Sunday, May 1

May New Releases

We've fallen behind on our reviews once again... the most unfortunate is that we have reviews, we just need to put it all together ^_^; However, work has really been kicking our butts. At least, this feature is safe :) New month means New Releases post... and wowzer, May is this year's month for new releases!! Also, a nice combination of books we're all looking forward to and promising debut novels :)

Are you ready? Because this might be a wee bit long :P And we apologized in advance for your wallet LOL

May 1st

Ripe for Pleasure by Isobel Carr
published by Grand Central Publishing
Second in line, first in love

A secret society of younger sons, sworn to aid and abet each other, no matter the scandal or cost... Their fathers and brothers may rule the world, but they run it... and when it comes to passion, they refuse to accept second best.

Searching for hidden treasure, finding forbidden fantasy.

London's most sensual former courtesan, Viola Whedon, is incapable of being seduced-she does the seducing. Until she meets Leonidas Vaughn. Her salacious memoirs have made her the target of half the lords in England, and Vaughn is the only man she can turn to. When he promises to protect her-and to make her beg for his touch-the alluring beauty finds both offers impossible to refuse.

Leonidas Vaughn secretly believes Viola possesses a fortune given to his family by the King of France. So the strong and sexy Vaughn charms his way into Viola's life... and her bed. But when their arrangement is consummated, he'll experience pleasure far beyond his wildest fantasies-and realize his heart may need the most protection of all.
Genre: Historical romance
Series: Second Sons series, Book #1

Ames: I've been seeing this author blogging over at History Hoydens and her book intrigued me. I've already read this through Netgalley but I wanted to bring it to people's attention. I enjoyed it.

Nath: I'm not much into secret societies, although I like second sons... Will be waiting for your review, Ames :P

Ames: It's not really a secret society and then it was a few buddies coming to help their friend.

A Tapestry of Dreams by Roberta Gellis
published by Sourcebooks (Re-print, originally published by Berkley in 1985)
In the name of peace, Lady Audris locked away her dreams of a passionate love, until Hugh Licorne, the only man in England strong enough to defend her from her enemies, claimed her as his own.
Genre: Historical romance - Medieval
Series: Tales of Jernaeve, Book #1

Ames: Roberta Gellis is an author who's name I've seen bandied about and let me tell you, her books are hard to find! Luckily, Sourcebooks is re-printing some of her titles and I'm so glad about that. I've read this one already as well and let me tell you, it's a welcome break from regencies!

Nath: Hmmm, I've never been much into medieval, but sounds like this one is worth checking out :)

May 3

Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris
published by Ace (Berkley)
With her knack for being in trouble's way, Sookie witnesses the firebombing of Merlotte's, the bar where she works. Since Sam Merlotte is now known to be two-natured, suspicion falls immediately on the anti-shifters in the area. But Sookie suspects otherwise and she and Sam work together to uncover the culprit - and the twisted motive for the attack. But her attention is divided. Though she can't 'read' vampires, Sookie knows her lover Eric Northman and his 'child' Pam well - and she realises that they are plotting to kill the vampire who is now their master. Gradually, she is drawn into the plot - which is much more complicated than she knows. Caught up in the politics of the vampire world, Sookie will learn that she is as much of a pawn as any ordinary human - and that there is a new Queen on the board...
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Sookie Stackhouse, Book #11

Ames: It's Sookie. These books are auto-buys for me.

Monroe: Ditto for me...although I need to read the one before this first lol

Chosen by Blood by Virna DePaul
published by Berkley
United by fate. Bound by desire.

Five years after the Second Civil War ends, humans and otherborn— humanlike creatures with superhuman DNA—still struggle for peace. To ensure the continued rights of both, the FBI forms a Para-Ops team with a unique set of skills.

Leader of an Otherborn clan, half-breed vampire Knox Devereaux would do anything to find a cure for the anti-vamp vaccine slowly starving his people into extinction. When the FBI contacts him about leading a team of hand-selected Others on a mission to reclaim the stolen antidote, Knox accepts. His new assignment places him in direct contact with Special Agent Felicia Locke, the beautiful human he’s craved since their very first meeting.
Genre: Paranormal romance
Series: Para-Ops novels, Book #1

Nath: I'm a bit burned out on paranormal romance; however, there is just something about these three letters, FBI, that may make me overlook that! I think it's worth a look, especially since it's published by Berkley and they have very good paranormal romance series.

Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison
published by Berkley
Half-human and half-wyr, Pia Giovanni spent her life keeping a low profile among the wyrkind and avoiding the continuing conflict between them and their Dark Fae enemies. But after being blackmailed into stealing a coin from the hoard of a dragon, Pia finds herself targeted by one of the most powerful–and passionate—of the Elder Races.

As the most feared and respected of the wyrkind, Dragos Cuelebre cannot believe someone had the audacity to steal from him, much less succeed. And when he catches the thief, Dragos spares her life, claiming her as his own to further explore the desire they’ve ignited in one another.
Genre: Paranormal romance
Series: Elder Races, Book #1

Ames: Holly has been telling me that this book is awesome and she's been pimping it out to everyone. It's finally getting released so I'm very much intrigued!

Nath: Definitively getting this one as well because of the buzz! Holly has made me curious and I've been looking forward to it for months already... but let see if I can hold out till RWA ^_^;

Warcry by Elizabeth Vaughan
published by Berkley
Atira the Bear is a fierce Plains warrior who lives for battle - and values freedom above all else. But when she encounters a former enemy from the land of Xy, she finds herself wanting something more than her own independence.

Heath of Xy has traveled to the Plains to serve his Queen - but also because he cannot resist the hunger he feels for Atira. Now that the Queen and her Warlord are returning to Xy, he has one more chance to convince this beautiful, proud warrior to share her life with him.

But all is not well in Xy. There is a faction of nobles who are plotting against the Queen and her barbarian warlord. As cultures clash and tempers flare, Heath and the fierce Plains warrior woman Atira of the Bear must come together to fight the conspiracy... and to search their hearts for something deeper than raw passion.
Genre: Fantasy romance
Series: Chronicles of Warlands, Book #4

Nath: I love, love, love, love the Chronicles of Warlands series!!! Did you catch that? LOL. Warprize and Warlord are definitively up there in my all-time favorites and I'm just thrilled Ms Vaughan is returning to this series!!

I've actually had the chance to read this book already and I'll have a review up soon over at my blog. All I can say is I love every page of it :) Fans will be happy to see familiar faces and newcomers, well what are you waiting for? Pick up the series and give it a go!

Ames: I'll probably get this book just because you love this series so much. LOL

Monroe: I'll probably get this book because the cover! YUM! ;)

Follow My Lead by Kate Noble
published by Berkley
Jason Cummings, Duke of Rayne is feeling the weight of his responsibilities – one of which is to get married. Being the most sought after bachelor in London can be trying, so who can blame him if he seeks refuge from the voracious hordes of young debutantes at the decidedly female-free Historical Society? Female-free, that is, until Winnifred Crane marches up to the door, demanding entrance.

Despite her prowess as a historian, Winn is denied membership to the Society. So she daringly offers an unusual bargain: if she can prove the authenticity of a certain painting, she’ll be granted recognition, fame, and respect. But to do that, she must go abroad. And to go abroad, she must have an escort, even a stubbornly unwilling one…

Jason has no desire to accompany Winn on her adventure across Europe, but even he is not immune to Winn’s passion for her profession. As the journey proves more difficult than planned, they must work together to stay one step ahead of their rivals… and the closer they get to the proof Winn seeks, the closer she and Jason become. But as their adventure turns dangerous, can Jason keep this headstrong bluestocking safe? And what will become of their growing bond when the adventure ends?
Genre: Historical romance
Series: Loosely connected to Revealed and The Summer of You

Ames: I read and really really enjoyed The Summer of You. So of course I'm interested in this one. I also like that cover!

Nath: I've actually just read The Summer of You not too long ago (like a week ago LOL) and really enjoyed it. I had some issues with Jason's character so I'm interested to see how much he has grown since :P Also, there's just something about Ms Noble's writing that makes her historical romances stand out in my opinion.

And Ames, Ms Noble has been blessed with her covers. This one fit just right in :)

Breaking Point by Pamela Clare
published by Berkley
While investigating border violence in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, Denver journalist Natalie Benoit is caught in a bloody ambush and taken captive. Alone in the hands of ruthless killers, she will need every ounce of courage she possesses to survive.

Betrayed by another operative, Deputy U.S. Marshal Zach McBride has endured a week of torture and interrogation at the hands of a bloodthirsty Mexican drug cartel. Ready to give his life if he must, he remains unbroken—until he hears the cries of an American woman.

