARC and really enjoyed it :)

Ames: I LOVE tomboys!! I haven't read Pivot Point yet but I did like her other book, The Distance Between Us so I'm a fan too. I will definitely be checking this one out. It sounds cute and like something I'd really enjoy.


Then Came You by Jill Shalvis
published by Berkley
Veterinary intern Emily can’t believe she wound up in the small town of Sunshine, Idaho, instead of the Los Angeles clinic she had always imagined. Now she has to put her plans to move to L.A. on hold for a whole year while she fulfills the obligation of her vet school scholarship.

Then Wyatt, her gorgeous one-night stand from a Reno vet conference, introduces himself as her new boss. And Emily is just as drawn to his seductive looks and quiet strength as she was on that very steamy night. She soon learns that Wyatt isn’t just a laid-back doctor, but a delicious alpha male tempting her away from her carefully laid-out plans...
Genre: Contemporary romance
Series: Animal Magnetism, Book #5

Nath: I'm a bit undecided with this one. While Ms Shalvis has enjoyed tremendous success with her Lucky Harbor series, I'm a bit luke-warm. Oh, they are nice reads, but amid all the small town contemporaries, I have difficulty remembering which series they belong to... so not a good sign ^_^; Like this one, the blurb made me think of Hope Flames by Ms Burton. So we'll see...

Ames: Jill is an auto-buy author for me so even though I'm not caught up on this series, I've already pre-ordered this one. And I realized it hasn't come yet. Which is fine...really...since I'm behind. LOL


Straddling the Line by Jaci Burton
published by Berkley
Trevor Shay has it all—a successful football and baseball career, and any woman he wants. But when he finds out his college mentor’s daughter is in trouble, he drops everything to come to her aid.

Haven Briscoe has finally landed a dream job as a sportscaster for a major network. But she hasn't been able to move past the recent death of her beloved father, and it’s affecting her career. A plum assignment following the daily life of sports superstar Trevor Shay might be just the inspiration she needs…

Trevor will do anything to spark life back into Haven, including letting her into every aspect of his world. The chemistry between them flames higher than one of Trevor’s home runs and faster than his dashes to the end zone. But as they grow closer, Haven stumbles onto Trevor’s closely guarded secret, one he’s hidden his entire life. And despite his protests, now it’s Haven’s turn to put everything on hold to help Trevor. Will he let her in and trust her with a secret that could blow his professional and personal world apart?
Genre: Contemporary romance
Series: Play by Play, Book #8

Nath: This one sounds interesting and I like that the H/H have a connection already. However, can someone really have both a football and baseball career?!

Ames: OMG, Nath, I just realized something. Every time I've seen this cover, I thought he had a saddle hung over his arm! Bwahahahaha! I thought JB was going in a different direction with this book. LOL Ah well. Even though a bronc rider would have been hot, I think this will still be a fun, sexy read. I'm just shaking my head over here though, totally clueless. LOL


Gilded Lily by Delphine Dryden
published by Berkley
Hidden identities, scandalous secrets... Deadly attraction.

Frederique Murcheson’s introduction into society hasn’t gone smoothly—some would even call it a disaster. Only Freddie considers her debut a success. Her scheme to become a makesmith has gone off flawlessly. The only thing that could upset her plans now would be if someone discovered that brilliant tinker Fred Merchant is, in fact, a lady in disguise.

Wooing a spoiled heiress is not exactly Barnabas Smith-Grenville’s idea of high espionage. However, considering his brother disappeared on the job, supposedly into the most iniquitous of opium dens, he cannot expect much better. At least the assignment will afford him time to search for his brother, whom he suspects is in spy-related trouble rather than a drug-addled haze.

But when Freddie proves to be both irresistible and the key to the answers he seeks, Barnabas finds himself not only entwined in a scandalous mystery involving lethal submersibles and deranged dirigibles, but also in a dangerous game of the heart…
Genre: Steampunk romance
Series: Steam and Seduction, Book #3

Nath: I still haven't read this author's work, but her blurbs are really interesting. Hopefully, her writing will be too! :)

Ames: I really enjoy Delphine's contemporary erotic romances so I am curious about this series as well.


The Gentleman Jewel Thief by Jessica Peterson
published by Berkley
In an era when ladies were demure and men courtly, one priceless treasure set England ablaze and incited unimaginable scandal and passion—the Hope Diamond.

Heir to an impressive title and fortune, Lord William Townshend, Earl of Harclay, is among the most disreputable rakes in England. Desperately bored by dull heiresses and tedious soirees, he seeks new excitement—with a dangerous scheme to steal the world’s most legendary gemstone from its owner, Thomas Hope. To his surprise, however, it’s not the robbery that sets his blood burning but the alluring lady from whom he pilfers the gem.

A string of bad luck has left the fate of Lady Violet Rutledge’s estate entirely in Hope’s scheming hands. So when his prized jewel disappears from around her neck, she has no choice but to track down the villain responsible for the theft. Only Harclay has his sights set on taking more from her than the necklace—and she’s tempted to surrender anything he desires…

Now, caught in a thrilling game of secrecy and seduction, Violet must find a way to protect her fortune—and her heart—before she loses both forever…
Genre: Historical romance
Series: The Hope Diamond trilogy, Book #1

Nath: You're going to hear me say it many times in this post, I love cat burgler/thief plots and so, any books with that kind of plot automatically goes onto the radar :) The Gentleman Jewel Thief is interesting because it's historical and Violet has to find a way to find the jewel that has been stolen.


The Wickedest Lord Ever by Christina Brooke
published by St. Martin's Press
Can an Indecent Proposal

Eight years ago, a tall, handsome stranger entered Lady Alexandra’s bedchamber and consummated a marriage of the utmost necessity. The Marquis of Steyne had agreed to wed and bed Lord Brute’s admittedly lovely daughter to pay off his mother’s gambling debts. But once the deed was done, Steyne’s lawfully-wedded wife vanished into the night…

Lead to Everlasting Love?

Years later, Steyne has nearly forgotten about his runaway bride. But when he suddenly finds himself in need of an heir, he has no choice but to track her down. Living happily in a small village under an assumed name, Alexandra is surprised to see her husband—and to feel such a strong attraction to him. But she is downright shocked when he asks her to bear him a son. How can they possibly repeat the heated encounter of their ill-fated wedding night…without falling hopelessly in love?
Genre: Historical romance
Series: The Westruthers, Book #3

Nath: I haven't kept up with Ms Brooke's books; however, I know the ones I have read, I have enjoyed. I wonder why the heroine ran away in this one and I like what I have read of the hero.


The Escape by Mary Balogh
published by Random House Publishing (Dell)
After surviving the Napoleonic Wars, Sir Benedict Harper is struggling to move on, his body and spirit in need of a healing touch. Never does Ben imagine that hope will come in the form of a beautiful woman who has seen her own share of suffering. After the lingering death of her husband, Samantha McKay is at the mercy of her oppressive in-laws-until she plots an escape to distant Wales to claim a house she has inherited. Being a gentleman, Ben insists that he escort her on the fateful journey.

Ben wants Samantha as much as she wants him, but he is cautious. What can a wounded soul offer any woman? Samantha is ready to go where fate takes her, to leave behind polite society and even propriety in her desire for this handsome, honorable soldier. But dare she offer her bruised heart as well as her body? The answers to both their questions may be found in an unlikely place: in each other's arms.
Genre: Historical romance
Series: The Survivors' Club, Book #3

Nath: I haven't been wowed by this series so far, but it is Ms Balogh, so it's worth a second, third and fourth chance LOL. I'm curious to see what she has in store for Ben.

Ames: I agree Nath. I only read the first book and it didn't wow me completely. But it's Mary Balogh and so I will check this one out for sure. I do like that they moved away from hard covers.

