published by HQN Books (Harlequin)
Divorce attorney Harper James can't catch a break. Bad enough that she runs into her ex-hubby, Nick, at her sister's destination wedding, but now, by a cruel twist of fate, she's being forced to make a cross-country road trip with him. And her almost-fiancé back at home is not likely to be sympathetic. Harper can't help that Nick has come blazing back into her life in all of his frustratingly appealing, gorgeous architect glory. But in Nick's eyes, Harper's always been the one. If they can only get it right this time, forever might be waiting just around the bend.Genre: Contemporary romance
Ames: I'm really torn on this one. I enjoy Kristan's writing, but this review at Dear Author is giving me pause. I still want to read it and form my own opinion though.
Nath: I know what you mean Ames!! The reviews of this one vary a lot... but I do think I'll pick it up eventually, especially since I hear Ms Higgins has finally broken out of the mold with Harper :P
The Chase by Erin McCarthy
Kendall Holbrook is determined to make it to the top, even with the challenge of being a woman on the male-dominated racing circuit. She doesn't have time for romance-especially not with racing rival Evan Monroe, the man who nearly crushed her dream years ago. Tricked into meeting him, Kendall is experiencing all those old feelings again-and she can't deny that they still have enough chemistry to set fire to the track.
Genre: Contemporary romance, Sports romance
Series: Fast Track series, Book #4
Ames: I haven't read the third book in this series yet but I'm really excited about this one. I like when a woman is trying to make a name for herself in a male-dominated arena.
Nath: I was disappointed with the last book, Hot Finish, but I think it was a matter of expectations. Have none for this one, so it should go well LOL. However, unlike Ames, I'm not crazy about Kendall being a driver...
Monroe: I LOVE this series!!! I totally can't wait for this book to come out! Erin McCarthy ROCKS!
published by Berkley
Miss Eva Black spent her life concealing her mother's past as a courtesan. Now a spinster, her beauty hidden away under a dour disguise, Eva spends her days schooling courtesans to be suitable wives. But one vengeful duke does not appreciate Eva turning his mistress into a lady. He plans to seduce Eva into becoming what she detests: a courtesan. But he doesn't expect her to be a woman of such beauty and so many secrets.Genre: Historical romance
Nath: The cover caught my eyes :) I'm not really fond of main characters' whose mother was a courtesan - just not my favorite trope at all. As a result, I'm going to wait for reviews before picking up The School for Brides; however, it made it onto my radar, so I thought worth mentioning :)
Mesmerized by Lauren Dane
Andrei Solace delivers death on silent feet as an assassin for the Phantom Corps. Mercenary Piper Roundtree thought she was over him. But against the backdrop of an impending war, their passion is rekindled. Now the lovers must join forces- in more ways than one-to save the Known Universe before the Imperialist enemy hurls it into irreversible chaos.
Genre: Futuristic romance
Series: Phantom Corps, Book #2
Ames: It's Lauren Dane. 'Nuff said. Also, that cover. Ms. Dane has been blessed by the cover gods. LOL
Nath: I've been meaning to try Ms Dane, but I still haven't... Sigh.
Monroe: Lauren Dane plus TOTALLY hot cover...SOLD!
published by Berkley
SHE MUST CHOOSE BETWEEN HER PEOPLE AND HER FREEDOM... Xylara is the Daughter of the Warrior King, Xyron. With her father dead and her incompetent half-brother on the throne, the kingdom is in danger of falling to the warring Firelanders. Before she was old enough for a marriage-of-alliance, Xylara was trained as a healer. She can't usurp her brother or negotiate a peace—but she can heal the brave ones injured in battle. But not only her countrymen are wounded, and Xylara's conscience won't let Firelander warriors die when she can do something to save them. She learns their language and their customs and tries to make them as comfortable as possible, despite their prisoner-of-war status. She never expects that these deeds, done in good faith, would lead to the handsome and mysterious Firelander Warlord demanding her in exchange for a cease-fire. Xylara knows must trade the life she has always known for the well-being of her people, and so she becomes...Genre: Fantasy romance
Series: Chronicles of the Warlands, Book #1
Nath: This is actually not a new release, but a re-print. It was originally published by Tor, but it seems it is now out of print. So happy that Berkley is promoting Ms Vaughan by re-releasing it!!
