Friday, April 15

Review: The Perfect Play by Jaci Burton

The Perfect Play by Jaci Burton
Published by Berkley in February 2011
The last thing event planner Tara Lincoln needs is the jet-set lifestyle of a football pro like Mick Riley; even though their steamy and passionate one-night stand proved that Mick is an all-star-both on the field and in the bedroom. Tara played the game of love once and lost big, and she doesn't intend to put herself out there again, especially with a certified heartbreaker. But when Mick sets his mind to win, nothing will stop him. And he has the perfect play in mind to catch this sultry vixen.
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Play by Play #1

The Story: The blurb does a good job of a very general outline. Mick and Tara meet at a team party that Tara plans. But her and Mick had a run in right before the party when she got lost in the team's arena. He was fresh out of the shower and she got quite an eyeful! So she thinks when she takes Mick up on his offer of some casual sexy-time that it'll be a one time thing. And when he says he wants to see her again, Tara tucks tail and runs for the hills. But Tara has her reasons. She raised her son all by herself from a young age and now she's concentrating on building her business. She doesn't have time for a relationship -or whatever it is that Mick wants- and she's mucho afraid of getting her heart broken. But Mick is persistent and he slowly breaks through Tara's walls.


**There will be some spoilers**

ames: All right Monroe, aren't you glad I recommended this book to you?

Monroe: Girl YES! The simple fact that the cover gave me the shivers itself was a clue that I was going to ADORE this book! You know what’s funny is I’m not drawn to his chest etc in the cover..but his hand on the's just so...manly. HA! ;P

ames: I have to admit, this cover totally sold me on the book. LOL I've read two books by Jaci in the past and loved one and was so-so about the other, so I was bit torn. That cover totally clinched it for me and I'm SO GLAD that it's as drool-worthy as it is, otherwise we both would have missed out on a fun book!

Monroe: See this is a TOTALLY new author for me. And you know how I love getting into new ones!

One thing that threw me in the book was the made him out to seem like a total player STILL...and he isn’t in the book. Did you notice that about the blurb and the book? But then again it might not catch too many eyes if they said he was a “reformed” player.

ames: Well I think it goes to show how he appeared to everyone else. And come on, the beginning, the way he came onto Tara at the football team's party, it's totally set up to look like he is a player. But I did enjoy that he was the one who kept going back and pursuing her. She was up for a fun one-night stand but he wanted more. I liked that!

Monroe: I guess you’re right...everyone did think he was even though he wasn’t. And I have to agree with you about him pursuing her. I love that about a man!

I was about to say he knew what he wanted and went after it but really he kind of didn’t know what he least not in the long run. I loved that the “real” relationship stuff didn’t come up until the end. They were just in the moment at the time and didn’t think about the future.

Ugh ok...let’s talk about his PR agent Liz. You hated her, I already know this...and honestly I didn’t like her much at all with stepping in their relationship SO MUCH! And I kind of hated how hot everyone thought she was (Gavin, his brother, and him…). But the things she did...I’m wondering if people will find it hard to like her in her book (book 2). Like is she redeemable???

ames: I know what you mean about him not knowing what he wanted. I liked that, here are two mature adults with careers and responsibilities and they're together while it's fun but they're both afraid to think of the future - because they were. She was worried about the football season starting up and her party planning career finally taking off. And that's why this book worked for me, because this is stuff people worry about in real life.

Liz. Ugh. I do not think this character is redeemable. For those of you who haven't read this book - Liz is Mick's PR agent. She always set him up with some hot actress who needed a date for a movie premiere kind of thing. And she kept trying to set Mick up even after he told her and showed her that Tara was in his life. Let's just say she took things a bit too far and hurt Tara, her teenage son and Mick with her actions. I just don't like characters with blind ambition like that. I guess I'll wait to see what others think of her book (she's the heroine for Mick's brother's book) before I think about reading it.

One character who's book I want to read is Mick's sister's book! She's such a kick-a$$ character!

