Wednesday, June 2

June New Releases

Another nice month of releases in sight :) Strangely enough, all of my releases are either at the beginning or at the end of the month... Perhaps it's to give me a chance to keep my TBR pile under control? Naaah LOL.

So what are you looking for? Any books we've forgotten?

June 1

Silent Scream by Karen Rose
published by Grand Central Publishing
When a teenage girl dies in a suspicious fire, Detective Olivia Sutherland is assigned to track down the arsonist. Then she discovers something more sinister: a vicious blackmailer who preys on young people and murders without hesitation. Making her work even harder is sexy firefighter David Hunter. He's not only sharing the case but sparking memories of their long-ago night of passion, when feelings were left unspoken and hearts were broken.

David has his own ghosts, and a million regrets. But while he and Olivia try to face the wall of pain between them, a diabolical puppet master is pulling strings to make a group of twentysomethings do his bidding. Soon Olivia and David are scouring the city for a calculating criminal who seems tantalizingly close--and is moving in for the kill.
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Series: Book #11

Nath: I love, love, love Ms Rose!! She's an awesome author and her books are so good! Definitively looking forward to Silent Scream, especially since it's David's story! Finally!!

Ames: I love, love, love Ms. Rose too! LOL And ever since Count to Ten I've been interested in David's story. And seriously, everyone, go read Count to Ten! LOL

Chimera by Rob Thurman
published by New American Library (ROC)
What makes us human...

What makes us unique...

And what makes us kill?

Ten years ago, Stefan Korsak's younger brother was kidnapped. Not a day has passed that Stefan hasn't thought about him. As a rising figure in the Russian mafia, he has finally found him. But when he rescues Lukas, he must confront a terrible truth - his brother is no longer his brother. He is a trained, genetically - altered killer. Now, those who created him will do anything to reclaim him.

And the closer Stefan grows to his brother, the more he realizes that saving Lukas may be easier than surviving him...
Genre: Sci-Fi/fantasy
Series: none

Nath: If I'm not wrong, this is a book Ms Thurman wrote prior to her successful Cal Leandros series (which is great!). I have absolutely no idea if this is the start of a new series or not, but I'm really looking forward to read it. Ms Thurman writes brothers relationship like no others and the circumstances of Stefan and his brother are so different from Niko and Cal, it'll be interesting to discover :D

Welcome to Harmony by Jodi Thomas
published by Berkley
Sixteen-year-old runaway Reagan has always wanted a place to belong. She's never had a real home of her own, but perhaps she could borrow someone else's. Under an assumed name and identity, she moves to Harmony, Texas, but keeps her distance from the welcoming townsfolk. Until prairie fires threaten Harmony-and Reagan learns the true meaning of family, friends, and home.
Genre: Contemporary romance
Series: Harmony trilogy, Book #1

Nath: I've become a fan of Ms Thomas' contemporary romance ever since Twisted Creek. There is just something about her little towns and writing. It puts your mind at ease and let you immerse in the story!! Also, after Holly's review just makes me want to read it more!!

Strange Neighbors by Ashlyn Chase
published by Sourcebooks
He's looking for peace, quiet, and a little romance...

There's never a dull moment when hunky all-star pitcher and shapeshifter Jason Falco invests in an old Boston brownstone apartment building full of supernatural creatures. But when Merry MacKenzie moves into the ground floor apartment, the playboy pitcher decides he might just be done playing the field...

A girl just wants to have fun...

Sexy Jason seems like the perfect fling, but newly independent nurse Merry's not sure she's ready to trust him with her heart... especially when the tabloids start trumpeting his playboy lifestyle.

Then pandemonium breaks loose and Merry and Jason will never get it together without a little help from the vampire who lives in the basement and the werewolf from upstairs...
Genre: paranormal romance
Series: TBA

Nath: Ms Chase is a new author to me. I've come across a review for this book on blogland and the blurb just sounds too cute :D So I'm going to give this a try :)

Crush On You by Christie Ridgeway
Published by Berkley
The Baci sisters are on a mission to save the winery that's been in their family for generations-by transforming it into the perfect wedding destination. If only Alessandra Baci-affectionately known as the "Nun of Napa"-didn't need the help of tempting neighbor and business rival Penn Bennett.
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Three Kisses Trilogy #1

Ames: I read Must Love Mistletoe at the beginning of the year (thanks to Monroe!) and I've been interested in this author ever since. This one sounds cute!

