The Next Best Thing by Kristan Higgins
After losing the love of her life, young widow Lucy Lang is looking for a nice, decent man--but one who won't stir her heart. So it's goodbye to her friend with privileges Ethan Mirabelli. Too bad Ethan isn't planning on going anywhere.Genre: Contemporary Romance
Nath: I love Kristan Higgins' style and I'm really looking forward to this book. Plus, I think the cover is gorgeous! Love the color and the image :D
Ames: I really enjoy Kristan Higgins too. And the plot appeals to me. They were friends first! LOL
Moon Craving by Lucy Monroe
When Talorc-laird of the Sinclair clan and leader of his werewolf pack- must wed an Englishwoman, he's shocked to find that she is his mate. Deaf since childhood, Abigail hopes to keep her affliction from Talorc as long as possible, just as he has no intention of telling her that he's a werewolf. But when Abigail learns that the husband she's begun to love has deceived her, it will take all his warrior's strength-and his wolf's cunning-to win his wife back.
Genre: Historical highlander, paranormal
Series: Children of the Moon, Book #2
Chantal: I've had it pre ordered for over a month, I'm soooo excited for it.
Ames: Since I read and enjoyed Moon Awakening (to which this is a sequel), I'm looking forward to reading this too.
Some Like it Kilted by Allie Mackay
A woman's heart needs a loving home...Genre: Contemporary romance with ghost
Even if it's a little bit haunted.
Mindy Menlove lives in a castle that was transported stone-by-stone from Scotland. But when her fiancé dies in scandal and Mindy decides to sell the gloomy estate, her plans unravel. She must travel to the Hebrides, where she's confronted by the castle's original builder-who happens to be maddeningly irresistible and seven hundred years young.
Bran of Barra was a legendary chieftain. Since then he's enjoyed his ghostly pleasures, until Mindy's appearance disrupts them. Now, if the roguish Bran doesn't change Mindy's mind about his bonny homeland-and himself-neither of them will ever find any peace.
Chantal: This is a new author for me, but I like the sound of the book.
Monroe: I think this book sounds great! I wanna try this one out! :o)
Steamed by Katie Macalister
When one of Jack Fletcher's nanoelectromechanical system experiments is jostled in his lab, the resulting explosion sends him into the world of his favorite novel-a seemingly Victorian-era world of steampower, aether guns, corsets, and goggles. A world where the lovely and intrepid Octavia Pye captains her airship straight into his heart...Genre: Steampunk romance
Series: ?, Book #1
Chantal: It's the start of a new series, and since I have loved all but one of Katie's books, this is a for sure auto buy for me.
Ames: I like Katie's writing (not everything mind you) but since this is steampunk, I'm really interested in this. :P
Nath: This author has been hit and miss with me and I had no idea she had a new series coming out. Apparently, steampunk romance is going to be the new hit genre... I think I'd like to try this book :D
Slow Heat by Jill Shalvis
Baseball player Wade O'Riley's bad-boy image is about to be cleaned up by publicist Samantha McNead. But the sexual tension between them is about to drive Wade to his knees.Genre: Sport romance, contemporary
Series: Pacific Heat, Book #2
Monroe: I LOVED the first book in this series and have been counting the days till the second one comes out! This story should be just as, or even hotter than the first! WOOWEE look at that cover!
Ames: Ooh, I'm looking forward to this one too. I really liked Double Play and I love Jill Shalvis's books. She rocks!
Nath: I was surprised to enjoy the first book. Now, I'm very curious about this couple, so the book is on my list to buy :D
Archangel's Kiss by Nalini Singh
Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux wakes from a year-long coma to find that she has become an angel-and that her lover, the stunningly dangerous archangel Raphael, likes having her under his control. But almost immediately, Raphael must ready Elena for a flight to Beijing, to attend a ball thrown by the archangel Lijuan. Ancient and without conscience, Lijuan's power lies with the dead. And she has organized the most perfect and most vicious of welcomes for Elena...Genre: Urban fantasy/paranormal romance
Series: Guild Hunter, Book #2 (not counting novellas)
Nath: It's Nalini Singh and I heard the series is getting better. If I like this one, I'll be continuing the series, if not... well too bad.
