Saturday, December 1

New Releases - December 2012

OMG, it's December already!! Where did time go? It's funny how days and sometimes weeks seem to go by slowly, but the next thing you know, the month has gone by! So weird. As usual, we're kicking off the month with a list of new releases that we're looking forward to :) Three things that I noticed for December: 1)  it's being a slow month new releases-wise. There are some, but not that many... I guess it's not completely a bad thing, it means you can budget more money towards gifts and hopefully, the festivities will keep you busy enough not to go in a reading slump ^_^; 2) There's a lot of novellas!! I'm quite surprised by the number actually, but hey, I won't complain. While short, it's still new reading material :) and 3) Wacky release schedule!!! This year, both Christmas and New Year are on a Tuesday, the usual books release day and it seems the publishers couldn't all agree on releasing the books a day before or after. Not that it's going to change a thing - I mean, what are the chances that the books will actually be on the shelves?

Okay, enough babbling :) Here are the books:


December 04

Under the Mistletoe by Jill Shalvis
published by Grand Central Publishing
Just one more kiss

There's no place like home for the holidays. And the Lucky Harbor Bed & Breakfast is bursting with festive lights and good cheer. But for Mia, Christmas is turning out to be anything other than merry and bright. Her recent break-up with her boyfriend Nick has made her return bittersweet. But then a surprise arrives, when Nick follows her to town bearing gifts-and asking for forgiveness.

Nick grew up without a family of his own so he's overwhelmed by the love that Mia receives from all her relatives, gathered together to celebrate the season. Under their watchful eyes, Nick finds earning back her trust the hardest thing he's ever had to do. If he succeeds, he will receive the greatest gift of all, Mia's love for a lifetime.
Genre: Contemporary romance
Series: Lucky Harbor, Book #6.5

Ames:  This is just a novella, and Jill's an autobuy author for me.  :P

Nath: There's a lot of novellas coming out this month. I might get this one eventually, but so far, it's not on my priority list... And Ames, how many Lucky Harbor books have you read? LOL.

Ames:  One...what's your point?  LOL

Nath: None, just curious LOL


A Taste for Scandal by Erin Knightley
published by New American Library (Signet)
A TEMPTING DIVERSION
Things have always fallen into place for Richard Moore, Earl of Raleigh. His good looks, abundance of charm, and the small matter of being heir to a marquisate make him quite the catch. So when a delectable young woman wants nothing to do with him, he can’t help but seize the irresistible challenge.

AN UNLIKELY COURTSHIP
Jane Bunting knows all about responsibility—she has managed to support herself and her brother with their bakery—but she knows nothing of excitement or passion. When dashing Lord Raleigh crosses the threshold of her shop, she has no idea of the potential danger to her reputation…or to her heart.

AN IMPOSSIBLE MATCH
Neither imagined things would go so far—until the night their worlds collide, irrevocably changing both their lives. But when duty calls for Richard, and with everything Jane's worked for suddenly at stake, will their taste for scandal be their downfall?
Genre: Historical romance
Series: Sealed with a Kiss, Book #2

Ames:  I'll wait for your thoughts on this one Nath.

Nath: Okay :) More than a Stranger was a nice debut novel and I did like Richard's character in it... but I have to say, I don't have the urge to pick up this book ASAP... so it might take a while Ames. But it's definitively on my radar for when I'll be in the mood for historical romance :)


The Weird Girls by Cecy Robson
published by New American Library
Celia Wird and her three sisters are just like other 20-something girls—with one tiny exception: they're products of a backfired curse that has given each of them unique powers that make them, well, a little weird...

The Wird sisters are different from every race on earth—human and supernatural. When human society is no longer an option for them, they move in among the resident vampires, werebeasts, and witches of the Lake Tahoe region. Could this be the true home they’ve longed for? Um, not quite. After the sisters accidentally strip a witch of her powers in a bar brawl, they soon realize the mistake will cost them. Because to take on a witch means to take on her coven. And losing the battle isn’t an option.
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: The Weird Girls, Book #0.5

Nath: This is a new urban fantasy series that is coming out this month. I thought the premises of the series sounded interesting and fun. I've already pre-ordered the first book, Sealed with a Curse, but I'm excited to check out this novella to have a feel of the author's writing :)


December 11

Your Wicked Heart by Meredith Duran
published by Simon & Schuster
Jilted overseas and abandoned without a penny, Amanda Thomas is desperate to get home. She’ll do whatever it takes to secure a berth on an England-bound ship, even if it means pretending to be the wife of the absentee viscount who jilted her. But when the anchor lifts, she’s not the only impostor on board—for the stranger in her bed claims to be the real Viscount Ripton. Can she trust this devastatingly attractive scoundrel? Or is his offer of friendship only a pretext for seduction...and revenge?
Genre: Historical romance
Series: Rules for the Reckless, Book #0.5

Ames:  I think this one sounds interesting.  I like Meredith Duran's writing and I have given thought to what would happen in old times if you got stranded somewhere without money.  LOL  I know, I think of weird stuff.


December 17

My Bluegrass Baby by Molly Harper
published by Simon & Schuster
Sadie Hutchins loves her job at the Kentucky Tourism Commission. Not only could her co-workers double as the cast of Parks & Recreation, but she loves finding the unusual sites, hidden gems, and just-plain-odd tourist attractions of her home state. She’s a shoo-in for the director’s job when her boss retires at the end of the year...until hotshot Josh Vaughn shows up to challenge her for the position.

Josh is all sophisticated polish while Sadie’s country comfort, and the two have very different ideas of what makes a good campaign. So when their boss pits them against each other in a winner-takes-all contest, they’re both willing to fight dirty if it means getting what they want. But it turns out, what Josh and Sadie want could be each other—and Josh’s kisses are the best Kentucky attraction Sadie’s found yet!
Genre: Contemporary romance
Series: none

Ames:  I LOVE Parks & Recreation and I really enjoy Molly's sense of humor.  I'm really looking forward to this one.

Nath: Thanks for bringing this book up, Ames! I enjoyed Ms Harper's previous foray into contemporary romance, And One Last Thing..., and am looking forward to this one. Plus, isn't it a cute cover?


December 18

Deck the Halls with Love by Lorraine Heath
published by Harpercollins Publisher (Avon)
Christmas is a time for miracles... and second chances at love.

In her dazzling first Season, Lady Meredith Hargreaves gave her heart to Alistair Wakefield, the Marquess of Chetwyn, only to have it shattered when he proposed to another. And now that he's free to pursue her? It matters little, because she's on her way to the altar, heartbreak be damned.

Chetwyn once set aside his dreams in favor of duty and honor. But as Christmas approaches, he is determined to put his own desires first and lure Lady Meredith back into his arms, where she's always belonged.

First he steals a dance; then he steals a kiss. But when they find themselves alone in an abandoned castle during a snowstorm, reignited passion consumes them both. And Chetwyn will have one last chance to steal back Meredith's heart, once and for all.
Genre: Historical romance
Series: The Lost Lords of Pembrook, Book #2.5

Ames:  Awww, this one sounds cute!

Nath: It does, doesn't it? But the main reason I want to read this novella is because Chetwyn appeared in Lord of Temptation and he was such a great character! I was hoping Ms Heath would write his story and well, it didn't take that much time LOL. Hope he's as awesome in Deck the Halls with Love as he was in Lord of Temptation.


Scent of Magic by Maria V. Snyder
published by Harlequin (Mira)
Hunted, Killed—Survived?

As the last Healer in the Fifteen Realms, Avry of Kazan is in a unique position: in the minds of her friends and foes alike, she no longer exists. Despite her need to prevent the megalomanical King Tohon from winning control of the Realms, Avry is also determined to find her sister and repair their estrangement. And she must do it alone, as Kerrick, her partner and sole confident, returns to Alga to summon his country into battle.

Though she should be in hiding, Avry will do whatever she can to support Tohon’s opponents. Including infiltrating a holy army, evading magic sniffers, teaching forest skills to soldiers and figuring out how to stop Tohon’s most horrible creations yet; an army of the walking dead—human and animal alike and nearly impossible to defeat.

War is coming and Avry is alone. Unless she figures out how to do the impossible ... again.
Genre: Fantasy romance
Series: Healer, Book #2

Ames:  What?  How did I miss the first book in this series?

Nath: No idea Ames. I even reviewed it! LOL. Touch of Magic was good, but I was expecting more from Ms Snyder and I hope she delivers with Scent of Magic. An aside, did you know Ames that Ms Snyder was contracted for more books in the Study world, with Yelena and Varek!?! Those books, I'm really looking forward to!

Ames:  Cool!!  I didn't know that!


December 24

The Chocolate Kiss by Laura Florand
published by Kensington
The Heart of Paris

Welcome to La Maison des Sorcieres. Where the window display is an enchanted forest of sweets, a collection of conical hats delights the eye and the habitues nibble chocolate witches from fanciful mismatched china. While in their tiny blue kitchen, Magalie Chaudron and her two aunts stir wishes into bubbling pots of heavenly chocolat chaud.

But no amount of wishing will rid them of interloper Philippe Lyonnais, who has the gall to open one of his world famous pastry shops right down the street. Philippe’s creations seem to hold a magic of their own, drawing crowds of beautiful women to their little isle amidst the Seine, and tempting even Magalie to venture out of her ivory tower and take a chance, a taste... a kiss.

