Wednesday, September 1

September New Releases

Another month, another slew of new releases to look forward to. Luckily for me and my wallet, there aren't too many books I'm eyeballing. Which leaves room to buy up all the books from August I haven't been able to buy yet. LOL

September 1

Spy Glass by Maria Snyder
published by Harlequin
After siphoning her own blood magic in the showdown at Hubal, Opal Cowan has lost her powers. She can no longer create glass magic. More, she's immune to the effects of magic. Opal is now an outsider looking in, spying through the glass on those with the powers she once had, powers that make a difference in the world.

Until spying through the glass becomes her new power. Suddenly, the beautiful pieces she makes flash in the presence of magic. And then she discovers that someone has st olen some of her blood—and that finding it might let her regain her powers. Or learn if they're lost forever...
Genre: Fantasy
Series: Opal Crown trilogy, Book #3

Nath: I love Ms Snyder's writing and really, really, really enjoyed Poison Study and Magic Study . While this trilogy isn't holding my interest as much as the Study trilogy, I'm still getting it because it's Maria V. Snyder :P I'm hoping there'll be a lot of Yelena and Valek :P

Ames: I still haven't read the first book in this series but it's Maria Snyder, so I know it's all good. :P

Last to Die by Kate Brady
published by Grand Central Publishing
A ruthless killer hides in plain sight, someone no one believes is capable of murder. Within a week, six women will be murdered, all punished for their dark pasts. Detective Dani Cole is determined to track down this serial killer whose victims include a young woman she pulled out of a life of crime. Her investigation leads her to a photography foundation and the renowned photographer Mitch Sheridan, a man she she fell in love with years ago but has tried to forget. Dani and Mitch are instantly attracted to each other again, though their troubled pasts keep them from getting too close. Together, through the course of the investigation, they unearth a dark chain of deception that leads to a killer who is closer than they think.
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Series: The Sheridans, Book #2

Nath: I've been in the mood for romantic suspense lately and Last to Die seems to fit the bill perfectly. Interesting blurb and also, it's a Grand Central Publishing book, same publisher as Karen Rose. Last but not least, I've just read Ms Brady debut novel, One Scream Away, and think there's a lot of potential :D

Hot Island Nights by Sarah Mayberry
published by Harlequin
Elizabeth Morgan didn't intend to abandon her very proper life. But that's the best way to find her true—and less proper—self. So here she is in Australia, standing in front of a man who's clad only in a towel. Nathan Jones is so tempting he could be the ideal candidate to help this good girl be very bad!

Sure enough, thanks to Nathan's talented hands, Elizabeth is living all her sensual fantasies. And while the sex is great, something more is developing. She trusts him, and wants to share her secrets with him, and... Suddenly this feels more like a real relationship than some fun in the sun. Luckily, there's a cure for too much commitment—more wickedness!
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: n/a

Ames: Sarah Mayberry is an auto-buy author for me.

Monroe: I have been reading more and more Harlequin so this one is going down on my list FO SHO! ;)

Nath: I think I'm going to wait for reviews for this one. I'm not in luv with Ms Mayberry as everyone else, so I'll wait and see :P

Blameless by Gail Carriger
published by Orbit
Quitting her husband's house and moving back in with her horrible family, Lady Maccon becomes the scandal of the London season. Queen Victoria dismisses her from the Shadow Council, and the only person who can explain anything, Lord Akeldama, unexpectedly leaves town. To top it all off, Alexia is attacked by homicidal mechanical ladybugs, indicating, as only ladybugs can, the fact that all of London's vampires are now very much interested in seeing Alexia quite thoroughly dead. While Lord Maccon elects to get progressively more inebriated and Professor Lyall desperately tries to hold the Woolsey werewolf pack together, Alexia flees England for Italy in search of the mysterious Templars. Only they know enough about the preternatural to explain her increasingly inconvenient condition, but they may be worse than the vampires -- and they're armed with pesto.
Genre: Steampunk fantasy
Series: Alexia Tarabotti series, Book #3

Nath: I read and enjoyed Soulless, the first book in the series and was going to jump into Changeless... until I read the end. There's a huge cliff-hanger at the end of Changeless and thus, I wanted to wait till Blameless was out... so the cliff-hanger wouldn't drive me crazy. People who wants something different should take a look at this series... it's a mix of steampunk, urban fantasy and historical :P Pretty interesting and different.

