Friday, April 26

Buddy Review: You Are Here by Jennifer E. Smith

All right you lucky people!  Wena and I have another buddy review for the month of April.  At the end of this review I've posted what book we're going to read for May, in the hopes that you'll read it too.  :P

You Are Here by Jennifer E. Smith
Published by Simon & Schuster in April 2012
Emma and her neighbor Peter are both lonely in a way that only bothers them on occasion. They both come from families they don’t quite understand. They both feel like something big is missing from their lives—and they’re both about to search for answers. When Emma makes a discovery that shakes the foundations of her identity, she convinces Peter to join her for a road trip. Each of them has something to find: For Emma, it is a grave—a grave that may be her only connection to her family. Peter is seeking something harder to define, but perhaps easier to navigate—a freedom, a sense of something more than what he has. Together, they take to the open road, engaging in a universal quest to make sense of who they are and where they come from…and learning a thing or two about love along the way.
Genre: Contemporary Young Adult
Series: n/a

Ames: I was pleasantly surprised by You Are Here. I enjoy road trip novels and I thought this one was cute. What did you think?

Wena: Like you, I love road trip books and while I enjoyed this one, it wasn’t my favorite road trip book. For me, it was hard to connect with Emma. I kept reading through the book and wanting to come to like her but I just couldn’t. Now, Peter? I connected the hell out of him. This story moved because of Peter’s story. He was such an interesting character.

Ames: I know what you're saying about Emma...but I felt like there was enough growth with her character at the end that I was pleased with the story. When she realized how bad of a friend she was to Peter? I like that she saw that and changed it.

Peter I liked too. He was an interesting character. I liked his love of maps and geography and civil war battlefields.

Both Peter and Emma had to deal with the loss of a family member. Peter's mom from when he was born and Emma just figuring out that she was a twin. But it was an interesting set up because of the parallels in their families. For Peter it was just him and his dad and his dad refused to talk about stuff. For Emma, she had her parents and 3 older siblings who never even mentioned the twin. I could see how hard it was for them to try and get their family to open up. But I do have to say that Peter's situation broke my heart. And I cried when Emma finally talked to her mom. I loved her brother for asking her to get that salad bowl. Awww.

Wena: That was my exact problem with Emma. She was really selfish in the way that she thought, the way that she acted and Peter deserved so much more than the kind of friendship that Emma gave him. I don’t know, after that kiss attempt when they were camping, my heart completely broke for Peter (I cried) because it really sucks to like someone that doesn’t like you back and Peter, for as great a guy that he was, I wanted more for him then…Emma. And that’s not the usual reaction that I have for the main character of the book.

I do agree with you that over the course of the book, Emma starts to change for the better and it was good to see it but I guess, for me anyway, that I spent so much time being annoyed with her that a part of that annoyance never went away. It’s stupid but there it is.

What were your favorite parts of the book?

Ames: Oh I wanted to shake both of them when he kissed her! LOL Peter for just going along with Emma's reaction and then Emma for not doing anything. Just a complete shutdown. (But hey, she comes by that naturally, with her family.)

I did like how Emma brought her family together at the end. I felt bad for her, the way she felt like the odd duck out with all the intellectuals around her and then having older siblings who were off living their own lives already.

My favorite parts were with the hitchhiker they picked up. I wasn't expecting that and I thought he was a cute character. When Peter fell asleep at that battlefield in Tennessee and the cops were there when he woke up. The way Emma got them out of that other interaction with the cop and then at the end, when I cried when Emma found that box and photo album.

What about you?

Wena: I really liked when they first got to Gettysburg and the way that Peter was when they got there. The way that he knew the timeline and history of the entire place, the way that he was so happy to be there. How in awe he was to be there. I really liked that.

I also liked that scene at the end when Nate sends Emma down to the basement to get that damn salad bowl and she finds the photo albums. I thought it was a sweet scene and it was good to see Emma’s family be the kind of family that she’s always wanted.

I also liked the scene when Annie and Emma have it out when Emma finally gets to Annie’s house and the boys find them in the kitchen are unsure how to handle the situation.

There were a lot of scenes that I liked and my only complaint was that misconnect with Emma. I just couldn’t get there with her and I wanted to. Oh, well.

Ames: Those are all good scenes. I liked the one with Annie in the kitchen too.

That's too bad you didn't connect with Emma.

Wena: I mean, this was a solid story but because of my disconnect with Emma, I didn’t enjoy the book nearly as much as I’ve liked our other books. Peter’s journey through this book was more interesting to me and I was bummed that we didn’t get enough of it, at least for me. So, I’d give this book a C.

Ames: I'm going to give this book a B. I liked the growth I saw in Emma's character and there was so much going for this book, the cute hitchhiker, Peter's whole gig and then it made me cry. I liked it. :)


And Wena and I had an idea to tell you what our next book is going to be.  So if you want to discuss it with us, you'll be prepared.  :P Our pick for May is going to be Abbi Glines' Fallen Too Far.

Friday, April 19

Buddy Review: Assassin's Gambit by Amy Raby

And we have another buddy review this week, yay! This week, I welcome Jan from Notes from a Readerholic. Jan is a fairly new blogger and this is her first buddy review, so I hope everyone will enjoy the discussion :)

Ames and I are trying hard to keep Breezing Through going :) We're always on the look-out for people who would like to buddy review books... and it's very simple! You can do like Jan and just let us know what books we are looking forward to in common and voila, buddy review! :)


Assassin's Gambit by Amy Raby
published by New American Library (Signet) in April 2013

Vitala Salonius, champion of the warlike game of Caturanga, is as deadly as she is beautiful. She’s a trained assassin for the resistance, and her true play is for ultimate power. Using her charm and wit, she plans to seduce her way into the emperor’s bed and deal him one final, fatal blow, sparking a battle of succession that could change the face of the empire.

As the ruler of a country on the brink of war and the son of a deposed emperor, Lucien must constantly be wary of an attempt on his life. But he’s drawn to the stunning Caturanga player visiting the palace. Vitala may be able to distract him from his woes for a while—and fulfill other needs, as well.