Monroe: Lol BUT BUT BUT at the end of the book she realized that she was taking things too far...and does a ballsy move and kisses Gavin, Mick’s brother she’s crushing on...that TOTALLY made me want to read her book. Even if she is a little bitty.

Ya I think Mick’s sisters book will be cool. I wonder if she'll meet maybe one of Gavin’s teammates or something!??! I love the fact she has piercings and tattoos and runs their bar...yet is beautiful.

Back to Tara...I love she had a older son. And I loved that Mick was into him so much. One thing you KNEW was coming I'm sure (b/c I'm me) I wanted her to get preggers but danged if he didn’t pop a condom on EVERY TIME. Lol

ames: I'm dead set against Liz right now. LOL That's why I like Mick and Gavin's sister. She's ballsy, she's rockin' the tattoos, she has real attitude. And I think she might be a bit biased against jocks. So I think her book will be interesting because yes, I want her to fall hard for a football player. :P

Tara. Tara was a good character. I liked that she had a teenage son, even though she's quite young still and that's part of what I liked about her. She clawed her way out of an extremely bad situation and you have to respect a character like that. She didn't let the bad stuff drag her down. Mick also hit the nail on the head when he told her to quit apologizing for her son. I liked that about him too. That he knew she came with a son and he embraced both of them and they fit into his life so well. I like how he did all these things like taking her home to meet his parents without second guessing himself. He just did what felt right.

And LOL at you wanting her to get preggers. She will...probably in one of the later books - once her party planning stuff is more secure.

Oh, remember the island getaway he won? Man I loved how hot this book was! It was the perfect contemporary, don't you think?

Monroe: YES it was the perfect contemp. And WOOWEE when they were on that island I drooled the entire time! Lol

What about Mick’s past...did you see that one coming? I can HONESTLY say I didn’t. What did run in my head was like omg...he’s ALWAYS using a condom and he has a secret...he has an STD…AIDS idk. Ya I was WAY OFF!

ames: LOL Yeah you were! I kinda figured it out, what his past was. Seriously though, I'm glad they always used protection. Nothing drags me out of a story faster then unprotected sex. Because I'm always thinking of STDs and pregnancy.

Monroe: You know what I TOTALLY loved about this book...they didn’t do the typical pro athlete proposes at a game after a win or in front of a tone of people like sports books do all the time. It was all low key...LOVED that it wasn’t corny.

ames: Oh I know what you mean! I liked that too. And as much as I love sports romances, I glad that the football aspect of this was in the background. Like he was in training, not into the season yet.

Monroe: YES! Although we did get a little of it and I loved that she got to meet the team's wives etc.

ames: Yes, I liked that part too. I hope we see more of Tara and Mick as the series goes on.

Ok, so now we have to talk about what I didn't like about this book. I felt like Tara judged Mick too quickly a few times and she annoyed me just a wee bit. You?

Monroe: She did yes...BUT I would too and I also think she just had a lot of insecurities too. I mean hes a pro ball player…he’s in the public eye and always has some hot young miss priss on his arm. But at the same time she needed to let go of those thought and enjoy the relationship. So ya I see where you’re coming from. Don’t you think he accepted her apologies too easily?

Hmmm...what I didn’t like about the book...not much really. Honestly I’m stretching to find something but I can say that I thought it was unrealistic for her to get mad at Mick about the whole drinking thing. Mick picking her son up from a party drunk...taking him is ANY of that his fault? I understand her being upset at herself for not being the one to be there (even though that wasn’t her fault) but Mick did the adult thing. Took him home etc...idk kinda silly.

ames: Yeah, I agree. Like she was looking for things to go wrong with Mick and getting mad at him for things he had no control over. That's part of my annoyance with her. She was afraid of getting hurt and she was trying to keep him at a distance. She wasn't doing a good job of it though. LOL And that's the only problem I had with this book.