Mob Rules by Cameron Haley
published by Harlequin
I'm Domino Riley, an enforcer for Shanar Rashan.

Like most mob bosses in L.A., he's a powerful sorcerer, battling for control of the city, gathering up the magic of violent and powerful emotions and storing it for his own use. Back in the day, Rashan saved me from the streets and made me his lieutenant. You could say I'm his go-to girl.

When a fellow gangster is ritually executed, I have to find out which of Rashan's enemies was behind it - and why. The cryptic messages I'm getting from the Beyond tell me it wasn't a simple hit.

With the bodies piling up, I need to win an occult gang war, take out the supernatural traitor within our outfit and, oh yeah, deal with the mixed messages I'm getting from the boss's son..

Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
Series: Underworld Cycle series, Book #1

Nath: I've been in the mood for books with magic and this one caught my eyes. There's magic and I like the mob setting. I might wait for reviews though, but I'm keeping my eyes out :P

September 7

My Lord Scandal by Emma Wildes
published by New American Library
Alexander St. James may be a thief of hearts, but he is no burglar. Nevertheless, he must recover and item belonging to his family to avoid a scandal, and so he has stolen into the home of Lord Hathaway, only to come upon the beguiling and chaste Lady Amelia in her bedroom, wearing little but a look of surprise. Alexander leaves Amelia breathless-but is it from fear or excitement? Captivated by her beauty and charmed by her intellect, he ignores the scandalous whispers as he sets out to seduce the woman of his dreams...
Genre: Historical Romance
Series: Notorious Bachelors #1

Ames: I love Emma's writing! I'm looking forward to her new series. :P

Nath: I really enjoyed Lessons from a Scarlet Lady and am looking forward to read more by Ms Wildes :)

The Grimrose Path by Rob Thurman
published by New American Library
Bar owner Triva Iktomi knows that inhuman creatures of light and darkness roam Las Vegas-especially since she's a bit more than human herself. She's just been approached with an unusual proposition. Something has slaughtered almost one thousand demons in six months. And the killing isn't going to stop unless Trixa and her friends step into the fight...
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Trickster, Book #2

Nath: If you're a regular here at Breezing Through, you know that I'm a fan of Ms Thurman. This is her other series and while I didn't enjoy the first book, Trick of the Light, as much as the Cal Leandros series, the series has definite potential and I want to see where it's going :)

The Darkest Hour by Maya Banks
published by Berkley
It's been a year since ex-Navy SEAL Ethan Kelly saw his wife Rachel alive. Now he's received an anonymous phone call claiming Rachel is alive. To find her, Ethan will have to doge bullets, cross a jungle, and risk falling captive to a deadly drug cartel that threatens his own demise.
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Series: KGI, Book #1

Ames: Maya used to be an auto-buy author for me. Her last few releases, I haven't bought yet as I'm not caught up on that series. But this is a new series and it's not erotica, so I'm going to check it out.

Monroe: Id try this one out...I have only read like one MB book but it did leave me wanting more!

Nath: Hmmm, I have to admit I'm curious about this release. I know that Ames and Monroe love this author and I've never really had the opportunity to try her. So perhaps this one...

No Mercy by Sherrilyn Kenyon
published by St. Martin's Press
Live fast, fight hard and if you have to die then take as many of your enemies with you as you can. That is the Amazon credo and it was one Samia lived and died by. Now in contemporary New Orleans, the immortal Amazon warrior is about to learn that there's a worse evil coming to slaughter mankind than she's ever faced before.

