So beginning of the month, let see what books we're looking forward to :P Some very interesting ones :P What about you? What books are you looking forward to?
published by Silhouette
She'd been nanny to his children forever— and she'd been in love with him for almost as long. But Kayla James had always managed to keep her relationship with Mick Hanson strictly professional. And now that his kids were older, she had a choice—stay, and fess up... or get out of the line of fire.Genre: Contemporary Romance
Firefighter Mick Hanson had enough responsibility. A working single dad, he didn't need another complication—but then he saw Kayla in a different light. Until now, he'd managed to look at her as nothing more than "the nanny." Now he wasn't sure he could resist the attraction that was too hot to extinguish...
Ames: I like Christie Ridgway and I admit, I have a soft spot for nannies and governesses. :P
Monroe: I LOVE Christie Ridgway so Ill have to check this one out ASAP!
A Season of Seduction by Jennifer Haymore
published by Grand Central Publishing
Although the widowed Lady Rebecca has sworn off marriage, men are another matter. London's cold winter nights have her dreaming of warmer pursuits-like finding a lover to satisfy her hungry heart. Someone handsome, discreet, and most importantly as uninterested in marriage as she is. Someone like Jack Fulton.Genre: Historical Romance
A known adventurer and playboy, Jack seems like the perfect choice. There's just one problem: Jack isn't interested in an affair. He needs the beautiful, mysterious Lady Rebecca to be his wife. And he doesn't have much time to persuade her. A secret from Jack's past is about to surface, and by Christmas Day he'll be either married to Rebecca or dead.
Ames: I've never read Jennifer Haymore but have heard good things about her. And I'm pretty easy that way so I'll be checking this one out. LOL
Simply Irresistible by Jill Shalvis
published by Grand Central Publishing
Maddie Moore's whole life needs a makeover.Genre: Contemporary Romance
In one fell swoop, Maddie loses her boyfriend (her decision) and her job (so not her decision). But rather than drowning her sorrows in bags of potato chips, Maddie leaves L.A. to claim the inheritance left by her free-spirited mother-a ramshackle inn nestled in the little coastal town of Lucky Harbor, Washington.
Starting over won't be easy. Yet Maddie sees the potential for a new home and a new career-if only she can convince her two half-sisters to join her in the adventure. But convincing Tara and Chloe will be difficult because the inn needs a big makeover too.
The contractor Maddie hires is a tall, dark-haired hottie whose eyes-and mouth-are making it hard for her to remember that she's sworn off men. Even harder will be Maddie's struggles to overcome the past, though she's about to discover that there's no better place to call home than Lucky Harbor.
Series: Lucky Harbor, Book #1
Ames: It's Jill Shalvis. Auto-buy!!
Nath: At first, I had reservation about this book, Ms Shalvis being hit and miss for me; however, after reading Holly's review, I'm going to take my chances :) I mean, it does sound like a contemporary romance that I would enjoy :)
Monroe: lol Ames I thought the EXACT SAME THING!!!! Jill is an auto buy for me...this woman SERIOUSLY ROCKS!
Four Play by Maya Banks and Shayla Black
published by Penguin
In Pillow Talk by Maya Banks, Zoe is a woman in a committed relationship with her boyfriend Chase. Then one night, Chase reveals his number-one fantasy, which involves his two best buddies. Is Zoe game? She sure is, because it opens the door for a secret fantasy all her own. In Shayla Black's Her Fantasy Men, a girly-girl named Kelsey plays football, craves action movies, and loves knocking back a cold beer with her three best friends-all male. Yet she's never seemed sexually interested in any one of these hot guys. So what does Kelsey want? A fantasy come true for all four of them.Genre: Erotica
Ames: I like Maya Banks and I like this cover.
Monroe: Ok Ames...we have one mind...LOVE the cover and HELLO its Maya Banks so Ill be getting this one right away!