Ames: Nath has been recommending these books to me for years and years. I'm definitely going to check out this re-release!
Nath: You should!! LOL. I love the new cover and I'm thinking of getting it... even though I have two other copies at home LOL. That is how much I love this book!
Ames: LOL I think that cover is hokey.
Alien in the Family by Gini Koch
Super-Being Exterminator Kitty Katt and the Alpha Centaurian she loves, Jeff Martini, should be finalizing their wedding plans. But that was before she discovers Jeff is in line to become Emperor back on his home world. Kitty knows she is everything a royal family wouldn't approve of, and is bracing herself for the worst. As it turns out, the royal family is just the beginning. Especially when extraterrestrial Amazonian terrorists are determined to start and end Kitty and Jeff's nuptial festivities with a bang.Genre: Sci-Fi romance
Series: Katherine "Kitty" Katt series, Book #3
Ames: Here's another series that I'm not quite caught up on but Touched by an Alien was so awesome and I'm excited about this one too.
Nath: Looking forward to this book, just because I know it's going to make me laugh :P
published by Harpercollins Publishers
Strange things are happening in Maya's tiny Vancouver Island town. First, her friend Serena, the captain of the swim team, drowns mysteriously in the middle of a calm lake. Then, one year later, mountain lions are spotted rather frequently around Maya's home—and her reactions to them are somewhat... unexpected. Her best friend, Daniel, has also been experiencing unexplainable premonitions about certain people and situations. It doesn't help that the new bad boy in town, Rafe, has a dangerous secret, and he's interested in one special part of Maya's anatomy—her paw-print birthmark.Genre: Young Adult Urban Fantasy
Series: Darkness Rising trilogy, Book #1
Nath: Can't wait for this book!!! It's the start of a new trilogy and I wonder how Ms Armstrong is going to tie this in to her other series :) Not having read Waking the Witch, it's been rather quiet Armstrong year for me ^_^; and that means I need my Kelley Armstrong's fix!!
Huntress by Malinda Lo
Nature is out of balance in the human world. The sun hasn't shone in years, and crops are failing. Worse yet, strange and hostile creatures have begun to appear. The people's survival hangs in the balance. To solve the crisis, the oracle stones are cast, and Kaede and Taisin, two seventeen-year-old girls, are picked to go on a dangerous and unheard-of journey to Tanlili, the city of the Fairy Queen. Taisin is a sage, thrumming with magic, and Kaede is of the earth, without a speck of the otherworldly. And yet the two girls' destinies are drawn together during the mission. As members of their party succumb to unearthly attacks and fairy tricks, the two come to rely on each other and even begin to fall in love. But the Kingdom needs only one huntress to save it, and what it takes could tear Kaede and Taisin apart forever.Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Series: Prequel to Ash
Ames: I have Ash in my TBR Pile. This book sounds very interesting, and I like that it's two female characters falling for each other.
Nath: Don't know where I've been, because I have not heard of Ash... However, this cover? Pure awesomeness!
published by Dreamspinner Press
Zach Mitchell and his lover Angelo Green are headed to Paris (along with their Coda friends Matt and Jared) to attend Jon and Cole's wedding. Matt will have to face Jared's former lover, and Angelo will have to spend an entire week with Zach's ex-boyfriend. Between Matt's jealousy and Angelo's temper, Zach thinks they'll be lucky to get through the week without one of the grooms being punched. But Zach soon realizes he should worry less about Angelo and more about himself. Facing the bittersweet memories of his past and his own guilt over breaking Jon’s heart is harder than expected, but Zach will have to find a way to leave his past behind if he's to have any hope of the future he wants with Angelo.Genre: m/m
Series: Coda Books series, Book #6
Ames: I LOVE LOVE LOVE this series and Zach and Angelo are just totally hot stuff. LOL I can't wait to read this one!!