Lucien’s quick mind and considerable skills awaken unexpected desires in Vitala, weakening her resolve to finish her mission. An assassin cannot fall for her prey, but Vitala’s gut is telling her to protect this sexy, sensitive man. Now she must decide where her heart and loyalties lie and navigate the dangerous war of politics before her gambit causes her to lose both Lucien and her heart for good.
Genre: Fantasy romance
Series: Hearts and Thrones, Book #1

The Story: Because of her mixed lineage - half Kjall and half Riorcan - and her magic, Vitala Salonius has been trained from a young age as an assassin by a secret organization called the Obsidian Circle. Her ultimate goal  is to kill the emperor to free the Riorcans from slavery. Her opportunity finally arises when she wins the Caturanga tournament in Beryl and is invited to the imperial palace to meet the new emperor, Lucien. Because of his war-magic, Vitala's only chance to accomplish her task is during sex and as such, she must seduce him with her charms and wiles. However, before she gets the chance, there's a coup from inside Lucien's court and instead of killing him, Vitala ends up rescuing the charismatic emperor as she realizes working towards freedom will be much easier with Lucien who's willing to negotiate than the Usurper. Now, Vitala and Lucien must work together to get what they want.

Nath: First of all, a big thank you Jan for agreeing to buddy reviewing Assassin’s Gambit with me! I’m always excited to find new people with whom to discuss books! :)

So Jan, I was wondering why did you pick up Assassin’s Gambit? For me, I was looking for a fantasy romance, something a bit like the Chronicles of the Warlands by Elizabeth Vaugan. Also, I love court intrigues and political machinations and when I stumbled across the blurb of Assassin’s Gambit, I thought I’d hit the jackpot! :)

Jan: I first saw a review at All About Romance and thought it sounded good. I also like Elizabeth Vaughan’s books. This book reminded me quite a bit of her books and I’m also always on the lookout for new fantasy books and authors.

Nath: Nod nod. Yay, another fan of Elizabeth Vaughan! LOL. Although I’m going to be honest and get it out right away, I don’t think Assassin’s Gambit was anywhere near as good as Warprize ^_^; It’s perhaps not a fair comparison given they have very little in common, but the feel simply wasn't there. Know what I mean? I thought there’d be a bit more plottings, more fightings... and in the end, things just happened too quickly and fell into place a bit too easily :(

Jan: Yes, I thought it was a more simplistic plot than Warprize. I did like Lucien and Vitala, but agree that things fell into place easily. Apparently, this is a series, but the next book looks like it takes place before this one which I thought was odd. I tend to read more urban fantasy where the romance is not the focus. I think sometimes the time spent on the romance makes the world building and other parts of the plot less intricate.

Nath: Yes, the next book seems to take place before the events of Assassin’s Gambit which I thought was odd as well. Although I have to say, I am curious about Rhianne and Janto’s story :P Seriously, I’m not sure I would pick up the next book in this series if it wasn't theirs ^_^;

I know what you mean about about romance sometimes being a detractor from the world building. However, in the case of Assassin’s Gambit, I don’t think you can blame it on the romance as I thought the romance was also under-developed! Yes, Lucien and Vitala did fall in love, but really, Ms Raby sure did not expand on it. It was very sequential: they met, they were attracted, they jumped into bed and oups, coup!! Heroine saves hero, next thing you know, they are in love. Then add in the conflict and a touch of reconciliation and that was pretty much the romance ^_^;

If you think about it, everything seemed half-done in this book. The world building, the romance and the story. What took up the most number of pages was the development of Vitala - her background, her training to be an assassin and her mission. It was a lot of development for a character that essentially, we won’t see in the next book. In my opinion, for Assassin’s Gambit to a be a winner, it should have been at least a duology. That way, Ms Raby could have spent time on the world building and expanded on the story - make it more complex - and romance - more satisfying.

Jan: Up until the end where things got pretty much resolved I thought there would be at least one more book about these two characters. Toward the end of the book, Bayard took on more personality and I thought he was going to have more of a role in this book or the next one, but then that kind of fizzled out, too. I think I liked the book a bit better than you did. :) I’ve been reading lots of urban fantasy which sometimes have some romance, but usually not a lot so the romance was kind of fun for me! I admit it was pretty fast and they didn’t really know each other.

I liked the game Caturanga which was how the characters met. Of course, it’s very much like chess, but it did show some insight into their characters--both bold and willing to take chances. When Vitala saves Lucien she sees it as a strategic action to save her country.

Originally, when I read about the book I not only thought of Elizabeth Vaughan, but also Jacqueline Carey and her Kushiel series. (I admit that since I haven’t read that series that is a little suspect! lol) Other than a few superficial details, I’m sure this book isn’t like Ms. Carey’s books.

Nath: I do read a lot of urban fantasy, but the bulk of my reading is romance... So I guess that’s why I thought the romance was a bit lacking. I just wanted more and I needed more to believe that they were in love.

The game of Caturanga was a good idea and I liked that it was the reason of Lucien and Vitala’s meeting. It was a clever idea. Then again, when you think about it, it didn’t make that much sense. Vitala started her training of Caturanga at a young age... Does that mean that Lucien’s father also invited the Beryl Champion every year as well? For some reasons, I have my doubts.

Overall, I really thought the premises and the world building had potential. It’s just too bad they weren’t fully exploited. Especially the world building. There was so much I’d like to know more about such as the history between the two countries and how does the magic works.

Also, what did you think of Vitala as an assassin? I have to say, the fact that she assassinated them during sex is not something that I really liked :( Also, does that mean that’s the MO of all the Obsidian Circle’s assassins? And I’m kind of disappointed how the issue was handled with Lucien. Yes, he was unhappy, but again, it wasn’t develop. Just swept away, sigh. By the way, I think the fact that she had to seduce her target is the reason you were reminded of the Kushiel series (I have not read them either).

Jan: For me, the lack of world building was the biggest problem with the book. I wanted to know more about the world they lived in and the two countries. More history and a map would have helped.

I think the reason Lucien invited the winner of the Caturanga tournament to his palace was to become a better player because he hadn’t gotten a chance to play very much when he was younger. I thought it was strange after about the first third of the book Caturanga isn’t really mentioned again.

I thought the way they trained the women assassins was pretty awful. It’s no wonder a lot of them had “visions.” They had been abused. And yes, Lucien accepted Vitala and trusted her very quickly even though she’d been trained for years to assassinate him. That’s not natural!

In fact, if I hadn’t read the AAR review I might not have read this book, because the premise sounds really dark--seducing a person and then killing him while you have sex. The book wasn’t that dark though. Vitala didn’t view what she went through as abuse so I finally decided in their society it wasn’t considered strange to treat children this way. She was damaged by it though. When they finally talked about her problem they were able to get past it pretty quickly.