Although Natalie is only a voice in the darkness of their shared prison, her plight brings renewed strength to Zach's battered body. With her help, he overpowers their captors, and they flee through the desert toward the border, the attraction between them flaring hotter than the Sonoran sun.

But past loss and tragedy leave both of them reluctant to follow their hearts, even when the passion between them reaches its breaking point. Faced with feelings neither expected, they fight to stay ahead of the danger that hunts them as forces more powerful than they can imagine conspire to destroy them both…
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Series: I-Team series, Book #5

Ames: *sigh* I've read ONE Pamela Clare book (a historical to boot) but I've got all these books in my tbr pile. I need to catch up on this series before I can buy this book, but still wanted to mention it. Because I want it.

Honey Grove by Genell Dellin
published by Berkley
When Lilah Briscoe is seriously injured, her granddaughter Meredith feels compelled to save her farm, Honey Grove, despite their troubled past. Help arrives in the form of bad boy Caleb Burkett, who awakens feelings Meri didn't know she had. Maybe now, Meri will finally find the home she always wanted...
Genre: Contemporary romance
Series: ?

Nath: Hmmmm, I'm actually still debating about this one. I just wanted to showcase it, because really, we never have enough contemporary romance!

Summer at Seaside Cove by Jacquie d'Alessandro
published by Berkley
The most basic “girl code” states that you never date a friend’s ex—so wouldn’t it be obvious that a current boyfriend is really off limits—especially to your own sister? Apparently Jamie Newman’s half-sister Laurel didn’t get the memo. Leaving behind New York—and the humiliation—Jamie heads to the tiny barrier island of Seaside Cove, North Carolina, for a quiet summer of healing her broken heart and reassessing her sudden disaster of a life. But instead of solace in a cozy beach cottage, she finds a run-down bungalow complete with stray cats and a leaky roof—and of course it’s raining—and the repairman M.I.A....

Strays and colorful neighbors are nothing compared to her next visitors. First her drama-prone mother barges in. Then her angst-ridden teenage niece arrives. And the grand finale of the crazy storm is the arrival of Laurel, who’s been dumped by Jamie’s ex. And of course there’s the repairman, who’s finally shown his face—and is way too good-looking for Jamie’s own good. It’s clear there’s more to him than meets the eye, and Jamie would like to know what, but with the family she tried to escape now crammed in her ramshackle cottage, she may never get the chance...
Genre: Contemporary romance
Series: ?

Nath: I've previously read and enjoyed some of Ms d'Alessandro's books, but they were all historicals. As a fan of contemporary romance, it just makes sense for me to give this a try right? Even if this is not Ms d'Alessandro first foray into contemporary territory...

Three to Tango - anthology
published by Berkley
Four of erotic fiction’s most talented authors carry readers away with all-new tales of ecstasy that prove that the most delectable things in life come in threes…

In Emma Holly’s Flipping for Chelsea, Shay and Liam shared an unforgettable night with their lifelong friend, Chelsea, awakening a rush of forbidden feelings—feelings they have to reckon with when the three reunite, and the unrequited lust between them is too much to bear.

Though Ava left her hard-knock Georgia childhood behind, she never forgot Luca and Angelo. Together they were best friends with a bond that could never be broken. But when she returns, the three must decide whether to face the fires that burn between them, or forgo their desires forever in Lauren Dane’s Dirty/Bad/Wrong.

In Megan Hart’s Just One Night, fun-loving couple Kerry and Jeremy find themselves in a triangle of trouble when Kerry’s old crush, Brian, returns for a school reunion, and Jeremy gives her his enthusiastic approval to seduce him. But while Jeremy has no trouble sharing Kerry, Brian isn’t sure he can handle what’s coming.

Years ago, Walker walked out on Madeline when she needed him most. Now, the ex-Secret Service agent is back—hired to protect Madeline by her billionaire boss, Tony. Madeline is determined to make him pay for denying her desires—and she’s not above bringing Tony in to sweeten the deal in Beth Kery’s On the Job.
Genre: Contemporary Erotic romance
Series: N/A

Ames: With Lauren Dane, Megan Hart and Emma Holly in there, OF COURSE I'm going to want to read this!

Nath: Definitively stellar authors in this anthology!

One Whisper Away by Emma Wildes
published by Signet (New American Library)
Lady Cecily Francis has resigned herself to becoming the wife of Lord Drury. But upon her first scandalous encounter with the exotic Earl of Augustine, Cecily is left intrigued and excited...