published by Llewellyn Worldwide
Shannon has been the backdrop of my life since the moment I was born. Summer Stetson lives inside a shrine to her dead sister. Eclipsed by Shannon's greatness, Summer feels like she''s a constant disappointment to her controlling, Type A momzilla and her all-too-quiet dad. Her best friend Gibson believes Summer's C average has more to do with rebelliousness than smarts, but she knows she can never measure up-academically or otherwise. On her birthday, Summer receives a secret gift from her aunt: Shannon's diary. Suddenly, the one-dimensional vision of her sister becomes all too solid. Is this love-struck, mom-bashing badass the same Shannon everyone raves about? Determined to understand her troubled sister, Summer dives headfirst down a dark rabbit hole and unearths painful family secrets. Each revelation brings Summer closer to the mysterious and liberating truth about her family-and herself.Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Nath: Last minute addition to this post, thanks to Alex who had an interview with the author. It sounds like a very interesting book!
Ames:Definitely! I'll keep an eye out for this one too.:P
published by Putnam
There’s little else as thrilling as firefighting – at least to Rowan Tripp. The Missoula smoke jumpers are in Rowan’s blood: her father is a legend. She’s been fighting fires since her eighteenth birthday. At this point, returning to the wilds of Montana for the season feels like coming home – even with reminders of the partner she lost last season still lingering. Fortunately, this year’s rookie crop is one of their strongest ever – and Gulliver Curry’s one of the best. He’s also a walking contradiction, a hotshot firefighter with a big vocabulary and a winter job at a kids’ arcade. But everything is thrown off-balance when a dark presence lashes out against Rowan, looking to blame someone for last year’s tragedy. Rowan knows she can’t complicate things with Gull – any distractions in the air or on the ground could mean the end – but if she doesn’t find someone she can lean on, she may not make it through the summer...Genre: Contemporary romance
Ames: It's Nora. There's no other explanation. Except firefighters are hot. And I like stories about smoke jumpers. :P After The Search, I've been eager to read another suspense by NR.
Nath: Exactly, it's Nora and she's awesome LOL. Really looking forward to this one... Have glimpsed a few reviews and it seems the relationship between Rowan and Gull is nice, so I'm happy :)
published by Feiwel & Friends
WELCOME TO THE APOCALYPSE In Deuce's world, people earn the right to a name only if they survive their first fifteen years. By that point, each unnamed 'brat' has trained into one of three groups-Breeders, Builders, or Hunters, identifiable by the number of scars they bear on their arms. Deuce has wanted to be a Huntress for as long as she can remember. As a Huntress, her purpose is clear--to brave the dangerous tunnels outside the enclave and bring back meat to feed the group while evading ferocious monsters known as Freaks. She's worked toward this goal her whole life, and nothing's going to stop her, not even a beautiful, brooding Hunter named Fade. When the mysterious boy becomes her partner, Deuce's troubles are just beginning. Down below, deviation from the rules is punished swiftly and harshly, and Fade doesn't like following orders. At first she thinks he's crazy, but as death stalks their sanctuary, and it becomes clear the elders don't always know best, Deuce wonders if Fade might be telling the truth. Her partner confuses her; she's never known a boy like him before, as prone to touching her gently as to using his knives with feral grace. As Deuce's perception shifts, so does the balance in the constant battle for survival. The mindless Freaks, once considered a threat only due to their sheer numbers, show signs of cunning and strategy... but the elders refuse to heed any warnings. Despite imminent disaster, the enclave puts their faith in strictures and sacrifice instead. No matter how she tries, Deuce cannot stem the dark tide that carries her far from the only world she's ever known.Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian
Series: Razorland series, Book #1
Ames: This book sounds like pure awesomesauce.
Nath: Wow, Ms Aguirre is so prolific! So far, I have not been a fan of her books, so I'll be waiting for your opinion, Ames :)
Boyfriends with Girlfriends by Alex Sanchez
Lance has always known he was gay, but he's never had a real boyfriend. Sergio is bisexual, but his only real relationship was with a girl. When the two of them meet, they have an instant connection--but will it be enough to overcome their differences? Allie's been in a relationship with a guy for the last two years--but when she meets Kimiko, she can't get her out of her mind. Does this mean she's lesbian? Does it mean she's bi? Kimiko, falling hard for Allie, and finding it impossible to believe that a gorgeous girl like Allie would be into her, is willing to stick around and help Allie figure it out.