Nath: If it was a regular child, I don’t think the way she would be trained would be acceptable. However, as assassin and part of a secret organization, that changes thing. That whole killing during sex was the only thing that made me hesitated to pick Assassin’s Gambit and at the end of the day, I still found it distasteful. I figured out it was because of Lucien’s kind of magic - a war mage - but I would rather have Vitala be a good assassin because of her skills and superior intelligence than her looks and how seductive and efficient at luring men she is. By the way, it was never explained what skills Lucien had as a war mage, right? :(

Speaking of Lucien, what did you think of his character. I thought as a fantasy hero, he was refreshing. I surely didn’t expect his handicap. However, like everything else, I think there was a lack of development. I wished we had seen him more in action, the political changes he was trying to install, him leading people. For sure, he is smart... but quite frankly, he lacked charisma and that was a bit disappointing.

Jan: You’re right about Vitala. I hadn’t thought about the fact that even though she’d been trained to fight that wasn’t why she was an assassin. The Obsidian Circle had male assassins who were war mages and killed other war mages by fighting them. Women were only able to defeat the men through sex. Ugh.

The abilities of war mages and Lucien in particular were rather vague. He was quicker and could sense when something was about to happen and I think he was stronger because of his mage stone, but it wasn’t really explained if war mages had all the same abilities or different ones. Lucien had been in power for about three years I think, but it didn’t sound like he’d accomplished much. We are told in the book he’s charismatic, but that wasn’t shown very well. I did like the way he handled his handicap though.

Nath: I liked it too, especially as the ruler of a nation that prizes perfection. When you think about it though, it’s a surprise that there wasn’t a coup before. Also, were we ever told what happened to Lucien’s father? It doesn’t seem to me he simply died.

Anyway, just way many things about Assassin’s Gambit that were too vague. It seems to me that Ms Raby bit off too much for her debut novel :( As a result, Assassin’s Gambit gets a C- from me. What saved the book for me was Ms Raby’s writing as her style was quite fluid and readable and the setting for Spy’s Honor, as I’m quite curious about Rhianne and Jantos’ story :)

What about you Jan? What grade do you give Assassin’s Gambit?

Jan: I think Lucien’s father was deposed, but that was vague. Perhaps that’s what Rhianne and Jantos’ story is about. It is surprising Lucien wasn’t deposed before. :)

As I mentioned before I liked Assassin’s Gambit more than you, Nath. However, I don’t know that I will pick up the next book even though I liked Rhianne. I don’t want to read a book that takes place before this one, I guess. Anyway, I gave the book a C+.

Friday, April 12

Buddy Review: High Risk by Vivian Arend

One of the reasons we dropped the ball with Breezing Through last year is that Ames and I have simply not been reading the same books. Hard to write any buddy reviews in such circumstance ^_^; So to make sure it wouldn't happen anymore, we decided that each month, we should choose a book from our New Releases post that we both look forward to, read and buddy review it. Here's our choice for March :)

High Risk by Vivian Arend
published by Berkley in March 2013
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: Contemporary romance/Romantic suspense (?)
Series: Adrenaline Search & Rescue, Book #1

The Story:  Becki James is trying to get back into the swing of mountain climbing after an accident that cost her a loved one and a few hours of her memory.  Because of those lost hours, she's also lost confidence in her ability.  But she takes a job in Banff, Alberta because it's a teaching job and she figures she can slowly ease her way back into things.

Marcus Landers is the leader of a search-and-rescue team in Banff.  His brother runs the S&R training school and he's hired Becki on to teach.  Marcus, who had a brief affair with Becki a few years ago, is interested in having Becki give his squad a refresher course.  And after seeing her again and realizing she has some demons and that he still wants her, he decides that he'll help her get her confidence back.  And he also hopes that she'll want to stay around in Banff instead of returning to Yellowstone.

Nath: So what did you think of High Risk, Ames?

Ames: I really enjoyed it! I wasn’t expecting it to be so steamy, but I liked it. I loved the Canadian setting and I found the whole thing interesting - the mountain rescue stuff and getting prepared for it.

What did you think?

Nath: Same as you, Ames :) I thought High Risk was very enjoyable and very hot LOL. It is a romantic suspense I think, but at the same time, not the kind we are used to, so that was a nice change :)

I know we picked it up because of the Canadian setting :P However, I don’t think it played such a big part...

Ames: Well for a mountain town, I don’t think there could much differentiation between Canadian and American. LOL I’m not familiar with Banff or Alberta at all so who knows? But still, it took place in Canada. That’s a good thing.

I don’t consider it a suspense...because it was an internal conflict. There weren’t villains out to get them or anything. It was the demons in Becki’s head that drove the plot.

Nath: You’re right, there’s probably not a big difference between a Canadian and American mountain town and LOL, I’m not familiar with Banff either. But it was nice to read a book set in Canada for a change :)

As for High Risk being a romantic suspense or not, I hear what you’re saying about the plot being driven by Becki’s demons. But at the same time, you have a “what happened?/who did it?” which is why I considered a RS. LOL, someone wants to weigh in, be the tiebreaker?

In any case, it doesn’t really matter what genre the book is so long as it’s a good book :) What did you like the most about High Risk, Ames? While I thought the mountain rescue stuff was interesting, what won me over were the characters, especially Becki and Marcus. I loved how self-confident the two were, going after what they wanted and not letting setbacks dictate their lives.

Ames: I agree! Becki and Marcus totally made this book for me. First, I liked that they had a past. And not a horrible one either. They had one weekend of crazy hot passion and then they went their separate ways. And both of them were doing what they loved. They weren’t pining for each other. Becki had even fallen in love with someone else during that time. And I liked how they came back together. Marcus runs a search and rescue team and his brother runs the training school. Becki’s hired on to train at the school. It was very organic the way that happened.

And Marcus. I loved him! He has some ghosts of his own to deal with but here’s this alpha guy who doesn’t let something hold him back. And he goes after what he wants. What got me about him was that he was alpha all the way, but he treated Becki equally. They were really balanced as a couple. And that made their bedroom shenanigans super hot when she ceded control over to him. Rowr.