Parisian princesses, chocolate witches, patissier princes and sweet wishes—an enchanting tale of amour et chocolat.
Genre: Contemporary romance
Series: The Parisian Chocolatiers, Book #2

Ames:  Nath really likes this author and indeed, her books sound really cute.

Nath: Ames, you gotta give this series a try :) I think they're fun and very yummy books. I've already read The Chocolate Kiss courtesy of Ms Florand and I just love the chemistry between Magalie and Philippe! I'm definitively going to get my own copy to support the author.


Live and Let Love by Gina Robinson
published by St. Martin's Press
Though Willow Pierce has moved forward since her husband died two years ago, she can’t ignore her sixth sense that Jack is alive.When newcomer Con Russo comes to town, Willow is convinced he’s Jack. She’d never forget his eyes. Willow is determined to learn the truth about Con’s identity—even if it means brazenly seducing him.

Secret agent Jack Pierce was almost killed in an explosion that left him severely disfigured. Thanks to reconstructive surgery, he has a new face and a new life. But when the terrorist who tried to assassinate him suspects he’s still alive, Jack’s forced to go undercover—and destroy him for good. But before he can complete his mission, he must protect the only woman he’s ever loved...
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Series: Agent Ex, Book #3

Nath: I haven't read the second book of the series and I thought the first book was so-so, but every time Ms Robinson has a new release, I can't help but put it on my radar ^_^; Combination of fun covers and the genre,  I think. I might pick up this one... still undecided.


A Breath of Scandal by Elizabeth Essex
published by St. Martin's Press
Forced by her family into an engagement with a man she can never abide, Antigone Preston knows only a scandal will save her from a loveless marriage. But knocking a man down to the ballroom floor with her fists brings dangerous consequences. She may have ruined her reputation, but now she’s endangered her heart… The son of an earl and a career navy man, Captain William Jellicoe has no interest in the frivolities of London—and even less in the institution of marriage. But there’s something steering him toward Antigone. He has never met anyone as brazen and unconventional as…himself. But will he risk it all for a woman who still has the breath of scandal hot on her lips?
Genre: Historical romance
Series: Reckless Brides, Book #2

Ames:  Nath and I really enjoyed the first book in this series, Almost a Scandal.  So although Antigone (love that name, btw!) doesn't don men's clothing, I still want to read this one.  :P

Nath: Ames, I think this one is going to be fun! The blurb sure sounds interesting... and I'm excited to see William all grown up! I hope Sarah and Col make a small appearance.


Crimson Frost by Jennifer Estep
published by Kensington
For a moment, a face flashed before my eyes—the most hideous face I’d ever seen. No matter how hard I tried to forget what had happened, I saw him everywhere I went. It was Loki—the evil god that I’d helped set free against my will.

I should have known that my first official date with Logan Quinn was destined to end in disaster. If we’d gotten into a swordfight, or been ambushed by Reapers, I’d have been more prepared. But getting arrested mid-sip at the local coffee hangout? I didn’t see that one coming.

I’ve been accused of purposely helping the Reapers free Loki from his prison—and the person leading the charge against me is Linus Quinn, Logan’s dad. The worst part is that pretty much everyone at Mythos Academy thinks I’m guilty. If I’m going to get out of this mess alive, I’ll have to do it myself...
Genre: YA, paranormal
Series: Mythos Academy, Book #4

Nath: Fourth book in the Mythos Academy series already! Logan and Gwen are finally together and I hope that means we can now focus on the storyline. Going to pick this up because I want to support Ms Estep and if Crimson Frost wows me, well good :)


December 26

The Lady Most Willing... by Julia Quinn, Eloisa James and Connie Brockway
published by Harpercollins Publisher (Avon)
Step into the glittering world of Regency and prepare to have your hearts warmed by Julia Quinn, Eloisa James and Connie Brockway...

During their annual Christmas pilgrimage to Scotland to visit their aged uncle in his decrepit castle, the Comte de Rocheforte and his cousin, Earl of Oakley, are presented with unique gifts: their uncle has raided an English lord's Christmas party and kidnapped four lovely would-be brides for his heirs to choose from ...as well as one very angry duke, Lord Bretton. As snow isolates the castle, and as hours grow into days, the most honourable intentions give away to temptations as surprising as they are irresistible.
Genre: Historical romance
Series: none

Ames:  I enjoy all of these authors so I'll be checking this one out.

Nath: These are definitively three great authors... However I read The Lady Most Likely... and I think it would have been more fun if it was all one story instead of three separate ones. I wonder if the format will be the same for The Lady Most Willing... If it is, I think I'm going to wait for reviews.


December 31

Chance of a Lifetime by Jodi Thomas
published by Berkley
Emily, the local librarian, has started a writing group, but as the group stumbles through both the fiction and reality of their lives, they’re learning much more than how to write. But Emily suddenly has other things on her mind when a friend from her past shows up in Harmony's library. Now she must deal with a secret she’s kept for fifteen years—a secret that changed her life and threatens to shatter her future.

Meanwhile, new lawyer Rick Matheson thinks he’s in charge of his world until accidents start happening all around him. Just when he realizes someone is trying to kill him, he meets a beautiful U.S. Marshal named Trace Adam. Now that the marshal has given him an even stronger reason to go on living, he must learn to take a chance on life to dream bigger—and love better—than he ever has before...
Genre: Contemporary romance
Series: Harmony, Book #5

Nath: I love, love, love this series, the author and her writing. There's not a single doubt I'm picking this up :) Can't wait to be back in Harmony!


The Seduction of Elliot McBride by Jennifer Ashley
published by Berkley
Properly improper... and daring to love...

Juliana St. John was raised to be very proper. After a long engagement, her wedding day dawns—only for Juliana to find herself jilted at the altar.

Fleeing the mocking crowd, she stumbles upon Elliot McBride, the tall, passionate Scot who was her first love. His teasing manner gives her an idea, and she asks Elliot to save her from an uncertain future—by marrying her...

After escaping brutal imprisonment, Elliot has returned to Scotland a vastly wealthy yet tormented man. Now Juliana has her hands full restoring his half-ruined manor in the Scottish Highlands and trying to repair the broken heart of the man some call irredeemably mad. Though beautiful and spirited, Juliana wonders if that will be enough to win a second chance at love.
Genre: Historical romance
Series: Highland Pleasures, Book #5

Ames: ...yeah...not caught up on this series yet.  LOL  But of course I still want this one!

Nath: I still haven't read the last book... Not sure I'll be getting this one ^_^; But I know a ton of people who loves these McBride men!


A Taste of Ice by Hanna Martine
published by Berkley
There is an untapped world of magic that any man would covet...

Five years ago, Xavier escaped from the Ofarian Plant. Today he calls a Colorado mountain town home. It’s there he buries himself in his work, swearing off magic and relationships—until a woman threatens every promise he’s made to himself.

Cat has always known she is different. Water speaks to her on an uncanny level, and she channels this gift into beautiful painted waterscapes. Now, a gallery is debuting her work in Colorado—and it’ll reveal far more about her than she imagined.

The spark between Cat and Xavier is enough to throw both of them off balance. Every tantalizing moment sends them dangerously close to a rising flood of desire. Dangerous because Xavier comes to suspect that Cat is an Ofarian—his people’s enemy. But they’re both about to discover a far greater, more malicious power at play...
Genre: Paranormal romance
Series: The Elementals, Book #2

Ames:  I know the first book got good reviews, so I bought it, just haven't had the time to read it yet.  So this one is on my radar.

Nath: Same thing with me, Ames. This sounds like something I would like, a mix of psychics/witches with power over elements. Definitively going to give this one or the first book, Liquid Lies, a try.


Sealed with a Curse by Ceci Robson
published by New American Library
Celia Wird and her three sisters are just like other 20-something girls—with one tiny exception: they're products of a backfired curse that has given each of them unique powers that make them, well, weird...

The Wird sisters are content to avoid the local vampires, werebeasts, and witches of the Lake Tahoe region—until one of them blows up a vampire in self-defense. Everyone knows vampires aren't aggressive, and killing one is punishable by death. But soon more bloodlust-fueled attacks occur, and the community wonders: are the vampires of Tahoe cursed with a plague?

Celia reluctantly agrees to help Misha, the handsome leader of an infected vampire family. But Aric, the head of the werewolf pack determined to destroy Misha's family to keep the region safe, warns Celia to stay out of the fight. Caught between two hot alphas, Celia must find a way to please everyone, save everyone, and oh yeah, not lose her heart to the wrong guy—or die a miserable death. Because now that the evil behind the plague knows who Celia is, it’s coming for her and her sisters. This Wird girl has never had it so tough.
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: The Weird Girls, Book #1

Nath: As I mentioned above, the blurb and the cover of this book caught my eyes. It sounds fun and refreshing, which is always a plus. Also, I'm always on the look-out for new urban fantasy series :) I really hope this turns out to be good!


Forbidden by Kelley Armstrong
published by Subterranean Press
The team-spirit sign by the side of the highway seems a good omen to loner Morgan Walsh, as he drives to what could be the most important visit of his life — a chance to join the North American Pack. Then he wakes naked in the woods, surrounded by wolf tracks and a ring of suspicious cops. The situation only gets worse when he’s bailed out by Alpha-elect Elena Michaels and Clayton Danvers, her terrifying enforcer and mate.