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBT
Ames: I'm really intrigued by this book. Kimiko sounds like a very interesting character.
Monroe: hmmm....sounds interesting! lol
published by Avon
WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS... DOESN'T ALWAYS STAY THERE. Autumn Haven's Las Vegas "to-do" list said to catch a show and play the slots—not wake up married to a sexy jerk like Sam Leclaire. The first moment she saw him eyeing her like a luscious piece of the dessert buffet, her usually responsible self told her run. And she did—right into the wildest fantasy weekend of her life. But Monday morning jolted her back to reality and before she could say "pass the coffee" Sam was gone. Now a successful wedding planner, Autumn she hasn't clapped eyes on the heart-breaking hockey superstar for over two years... until she organizes his teammate's "Special Day," where Sam makes a BIG play to pick up he left off! But she has vowed any man of hers plays for keeps. Is Sam the man for her or does she banish him to the sin bin forever?Genre: Contemporary romance, Sports romance
Series: Chinooks Hockey Team, Book #6
Ames: I like Rachel's hockey books. Every time I go to a hockey game I feel like re-reading See Jane Score as soon as I get home...and I've seen a lot of hockey games this past winter. Go Moose! LOL Anyway, so yeah, can't wait to read this one.
Nath: I don't know, when I read the excerpt in Nothing but Trouble, I was quite looking forward to this... but after reading the blurb or more about the storyline, there was just something about it that didn't do it for me... Although it's not this blurb, so perhaps I'm wrong. Either way, gotta wait till RWA to get it ^_^;
Monroe: HUGE RG fan so this is an auto buy for me! ;)
Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke's Heart by Sarah Maclean
She lives for passion Bold, impulsive, and a magnet for trouble, Juliana Fiori is no simpering English miss. She refuses to play by society's rules: she speaks her mind, cares nothing for the approval of the ton, and can throw a punch with remarkable accuracy. Her scandalous nature makes her a favorite subject of London's most practiced gossips...and precisely the kind of woman the Duke of Leighton wants far far away from him. He swears by reputation. Scandal is the last thing Simon Pearson has room for in his well-ordered world. The Duke of Disdain is too focused on keeping his title untainted and his secrets unknown. But when he discovers Juliana hiding in his carriage late one evening--risking everything he holds dear--he swears to teach the reckless beauty a lesson in propriety. She has other plans, however; she wants two weeks to prove that even an unflappable duke is not above passion.Genre: Historical romance
Series: Love by Numbers, Book #3
Nath: Been looking forward to this one ever since Juliana and Simon met in Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake :) I love opposite attracts storylines :)
Ames: Me too! I haven't read Ten Ways yet but I was intrigued by the interplay between Juliana and Simon in Nine Rules as well.
published by Avon
He is notorious. Lord Simon Roxbury is a godsend to gossip columnists everywhere. this notorious rake has recently been caught in an extremely compromising position by none other than The London Weekly’s Lady of Distinction. Rumor also has it that Lord R received an ultimatum: be wed or be penniless. She is scandalous. As A Lady of Distinction, Lady Julianna Somerset typically reports on other people’s scandals, but soon she finds herself embroiled in a very public battle with an irate Lord Roxbury–one that leaves her reputation in tatters and her position at The Weekly on the line. Together they’re…respectable?! With no other choice available, these two enemies unite in a marriage of convenience to rescue both their reputations and secure his fortune. With their rivals intent on revealing the charade, Lady Julianna and Lord Simon inevitably surrender to temptation. It may just be a love match after all...Genre: Historical romance
Series: Writing Girls series, Book #2
Nath: I'm debating about this one because I thought A Groom of One's Own was so-so. I guess it'll depend on reviews :)
Ames: I didn't know you read A Groom of One's Own. This one sounds kind of cute actually. :)
Nath: Yeah, which is why it made the list LOL.