Never Been Kissed by Molly O'Keefe
published by Random House Publishing (Bantam Books)
As the daughter of a wealthy politician, Ashley Montgomery has had enough of her parents’ expectations for her future and is going her own way, volunteering to work at a refugee camp in Africa. But her act of charity turns dangerous when she takes a boat trip and is abducted by Somali pirates. Enter Brody Baxter, who was a bodyguard for the Montgomery family ten years ago and doesn’t think twice about coming to Ashley’s rescue. Handsome and tough, Brody has always done what needed to be done. So he swoops in, saves Ashley, and brings her to a place where she can rest and recuperate without the glare of the press and her demanding family: Brody’s small hometown of Bishop, Arkansas. But Ashley soon realizes that she’s not the only one in need of healing.

Holed up with Ashley in a tiny apartment over his brother’s bar in Bishop, Brody is tempted and torn in ways he never anticipated. Beautiful Ashley, vibrant despite her ordeal, fearless enough to love him beyond his wall of self-punishment, is now determined to save him. But with a little faith and a lot of love, they just may find happiness in each others’ arms.
Genre: Contemporary romance
Series: Boys of Bishop, Book #2

Ames: *sigh* I never quite finished Wild Child (it was due back to the library before I could finish it...long story short, June was not a good reading month for me) but I am still interested in reading more from Ms. O'Keefe. I like bodyguard stories too. And it's been a while since I read one.


For the Longest Time by Kendra Leigh Castle
published by New American Library (Signet)
For Samantha Henry, it took a ten-year absence to appreciate the close-knit New England town with an appeal all its own...

After a perfect storm of events leaves Sam high, dry, and jobless, she has to head home to Harvest Cove to regroup. Growing up, she was the town misfit, and a brief high school romance that resulted in heartbreak made her realize she was never going to fit in. But now with the support of her mother and an unexpected circle of allies, Sam starts to wonder if she’s misjudged the town all these years.

Life’s been good to Jake Smith. He transitioned from popular jock to town veterinarian without any trouble. But Sam’s homecoming makes him question his choices. The sharp-tongued beauty was never a good fit for the small community, but he’s never forgotten her—or how good they were together. While she makes it clear she’s not about to repeat the past, Jake’s determined to convince her to give him—and Harvest Cove—a second chance.
Genre: Contemporary romance
Series: Harvest Cove, Book #1

Nath: I know I've complained about how many small town contemporary series they are out there... and yet, I'm going to pick up a new one. Well, what option do I have when that's what publishers are pushing out? I'm attracted to For the Longest Time because of the cover... and also I`m curious to see if Ms Castle can transition successfully from paranormal to contemporary romance :P

One thing I do wonder... is that a cat or a dog on the cover?!

Ames: It's a cat. LOL


Riding the Wave by Lorelie Brown
published by New American Library (Signet)
The gray-green swells of San Sebastian haven’t changed in ten years, but Tanner Wright has. The last thing he expects to find back on his home turf is the love of his life....

With a make-or-break world championship on the line, professional surfer Tanner Wright has come back to the coastal California hometown he left a decade ago, carrying only his board and the painful knowledge of his father’s infidelity. Now that Hank Wright is dead, Tanner intends to keep the secret buried to spare his mother and sister the burden.

The last time Avalon Knox saw her best friend’s brother, she was fourteen and he was a twenty-year-old surfer god. She’s never understood or respected the way Tanner distanced himself from the family that has embraced her. But now she has the professional chance of a lifetime: to photograph Tanner for the competition—if he’ll agree.

Out on the waves, they find in each other passion that’s impossible to resist. And Tanner’s not the only one trying to move forward from his past. As the competition heats up, secrets get spilled, and lust takes over. How close can Avalon get to this brooding surfer…without getting burned?
Genre: Contemporary romance
Series: Pacific Blue, Book #1

Nath: Another small-town contemporary romance... This one though, I'm really excited about. I like the coastal sound of it and the unconventional professions of both main characters. I'm really hoping for a wowzer with Riding the Wave :)

Ames: I love that this one is about a surfer. So different from the contemporary heroes I've been reading lately! Also, best friend's sibling! I love that! LOL


Premonitions by Jamie Schultz
published by New American Library (ROC)
Two Million Dollars...

It’s the kind of score Karyn Ames has always dreamed of—enough to set her crew up pretty well and, more important, enough to keep her safely stocked on a very rare, very expensive black market drug. Without it, Karyn hallucinates slices of the future until they totally overwhelm her, leaving her unable to distinguish the present from the mess of certainties and possibilities yet to come.

The client behind the heist is Enoch Sobell, a notorious crime lord with a reputation for being ruthless and exacting—and a purported practitioner of dark magic. Sobell is almost certainly condemned to Hell for a magically extended lifetime full of shady dealings. Once you’re in business with him, there’s no backing out.

Karyn and her associates are used to the supernatural and the occult, but their target is more than just the usual family heirloom or cursed necklace. It’s a piece of something larger. Something sinister.

Karyn’s crew, and even Sobell himself, are about to find out just how powerful it is… and how powerful it may yet become.
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: ?

Nath: Heist plot in an urban fantasy setting, published by ROC. Sold! LOL.


July 08

The Promise by Kristen Ashley
self-published
Since his brother’s death, Benny Bianchi has been nursing his grudge against the woman he thinks led to his brother’s downfall. He does this to bury the feelings he has for Francesca Concetti, his brother’s girl. But when Frankie takes a bullet while on the run with Benny’s cousin’s woman, Benny has to face those feelings.

The problem is Frankie has decided she’s paid her penance. Penance she didn’t deserve to pay. She’s done with Benny and the Bianchi family. She’s starting a new life away from Chicago and her heartbreaking history.

Benny has decided differently.

But Frankie has more demons she’s battling. Demons Benny wants to help her face. But life has landed so many hard knocks on Frankie she’s terrified of believing in the promise of Benny Bianchi and the good life he’s offering.

Frankie’s new life leads her to The ‘Burg, where Benny has ties, and she finds she not only hasn’t succeeded in getting away, she’s doesn’t want to.
Genre: Contemporary romance
Series: The 'Burg, Book #5

Ames: I read the 'Burg series recently in one shot. I rarely read a KA series back to back like that but I couldn't get enough. I've been looking forward to this book a lot. LOL It's only been a couple of months but the few glimpses I saw of Benny and Frankie have made me anxious!


Landline by Rainbow Rowell
published by St. Martin's Press
Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it’s been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems besides the point now.

Maybe that was always besides the point.

Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her — Neal is always a little upset with Georgie — but she doesn’t expect to him to pack up the kids and go home without her.

When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s finally done it. If she’s ruined everything.

That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts...

Is that what she’s supposed to do?

Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?
Genre: Fiction
Series: None

Nath: I'm not too sure about the blurb, but it's Ms Rowell, so I'm definitively giving it a go. I'm glad she doesn't stick to a genre, but seems to be writing what she wants :)

Ames: I am not fond of communicating with the past...but it's Rainbow Rowell so I definitely see some potential with this kind of plot in her hands. :P


Chinese Cooking for Diamond Thieves by Dave Lowry
published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (Mariner Books)
Driving home after being kicked out of college, Tucker meets and picks up the mysterious Corinne Chang at a rest stop. Infatuated, and with nothing better to do, he ends up with her in St. Louis, where he gets a job as a chef in a Chinese restaurant. Even though he’s a gwai lo—a foreign devil—his cooking skills impress the Chinese patrons of the restaurant, and his wooing skills impress Corinne when she joins him there as a waitress. But when Chinese gangsters show up demanding diamonds they believe Tucker’s kind-of, sort-of, don’t-call-her-a-girlfriend stole, he and his friends—which luckily include a couple of FBI agents—have to figure out just who is gunning for Corinne and how to stop them. Good thing Tucker is a Mandarin-speaking martial arts master who isn’t afraid to throw the first punch.