Disappointed that such a promising young werewolf risked exposing them, Elena isn’t expecting anything from the pesky retrieval job except some much-needed alone time with Clay. Instead, she finds a different kind of evil stalking the streets and forests of Westwood, New York. Trapped in town by a snowstorm and sabotage, Elena, Clay and Morgan must find the mysterious threat before it sets its sights on them.
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Women of the Otherworld/Otherworld series, Book #?

Nath: It's Kelley Armstrong, part of her Otherworld series and it has the Pack. Need I say more? I've been curious about Morgan's character for a while and would love to re-visit the Pack, so this is a no-brainer... but that cover? That would probably give pause to any new readers ^_^;

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What do you think? Is there any books that we missed? Are you expecting to get any of these as Christmas gifts? :)

Thursday, November 1

New Releases - November 2012

Well October was one long-ass month, wasn't it?  I am glad it's over.  I am not glad at how few releases are coming out this November, but maybe I'll use the time to read some more from my tbr pile.  LOL

I'm not really one for holiday themed books, so I was glad to see only one Christmas-y book, the Mary Balogh.  And I'm actually looking forward to reading it.  Strange!

Did we miss any books that you're looking forward to?

November 5

An Infamous Marriage by Susanna Fraser
Published by Carina Press
Northumberland, 1815

At long last, Britain is at peace, and General Jack Armstrong is coming home to the wife he barely knows. Wed for mutual convenience, their union unconsummated, the couple has exchanged only cold, dutiful letters. With no more wars to fight, Jack is ready to attempt a peace treaty of his own.

Elizabeth Armstrong is on the warpath. She never expected fidelity from the husband she knew for only a week, but his scandalous exploits have made her the object of pity for years. Now that he's back, she has no intention of sharing her bed with him—or providing him with an heir—unless he can earn her forgiveness. No matter what feelings he ignites within her...

Jack is not expecting a spirited, confident woman in place of the meek girl he left behind. As his desire intensifies, he wants much more than a marriage in name only. But winning his wife's love may be the greatest battle he's faced yet.
Genre: Historical Romance
Series: n/a

Nath: Ohhh, this book sounds really interesting! I remember there was quite a buzz about Ms Fraser's books last year and so, she was on my list of authors to try. Of course, I didn't... guess I need to remedy that ASAP! :)

Ames:  I did read her first book and bought the second.  I really enjoyed Susanna's writing and this one sounds good!  I love this story line.


November 6

Lord's Fall by Thea Harrison
Published by Berkley
In the latest Novel of the Elder Races, two mates find themselves on different paths, torn between their duty to the Wyr and the passion that binds them...

Before she met Dragos, half-human/half-Wyr Pia Giovanni was alone and on the run. Now she’s mated, pregnant and heading south to repair the Wyrs’ frayed relationship with the Elves. Being separated from Dragos is painful, but for the good of the Wyr demesne they need to figure out how to be partners—in more places than just the bedroom.

In New York to preside over the Sentinel Games, Dragos is worried about his mate, but knows that finding two replacement sentinels is essential to show the rest of the Elder Races just how strong and brutal the Wyr demesne can be. But as the Games heat up, Pia’s negotiations with the Elves take a turn for the dangerous, straining her bond with Dragos and threatening everything they hold dear...
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Elder Races, Book #5

Nath: I enjoyed Dragon Bound and I find Ms Harrison's idea of re-visiting Dragos and Pia after their HEA ending intriguing :) However, what convinced me was the excerpt of Lord's Fall that I read at the end of Oracle's Moon. Gotta say, it sounds good!

Monroe: I really like this series so I cant wait for this one to come out! 

Ames:  I recently just read Storm's Heart....so I'm slowly catching up!  But I am looking forward to more Pia and Dragos!!!!!



The Perfect Hope by Nora Roberts
Published by Berkley
The Montgomery brothers and their eccentric mother are breathing new life into the town of Boonsboro, Maryland, by restoring its historic hotel. And they’re finding their own lives revamped by love. This is Ryder’s story... Ryder is the hardest Montgomery brother to figure out — with a tough-as-nails outside and possibly nothing too soft underneath. He’s surly and unsociable, but when he straps on a tool belt, no woman can resist his sexy swagger. Except apparently Hope Beaumont, the innkeeper of his own Inn BoonsBoro. And though the Inn is running smoothly, thanks to Hope’s experience and unerring instincts, her big-city past is about to make an unwelcome — and embarrassing — appearance. Seeing Hope vulnerable stirs up Ryder’s emotions and makes him realize that while Hope may not be perfect, she just might be perfect for him...
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Boonsboro Inn, Book #3

Nath: I really enjoy Ms Roberts' contemporary romance :) The Boonsboro Inn trilogy is not her best, but still satisfying. Looking forward to see how she's going to wrap everything up. I like Ryder's surly attitude and his interactions with Hope so far have been quite interesting LOL. Gotta say though, I don't like the cover of The Perfect Hope. The colors are too blend :(

Ames:  I'm buying this series up for my mom, but I haven't been feeling compelled to read them.  I think I'm still just stuck on The Witness.  LOL



Rescue My Heart by Jill Shalvis
Published by Berkley
After a tragic stint in the National Guards, Adam Connelly returns to Idaho and to Belle Haven, the animal shelter he owns with his brothers. All Adam wants is to be alone. Then he opens the door to the past—the woman whose heart he once broke. Still gorgeous, still tough-as-nails, but this time, unusually vulnerable.

Holly Reid learned the hard way to never depend on a man for anything. Now, of all men, it’s the last one she wants to see, and the only one she needs. Her father has gone missing in the Bitterroot Mountains and she could use someone with tracking skills to help find him.

For Holly and Adam, each with their ghosts, a trek this desperate, this unpredictable, and this intimate, will have its share of risks—including opening their hearts one more time.
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Animal Magnetism, Book #3

Nath: I'm skipping this one. I haven't enjoyed the two previous books and based on the blurb and reviews I've seen, this one won't do it for me. However, I wanted to say the dog was cute :P

Monroe: As always Nath and I are opposites...I love Jill and I REALLY love this series! Im counting down the days! 

Ames:  I love Jill too and this series with the animals is icing on the best freaking cake ever.  I do like cake.  :P


Tart by Lauren Dane
Published by Berkley
Juliet Lamprey is having the time of her life running her successful bakery, TART, when Gideon Carter comes back into her life. Returning home to help his grandfather run the family farm, Gideon is back for good. When they meet again, the spark between them is immediate, and it isn’t long before the former childhood friends play catch up—in bed.

That’s not good news for local lawyer Cal Whaley. Though the sexually open but strictly monogamous Cal has loved Jules for a long time, he’s hardly ever taken it further than friendship. When he sees her start to fall for Gideon, he knows he has to make his move or risk losing her forever.

Who would have anticipated that all three of them would connect on such an intimate level? The trio’s scalding liaisons take them places they’ve never dreamed. But such an intensely passionate and unusual relationship comes with equally as complicated emotions, and when Jules must suddenly leave town, she wonders if she’ll have a choice to make when she returns…
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Series: Delicious, Book #2

Monroe: YUMMY COVER!

Ames:  OMG OMG OMG I have been super anxious to get this one.  I felt like October would NEVER end.  Of course I pre-ordered this forever ago and now it's just a waiting game with the mailbox.  LOL  The mailbox always holds my packages hostages.  It's in cahoots with the devil.  Anyway, I can't wait to read this!


Exposed to You by Beth Kery
Published by Berkley
Losing control is just the beginning...

“What would you do if the sexiest man in the world was bent on bringing you unbearable pleasure again and again? Joy Hightower wasn’t sure she could survive the experience…or live without it."

It’s not often you’re hired to paint a body tattoo—and what a body—on a total stranger at a Hollywood film set. A reserved and careful art teacher, Joy would never forget it. In a rare fit of raw desire she gave herself completely, knowing she’d never see him again, or ever repeat such a shameless, naked impulse.

Little did she know, the man with whom she shared that lightning bolt of lust was star Everett Hughes. For Everett, women and sex came as easily as fame. But how could he hope to convince the guarded Joy that beneath the hard body and sexy façade of celebrity was a real man who wanted only one, real woman?

In the heat of an intoxicating affair, Everett endeavors to break down her barriers, gain her trust, and expose himself as the real deal. But can Joy do the same, and reveal to him the vulnerable woman who longs to be loved, wanted, and desired forever?
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Series: One Night of Passion, Book #1

Ames:  I know I didn't care for Beth's serial Because You Are Mine, but I do like her full length novels and I've seen some positive reviews of this book already.  I'm looking forward to reading it.


Come Fly with Me by Addison Fox
Published by New American Library (Signet Eclipse)
How do you say no to a man at thirty thousand feet?

When Grier Thompson is called to Indigo, Alaska, to deal with the estate of her estranged late father, the last things she expects to find are a hotly contested will, a hostile half sister who has never known Grier exists, or an entire town that doesn’t take kindly to this stranger.

Except maybe for Mick O’Shaughnessy.

An Indigo native, Mick has all he wants in life: a soft flannel shirt, a nice cottage, and a thriving airline charter business. Could this simple life get any better? One look at Grier and Mick discovers the answer is a resounding yes. She thinks so too—and if it weren’t for her family baggage, maybe she could relax and enjoy herself before it’s time to return to real life.