Even Liz. Yeah she ticked me off, but it made what happened with her all the better. She got what she deserved.

I'm evil. LOL

Monroe: You are…and just because you hate Liz I shall love her! I think she'll be a diamond in the rough.

ames: She's a dang snake in the grass!

Monroe: She's reformed now...get over it already! Lol I wouldn’t doubt if Mick hires her back.

ames: No he won't. She broke his trust. All right then. What grade would you give this book?

Monroe: A- I guess…or B+…nah…well what's better A or A-

ames: I'm giving this a B+. :)

Monroe: Ok I'll go with A-...everyone knows I'm the softy ;)

ames: Yeah, it was a good fun book, if the heroine didn't annoy me i'd have given it a higher grade too. :)

Friday, April 8

Review: And One Last Thing... by Molly Harper

And One Last Thing... by Molly Harper
published by Simon & Schuster in July 2010
"If Singletree’s only florist didn’t deliver her posies half-drunk, I might still be married to that floor-licking, scum-sucking, receptionist-nailing hack-accountant, Mike Terwilliger."

Lacey Terwilliger’s shock and humiliation over her husband’s philandering prompt her to add some bonus material to Mike’s company newsletter: stunning Technicolor descriptions of the special brand of "administrative support" his receptionist gives him. The detailed mass e-mail to Mike’s family, friends, and clients blows up in her face, and before one can say "instant urban legend," Lacey has become the pariah of her small Kentucky town, a media punch line, and the defendant in Mike’s defamation lawsuit.

Her seemingly perfect life up in flames, Lacey retreats to her family’s lakeside cabin, only to encounter an aggravating neighbor named Monroe. A hunky crime novelist with a low tolerance for drama, Monroe is not thrilled about a newly divorced woman moving in next door. But with time, beer, and a screen door to the nose, a cautious friendship develops into something infinitely more satisfying.

Lacey has to make a decision about her long-term living arrangements, though. Should she take a job writing caustic divorce newsletters for paying clients, or move on with her own life, pursuing more literary aspirations? Can she find happiness with a man who tells her what he thinks and not what she wants to hear? And will she ever be able to resist saying one... last... thing?
Genre: Contemporary romance/Chick-lit
Series: none

The Story: The blurb did a great job at summarizing the story. Basically, due to a wrong flower delivery, Lacey finds out that her husband has been cheating on her with his secretary. After she finds out, she realizes there's been little hints that she's missed over time. In a moment of anger, Lacey sends out the company's newsletter with details of Mike's affair to family, friends and clients... Let's just say, not Lacey's best idea. Quickly, everyone is aware of the affair - even the media, and it sends Lacey into hiding. She chooses to go to the lake cabin to lick her wounds... where she meets Monroe, a crime novelist. All Monroe wants is peace and absolutely no drama, but he suddenly finds himself spending a lot of time with Lacey.

Nath: I discovered Ms Harper last year, thanks to Isabel who reviewed the Jane Jameson books :) I really enjoyed her writing style and when I found out that she had a contemporary book coming out, I simply had to get it!! Also, the premise sounded so funny LOL.

What about you, Ames?

Ames: I decided to read this book because of positive reviews I’ve seen around blogland. It finally came in through the library and I decided to jump right in. But right away, I got a little bit scared. I thought Lacey was going to be like Sarah, from Leah Stewart’s Husband and Wife. She was passive and I felt like she needed a man to define her. I am SO GLAD that Lacey is nothing like that other frustrating character. She stuck up for herself and she really had spunk.

Nath: I knew you were going to like Lacey, Ames. Passive, Lacey? No way!! LOL, you cannot tell someone is passive after she sent the news of her husband infidelity in the company newsletter!! Personally, I thought it served him right.