With its one-of-a-kind hero, Chinese Cooking for Diamond Thieves is perfect for anyone who loves cooking, Chinese culture, bad jokes, and young love. Diamonds are forever . . . unless Chinese mobsters decide they want them back.
Genre: Fiction
Series: None

Nath: Yes, you've guessed it. This one caught my eyes because of "Diamond Thieves" in the title... but I'm up for the "Chinese Cooking" part too! :P Sounds different and fun.

Ames: Oh wow! The title didn't catch my eye but the blurb did! This is the kind of quirky book I love to read.


The Half Life of Molly Pierce by Katrina Leno
published by Harpercollins Publisher (HarperTeen)
You take it for granted. Waking up. Going to school, talking to your friends. Watching a show on television or reading a book or going out to lunch.

You take for granted going to sleep at night, getting up the next day, and remembering everything that happened to you before you closed your eyes.

You live and you remember.

Me, I live and I forget.

But now—now I am remembering.

For all of her seventeen years, Molly feels like she’s missed bits and pieces of her life. Now, she’s figuring out why. Now, she’s remembering her own secrets. And in doing so, Molly uncovers the separate life she seems to have led…and the love that she can’t let go.
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Series: None

Nath: I don't know what it is about this one that caught my eye. I'm curious and I like plot about amnesia, memories... Hopefully, this one will be as good as it is intriguing.


Through to You by Lauren Barnholdt
published by Simon & Schuster (Simon Pulse)
It starts with a scribbled note in class: I like your sparkle. Harper had casually threaded a piece of blue and silver tinsel through her ponytail in honor of school spirit day. And that carefree, corny gesture is what grabs Penn Mattingly’s eye. Penn—resident heartbreaker of the senior class. Reliably unreliable. Trouble with a capital “T.” And okay, smolderingly sexy.

Harper’s surprised by Penn’s attention—and so is Penn. The last thing he needs is a girlfriend. Or even a friend-with-benefits. The note is not supposed to lead to anything.

Oh, but it does. They hang out. They have fun. They talk. They make out. And after a while, it seems like they just click. But Penn and Harper have very different ideas about what relationships look like, in no small part because of their very different family backgrounds. Of course they could talk about these differences—if Penn knew how to talk about feelings.

Harper and Penn understand their attraction is illogical, yet something keeps pulling them together. It’s like a crazy roller coaster—exhilarating, terrifying, and amazing all at once. And neither knows how to stop the ride…
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Series: None

Nath: My kind of YA books LOL. Two persons that are different and shouldn't be together, but wound up together :) It can be very simple, but if well-written, it'll be an awesome read.

Ames: It's Lauren Barnholdt. I love her writing. This one sounds so freaking cute I can't wait to read it!


Midnight Thief by Livia Blackburne
published by Hyperion
Growing up on Forge’s streets has taught Kyra how to stretch a coin. And when that’s not enough, her uncanny ability to scale walls and bypass guards helps her take what she needs.

But when the leader of the Assassins Guild offers Kyra a lucrative job, she hesitates. She knows how to get by on her own, and she’s not sure she wants to play by his rules. But he’s persistent—and darkly attractive—and Kyra can’t quite resist his pull.

Tristam of Brancel is a young Palace knight on a mission. After his best friend is brutally murdered by Demon Riders, a clan of vicious warriors who ride bloodthirsty wildcats, Tristam vows to take them down. But as his investigation deepens, he finds his efforts thwarted by a talented thief, one who sneaks past Palace defenses with uncanny ease.

When a fateful raid throws Kyra and Tristam together, the two enemies realize that their best chance at survival—and vengeance—might be to join forces. And as their loyalties are tested to the breaking point, they learn a startling secret about Kyra’s past that threatens to reshape both their lives.
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Series: Midnight Thief, Book #1

Nath: Yes, once again, thief!! However, the rest of the story sound interesting as well with a very nice cover.


July 15

Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally
published by Sourcebooks
Annie hates running. No matter how far she jogs, she can’t escape the guilt that if she hadn’t broken up with Kyle, he might still be alive. So to honor his memory, she starts preparing for the marathon he intended to race.

But the training is even more grueling than Annie could have imagined. Despite her coaching, she’s at war with her body, her mind—and her heart. With every mile that athletic Jeremiah cheers her on, she grows more conflicted. She wants to run into his arms…and sprint in the opposite direction. For Annie, opening up to love again may be even more of a challenge than crossing the finish line.
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Series: Hundred Oaks, Book #5

Nath:
This wasn't on my radar until I saw Rowena's Goodreads... Reading her comments and the blurb, I want it now!!

Ames: What? You weren't going to get it just because its Miranda Kenneally? LOL This woman's writing stole my heart with her very first book. I love that her heroines are athletic.


July 22

Poison Promise by Jennifer Estep
published by Simon & Schuster (Pocket)
Gin Blanco is hard-nosed, sexy, and lethal. Nicknamed “The Spider,” she’s a stone elemental assassin who brings her unique mix of magic and tact to every assignment, no matter the target.

There’s a new drug on the streets of Ashland, and its name “Burn” sums up the potent effect it has on its users. When one of her restaurant employees is threatened by dealers of the drug, Gin steps in to set things straight…
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Elemental Assassin, Book #11

Nath: The Elemental Assassin is one of my favorite urban fantasy series and as such, I'm really looking forward to Poison Promise. I think this is the beginning of a new story arc as well, which makes it even more exciting!!


The Game and the Governess by Kate Noble
published by Simon & Schuster (Pocket)
Three friends. One Wager. Winner takes all.

The Earl—‘Lucky Ned’ Ashby. Pompous, preening, certain that he is beloved by everyone.
The Miller—John Turner. Proud, forced to work as the Earl’s secretary, their relationship growing ever more strained.
The Doctor—Rhys Gray. Practical, peace-loving, but caught in the middle of two warring friends.

Their wager is simple: By trading places with John Turner and convincing someone to fall in love with him, Ned plans to prove it’s him the world adores, not his money. Turner plans to prove him wrong.

But no one planned on Phoebe Baker, the unassuming governess who would fall into their trap, and turn everything on its head…
Genre: Historical romance
Series: Winner Takes All, Book #1

Nath: I'm not sure about the wager, although it does sound interesting... Ultimately though, it's Ms Noble's name on the dover that drew me to this book :)

Ames: I agree. Shes an auto-buy author for me but I think this book sounds cute. I like that it's not exclusively about the peerage. It's good to branch out historically.


July 29

Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews
published by Berkley (Ace)
No matter how much the paranormal politics of Atlanta change, one thing always remains the same: if there’s trouble, Kate Daniels will be in the middle of it…

As the mate of the Beast Lord, Curran, former mercenary Kate Daniels has more responsibilities than it seems possible to juggle. Not only is she still struggling to keep her investigative business afloat, she must now deal with the affairs of the pack, including preparing her people for attack from Roland, a cruel ancient being with god-like powers. Since Kate’s connection to Roland has come out into the open, no one is safe—especially those closest to Kate.

As Roland’s long shadow looms ever nearer, Kate is called to attend the Conclave, a gathering of the leaders from the various supernatural factions in Atlanta. When one of the Masters of the Dead is found murdered there, apparently at the hands of a shapeshifter, Kate is given only twenty-four hours to hunt down the killer. And this time, if she fails, she’ll find herself embroiled in a war which could destroy everything she holds dear…
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Kate Daniels, Book #7

Nath: Can't wait to get my hands on this book! I hope this will be a great read to make up for Magic Rises!


Fast Track by Julie Garwood
published by Dutton Adult
Cordelia Kane has always been a daddy’s girl—her father raised her alone after her mother died in a car crash when Cordelia was just two years old. So when he has a serious heart attack, Cordelia is devastated, and the emotion is only intensified by the confusion she feels when he reveals the shocking truth about her mother.

