Wednesday, March 20

Buddy Review: Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality by Elizabeth Eulberg

After Wena and I had so much fun reviewing The Reece Malcolm List together, we decided to do a buddy review once a month. And so here is our March buddy review!

Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality by Elizabeth Eulberg
Published by Point in March 2013
Don't mess with a girl with a great personality!

Everybody loves Lexi. She's popular, smart, funny...but she's never been one of those girls, the pretty ones who get all the attention from guys. And on top of that, her seven-year-old sister, Mackenzie, is a terror in a tiara, and part of a pageant scene where she gets praised for her beauty (with the help of fake hair and tons of makeup).

Lexi's sick of it. She's sick of being the girl who hears about kisses instead of getting them. She's sick of being ignored by her longtime crush, Logan. She's sick of being taken for granted by her pageant-obsessed mom. And she's sick of having all her family's money wasted on a phony pursuit of perfection.

The time has come for Lexi to step out from the sidelines. Girls without great personalities aren't going to know what hit them. Because Lexi's going to play the beauty game - and she's in it to win it.
Genre: Contemporary Young Adult
Series: n/a

The Story: Lexi is the girl with the great personality. She’s not ugly, but she’s definitely not one of the girls in the popular clique that are made up to the nines and goes out with a football player. She’s funny and smart and she’s also getting tired of overlooked. Her mom is living vicariously through her 7 year old sister Mackenzie, who does beauty pageants. Lexi helps out each weekend at the pageant and gets no recognition for it. Pageants are her mom’s life, and there’s no room for anything else. But when Lexi starts to dress like a girl (as opposed to a shapeless lump) it definitely has some repercussions at school and home.

There may be some minor spoilers.

Ames: All right sweet cheeks, what did you think of Revenge of the Girl?

I liked it but my beef is that I read it way too fast!!

Wena: I hear you, I was so mad at myself when I finished it last night. But I’m so glad that we chose to read this one. Eulberg always provides those delightful contemporary YA reads that always put me in a good mood…even when it’s 2am and I should be sleeping for work the next day. =)

What did you think about Lexi?

Ames: I liked Lexi but I also got annoyed with her too. I can understand why she puts so much emphasis on looks but her transformation annoyed me a bit. Even though it wasn't her choice, she really ran with it once she got going! LOL I did think this was balanced out by her toning it down in the end though. And I felt bad for her, with a mom like that, who needs bullies?

What did you think of her?

Wena: Yeah, she definitely annoyed me too but what annoyed me more was her treatment of Taylor. Her insistence that he only wanted her because of her transformation and the way that she thought what she thought and that was that. I mean, hell I thought that Taylor was going to punk her over too but I didn’t think that he deserved that instant brush off from Lexi. He was nothing but nice to her right from the jump and the way that she treated him was not cool.

Her mother got on my hot damn nerves too. When Lexi finally loses her shit (sorry) with her Mom while her Mom was at work, I couldn’t be mad at her for putting her Mom on blast like that because damn, that’s a lot of money and Moms are not supposed to do shit like that to their kids.

What did you think about Mac?

Ames: I agree with you over her treatment of Taylor. I loved how they were joking around and having fun when she was helping him shop. She wouldn't even listen to him at the end when he told her that's when he noticed her, not after her makeover. Stubborn wench! But remember when they started dating and she went gaga over Logan on their double date but went to chase Taylor down and they had their little moment alone? I liked that scene.

I'm sorry but when her mom pulled that stunt I wanted Lexi's dad to freaking call someone and have that woman committed!! Also, Lexi's dad should have opened an account up with her so that her mom wouldn't be able to pull that kind of stunt again. Her mom seriously needed some help.

But the people who kept Lexi sane in all of this were her great friends. I loved her friends and that's a great strength of Eulberg's writing - the way she can write friendships like that.

Mac was a spoiled brat but I like how her and Lexi opened up at the end. Have you ever watched Toddlers and Tiaras? I used to watch it and Mac was written perfectly. She definitely could have been on that show. LOL

Wena: You’re talking about the moment with Taylor, right? The one at the pizza place? I loved that scene, where he got jealous and she finally noticed him. He was such a cutie patootie, I swear.

Lexi sure did have a sucky parental unit. They were both such selfish pricks that now that I think about it, it makes sense that Lexi would react the way that she did. Most of the time. You’re right, she had a great support system in her friends. Both Cam and Benny were so good for Lexi and after the crap hits the fan with Lexi’s Mom, I was so glad when Benny and Cam came to be with her when she faces her Mom. Cam was the best friend of all. She’s the kind of friend that all girls should have in their lives. She’s a ride or die chick and how can you not love someone like that? She was always looking out for Lexi and the way that she had Benny’s back in the mall that one time? I loved it. Benny was pretty great too. I was so glad when him and Chris got together. I liked to see him find happiness before they went to New York.

I really liked the way that Lexi’s relationship with Mac evolved. They came a long way from that first part where Mac calls her ugly and Lexi responds back.

I kind of hoped that there would be more to the ending, more with Taylor but overall, I really liked this book.

Ames: Cam was a great friend! I also cracked up at the scene when she hit on Grant so Lexi would have a friendly face at that varsity dinner thing. She's definitely ride or die. And I thought Bennie was so cute.

I thought Mac was really cute and I'm glad Lexi stepped up as a big sister and helped her out the way she did. I kinda wish we had a picture of Lexi in her get-up at the end because it sounds hilarious too!

I wish there had been more with Taylor as well. But yes, overall I really enjoyed Revenge of the Girl. Eulberg always keeps it fresh! LOL

Wena: So I guess that was it with the Mom, huh? Things weren’t really resolved with her but Lexi was moving on from it, anyway. I mean, she had her friends and she had Mac so she wasn’t really worried much about how things ended up with her Mom, right? I kind of hoped there would be more resolved by the end of the book but I can’t say that I’m all that surprised. I just couldn’t believe how selfish and irresponsible the mother was with her money and with her kids. It really surprises me that there are women out there who are just like Lexi’s Mom. That makes me so sad for those kids.

Alright, be honest...who did you think was going to be the love interest at the beginning of the book?

Ames: I think that was it on the mom-front. I wish we had a more firm resolve in regards to their mom but I think it's safe to say that Mac and Lexi working together means no more crazy from their mom. And yes, watching Toddlers and Tiaras, with a lot of the parents, moms especially, it was like they were living through their kids, in an unhealthy way.

I honestly thought Logan was going to be the love interest. I mean, how often does the girl end up with her guy friend?

Wena: I’ve never been interested in watching Toddlers and Tiara’s but now? I’m curious. I mean, I’ve heard of Honey Boo Boo but I refused to watch that show because, well…it looks really dumb. I’m more of a Duck Dynasty kind of gal, anyway.

Same here, I thought that Logan was the love interest too because well…she didn’t immediately get with him the way that she did with Taylor. That was what threw me off and then the whole thing with him being there for her when all of that stuff went down with her Mom at the store? I was all kinds of confused.

Ames: I just wish that there was some way that her and Logan could have remained good friends, because he was there for her.

I like Duck Dynasty too. Was never into Honey Booboo. Lol.

Wena: You're right. I do wish that Logan and Lexi could have remained friends. I liked them in the beginning even if I didn't want them to end up together.

What grade would you give it? My grade would be a B.

Ames: I would give it the same, a B. A good quick read.