Monroe: Oh I second Archangel's Kiss by Nalini Singh because I just bought the first book to this series last night because everyone has loved it and I love the Psy/Changeling books! Can’t wait to start it!!!
Ames: Monroe, the first book was good. Nath, Chantal and I all had differing views on it! LOL Raphael is hot hot hot!
Chantal: I'll be reading this. I hope it is better than the first, if not... what Nath said.
Truly Madly by Heather Webber
Lucy Valentine is as smart as can be, as single as you can get, and so "not" qualified to run a matchmaking service. But when her parents temporarily step down from the family business, Valentine, Inc., it's Lucy's turn to step up and help out--in the name of love.Genre: Contemporary romance
Plus, her rent is due.
Here's the problem: Lucy doesn't have the knack for matchmaking. According to family legend, every Valentine has been blessed by Cupid with the ability to read "auras" and pair up perfect couples. But not Lucy. Her skills were zapped away years ago in an electrical surge, and now all she can do is find lost objects. What good is that in the matchmaking world? You'd be surprised. In a city like Boston, everyone's looking for "something." So when Lucy locates a missing wedding ring--on a dead body--she asks the sexy private eye who lives upstairs to help her solve the perfect crime. And who knows? Maybe she'll find the perfect "love" while she's at it...
Nath: Never read this author, but the book sounds cute and Kris enjoyed it. I think it's probably the perfect book for Valentine :D
Monroe: Ya I think so too Nath! I really want to read this one!!!
Countess of Scandal by Laurel McKee
As children, Eliza Blacknall and William Denton ran wild over the fields of southern Ireland and swore they would be friends forever. Then fate took Will away to England, while Eliza stayed behind to become a proper Irish countess.Genre: Historical romance
Years later, Will finally makes his way home-as an English soldier sent to crush the Irish uprising. When he spies the lovely Eliza, he is captivated by the passionate woman she has become. But Eliza's passions have led her to join the Irish rebel cause, and Will and Eliza now find themselves on opposite sides of a dangerous conflict.
When Ireland explodes in bloody rebellion, Will's regiment is ordered to the front lines, and he is forced to choose between his duty to the English king and his love for Eliza and their Irish homeland.
Ames: Ok two things are going for this one. Friends to lovers (could eat this theme for breakfast EVERY DAY) and I am interested in the politics of this one.
Chantal: I want to read it based on the cover alone.
Monroe: It is a pretty cover!
Nath: Ohh, I've seen this one going around... Though I'm probably going to wait for reviews...
Promise Me Tonight by Sara Lindsey
Isabella is determined to marry James...Genre: Historical romance
Isabella Weston has loved James Sheffield for as long as she can remember. Her come-out ball seems the perfect chance to make him see her in a new light.
James is determined never to marry...
James is stunned to find that the impish girl he once knew has blossomed into a sensual goddess. And if he remember his lessons correctly, goddesses always spell trouble for mortal men.
A compromise is clearly necessary...
When Izzie kisses James, her artless ardor turns to a masterful seduction that drives him mad with desire. But, no stranger to heartbreak, James is determined never to love, and thus never to lose. Can Isabella convince him that a life without love might be the biggest loss of all?
Series: Weston, Book #1
Ames: Looks likes another friends to lovers! LOL
Pleasure of a Dark Prince by Kresley Cole
A DANGEROUS BEAUTY...Genre: Paranormal romance
Lucia the Huntress: as mysterious as she is exquisite, she harbors secrets that threaten to destroy her — and those she loves.
AN UNCONTROLLABLE NEED...
Garreth MacRieve, Prince of the Lykae: the brutal Highland warrior who burns to finally claim this maddeningly sensual creature as his own.
THAT LEAD TO A PLEASURE SO WICKED....
From the shadows, Garreth has long watched over Lucia. Now, the only way to keep the proud huntress safe from harm is to convince her to accept him as her guardian. To do this, Garreth will ruthlessly exploit Lucia's greatest weakness — her wanton desire for him.