Nath: I’m with you :) I liked that Becki and Marcus had that hot week-end and then, each went in their own direction, did their own things, without hurt and hard feelings, just good and hot memories! Just that simple thing made this couple refreshing already :) I also enjoyed the maturity with which they both handled the rekindling of this fling :) Becki had her doubts because her lover has just recently passed away and she feels disloyal, but she talked it out and came to a conclusion without it being too big of an issue. The only thing about this romance that bothered me a bit was how repetitive the sex scenes were ^_^; Yes, they were hot... but it seemed to be very similar after a while. However, kudos to Ms Arend for sticking with her style. I liked that she didn’t tone down the sex scenes simply because she got published by a more mainstream line :)

As for Marcus, once again, I have to agree with you :) He had an alpha attitude, but wasn’t over-bearing. LOL, at least with Becki! Not sure his team would agree :P I thought he was a great leader and mentor and just had a good attitude. There’s something big about Marcus that isn’t mentioned in the blurb and we want to keep it as a secret in this review, because it’s a nice element of surprise... but I just want to say that I liked his attitude towards it. Very positive and accepting. So it kind of surprised me that he still hadn’t dealt with the events that had caused it :(

Ames: I agree - I felt like his stuff was still a bit unresolved. I don’t want to call them black-outs, but when he retreated into himself? I felt that was kind of overlooked at the end. And I was pleasantly surprised by that particular element of Marcus’ that isn’t mentioned. I would like to see more characters like that.

Overall, I thought High Risk was very enjoyable. I like that the conflict was almost all internally driven. The characters were very well rounded and had healthy attitudes about sex. Yay. LOL

Nath: Yes, I would have liked a bit more closure about Marcus’ issue. It seemed like it was included so Marcus would understand what’s Becki is going through and then, it was swept under the rug, forgotten. I mean, sure, Becki’s issue was more current... but does that mean that Marcus will still have those moments in the future and they will just deal? I mean, I’m fine with it. I don’t need everything to be tied in a nice bow, but I like everything to be addressed ^_^;

You’ve summed it up really well for High Risk. I think it was a good first installment. There was a good balance between a nice romance with an unique couple and the setting up of the series, the introduction of the search and rescue and the rest of the team. I think Ms Arend did a good job at not overwhelming us, but I do hope there’ll be more search and rescue in the future books :)

So how are you grading High Risk? For me, it’s a B-. It was a very enjoyable book with a few good surprises :) However, I think there was a bit too much sex and those pages could have been used towards making the internal conflict a wee stronger.

Ames: I am giving High Risk a B. Like I said, I really enjoyed it. I didn’t have any complaints about the love scenes. :P Just Marcus’ stuff getting swept under the rug, like you said. And I also agree that a bit more search and rescue will be good in future books. Becki wasn’t part of the team so I can understand why it wasn’t focused on heavily in this book. But I look forward to it in the next book for sure.

Monday, April 1

New Releases - April 2013

I think it's safe to say Nath and I have found a groove. A reviewing groove.  So if you're looking forward to any of the same books as us, keep us in mind when it comes time to review it...

As always, we look forward to you letting us know which new releases you're anticipating.  :P

April 1

My Ex from Hell by Tellulah Darling
Published by Te Da Media
Sixteen-year-old Sophie Bloom wishes she’d been taught the following:

a) Bad boy’s presence (TrOuBlE) + teen girl’s brain (DraMa) = TrAuMa (Highly unstable and very volatile.)
b) The Genus Greekulum Godissimus is notable for three traits: 1) awesome abilities, 2) grudges, and 3) hook-ups, break-ups, and in-fighting that puts cable to shame.

Prior to the Halloween dance, Sophie figures her worst problems involve adolescent theatrics, bitchy yoga girls, and being on probation at her boarding school for mouthy behaviour. Then she meets bad boy Kai and gets the kiss that rocks her world.


This breath stealing lip lock reawakens Sophie’s true identity: Persephone, Goddess of Spring. She’s key to saving humanity in the war between the Underworld and Olympus, target numero uno of Hades and Zeus, and totally screwed.

Plus there’s also the little issue that Sophie’s last memory as Persephone was just before someone tried to murder her.

Big picture: master her powers, get her memories back, defeat Persephone’s would be assassin, and save the world. Also, sneak into the Underworld to retrieve stolen property, battle the minions of Hades and Zeus, outwit psycho nymphs, slay a dragon, rescue a classmate, keep from getting her butt expelled from the one place designed to keep her safe...

...and stop kissing Kai, Prince of the Underworld.
Genre: Fantasy Young Adult
Series: The Blooming Goddess Trilogy, Book #1

Nath: The blurb is making my head spins @_@ Hopefully, it's not an indication of the writing, because it does sound very interesting! Ames, you'll have to let me know how you enjoy it!

Ames:  I really enjoyed this author's other book, Sam Cruz' Infallible Guide to Getting Girls.  I thought the humour was outrageous and I'm hoping this is somewhat similar.  It does sound off the wall and I like that.

April 2

You Are Invited by Holly Jacobs
Published by Harlequin
Valley Ridge, New York's most unlikely couple! For Mattie Keith it's the best and the worst of times. She should be reveling in the joy that one of her closest friends is getting married. Instead, she's being sued. All because of the three kids she recently inherited. She's trying to do what's best for them… even if it means fighting in court with the children's uncle, Dr. Finn Wallace. None other than Mattie's first and last crush.

Yes, Finn's heart is in the right place. But can't he see that by living with him, the kids won't have what they have here in Valley Ridge—a real home? While Mattie's trying to show Finn what he's missing, she's also trying to fight her growing feelings for him. Is he standing in the way of her happiness, or is he her happiness in disguise?
Genre: Category Romance, Contemporary romance
Series: n/a

Nath: I like this theme where the hero and heroine are brought together because one or both of them get the guardianship of kids. First, because the kids are usually cute and second, the H/H are usually opposite and I love that! :) So You Are Invited sounds right up my alley :)

Bolted by Meg Benjamin
Published by Samhain
Greta Brewster McBain in a bind. Two, if she’s really counting. First there’s the can-barely-breathe, bridesmaid’s dress from hell. Second, the stranger who just carried her “perfect” brother’s fiancĂ©e out the church door has made it impossible to tell her own mother about her own divorce.

Rather than confirm her reputation as the family screw-up, Greta takes a drive to clear her head.