Thursday, March 14

Review: The Best Intentions by Candice Hern

Well, it seems that Ames and I are on a roll buddy reviewing-wise and we intend to keep it that way :) Of course, I probably just jinxed us, but who knows :P

Lately, Ames and I haven't been reading the same books. It just hasn't happened. However, we talk daily about the books we are reading and we'll check out the books that have the other excited :) Lucky for me, I got to The Best Intentions by Candice Hern quick enough that Ames hasn't had the chance to review it yet and voila, buddy review! So let see if this book worked as well for me as it did for Ames :)


The Best Intentions by Candice Hern
self-published in May 2011 (first published by New American Library in June 1999)
The Earl of Strickland is a handsome widower in search of a new wife to be a mother to his two young children. Having lost his one true love, he is determined on a practical, dispassionate match with a mature woman. Young girls in their first Seasons, their heads full of romantic notions of love, are not for him. When his sister comes to visit bringing along a beautiful widow, Miles thinks he may have found the perfect match. But the widow is chaperoning her gauche, much younger sister, an artless girl who causes Miles's best intentions to go awry as he finds himself falling in love with precisely the sort of woman he sought to avoid. Set at a grand country estate in the Midlands, this sweet love story of the reserved and dignified Miles and the delightfully guileless, clumsy, outspoken Hannah is sure to charm readers.
Genre: Historical romance
Series: Country House Party, Book #2

The Story: Miles is a widower who is looking for a mature woman to marry to provide some guidance for his young daughters. He’s against marrying a fresh out of the schoolroom debutante. And then there’s Hannah. She may not be fresh out of the schoolroom, but she is young, too young for Miles. Or so he thinks. But Hannah is not an empty headed deb. Nope, she likes architecture (to the detriment of her sister) and she prefers to be outdoors. She’s also the kind of person to say whatever that pops into her head without a filter. And she’s exuberant enough that she tends to be a bit clumsy. Which is the opposite of Miles. He’s the kind of guy who’s mantra could be “a place for everything and everything in its place.”

Hannah and her sister Charlotte are invited to Miles’ country estate by his sister, who is trying her hand at matchmaking. The intended recipient of Miles’ affection is Charlotte, not Hannah. But matchmaking doesn’t always go the way one wants it to...

Ames: So Nath, what did you think of The Best Intentions? Was my excitement over it warranted? :P

Nath: Hmmmm, trick question! LOL. I can see why you were so excited about The Best Intentions, Ames, and I did enjoy the book, but not as much as you. I think as a whole, the story was very cute and Hannah’s character, so likable... However, I’m not sure I buy the romance at the end of the day.

Ames: I loved Hannah. I thought she was refreshing and I felt bad for her - her older sister was always trying to drum rules about polite society into her head, to no avail really.
“Put your books away, my girl,” she had said to Hannah on more than one occasion. “Never let a gentleman believe you to have a brain. They are insecure creatures at best and are threatened by the very idea of an intelligent woman.”
What rot.
And I liked how the relationship with Miles grew over the course of their stay at Miles’ country estate.

Now Nath - what about the romance did you not buy into?

Nath: My feelings for Hannah are similar to yours, Ames. I really liked Hannah, she was a breath of fresh air and I can see why Miles fell in love with her. She was unconventional, true, but she was real, genuine and without artifice... unlike her sister. So yes, I understand why Miles was charmed :) However, I can’t say the same as to why Hannah fell in love with Miles and that’s why I had difficulty buying into the romance. Yes, Miles was handsome and he listened to her when she spoke of architecture... I can buy infatuation, but love? Not sure.

Ames: That’s a good point! I think part of it was that he accepted her the way she was - compare that to her sister always seeming to criticize her. Another thing is that these two don’t even realize that they’re attracted to each other. Miles thinks he wants Charlotte and Hannah thinks he wants Charlotte too! LOL But in their interactions with each other, we can plainly see that Hannah is the better fit for him. And he’s a good fit for her too. He knows himself, he’s comfortable in his skin, and that’s the only kind of man who could suit Hannah, in my opinion. Someone who is insecure or into taking part of the ton (not merely being a member of it) would not suit her because like her sister, they could be critical. Does that make sense?

Nath: I definitely agree that Hannah was a better fit for Miles. I think he was a bit put off by how aggressive Charlotte pursued him. I have to wonder, had Miles not be previously rejected by a debutante, would he had recognized that Hannah was the one he was attracted to earlier?

Also you make sense LOL. Miles being comfortable in his skin and accepting her the way she was allowed Hannah to be who she truly was in his presence. She wouldn’t have fared well with someone who was insecure, but then again, she never had any intention to find a husband.

I have to say, poor Hannah, being all confused as to Miles’ true feelings ^_^; He really didn’t make it easy for her :( And I think that’s another reason I didn’t buy the romance, the lack of courtship. Ah well.

Ames: Well it wasn’t an overt courtship. And I think if Miles did recognize Hannah as the one he wanted and did court her overtly, it might have scared her away, because you are right, she wasn’t looking for a husband. Remember that scene when she gets out of the carriage at Miles’ house and says he’s not as old as she thought he’d be? LOL

But yes the ending when she thought Miles still wanted her sister. Poor thing. AND remember when she was stuck in the hole for hours and how mad Miles got on her behalf? I loved that part!!

Nath: LOL, that was really cute, especially since Hannah was so absorbed she didn’t even realized it’d been hours! And hmmm, I think you’re right. Had Miles overtly wooed her, she probably would have bolted. So I guess it’s good the way it happened :)

I know the whole point about The Best Intentions was that Hannah was young and therefore, not the one Miles should have been attracted to, which makes the whole story quite ironic, LOL. However, I have to say, at times, I felt like Hannah was really young and immature ^_^; Like the part where she played with the kids... I usually love characters who get along well with children, but in this case, with her youthful appearance, it felt like she was almost one and I don’t see how Miles would be attracted to her. Also, the whole ball was very uncomfortable... I wished she had stuck to her individuality and the “didn’t care” attitude.

Ames: I liked her interactions with the children. I didn't think it made her seem younger but it did highlight her carefree nature. She could get creative and imaginative with them. Also, I like to play with my little cousins on that level. :). Its fun Nath.

What do you mean about the ball?

Nath: No, I know what you mean, Ames. I like playing with small children too! As I said, I usually really like that in heroes and heroines. I think my problem here is that Miles’ first impression of Hannah is that she’s not even out of the school room, so very young. And the way she played with the kids, I feel it would only have reinforced that impression... and I can’t see Miles falling in love with that image. Of course, in the end, it works out because Miles fell in love with Hannah more for her personality... but it’s something that bothered me.

As for the ball, I meant how she wanted to appear as a lady, impress Miles. To a certain extent, I understand why she was upset at the accident, especially since Miles was the one to witness it. However, I felt her reaction was a bit extreme and that in the end of the day, she shouldn’t have cared as much, she shouldn’t have to change to please someone... Does that make sense?

Ames: But I don’t think Miles does fall in love with that image. Because there are other images of her playing with his kids as well, like her teaching them through her drawings and taking them with her to the church. I don’t know - he’s in denial about how he feels about her for so long, I don’t think he would fall in love with her at that point either.

As for the ball, I disagree. LOL I think her reaction is spot on. She put pressure on herself to start acting like the lady her sister wants her to be and that she thinks would impress Miles. Yes, it’s not a good thing to try to change yourself, but she learned that lesson, didn’t she? She got a bucketful of embarrassment heaped on her head for her troubles and the one man she tries to impress is the one to witness it. I would freak out if that happened to me! LOL

LOL I think we’re just going in circles here. I am going to argue with you on every point because I enjoyed this book so much! But you’re really making me think about it more. :P

Ooh you know what I liked? This is a bit spoilery, but Charlotte’s reaction to her sister taking her man out from under her nose. I thought it was nice that she didn’t freak out. I think that showed that despite her trying to make Hannah more of a lady, she truly cared for her and wanted her to be happy. And she was mature enough to realize that things weren’t going to work between her and Miles so she wasn’t going to make a fuss.