Selfish is the Heart by Megan Hart
published by Penguin
To escape an arranged marriage, Annalise Marony decides to become a Handmaiden of the Order of Solace. But she is thwarted at every turn by Cassian, a teacher of the faith, who must test her dedication. Older than most of the girls, Annalise knows that she will be expected to please a patron in pleasures of the flesh-and she is not shy about teasing Cassian. And as they both play out the game of master and student, the secrets in their souls will either tear them apart-or bind them together forever.Genre: Romantic Fantasy
Series: Order of Solace, Book #3
Ames: I read the first anthology in this series and really enjoyed it. Also Megan Hart is an auto-buy author.
Monroe: I really love Megan Hart... She always puts SO MUCH into her books! I'll def check this one out... although this gals back is NOT cute =/ (Im a back girl ;p)
Her and Me and You by Lauren Strasnick
published by Simon & Schuster
I met Fred first.Genre: Young Adult
Fred: Hot. Enigmatic. Alex’s first friend in her lonely new town. Maybe her first... everything.
I met Adina the following Monday.
Adina: Fred’s twin sister. Cold. Troubled. Trouble.
I kissed him.
She pressed her mouth to my mouth.
People warn Alex to steer clear of the twins, but Alex is drawn to them. She wants to be part of their crazy world…no matter the consequences.
Ames: I have been reading young adult quite a bit this year and I want to check this book out. It sounds intriguing.
The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook
published by Berkley
After the Iron Duke freed England from Horde control, he instantly became a national hero. Now Rhys Trahaearn has built a merchant empire on the power-and fear-of his name. And when a dead body is dropped from an airship onto his doorstep, bringing Detective Inspector Mina Wentworth into his dangerous world, he intends to make her his next possession.Genre: Steampunk
But when Mina uncovers the victim's identity, she stumbles upon a conspiracy that threatens the lives of everyone in England. To save them, Mina and Rhys must race across zombie-infested wastelands and treacherous oceans-and Mina discovers the danger is not only to her countrymen, as she finds herself tempted to give up everything to the Iron Duke.
Series: Iron Seas, Book #2
Ames: It's Meljean. Need I say more?
Nath: This is the new release that I want in October LOL. I love Meljean Brook's writing and world building and am so excited that she has a new series out! Plus, it's steampunk romance! Plus, it sounds so good! LOL.
Our Wicked Mistake by Emma Wildes
published by New American Library
When blackmail turns to murder, Madeline May turns to the notorious Viscount Altea, a man used to dealing with men of ill repute, and a man she despises with every fiber of her being.Genre: Historical Romance
From the very moment of their first meeting-and one unforgettable night of passion-Luke Daudet knew she was different. And when he received her fateful entreaty, he knew he would not be able to stay away...
Series: Notorious Bachelors, Book #2
Ames: I read and reviewed the first book in this series. I really enjoyed it!
Nath: There is something about Ms Wildes writing that sets her books apart from other historicals. I don't know exactly that it is, but it makes her books easy to read and easy to enjoy :) Definitively getting this book as well :)
Passion Play by Beth Bernobich
published by Tor
Ilse Zhalina is the daughter of one of Melnek’s more prominent merchants. She has lived most of her life surrounded by the trappings of wealth and privilege. Many would consider hers a happy lot. But there are dark secrets, especially in the best of families. Ilse has learned that for a young woman of her beauty and social station, to be passive and silent is the best way to survive.Genre: Fantasy
When Ilse finally meets the older man she is to marry, she realizes he is far crueler and more deadly than her father could ever be. Ilse chooses to run. This choice will change her life forever.
And it will lead her to Raul Kosenmark, master of one of the land’s most notorious pleasure houses…and who is, as Ilse discovers, a puppetmaster of a different sort altogether. Ilse discovers a world where every pleasure has a price and there are levels of magic and intrigue she once thought unimaginable. She also finds the other half of her heart.