Shapeshifter Dev Peltier has stood guard at the front of Sanctuary for almost two hundred years and in that time, he's seen it all. Or so he thought. Now their enemies have discovered a new source of power- one that makes a mockery of anything faced to date.

The war is on and Dev and Sam are guarding ground zero. But in order to win, they will have to break the most cardinal of all rules and pray it doesn't unravel the universe as we know it.
Genre: Paranormal romance
Series: The Dark Hunters series, Book #27

Nath: There was a time, this was my favorite paranormal series... and then, I don't know what happened ^_^; I still have Acheron in my TBR pile and quite frankly, I don't know when I'll get to it... if I do. However, I always had a soft spot for the were-hunters, so you never know for No Mercy. Although I'm going to try to wait for the paperback release...

Monroe: I just finished the 9th book in this series and really enjoyed it. They are all still new to me so I KNOW I'll be getting this one! =)

September 21

A Hellion in Her Bed by Sabrina Jeffries
published by Simon and Schuster
Mired in scandal after his parents’ mysterious deaths, notorious gambler Lord Jarret Sharpe agrees to tamely run the family brewery for a year if his Machiavellian grandmother rescinds her ultimatum that he marry. But the gambler in him can’t resist when beguiling Annabel Lake proposes a wager. If she wins their card game, he must help save her family’s foundering brewery. But if he wins, she must spend a night in his bed. The outcome sets off a chain of events that threatens to destroy all his plans... and unveils the secret Annabel has held for so long. When Jarret discovers the darker reason behind her wager, he forces her into another one — and this time he intends to win not just her body, but her heart.
Genre: Historical Romance
Series: Hellions of Halstead, Book #2

Nath: I really enjoy Ms Jeffries books and after reading the excerpt for this book, all I know is I must have it LOL.

Ames: I know Nath enjoyed the first book in this series, The Truth About Lord Stoneville, so I'm going by her say-so alone, as I haven't read it yet. LOL Does anyone else notice a pattern here?

Nath: Definitively, but I think it's a shared one :P

Prick and Pragmatism by JL Merrow
Published by Samhain
Easy come, easy go…until the heart gets involved.

English student and aspiring journalist Luke Corbin should be studying. Instead he’s facing homelessness, thanks to the lover who’s just kicking him out of their posh digs. It’s not his first rejection—his father tossed him out at age sixteen—but Luke has no problem trading his favors for a home and security. Especially with rich, powerful, handsome men.

Except now, with finals bearing down, there’s no time to be choosy. He needs a roof over his head and he needs it now. Even if it means settling temporarily for a geeky, less-than-well-off chemical engineer called Russell.

Luke’s fully prepared to put out for the guy—because after all, in this world no one gets something for nothing. But Russell isn’t just a nerd; he’s an honourable nerd who wants to save himself for someone special.

At first Luke is annoyed, but the more time he spends with Russell, the closer he comes to a devastating realization. He wants to be that someone special. Except he’s fallen for the one man he can’t seem to charm...
Genre: M/M Romance
Series: n/a

Ames: There's a nerd. I don't need to say anymore, because I love nerds. LOL

September 28

Venom by Jennifer Estep
published by Simon and Schuster
It’s hard to be a badass assassin when a giant is beating the crap out of you. Luckily, I never let pride get in the way of my work. My current mission is personal: annihilate Mab Monroe, the Fire elemental who murdered my family. Which means protecting my identity, even if I have to conceal my powerful Stone and Ice magic when I need it most. To the public, I’m Gin Blanco, owner of Ashland’s best barbecue joint. To my friends, I’m the Spider, retired assassin. I still do favors on the side. Like ridding a vampire friend of her oversized stalker—Mab’s right-hand goon who almost got me dead with his massive fists. At least irresistible Owen Grayson is on my side. The man knows too much about me, but I’ll take my chances. Then there’s Detective Bria Coolidge, one of Ashland’s finest. Until recently, I thought my baby sister was dead. She probably thinks the same about me. Little does she know, I’m a cold-blooded killer... who is about to save her life.
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Elemental Assassin, Book #3