Series: Immortals After Dark, Book #12 (counting novellas)
Nath: This is a series I've been following and have enjoyed... and finally, Garreth and Lucia get their book! Hopefully, it'll match the expectations :D
Ames: I'll be getting this one too. LOL I've only read the first two books in this series, and yet I have them all. I guess I'll work on that this year!
Improper Relations by Janet Mullany
Compromising liaisons, crossed wires and conflicting loyalties -- it's another gem from Regency star Janet Mullany. After losing best friend and distant cousin Ann Weller in marriage to the Earl of Beresford, sharp-witted Charlotte Hayden feels inclined to be even ruder than usual to potential suitors. But after a compromising liaison with Beresford's wicked, wayward cousin, Shad, she's suddenly propelled into a reluctant marriage, and finds herself missing Ann more than ever. But when Ann returns from her honeymoon, she drops a bombshell -- not only is she not sure she loves Beresford, she also has a child out of wedlock, and is planning to betray her husband with her former lover. Charlotte's realisation that she's falling in love with Shad only serves to make her dilemma even worse: should she keep Ann's secret, or tell her husband the truth?Genre: Historical romance
Ames: Janet rocks! I pre-ordered this book from Book Depository the minute I found out about it.
Fantasy in Death by J.D. Robb
Bart Minnock, founder of the computer-gaming giant U-Play, enters his private playroom, and eagerly can't wait to lose himself in an imaginary world, to play the role of a sword-wielding warrior king, in his company's latest top-secret project, Fantastical.Genre: Romantic suspense/Mystery/Futuristic
The next morning, he is found in the same locked room, in a pool of blood, his head separated from his body. It is the most puzzling case Eve Dallas has ever faced, and it is not a game. . . .
NYPSD Lieutenant Eve Dallas is having as much trouble figuring out how Bart Minnock was murdered as who did the murdering. The victim's girlfriend seems sincerely grief-stricken, and his quirky-but-brilliant partners at U-Play appear equally shocked. No one seemed to have a prob lem with the enthusiastic, high-spirited millionaire. Of course, success can attract jealousy, and gaming, like any business, has its fierce rivalries and dirty tricks-as Eve's husband, Roarke, one of U- Play's competitors, knows well. But Minnock was not naive, and quite capable of fighting back in the real world as well as the virtual one.
Eve and her team are about to enter the next level of police work, in a world where fantasy is the ultimate seduction-and the price of defeat is death...
Series: In Death, Book #37 (counting novellas)
Nath: It's self-explanatory, right? :)
An Impossible Attraction by Brenda Joyce
With her mother's passing, Alexandra Bolton gave up on love to take care of her family. Now, with the Bolton name in disgrace due to her father's profligate ways, marrying an elderly squire might be the only way to save her family from absolute ruin. But when she meets the infamous Duke of Clarewood, old dreams—and old passions—are awakened as never before. Yet she cannot accept his shocking proposition!Genre: Historical romance
He is the wealthiest, most powerful peer in the realm, and having witnessed the cold horror of marriage as a child, he has vowed never to wed. But Alexandra Bolton inflames him as no woman has ever done, and she also serves him his first rejection! Now Clarewood—who always gets what he wants—will choose which rules to play by. But when passion finally brings them together, a terrible secret threatens to tear them apart...
Series: The de Warenne Dynasty, Book #12
Chantal:Brenda Joyce is an auto buy when it comes to her Historicals.
Secrets of a Scandalous Bride by Sophia Nash
Her first secret: She is not a widow.Genre: Historical Romance
Elizabeth Ashburton has never even married, and at this rate, she never will. But pretending to be a bereaved young wife was the only way she could escape her horrid fate-being forced to marry the man who destroyed her father.
Her second secret: She is not a prim young lady.
Her third secret: She's willing to risk all.
Elizabeth knows she is playing a dangerous game, for her dreaded suitor will not give her up without a fight. Now she needs Rowland more than ever-to rescue her from a life of desperation, to drive her wild with desire, and to make her his scandalous bride.
Series: Widows Club #4
Ames: I like Sophia Nash so this is a no brainer. LOL
***Nice long post! LOL So what about you, what books are you looking forward to this month?