Series: Erythandra, Book #1
Nath: I love, love, love this cover. It is so pretty!!! This book was first brought to my attention by Li in this post. Then, KMont kind of wrote this review which led to some sort of discussion. Now, I'm pretty curious about it, especially since it's published by Tor. The only downside is that it's a hardcover :(
Monroe: Pretty cover!
The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
After saving Olympus from the evil Titan lord, Kronos, Percy and friends have rebuilt their beloved Camp Half-Blood, where the next generation of demigods must now prepare for a chilling prophecy of their own:Genre: Young Adult, fantasy
Seven half-bloods shall answer the call,
To storm or fire the world must fall.
An oath to keep with a final breath,
And foes bear arms to the Doors of Death.
Series: The Heroes of Olympus, Book #1
Nath: This is a spin-off of Mr Riordan popular series, Percy Jackson and the Olympians, which I really enjoyed. I'm definitively going to give this a try and hope that it will be as good and as fun :)
Ten Ways to be Adored When Landing a Lord by Sarah Maclean
published by HarperCollins
"Lord Nicholas is a paragon of manhood. And his eyes, Dear Reader! So blue!”Genre: Historical Romance
Pearls & Pelisses, June 1823
Since being named on of London’s "Lords to Land" by a popular ladies’ magazine, Nicholas St. John has been relentlessly pursued by every matrimony-minded female in the ton. So when an opportunity to escape fashionable society presents itself, he eagerly jumps—only to land in the path of the most determined, damnably delicious woman he’s ever met!
The daughter of a titled wastrel, Lady Isabel Townsend has too many secrets and too little money. Though used to taking care of herself quite handily, her father’s recent passing has left Isabel at sea and in need of outside help to protect her young brother’s birthright. The sinfully handsome, eminently eligible Lord Nicholas could be the very salvation she seeks.
But the lady must be wary and not do anything reckless... like falling madly, passionately in love.
Series: Ralston, Book #2
Ames: I read and enjoyed Nine Rules to Break when Romancing a Rake :P
Nath: I too enjoyed the first book in the series. While the blurb sounds so-so, I'm intrigued by the hero, Nicholas St. John :P
The Trap by Indigo Wren
published by Samhain
There’s no escaping the man at the heart of his memories.Genre: M/M Romance
Three years ago, David and his college roommate, Ethan, were on the brink of unimaginable success, ready to revolutionize an industry and reap billions. Then David accidentally revealed the attraction he’d never wanted to feel, and certainly never meant Ethan to see. Mortified, he ran from everything that mattered—the fledgling company he’d helped to build, the bright future he’d worked to secure, and the man he couldn’t let himself want.
Now he’s built a new life for himself. So what if it’s not the one he hoped for? He’s learned to look only forward, and not to envy the success Ethan achieved without him. He’s even learned to cope with the nightmares. The panic attacks. The failed relationships with women.
When an opportunity arises to enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime getaway to a private island resort, David never suspects a trap is about to be sprung. One where he’ll be forced to face the truths from which he’s been hiding—and the man from whom he’s never stopped running.
Ames: This one sounds interesting. :P And I love second-chance stories.
Trust Me on This by Jennifer Crusie
published by Randomhouse
Reporter Dennie Banks will do anything to get her story, even pull out all the stops to convince Alec Prentice to help her, in a fast-paced romantic comedy that proves everyone is guilty of something — especially love.Genre: Contemporary Romance
Ames: I believe this is a re-print of an earlier JC novel and I like the cover. Dogs always get me!
Nath: Ames, it is indeed a re-print of one of her earlier books. Apparently, this one is pretty hilarious and I'm glad they are re-releasing it! :)
Monroe: All her book covers are SO CUTE now...they all have pretty little pups on them! Jennifer Crusie is THE BEST...she got me into reading so of course shes an auto buy!