Ames: Exactly! I love that Lacey did what any woman who’s been cheated on would wish they could do - let it all out there for everyone to see what a scumbag he really is! This was total fantasy and we know if someone in this day and age did that, they would be sued faster than they could log off their computer after sending something like that. LOL Yes, Lacey is threatened by her ex and his mistress but Lacey sticks to her guns and gets that jerk to back off. hahaha I liked that. But what makes that fantasy for me is I’m not quite sure someone would get off so easily in real life. Still fun to read about though. And that kind of sets the tone for the rest of Lacey’s journey. She’s kept it under wraps for a while (during the length of her marriage) but Lacey is a bit of an oddball.

Nath: Lacey is definitively gutsy and yes, this is what every woman who's been cheated on dreams to do... but if it was in real life, I would really wonder - was that really the way to go? I guess this is why it is fiction, right? :) Also, while Lacey did get off easily in the end, she still had to face the consequences of her action. Plus, she did get sued for defamation. However, I still wonder how it can be defamation if it’s true?

Ames: Well her ex threatens to sue. They don’t take it that far though. They do take it far enough to introduce an interesting character, her lawyer.

Nath: I've just re-read some parts and the ex was going to file charges... It's just that in the end, they settled. I really liked Lacey's lawyer, Samantha. She was a great gal and very honest and there for Lacey. Actually, Lacey was really lucky in her support as she had her mother and brother, Emmett, standing behind her. Also, I think a lot of women treated Lacey as their role model... but then, that doesn't matter much in your personal life when you're going through such a difficult path ^_^;

By the way, I really liked Emmett. He was just a darling!!

Ames: Yes, the secondary characters were really well written. Brother, lawyer, her mom (I thought her mom’s inability to keep quiet was funny). I loved her brother though. And her working in his store was cute.

Nath: LOL, her mom's inability to keep quiet just made it more real :) I thought it was nice to see Lacey and Emmett have such a close sibling relationship - brother and sister aren't usually as close, perhaps because while they love each other, they don't exactly get each other. However, it wasn't the case between Lacey and Emmett and I'm glad she went to work for him.

LOL, we talked about Lacey and the secondary characters, but what about the hero? What did you think of Monroe, Ames?

Ames: I LOVED Monroe. I like how he started off crotchety and not wanting to be bothered, thinking he was hot shit, and then when Lacey ignored him it drove him a bit crazy with wanting her. I also like how it was him who was wanting to take things to the next level between them. She was gun-shy and he wanted more. I like when the tables are turned that way.

Nath: I agree with you, I really enjoyed Monroe’s character. He was a great hero, but then again, I have a soft spot for grouchy heroes :P LOL at his inflated ego, but you know, he is a catch :) I really liked that he encouraged Lacey to write, I thought that was really sweet of him.

Don’t you think it’s unfortunate that it’s always one that wants more and the other is gun-shy? Sigh. I understand Lacey’s reasons though, but still... I wished it was a different conflict for this romance.

Ames: Well if both characters wanted to get together, there wouldn’t be much of a story. There needs to be some conflict. I don’t want easy-peasy stories. And it wouldn’t make sense in this case if Lacey was eager to jump into a relationship right away. She did get started with Monroe thinking he would be a rebound thing and then was rightfully wary when it looked like it was headed towards seriousville. That’s believable, imo.

Nath: True, it was believable, especially since the whole thing had just happened. It’s not that I want their relationship to be easy-peasy, but I want something different and refreshing ^_^; As in something else except for fear of commitment to be the conflict. Plus, I thought there was enough in the book going on that we didn't really need that much conflict between the H/H... In the end though, you’re quite right, it was believable and very realistic. Ironically, I like that the ending was so open. You know that the HEA ending is there, but it’s not sealed yet... because it fits the characters and the writing style.

Ames: I like how he urged Lacey to write too. What I also really enjoyed was the dynamic between Lacey and Monroe. Their relaxed afternoons together, respecting each other’s space, that scene when he comes over when it’s raining. And I had a real good laugh out loud moment when his family came to visit.
“Oh, my God, you're that crazy e-mail chick!" Andy exclaimed.