Cordelia can’t suppress her curiosity about the woman who gave birth to her, and when she discovers the answers to her questions lie in Sydney, Australia, she travels there to get them.

Hotel magnate Aiden Madison is Cordelia’s best friend’s older brother. He’s oblivious to the fact that she’s had a crush on him for years. When he gets railroaded into taking her along to Sydney on his company jet, he unknowingly puts her life at risk. He’s recently angered a powerful congressman by refusing to purchase overvalued land. Congressman Chambers is not a man to let such an offense slide, and he has the resources to get even and to get what he wants.

In Australia sparks are flying between Cordelia and Aiden, but multiple attempts on Aiden’s life are made while Cordelia is with him, and he realizes he must put a stop to the madness before he loses the thing he values most.
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Series: Buchanan-Renard, Book #12

Nath: I'm not a huge fan of Ms Garwood, but I have my eye on this one. The words "hotel magnate" and the Australian setting were enough to seal the deal for me LOL.

Ames: Rowena has been talking about this book and she mentioned the fact that Aiden is Cordelia's best friend's older brother. LOL My ears perked up at that. But I don't know. I'm not a fan of Garwood's romantic suspenses (I cut my romance teeth on her historicals) but I may be tempted by this one. :P


Between the Sheets by Molly O'Keefe
published by Random House Publishing (Bantam Books)
After years of running, Wyatt Svenson has now parked himself in Bishop, Arkansas, trying to do the right thing and parent a son he didn’t even know he had until recently. Over six feet tall and packed with muscles and power, Ty likes to get his hands dirty, fixing his motorcycle at night and keeping his mind away from the mistakes he’s made. Then his pretty neighbor shows up on his driveway, doesn’t bother to introduce herself, and complains about the noise. First impression? She should loosen up. Funny that she turns out to be his son’s elementary school art teacher—and the only one willing to help his troubled boy. Ty needs her. In more ways than one.

Though Shelby Monroe is safe in her structured life, she is drawn to Ty’s bad-boy edge and rugged sexuality. What if she just lets it all go: her worries about her mother, her fear of heartbreak, and her tight self control? What if she grabs Ty and takes a ride on the wild side? “What if” becomes reality—intense, exhilarating... and addictive. But Ty wants more than a secret affair. He wants it all with Shelby. But will she take a chance and open her heart? Ty is determined to convince Shelby to take the biggest risk of her life: on him.
Genre: Contemporary romance
Series: Boys of Bishop, Book #3

Nath: I haven't read any books in this series, but I have my eye on Between the Sheets thanks to Brie's recommendation :)

Ames: Again, haven't finished Wild Child but I am wondering if Shelby is someone I met who had a very interesting encounter with a stranger. LOL Even if not, these books sound cute. Good to know Brie recommended it!



No Strings Attached by Susan Andersen
published by Harlequin (HQN Books)
Some mistakes are worth repeating…

Tasha Riordan's one night with Luc Bradshaw was the best of her life. The following two—when she got thrown into a Bahamian jail on bogus charges—were her worst. Now, seven years later, the undercover DEA agent is back. Invading her town. Her restaurant. Her fantasies. She can't trust a man who lied to her. Yet, neither can she trust herself—not when their chemistry burns even hotter than before.

Learning he has two half brothers shocks Luc. Discovering they live in the same town as Tasha—that's a different kind of thrill. Their mutual lust is still off the charts, but he can't get her to listen to his side of what happened on that long-ago night. Good thing he's got powers of persuasion that go deeper than words. Because nothing has ever felt this right…
Genre: Contemporary romance
Series: Razor Bay, Book #3

Nath: Ms Andersen is on my list of auto-buy authors. This current series of hers hasn't been my favorite, but I have hopes for No Strings Attached because of the H/H :)


The Dog Park by Laura Caldwell
published by Harlequin (Mira)
A couple's best friend?

Stylist Jessica Champlin knows it takes more than a darling goldendoodle to save a marriage. She and her ex-husband, investigative journalist Sebastian Hess, had too many irreconcilable differences for even their beloved dog, Baxter, to heal. So they've agreed to joint custody, and life has settled into a prickly normalcy.

But when Baxter heroically rescues a child and the video footage goes viral, Jess and Sebastian are thrown together again, and her life takes some very unexpected twists. The line of dogwear she creates becomes wildly successful, and suddenly she's in the spotlight with everyone watching—the press, the new guy she's seeing, Sebastian and the past she never imagined she would face again. Soon there's only one person by her side—and it's the person she least expected. She's willing to open up to a new normal…just as long as Baxter approves.
Genre: Contemporary romance
Series: None

Nath: This one caught my eye on Netgalley. I like the cover because that would be me, sitting higher up in the cover - except not wearing a dress ^_^; The blurb is also interesting. I like that it's about a divorced couple bonded by their dog... with a chance of reconciliation.

Ames: This one sounds so cute! I love the fact that it's about a dog bringing a couple back together...maybe. Haha


Let's Get Lost by Ali Alsald
published by Harlequin (Harlequin Teen)
Five strangers. Countless adventures.One epic way to get lost.

Four teens across the country have only one thing in common: a girl named LEILA. She crashes into their lives in her absurdly red car at the moment they need someone the most.

There's HUDSON, a small-town mechanic who is willing to throw away his dreams for true love. And BREE, a runaway who seizes every Tuesday—and a few stolen goods along the way. ELLIOT believes in happy endings…until his own life goes off-script. And SONIA worries that when she lost her boyfriend, she also lost the ability to love.

Hudson, Bree, Elliot and Sonia find a friend in Leila. And when Leila leaves them, their lives are forever changed. But it is during Leila's own 4,268-mile journey that she discovers the most important truth— sometimes, what you need most is right where you started. And maybe the only way to find what you're looking for is to get lost along the way.
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Series: None

Nath: Road-trip book! Ames and I are in! LOL.

Ames: You know it! LOL


A Good Debutante's Guide to Ruin by Sophie Jordan
published by Harpercollins Publisher (Avon)
The last woman on earth he would ever touch...

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

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

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

In a shadowed alcove, Declan can't resist the masked temptress who sets his blood afire... any more than Rosalie can deny her longing for a man who will send her into ruin.
Genre: Historical romance
Series: The Debutante Files, Book #1

Nath: I like that the heroine is taking things into her own hands instead of relying on others. Hopefully, that'll make for a good book :)

Ames: The step-siblings thing gives me pause, but if Declan doesn't want to usher her around, maybe it means it's a new thing and they didn't grow up together. Because ewww. However, this sounds cute so I'll wait for some reviews.


The Winter King by C.L. Wilson
published by Harpercollins Publisher (Avon)
Wynter Atrialan, the Winter King, once lived in peace with his southern, Summerlander neighbors, but when the prince of Summerlea steals Wynter’s bride and murders his young brother, Wynter calls upon a dangerous Wintercraig magic called the Ice Heart and marches against Summerlea.

After three bitter years of battle, a victorious Wynter arrives at Summerlea’s royal palace to issue his terms of surrender. The prince of Summerlea stole Wynter’s bride and slew Wynter’s Heir. He wants the loss replaced. The Ice Heart is consuming him. Wynter hopes holding his own child in his arms will rekindle the warmth in his heart before he becomes the monster of Wintercraig legend, the Ice King.

The Summer King has three very precious daughters whom he loves dearly. Wynter will take one of them to wife. She will have one year to provide him with an Heir. If she fails, he will send her to face the mercy of the mountains and claim another princess for his wife. And so it will continue until Wynter has his Heir or the Summer King is out of daughters.

The plan is perfect—except for one small detail. The Summer King has a fourth daughter. One of whom he is not so fond. And she is a fiercely passionate creature, with a temper as volatile as the forces of her weathergift, the power of storms.
Genre: Fantasy romance
Series: Weathermages of Mystral #1

Ames: I feel like I've been waiting for this one for FOREVER. But it's finally coming!  WOOOOOHOOOOOOOO!