Nath: I love, love this cover and the colors :D I'm really enjoying this series and looking forward to read Venom!! I'm really interested to see how the relationship between Gin and Owen will play out... and looking forward for Bria's appearance and how it will probably throw everything out of the loop :P

Bayou Moon by Ilona Andrews
published by Berkley
Cerise Mar and her clan are cash poor but land rich, claiming a large swathe of the Mire, the Edge swamplands. When her parents vanish, her clan's long-time rivals are suspect. But all is not as it seems.

Two nations of the Weird are waging a cold war fought by feint and espionage, and their conflict is about to spill over into the Edge-and Cerise's life.
Genre: Fantasy
Series: The Edge, Book #2

Nath: Personally, I'm not sure how I feel about The Edge. Was it good? Yes. Did I love it? Not completely... still, I liked William who's going to be the hero of this book and I want to find out more about the world. So, will I get it? Of course :P

Ames: Nath sent me the first book in this series (and no, I haven't read it yet lol) so I'll wait to see what she thinks of this one...and maybe she'll send it to me? haha

Nath: LOL, I just might :)

Masques by Patrica Briggs (REPRINT)
published by Berkley
When the peaceful kingdom of Reth is overrun by Geofrrey ae'Magi, the evil master of illusion, Aralorn, weaponsmistress of the shapechanging race, and her companion, Wolf, attempt to overthrow him.
Genre: Fantasy
Series: Sianim

Ames: This is a reprint. I'm still interested in reading it!

Monroe: HECKS YA! I love P Briggs! this woman ROCKS! Cant wait!

Nath: Ms Briggs put her Alpha and Omega series on hiatus to re-write this book or write the sequel... Am I bitter? Yes ^_^; So I'm going to read this one just to see if it was worth putting Charles and Anna away for a year... Well actually, Ms Briggs is an awesome author, so it probably was ^_^;

Trial by Desire by Courtney Milan
published by Harlequin
Lady Kathleen Carhart has everything she could want: generous pin-money, a fulfilling life of charity, and a husband who lives six thousand miles away. But then her husband returns. Ned Carhart returned to help his best friend find his wife, who has disappeared. And now he’s inquiring into the carefully-guarded secrets Kate has kept. Ned is as determined to understand Kate as he is to discover the whereabouts of the missing woman. And that is the least convenient part of their marriage, as Kate is the one who stole her away in the first place.
Genre: Historical Romance
Series: Book #2

Ames: After reading and enjoying the heck out of Courtney's first book, there's no doubt I'll be reading this one!

Monroe: Ditto on Ames comment! We all loved her other book so Im 100% getting this one! Oh and dude on this cover...Mmmm...I stalk him from cover to cover! lol

Nath: I'm going to wait for your reviews, ladies ;)

Double Cross by Carolyn Crane
pblished by Random House

Justine Jones lived her life as a fearful hypochondriac until she was lured into the web of a mysterious mastermind named Packard, who gifts her with extraordinary mental powers—dooming her to fight Midcity’s shadowy war on paranormal crime in order to find the peace she so desperately craves.

But now serial killers with unheard-of skills are terrorizing the most powerful beings in Midcity, including mastermind Packard and his oldest friend and worst enemy, Midcity’s new mayor, who has the ability to bend matter itself to his will.

As the body count grows, Justine faces a crisis of conscience as she tests the limits of her new powers and faces an impossible choice between two flawed but brilliant men—one on a journey of redemption, the other descending into a pit of moral depravity.
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Justine Jones, Book #2

Ames: Haven't read Mind Games yet (see? pattern I'm telling you!) but I'm still going to be getting this one. I know people enjoyed MG and I gotta support!

Nath: I haven't gotten to Mind Games yet either... but in my case, there's no pattern for :P However, seeting the cover of Double Cross reminds me I should get to MG! And of course, gotta support :P