Known as Earl Savage, the Earl of Augustine is half American and half Iroquois. He can't wait to return to his native soil-until the charming Lady Cecily has him considering a prolonged stay...
Genre: Historical romance
Series: Ladies in Waiting, Book #1

Ames: Emma Wildes is an auto-buy author for me. Although I try to stay away from historical books featuring Native American characters (in case you're wondering, I am Native American and can be very very judgemental LOL) I am still anxious to read this one. I know Emma won't let me down.

Nath: Ms Wildes has also become one of my auto-buy authors. I really enjoyed her writing style and her plots are usually very refreshing. I'm not too sure about the Native American Earl, but I guess I'll have to wait and see :P By the way, shouldn't he have some British blood somewhere?

So Much Closer by Susane Colasanti
published by Penguin Young Reader Group
When Brooke's crush, Scott, moves from their suburban town to New York City, she decides to follow him there. Living with her formerly estranged dad and adapting to a new school are challenging, and things go from bad to worse when Brooke learns that Scott already has a girlfriend. But as she builds her new life, Brooke begins to discover a side of herself she never knew existed. And as she finds out, in the city that never sleeps, love can appear around any corner...
Genre: Young Adult, contemporary
Series: None

Ames: I've read a few books by this author and although I'm not for a girl chasing after a boy, I know it'll go beyond that in the story.

Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan
published by Hyperion Books
Ever since the gods of Ancient Egypt were unleashed in the modern world, Carter Kane and his sister Sadie have been in trouble. As descendants of the House of Life, the Kanes have some powers at their command, but the devious gods haven't given them much time to master their skills at Brooklyn House, which has become a training ground for young magicians.

And now their most threatening enemy yet - the chaos snake Apophis - is rising. If they don't prevent him from breaking free in a few days' time, the world will come to an end. In other words, it's a typical week for the Kane family.

To have any chance of battling the Forces of Chaos, the Kanes must revive the sun god Ra. But that would be a feat more powerful than any magician has ever accomplished.

First they have to search the world for the three sections of the Book of Ra, then they have to learn how to chant its spells. Oh, and did we mention that no one knows where Ra is exactly?
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Mythology
Series: Kane Chronicles, Book #2

Nath: I really enjoy Mr Riordan's writing and looking forward to the next installment of this series :) I definitively love the alternate POVs in this series and can't wait to see what Carter and Sadie are up to :) If you've enjoyed Mr Riordan's Percy Jackson series or enjoy Egyptian mythology, you'll want to pick this up.

Hounded by Kevin Hearne
published by Del Rey (Bantam Books)
Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old—when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer.

Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries. Now the determined deity has tracked him down, and Atticus will need all his power—plus the help of a seductive goddess of death, his vampire and werewolf team of attorneys, a sexy bartender possessed by a Hindu witch, and some good old-fashioned luck of the Irish—to kick some Celtic arse and deliver himself from evil.
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Iron Druid Chronicles, Book #1

Ames: I want to thank Nath for bringing this one to my attention. I would have totally overlooked this one otherwise. Doesn't it sound kick ass?

Nath: It does, it does!! And did you see that cover? I think the model is really cute! But aside from that, what drew me to this book was the fact that the hero is a druid! That means magic!! I mean, kind of like a wizard, right? The blurb is giving me a little Harry Dresden vibe and I hope it's just as good!! Also, the first three books are going to be released back-to-back... so seriously, what's not to like?

May 10

What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen
published by Penguin Young Reader
Another town. Another school. Another Mclean. Ever since her parents' bitter divorce, Mclean and her father have been fleeing their unhappy past. And Mclean's become a pro at reinventing herself with each move. But in Lakeview, Mclean finds herself putting down roots and making friends—in part, thanks to Dave, the most real person Mclean's ever met. Dave just may be falling in love with her, but can he see the person she really is? Does Mclean herself know?
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Series: none

Ames: Eeeep! After reading Along for the Ride last year, I've been anxious for another Sarah Dessen book (I'm slowly glomming her backlist in the meantime). Squee!

Nath: Sounds quite interesting :) Just not sure I'm up for contemporary YA, sigh. Maybe your review will convince me...