Monroe: I have become a big Christie Rigeway fan ever since I read Must Love Mistletoe (like Ames said ;) so of course Im gonna get this one!!!

Colters' Lady by Maya Banks
Published by Samhain
Can their love give her the strength to overcome the tragedy in her past?

Colters’ Legacy, Book 2

When police officer Seth Colter sees the delicate, shabbily dressed beauty in line at the soup kitchen where he’s serving, he’s gut shot over the idea of her being on the streets cold and alone. More baffling is the dark, possessive instinct that tells him she belongs to him.

For Lily Weston, home is a secluded nook in a back alley—until Seth offers her a place to stay. She’s wary of his offer, but even one night out of the cold is too much temptation to resist.

Seth is convinced Lily is his. The problem is, when his brothers lay eyes on her, the same primitive instinct comes roaring to the surface. The Colters never imagined they’d follow the unconventional path of their fathers, but they can’t ignore their mutual need to offer Lily their protection—and their love. But before Lily and the brothers can forge a future together, they must heal the deep wounds of her past.
Genre: Erotic Romance
Series: connected to Colters' Woman

Ames: Colters' Woman is a favorite re-read of mine. Whatever I love about that book I haven't really found in Ms. Banks' other works (she still writes good stuff, don't get me wrong) - but I'm hopeful for this one. Maybe too hopeful? We shall see.

Monroe: Ames got me to read Ms. Banks (started with Colters' Woman) a while back and DANG THAT WOMAN WRITES SOME HOT STORIES! This is a auto-buy for me!

June 8

Lost and Found by Kelly Jamieson
Published by Samhain
To find happiness, first you have to find yourself.

Krissa has always been the responsible one. Driven to fulfill her mother’s abandoned dreams, to make her husband Derek happy. She’s brought that single-minded determination to the one dream she has for herself—a child. Except she and Derek can’t conceive, and Derek refuses to consider using a stranger’s sperm. The result? Guilt that her desperation is causing their marital rift.

The last thing they need is a long-term houseguest, but Derek’s best friend Nate, a nomadic photographer recovering from a career-threatening eye disorder, has nowhere else to go.

Nate thought his friends’ home would be a temporary haven from the grief that has dogged his heels since his wife died. Instead he’s in the middle of a marriage in meltdown. Soon their friendship develops an underlying hum of forbidden sexual tension. When Krissa proposes a wild idea—that Nate be their sperm donor—Derek has an even wilder proposal: bypass the fertility clinic and accept Nate’s donation straight from the source.

At first, Krissa believes she’s on the fast track to having her dream. But it quickly becomes clear that when the heart gets involved—and secrets are revealed—the simplest of arrangements can become entangled beyond belief. Or repair…
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: n/a

Ames: I like Ms. Jamieson's writing and I look forward to reading this one. It sounds hot!

Shining in the Sun by Alex Beecroft
Published by Samhain
Damn it, a man shouldn’t always have to be afraid…

Alec Goodchilde has everything a man could want—except the freedom to be himself. Once a year, he motors down to an exclusive yacht club on the Cornish coast and takes the summer off from the trap that is his life.

When his car breaks down, leaving him stranded on the beach, he’s transfixed by the sight of a surfer dancing on the waves. The man is summer made flesh. Freedom wrapped up in one lithe package, dripping wet from the sea.

Once a year, Darren Stokes takes a break from his life of grinding overwork and appalling relatives, financing his holiday by picking up the first rich man to show an interest. This year, though, he’s cautious—last summer’s meal ticket turned out to be more pain than pleasure.

Even though Alec is so deep in the closet he doesn’t even admit he’s gay, Darren finds himself falling hard—until their idyllic night together is shattered by the blinding light of reality…
Genre: M/M Romance
Series: n/a

Ames: I read False Colors by Alex Beecroft at the beginning of this year and it's going to be one of my top reads for the year - I know this. LOL I am curious to see how she writes contemporaries. Another one I'm really looking forward to.

June 22

Twice Tempted by a Rogue by Tessa Dare
Published by Randomhouse
The daring members of the Stud Club are reckless gamblers and no strangers to risk—until love raises the stakes in Twice Tempted by a Rogue.