But then an unexpected visitor from Grier’s past unsettles the community just when the residents are finally starting to warm to her. By the time Mick comes out of the clouds to realize he’s fallen head over heels in love, it might just be too late to win Grier’s heart.
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Alaskan Nights, Book #2

Nath: This book is on my radar. I read the prequel, Baby, It's Cold Outside, last year and it was okay. So I'm going to be looking for reviews and if Come Fly with Me can focus on the H/H, then perhaps I'll pick it up :)


Countess so Shameless by Liana LeFey
Published by Montlake Romance
No one can compete for Lady Mélisande’s coveted affections like the Italian rogue she met five years prior during a visit to Versailles. Her encounter with Lord Alessandro Orsini awakened a passion so fierce that the mere memory of it still ignites her senses. So when the celebrated rake resurfaces in London, Mélisande succumbs to temptation and shamelessly proposes an affair for the Season.

Alessandro has never forgotten the girl he met in Versailles—his perfect match. Though the fiercely independent lady has sworn off marriage, it doesn’t stop him from vowing to make her his wife. While seducing her body, he wages tender warfare on her heart’s defenses. But a bitter rival also burns to possess Mélisande, and luck has provided the means to bend her to his will: a scandalous secret that could ruin her. The price of his silence is nothing less than her hand in marriage, forcing Mélisande to choose between the desires of her heart and everything else she holds dear.
Genre: Historical Romance
Series: Scandal in London, Book  #1

Ames:  I like historical novels where the heroine is independent and doesn't care to marry.  Of course you know she will give into the lusty hero eventually, but that power struggle is what makes that plot so interesting.  This one definitely caught my eye.


November 8

Did You Miss Me? by Karen Rose
Published by Headline Book Publishing
Best be nimble, best be quick, I'm right here and you're my pick...The last thing Ford Elkhart remembers is walking his girlfriend back to her university dormitory. Now he's lying tied and gagged on a cold, dark floor, with only one chance to escape before he ends up like the bones surrounding him... Assistant State's Attorney Daphne Montgomery is devastated by her son's disappearance, and is immediately convinced that his kidnapping is connected to the white supremacist she's just had jailed for murder. FBI Special Agent Joseph Carter isn't so sure - especially when he learns that Ford's girlfriend is also missing. Is Ford's abduction payback for Daphne's courtroom victory? Or is he a pawn in an even more dangerous game?
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Series: Baltimore, Book #3 - but loosely connected to all her other books

Nath: I can't wait for Did You Miss Me?!!!!! Similarly to Ms Rose's last couple of books, Did You Miss Me? is being released as a hardcover in the UK first... and I already have my copy pre-ordered :) If I remember correctly, the American release will be in paperback and is expected for February. Anyway, I was surprised that the main characters were going to be Ford and Daphne. I was actually expecting Clay and Stevie, but hey, if it means that Ms Rose is planning more books in Baltimore, I sure won't complain!! :) Especially it if means there might be another release not too far off in 2013. Yes, I know, I'm greedy. But what can I say? Ms Rose's romantic suspense books are among the best! :)

Ames:  This release has caught me by surprise...not that it should since I haven't read KR in forever. BUT maybe I'll start back up with this one!  Karen is an auto-buy author for me.


November 19

All He Ever Desired by Shannon Stacey
Published by Carina Press
A second shot at first love.

After college, Ryan Kowalski decided to leave Whitford, Maine, rather than watch Lauren Carpenter marry another man. Now his siblings need his help to refurbish the family-owned Northern Star Lodge and he's forced to face the past sooner rather than later when he collars a vandal—and learns the boy is Lauren's son...

The last person Lauren needs back in her life is Ryan Kowalski. With a bitter ex-husband and a moody teenage son, she has enough man trouble already. But her son needs to learn a few lessons about right and wrong, even if Lauren has to escort him to Ryan's door every day to work off his crime.

With all this close contact, Ryan and Lauren can't deny the chemistry between them is as powerful as ever. But can a few searing kisses erase their past and pave the way for a second chance at true love?
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: The Kowalskis, Book  #5

Nath: Hmmm, I've been on a contemporary romance kick lately, but I'm not convinced about All He Ever Desired. In All He Ever Needed, I wasn't impressed by Ryan and one of my least favorite element in contemporary romance is teenagers with single parents. I don't mind about cute babies and toddlers, but teenagers? Plus, seems like the ex is still around? However, Brie said she enjoyed this one... so perhaps.

Ames:  Since her debut, I've been hearing good things about Shannon's books.  I haven't read her other books yet but this one sounds interesting.  I like reading about the one that got away.


November 27

Steel's Edge by Ilona Andrews
Published by Berkley (Ace) 
The Edge lies between worlds, on the border between the Broken, where people shop at Wal-Mart and magic is a fairy tale—and the Weird, where blueblood aristocrats rule, changelings roam, and the strength of your magic can change your destiny...

Charlotte de Ney is as noble as they come, a blueblood straight out of the Weird. But even though she possesses rare magical healing abilities, her life has brought her nothing but pain. After her marriage crumbles, she flees to the Edge to build a new home for herself. Until Richard Mar is brought to her for treatment, and Charlotte’s life is turned upside down once again.

Richard is a swordsman without peer, future head of his large and rambunctious Edger clan—and he’s on a clandestine quest to wipe out slavers trafficking humans in the Weird. So when his presence leads his very dangerous enemies to Charlotte, she vows to help Richard destroy them. The slavers’ operation, however, goes deeper than Richard knows, and even working together, Charlotte and Richard may not survive...
Genre: Fantasy
Series: The Edge, Book  #4

Nath: Honestly, I keep telling myself that I'll give up on this series, because I think it's not as good as Ms Andrews' Kate Daniels series. However, I always find myself picking the next book up because of the characters and the blurb. This one sounds interesting and I want to read more of Richard, the leader of the Mar clan. Also, I think this might be the last book... so might as well, right?


The First Prophet by Kay Hooper
Published by Jove
Within the FBI, there exists a team of psychics whose powers cannot be denied. But these agents are feared—by a cabal of conspirators with only one weapon: to blind the psychics to the evils all around them.

Months ago Sarah Gallagher woke from a coma with psychic abilities she couldn’t control. They changed her life and cost her the man she loved. And now, someone is playing games with Sarah’s mind.

It begins with Sarah’s home being destroyed by fire—an act of arson that draws novelist Tucker Mackenzie into Sarah’s confidence. But he has other reasons for pursuing a woman who can see what others can’t. So does a mysterious enemy intent on eliminating Sarah, and everyone she cares about. Because it’s only a matter of time before her visions lead her and Tucker to a secret many will kill to hide. Only then will they begin to discover the scope of a terrifying conspiracy so deep and complex they can trust almost no one.
Genre: Fantasy
Series: Bishop Files, Book  #1

Nath: You know how big a fan I am of Ms Hooper right? So two new books in one year... Yep, I am over the moon LOL, especially since The First Prophet seems to be the beginning of a spin-off series from the FBI SCU series. Can't wait to get my hand on it!!


*Warning: Spoilers in the blurb of Cold Days. To read the blurb, please highlight*

Cold Days by Jim Butcher
Published by New American Library (ROC)
HARRY DRESDEN LIVES!!!

After being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating his way through the realm between life and death, and being brought back to the mortal world, Harry realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad. Because he is no longer Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard.

He is now Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. After Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty, Mab wasn’t about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had sought for so long. And now, her word is his command, no matter what she wants him to do, no matter where she wants him to go, and no matter who she wants him to kill.

Guess which Mab wants first?

Of course, it won’t be an ordinary, everyday assassination. Mab wants her newest minion to pull off the impossible: kill an immortal. No problem there, right? And to make matters worse, there exists a growing threat to an unfathomable source of magic that could land Harry in the sort of trouble that will make death look like a holiday.

Beset by enemies new and old, Harry must gather his friends and allies, prevent the annihilation of countless innocents, and find a way out of his eternal subservience before his newfound powers claim the only thing he has left to call his own...

His soul.
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: The Dresden Files, Book  #14

Nath: It's finally here! Well okay, not yet, but soon, Cold Days is coming out soon! I've really been looking forward to this new installment. I can't wait to see where M. Butcher will lead us and what new doors Harry will open! Just can't wait!


Christmas Bride/Christmas Beau by Mary Balogh
Published by Random House Publishing (Dell) 
In a pair of classic Regency-era Christmas romance novels from New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh, the holidays herald the greatest gift of all: unexpected, all-consuming love.

A Christmas Bride

The very wealthy Edgar Downes has promised his aging father to finally take a bride—specifically, to wed a titled lady by Christmas. London is full of pretty, proper, and eligible misses, but it’s the widow Helena, Lady Stapleton, in a shocking red dress, who captures Edgar’s attention. Helena is intrigued by the seductive stranger—but he’s simply not in her class. Marriage, of course, would never do. But in a season of miracles, something wondrous is about to happen.

Christmas Beau

Not even the warm, forgiving Christmas spirit can stop the Marquess of Denbigh from settling his score with Judith Easton: The beautiful young widow injured Denbigh’s pride years ago by jilting him for another man. Now that Judith is free from a nightmare marriage, the handsome marquess has her in his sights—and wants her in his arms. But to trust the tender words on his lips, Judith must not only see past the hardness of his heart, but learn once again to trust her own heart’s desire.
Genre: Historical Romance
Series: n/a

Nath: I enjoy Ms Balogh's oldies and her Christmas books are usually quite enjoyable, so I'll be picking this one up for sure :)

Ames:  Me too!!  I am so glad they're re-releasing all her good oldies.  I wonder when The Notorious Rake is going to make it's reprint debut?