My Not So Still Life by Liz Gallagher
published by Random House
Vanessa is wise beyond her years. She's never really fit in at school, where all the kids act and dress the same. She's an artist who expresses her talent in the wacky colors she dyes her hair, her makeup and clothes. She's working on her biggest art project, and counting the days until she's grown up and can really start living. That adult world seems closer when Vanessa gets her dream job at the art supply store, Palette, where she worships the couple who runs it, Oscar and Maye. And she's drawn to a mysterious guy named James, who leads her into new, sometimes risky situations. Is she ready for this world, or not?
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Series: none

Ames: I read the Opposite of Invisible by this author and loved it. I've been anxious to read something new by her ever since.

Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
published by Egmont USA (Mass market paperback released, originally published in June 2010)
Adopted by the Alpha of a werewolf pack after a rogue wolf brutally killed her parents right before her eyes, fifteen-year-old Bryn knows only pack life, and the rigid social hierarchy that controls it. That doesn't mean that she's averse to breaking a rule or two.

But when her curiosity gets the better of her and she discovers Chase, a new teen locked in a cage in her guardian's basement, and witnesses him turn into a wolf before her eyes, the horrific memories of her parents' murders return. Bryn becomes obsessed with getting her questions answered, and Chase is the only one who can provide the information she needs.

But in her drive to find the truth, will Bryn push too far beyond the constraints of the pack, forcing her to leave behind her friends, her family, and the identity that she's shaped?
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
Series: Raised by Wolves series, Book #1

Nath: I've heard a lot of good about this book and Ames really enjoyed it... I've just been cheap and wanted to wait for the trade-size format. I thought I should showcase it again, in case any of you has missed it... I love werewolves :)

Monroe: YES I've wanted to read this series Ames told me about! It sounds SO GOOD!

Of All the Stupid Things by Alexandra Diaz
published by Egmont USA (Mass market paperback released, originally published in June 2010)
When a rumor starts circulating that Tara's boyfriend Brent has been sleeping with one of the guy cheerleaders, the innuendo doesn't just hurt Tara. It marks the beginning of the end for an inseparable trio of friends. Tara's training for a marathon, but also running from her fear of abandonment after being deserted by her father. Whitney Blaire seems to have everything, but an empty mansion and absentee parents leave this beauty to look for meaning in all the wrong places. And Pinkie has a compulsive need to mother everyone to make up for the mom she's never stopped missing. This friendship that promised to last forever is starting to break under the pressure of the girls' differences.

And then new-girl Riley arrives in school with her long black hair, athletic body, and her blasé attitude, and suddenly Tara starts to feel things she's never felt before for a girl--and to reassess her feelings about Brent and what he may/may not have done. Is Tara gay--or does she just love Riley? And can her deepest friendships survive when all of the rules have changed?
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Series: none

Ames: This one sounds so very interesting. I've read some glbt YA featuring boys but I thought it would be good to switch it up and read about girls falling in love. :)

May 24

Between Here and Forever by Elizabeth Scott
published by Simon Pulse (Simon & Schuster)
Abby accepted that she can’t measure up to her beautiful, magnetic sister Tess a long time ago, and knows exactly what she is: Second best. Invisible.

Until the accident.

Now Tess is in a coma, and Abby’s life is on hold. It may have been hard living with Tess, but it's nothing compared to living without her.

She's got a plan to bring Tess back though, involving the gorgeous and mysterious Eli, but then Abby learns something about Tess, something that was always there, but that she’d never seen.

Abby is about to find out that truth isn't always what you think it is, and that life holds more than she ever thought it could...
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Series: none

Ames: Another YA author I've read and enjoyed in the past. I look forward to reading this one.

Nath: Hmmm, when I read the blurb, it sounded familiar. The storyline seems to be quite similar to Then I Met my Sister by Christine Hurley Deriso that was released last month...

Sinful Magic by Jennifer Lyon
published by Ballantine Books (Random House Publishing)
A forbidden love will fulfill her destiny

Roxanne “Roxy” Banfield refuses to be like her mother, a fertility witch who uses sex as nothing more than a magical weapon. Roxy rejects that life and is determined to become mortal to pursue her dream of real love and a family. All she has to do is avoid meeting the one man whose sensuality can release her powers. But steering clear of this magnetic stranger is easier said than done.