Cloudy with a chance of Marriage by Kieran Kramer
Every woman dreams of saying “I do.” Jilly Jones did—and years of a deeply imperfect marriage followed. Now living in London and working in a charming bookshop, the free-spirited Jilly is perfectly content with her newfound independence... until she meets a dashing naval officer who sparks her longing for a real happily ever after. Captain Stephen Arrow is just home after years of service, and he’s in no hurry to give up his hard-won freedom. The meddlesome bluestocking Jilly Jones is exactly the kind of woman he doesn’t need…But there’s something about her that keeps drawing Stephen back to the bookshop. With her sparkling wit and understated beauty, she seems like a surprisingly real match for Stephen. But will a scandalous chapter in Jilly’s past stand in the way of their heated attraction? For this bachelor, nothing is impossible...Genre: Historical romance
Series: Impossible Bachelors, Book #3
Nath: Still haven't read any books by Ms Kramer, although I own her first two... so I'm in no hurry to get this :) Going to wait for reviews or for me to read her other books first.
Ames: I read Ms. Kramer's first book but not the second. That's not stopping me from wanting this one! I think the blurb sounds interesting. I like Ms. Kramer's humor.
published by New American Library
Victoria Manwell much prefers travelling the globe with her scholarly father to society’s traditional expectations for a lady. Marriage includes too many strictures, and where will she find a man who embraces her unconventional passion for botany? Well, except for Stephen Forsythe, once a childhood friend but now an intriguing, handsome scientist. The reckless impulse to seduce him might bring her only trouble, but then again the erotic research might prove to be worth the potential scandal...Genre: Historical romance
Nath: I wasn't aware of this releases!! Apparently, it's only in e-book format, but it sounds cute... and it's by Emma Wildes LOL, so I'll getting it. Thanks Ames!
Ames: You're welcome! I'm looking forward to this. Hello friends to lovers! My favoritest theme ever. LOL And yes, it's Emma Wildes, so of course I'm checking this one out.
Tangled Threads by Jennifer Estep
I’d rather face a dozen lethal assassins any night than deal with something as tricky, convoluted, and fragile as my feelings. But here I am. Gin Blanco, the semi-retired assassin known as the Spider. Hovering outside sexy businessman Owen Grayson’s front door like a nervous teenage girl. One thing I like about Owen: he doesn’t shy away from my past—or my present. And right now I have a bull’s-eye on my forehead. Cold-blooded Fire elemental Mab Monroe has hired one of the smartest assassins in the business to trap me. Elektra LaFleur is skilled and efficient, with deadly electrical elemental magic as potent as my own Ice and Stone powers. Which means there’s a fifty-fifty chance one of us won’t survive this battle. I intend to kill LaFleur—or die trying—because Mab wants the assassin to take out my baby sister, Detective Bria Coolidge, too. The only problem is, Bria has no idea I’m her long-lost sibling... or that I’m the murderer she’s been chasing through Ashland for weeks. And what Bria doesn’t know just might get us both dead...Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Elemental Assassin series, Book #4
Nath: Woohoo, I love this series and I've been looking forward for the next installment!! Can't wait to see what happens... I hope Gin and Owen's relationship work out! And I hope Bria finds out who Gin is... After that, only one more book to the conclusion!
published by Simon & Schuster
From the acclaimed author of the Morgan Kingsley, Exorcist books comes the gripping first novel in a new series about a private eye who discovers, to her surprise, that she’s an immortal huntress. Nikki Glass can track down any man. But when her latest client turns out to be a true descendant of Hades, Nikki now discovers she can’t die... Crazy as it sounds, Nikki’s manhunting skills are literally god-given. She’s a living, breathing descendant of Artemis who has stepped right into a trap set by the children of the gods. Nikki’s new “friends” include a descendant of Eros, who uses sex as a weapon; a descendant of Loki, whose tricks are no laughing matter; and a half-mad descendant of Kali who thinks she’s a spy. But most powerful of all are the Olympians, a rival clan of immortals seeking to destroy all Descendants who refuse to bow down to them. In the eternal battle of good god/bad god, Nikki would make a divine weapon. But if they think she’ll surrender without a fight, the gods must be crazy...Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Descendants, Book #1
Nath: I've never read Ms Black... I was going to try the Morgan Kingsley, Exorcist series, but never got to it and then, didn't seem to be for me. However, Dark Descendant sounds totally interesting! I love mythology and I'm curious to see how Ms Black played with it! Oh and did you see the cover? Love it!
Ok, so there's our massive TBB list for April! LOL What's on your list?