Nath: I know I’m being picky here, but contrary to what it seemed, I did like The Best Intentions! It was just the romance that I thought could have been a bit better... I’m glad that by bringing up my issue is making you think about it more :)

As for Charlotte’s reaction, once again, I agree with you. I admit that I didn’t like her very much throughout the story, but she earned my respect with how well she took Miles’ decision. I think part of it is she knew already that she had failed to capture Miles’ interest. Still, I think she was happy for Hannah and I feel she learned something out of it :)

Ames: All right then, I’m glad you enjoyed it. What would you grade it? I’m going with a B+. I was totally engrossed in the story and I thought Hannah was a refreshing character.

Nath: I enjoyed the story and Hannah’s character, but I wasn’t into The Best Intentions as much as you and the romance bugged me a little for the reasons we discussed. For me, it’s a B- :)

Friday, March 8

Review: The Runaway Princess by Hester Browne

Whoops!  It's been over 5 months since Nath and I have posted a review together!!  My how the time flies.  LOL  But hopefully that won't happen again.  :P

I forget where I saw this book mentioned, but I thought the premise was intriguing so I picked it up from the library when it was available.  Well my reading it and mentioning it to Nath brought it to her attention and she read it shortly after I did.  A big thank you to my mystery book pimp because we definitely enjoyed this book!


The Runaway Princess by Hester Browne
published by Simon & Schuster (Pocket) in October 2012
If Amy Wilde’s new boyfriend, Leo, treats her like a queen, that’s because he’s secretly a prince himself: Leopold William Victor Wolfsburg of Nirona, the ninth most eligible royal bachelor in the world. Amy soon discovers that dating an heir to a throne has many charms—intimate alfresco dinners, glittering galas, and, for a girl who lives in jeans and wellies, a dazzling new wardrobe with tiaras to match. But there are also drawbacks: imagine the anxiety of meeting your boyfriend’s parents multiplied by a factor of “riding in a private jet,” “staying in a castle,” and “discussing the line of succession over lunch.” Not to mention the sudden press interest in your very un-royal family. When an unexpected turn of events pushes Leo closer to the throne, the Wolfsburgs decide to step up Amy’s transformation from down-to-earth gardener to perfectly polished princess-in-waiting. Amy would do anything for Leo, but is finding her Prince Charming worth the price of losing herself?
Genre: Chick-lit
Series: None

The Story: Amy Wilder is a professional gardener, more comfortable with her plants and flowers than with people - especially cute guys. During a party that Amy is hosting - her roommate's attempt to matchmake Amy - she meets Leo who seems to be the perfect guy. Very quickly, the two fall in love and are happy with each other. However, very soon, the real world intrudes on their happiness. Dating a prince, Amy finds herself in the eye of the media. While not comfortable with all the attention, she'd rather they focus on her because if they start digging, she knows her family will not hold up to the scrutiny. Unfortunately, it only gets worse when the line of succession changes and Leo finds himself second-in-line for the crown of Nirona. Can she handle the pressure and get her HEA ending with Leo?

Ames: So Nath, what did you think of The Runaway Princess? When was the last time you’d read chick lit? I know for myself, it had been a while.

Nath: I did read one last year actually! It was when I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella was released! So yeah, it’s been a while... Oh wait, is Off the Menu chick-lit or women’s fiction? Because we both read that one! LOL. Once again, I have to thank you for bringing The Runaway Princess to my attention, Ames. It turned out to be quite an enjoyable read and if it hadn’t been for you, I would never have picked it up!

By the way, I think I have finally found the secret to my enjoyment of chick-lit!! Pick books where the heroines are not completely clueless! Yes, Amy was naive at times, but she was also a professional - like Alana in Off the Menu - and it made for a more balanced and likable heroine :)

Ames: I would consider Off the Menu women’s fiction. And I’m glad you enjoyed this one! Normally, I wouldn’t pick something like The Runaway Princess up, and I can’t for the life of me remember where I saw it reviewed, but thanks to that blogger out there for bringing that book to my attention. :P

And I agree with you, I am not a fan of clueless heroines. I think a big thing that kept Amy real was her circle of friends. She was just a regular person living with a friend, having a bit of social awkwardness and owning a dog. The author did a good job of making her relatable.

Nath: I agree, she was very relatable and I think that’s why this fairy tale romance was more believable. Speaking of the romance, wasn’t it oh-so sweet? :) *Dreamy sigh* I think Leo was the perfect prince LOL.

Ames: I loved Leo!!

I liked how he was introduced and the dynamic with his brother. He didn’t have a stuck up attitude, he was actually sweet about Amy’s family. The only thing that bothered me a bit and this would seem realistic to someone like him is wanting to solve problems by throwing money at it. And the fountain? The proposal? *sigh* All good. And really, he does the ultimate thing for his love for Amy that I almost cried at the end. LOL

Nath: Oh yeah, Leo did everything just perfectly :) And while the ending was a bit too ideal, it worked and it did suit Leo :) As I said earlier, Leo was just perfect :) He was such a sweet guy and so understanding towards Amy! And I loved his low-key, down-to-earth attitude. There was no sense of entitlement at all. At the same time, he was conscious of his position and his life and that’s why when he became the heir, he asked Amy if she would stick with him.

Seriously, Amy’s father’s issue with Leo annoyed me. I think like you Ames, that someone in Leo’s position would be used to solve problems by throwing money. And is that completely wrong? I don’t think so. It’s true that money doesn’t solve everything, but it does make a lot go away... And really, it’s not as if Leo had any lessons to receive from Amy’s family who has been deluding themselves for years. Keeping their heads down, not kicking up the dust in fear for people to remember.

Ames: Maybe that was the point though - through her and her family, he learned that throwing money around wasn’t always the best way to fix something. And that’s the thing, throwing money at something can makes things easier...but that’s not always the best thing. However, I thought the disparity in their family situations was dealt with in a good way.

Now Leo may have been perfect, but his family definitely was NOT. (By saying that, I’m not saying that Amy’s family was perfect either.) I disliked his sister (and I’m glad her attempts at sabotage didn’t go on forever and in worse ways) and his mom got on my nerves a bit. Like none of them were understanding of what Amy was going through - she had to get used to their lifestyle and you know if if the tables were turned and they had to get used to HER lifestyle that she would have been a heck of a lot nicer and more patient about things.

Which leads me to something I did like about the book - Amy and Leo come from very different backgrounds, but between the two of them, they were equals.

Nath: I agree with you, the fact that Amy and Leo were equals in their relationship is what made the book. I think Amy and Leo had a lot in common and also complemented each other as well. They were a really good couple.

As for their families and the disparity, it’s true it was handled well... but I can’t help but think that at times, Leo and his entourage were really dense about Amy’s situation. That surprises me because in all the other aspects, I feel Leo was so attentive and minutious. For example, most of the book, Amy tried to pay her way and that’s very admirable of her, but really, it’s obvious that she cannot keep the royal pace. I thought that’s something Leo and his family should have been conscious about.

I disliked Leo’s sister as well because her actions were mean. You have a grudge against the whole world because of how the monarchy works, fine, but you could make an effort. However, I don’t know, I could understand why she was the way she was. It’s like trying to show the whole world that you’re the one worthy while knowing it can never happen. If she was nicer, I’d sympathize with her. The character that I really hated was Amy’s sister. Running away and leaving her family to face the consequences, so frustrating... and the thing is, she hasn’t changed at all! Even her coming back into Amy’s life at the end of the book was for her benefit, not Amy’s or their parents’. Selfish, selfish, selfish :( 

Something else that really bothered me was that Amy kept her family's past from Leo. I understand it's something she doesn't want to think about anymore, but I thought given the royal situation they were in, she should have told Leo. That way, they could have found a way to deal with it with the media, because seriously, it was bound to come out. Plus, I think it's something that she should have shared with her future husband.