Wing Slayer Hunter Kieran “Key” DeMicca channels the dark violence that lives inside him into a popular comic book series about an ancient dragon named Dyfyr, but only Key knows that Dyfyr is real. Lately he finds himself drawing images of a young woman in peril, and assumes that she’s just a product of his imagination—until he meets Roxy. Struck by her beauty and her resemblance to his sketches, he feels compelled to protect her. As steamy magic, lethal danger, and timeless love collide, Roxy must become what she swore she would never be—and inadvertently awake a part of Key that will threaten to destroy them both.
Genre: Paranormal romance
Series: Wing Slayers Hunters series, Book #4

Nath: You read this series, Ames? I didn't realize!

Ames: know me...I buy the books but they're still in my tbr pile. LOL

Nath: LOL. I still have the first book in my TBR pile ^_^;

The Secret Desires of a Governess by Tiffany Clare
published by St. Martin's Press
From the moment Abby meets her new employer—the mysterious, brooding Earl of Brendall—she is appalled by his brutish manner... and even moreso by her own attraction to him. Has she lost her senses? As a governess, Abby has no choice but to play by the rules. But as a woman, she cannot deny the fiery sensations he ignites—or the fantasies he inspires...

From the moment Elliott lays eyes on his new young governess, he knows he’s in trouble. Abby is intelligent, defiant, and utterly captivating, though Elliott must do his very best to resist her. But as the two grow closer, the passion burns hotter. Soon, the only thing that can destroy their love is the darkest secret of his past—and the secret desires of a governess...
Genre: Historical romance
Series: Book #3 in trilogy (The Surrender of a Lady and The Seduction of his Wife)

Ames: That cover! I love it!! This one sounds soooo juicy! Even though I've never read anything by this author before, I want this book.

Nath: I agree on the cover. It's the color!

A Courtesan's Guide to Getting Your Man by Celeste Bradley & Susan Donovan
published by St. Martin's Press
Regency London’s most celebrated courtesan, The Blackbird, was a woman before her time—uninhibited, financially independent, and free to live by her own rules. Schooled in the sensual arts by the one man she loved the most, she recorded every wicked detail in her diaries...

When Boston museum curator Piper Chase-Pierpont unearths The Blackbird’s steamy memoirs, she’s aroused and challenged by what she finds. Could the courtesan’s diaries be used as a modern girl’s guide to finding love and empowerment? One curious curator—and one very lucky man—are about to find out...
Genre: Historical and Contemporary romance
Series: none

Ames: I like Susan's writing and have never read Celeste Bradley before. It'll be interesting to see how this collaboration works out.

Nath: Now, I'm curious as well. Wendy brought up this book on her blog a few months ago and I was surprised to see Ms Donovan's name linked to a historical romance... Now it makes sense and I'm tempted LOL.

Monroe: LOVE Susan Donovan SOLD!

May 31

Kiss of Snow by Nalini Singh
published by Berkley
Since the moment of her defection from the PsyNet and into the SnowDancer wolf pack, Sienna Lauren has had one weakness. Hawke. Alpha and dangerous, he compels her to madness.

Hawke is used to walking alone, having lost the woman who would've been his mate long ago. But Sienna fascinates the primal heart of him, even as he tells himself she is far too young to handle the wild fury of the wolf.

Then Sienna changes the rules and suddenly, there is no more distance, only the most intimate of battles between two people who were never meant to meet. Yet as they strip away each other's secrets in a storm of raw emotion, they must also ready themselves for a far more vicious fight…

A deadly enemy is out to destroy SnowDancer, striking at everything they hold dear, but it is Sienna's darkest secret that may yet savage the pack that is her home... and the alpha who is its heartbeat...
Genre: Paranormal romance
Series: Psy-Changelings series, Book #10

Ames: I'm just a few books behind on the series but you know I'm getting this one. I can't wait to read it!! And no, I won't read out of order. So I have some catching up to do. LOL

Nath: I want! I want! I want! Although I'm trying not to build up my expectations too much... but so far, the reviews have been great, so I want ASAP! LOL.

Monroe: I CAN'T WAIT TO READ THIS BOOK!!!! This author is an auto buy for me!!! Woop!

Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews
published by Berkley
Plagued by a war between magic and technology, Atlanta has never been so deadly. Good thing Kate Daniels is on the job.

Kate Daniels may have quit the Order of Merciful Aid, but she’s still knee-deep in paranormal problems. Or she would be if she could get someone to hire her. Starting her own business has been more challenging than she thought it would be—now that the Order is disparaging her good name, and many potential clients are afraid of getting on the bad side of the Beast Lord, who just happens to be Kate’s mate.