Trapped in a hole and unable to reach his cell phone, Hank Mitchell is resigned to becoming a permanent part of his own archeological dig when help arrives—in the form of a woman who looks like a Gone With The Wind refugee. Behind the ruffles and lace, though, is something he appreciates: a woman who isn’t afraid of a little dirt.

Their instant connection draws Greta into the eccentric world of the Hotel Grand, where she impulsively trades her hoopskirts for an apron. Soon things are getting hot, not only in the hotel kitchen, but in Hank’s arms...
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Promise Harbor Wedding, Book #2

Nath: It seems like Samhain is on a roll with their covers! I'd pick this up for the cover only... so I guess it's lucky for me this is in e-format :) Another one I'll wait for your recommendation, Ames!

Ames:  I've read Meg Benjamin before and I enjoy her writing.  So pair that up with a super cute cover and I'm sold.  Of course I'll let you know if I enjoy it or not Nath.  :P

Love Irresistibly by Julie James
Published by Berkley

A former football star and one of Chicago’s top prosecutors, Assistant U.S. Attorney Cade Morgan will do anything to nail a corrupt state senator, which means he needs Brooke Parker’s help. As general counsel for a restaurant company, she can get a bug to the senator’s table at one of her five-star restaurants so the FBI can eavesdrop on him. All Cade has to do is convince Brooke to cooperate—and he’s not afraid to use a little charm, or the power of his office, to do just that.


A savvy businesswoman, Brooke knows she needs to play ball with the U.S. Attorney’s office—even if it means working with Cade. No doubt there’s a sizzling attraction beneath all their sarcastic quips, but Brooke is determined to keep things casual. Cade agrees—until a surprising turn of events throws his life into turmoil, and he realizes that he wants more than just a good time from the one woman with whom he could fall terrifyingly, irresistibly in love...
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: FBI/US Attorney, Book #4

Nath: It's a book by Ms James, do I need to say more? LOL. I enjoy her writing style and this one interests me because the heroine is the businesswoman :)

Ames:  It's Julie James, so of course it's a winner.

Wrecked by Shiloh Walker
Published by Berkley
In the nineties, Abigale Applegate and Zach Barnes were the most beloved sitcom child stars in the world. Then they grew up and left Hollywood behind...

Whatever happened to Abigale Applegate?

She’s been wondering the same thing.

With her Hollywood dreams long gone, Abigale now has a nice, neat, uncomplicated life—until the day her perfect fiancĂ© needs to talk. Dumped, a little more than shattered, and totally confused, Abigale turns to Zach, her best friend since forever, to help her pick up the pieces. He does it with a gift—a copy of Wreck This Journal. She can vent her frustrations, and sketch out a new plan. Zach just hopes he’s part of it. Because he’s been in love with Abigale his entire life.

When the journal falls into Zach’s hands, he discovers Abigale wants a new man. And fast. Nothing more than a hot distraction. Zach has a strategy, too. He’s going to be that man. It’s his last chance. Abigale might be out to shake up her life, but Zach’s out to reinvent it. Now, all he has to do is convince Abigale that life can go as planned.
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: n/a

Nath: Usually, Ms Walker and I don't click, but that's her paranormal books. Wrecked being a contemporary romance, I think I'm going to try my luck because the blurb sounds good :) And really, you can never get enough contemporary romance books in my opinion :P

Ames:  I read this one already (tip o'the hat to NetGalley).  It's a friends to lovers plot which I looooove.  I highly recommend this one.

Lush by Lauren Dane
Published by Berkley Trade
Mary Whaley has her hands full running a successful catering company and overseeing her supper club. She has everything she ever wanted—or so she thought. When she meets ridiculously hot and very dirty rock star Damien Hurley at her friend’s engagement party, the attraction she feels is overpowering—and she isn’t about to deny herself.

Damien is used to a hard and fast life. He and two of his brothers started a band when they were fresh out of high school—then they hit the big time and stayed there. He’s also a legendary madman on the stage and in the bedroom. But when he meets Mary, something clicks, and the bad boy starts thinking he may have finally found something good.

What begins as a series of fleeting trysts soon gets much more complicated. Damien can’t figure out why Mary doesn’t want more from him. And before long, it’s Damien who wants more from Mary. But it turns out Mary is no stranger to celebrity news, and he’s got a very big job ahead of him: proving that he’s worth more than a one-night stand…
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Series: Delicious, Book #3

Nath: I haven't read any of the previous installments in this series and I usually stay away from Ms Dane's contemporaries, but I have to say, this one sounds good!! Love it when it's the man who wants more LOL.

Ames:  I love Lauren Dane's writing and this series so far has been a winner for me.  Tart was good so it's a no brainer that I'm looking forward to this one.

Rising Darkness by Thea Harrison
Published by Berkley Sensation
In the hospital ER where she works, Mary is used to chaos. But lately, every aspect of her life seems adrift. She’s feeling disconnected from herself. Voices appear in her head. And the vivid, disturbing dreams she’s had all her life are becoming more intense. Then she meets Michael. He’s handsome, enigmatic and knows more than he can say. In his company, she slowly remembers the truth about herself...

Thousands of years ago, there were eight of them. The one called the Deceiver came to destroy the world, and the other seven followed to stop him. Reincarnated over and over, they carry on—and Mary finds herself drawn into the battle once again. And the more she learns, the more she realizes that Michael will go to any lengths to destroy the Deceiver.

Then she remembers who killed her during her last life, nine hundred years ago...Michael.
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Game of Shadows, Book #1

Nath: I kind of have this one on my radar, but I'm not sure. There's been a huge buzz for Ms Harrison's other paranormal series, The Elder Races, and for me, that series is just so so. Usually, I would wait for the reviews, but I have the feeling that the only way I'm going to find out whether this new series will suit me is by picking it up on my own. Sigh. What to do?

Ames:  Wait for me to read it!  LOL  I am in love in Dragon Bound (yes, still) and I haven't read all the rest of the Elder Races but I am looking forward to this one nonetheless.   I think it sounds very interesting.

Nath: It definitively could be :) And okay, I'll wait for you, so just let me know when you're ready :P

Let It Be Me by Kate Noble
Published by Berkley Sensation
London weather is chilly—and the social scene even more so. Luckily, Bridget Forrester is just getting warmed up...

Bridget longs to meet a gentleman who doesn't mention her beautiful sister upon shaking her hand. But since being branded a shrew after a disastrous social season, Bridget knows she's lucky to even have a man come near her. It's enough to make a lady flee the country...

