Wednesday, December 17

Buddy Review: Whatever Life Throws at You

**After taking a bit of a break, Rowena and I have decided to catch up on our monthly reviews. So this here is September's review. You can blame me for the delay since my reviewing muse up and left me this year. I think she's making overtures about coming back, but we'll see. **

Whatever Life Throws At You by Julie Cross
published by Entangled Teen
Life loves a good curveball...

Seventeen-year-old Annie Lucas's life is completely upended the moment her dad returns to the major leagues as the new pitching coach for the Kansas City Royals. Now she's living in Missouri (too cold), attending an all-girls school (no boys), and navigating the strange world of professional sports. But Annie has dreams of her own—most of which involve placing first at every track meet…and one starring the Royals' super-hot rookie pitcher.

But nineteen-year-old Jason Brody is completely, utterly, and totally off-limits. Besides, her dad would kill them both several times over. Not to mention Brody has something of a past, and his fan club is filled with C-cupped models, not smart-mouthed high school “brats” who can run the pants off every player on the team. Annie has enough on her plate without taking their friendship to the next level. The last thing she should be doing is falling in love.

But baseball isn't just a game. It's life. And sometimes, it can break your heart...
Genre: New Adult
Series: n/a

Ames: All right Wena, what did you think of Whatever Life Throws at You?

Personally, I really enjoyed it! I was wondering how Julie Cross was going to manage a teenage heroine falling for a baseball player but I thought she did a really good job of the age thing and explaining how Annie and Jason got to know each other and develop a relationship. It was sweet.

Wena: Me too!

I was curious to see if I'd like this because I HATE the older person and younger person story line but I thought Cross did a great job of showcasing Jason's struggle with his feelings for Annie. I loved that she didn't breeze over the fact that she was a minor and make it out to "not be a big deal". I also thought that their story is a real story. It happens more than we think and it was nice to have an author pay attention to the little details of Jason and Annie's relationship. The little things that brought them together because I may hate older guys who date minor girls but I was rooting for Jason and Annie throughout the entire book.

Ames: I agree, I liked that Cross didn't gloss over their age difference. It created some good conflict too. Especially when one person wants to take their relationship public and the other doesn't.

There was so much else to like about this book besides the main characters. I loved Annie's dad and that he had a physical handicap. And the team's PR person...what was her name? And even the characters I didn't care for, they were well drawn and fleshed out. You know who I'm talking about, the owner, Annie's friend's dad. Jerks.

Rowena: I know exactly who you mean. I can't stand parents that let their kids get away with stupid shit and try to buy their way out of things. Discipline your kids and they won't go about town acting a damn fool. Ugh. The owner was a POS too. I didn't like him at all. But you're right...they were well written characters. Fleshed out and not one dimensional at all.

Crap, what the heck was the PR lady's name? That's going to bother me because I really liked her. I thought she was a good fit into Annie's life. Well, both Annie and Jason.

Cross did a great job of writing all of those different relationships. This review is probably going to be boring because I can't remember if there was anything that I didn't like. Hmm, let me think on it.

Ames: LOL I know what you mean. Even Annie showing her age, sometimes acting immature, didn't bother me because Cross did such a good job describing her character. What makes this book so good for me was how the relationship developed between Annie and Jason. Like their first meeting? When she pretended to interview him? And their texting and even how they were there for each other during the tornado. All the other good stuff was gravy to their main dish.

I also liked that Annie was an athlete in her own way. Yeah Jason was a baseball player, but she was a serious athlete too and I loved how they ran together. So good.

Rowena: Oh yeah. When he showed up at her first meet and tried to be all undercover about it, I was grinning like a madwoman. It was so freaking cute.

I really liked seeing Jason and Annie come together. From their first meeting (that interview was pretty awesome) and all of the other meetings in between, you saw their relationship grow. It wasn't one of those love at first sight things. They struggled with their feelings, with each other and trying to find middle ground with each other and I loved reading about it all. Like Brenna would say, their struggle was real. LOL.

I also liked that the Dad had a handicap and I also liked that it wasn't shoved in our faces and forced into the storyline. It was just one more element to the story that just felt real. This was one of those real life, real problems kind of stories and I completely loved it. Why in the world have I not read anything by this author before? I'm trippin'.

Ames: Ok, for some odd reason I thought you did read this author before? If you haven't, then you definitely need to. She does the athlete heroine well. She has a series about a gymnast and another one with a young genius doctor who's forced to go back to college. She's really good!

Rowena: Nope, this was my first Julie Cross book though I think that I have read a short story of hers in one of those anthologies but looking back, it didn't really stick out to me. But this book? Yeah, I won't be forgetting these characters any time soon. Adored them!

I'd give this book an A. You?

Ames: You definitely need to check out her other contemporary books. I can't say anything about her paranormal series.