So when Atlanta’s premier Master of the Dead calls to ask for help with a vampire on the loose, Kate leaps at the chance of some paying work. Turns out this is not an isolated incident, and Kate needs to get to the bottom of it—fast, or the city and everyone dear to her might pay the ultimate price...
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Kate Daniels series, Book #5

Nath: Really, why are these all released on the same day? I've really enjoyed the last two installment in the Kate Daniels series. I'm looking forward to this one as well... although I have to admit, I'm a bit disappointed it concerns vampire - not my favorite creature in this world. Then again, I want my Kate and Curran's fix!

Just Like Heaven by Julia Quinn
published by Avon (Harpercollins Publishers)
Honoria Smythe-Smith is:
A) a really bad violinist
B) still miffed at being nicknamed "Bug" as a child
C) NOT in love with her older brother's best friend
D) all of the above

Marcus Holroyd is:
A) the Earl of Chatteris
B) regrettably prone to sprained ankles
C) NOT in love with his best friend's younger sister
D) all of the above

Together they:
A) eat quite a bit of chocolate cake
B) survive a deadly fever AND the world's worst musical performance
C) fall quite desperately in love

It's Julia Quinn at her best, so you KNOW the answer is...
D) all of the above
Genre: Historical romance
Series: Smythe-Smith girls, Book #1

Ames: I looooove JQ and Wena said this book is cute. I can't wait to read it!

Nath: I'm so excited that the Smythe-Smith girls are having their own books! LOL. I think we're in for some laughs :P I was going to wait till RWA since Ms Quinn will be there... but after reading the blurb, I don't think I can!

Lord Langley Is Back In Town by Elizabeth Boyle
published by Avon (Harpercollins Publishers)
Lord Langley and Minerva, Lady Standon, began their faux engagement with three simple rules set down by the baron's all-too-proper (and utterly unlikely) bride-to-be.

1. No more kissing. The intoxicating kiss Langley stole from her lips still has Minerva aflutter.

2. She will not share his bed. (For if his kiss is that tempting, Minerva doesn't dare imagine what a night in Langley's embrace will do to her already addled senses.)

3. No scandals during their engagement. With the infamous Langley back in Town, there is no lack of trouble he can bring to Minerva's unblemished reputation.

Oh, the wily Lord Langley will keep his word—but that doesn't mean he won't use every rakish trick he knows to get Minerva to break her own proper rules, especially once he realizes that this convenient arrangement has led him to the only woman he's ever loved...
Genre: Historical romance
Series: Bachelor Chronicles, Book #8

Ames: I didn't realize this was part of a series. Oh well. It still sounds interesting!!

Nath: Yep, part of a series. I'm not too certain about this one... I'm a bit put off by the fact that Langley is the father of the heroines from Love Letters from a Duke and Confessions of a little Black Gown. I know, I know, I'm shallow... but really! Plus, Ms Boyle's couple last books haven't really worked for me...

Blood Ties by Sharon Sala
published by Mira (Harlequin)
The truth will set you free - if it doesn’t get you killed.

Savannah Slade is not the person she thought she was. The reading of her “father’s” will has led her to a worldshattering revelation: her sisters are not her blood kin—and she may be the heiress to a massive fortune. Her not-quite-fiancé Judd doesn’t care where she came from—he only wants her by his side. But the primal need to uncover her past wins out, and Savannah trades the Montana ranges for Miami’s moneyed oceanside enclaves.

The wealthy and powerful Stoss family is less than overjoyed to find that Gerald Stoss’s daughter has merged from the past. But theirs is a clan seldom troubled by... inconveniences. They’ve always had the means to eradicate any blemish on their perfect lives. One more won’t make a difference.
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Series: The Searchers trilogy, Book #2

Nath: I'm a fan of Ms Sala! Love her books :) That says it all, right?

Baby, Drive South by Stephanie Bond
published by Mira (Harlequin)
Southern town seeks single women. Lots of them!

The hardheaded Armstrong brothers are determined to rebuild their tornado-ravaged hometown in the Georgia mountains. They’ve got the means, they’ve got the manpower... what they need are women! So they place an ad in a northern newspaper and wait for the ladies to answer their call...

Porter, the youngest Armstrong, is all for importing women. Still, he’s so blown away by the sheer numbers, he falls off the water tower. Luckily there’s a doctor among the newcomers—sweet and sexy Dr. Nikki Salinger.