Still, on a whole, I really enjoyed The Runaway Princess for the characters and for the romance. I think that Ms Browne did a good job at making the story feel realistic... except for the part where Amy dealt with the notoriety and the paparazzi. And that annoyed me because Amy’s reaction was too naive, too innocent and too stupid. And really, she had no excuse, not after the British royal wedding - which was mentioned in the book!

Ames: I disliked Amy’s sister too!! And I completely agree with you that in today’s day and age, and even though Amy isn’t really into social media the way her friend Jo was, she was too naive about the whole paparazzi thing. It was believable to some extent, but not to the degree that Amy was. And that extends to her family's past too.  So yes, that withholding on Amy's part also annoyed me a bit.

However, despite all the little things that got on my nerves, I really enjoyed The Runaway Princess as well. I liked Amy’s character, her circle of friends and Leo. Leo was such a good hero. Remember that one scene where Amy is going to meet him and she sees him reading on a kindle while he’s waiting for her? I think that’s what made me fall a little bit in love with him. LOL He was a reader! I liked that Amy’s job wasn’t glamourous either. She literally got her hands dirty as a gardener! And then Leo at the end, what he did for Amy, that almost made me cry. This book had so many good moments. :P

Nath: Oh this book definitely had good moments. And yes, that scene where Leo is waiting, reading on his kindle, swoon-worthy :) He was the highlight of the book for me and I wished we got a little bit more of his POV. I’m really glad I picked The Runaway Princess, because it was an enjoyable read. It gets a B from me :) 

Ames: I’m giving it a B+.

Friday, March 1

New Releases - March 2013

What is the saying? Spring is the season of love... And publishing houses must realize it because they are finally loosening their tight fists and releasing more books!! Yay! Granted, it's not all romance but trust me, it'll do LOL. Okay, okay, I said something similar last month, that there was more new releases... and there was in comparison to December and January, but a lot of the books we had on our list were maybes. Not the case this month! Oh no! Instead, it's a lot of must-have and I can't wait to get my grubby hands on them :)

Ready to check out the list of new releases we're looking forward to? You might want to ready your wallet as well :P Here we go!

March 1

Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality by Elizabeth Eulberg
published by Scholastic
Don't mess with a girl with a Great Personality.

Everybody loves Lexi. She's popular, smart, funny...but she's never been one of those girls, the pretty ones who get all the attention from guys. And on top of that, her seven-year-old sister, Mackenzie, is a terror in a tiara, and part of a pageant scene where she gets praised for her beauty (with the help of fake hair and tons of makeup).

Lexi's sick of it. She's sick of being the girl who hears about kisses instead of getting them. She's sick of being ignored by her longtime crush, Logan. She's sick of being taken for granted by her pageant-obsessed mom. And she's sick of having all her family's money wasted on a phony pursuit of perfection.

The time has come for Lexi to step out from the sidelines. Girls without great personalities aren't going to know what hit them. Because Lexi's going to play the beauty game - and she's in it to win it.
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Series: None

Nath: I really, really, really enjoyed Ms Eulberg's book last year, Take a Bow, and I'm hoping this book is as good :) I'm curious about this book because of the premise... but I have to say, it could have used a better cover ^_^;

Ames:  Oh I agree about the cover!  But I just know whatever is going to be behind that cover will be awesome, because that is how Elizabeth writes.  Awesome!!  LOL

Nath: I agree with you Ames. That's what so refreshing about Ms Eulberg, she writes her own story, doesn't follow trends and that results in something good and refreshing :)

Things I Can't Forget by Miranda Kenneally
published by Sourcebooks
Kate has always been the good girl. Too good, according to some people at school—although they have no idea the guilty secret she carries. But this summer, everything is different…

This summer she’s a counselor at Cumberland Creek summer camp, and she wants to put the past behind her. This summer Matt is back as a counselor too. He’s the first guy she ever kissed, and he’s gone from a geeky songwriter who loved The Hardy Boys to a buff lifeguard who loves to flirt…with her.

Kate used to think the world was black and white, right and wrong. Turns out, life isn’t that easy…
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Series: Hundred Oaks, Book #3

Nath: I haven't really been in the mood for contemporary YA books lately and as such, have yet to read the second book of this series, Stealing Parker. However, I know that when the mood strikes, I'll be picking these up :)

Ames:  I haven't read Stealing Parker yet either.  LOL  I want to re-read Catching Jordan.  But I loved CJ so I know I'll be getting this anyway.

The Forbidden Queen by Anne O'Brien
published by Harlequin (Mira)
1415. The Battle of Agincourt is over, and the young princess Katherine de Valois is the prize to be offered to Henry V of England. The innocent Katherine is smitten with Henry, but soon understands that her sole purpose is to produce an heir to unite England and France. When Henry leaves her a widow at the age of 21, Katherine is forced to resign herself to a quiet life as the Dowager Queen; her duty is to raise her son, the young King of England, and little more.

But Katherine is still young and passionate. Many desire her, and her hand in marriage is worth a kingdom. Setting aside those driven by ambition, Katherine falls in love with her servant Owen Tudor, and glimpses the happiness that love can bring. But their enemies are circling, all battling for power and determined to prevent their marriage. Katherine will have to fight to control her own destiny…

In this compelling and beautifully written book, Anne O’Brien tells the story of the innocent young princess, Katherine de Valois, a pawn in a ruthless political game between England and France, and the woman who founded the most famous royal dynasty of all – the Tudors.
Genre: Historical fiction
Series: None

Ames:  I love Anne O'Brien's books.  Love them.  I can't wait to read this one.  She really transports you to the time period she writes about.

March 05

Thrown by a Curve by Jaci Burton
published by Berkley
Sports medicine specialist Alicia Riley has the job of her dreams, until she's assigned to star pitcher Garrett Scott. Undergoing shoulder rehab, it's make it or break it time for Garrett, and he needs to focus to get back on the mound in time for opening day. But close proximity and combustible chemistry is a dangerous combination, and both Alicia and Garrett have a lot to lose if this doesn't work.
Genre: Contemporary romance, sport romance
Series: Play by Play, Book #5

Nath: The books in this series have been a bit hit and miss with me, but after reading the excerpt of Thrown by a Curve, I'm definitively picking it up! :) I like what I've seen of Alicia and Garrett so far and I hope it translates into a winner :P

Ames:  Another series I'm behind on but I'll be keeping an eye on reviews and try to get caught up!

High Risk by Vivian Arend
published by Berkley
LIFELINE: an elite search-and-rescue squad based out of Banff, Alberta. Specializing in high-risk rescue missions, this team goes wherever the job takes them…

Rebecca James was once revered for her devil-may-care attitude and backcountry survival skills. But ever since she lost her partner in a fatal accident, patches of her memory have been missing. And until she can recall those final, tragic moments before the accident, she can’t move on.

Since Marcus Landers was permanently injured during a mission, all his energies have been focused on his Lifeline team. When Becki—whom he had an intense affair with seven years ago—arrives in Banff, he’s inspired to reignite the spark they once had. Their mutual ardor slowly awakens Becki’s dormant, haunting memories.

New truths surface until Becki must at last confront her greatest fear. Remembering the past might mean a future without the man she loves…
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Series: Adrenaline, Book #1

Nath: Ms Arend has been on my radar for years and this is the perfect opportunity for me to give her a try :) I like that the premises are different for romantic suspense - doesn't look like anyone has military training, yay! And it's set in Canada, so double yay! LOL.

Ames:  I like the Canadian connection too.  LOL  And the early buzz about this book definitely has me intrigued.

Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs
published by Berkley (Ace)
Mercy Thompson’s life has undergone a seismic change. Becoming the mate of Adam Hauptman—the charismatic Alpha of the local werewolf pack—has made her a stepmother to his daughter Jesse, a relationship that brings moments of blissful normalcy to Mercy’s life. But on the edges of humanity, what passes for a minor mishap on an ordinary day can turn into so much more...