Yeah, I'm excited. LOL




Thursday, June 26

Buddy Review: All Lined Up by Cora Carmack

All Lined Up by Cora Carmack
Published by William Morrow Paperbacks
In Texas, two things are cherished above all else—football and gossip. My life has always been ruled by both.

Dallas Cole loathes football. That's what happens when you spend your whole childhood coming in second to a sport. College is her time to step out of the bleachers, and put the playing field (and the players) in her past.

But life doesn't always go as planned. As if going to the same college as her football star ex wasn’t bad enough, her father, a Texas high school coaching phenom, has decided to make the jump to college ball… as the new head coach at Rusk University. Dallas finds herself in the shadows of her father and football all over again.

Carson McClain is determined to go from second-string quarterback to the starting line-up. He needs the scholarship and the future that football provides. But when a beautiful redhead literally falls into his life, his focus is more than tested. It's obliterated.

Dallas doesn't know Carson is on the team. Carson doesn't know that Dallas is his new coach's daughter.

And neither of them know how to walk away from the attraction they feel.
Genre: Contemporary New Adult
Series: Rusk University #1


Rowena: So our buddy review book for the month of June was All Lined Up by Cora Carmack. It's a series that was said to be reminiscent of Friday Night Lights, a show that both Ames and I have loved so how could we not buddy review this one?

The story takes place at Rusk University in the great state of Texas. The college's head football coach has a daughter attending Rusk University and when she meets up with QB2 (that's FNL speak, ha!) at a party, they don't know who the other is until it's too late and they're hooked on each other.

So what did you think, Ames? Thumbs up or down?

Ames: I'm giving this one a solid thumbs up! I loved the idea, a football coach's daughter who kind of has some resentment towards the game who ends up falling for a QB. And the new guy on campus falling for the Coach's daughter without knowing who she is. There was a lot going for this story and it lived up to the promise.

What did you think?

Rowena: I really liked it. I thought that both Carson and Dallas were a great couple and I loved their flirty relationship. From their first meeting to every single meeting until the end, I loved it all. I really liked Carson. I liked how he treated Dallas and I loved how even though he was super serious, with Dallas, that flirty side came out and I ate it all up. The only thing that I hated about Carson was his football number. #12. I'm a Los Angeles Lakers fan and that number leaves a sour taste in my mouth.

Of the two of them, I think Dallas drove me more crazy but I didn't hate her. I liked that she was a dancer and that she knew what she was about. There wasn't any waffling about where she was concerned and I loved the way that her relationship with her father came around throughout the book. That was nice to see.

Ames: I liked Carson and Dallas were a good couple too. I like how they had their rules for their friendship and both wanted honesty from each other and an explanation if things were to not work anymore. I thought they were unique. They communicated with each other. I don't see a lot of that in NA. Also, their baggage wasn't crazy angsty. Like Dallas had to deal with her dad and the way her high school relationship ended and Carson just had to buckle down and learn to have faith in himself.

One thing that came across as odd for me was the issue about Dallas' virginity. I mean, maybe its just me reading too much contemporary romances but I was like why does everyone care so much? Like even Stella being hurt because Dallas had lied to her. WHY?

I did like that Dallas was a dancer. I like that she had her own stuff going on and wasn't just a hanger on to Carson's football career. And I agree, I did like the way things played out with her dad. I like that he was able to listen to Dallas and he took her side, especially with that fiasco with the picture.

Also, the whole Levi thing kinda got dropped. Like once he was gone, he was never mentioned again. It's not like he wouldn't have been released, you know?

Rowena: That was weird, huh? The whole virginity thing with Dallas. I'm still seeing a lot of virgins in these contemporary books. Why is it still such a big deal? Will readers not buy books about girls who aren't virginal before they meet their love interests? Weird.

Regarding the thing with Levi, I agree with you that he just sort of disappeared from the planet once that drama with him went down but I'm wondering if that had anything to do with him getting his own book in this series and that leads into my next question. What do you think about him and Silas getting their own books? I didn't like either character in this book and initially, I had no interest continuing the series because why waste time on two characters that were disgusting to me in this one? I mean, even though Silas came around, he was still a pretty big douche and I didn't care for him at all but are you interested in reading their books at all? I think I changed my mind and am definitely going to read Silas' book.

And if I'm being honest, I really want to see Stella's story too. But now that I'm actually looking it up, I can't find anywhere where it says that Levi gets a book so maybe he doesn't. It would be interesting if Levi ends up with Stella. Hmm. What about Ryan? I wouldn't mind reading a book featuring Ryan as one of the main characters.

Ames: Maybe we're just getting jaded, Wena. LOL I did like that this book wasn't chock full of sex scenes though. The scenes where they did get intimate did forward the plot and it created some good tension between Carson and Dallas.

I would not read Levi's book unless his character has some growth in other books before he gets his own. Like if Silas gets a book and Levi is in it and he changes, I would potentially read it. And yes, I think Silas can be redeemed so even though he started off the book as a douchecanoe, I do find him interesting. I thought the football aspect of All Lined Up was really well done. It didn't overwhelm the story. And I would like to see Ryan and Stella get their own books (if they don't end up together in some screwball way).

Rowena: Us, jaded? No way. :P

As it stands right now, Levi is a no go for me. But I would probably read Silas' story, especially since I was looking through Cora Carmack's blog and I saw a picture of Silas that she uses on one of her picture card things and guess who she uses as Silas? MATT BARR!! Psycho Derek from One Tree Hill, haha. I heart that guy (not in OTH though, eww) so that went a long way in convincing me to read the next book. And the heroine's name is Dylan, I love that name for a girl. ;)

I thought Cora Carmack delivered the goods with this book and I was glad that I chose this book for us to read, ha! I'm glad that football didn't overwhelm the story and I really liked how Carson and Dallas came together. They were good characters apart but I really liked them together too so that's something. I'd give this book a 4.5 out of 5 or a low A. What about you?

Ames: I like girls that have guy's names too, so Dylan is a win for me. I'll have to check out Cora's blog to see her inspiration for Silas.

All in all, I really enjoyed All Lined Up and since this was the first book I read by this author, I'll definitely be checking out her other books.

I'm going to give this one a B+, or 4 out of 5. :P

Rowena: And we’re done. *drops mic*

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All right peeps, that's it for our June review!

For July, Rowena and I are looking back a few months to May's Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson. In case you were interested in reading along. :P

Sunday, June 1

New Releases - June 2014

Traditionally, January and June are the months with least new releases and this year is no exception. I think this is one of the shortest new releases posts that we've ever put together... and you know how Ames and I are good at finding books LOL. Luckily, there are some highly anticipated books coming out, otherwise, it'd be sad.

So check it out!! And please, let us know if we've missed any books! Any way to bulk up the list is appreciated LOL.

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Nath: Just a quick note before going onto the releases. Heather Webber is self-publishing a new Lucy Valentine novel, Undeniably Yours, sometime in June. While there are still no blurb, no official release date nor cover on Goodreads, it was announced in her newsletter. That one is definitively on my list to get :)

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June 1

More Than a Fling by Joss Wood
published by Harlequin (Harlequin KISS)
"I will consider doing the campaign--seriously consider it--if you sleep with me."

When Ross Bennett has the not-so-enjoyable pleasure of hearing those words come out of his mouth, he realises he must have left his pants in charge. Because the woman sitting opposite him may be seriously gorgeous, but this is serious business--not some sleazy backroom deal! Until Ally floors him by agreeing to his terms...

Ally Jones may find Ross utterly irresistible, but that can wait: she has a thing or two to teach him first! Her first lesson? Everything comes to those who wait...
Genre: Category romance, Contemporary
Series: None

Nath: I'm really enjoying Ms Wood's category romance and am so happy she's writing them so fast!