I'm giving this one a B+. I highly recommend it.

**Ok stay tuned for three more reviews! Hopefully we can get them done...oh shoot! I was going to say hopefully we can get them done by the end of the year but that's so soon!! Christmas is right around the corner!! How did that happen?!**

Monday, December 1

New Releases - December 2014

OMG, we're coming in the last stretch of the year!! Can't believe it's already December! Where did November go?!? Where did 2014 go?!?

Well it seems that this year, the publishers were looking out for us. They wanted to make sure that we have enough money for the holidays... because there are so few releases. You thought the November list was a short one? December is even shorter ^_^;

Here is what we're looking forward to. Please, please, please, let us know if we missed something! Because I'm pretty sure I'm going to go in withdrawal this month...

December 01

Hell on Wheels by Z.A. Maxfield
published by Riptide Publishing
Nash is the reliable one in the Holly family, the guy everyone counts on to keep things going. His genius twin brother is off at university, so Nash runs the family’s auto repair business and cares for his partially-paralyzed little sister while his crackpot father invents. His life seems mapped out for the foreseeable future, however much that might chafe.

So when Wolf’s Landing actor Spencer Kepler-Constantine lands in his life, Nash is ready for a diversion. Spencer is in the middle of a very painful, very public divorce and isn’t ready for a relationship—not that Nash wants one. But they both need a friend, especially one with benefits.

As they grow closer, Nash starts to see his family in a whole new light. Do they really need him so badly? Or does he simply need to be needed? Then Spencer’s ex reappears with a grand romantic gesture, and Nash has to figure out what he wants—and how to get it—before Spencer’s gone for good.
Genre: m/m, Contemporary
Series: Bluewater Bay, Book #3

Ames: I love ZA Maxfield's writing so I'm really looking forward to this one.

December 02

Wickedly Wonderful by Deborah Blake
published by Berkley
Known as the wicked witch of Russian fairy tales, Baba Yaga is not one woman, but rather a title carried by a chosen few. They keep the balance of nature and guard the borders of our world, but don’t make the mistake of crossing one of them…

Though she looks like a typical California surfer girl, Beka Yancy is in fact a powerful yet inexperienced witch who’s struggling with her duties as a Baba Yaga. Luckily she has her faithful dragon-turned-dog for moral support, especially when faced with her biggest job yet…

A mysterious toxin is driving the Selkie and Mer from their homes deep in the trenches of Monterey Bay. To investigate, Beka buys her way onto the boat of Marcus Dermott, a battle-scarred former U.S. Marine, and his ailing fisherman father.

While diving for clues, Beka drives Marcus crazy with her flaky New Age ideas and dazzling blue eyes. She thinks he’s rigid and cranky (and way too attractive). Meanwhile, a charming Selkie prince has plans that include Beka. Only by trusting her powers can Beka save the underwater races, pick the right man, and choose the path she’ll follow for the rest of her life…
Genre: Paranormal romance
Series: Baba Yaga, Book #2

Nath: I've been enjoying this series so far. I liked the concept of Baba Yaga. It'll be interesting to read Beka's story :)

Razed by Shiloh Walker
published by Berkley
Tattoo artist Keelie Jessup can handle that someone else has claimed the man of her dreams. She’s just not pleased with her remaining options…

Keelie doesn’t believe in the “perfect man.” But the men who are worth the trouble are usually taken—like her business partner Zach Barnes. After a string of bad luck and the lost chance with Zach, Keelie decides that maybe flying solo—and living with suppressed desires—is the key to happiness.

As a photographer, Zane Barnes has an eye for the human form, and his eyes can’t get enough of Keelie’s curves. Unfortunately, Keelie is like most women—always fawning over his little brother, Zach. Zane is about ready to give up, but then a few stolen moments at his brother’s wedding have him thinking maybe there’s a chance there after all. Now he just has to prove that the perfect man does exist…for her.
Genre: Contemporary romance
Series: Barnes Brothers, Book #2

Ames: I read Wrecked last year and really enjoyed it. I'm so glad that we're getting more. Keelie wasn't my favourite character in Wrecked but I liked Zane so I can't wait to see how Shiloh Walker gets me to like Keelie. LOL

Nath: It's nice to see that Wrecked is getting a sequel. I'll probably be picking this one up.

The Good Chase by Hannah Martine
published by Berkley
Gleann, New Hampshire’s annual highland games always deliver the best of Scottish culture—rowdiness, rugby, whiskey, and unexpected romance…

Even though Shea Montgomery’s swanky bar and distinguished palate have made her a highly regarded whiskey connoisseur, she’s happiest bringing her favorite spirit to various highland games around New England. Her demanding ex made her wary of men obsessed with money and status, and she’s now more comfortable in the country than in the city. Still, when a gorgeous rugby player straight from Wall Street barrels into her whiskey tent, she’s tempted to change her mind…

J.P. Byrne went from poor beginnings to international high roller by using his charisma and wit, and holding fast to his dreams. A strong, independent woman like Shea is exactly what he’s looking for, only he has no idea how to prove he’s more than his three-piece suits—especially when he’s spent years doing just the opposite.