After an accident in bumper-to-bumper traffic, Mercy and Jesse can’t reach Adam—or anyone else in the pack for that matter. They’ve all been abducted.

Through their mating bond, all Mercy knows is that Adam is angry and in pain. With the werewolves fighting a political battle to gain acceptance from the public, Mercy fears Adam’s disappearance may be related—and that he and the pack are in serious danger. Outclassed and on her own, Mercy may be forced to seek assistance from any ally she can get, no matter how unlikely.
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Mercy Thompson, Book #7

Nath: Wow, it's been a while since we've last seen Mercy and Adam! Quite frankly, I don't really know what to expect, but I have faith in Ms Briggs that it'll be good :P I wonder who is going to be the ally? And I hope there's a cross-over with Charles and Anna!

Ames:  I think I'm two books behind on this series.  But I don't care!!  I'm still buying this one!

Nath: No, Ames. I remember you reading Silver Borne, so you're just one book behind. Ms Briggs has been alternating between this series and the Alpha & Omega's, so a lot of time has gone by, but not many books have been released. But seriously, you should read the Alpha & Omega series as well :P

Ames:  I started the Alpha & Omega series...but fell behind.  LMAO!!

Wild Invitation by Nalini Singh
published by Berkley
In Beat of Temptation, innocent Tamsyn has always had a place in her heart for Nathan, a blooded DarkRiver sentinel. But is she ready for the fierce demands of the mating bond?

In Stroke of Enticement, a wary young teacher, skeptical about love, arouses the man—and the animal—in an aggressive leopard changeling who must prove his affections are true.


In Declaration of Courtship, Grace, a shy submissive wolf, finds herself pursued by the last man she ever would have imagined: a SnowDancer lieutenant said to be “mad, bad, and dangerous to know.”

In Texture of Intimacy, SnowDancer healer Lara discovers the searing joys—and unexpected challenges—of being mated to quiet, powerful Walker, a man used to keeping his silence.
Genre: Paranormal romance
Series: Psy-Changelings, Books #0.5, 3.5, 9.5 and 10.5

Nath: A novella with Lara and Walker!! I can't wait!! And that's enough for me to buy Wild Invitation, even though I already own the first two novellas ^_^;

Ames:  I never read those other two novellas before so I'm looking forward to this one!!  It'll tide me over until the next Psy Changeling book comes out.

Nath: Really, you've never read any of them, Ames? LOL, I see Psy-Changelings material and I have to jump on it... no matter how long it is ^_^;

Ames:  I stay away from anthologies so I don't get the novellas until they're in a collection like this.

Midnight Blue-Light Special by Seanan McGuire
published by DAW
Cryptid, noun:
1. Any creature whose existence has been suggested but not proven scientifically. Term officially coined by cryptozoologist John E. Wall in 1983.
2. That thing that's getting ready to eat your head.
3. See also: "monster."

The Price family has spent generations studying the monsters of the world, working to protect them from humanity--and humanity from them. Enter Verity Price. Despite being trained from birth as a cryptozoologist, she'd rather dance a tango than tangle with a demon, and when her work with the cryptid community took her to Manhattan, she thought she would finally be free to pursue competition-level dance in earnest. It didn't quite work out that way...

But now, with the snake cult that was killing virgins all over Manhattan finally taken care of, Verity is ready to settle down for some serious ballroom dancing—until her on-again, off-again, semi-boyfriend Dominic De Luca, a member of the monster-hunting Covenant of St. George, informs her that the Covenant is on their way to assess the city's readiness for a cryptid purge. With everything and everyone she loves on the line, there's no way Verity can take that lying down.

Alliances will be tested, allies will be questioned, lives will be lost, and the talking mice in Verity's apartment will immortalize everything as holy writ--assuming there's anyone left standing when all is said and done. It's a midnight blue-light special, and the sale of the day is on betrayal, deceit...and carnage.
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: InCryptid, Book #2

Nath: I enjoyed the first book, Discount Armageddon, enough to check out the sequel. Although, I have to say, not a big fan of the cover ^_^;

Slashback by Rob Thurman
published by New American Library (ROC)
I stopped and let them circle me, first because it was intriguing and, second, because, honestly, what could they do? Only knives, but all armed, and that made them even more interesting. Interesting. Fun.


Taking on bloodthirsty supernatural monsters is how Caliban and Niko Leandros make a living. But years ago—before they became a force to be reckoned with—the brothers were almost victims of a very human serial killer.


Unfortunately for them, that particular depraved killer was working as apprentice to a creature far more malevolent—the legendary Spring-heeled Jack. He’s just hit town. He hasn’t forgotten what the Leandros brothers did to his murderous protégé. He hasn’t forgotten what they owe him.

And now they are going to pay… and pay… and pay...
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Cal Leandros, Book #8

Nath: Yay, a new Cal Leandros book! :) I find the series to be quite unique: a nice blend of urban fantasy elements, darkness and humor :P And I so enjoy the bromance as well... If only there could be a touch more romance, it would be perfect! Gotta say though, that cover... Not my favorite. Something is just off ^_^;

Written in Red by Anne Bishop
published by New American Library (ROC)
As a cassandra sangue, or blood prophet, Meg Corbyn can see the future when her skin is cut—a gift that feels more like a curse. Meg’s Controller keeps her enslaved so he can have full access to her visions. But when she escapes, the only safe place Meg can hide is at the Lakeside Courtyard—a business district operated by the Others.

Shape-shifter Simon Wolfgard is reluctant to hire the stranger who inquires about the Human Liaison job. First, he senses she’s keeping a secret, and second, she doesn’t smell like human prey. Yet a stronger instinct propels him to give Meg the job. And when he learns the truth about Meg and that she’s wanted by the government, he’ll have to decide if she’s worth the fight between humans and the Others that will surely follow.
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: The Others, Book #1

Nath: It feels like it's been a while since I last read a book by Ms Bishop and perhaps, it's been. Written in Red was on my radar, but I wasn't sure whether I'd get it or not. However, it's been getting some good reviews.. and after all, it's Anne Bishop :) I'm curious to see what kind of world she's going to build for her first foray into urban fantasy :)

Ames:  It's been forever for me since I read anything by Anne Bishop (because I only read the Black Jewels Trilogy like six years ago LOL).  I'll see what you think of this one.

A Most Improper Rumor by Emma Wildes
published by New American Library (Signet Eclipse)
What is society to do when the diamonds of the first water are caught in compromising situations, one after the other? Can the young ladies survive the season with their reputations intact…or will the scandalous whispers surrounding them bring about the ultimate ruination?

Once the toast of the ton, Lady Angelina DeBrooke is no longer known just for her exquisite beauty, but more for her notorious marriages. Dubbed the Dark Angel, she has fallen in love for the first time and wishes to marry, but fears finding herself a widow for the third time. With two poisoned husbands and a cloud of suspicion hanging over her head, she turns to the only man in England who might help her…

Benjamin Wallace, Lord Heathton, isn’t interested in playing detective again, but when Lady DeBrooke approaches him in a quest to clear her name, he finds the challenge irresistible. Her second husband was an old friend, and when he takes a closer look, he catches the scent of a foe he has hunted before—and knows this is his chance to finally trap the elusive prey...
Genre: Historical romance
Series: Whispers of Scandal, Book #2

Nath: Totally looking forward to this one. Ms Wildes has become an auto-buy author for me when it comes to historical romance :) I just enjoy her writing and her stories. This one sounds particularly good - a widow accused of poisoning her husbands - and I'm looking forward to see how Benjamin's relationship with his wife has evolved :)

Ames:  I just finished reading this one and I thoroughly enjoyed it!!

Death, Doom and Detention by Darynda Jones
published by St. Martin's Press
The normal part of Lorelei MacAlister’s life didn’t just slip away quietly the day Jared Kovach came to town. Nope. The normal part of her life shattered. It exploded. It burst into a gazillion shards of fleeting light.