June 3

Shield of Winter by Nalini Singh
published by Berkley
Assassin. Soldier. Arrow. That is who Vasic is, who he will always be. His soul drenched in blood, his conscience heavy with the weight of all he’s done, he exists in the shadows, far from the hope his people can almost touch—if only they do not first drown in the murderous insanity of a lethal contagion. To stop the wave of death, Vasic must complete the simplest and most difficult mission of his life.

For if the Psy race is to survive, the empaths must wake…

Having rebuilt her life after medical “treatment” that violated her mind and sought to stifle her abilities, Ivy should have run from the black-clad Arrow with eyes of winter frost. But Ivy Jane has never done what she should. Now, she'll fight for her people, and for this Arrow who stands as her living shield, yet believes he is beyond redemption. But as the world turns to screaming crimson, even Ivy’s fierce will may not be enough to save Vasic from the cold darkness…
Genre: Paranormal romance
Series: Psy-Changelings, Book #13

Ames: I cannot wait to read this one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I read a few early non-spoiler reviews and a few of the things they mentioned made me feel like making a time machine so I can go to June 3 and get this book already. LOL

Nath: This is definitively the release that everyone is anticipating in June, me included!! I've avoided all reviews, blurbs, etc.  in order to be surprised! Lucky for me, my pre-ordered copy arrived early :) I think everyone will be happy with Shield of Winter.


Devil's Game by Joanna Wylde
published by Berkley
Liam “Hunter” Blake hates the Reapers MC. Born and raised a Devil’s Jack, he knows his duty. He’ll defend his club from their oldest enemies—the Reapers—using whatever weapons he can find. But why use force when the Reapers’ president has a daughter who’s alone and vulnerable? Hunter has wanted her from the minute he saw her, and now he has an excuse to take her.

Em has lived her entire life in the shadow of the Reapers. Her overprotective father, Picnic, is the club’s president. The last time she had a boyfriend, Picnic shot him. Now the men in her life are far more interested in keeping her daddy happy than showing her a good time. Then she meets a handsome stranger—a man who isn't afraid to treat her like a real woman. One who isn't afraid of her father. His name is Liam, and he’s The One.

Or so she thinks.
Genre: Contemporary romance
Series: Reapers MC, Book #3

Ames: I knew there would be something between Erin and Liam after I read Reaper's Legacy. And I think it will be goooood. Seriously loving this series and this is another book I can't wait to get my grubby book hoarder hands on. hehe


Prince of Fools by Mark Lawrence
published by Berkley (Ace)
The Red Queen is old but the kings of the Broken Empire dread her like no other. For all her reign, she has fought the long war, contested in secret, against the powers that stand behind nations, for higher stakes than land or gold. Her greatest weapon is The Silent Sister—unseen by most and unspoken of by all.

The Red Queen’s grandson, Prince Jalan Kendeth—drinker, gambler, seducer of women—is one who can see The Silent Sister. Tenth in line for the throne and content with his role as a minor royal, he pretends that the hideous crone is not there. But war is coming. Witnesses claim an undead army is on the march, and the Red Queen has called on her family to defend the realm. Jal thinks it’s all a rumor—nothing that will affect him—but he is wrong.

After escaping a death trap set by the Silent Sister, Jal finds his fate magically intertwined with a fierce Norse warrior. As the two undertake a journey across the Empire to undo the spell, encountering grave dangers, willing women, and an upstart prince named Jorg Ancrath along the way, Jalan gradually catches a glimmer of the truth: he and the Norseman are but pieces in a game, part of a series of moves in the long war—and the Red Queen controls the board.
Genre: Fantasy
Series: The Red Queen's War, Book #1

Nath: I've been in the mood for something other than romance lately. This sounds like a pretty interesting fantasy read :) Going to check out the reviews, but definitively on my radar.

Fall From India Place by Samantha Young
published by New American Library
When Hannah Nichols last saw Marco D’Alessandro, five long years ago, he broke her heart. The bad boy with a hidden sweet side was the only guy Hannah ever loved—and the only man she’s ever been with. After one intense night of giving into temptation, Marco took off, leaving Scotland and Hannah behind. Shattered by the consequences of their night together, Hannah has never truly moved on.

Leaving Hannah was the biggest mistake of Marco’s life, something he has deeply regretted for years. So when fate reunites them, he refuses to let her go without a fight. Determined to make her his, Marco pursues Hannah, reminding her of all the reasons they’re meant to be together…

But just when Marco thinks they’re committed to a future together, Hannah makes a discovery that unearths the secret pain she’s been hiding from him, a secret that could tear them apart before they have a real chance to start over again…
Genre: Contemporary romance
Series: On Dublin Street, Book #4

Ames: Despite the mess that was Out of Shallows,  I'm still really looking to this one. Samantha Young is an auto-buy author for me and this series is one of my all time favourite contemp series.

That Summer by Lauren Willig
published by St. Martin's Press
2009: When Julia Conley hears that she has inherited a house outside London from an unknown great-aunt, she assumes it’s a joke. She hasn't been back to England since the car crash that killed her mother when she was six, an event she remembers only in her nightmares. But when she arrives at Herne Hill to sort through the house—with the help of her cousin Natasha and sexy antiques dealer Nicholas—bits of memory start coming back. And then she discovers a pre-Raphaelite painting, hidden behind the false back of an old wardrobe, and a window onto the house's shrouded history begins to open...

1849: Imogen Grantham has spent nearly a decade trapped in a loveless marriage to a much older man, Arthur. The one bright spot in her life is her step-daughter, Evie, a high-spirited sixteen year old who is the closest thing to a child Imogen hopes to have. But everything changes when three young painters come to see Arthur's collection of medieval artifacts, including Gavin Thorne, a quiet man with the unsettling ability to read Imogen better than anyone ever has. When Arthur hires Gavin to paint her portrait, none of them can guess what the hands of fate have set in motion.
Genre: Historical fiction
Series: None

Ames: I enjoy Lauren's writing and I like the sound of this one. I like books that have two simultaneous plots in different time periods. I also like stories about paintings/art. So win win. :P


June 10

Count on Me by Lauren Dane
published by Samhain Publishing
Petal is the last place Caroline Mendoza thought she’d end up. Sixteen years ago she lost both parents there—her mother to murder and her father to prison for the crime. Since then she’s built a successful life, but she’s never let go of the belief her father is innocent.

Now she’s back in Petal to find the truth. With a new job and a mystery to solve, she’s got plenty on her plate. But when she bumps into Royal Watson, the sparks fly hard and fast.

When the whipsmart, opinionated lawyer blows into town like a beautiful storm, Royal has a reason to make the time to get off his organic farm and pursue her. And soon their intense attraction is tipping into something more.

As Caroline’s dogged investigation digs up ghosts of the past, there’s not much time for basking in love’s glow. The closer she gets to the truth, the more threatened the real killer gets…and the greater the danger that all her digging could lead to her own grave
Genre: Contemporary romance
Series: Petal, Georgia, Book #3

Ames: It's kind of funny but I just read all the Petal, Georgia books this past week. I didn't even realize there was a release coming out! And I'm glad I won't have to wait to read more. Woohoo.


The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R. Carey
published by Orbit
Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her 'our little genius'. Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favourite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.
Genre: Horror
Series: None

Ames: Hilcia recommended this one to me. There's a free ten chapter sample already available and I couldn't put it down once I started. And when I got to the end of the sample I literally cried out "Noooooo!" This is one is going to be very interesting. :P

Nath: If you and Hils both love this one, I'll have to check it out :P


June 15

Frozen by Meljean Brook
self-published
For a year and a half, Olivia Martin has tried to forget Erik Gulbrandr, the glacial man who’d scorched her mouth with a single kiss. But when Olivia finds herself snowbound with Erik on the winter solstice, she discovers that the man who set her body aflame is cursed by abominable needs — and a desire that might destroy them both…
Genre: Paranormal romance
Series: None

Ames: I didn't realize Meljean had a self-published book coming out. Good find Nath!