Gold Fire by Starr Ambrose
Published by Simon & Schuster (Pocket)
Reformed wild-woman Zoe Larkin meets her match in saloon-owner Jase Garrett in this lighthearted, steamy romance set in a picturesque mountain resort town.

Welcome to Barringer’s Pass, Colorado—a mountain paradise with a long memory. The Larkin sisters have tried for years to make the town forget the wild ways of their youths, but Alpine Sky Resort assistant manager Zoe Larkin can still feel the judgment, despite her guarded manner and sensible skirts. Her big chance to be taken seriously as a business woman comes in the form of a land deal: all she has to do is persuade the owner of the rundown Rusty Wire saloon to sell so the Alpine Sky can build a golf course on the land.

Jase Garrett made a name for himself as a world-class competitive skiier and won four Olympic medals. But the tragic death of his best friend nine years ago threw him off course, and the Rusty Wire is both his sanctuary and his hideaway, so he will never sell. No matter what.

Zoe goes back to the drawing board with a little assistance from her very attractive boss. But when Jase is the victim of arson, Zoe becomes the number one suspect. Has she sunk to new lows to gain a promotion? Or is she the victim, too?

Zoe and Jase must work together—very closely together—to clear her name, save the Rusty Wire, and see if the sparks fly as well in the bedroom as they do at the negotiating table.
Genre: Contemporary romance
Series: Larkin Sisters, Book #2

Nath: I'm not sure whether I'll pick up Gold Fire or not, but it's on my radar. I DNFed Silver Sparks because I hate all the bad rumors surrounding the Larkin sisters. They were so unfair and just frustrating. That's why I'm hesitant about Gold Fire... but an Olympic champion (well I'm assuming one of the medals was gold :P) as a hero, Ms Ambrose got me there :P

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Sigh, I have a feeling I'll be hitting my TBR pile during this month and I might be climbing the walls and curtains in anticipation of new releases mid-way through November ^_^; It's been a while since there's been so little new releases... Any one that we missed and could add?

Tuesday, October 23

Pre-Release Discussion: Guardian Demon by Meljean Brook

Very Important Note: this post is filled with very significant spoilers for the Guardian series by Meljean Brook. If you haven’t read the books, don’t read it (it won’t make sense if you’re unfamiliar with it, so you’re not missing much).

Nath: If you’ve been around blogland in the past weeks, you’re probably aware that Meljean Brook finally unveiled the cover for her last book in her Guardian series, Guardian Demon. But the cover wasn’t alone, we also got a blurb. Brie from Romance Around the Corner, being a huge fan of the series, was so excited that she shot me an email wanting to discuss and do some guesswork about what might be happening in this final installment. She also had the bright idea to share this discussion with fellow fans and have you join us! So feel free to add your two cents on the comments!!

For those who have not yet seen the cover or read the blurb, here it is:



In this thrilling conclusion to the Guardian series, New York Times bestselling author Meljean Brook delivers another stunning page-turner, in which the fate of humanity depends upon a tortured warrior winning the trust—and heart—of the woman he wounded…

After a terrifying encounter in Hell destroys her trust in Michael, the Guardian’s powerful leader, former detective Andromeda Taylor is ready to call it quits as one of the angelic warriors and resume her human life again. But when demonic forces threaten her closest friends and she uncovers a terrifying plot devised by Lucifer, Taylor is thrown straight into Michael’s path again…

To defeat Lucifer, Michael needs every Guardian by his side—and he needs Taylor more than any other. The detective is the key to keeping his own demonic side at bay, and Michael will do anything to protect her and keep her close. And when Taylor manifests a deadly power, her Gift might tip the scales in the endless war between Heaven and Hell…or it might destroy them both with a single touch.
Nath: First thing first, the cover! What are your thoughts, Brie?

Brie: The first thing I thought was that the “u” in Guardian is smaller than the rest of the letters. I like that it matches the series and that it’s monochromatic. Love the colors and the wings and that the models look like the characters. I don’t like the guy they chose for Michael, though, he’s kind of thin and has Elvis hair. But overall I like it. I don’t really pay much attention to covers and I don’t care if they are not perfect, so I’m fine with it.

Nath: Interesting that the first thing you noticed was the “u.” Although you’re absolutely right... the fact that it’s smaller makes it really weird ^_^; I too like the cover. I like that it matches the last few covers in terms of feel and colors and I also think it’s pretty. I actually quite like the pose the two models are in. As for their physical appearances, while they don’t match what I had in mind -- for the longest time, I thought Michael was black... but turns out it’s his wings and his obsidian eyes, oops LOL -- they do look good. What I would have liked is for Michael to be in a toga, though, and for his sword to be more prominent as it is kind of hidden behind the author’s name.

Brie: Funny you should mention Michael’s small sword, because I also thought it should have been bigger... Let’s stop talking about it, though, it’s starting to sound dirty. I’m sure Michael’s sword is big and powerful and awesome.

Nath: Sure... it sounds so much proper now LOL.

Brie: Let’s talk about the blurb!

The first part says that
“the fate of humanity depends upon a tortured warrior winning the trust—and heart—of the woman he wounded…”

Do you think this refers something that happens in this book? Or maybe to the fact that he tricked her into becoming the new Doyen and all that happened in the past few books?

Nath: Well, I think it’s confession time... While I’m a big fan of the series, I kind of had a mental blockage when it came to Demon Forged. As a result, I didn’t really read it and I’m not totally sure what transpired between Michael and Taylor, Michael bounding himself to her ^_^; However, I would say that the wounding part is the fact that he tricked her and everything that has happened since. What’s your take?

Brie: What? You are a bad fangirl, bad!

Nath: I know, I know!! I really tried reading Demon Forged and I was so excited about its release! But I don’t know, there’s just something about Irena... Sigh.

Brie: Well, I say he tricked her because when he made her into a Guardian he failed to mention that he was also creating a bond between them that would allow her to be the new Doyen.

I don’t think the blurb refers to this, though. I think something happens between them in the new book. Because next it says:
“After a terrifying encounter in Hell destroys her trust in Michael, the Guardian’s powerful leader, former detective Andromeda Taylor is ready to call it quits as one of the angelic warriors and resume her human life again”. What do you think that terrifying encounter is? Last time we saw him he was a dragon, maybe he attacks her? He’s also half demon so maybe she sees that part of him?

Also, I can’t believe you don’t like Irena. She’s so cool, and slightly scary!

Nath: It’s not that I don’t like Irena per se... But there’s just something about her and Alejandro. I can’t pinpoint it, but when it comes to their book. Sigh ^_^; 


By the way, you’re really taking apart this blurb! LOL. First, did she know that Michael was part demon? Because it could be a similar reaction as Irena’s. Discovering that the one you look up to is not only a demon, but can also transform into a dragon!? (Brie: I think the dragon part was because of the torture and not an actual power or secret) We’re running out of villains. Who’s left? If I remember correctly, Michael’s sister is out, so that means Lucifer and Belial. I can’t see either of them being so terrifying... but a dragon?. I just think that as a Doyen, Taylor has seen a lot... and for her to want to turn her back on Michael and go back to her “human” life, it’s more than just a terrifying encounter. It must have to do with trust.

Brie: Guardian Demon’s villain has to be Belial --I think--. Although the blurb mentions Lucifer, but we know that blurbs are not to be trusted. Michael's sister is trapped in Chaos, right? I assume she's going to play a role in this book, but I’m not sure. What I do know is that whatever happens at the end, they won’t defeat evil. They can’t kill Lucifer, that would be bad for business! 

Nath: I’m still unsure who’s worst, Belial or Lucifer. One thing is sure though, Hell needs a master, so of course, you can’t get rid of both... and facing the evil you know is always better, so I’d get rid of Belial and keep Lucifer.

The next sentence is:
“But when demonic forces threaten her closest friends and she uncovers a terrifying plot devised by Lucifer, Taylor is thrown straight into Michael’s path again…” So I can’t see Taylor being terrified by either Lucifer or Belial. By the way, Taylor has met Lucifer in Demon Angel right? Also, for Taylor to go back to her “human” life, this means Michael is not longer stuck in Hell right? Sigh, my memory is so fuzzy, I really need to re-read the series before Guardian Demon comes out.

Brie: Taylor does know that Michael is half demon, that cat’s been out of the bag for a while now. But I don’t think Taylor and Lucifer have met. She’s been in Hell, though. I assume that Michael gets out of Hell and goes back to his regular body early on in the book, because a romance between Taylor and Dragon-Michael would be weird. I don’t mind kinky, but dragon sex is too much. That part about Taylor going back to her “human” self means that she wants to fall, like Hugh did in the first book. Remember that Guardians have that option.

Nath: I thought perhaps Taylor had met Lucifer in the first book, you know at the end when they wanted to sacrifice Hugh to get access to the portals with his blood. Lucifer chopped off Sir Pup’s heads and Taylor and Preston rescued those... It was quite chaotic, but I think Lucifer was there and Taylor at the same time. So they haven’t met formally, but Taylor has seen him.

And you think Taylor would fall? I guess it makes sense... If she goes back to being human, she can still re-integrate to her old life since not much time has gone by. Also, being a Guardian at the moment isn’t a very attractive prospect, especially given everything she went through.

Oh, by the way, thanks for the dragon-sex image ^_^; I’m pretty sure yes, he goes back to his human form, because I doubt many would follow him otherwise. Plus, how would he get out of Hell?