Luck is a double-edged sword for brooding war hero Rhys St. Maur. His death wish went unanswered on the battlefield, while fate allowed the murder of his good friend in the elite gentlemen’s society known as the Stud Club. Out of options, Rhys returns to his ancestral home on the moors of Devonshire, expecting anything but a chance at redemption in the arms of a beautiful innkeeper who dares him to take on the demons of his past—and the sweet temptation of a woman’s love.
Meredith Maddox believes in hard work, not fate, and romance isn’t part of her plan. But when Rhys returns, battle-scarred, world-weary, and more dangerously attractive than ever, the lovely widow is torn between determination and desire. As a deep mystery and dangerous smugglers threaten much more than their passionate reckoning, Meredith discovers that she must trust everything to a wager her heart placed long ago.
Genre: Historical Romance
Series: Stud Club #2

Ames: I haven't read book 1 in this series yet but since I like Tessa's writing, I'm not worried, I know I'll have a good time reading this book. :P

Nath: I still haven't read book 1 yet, so I'm going to wait before buying this one... but it is on my radar :)

June 29

Love in the Afternoon by Lisa Kleypas
published by St. Martin's Press
As a lover of animals and nature, Beatrix Hathaway has always been more comfortable outdoors than in the ballroom. Even though she participated in the London season in the past, the classic beauty and free-spirited Beatrix has never been swept away or seriously courted and she has resigned herself to the fate of never finding love. Has the time come for the most unconventional of the Hathaway sisters to settle for an ordinary man-just to avoid spinsterhood?

Captain Christopher Phelan is a handsome, daring soldier who plans to marry Beatrix's friend, the vivacious flirt Prudence Mercer, when he returns from fighting abroad. But, as he explains in his letters to Pru, life on the battlefield has darkened his soul-and it's becoming clear that Christopher won't come back as the same man. When Beatrix learns of Pru's disappointment, she decides to help by concocting Pru's letters to Christopher for her. Soon the correspondence between Beatrix and Christopher develops into something fulfilling and deep and when Christopher comes home, he's determined to claim the woman he loves. What began as Beatrix's innocent deception has resulted in the agony of unfulfilled love-and a passion that can't be denied.
Genre: Historical romance
Series: Hathaways series, Book #5

Nath: Last book in the Hathaways series, I believe :D This is the book Ames and I have been looking forward to :) I really want to read Beatrix's book because she's unconventional and free-spirited. I don't think Ms Kleypas has ever written a heroine like Beatrix. LOL, let see into which kind of troubles Beatrix will find herself in!

Ames: Like nath said, this is the book I've been waiting for the most out of this series. And the premise for it sounds so interesting! And she loves animals! LOL

Monroe: Its Lisa Kleypas...enough said!

Almost Perfect by Susan Mallery
published by HQN Books
Back in high school, Liz Sutton had been the girl from the wrong side of the tracks, but she still captures the heart of the most popular boy in town. Until Ethan Hendrix betrays her. Devastated and pregnant, Liz leaves town. Now, years later, she must return and face the man who doesn't know of their son's existence.
Genre: Contemporary romance
Series: Fool's Gold trilogy, Book #2

Nath: Everyone has authors that they can't give up, no matter how disappointing the books have been. Ms Mallery is one of my authors ^_^; There's been a lot more misses than hits by Ms Mallery for me in the past two years... but still, I just can't give her up :P So I'm going to get this one and it's a good thing for me that I like secret baby plot :D

A Summer in Sonoma by Robyn Carr
published by HQN Books
They’ve been best friends since seventh grade. But this summer, teetering on the threshold of thirty, four women are going to need each other more than ever.

CASSIE has sworn off romance after yet another bad date. Yet deep down, she’s still looking for Mr. Forever. A long-haired biker doesn’t figure into her plans, so where’s the harm in touring the back roads of Sonoma on a Harley with Walt Arneson?

JULIE married her high school sweetheart—who can get her pregnant with a mere glance—too young and now wonders how her life became all about leaky faucets and checkbook balances. Maybe love isn’t enough to sustain the hottest couple in town.

MARTY’S firefighter husband has forgotten all about romance, and an old flame begins to look mighty tempting.

BETH, a busy doctor trapped in a body that’s betrayed her yet again, is becoming a difficult patient and a secretive friend.