Nath: Thanks LOL. I enjoy Ms Brook's writing so definitively going to check this out.


Pia Saves the Day by Thea Harrison
self-published
In the latest story of the Elder Races, two mates face their deadliest challenge yet—each other…

Pia and Dragos’s magical young son Liam (the Peanut), is growing at an unprecedented rate, and if that isn’t enough, he is also exhibiting new, and unpredictable, magical gifts. To protect him, the concerned parents decide to move to upstate New York.

Both Dragos and Pia relish the idea of leaving behind the city. They finally have the space to indulge their Wyr side, and Liam can grow in safety. It’s a breath of fresh air—literally—but their idyllic situation is shattered when Dragos is injured in a freak accident.

Stripped of his memory and bereft of Pia’s taming influence, there’s nothing holding back Dragos’s darkest side. And in order to restore her family and save her mate, Pia must confront the most powerful menace in Elder Races history.

It’s going to take more than a penny to fix this…
Genre: Paranormal romance
Series: The Elder Races, Book #6.6

Ames: ERMAHGERD that blurb!!!!!  This is going to be one awesome read methinks!

Nath: What does ERMAHGERD mean?? LOL.  I'm not a huge fan of Dragos and Pia, but I like the Peanut.


Dirty Angels by Karina Halle
published by Metal Blonde Books
For Luisa Chavez, a twenty-three year old former beauty queen, a better life has always been just out of her reach. Sure, she’s had men at her feet since she was a young teenager but she’s never had the one thing she’s craved – security. Having grown up in near poverty, her waitressing job in Cabo San Lucas can barely let her take care of herself, let alone her ailing parents. Every day is another unwanted advance, every day is a struggle to survive.

When Salvador Reyes, the depraved leader of a major Mexican cartel, takes an interest in her, Luisa is presented with an opportunity she can’t afford to pass up. She’ll become Salvador’s wife and exchange her freedom and body for a life of riches – riches she can bestow upon her deserving parents. But Luisa quickly finds out that even the finest wines and jewels can’t undo the ugliness in her marriage, nor the never-ending violence that threatens her every move.

Soon, Luisa is looking for an escape, a way out of the carefully controlled life she’s leading. She finally gets her wish in the worst way possible.

As it is, being the wife of Salvador makes her an ideal target for rival cartels and there’s one particular man who needs Luisa as part of his cartel’s expansion. One particular man whose quest for power has destroyed lives, slit throats and gotten him out of an American prison. One particular man who will stop at nothing until he gets what he wants.

That man is Javier Bernal. And he wants Luisa. He wants to take her, keep her, ruin her.

Unless she ruins him first.
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Series: Dirty Angels, Book #1

Ames: I've quickly become a fan of Karina Halle after reading her Artists Trilogy. And I was very very curious about Javier's character. I'm glad to see he gets a book of his own. I think whoever he ends up with is going to be one awesome character.


June 16

Return to Us by Julie Cross
self-published
Summer is definitely heating up...

So yeah, that really happened. Karen’s fist connecting with TJ’s face.

Not only is TJ dealing with a decent sized bruise on his face where Karen gave her best attempt at a knock-out match, now he’s got some explaining to do after Jordan finds out what happened.

Karen’s not ready to forgive TJ for his tough-love tactics to help get her bar routine back in full swing, but she is ready to figure out how to get through to Jordan. He’s being a complete idiot, not dealing with his health issues, forcing her to keep things a secret from Coach Bentley.

With her teammate, Stevie’s, help Karen comes up with a plan to steer Jordan in the right direction—all she needs is a night alone with him and the hiking and camping expedition he promised her weeks ago might be the perfect opportunity.

Or her plan could backfire and he could slip further away from her.

While Karen and Jordan are out playing lumberjack couple in the Pocono Mountains, TJ is dealing with a stranger trying to give him advice on his tumbling, some pretty overt advances from one of Nina Jones’ gymnasts (aka: off limits), and a random hook-up that will most likely end up being a big mistake.
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary
Series: Letters to Nowhere, Book #2 (Return to Summer, part #3)

Ames: Ooooh I haven't read Return to You yet because I wanted to build up a few books before continuing on in the series. LOL But now that this is coming out for sure I'll catch up. I love Karen and Jordan.

Nath: This one is actually already available as of May 30. Go figure why the official date is June 16 then. However, I'm not complaining!! I can't wait to get my hand on this one, just love Ms Cross' voice and Karen and Jordan :)


Falling for the Groomsman by Diane Alberts
published by Entangled Publishing (Brazen)
She’s the one that got away. He’s the one she can’t forget. Photojournalist Christine Forsythe is ready to tackle her naughty little to-do list, and who better to tap for the job than a hot groomsman? But when she crashes into her best friend’s older brother, Christine realizes her list needs updating. And fast. Tyler Dresco took her virginity during the best night of her life, then bolted. Now that they’re trapped together at a destination wedding, she’s going to get her revenge. Tyler has never forgiven himself for how completely he lost control all those years ago. Being in Christine’s arms had felt right…until he realized what he’d taken from her in the hallway of a cheap motel. And oh, how she’s making him pay for it now. The insatiable heat between them has only grown stronger, but every time things heat up, Christine walks away. With every encounter, things go a little bit further until Christine’s caught in her own trap of seduction. And before their time’s up, Tyler’s not the only one wanting more…
Genre: Category romance, Contemporary
Series: Wedding Dare, Book #1

Ames: I like plots involving a best friend's sibling. And this one sounds right up my alley. :P


Sam and Aaron by L.B. Gregg
published by Carina Press
With our family's legacy, Meyers B&B, in the flailing hands of me, Sam Meyers, and my sister Wynne, we're determined to revive the place. We've started a series of blind-date cooking classes, and taken on our first boarder. Granddad is even now rolling in his grave.

Signed up for the class is our new guest, Aaron Saunders, a Californian transplant who's distractingly handsome and clearly up to no good. I can't quite figure him out. He blew into town and has been relentless in his search for…something.

The sexy sneak is intriguing. And we've had a steamy moment. Or two. But now I can't stop wondering why he's searching in secret. From the library, to the historical society, to my own backyard, Aaron leaves no stone unturned or record book unopened. He's definitely gotten my attention. But that might not be the only thing he's after.
Genre: m/m, Contemporary
Series: Men of Smithfield, Book #5

Ames: I like the Men of Smithfield series and I was happy to hear about another release. The characters are quirky and I enjoy LB's writing.


June 17

When You Are Mine by Kennedy Ryan
published by Grand Central Publishing
Forever is a heartbeat away...

Kerris Moreton knows how to make things work. Bounced from foster home to foster home as a kid, she adapted; when opportunity arose, she thrived. Now, about to open her own business and accept a marriage proposal, Kerris is ready to build the life she's always wanted. The only thing missing? A passionate connection with her would-be fiancé, Cam. Kerris wants to believe that sparks are overrated-until Walsh Bennett lights her up like the Fourth of July.

... but what about love?

As one of the East Coast's most eligible bachelors, Walsh enjoys financial independence, fulfilling work with his family's nonprofit, and plenty of female attention. But lately he's been distracted by the one woman he can't have. Lovely to look at and even sweeter to know, Kerris is the soul mate Walsh never thought he would find. The problem is, his best friend found her first...
Genre: Contemporary romance
Series: The Bennetts, Book #1

Ames: Aaaahhh another trope I enjoy - the best friend's girl. For some odd reason, I'm really excited to read this one.

Nath: Oooh. This sounds pretty good. Putting it on my radar.


Better When He's Bad by Jay Crownover
published by Harpercollins Publisher (William Morrow)
Welcome to the Point

There’s a difference between a bad boy and a boy who’s bad... meet Shane Baxter.