Brie: Now let’s talk about the most intriguing part of the blurb: "And when Taylor manifests a deadly power, her Gift might tip the scales in the endless war between Heaven and Hell…or it might destroy them both with a single touch."

What do you think it’s her power? I bet it has something to do with the symbols. Although the first thing I thought when I read that part was Sienna from Nalini Singh’s Psy/Changeling books. The “destroy them with a single touch” sounds like she has one of those superpowers of mass destruction.

Nath: My reaction was the same as yours, Brie! For some reasons, I thought about fire... If not, it’d be something like turning stuff into ashes or dust, but I think that’s taking it a bit too literal. So I think that you’re onto something about her power having to do with symbols.

Brie: We could speculate all day, but I’m sure the book will surprise us, or at least I hope so. This is one of those series where I can’t see the twists and revelations coming, and I hope Ms. Brook was saving the best for last. I really can’t wait to read it.

Nath: I’m sure Ms Brook is going to surprise us. And I hope this book concludes the series well. I’m kind of sad it’s ending, though.. I’m happy for Ms. Brook’s success with The Iron Seas series... but the selfish voice in me can’t help but lament over the premature end to the Guardians series :(

Brie: I’m sad the series is ending and I can already hear tiny violins of despair playing behind me. These books are special and I’ve yet to read something that comes close to them. However, I disagree with you regarding the premature ending. Part of what makes the series so good is that it’s planned. This is the land of the never ending book series, and I’m glad this one didn’t follow that path. She’s ending it with a bang and on a high note, instead of stretching it until the original spirit of the books is almost unrecognizable.

Nath: I agree with you that Ms Brook is ending it with a bang, which is always preferable. However, I do feel there were still more stories to be told before Michael’s book. Not that it matters now... All that matters is that May and Guardian Demon get here very soon!!

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What do you guys think? Are you excited about the book? Do you have any theories or thoughts? Let us know in the comments!

Monday, October 1

New Releases - October 2012

Wooohooo, October 1!! I'm so happy we're at the beginning of a new month! I've been in a reading slump the past couple of weeks and one explanation that I have was the poor new releases schedule of September. I mean, there was almost nothing after the first week!! Lucky for me, it looks more spread out in October. By the way, are you ready for Christmas? LOL. I'm always surprised they start releasing Christmas-theme books so early...


October 1

Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally
Published by Sourcebooks Fire
Red-hot author Miranda Kenneally hits one out of the park in this return to Catching Jordan's Hundred Oaks High.

After a scandal rocks their conservative small town, 17-year-old Parker Shelton goes overboard trying to prove that she won't turn out like her mother: a lesbian. The all-star third-baseman quits the softball team, drops 20 pounds and starts making out with guys--a lot. But hitting on the hot new assistant baseball coach might be taking it a step too far...especially when he starts flirting back.
Genre: Contemporary Young Adult
Series: connected to Catching Jordan

Ames:  I luuuurved Catching Jordan so I'm really looking forward to Stealing Parker.  It sounds interesting!

Nath: Ms Kenneally impressed me with her debut novel, Catching Jordan. I have to say, I'm not sure about this blurb and Parker's journey, but I'm intrigued. Also, the book still revolves around sport, so that's interesting to me :)


October 2

Death and the Girl Next Door by Darynda Jones
Published by St. Martin’s Press
Ten years ago, Lorelei's parents disappeared without a trace. Raised by her grandparents and leaning on the support of her best friends, Lorelei is finally beginning to accept the fact that her parents are never coming home. For Lorelei, life goes on.

High school is not quite as painful as she thinks it will be, and things are as normal as they can be. Until the day the school's designated loner, Cameron Lusk, begins to stalk her, turning up where she least expects it, standing outside her house in the dark, night after night. Things get even more complicated when a new guy—terrifying, tough, sexy Jared Kovach—comes to school. Cameron and Jared instantly despise each other and Lorelei seems to be the reason for their animosity. What does Jared know about her parents? Why does Cameron tell Jared he can't have Lorelei? And what will any of them do when Death comes knocking for real?
Genre:  Fantasy Young Adult
Series:  Darklight, Book #1

Nath: Death and the Girl Next Door is on my radar because the author is Ms Darynda Jones who was one of my favorite new-to-me author in 2011. I'm curious to see how her writing will translate into YA, if it's going to be as funny. It's interesting that "death" will still play a bit role in her YA series.


The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan
Published by Hyperion
Annabeth is terrified. Just when she’s about to be reunited with Percy—after six months of being apart, thanks to Hera—it looks like Camp Jupiter is preparing for war. As Annabeth and her friends Jason, Piper, and Leo fly in on the Argo II, she can’t blame the Roman demigods for thinking the ship is a Greek weapon. With its steaming bronze dragon masthead, Leo’s fantastical creation doesn’t appear friendly. Annabeth hopes that the sight of their praetor Jason on deck will reassure the Romans that the visitors from Camp Half-Blood are coming in peace.

And that’s only one of her worries. In her pocket Annabeth carries a gift from her mother that came with an unnerving demand: Follow the Mark of Athena. Avenge me. Annabeth already feels weighed down by the prophecy that will send seven demigods on a quest to find—and close— the Doors of Death. What more does Athena want from her?

Annabeth’s biggest fear, though, is that Percy might have changed. What if he’s now attached to Roman ways? Does he still need his old friends? As the daughter of the goddess of war and wisdom, Annabeth knows she was born to be a leader, but never again does she want to be without Seaweed Brain by her side.
Genre:  Fantasy Young Adult
Series:  Heroes of Olympus #3

Ames:  I'll be picking this one up for my brothers.  :P

Nath: Well, I'll be picking this one up for myself, LOL, and then perhaps, my sister will read it when she's finally caught up on the series :P I'm looking forward to The Mark of Athena and see what adventures Annabeth and Percy are going to face. Also, it's going to be interesting to see the two camps mix! I just hope this book is as good as The Son of Neptune :) Also, is this the first time we truly get Annabeth's POV?


Beauty and the Bounty Hunter by Lori Austin
Published by Signet (New American Library)
Cathleen Chase is no killer—but as Cat O’Banyon, she is a ruthless bounty hunter who always gets her man. Catching one lowlife after another, she continues her search for the only man she really cares to locate. The one whose voice she will never forget; the man who murdered her husband. She’ll stop at nothing to find him. Con artist Alexi Romanov taught Cat every trick she knows. He is a master of deceit, disguise, and desire. He’s difficult to trust, and even more difficult to resist, but he has news she can’t ignore. The man she’s after has placed a bounty on her head. To get him before he gets her, she’ll have to team up with Alexi again....And just like before, the two of them together are nothing but trouble
Genre:  Western Historical Romance
Series:  Once Upon a Time in the West, Book #1

Ames:  Oooh, I hadn't heard of this one.  It has a interesting premise.  And I like that the hero is a con artist.

Nath: I saw this book featured on someone's blog and it caught my attention :) First, there was the cover - pretty. Then, the heroine is a bounty hunter and I do like con artist as well! This one sounds like a winner :)


Dark Currents by Jacqueline Carey
Published by ROC
The Midwestern resort town of Pemkowet boasts a diverse population: eccentric locals, wealthy summer people, and tourists by the busload; not to mention fairies, sprites, vampires, naiads, ogres and a whole host of eldritch folk, presided over by Hel, a reclusive Norse goddess.

To Daisy Johanssen, fathered by an incubus and raised by a single mother, it’s home. And as Hel’s enforcer and the designated liaison to the Pemkowet Police Department, it’s up to her to ensure relations between the mundane and eldritch communities run smoothly.

But when a young man from a nearby college drowns—and signs point to eldritch involvement—the town’s booming paranormal tourism trade is at stake. Teamed up with her childhood crush, Officer Cody Fairfax, a sexy werewolf on the down-low, Daisy must solve the crime—and keep a tight rein on the darker side of her nature. For if she’s ever tempted to invoke her demonic birthright, it could accidentally unleash nothing less than Armageddon.
Genre:  Fantasy
Series:  Agent of Hel, Book #1

Ames:  Carey is an autobuy author for me.  This sounds like a good new series.  I love all those magical creatures.

Nath: This one sounds interesting :) I've been looking for new Urban Fantasy series. Although jeez, Norse mythology and Vikings seem to be in fashion!


Daughter of the Sword by Steve Bein
Published by ROC
Mariko Oshiro is not your average Tokyo cop. As the only female detective in the city’s most elite police unit, she has to fight for every ounce of respect, especially from her new boss. While she wants to track down a rumored cocaine shipment, he gives her the least promising case possible. But the case—the attempted theft of an old samurai sword—proves more dangerous than anyone on the force could have imagined.

The owner of the sword, Professor Yasuo Yamada, says it was crafted by the legendary Master Inazuma, a sword smith whose blades are rumored to have magical qualities. The man trying to steal it already owns another Inazuma—one whose deadly power eventually comes to control all who wield it. Or so says Yamada, and though he has studied swords and swordsmanship all his life, Mariko isn’t convinced.

But Mariko’s skepticism hardly matters. Her investigation has put her on a collision course with a curse centuries old and as bloodthirsty as ever. She is only the latest in a long line of warriors and soldiers to confront this power, and even the sword she learns to wield could turn against her.
Genre:  Fantasy
Series:  Fated Blades, Book #1

Nath: Not sure if I'll really pick this one up, guess it's going to depend on the review. But gotta say, the cover is very nice and I like things related to Japan.