Crown of the Crystal Flame by C.L. Wilson
Elvish Seers had long foreseen an extraordinary destiny for Ellysetta Baristani. Already, she had won the heart of the Fey King, saved the offspring of the magical tairen, and fought beside her mate against the threatening evil of Eld.. But the most powerful -- and dangerous -- Verse of her Song had yet to be sung. As a cataclysmic battle draws nigh and evil tightens its grip upon her soul, will Ellysetta secure the world for Light or plunge it into Darkness for all eternity?Genre: Romantic Fantasy
Series: Tairen Soul #5
Ames: I read the first three books in this series and OMG I LOVED THEM. I've been holding off reading the 4th one so I wouldn't have to wait forever to read the conclusion. I hate the covers for these books. If they were re-done, I really think this author would reach a larger audience with her fantastical world-building and wonderful characters. Fo sho.
Side Jobs by Jim Butcher
published by New American Library (ROC)
Here, together for the first time, are the shorter works of #1 New York Times bestselling author Jim Butcher-a compendium of cases that Harry and his cadre of allies managed to close in record time. The tales range from the deadly serious to the absurdly hilarious. Also included is a new, never-before-published novella that takes place after the cliff-hanger ending of the new April 2010 hardcover, Changes. This is a must-have collection for every devoted Harry Dresden fan as well as a perfect introduction for readers ready to meet Chicago's only professional wizard.Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Dresden Files
Nath: I'm a huge fan of the Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher and I think it's an awesome idea that the publisher compiled the novellas into one book. Especially looking forward to that novella taking place after Changes!
Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor by Lisa Kleypas
published by St. Martin's Press
ONE LITTLE GIRL NEEDS A FAMILYGenre: contemporary romance/women fiction
One rain-slicked night, six-year-old Holly lost the only parent she knew, her beloved mother Victoria. And since that night, she has never again spoken a word.
ONE SINGLE MAN NEEDS A WIFE
The last thing Mark Nolan needs is a six-year-old girl in his life. But he soon realizes that he will do everything he can to make her life whole again. His sister's will gives him the instructions: There's no other choice but you. Just start by loving her. The rest will follow.
SOMETIMES, IT TAKES A LITTLE MAGIC...
Maggie Collins doesn't dare believe in love again, after losing her husband of one year. But she does believe in the magic of imagination. As the owner of a toy shop, she lives what she loves. And when she meets Holly Nolan, she sees a little girl in desperate need of a little magic.
...TO MAKE DREAMS COME TRUE
Three lonely people. Three lives at the crossroads. Three people who are about to discover that Christmas is the time of year when anything is possible, and when wishes have a way of finding the path home.
Series: Friday Harbor, Book #1
Nath: Hmmm, tell you the truth, I'm still undecided about this one. I've only read one of Ms Kleypas' contemporary release and it hasn't wowed me... I might wait for reviews or a library copy :)
Ames: I'm interested in this one, but for sure getting it from the library.
Monroe: I've been WAITING for a new contemp from this lady... I'll knock people down in line ot get to this book! lol (I'm shamed to say I dont even know where our library is here where I live lol)
A Christmas Waltz by Jane Goodger
published by Kensington
To Lady Amelia Wellesley, it seems utterly romantic to surprise her dashing fiancé at his home in Texas so the two can marry by Christmas. But Amelia's surprise goes awry when Carson Kitteridge calls off their wedding as soon as she arrives, leaving Amelia in disgrace.Genre: Historical romance
With nowhere to turn, Amelia finds an unlikely savior in Carson's brother, Dr. Boone Kitteridge. Boone offers to marry Amelia, sparing her the shame of returning to England unwed. But Boone isn't just protecting Amelia's honor; secretly, he finds her irresistible, and the thought of indulging his desire for her is too tempting to ignore. As Boone and Amelia forge a fragile bond, something goes terribly wrong - and it will take nothing less than a Christmas miracle for Amelia to discover who she is destined to love.
Series: Christmas series, Book #3
Nath: I really enjoyed the books I've read by Ms Goodger... there is just something about them. The most surprising is that they usually take place in a time period that I'm not a fan of, but with her writing, it works :)