Life can change in an instant...or a summer. And having old friends to lean on can only up the chances of happily ever after.
Genre: Contemporary romance
Series: TBA

Nath: Hmmm, this is a surprise release for me. I didn't know Ms Carr had a new book coming out this year after the trilogy... but it's a good surprise :D Hopefully, this will be more romance than women fiction, but either way, I'm looking forward to it. It'll be a nice break from her Virgin River series in my opinion, for both the author and the readers :)

I Kissed an Earl by Julie Anne Long
Published by Avon
Violet Redmond’s family and fortune might be formidable and her beauty and wit matchless—but her infamous flare for mischief keeps all but the most lionhearted suitors at bay. Only Violet knows what will assuage her restlessness: a man who doesn’t bore her to tears, and a clue to the fate of her missing brother. She never dreamed she’d find both with a man whose own pedigree is far from impeccable.

“Savage,” is what the women of the ton whisper about the newly styled Earl of Ardmay—albeit with shivers of pleasure. Born an English bastard, raised on the high seas, he’s on a mission to capture a notorious pirate. But while Violet’s belief in her brother’s innocence maddens him, her courage awes him…and her sensuality finally undoes him. Now the man who once lost everything and the girl who has everything to lose are bound by a passion that could either end in betrayal…or become everything they ever dreamed.
Genre: Historical Romance
Series: Pennyroyal Green #4

Ames: I really really like Ms. Long's writing. I've been waiting for a release from her what feels like forever and I've had my eye on this upcoming release for quite some time. :P

Fatal Circle by Linda Robertson
published by Simon & Schuster
There was a time when Persephone Alcmedi thought her life was hard to manage, what with wondering how to make sure she took adequate care of both her grandmother and her foster daughter, Beverley, whether she'd end up in the unwanted position of high priestess of a coven, and whether her werewolf lover, Johnny, would resist the groupies who hang around his band Lycanthropia.

But that was before the fairies started demanding that Seph's frightening, unpredictable ally-the ancient vampire Menessos- be destroyed... or the world will suffer. Seph and Menessos are magically bonded, but that's a secret she dares not reveal to her fellow witches lest they be forced to reject her and forbid her use of magic. And, despite the strain this casts on her relationship with Johnny, as a showdown with the fairies nears, she and Menessos badly need the wærewolves as allies.

Life, death, and love are all on the line, but when destiny is calling, it doesn't help to turn away. With the individual threads of their fates twisted inextricably together, can Seph, Johnny, and Menessos keep the world safe from fairy vengeance?
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Persephone Alcmedi, Book #3

Nath: This is going to be my honorable mention in this post. LOL, I haven't read this series yet, but I'm planning to. If I like the two books, I'll definitively be getting this one :)


Rowena said...

Lots of books to look forward to! I read Crush on You by Christie Ridgway and I hated that book. Oh goodness, so many frickin' things about that book (well the characters got on my nerves) but other than that book, I'm looking forward to:

I Kissed an Earl by Julie Ann Long
Love in the Afternoon by Lisa Kleypas

I'm looking forward to reading the Robyn Carr and the Susan Mallery. I have those in my TBR pile. Cannot wait to read them!

Fantastic post as always guys!

~ames~ said...

OH NO! You HATED it? Ok, I'm not going to get it. Nevermind on that one. LOL

Kris said...

Loved Silent Scream!!

nath said...

Rowena - Looking forward to see what you thought of the Susan Mallery and Robyn Carr!

and ouch about Crush on You. Sigh, I guess that takes care of it LOL. Was going to wait to see if Ames liked it... but now...

Ames - You might still like it... LOL, but I guess it's better not take the chance ^_^;

Kris - Me too!

Isabel said...

oh wow, i didn't think love in the afternoon was coming out so soon. Eep i need to get caught up!

I'm curious about Strange Neighbors though.

nath said...

Isabel - Just got Strange Neighbors :) I'll let you know what I think of it :)

Holly said...

I didn't hate Crush on You by Christie Ridgway. I got annoyed at the end, but not so much that it ruined the book for me.

IIRC, I believe that was Rowena's first Ridgway. That could have made a difference in her reading experience.

I've read several of these others. They were pretty good.

nath said...

Holly - Actually, didn't Rowena read Under the Mistletoe?... but even you got annoyed at the end ^_^; Ah well, I'm at least going to wait for your review, Holly LOL :)