It went out with a bang.

Goodbye normal.

Hello dark and eerie.

While her best friend, Brooklyn, is focusing all of her energy on helping Lorelei hone her abilities, Lorelei is dealing with the reality that Satan’s second in command has taken up residence inside her body. Oh, and the fact that she has a crush on the Angel of Death. But what a beautiful death it is. If those weren’t bad enough, something sinister has come to town and it wants nothing more than to hear Lorelei’s dying breath as it strangles it out of her. Thank goodness the gang has a supernatural champion. But what happens when the only being who can save them switches sides midstream? How can a group of misfits capture one of the most powerful beings ever created? And will they find out how to bring Jared back to them before it’s too late?
Genre: YA, Paranormal
Series: Darklight, Book #2

Nath: I've really enjoyed Ms Jones' Charley Davidson series, it's just so much fun with great mysteries :)  As such, I should have been all over her YA series, except that I find the premise is slightly too similar to her adult series. Still, this book is on my radar because if it turns out as good as the Charley Davidson series, I will want to give this a try :)

March 11

Along Came Trouble by Ruthie Knox
published by Random House Publishing (Loveswept)
An accomplished lawyer and driven single mother, Ellen Callahan isn’t looking for any help. She’s doing just fine on her own. So Ellen’s more than a little peeved when her brother, an international pop star, hires a security guard to protect her from a prying press that will stop at nothing to dig up dirt on him. But when the tanned and toned Caleb Clark shows up at her door, Ellen might just have to plead the fifth.

Back home after a deployment in Iraq and looking for work as a civilian, Caleb signs on as Ellen’s bodyguard. After combat in the hot desert sun, this job should be a breeze. But guarding the willful beauty is harder than he imagined—and Caleb can’t resist the temptation to mix business with pleasure. With their desires growing more undeniable by the day, Ellen and Caleb give in to an evening of steamy passion. But will they ever be able to share more than just a one-night stand?
Genre: Contemporary romance, Category romance
Series: Camelot, Book #2

Nath: Read How to Misbehave and thought it was so so. Therefore, I'm not really in a hurry to get this one even though the blurb sounds interesting.

Ames:  I love bodyguard plots.  I haven't read one in a while.  And I hear good things about Knox' writing even though I wasn't the biggest fan of Ride With Me.

A Fine Romance by Christi Barth
published by Carina Press
They say you form your first impression of someone within thirty seconds of meeting them. Or, in Mira Parrish's case, within thirty minutes of not meeting them, when said person is supposed to pick you up from the airport and never shows. This is not a perfect start to her new life. Her friend Ivy is depending on her to run a new romance store, and Mira can't afford to let her down.

Sam Lyons should probably apologize. But every time he sees Mira--which is often, since his family owns the bakery next to her shop--he can't resist antagonizing her. There's something about the sexy, straight-laced woman that drives him crazy. He can't get involved, though. He has too much baggage to be any good in a serious relationship.

Despite his teasing attitude, Mira finds Sam too sweet to resist. (His hot body may be a factor.) But if there's going to be anything permanent between them, they'll need to let go of their pasts and look to the future...
Genre: Contemporary romance
Series: Aisle Bound trilogy, Book #2

Nath: This one sounds really cute :) I meant to read the first one, Planning for Love, after reading Ames' review, but didn't get the chance. Oups ^_^; I wonder if Sam actually works at the bakery because that would be fun to read! :)

Ames:  I really enjoyed Planning for Love so I've got some hopes for this one.  :P

March 12

Lost in You by Lauren Dane
published by Samhain publishing
It hasn t been easy for Joe Harris to live down his not-so-honorable past, but the military made him a better man. He s determined to make up for past mistakes, starting with coming home to care for his ailing father.

Things are going as planned until his best friend s little sister comes barreling into his life. Funny, quick talking, smart, beautiful, she s a temptation he tries and fails to resist.

When Beth Murphy hears Joe is back in town, she makes sure she s the first on his welcoming committee. Though he tries to pretend he s gruff and unworthy of her, she sees the man who spoils his dog, who touches her like she s precious. Cherished. But there s one wall she can t break down the truth about what s happening at home.

On the night the nature of his father s illness becomes painfully, publicly apparent, Joe does the right thing push Beth as far away as possible. But if he thought she d go away quietly, he s about to learn she s made of sterner stuff.
Genre: Erotica romance
Series: Petal, Georgia, Book #2

Ames:  It's Lauren Dane.  'Nuff said.

With this Kiss, Part #1 by Eloisa James
published by Harpercollins Publishers (Avon Impulse)
Lady Grace Ryburn, the daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Ashbrook, has fallen wildly in love with Colin Barry, a dashing young lieutenant serving his country in the Royal Navy. When he returns home to exuberant celebrations, will he even notice the quiet wallflower he grew up with… or will he fall for Grace's sparkling, gorgeous sister?
Genre: Historical romance
Series: Connected to The Ugly Duchess and Seduced by a Pirate

Nath: Hmmmm, a serial. I haven't read any, but have to say, this one sounds pretty cute... and who better than to pull it off than Eloisa James?

Ames:  Exactly!  I'm definitely getting this, even though I said I was sick of serials.

March 18

Exposed by Kyra Davis
published by Simon & Schuster (Pocket)
One passionate night with a stranger turned Kasie’s world upside down, and just when she thought she was getting the hang of things, her fiancé finds out...

You should sleep with a stranger —those words whispered in her ear by her best friend became a challenge Kasie took to heart. Suddenly, the man who gave her the most shocking pleasure in that upscale Vegas hotel —a man whose name she never bothered to find out —is her company’s biggest client.

As this unknown man becomes Mr. Dade at the office, and Mr. Dade becomes Robert in the bedroom, Kasie’s passion won’t let her deny him anything he wants. But when her fiancé, Dave, finds out, there’s no telling what he will do to keep her, or what Robert will do to steal her away once and for all.
Genre: Erotica romance
Series: Just One Night, Part #2

Ames:  I read the first one, The Stranger, and I liked it enough to want to know how things play out in the second installment.

March 19

With this Kiss, Part #2 by Eloisa James
published by Harpercollins Publisher (Avon Impulse)
Lady Grace Ryburn has accepted another man's proposal after the love of her life, Lieutenant Colin Barry, asked for her own sister's hand in marriage.

But when Colin returns home from the wars, injured in body and spirit, will she be able to turn her back and marry another? Or will she throw away every rule her mother taught her and try to seduce a man who has shown no interest in her kisses?
Genre: Historical romance
Series: Connected to The Ugly Duchess and Seduced by a Pirate

Nath: Men are always so stupid, never able to recognize the woman who truly loves them. Have to say though, based on the blurbs, this serial sounds pretty interesting!

Highlander Most Wanted by Maya Banks
published by Random House Publishing (Ballantine Books)
Genevieve McInnes is locked behind the fortified walls of McHugh Keep, captive of a cruel laird who takes great pleasure in ruining her for any other man. Yet when Bowen Montgomery storms the gates on a mission of clan warfare, Genevieve finds that her spirit is bent but not broken. Still, her path toward freedom remains uncertain. Unable to bear the shame of returning to a family that believes her dead or to abandon others at the keep to an imposing new laird, Genevieve opts for the peaceful life of an abbess. But Bowen’s rugged sensuality stirs something deep inside her that longs to be awakened by his patient, gentle caress—something warm, wicked, and tempting.