And Porter has every intention of checking out her bedside manner...
Genre: Contemporary romance
Series: A Southern Road trilogy, Book #1

Nath: This sounds like contemporary pioneers LOL. I think it can be fun and once again, contemporary romance! By the way, funny how Susan Mallery has this series with this town predominantly female and now, Ms Bond has a series with a town full of bachelors and both series from the same publishing house! Hmmm, I wonder if there could be a cross-over... That'd be fun!

Ames: There's a prequel for this book available for free at Amazon right now.

The Girl Who Disappeared Twice by Andrea Kane
published by Mira (Harlequin)
She couldn't stop it. Not Then. Not now.

Despite all her years determining the fates of families, veteran family court judge Hope Willis couldn’t save her own. If only she’d turned her head, she would have seen the car containing her daughter, struggling to get out.

Now she’s frantically grasping at any hope for Krissy’s rescue. Her husband dead-set against it, she calls Casey Woods and her team of renegade investigators, Forensic Instincts. A behaviorist. A techno-wizard. An intuitive. A former Navy SEAL. Unconventional operatives. All with unique talents, skills and personal reasons for being part of Casey’s team, they’ll do whatever it takes.

Able to accurately read people after the briefest of encounters, Casey leads her team to Krissy’s home. There she picks up the signs of a nervous spouse, a guilty conscience, a nanny that hides on her cell. She watches as secrets beg to creep into the open.

Forensic Instincts will dig through each tiny clue and eliminate the clutter. But time is running out, and even working around the clock, the authorities are bound by the legal system. Not so Casey’s team. For they know that the difference between bringing Krissy back alive and disappearing forever could be as small as a suspect’s rapid breathing, or as deep as Hope’s dark family history.
Genre: Mystery/Thriller, Romantic Suspense (?)
Series: ?

Nath: I'm not really sure if this one contains romance or not... I've read most of Ms Kane's romantic suspense novels and enjoyed them immensely... Now that she's switched to Mira, it's double yay for me! Looking forward to this book and it sounds quite suspenseful and thrilling!

Zach's Law by Kay Hooper
published by Bantam Books (Re-print, originally published in December 1987)
When car trouble leaves her stranded in a deserted corner of the Rockies, love is the last thing on Teddy Tyler’s mind. But there’s no denying the attraction that grips her the minute she lays eyes on Zach Steele, a rugged security expert staking out a gang of gunrunners in a remote mountain cabin. Zach has survived this long by adhering to a few simple principles: Travel light, travel fast, and travel alone. Now, to keep from blowing his cover, he must hold Teddy hostage for a week—if, that is, he can keep at bay his own simmering feelings for her.

Teddy’s not that easily confined, especially when her man’s in danger. So when a simple surveillance job turns into a deadly game of cat-and-mouse, she must convince the original lone wolf to let her help—or see their chance at love fall prey to one of Zach’s deadliest enemies.
Genre: Contemporary romance/Romantic Suspense
Series: Hagen Strikes Again, Book #4

Nath: Every re-print of Kay Hooper's books have been part of this New Releases feature... Do I need to say more? :P

A.J.'s Angel by L.A. Witt
published by Samhain
Tattoos fade with time. Emotions never lose their edge.

Luke Emerson is the last person Sebastian Wakefield expects to see strolling into his tattoo shop. But Luke’s not back after four years to take up where they left off. Not even to apologize for the cheating that broke them up.

Luke wants a custom tattoo, a memorial for someone known only as “A.J.”. Much as Seb would love to tell Luke to take this ink and shove it, he’s a professional. Plus, he’s reluctant to admit, he wouldn’t mind getting his hands on Luke again. Even if it’s just business.

Once Luke’s in the tattoo chair, though, Seb finds himself struggling with all the anger and resentment he thought he’d left behind—and those aren’t the only feelings reignited. Their relationship may have been turbulent, but it was also passionate. Four years clearly hasn’t been long enough for the embers of that fire to go cold.

A few subtle hints from Luke is all it takes to make Seb consider indulging in some of that physical passion. It shouldn’t be that tough to keep his emotions from getting tangled up in sweaty sheets.

After all, it’s not like he’s in love with Luke anymore. Right?

Warning: Contains two exes who shouldn’t want each other like this, steamy ex-sex they shouldn’t be having, and a whole lot of ink.
Genre: M/M
Series: ?

Ames: I had to get at least one M/M title in this month's post. LOL I really enjoy L.A. Witt's writing and I'm looking forward to reading this.

Monroe: Yummy cover! ;)