So Bridget heads to Venice for music lessons with the renowned Italian composer Vincenzo Carpenini, with whom she's been corresponding. But not only is Carpenini not expecting her, he doesn't even remember her! His friend, theater owner Oliver Merrick, does, though. And one look into her tantalizing green eyes has him cursing his impulsive letter-writing, which brought her across the continent. Yet before Merrick can apologize, Carpenini has ordered her away.

Little does either man know that they will soon be embroiled in a wager that will require the beautiful Miss Forrester's help—or that there'll be far more at stake in this gamble than money…
Genre: Historical romance
Series: Blue Raven, Book #5

Nath: I'm a few books behind in this series. I like Ms Noble's historical because I find them different. I would have liked to see Bridget deal with the ton, being branded a shrew... Too bad she's going to be in Venice instead. However, the reversal of role for the letter writing switcheroo is intriguing :) Might be time for me to catch up on this series.

Ames:  I like Kate Noble's writing and Bridget is the younger sister to Sarah, who was the heroine of If I Fall, which I enjoyed.

The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After by Julia Quinn
Published by HarperCollins (Avon)
For the first time in print, New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn presents a collection of "second epilogues" to her Bridgerton series, previously published as e-originals, plus a new bonus Bridgerton novella: Violet in Bloom," a short story in which we finally meet Edmund Bridgerton.
Genre: Historical Romance
Series: Bridgerton epilogues

Nath: I know this has been circulating online for a number of years already, but I never got the chance to read them. Also, I'd like to have a print copy to complete my collection :) Who's Edmund Bridgerton though? The father? Plus, this will tide me over until Ms Quinn's next new release... One year of waiting, that's just too long ^_^;

Ames:  *sigh*  I stopped the Bridgerton series after Francesca's book.  I should catch up. LOL

Sweet Madness by Heather Snow
Published by New American Library (Signet Eclipse)
There’s a fine line between love and insanity.

An Untamed Mind

Ever since her husband’s sudden and tragic death, Lady Penelope Bridgeman has committed herself to studying the maladies of the mind, particularly treating traumatized soldiers of the Napoleonic Wars. It is this expertise that brings the Marquess of Bromwich’s family to her door.

Gabriel Devereaux’s unexpected and unpredictable episodes are unlike any Penelope has studied. The once proud soldier has been left shaken and withdrawn, but she manages to build a fragile trust between them. Strangely, Gabriel seems completely lucid when not in the grips of his mania, and in the calm between bouts, she is surprised by how much she is drawn to him.

Despite his own growing feelings, Gabriel knows that he is fit for no one, and is determined to keep Penelope away from his descent into madness. But even though she knows firsthand the folly of loving a broken man, Penelope cannot stop herself from trying to save him, no matter the cost.
Genre: Historical romance
Series: Veiled Seduction, Book #3

Nath: Honestly, I haven't really been impressed by the two first books in this series. Ms Snow has a nice voice, but it's the plot ^_^; As such, I wasn't going to continue the series... until I read this blurb. The idea of having a heroine studying PTSD in a historical setting is interesting. So this one could work for me :)

The Good, the Bad and the Witchy by Heather Blake
Published by New American Library (Signet)
Darcy Merriweather is Enchanted Village’s newest resident Wishcrafter—a witch who can grant wishes for others. But as Darcy prepares a celebration for a magical florist, she discovers that every rose has its thorns...

When magical florist Harriette Harkette decides to throw a lavish eightieth birthday party for herself, she hires Darcy’s Aunt Ve’s personal concierge service, As You Wish, to plan the soiree. But turning eighty isn’t all Harriette is celebrating—the Floracrafter has recently created the midnight black Witching Hour rose, the first all-natural rose of that color.

Darcy works hard on planning an extravagant celebration that will make Harriette feel like the belle of the ball. But when cake delivery boy Michael Healey—a former employee at Harriette’s greenhouse—is found dead, the celebration takes a turn. Now Michael’s ghost has imprinted on Darcy, meaning that they’re bonded until she can untangle the thicket surrounding his murder—and what exactly it has to do with the Witching Hour rose….
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Series: A Wishcraft Mystery, Book #3

Nath: Heather Blake aka Heather Webber is on my list of auto-buy authors for cozy mysteries :) I really enjoy her books for the mystery, but also the setting/background of the series. Also, I feel she integrates the romance thread very well. All in all, looking forward to this newest installment of A Wishcraft Mystery :)

Assassin's Gambit by Amy Raby
Published by New American Library (Signet)
Vitala Salonius, champion of the warlike game of Caturanga, is as deadly as she is beautiful. She’s a trained assassin for the resistance, and her true play is for ultimate power. Using her charm and wit, she plans to seduce her way into the emperor’s bed and deal him one final, fatal blow, sparking a battle of succession that could change the face of the empire.

As the ruler of a country on the brink of war and the son of a deposed emperor, Lucien must constantly be wary of an attempt on his life. But he’s drawn to the stunning Caturanga player visiting the palace. Vitala may be able to distract him from his woes for a while—and fulfill other needs, as well.

Lucien’s quick mind and considerable skills awaken unexpected desires in Vitala, weakening her resolve to finish her mission. An assassin cannot fall for her prey, but Vitala’s gut is telling her to protect this sexy, sensitive man. Now she must decide where her heart and loyalties lie and navigate the dangerous war of politics before her gambit causes her to lose both Lucien and her heart for good.
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Series: Hearts and Thrones, Book #1

Nath: I love court intrigues, political machinations in fantasy worlds and this one seems to be all about that :) It's been a while since there's a been a good fantasy romance series and I hope this one will be it!

This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith
Published by Poppy
If fate sent you an email, would you answer?

When teenage movie star Graham Larkin accidentally sends small town girl Ellie O'Neill an email about his pet pig, the two seventeen-year-olds strike up a witty and unforgettable correspondence, discussing everything under the sun, except for their names or backgrounds.

Then Graham finds out that Ellie's Maine hometown is the perfect location for his latest film, and he decides to take their relationship from online to in-person. But can a star as famous as Graham really start a relationship with an ordinary girl like Ellie? And why does Ellie want to avoid the media's spotlight at all costs?
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Series: n/a

Nath: Sounds pretty cute :)

Ames:  Nath, did you ever read the Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight?  I like her writing and this one does indeed sound cute.