Bowen seizes his enemy’s keep, unprepared for the brooding and reclusive woman who captures his heart. He’s enchanted by her fierce determination, her unusual beauty, and her quiet, unfailing strength. But wooing her will take more than a seasoned seducer’s skill. For loving Genevieve, he discovers, means giving her back the freedom that was stolen from her—even if it means losing her forever.
Genre: Historical romance
Series: The Montgomerys and Armstrongs, Book #2

Nath: The blurb is quite interesting and since I've enjoyed Never Seduce a Scot, there's a high chance I'll be picking this one up :) While I enjoy historical romance, Scots and highlanders have never been my favorites, but Ms Banks has proven me wrong before... Hopefully, she can do it a second time :)

Ames:  Nath, I've always felt there was a similarity between Banks highlander books and Julie Garwood's.  So you should check those out.  LOL  And I enjoyed Never Seduce a Scot as well so I'm looking forward to reading this one.

No Turning Back by HelenKay Dimon
published by Berkley (Intermix)
The Hanover brothers inherited some bad behavior from their con artist father. Now three strong women will make honest men out of them.

After ten years in the Army and four overseas deployments, Declan Hanover is ready for life away from a military base. Sweetwater, Oregon, a sleepy coastal town, seems like the perfect place to start over. His plan is to work out a deal with his brothers and the bank to let him keep the estate they’ve inherited, Shadow Hill. But he wasn’t prepared for Leah Baron, whose family lost everything to his father’s cons—including the house Declan intends to make his own…

Leah thinks Declan is just like his conman father. He possesses a bad boy charm that makes her heart pound, but that doesn’t mean she can trust him. All she wants is to get close to him so she can get her house back. But Declan has other ideas. He doesn’t mind being in close proximity to Leah—as long as it’s in the bedroom…
Genre: Contemporary romance
Series: Hanover Brothers, Book #1

Nath: I enjoy con artist characters... but not such much stories of their offspring ^_^; So I think I'm going to pass on this one. Just want to add my two cents about the cover though. I don't particularly love covers with ripped men torsos, but I gotta say those naked torsos do project a good aura. I looked at this cover and thought it was YA, because the male model looks, I don't know, young? Also, not the greatest cover... My first thought was that No Turning Back was self-published ^_^;

Ames:  It's funny, with a lot of releases this month I've been drawn to the cover...and I never even noticed this one.  Go figure.  I like HelenKay's writing so I think this one will be cute.

Jilted by Kelly Jamieson
published by Samhain Publishing
The wedding's off but the honeymoon is on...

Devon can do this. She can show up at her ex-boyfriend Josh's wedding, even though he's marrying her ex-best-friend. She can show everyone she's happy with her fabulous life in Boston, her great career, her amazing shoes -- and she can show everyone she's over him.

Truth is, her life isn't so fabulous. She's just been downsized out of her job, her Jimmy Choos won't pay her mortgage, and...she's still heartbroken that Josh chose family over her. The real reason she's enduring this wedding is that her next stop is nearby Greenbush Island, her last hope of finding a new job.

Josh knows marrying long-time friend Allie will make everyone happy after the rough time their families have been through, and since the woman he really wanted to marry chose her career and big city life over him -- why not?

But the perfect wedding turns into a perfect disaster when Allie leaves him at the altar for another man. He never saw that coming! But hey, Devon's there, offering to help him look for Allie on Greenbush Island, where he'd planned their honeymoon. Only, all they find are their old feelings for each other and a temptation to risk their hearts one more time...
Genre: Erotica romance
Series: The Promise Harbor Wedding, Book #1

Ames:  I like Kelly's writing and this one sounds interesting.  And I love that cover!

March 26

With this Kiss, Part #3 by Eloisa James
published by Harpercollins Publisher (Avon)
Lieutenant Colin Barry returns from the wars injured in body and spirit, knowing that he has no right to steal Grace from the arms of her fiancé. Yet the same warrior's spirit that won so many battles at sea is prompting him to throw propriety to the winds, imitate his pirate father, and simply take what he most desires!
Genre: Historical romance
Series: Connected to The Ugly Duchess and Seduced by a Pirate

Nath: : I wonder how long is this serial's timeline... Months, years? Anyway, overall it sounds like a cute story.

Ames:  Yep.  I like those covers too.  LOL

As You Wish by Eloisa James
published by Harpercollins Publisher (Avon)
With This Kiss

Lady Grace Ryburn is in love with a dashing young lieutenant, Colin Barry, but she turns away, thinking that Colin is in love with her sister.

Should Colin throw propriety to the winds, imitate his pirate father, and simply take what he most desires?

Seduced by a Pirate

After years at sea, Sir Griffin Barry comes home to claim his wife. But is Phoebe his wife, if their marriage was never consummated?

As an infamous pirate, Griffin claimed and kept gold and jewels… but this is one treasure that will not be so easy to capture.
Genre: Historical romance
Series: Connected to The Ugly Duchess

Nath: I think it's really clever for the publisher to release the serial in print :) However, now I have to decide... to wait or not to wait? :P

Ames:  I say wait, because you'll want to keep reading at the end of each installment.  LOL

And the Miss Ran Away with the Rake by Elizabeth Boyle
published by Harpercollins Publisher (Avon)
Daphne Dale never could have imagined that when she answered an advertisement in the newspaper that she would find true love. Now she has the opportunity to meet her unknown suitor, but it means traveling to Tabitha’s wedding, and into the heart of her family’s sworn enemies. Everyone knows the Seldons are terrible rakes and bounders, but Daphne will risk anything to gain the happiness she is certain is right around the corner.

Lord Henry Seldon is aghast at the latest addition to the house party guest list—one would think after the unforgettable scandal Daphne Dale caused at the duke’s engagement ball, she wouldn’t dare show her face at the duke’s wedding. But here she is, poking her nose where she shouldn’t and driving Henry mad... with an unforgettable passion that will turn enemies into lovers.
Genre: Historical romance
Series: Rhymes with Love, Book #2

Nath: Feeling of deja-vu? Nope, you're not going senile. It's me who had the wrong date last month... Turns out it was March 26, not February 26 - oups! I was really disappointed not to see this one in store this week, so guess I'm looking forward to it more than I thought :) Hopefully, it'll be a fun read!

Ames:  Wait, did we have this in last month's post too?  LOL

Nath: We sure did ^_^; Like I said, got the date wrong... but it's never too much exposure for a book right?

The New Emperor's Clothes by Victoria Alexander
re-printed by Harpercollins Publisher (Avon)
When con artist and actress Ophelia Kendrake and her sister visit the town of Dead End, she is mistaken for the Countess of Bridgewater, and sees an opportunity to fleece the community. But she’s stopped in her tracks when she meets Tyler, Dead End’s handsome mayor.

Tyler’s ambition is to buy a ranch and find a wife, until he spies Ophelia. As he becomes acquainted with the charming actress, he falls in love—but there’s the question of trust. Tyler vows he will find Ophelia’s secret and teach her a lesson that love and integrity are what matters most.
Genre: Historical romance, Colonical Americana
Series: None

Nath: This is an oldie from Ms Alexander that I never got the chance to read, so I'm looking forward to it :) I don't think I've ever read one of her book set out of regency, so this will be interesting. Plus, you know how much I love Ms Alexander's writing :)

Ames:  You've recently turned me onto Victoria's writing so I'm looking forward to this one too.  And I like that cover.

Nath: Yay, I'm so glad!! But keep in mind this is a re-print, so no guarantee. And the cover is nice... way better than the original one ^_^;

Once Tempted by Laura Moore
published by Random House Publishing (Ballantine Books)
Oldest son Ward Knowles feels the sprawling California ranch in his blood. And now that the family business has expanded to include a popular resort, he’s working harder than ever. Silver Creek is his legacy and his life, which is fine for the ruggedly sexy ladies’ man and committed bachelor. Love and trust don’t come easily for Ward since he lost his heart to a gold digger—until he meets a shy, unpretentious beauty whose sweet grace is about to turn his jaded heart into a hungry one.