Tempting the Bride by Sherry Thomas
Published by Berkley
Helena Fitzhugh understands perfectly well that she would be ruined should her secret love affair be discovered. So when a rendezvous goes wrong and she is about to be caught in the act, it is with the greatest reluctance that she accepts help from David Hillsborough, Viscount Hastings, and elopes with him to save her reputation.

Helena has despised David since they were children—the notorious rake has tormented her all her life. David, on the other hand, has always loved Helena, but his pride will never let him admit the secrets of his heart.

A carriage accident the day after their elopement, however, robs Helena of her memory—the slate is wiped clean. At last David dares to reveal his love, and she finds him both fascinating and desirable. But what will happen when her memory returns and she realizes she has fallen for a man she has sworn never to trust?
Genre:  Historical Romance
Series:  Fitzhugh Trilogy, Book #3

Ames:  Sherry Thomas is another auto-buy author for me.  And even though I'm not a fan of amnesia plots, this one sounds good!


Reflected In You by Sylvia Day
Published by Penguin
Gideon Cross. As beautiful and flawless on the outside as he was damaged and tormented on the inside. He was a bright, scorching flame that singed me with the darkest of pleasures. I couldn't stay away. I didn't want to. He was my addiction...my every desire...mine.

My past was as violent as his, and I was just as broken. We’d never work. It was too hard, too painful... except when it was perfect. Those moments when the driving hunger and desperate love were the most exquisite insanity. We were bound by our need. And our passion would take us beyond our limits to the sweetest, sharpest edge of obsession...
Genre:Contemporary Romance
Series: Crossfire, Book #2

Monroe: LOVED the first one of this series and cant wait to read this one!!!

Ames:  I was torn over the first one.  I thought it was super hot and the h/h definitely had chemistry.  But I got annoyed with the pattern of them fighting, her running away, him chasing after her.  Hopefully things pick up in this installment.


Laid Open by Lauren Dane
Published by Penguin
All she needed to pack was a few bikinis, a toothbrush and some sunscreen. This is what Ben told Erin when he presented her and Todd with tickets to Fiji and the promise of ten days of nothing but sleeping until whenever they wanted, sex without having to lock the door and lots of alone time.

And that’s what they have. Long days and nights filled with pleasure. Long enough that the stress and exhaustion drops away and the three can simply enjoy each other.

They’ve got heat. More than ever before. Recharging their batteries has also brought new levels of intimacy and connection. But when Erin stumbles over the pain of her past, both men band together to not only help her through, but to help each other as well.
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Series:  The Brown Siblings, Book #5

Ames:  Erin, Ben and Todd are from the very first book.  And I wowee were they scorching together!  Can't wait to read this novella.  :P


October 8

Until There Was You by Jessica Scott
Published by Loveswept
He plays by the rules, she’s not afraid to break them. Now these two strong-willed army captains will prove that opposites attract...

A by-the-book captain with a West Point background, Captain Evan Loehr refuses to mix business with pleasure—except for an unguarded instance years ago when he succumbed to the deep sensuality of redheaded beauty Claire Montoya. From that moment on, though, Evan has been at odds with her, through two deployments to Iraq and back again. But when he is asked to train a team prepping for combat alongside Claire, battle-worn Evan is in for the fight of his life.

Strong, gutsy, and loyal, Captain Claire Montoya has worked hard to earn the rank on her chest. In Evan, Claire sees a rigid officer who puts the rules before everything else—including his people. When the mission forces them together, Claire soon discovers that there is more to Evan than meets the eye.

He’s more than the rank on his chest; he’s a man with dark secrets and deep longings. For all their differences, Evan and Claire share two crucial passions: their country and each other.
Genre:  Category romance, Contemporary Romance
Series:  Coming Home, Book #2

Ames:  I like when female characters are soldiers or warriors.  I enjoyed Jessica's first book so I'm looking forward to reading this one.

Nath: I've heard a lot about this author, her debut novel, Because of You, really was a hit in blogland, so I'm definitively keeping an eye on this one :)


October 16

Hidden by PC and Kristin Cast
Published by St. Martin’s Griffin
Neferet’s true nature has been revealed to the Vampyre High Council, so Zoey and the gang might finally get some help in defending themselves and their beloved school against a gathering evil that grows stronger every day. And they’ll need it, because Neferet’s not going down without a fight.Chaos reigns at the House of Night...
Genre:  Fantasy Young Adult
Series:  House of Night, Book, Book  #10

Monroe: Im so behind in this series but I do want to catch up! 

Ames:  Me too!  I think I'm 4 books behind now.  :(


October 19
 
The Duchess War by Courtney Milan
Published by Courtney Milan
Sometimes love is an accident.

This time, it’s a strategy.

The Duchess War is the first full-length book in The Brothers Sinister series. It’s about Robert Blaisdell, the Duke of Clermont. Robert is the half-brother of Oliver (book 2: The Heiress Effect) and the cousin of Sebastian Malheur, the Earl of Rane (book 3: The Countess Conspiracy).
Genre:  Historical Romance
Series:  Brothers Sinister, Book #1

Ames:  The blurb for this one leaves a lot to be desired.  LOL  But whatever, I like Courtney's writing so I'm gonna get it.

Nath: I really love the covers of Ms Milan's books, but unfortunately, I never clicked with her writing. So this is a maybe, maybe not book for me.


October 23
 
My Kind of Christmas by Robyn Carr
Published by Harlequin MIRA
Patrick Riordan always thought that nothing could match the adrenaline rush he gets from his job. But this Christmas, Patrick's pulse is really racing...

The Riordan brothers may have a reputation for being rough-and tumble, but Patrick has always been the gentle, sweet-natured one. These days, his easygoing manner is being tested by his high-octane career as a navy pilot. But for the Riordan brothers, when the going gets tough…the tough find the love of a good woman.

Except the woman who has caught Patrick’s attention is Jack Sheridan’s very attractive niece.

Angie LeCroix comes to Virgin River to spend Christmas relaxing, away from her well-intentioned but hovering mother. Yet instead of freedom, she gets Jack Sheridan. If her uncle had his way, she’d never go out again. And certainly not with rugged, handsome Patrick Riordan. But Angie has her own idea of the kind of Christmas she wants—and the kind of man!

Patrick and Angie thought they wanted to be left alone this Christmas—until they meet each other. Then they want to be left alone together. But the Sheridan and Riordan families have different plans for Patrick and Angie—and for Christmas, Virgin River–style!
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Series:  Virgin River, Book #20

Nath: I haven't read the last couple of books in this series - yes, I know, shocker!! Tell you the truth, I'm still a bit undecided about this one, but I do like the Riordan and Sheridan families... So who knows :P


Merry Ex-Mas by Sheila Roberts
Published by Harlequin MIRA
Christmas in Icicle Falls... Between Yuletide traditions, winter sports and mistletoe hanging everywhere, Christmas is the best time of year in Icicle Falls, Washington. But this year it's not so merry-for three of its residents, anyway.

Cass Wilkes, owner of the Gingerbread Haus bakery, was looking forward to her daughter, Danielle's, wedding...until Dani announced that she wants her father, Cass's ex, to walk her down the aisle. Seriously? And, since every B and B is full, it looks like he, his trophy wife and their yappy little dog will be staying with Cass.

Her friend Charlene Albach arrives at their weekly chick-flick night in shock. She's just seen the ghost of Christmas past: her ex-husband, Richard, who left her a year ago, running off with the hostess from her restaurant, Zelda's, to start a new life (and restaurant) in Seattle. Now the hostess is history and he wants to kiss and make up. Hide the mistletoe!

And bring out the hot buttered rum, because the holidays aren't so easy for Ella O'Brien, either. Ella, who's newly divorced, is still sharing the house with her ex while they wait for the place to sell, and they are still fighting over all the things they fought over when they were married. The love is gone. Isn't it?

But Christmas has a way of working its magic. One of these women is about to rediscover love, another is going to remember what's important in life and the third will find a new dream in the new year. Merry Ex-mas, ladies!

Between Yuletide traditions, winter sports and mistletoe hanging everywhere, Christmas is the best time of year in Icicle Falls, Washington. But this year it's not so merry-for three of its residents, anyway.
Genre:  Women's Fiction, Chick-Lit
Series:  n/a

Nath: Ms Roberts is an author I read when I'm in the mood for Women's Fiction/Chick-Lit. I'm not sure I'll be picking this one, but at least, it's on my radar. And isn't the cover pretty? :P


October 30
 
Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet by Darynda Jones
Published by St. Martin's Press
Sometimes being the grim reaper really is that. Grim. And since Charley’s last case went so awry, she has taken a couple months off to wallow in the wonders of self-pity. But when a woman shows up on her doorstep convinced someone is trying to kill her, Charley has to force herself to rise above. Or at least get dressed. She quickly realizes something is amiss when everyone the woman knows swears she’s insane. The more they refute the woman’s story, the more Charley believes it.

In the meantime, the sexy, sultry son of Satan, Reyes Farrow, has been cleared of all charges. He is out of prison and out of Charley’s life, as per her wishes and several perfectly timed death threats. But his absence has put a serious crimp in her sex life. While there are other things to consider, like the fact that the city of Albuquerque has been taken hostage by an arsonist, Charley is having a difficult time staying away. Especially when it looks like Reyes may be involved. Just when life was returning to normal, Charley is thrust back into the world of crime, punishment, and the devil in blue jeans.
Genre:  Fantasy
Series:  Charley Davidson, Book #4

Nath: I've really been enjoying this series. It has a very great balance between the humor and the mystery and the characters are very interesting :) Looking forward to see how Charley and Reyes work it out... I really hope for some romantic moments between Charley and Reyes. I think it's time they communicate more together!