Sexy, dark, and dangerous, Bax isn’t just from the wrong side of the tracks, he is the wrong side of the tracks. A criminal, a thug, and a brawler, he’s the master of bad choices, until one such choice landed him in prison for five years. Now Bax is out and looking for answers, and he doesn’t care what he has to do or who he has to hurt to get them. But there’s a new player in the game, and she’s much too innocent, much too soft…and standing directly in his way.
Dovie Pryce knows all about living a hard life and the tough choices that come with it. She’s always tried to be good, tried to help others, and tried not to let the darkness pull her down. But the streets are fighting back, things have gone from bad to worse, and the only person who can help her is the scariest, sexiest, most complicated ex-con The Point has ever produced.

Bax terrifies her, but it doesn’t take Dovie long to realize that some boys are just better when they’re bad.
Genre: Contemporary romance
Series: Welcome to the Point, Book #1

Ames: This one intrigues me. Who doesn't love a bad boy?

Nath: Intriguing indeed. I know Leslie has recently binged on this author, so definitively worth a try.


Fan Art by Sarah Tregay
published by Katherine Tegen Books
When the picture tells the story…

Senior year is almost over, and Jamie Peterson has a big problem. Not college—that’s all set. Not prom—he’ll find a date somehow. No, it’s the worst problem of all: he’s fallen for his best friend.

As much as Jamie tries to keep it under wraps, everyone seems to know where his affections lie, and the giggling girls in art class are determined to help Jamie get together with Mason. But Jamie isn’t sure if that’s what he wants—because as much as Jamie would like to come clean to Mason, what if the truth ruins everything? What if there are no more road trips, taco dinners, or movie nights? Does he dare risk a childhood friendship for romance?
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Series: None

Ames: I haven't been reading a lot of YA this year but this one is flipping all my switches. I can't wait to read it!

Nath: You'll have to let me know what you think about it!


June 24

Better Homes and Hauntings by Molly Harper
published by Simon & Schuster (Pocket Books)
When Nina Linden is hired to landscape a private island off the New England coast, she sees it as her chance to rebuild her failing business after being cheated by her unscrupulous ex. She never expects that her new client, software mogul Deacon Whitney, would see more in her than just a talented gardener. Deacon has paid top dollar to the crews he’s hired to renovate the desolate Whitney estate—he had to, because the bumps, thumps, and unexplained sightings of ghostly figures in nineteenth-century dress are driving workers away faster than he can say “Boo.”

But Nina shows no signs of being scared away, even as she experiences some unnerving apparitions herself. And as the two of them work closely together to restore the mansion’s faded glory, Deacon realizes that he’s found someone who doesn’t seem to like his fortune more than himself—while Nina may have finally found the one man she can trust with her bruised and battered heart.

But something on the island doesn’t believe in true love…and if Nina and Deacon can’t figure out how to put these angry spirits to rest, their own love doesn’t stand a ghost of a chance.
Genre: Paranormal romance
Series: None

Nath: I love Ms Harper's writing, especially her paranormals. Already pre-ordered this one and eager to get it :) The cover is a bit freaky, but I feel it fits the blurb perfectly LOL.


The Promise by Robyn Carr
published by Harlequin (Mira)
Scott Grant has a bustling family practice in the small Oregon community of Thunder Point. The town and its people have embraced the widowed doctor and father of two, his children are thriving, and Scott knows it's time to move on from his loss. But as the town's only doctor, the dating scene is awkward. That is, until a stunning physician's assistant applies for a job at his clinic.

Peyton Lacoumette considers herself entirely out of the dating scene. She's already been burned by a man with kids, and she's come to Thunder Point determined not to repeat past mistakes. When Scott offers her a job, at a much lower salary than she's used to, Peyton is surprisingly eager to accept…at least for now. She's willing to stay for a three-month trial period while she explores other options.

Scott and Peyton know the arrangement is temporary—it isn't enough time to build a real relationship, never mind anything with lasting commitment. But love can blossom faster than you think when the timing is right, and this short visit just might hold the promise of forever.
Genre: Contemporary romance
Series: Thunder Point, Book #5

Ames: I love this series. I look forward to each book way too much. Haha And I've been wanting the doctor's story for a while now. :P

Nath: I'm not up-to-date on this series (shocker!), but I liked the hero in previous books, so might give this one a go.


Suddenly Last Summer by Sarah Morgan
published by Harlequin (HQN Books)
Fiery French chef Élise Philippe is having a seriously bad day. Not only have the opening day plans for her beloved café fallen apart, but Sean O'Neil is back in town, and looking more delectable than ever. Last summer, they shared an electrifying night together…and the memories have Élise really struggling to stick to her one-night-only rule! Her head knows that eventually Sean will be leaving, so all she can do is try to ignore her heart before she spontaneously combusts with lust.

Being back in Vermont—even temporarily—is surgeon Sean O'Neil's worst nightmare. For Sean, returning home to the Snow Crystal Resort means being forced to confront the reasons and the guilt he feels about rejecting his family's rural lifestyle years ago. But discovering that Élise has settled in Vermont and still sets his blood racing is a very welcome distraction! Thinking he can persuade her into a replay of last summer is tempting, but remembering how good they are together is going to make walking away more difficult than he could imagine…
Genre: Contemporary romance
Series: O'Neil Brothers, Book #2

Ames: I was really intrigued at the hinted at back story of Elise and Sean's in Sleigh Bells in the Snow. I like Sarah Morgan's writing and I like the cover.

Nath: Totally forgot this one until you put it in the post, Ames! I'm curious too about Elise and Sean. Sounds like the perfect summer read :P


Vixen in Velvet by Loretta Chase
published by Harpercollins Publisher (Avon)
From the Diary of Leonie Noirot: The perfect corset should invite its undoing...

Lethally charming Simon Fairfax, Marquess of Lisburne, has reluctantly returned to London for one reason only: a family obligation. Still, he might make time for the seduction of a certain redheaded dressmaker—but Leonie Noirot hasn't time for him. She's obsessed with transforming his cousin, the dowdy Lady Gladys, into a swan.
Leonie's skills can coax curves—and profits—from thin air, but his criminally handsome lordship is too busy trying to seduce her to appreciate her genius. He badly needs to learn a lesson, and the wager she provokes ought to teach him, once and for all.

A great plan, in theory—but Lisburne's become a serious distraction, and Leonie's usual logic is in danger of slipping away as easily as a silk chemise. Could the Season's greatest transformation be her own?
Genre: Historical romance
Series: The Dressmakers, Book #3

Ames: Loretta Chase is an auto-buy author for me and this one is no exception. It sounds cute.

Nath: Haven't been really into historical romance lately. This could go either way.


June 30

Running Wild by S.E. Jakes
published by Riptide Publishing
Embrace the danger.

Sean Rush is an adrenaline junkie. That’s why he was in the Army, why he steals and races classic muscle cars . . . and why he can’t stay away from bad boy Ryker, a Havoc Motorcycle Club lieutenant. Fortunately, Ryker can’t seem to stay away from Sean—he’s spent the last eight months breaking into Sean’s apartment and stealing into his bed, leaving Sean physically satisfied but increasingly restless.

Sean has always avoided relationships. He likes to come and go without being controlled. And Ryker is possibly the most controlling man he’s ever known. Still, he finds that he wants more from Ryker than their silent nighttime encounters.

Then one of Sean’s thefts goes bad, and Ryker’s protective instincts kick into overdrive. He takes Sean to the Havoc compound, determined to keep him safe. But Sean’s past threatens the safety of Havoc—and everything Ryker holds dear. Worse, Ryker’s hiding secrets of his own. Soon it’s obvious that the adrenaline rush can’t keep them together anymore. But maybe love can.
Genre: Contemporary M/M Romance
Series: Havoc #1

Ames: Okay I've been on a serious motorcycle club romance kick lately and having that AND an m/m story to boot? I'm drooling over here!!  I cannot wait!