I froze, with an expression akin to Bambi caught in the headlights.

"Andrew, the family policy is that we don't call people crazy until we've known them at least twenty-four hours," Janice said sternly.
LMAO This kind of humor is what gets to me and And One Last Thing... had lots of LOL moments.

Nath: Oh definitively a lot of LOL moments and that’s why I was so looking forward to reading this, because it’s integral to Ms Harper’s writing style :)

I think it was nice to see Lacey and Monroe’s relationship progressing. It was very mature, very respectful - the kind of relationship that you imagine yourself getting into and lead to HEA.

Ames: I haven’t read Molly’s writing, being burnt out on paranormals, but I think I’d be willing to give them a try if this book was indicative of her humour. I love her humour. :)

And yes, Lacey and Munroe’s relationship was mature and respectful. I like when adults who are in a relationship COMMUNICATE with each other.

Nath: You should really give the Jane Jameson series a try, Ames :) Feels like I've been recommending it a lot lately, but truly, they're just fun books :)

Anyway, the one thing I didn’t get was why her ex, Mike, asked her back. I mean, it’s clear that he doesn’t want her in that sense. So why? Just because she’s practical and knows where things are?!? Also, if you’re to ask your ex back and you’re at fault, groveling will go a LOOOONG way. Jeez, Mike was doing nothing to make Lacey better, as if taking her was doing her a favor. She was really better without him!

Ames: UGH What a piece of work. Part of that though, is Lacey’s fault. She gave into every one of his whims and wishes. So he didn’t really get to know the real Lacey, the one who stood up for herself. And Lacey needed to see that she was wanted by the man who cheated on her. She made his life comfortable and that’s why he wanted her back.

Nath: Nod nod. It all goes back to communication and obviously, that where it went wrong between Lacey and Mike. You're right that she gave in to every one of his whims and in the process, lost herself. I think that's the danger of marriage, falling into a routine and just not talking out the problems.

I liked that Lacey found herself at the end and the growth her character went through. I really like the ending when she goes talk to Mike :) I think Ms Harper did a great job with that scene, considering how the whole fiasco started :)

Overall, I think And One Last Thing... hit all the right spot for me :) Breezy and fun with likable characters and a nice romance. I admit I would have liked a bit more closure at the end, but it was nonetheless a very satisfying read for me :) B+ for me :)

Ames: I’m giving this one a B+ as well. Great humour and I really liked the relationship between Lacey and Monroe. Since I got my copy from the library I’m going to be looking to have my own copy. :)

Friday, April 1

April New Releases

Getting ready for April's new releases post, I had to do a little dance of joy. April and May are really good months for new releases! I can't wait to read some of them! Here's what Nath, Monroe and I are looking forward to this month...

April 1

My One and Only by Kristan Higgins
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
Series: None

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

April 5

The Chase by Erin McCarthy
published by Berkley
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!

The School for Brides by Cheryl Ann Smith
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
Series: ?

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
published by Berkley
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!

Warprize by Elizabeth Vaughan
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
published by DAW
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

The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong
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
published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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!

April 6

Paris A to Z by Marie Sexton
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!!

April 8

Then I Met my Sister by Christine Hurley Deriso
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
Series: none

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

April 12

Chasing Fire by Nora Roberts
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
Series: None

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 :)

Enclave by Ann Aguirre
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 :)

April 19

Boyfriends with Girlfriends by Alex Sanchez
published by Simon & Schuster
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
Series: none

Ames: I'm really intrigued by this book. Kimiko sounds like a very interesting character.

Monroe: hmmm....sounds interesting! lol

April 26

Any Man of Mine by Rachel Gibson
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
published by Avon
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.

A Tale of Two Lovers by Maya Rodale
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
published by St. Martin's Press
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.

A Growing Passion by Emma Wildes
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
Series: none

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
published by Simon & Schuster
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!

Dark Descendant by Jenna Black
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?