Tess Casari has found sanctuary at Silver Creek, working as an assistant to Ward’s mother, Adele. Grateful for her busy new life running the ranch’s spa and resort, Tess can escape the heartbreak, humiliation, and secret shame of her failed marriage. The last thing she needs is temptation—especially from a man who reminds her so much of the husband who shattered her faith in love. But passion and destiny are about to change the rules for two people who have stopped believing in the healing power of love.
Genre: Contemporary romance
Series: Silver Creek, Book #1

Nath: I read and enjoyed Ms Moore's books previously, so it took very little convincing from Brie - who was lucky enough to score an ARC - for me to add this book on my list of books to buy for this month :) Looking forward to a good contemporary romance book!

Ames:  I haven't read Laura Moore before, but I'm intrigued because I know you like her stuff, Nath.  Plus a hot cowboy on the cover?  Doesn't take much for me to want.  LOL

Nath: Have I mentioned how easy we are recently? LOL.

The Wanderer by Robyn Carr
published by Harlequin (Mira)
Nestled on the Oregon coast is a small town of rocky beaches and rugged charm. Locals love the land's unspoiled beauty. Developers see it as a potential gold mine. When newcomer Hank Cooper learns he's been left an old friend's entire beachfront property, he finds himself with a community's destiny in his hands.

Cooper has never been a man to settle in one place, and Thunder Point was supposed to be just another quick stop. But Cooper finds himself getting involved with the town. And with Sarah Dupre, a woman as complicated as she is beautiful.

With the whole town watching for his next move, Cooper has to choose between his old life and a place full of new possibilities. A place that just might be home.
Genre: Contemporary romance
Series: Thunder Point, Book #1

Nath:  I'm glad to see Ms Carr starting a new series, because as much as I've enjoyed the Virgin River series, I think it has run its course. However, I'm a bit worried that the setting of the Thunder Point series is too similar to the Virgin River series and that's why I've been a bit hesitant about The Wanderer. However, from the reviews and comments from some friends, I've been worrying for nothing. So now, I have to check it out myself to be sure LOL. Also, I really like the new look of her covers - nice and clean :)

Ames:  Hey!!  I'll start with this series and try to keep up!  LOL

Nath: LOL, not a bad idea! :P

'Til Death by Sharon Sala
published by Harlequin (Mira)
He left in handcuffs. Now it's time to set himself free. Nearly twenty years after he was wrongly convicted of setting the fire that killed his father, Lincoln Fox returns to Rebel Ridge, Kentucky. There, deep in the Appalachians, the truth of that terrible night lies buried-and he's sworn to uncover it.

His plans take an unexpected turn when, in the midst of a blizzard, he rescues Meg Walker from her wrecked car. Suddenly Linc discovers another reason to clear his name. Meg, his high school sweetheart, had always believed in his innocence, and if he wants a future with her, he has to show the world proof that she was right.

As the community chooses sides, those who once let a teenage boy take the fall for their crime are forced to raise the stakes. They kidnap Meg, leaving her to the mercy of the mountain. And a second rescue may be more than even Linc can manage...
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Series: Rebel Ridge, Book #3

Nath: As usual, I'll be picking up this one because I'm a huge fan of the author :)

What She Wants by Sheila Roberts
published by Harlequin (Mira)
What do women want? Jonathan Templar and his poker buddies can't figure it out. Take Jonathan, for instance. He's been in love with Lissa Castle since they were kids but, geek that he is, she's never seen him as her Mr. Perfect. He has one last shot—their high school reunion. Kyle Long is equally discouraged. The pretty receptionist at his office keeps passing him over for other guys who may be taller but are definitely not superior. And Adam Edwards might be the most successful of Jonathan's friends, but he isn't having any success on the home front. His wife's kicked him out.

When Jonathan stumbles on a romance novel at the Icicle Falls library sale, he knows he's found the love expert he's been seeking—Vanessa Valentine, top-selling romance author. At first his buddies laugh at him for reading romance novels, but soon they, too, realize that these stories are the world's best textbooks on love. Poker night becomes book club night…and when all is read and done, they're going to be the kind of men women want!
Genre: Contemporary romance
Series: Life in Icicle Falls, Book #4

Nath: Doesn't the blurb sound cute?! LOL, I gotta find out how it works out for these guys! :)

Deadly String by Jennifer Estep
published by Simon & Schuster (Pocket)
Red is definitely my color. Good thing, because in my line of work, I end up wearing it a lot.

Most people shy away from blood, but for an assassin like me — Gin Blanco, aka the Spider — it’s just part of the job. Still, it would be nice to get a night off, especially when I’m attending the biggest gala event of the summer at Briartop, Ashland’s fanciest art museum. But it’s just not meant to be. For this exhibition of my late nemesis’ priceless possessions is not only the place to be seen, but the place to be robbed and taken hostage at gunpoint as well. No sooner did I get my champagne than a bunch of the unluckiest thieves ever burst into the museum and started looting the place.

Unlucky why? Because I brought along a couple of knives in addition to my killer dress. Add these to my Ice and Stone magic, and nothing makes me happier than showing the bad guys why red really is my color.
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Elemental Assassin, Book #8

Nath: Woohoo, finally the next installment of the Elemental Assassin series. Why am I so excited? Because I've been waiting for this one to be released before reading Widow's Web! From what I've heard of the ending of Widow's Web, I'd probably want to get my hands on the sequel right away... and soon, I will :)

Lover at Last by J.R. Ward
published by New American Library
Qhuinn, son of no one, is used to being on his own. Disavowed from his bloodline, shunned by the aristocracy, he has finally found an identity as one of the most brutal fighters in the war against the Lessening Society. But his life is not complete. Even as the prospect of having a family of his own seems to be within reach, he is empty on the inside, his heart given to another....

Blay, after years of unrequited love, has moved on from his feelings for Qhuinn. And it’s about time: The male has found his perfect match in a Chosen female, and they are going to have a young—just as Qhuinn has always wanted for himself. It’s hard to see the new couple together, but building your life around a pipe dream is just a heartbreak waiting to happen. As he’s learned firsthand.

Fate seems to have taken these vampire soldiers in different directions... but as the battle over the race’s throne intensifies, and new players on the scene in Caldwell create mortal danger for the Brotherhood, Qhuinn finally learns the true definition of courage, and two hearts who are meant to be together... finally become one.
Genre: Paranormal romance
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book #11

Ames:  I am one book behind in this series but I am going to catch up in time to read this one.  It's Blay and Qhuinn!!!  I've been looking forward to this one what feels like FOREVER.  LOL

Monroe: I constantly wait for these books to come out! You better bet I'll be racing to the store for this yumminess! I've missed these guys terribly!

Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt
published by Bloomsbury
When Mallory’s boyfriend, Jeremy, cheats on her with an online girlfriend, Mallory decides the best way to de-Jeremy her life is to de-modernize things too. Inspired by a list of goals her grandmother made in 1962, Mallory swears off technology and returns to a simpler time (when boyfriends couldn’t cheat with computer avatars). The List:
1. Run for pep club secretary
2. Host a fancy dinner party/soiree
3. Sew a dress for Homecoming
4. Find a steady
5. Do something dangerous
But simple proves to be crazy-complicated, and the details of the past begin to change Mallory’s present. Add in a too-busy grandmother, a sassy sister, and the cute pep-club president–who just happens to be her ex’s cousin–and soon Mallory begins to wonder if going vintage is going too far.
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Series: None

Nath: I've read and enjoyed Ms Leavitt's writing before and this one just sounds cute. A bit over the top, but seriously, did you see the cover? Who can resist it? :P

Ames:  I know!  I like Lindsey's writing too so I'm really looking forward to this one.  I think the going vintage stuff will lead to some good hijinks.


So, are you excited as me? What books are you going to get? And the eternal question: did we miss any?!