What Happens at Christmas by Victoria Alexander
Published by Kensington
Camille, Lady Lydingham, knows precisely what she wants for Christmas—an official engagement to a handsome, dashing prince. Her very proper suitor expects a proper English family and the perfect Dickensian Christmas, which leaves the lovely widow with a slight problem. The last thing Camille wants is for the prince to meet her unconventional relatives. But with the aid of a troupe of actors, Camille intends to pull off a Christmas deception of massive proportions.

At least until Grayson Elliot shows up. A dozen years ago, he declared his love on the day before her marriage to another man, then vanished from her life. Now he’s back, gate-crashing Camille’s already chaotic house party, playing absolute havoc with her scheme—and with her heart. Because for Grayson, losing Camille once was quite bad enough. Losing her twice? Unthinkable. And he’ll find a way to show her they belong together—for this season, and every Christmas yet to come …
Genre:  Historical Romance
Series:  n/a

Nath: I'm a huge fan of Ms Alexander :) Her last Christmas book wasn't great, but she came back strong with My Wicked Little Lies. So I'm hoping this one will surprise me :)


Suddenly You by Sarah Mayberry
Published by Harlequin
The definition of a happy man?The guy who knows exactly what he wants and has it. That's Harry Porter. He's got the perfect job, the best buddies and no commitments beyond the next good time. It's the ideal life.

Then he stops to help Pippa White when she's stranded by the side of the road. He's known—and liked—her for a while, but as the ex of a friend, she's entirely off-limits. And as fun as the banter with her is, Harry knows single moms are out of his league.

So why all the excuses to see Pippa again...and again? And why can't he stop thinking about her? But most puzzling of all is how Harry suddenly wants to swap a night with the boys for one with only Pippa!(
Genre:   Category romance, Contemporary Romance
Series:   Connected to All I Need

Ames:  LOL  I read the hero's name as Harry Potter, not Porter.  hahaha  I love the set up for this one and Sarah Mayberry writes great contemporary romances.  I'm very excited for this one!

Nath: LOL, I read the same, Ames! I bet it's going to be a running gag in the book :P After Her Best Worst Mistake, Ms Mayberry is on my auto-buy list :) I loved that book and am looking for the same magic!


Seducing Mr. Knightly by Maya Rodale
Published by Harpercollins Publisher (Avon)
He’s the only man she’s ever loved...

For ages it seems advice columnist Annabelle Swift has loved Derek Knightly, editor-owner of The London Weekly from a distance. Determined to finally attract her employer’s attention, she seeks advice from her loyal readers—who offer Annabelle myriad suggestions…from lower-cut bodices (success!) and sultry gazes (disaster!) to a surprise midnight rendezvous (wicked!).

She’s the only woman he never noticed...

Derek never really took note of his shy, wallflower lady writer. But suddenly she’s exquisite…and he can’t get Annabelle out of his mind! She must be pursuing someone, but who? For some inexplicable reason, the thought of her with another man makes Knightly insanely jealous.

Will Dear Annabelle find her happy ending?

But Knightly’s scandalous periodical has been targeted for destruction by a vengeful Lord Marsden, and the beleaguered editor now faces a devastating choice: either marry Marsden’s sister to save his beloved newspaper...or follow his heart and wed his Writing Girl.
Genre:  Historical Romance
Series:  The Writing Girls, Book #4

Ames:  LOL This is a cute blurb and it definitely makes me want to pick up this book.  I like when wallflowers get some love and I love jealous heroes.

Nath: It's cute right? I've enjoyed the first two books because they were light and fluffy... but was thinking to give up on the series since I have no interest in the third book ^_^; However, after reading this blurb, there's no way. I'm getting Seducing Mr. Knightly for sure and I'm hoping the quartet ends with a bang! :)


A Notorious Countess Confesses by Julie Anne Long
Published by Avon
She rose to spectacular heights...

From Covent Garden to courtesan to countess, beautiful, fearless, shamelessly ambitious Evie Duggan has riveted London in every role she plays. But the ton never could forgive her scandalous—if shockingly short—marriage, and when her star plummets amid gleefully vicious gossip, the countess escapes to the only legacy left to her: a manor house in Pennyroyal Green.

He never expected to fall so hard...

He has the face of a fallen angel and a smolder the devil would envy, but Vicar Adam Sylvaine walks a precarious line: resisting temptation…and the wild Eversea blood in his veins. Adam’s strength is tested when scandal, aka the countess, moves to Sussex. But when a woman who fiercely guards her heart and a man entrusted with the souls of an entire town surrender to a forbidden desire, will the sweetest sin lead them to Heaven...or make outcasts of them forever?
Genre:  Historical Romance
Series:  Pennyroyal Green, Book #7

Ames:  Julie Anne is an auto-buy author and this series in particular is a favorite of mine.


Princess in Love by Julianne MacLean
Published by St. Martin’s
She’s engaged to be married—to the wrong man

Leopold Hunt, Marquess of Cavanaugh, is a secret Royalist with a distant hereditary claim to the throne. He has been groomed to one day overthrow the king and rebuild his family’s dynasty. Only one thing stands in his way: the king’s daughter, Rose.

Princess Rose has loved the marquess her entire life, but she is about to enter a political marriage—one that promises to help keep her father in power. There is virtually no way for Rose to escape her fate…yet she cannot resist the unstoppable passion she feels in the arms of the handsome and charming marquess. When a dangerous plot unfolds and puts their love to the ultimate test—Leopold must make a desperate choice: To honor his family or follow his heart.
Genre:  Historical Romance
Series:  The Royal Trilogy, Book #2

Ames:  I really like that cover!  And this one sounds interesting as well.  :P


Iced by Karen Marie Moning
Published by Delacorte Press
The year is 1 AWC—After the Wall Crash. The Fae are free and hunting us. It’s a war zone out there, and no two days are alike. I’m Dani O’Malley, the chaos-filled streets of Dublin are my home, and there’s no place I’d rather be.

Dani “Mega” O’Malley plays by her own set of rules—and in a world overrun by Dark Fae, her biggest rule is: Do what it takes to survive. Possessing rare talents and the all-powerful Sword of Light, Dani is more than equipped for the task. In fact, she’s one of the rare humans who can defend themselves against the Unseelie. But now, amid the pandemonium, her greatest gifts have turned into serious liabilities. Dani’s ex–best friend, MacKayla Lane, wants her dead, the terrifying Unseelie princes have put a price on her head, and Inspector Jayne, the head of the police force, is after her sword and will stop at nothing to get it. What’s more, people are being mysteriously frozen to death all over the city, encased on the spot in sub-zero, icy tableaux.

When Dublin’s most seductive nightclub gets blanketed in hoarfrost, Dani finds herself at the mercy of Ryodan, the club’s ruthless, immortal owner. He needs her quick wit and exceptional skill to figure out what’s freezing Fae and humans dead in their tracks—and Ryodan will do anything to ensure her compliance.

Dodging bullets, fangs, and fists, Dani must strike treacherous bargains and make desperate alliances to save her beloved Dublin—before everything and everyone in it gets iced.
Genre:Urban Fantasy
Series:Fever World, Book #1

Ames:  Ooh me and my mom are probably going to fight over who gets to read this one first.  LOL


Seduced by a Pirate by Eloisa James
Published by Avon Impulse
In Eloisa James's companion story to The Ugly Duchess, Sir Griffin Barry, captain of the infamous pirate ship The Poppy, is back in England to claim the wife he hasn't seen since their wedding day . . . but this is one treasure that will not be so easy to capture.
Genre:  Historical Romance
Series:  Fairy Tales, Book #4.5

Monroe: I just started reading this series and LOVE IT! Cant wait to continue! 

Ames:  I'm so glad you started reading Eloisa James, Monroe.  She's one of my historical writers.  I like pirates too, so this is a no brainer for me.


'Twas The Night After Christmas by Sabrina Jeffries
Published by Simon & Schuster (Gallery Books)
Pierce Waverly, the Earl of Devonmont, has been estranged from his mother for most of his life. When his mother’s new companion, Mrs. Camilla Stuart, writes to tell him that his mother is seriously ill, he goes home. But when he learns that the lovely widow tricked him in order to effect a holiday reconciliation, he refuses to stay—unless she meets his “terms.” Somewhere between trying to seduce the beautiful Camilla and struggling with the cruel memories of his childhood Christmases, Pierce discovers that not only does forgiveness go two ways, but that love can blossom even in the coldest of winters.
Genre:  Historical Romance
Series:  Hellions of Halstead, Book #6

Ames:  I'm behind in this series although I keep buying the books as they come out.  LOL  Totally hopeless.  But yeah, I'll probably be buying this one too.  :P

Nath: I gotta say, I'm not happy this one comes out in hardcover. I'm happy for Ms Jeffries, but as a rule, historical romance in hardcover? Ugh. I might wait till its release in paperback - if I have the will LOL. It's going to be difficult though since Pierce Waverly has been an interesting character in the series so far ^_^;

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Any books that we've missed? What are you going to add to your new releases list? LOL.