Nath: I was going to... Even actually started it, but I lost interest ^_^;

The Rising by Kelley Armstrong
Published by HarperCollins
Things are getting desperate for Maya and her friends. Hunted by the powerful St. Clouds and now a rival Cabal as well, they're quickly running out of places to hide. And with the whole world thinking they died in a helicopter crash, it's not like they can just go to the authorities for help.

All they have is the name and number of someone who might be able to give them a few answers. Answers to why they're so valuable, and why their supernatural powers are getting more and more out of control.

But Maya is unprepared for the truths that await her. And now, like it or not, she'll have to face down some demons from her past if she ever hopes to move on with her life. Because Maya can't keep running forever.
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Darkness Rising, Book #3

Nath: This is the conclusion of the trilogy and I can't wait for it!! I want to see how Ms Armstrong wraps it up before going on hiatus with the series. Plus, I think this is when Maya and cie will finally Chloe's gang! It's going to be really interesting!

April 8

Hero of My Heart by Megan Frampton
Published by Loveswept
In this emotional and powerfully erotic tale of love and redemption, a tender vicar’s daughter and a tortured war hero discover that sin may be their only salvation.

When Mary Smith’s corrupt, debt-ridden brother drags her to a seedy pub to sell her virtue to the highest bidder, Alasdair Thornham leaps to the rescue. Of course the marquess is far from perfect husband material. Although he is exceedingly handsome, with a perfect, strong body, chiseled jaw, and piercing green eyes, Alasdair is also too fond of opium, preferring delirium to reality. Still, he has come to Mary’s aid, and now she intends to return the favor. She will show him that he is not evil, just troubled.

Mary was a damsel in need of a hero, but Alasdair’s plan is shortsighted. He never foresaw her desire to save him from himself. Alasdair is quite at home in his private torment, until this angel proves that a heart still beats in his broken soul. The devil may have kept her from hell, but will Mary’s good intentions lead them back to the brink—or to heaven in each other’s arms?
Genre: Historical romance
Series: n/a

Ames:  Megan Frampton is also Megan Caldwell, who wrote Vanity Fare (which I really enjoyed) so I'm keen to read more by her.

April 16

Whiskey Beach by Nora Roberts
Published by Putnam
For more than three hundred years, Bluff House has sat above Whiskey Beach, guarding its shore—and its secrets. But to Eli Landon, it’s home...

A Boston lawyer, Eli has weathered an intense year of public scrutiny and police investigations after being accused of—but never arrested for—the murder of his soon-to-be-ex wife.

He finds sanctuary at Bluff House, even though his beloved grandmother is in Boston recuperating from a nasty fall. Abra Walsh is always there, though. Whiskey Beach’s resident housekeeper, yoga instructor, jewelry maker, and massage therapist, Abra is a woman of many talents—including helping Eli take control of his life and clear his name. But as they become entangled in each other, they find themselves caught in a net that stretches back for centuries—one that has ensnared a man intent on reaping the rewards of destroying Eli Landon once and for all…
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Series: n/a

Nath: I might OD on her trilogies/quartets, her re-prints and her In Death series, but never of her stand-alone books. Sure, some are better than others, but still, the annual NR is a must for me :) Looking forward to this one!

Ames:  I can't wait!  I know it won't be another The Witness, but I hope like hell this is good.  LOL

April 19

The Ashford Affair by Lauren Willig
Published by St. Martin's Press
As a lawyer in a large Manhattan firm, just shy of making partner, Clementine Evans has finally achieved almost everything she’s been working towards—but now she’s not sure it’s enough. Her long hours have led to a broken engagement and, suddenly single at thirty-four, she feels her messy life crumbling around her. But when the family gathers for her grandmother Addie’s ninety-ninth birthday, a relative lets slip hints about a long-buried family secret, leading Clemmie on a journey into the past that could change everything...

What follows is a potent story that spans generations and continents, bringing an Out of Africa feel to a Downton Abbey cast of unforgettable characters. From the inner circles of WWI-era British society to the skyscrapers of Manhattan and the red-dirt hills of Kenya, the never-told secrets of a woman and a family unfurl.
Genre: Historical fiction
Series: n/a

Ames:  I like Lauren's writing and I like the setting that the blurb mentions.

April 23

Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella
Published by Random House Publishing (Bantam Press)
Lottie is tired of long-term boyfriends who don’t want to commit to marriage. When her old boyfriend Ben reappears and reminds her of their pact to get married if they were both still single at thirty, she jumps at the chance. There will be no dates and no engagement—just a straight wedding march to the altar! Next comes the honeymoon on the Greek island where they first met. But not everyone is thrilled with Lottie and Ben’s rushed marriage, and family and friends are determined to intervene. Will Lottie and Ben have a wedding night to remember or one to forget?
Genre: Chick-Lit
Series: n/a

Nath: This one, I'm keeping on my radar for whenever I'll be in the mood for a chick-lit book because Ms Kinsella is usually a sure value :)

Ames:  Same here, going to keep an eye out for it.  But 30 seems a bit young to worry about getting married.  I think it'll be interesting.

Nath: I guess it depends on some people, Ames.

April 30

A Counterfeit Betrothal/The Notorious Rake by Mary Balogh
Published by Random House Publishing (Dell)

Lady Sophia Bryant has no intention of marrying anytime soon. Her one desire is to reunite her parents, who have been estranged for fourteen years. Surely, if she happens to announce her betrothal—even a false one—they will be forced to see each other. Devilishly handsome Lord Francis Sutton seems perfect for such deceit, always agreeable to games of passion in which he has nothing to lose. The trap is set—if only Lady Sophia can keep her foolish heart from falling prey to her brilliant snares.


Lord Edmund Waite is everything that Lady Mary Gregg despises: lewd, lascivious, mocking—the most incorrigible and successful rogue around. A bluestocking like her would never tempt a man whose taste runs to pretty playthings—so Mary is startled to find herself the object of Lord Edmund’s desires. Even more surprising is her reaction to his shocking advances. She may be a lady, but this man knows so well how to make her feel like a woman.
Genre: Historical Romance
Series: n/a

Nath: Definitively getting this one. One of Ames' favorite book by Ms Balogh is The Notorious Rake and I've been wanting to read it ever since she reviewed it. Now I can, yay!

Ames:  I frequently re-read The Notorious Rake and I can't wait to have a brand new copy in my hands!  I just don't want to get your hopes up Nath...sometimes you don't love books as much as I do and it bums me out a little bit.  LOL

Lord of Wicked Intentions by Lorraine Heath
Published by Avon
Lord Rafe Eason may be of noble blood, but survival taught him to rely only on himself and to love no one. Yet when he sets his eyes on Miss Evelyn Chambers, and earl's illegitimate daughter, he is determined to have her, if only as his mistress.

After her father's death, Evelyn Chambers never imagined she would be sold to the highest bidder, yet circumstances give her little choice except to accept the lord's indecent proposal. Rafe is wealthy, as well as ruthless. Yet his coldness belies deep passion and deeper secrets. If she must be his, Evelyn intends to lay bare everything the Lord of Pembrook is hiding. But dark discoveries threaten to destroy them both until unexpected love guides the last lost lord home.
Genre: Historical Romance
Series: The Lost Lords of Pembrook, Book #3

Nath: Last book in The Lost Lords of Pembrook trilogy. I'm looking forward to it because so far, Rafe is still quite a mystery to the readers :) From the blurb, it seems like the heroine has some gumption and I can't wait to see her uncover Rafe's secrets. I also hope there'll be more scenes with the three brothers and a reconciliation! That'd make a perfect ending for the trilogy :)

Ames:  I wonder sometimes...about this selling of virtuous girls...LOL  But whatever, I think this one will be good.  It's Lorraine Heath for goodness sakes!  She's been an auto-buy for me for a while now.

Beauty and the Blacksmith by Tessa Dare
Published by Avon Impulse
At last, Diana gets a romance of her own! But with the last man anyone in Spindle Cove expects...

Beautiful and elegant, Miss Diana Highwood is destined to marry a wealthy, well-placed nobleman. At least, that's what her mother has loudly declared to everyone in Spindle Cove.

But Diana's not excited by dukes and lords. The only man who makes her heart pound is the village blacksmith, Aaron Dawes. By birth and fortune, they couldn't be more wrong for each other...but during stolen, steamy moments in his forge, his strong hands feel so right.

Is their love forged strong enough to last, or are they just playing with fire?
Genre: Historical Romance
Series: Spindle Cove #3.5

Ames:  I love Tessa Dare and I've been enjoying this series so far.  :P  Also, a blacksmith for a hero sounds like just the thing.  Blacksmith's are HOT.  They are strong and usually shirtless...working by a fire all day.  LOL  Just kidding.  But not really.

A Spear of Summer Grass by Deanna Raybourn
Published by Harlequin Mira
Paris, 1923

The daughter of a scandalous mother, Delilah Drummond is already notorious, even amongst Paris society. But her latest scandal is big enough to make even her oft-married mother blanch. Delilah is exiled to Kenya and her favorite stepfather's savannah manor house until gossip subsides.

Fairlight is the crumbling, sun-bleached skeleton of a faded African dream, a world where dissolute expats are bolstered by gin and jazz records, cigarettes and safaris. As mistress of this wasted estate, Delilah falls into the decadent pleasures of society.

Against the frivolity of her peers, Ryder White stands in sharp contrast. As foreign to Delilah as Africa, Ryder becomes her guide to the complex beauty of this unknown world. Giraffes, buffalo, lions and elephants roam the shores of Lake Wanyama amid swirls of red dust. Here, life is lush and teeming-yet fleeting and often cheap.

Amidst the wonders-and dangers-of Africa, Delilah awakes to a land out of all proportion: extremes of heat, darkness, beauty and joy that cut to her very heart. Only when this sacred place is profaned by bloodshed does Delilah discover what is truly worth fighting for-and what she can no longer live without.
Genre: Historical Fiction
Series: n/a

Ames:  I love Deanna Raybourn's writing and even though the setting is similar to Lauren Willig's release I'm going to be all over this one.  I can't wait!

Rogue Descendant by Jenna Black
Published by Simon & Schuster (Pocket Books)
No longer the leader of the Olympians, Konstantin has now gone into hiding. Konstantin is vulnerable, and Anderson believes now is the perfect time to destroy his nemesis. He orders private eye Nikki Glass to use her powers to locate Konstantin, and she balks at the idea until a series of attacks leads her to believe that Konstantin is gunning for her and Anderson instead of remaining safely in hiding.

Nikki’s search is complicated by Cyrus—Konstantin’s son and the new leader of the Olympians—who threatens retribution should his father be killed. The complications mount up as Nikki begins to suspect that Konstantin might not be behind the attacks after all. The only person who hates Konstantin more than Anderson does is Anderson’s estranged wife, Emma, who has joined the Olympians. And Nikki knows Emma would be more than happy if Anderson and his people embroil themselves in an all-out war against the Olympians—a war they cannot hope to win.

As Nikki tries to figure out who the true enemy is, she deals with her tumultuous relationship with Jamaal, who struggles to control his death magic. But being loved by a descendant of a death goddess is the least of Nikki’s worries...
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Nikki Glass, Book #3

Nath: One of the many UF series that I've been following. This series is actually pretty interesting and different, but it has yet to blow me away. Perhaps this one will? It certainly has the potential according to the blurb! And yes, seems like there is going to be some romantic development between Nikki and Jamaal :P

No Strings Attached by Kate Angell
published by Kensington
Balmy ocean breezes... sweet coconut oil... glistening tanned bodies. There's no better place for romantic sparks to fly than at the beach.

As a professional volleyball player, Dune Cates attracts scores of pretty women who flock to his side. But only one has managed to get under his skin--Sophie Saunders. Unlike the skimpily-clad beach groupies, Sophie marches to a beat all her own. And though she's afraid of the surf, burns in the sun, has two left feet, that doesn't stop her from trying every daring sport available on the boardwalk. Dune knows Sophie spells trouble, and he should keep his distance, especially since he's a no-strings-attached kind of guy. But he can't ignore an overwhelming instinct to protect her. And with the promise of ice cream sandwiches, merry-go-round rides and dreamy sunsets, it's only a matter of time before Dune gives in to the temptation of Sophie's soft lips.

Love is always sweeter in the summer.
Genre: Contemporary romance
Series: Barefoot William, Book #2

Nath: Yay!! We get Dune and Sophie's story! I know I'm not the only one who was looking forward to this one :) I'm really excited to get back to Barefoot William. Last year, I really enjoyed Ms Angell's No Tan Lines and I think it's going to be the same with No Strings Attached :)