But as Shea and Byrne battle old demons, they discover together that the best remedy for past pain is a good, stiff shot of present pleasure…
Genre: Contemporary romance
Series: Highland Games, Book #2

Nath: Ms Martine is an author I've been wanting to try. This one sounds interesting. I need to find out what highland games are... Seems so many books are about it!

The Winner Takes All by Jennifer Dawson
published by Kensington (Zebra)
For two stubborn people…

Corporate mogul Shane Donovan sees the ultra-cool, collected Cecilia Riley as an ice queen—even if he can't deny that, on the surface, she's a work of perfection his body can't ignore. Forced to spend two weeks in the same house for his sister's upcoming wedding, Shane senses that deep down Cecilia mirrors his need. And he's determined to draw her into a sexy game that will melt away her reserve…

Losing is not an option…

Career-driven Cecilia Riley has just enough free time in her schedule to head out of town for her brother's wedding. But her agenda is thrown for a loop by the presence of Shane. Though his over-confident attitude leaves a lot to be desired, his insanely hot body has kept Cecilia up nights. Unsure what game Shane is playing, Cecilia takes the bait, bent on resisting him at all costs.

But as Shane and Cecilia discover, temptation follows no rules…
Genre: Contemporary romance
Series: Something New, Book #2

Nath: I liked the cover... For some reason, the female model makes me think of the 1920s LOL. But it's not. Anyway, the blurb had me at 'corporate mogul.' Yes, I'm still nostalgic.

December 16

Running Hot by HelenKay Dimon
published by Harpercollins Publisher (Avon Impulse)
Camped out at a resort bar in Fiji, CIA operative Ward Bennett may look like he's on vacation but he's really deep undercover, hunting a dictator on the run. Ward may be on the job, but that doesn't mean there isn't time for the sexy female bartender. That is, until she drugs him.

When Tasha Gregory discovers the hottie on the barstool isn't who he pretends to be, her MI6 training kicks into gear, and she has no choice but to take him out. Problem is, Ward's not an easy man to put down for long. More than once, his interference almost blows her surveillance operation—and her ability to keep her heart to herself.

As the situation heats up, these two must decide whether they can trust one another—and quick. Working together might just make everyone safer, but getting close enough for comfort … might just get them killed.
Genre: RS
Series: Bad Boys Undercover, Book #00.5

Ames: I like the sounds of this one. I like Dimon's writing and I really enjoyed the last few books I've read by her. I like female spies/assassins and the fact that it sounds like Tasha can dish it out as well as Ward? That makes me intrigued.

Nath: Whew, seems like Ms Dimon is having a really busy year :) I'll give this one a chance since it's a prelude ;)

December 30

A Deadly Web by Kay Hooper
published by Jove
John Brodie is a Guardian, a member of a secret network devoted to protecting the psychics in his charge from a ruthless—and virtually invisible—enemy.

Tasha Solomon is unaware of the Guardians’ existence—until the night the gifted psychic suffers a shocking and violent attack and Brodie saves her life.

Tough and resilient, Tasha isn’t used to depending on anyone. But the assault has left her vulnerable. Tasha doesn’t know who wants her dead, or why, or when he will strike again. Now, she is forced to trust that Brodie can guide her through a tangled web of danger and deception toward a safe harbor—one she fears is more elusive with each dark and endless night.
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Series: The Bishop Files, Book #2

Nath: Kay Hooper is one of my favorite author so this is an auto-buy. Love the cover and I'm looking forward to it :) I hope though it's a bit more straightforward than The First Prophet.

You're So Fine by Kieran Kramer
published by St. Martin's Press
Lacey moved to Hollywood to make it big. What she got was an actor boyfriend who fathered a child with a woman who abandoned the baby. Lacy breaks up with the cheating boyfriend, but not before she adopts the baby, Henry, because his father has no interest in him.

Lacey takes a job assisting an actress, Monica, and gets another actor boyfriend who is set to work on a movie in South Carolina with Monica. Then her boss and boyfriend run off to Italy. Left with a new resolve to never date another actor, she moves into the South Carolina lighthouse she had rented for Monica.

However, her ex-boyfriend has sublet the lighthouse to an actor. They agree to share, and while Beau seems like everything Lacey has vowed to avoid, he may be just what she and Henry need…
Genre: Contemporary romance
Series: None

Ames: Awwww, this one sounds cute. Even the baby isn't putting me off. LOL

Nath: LOL, the cover just pulled me in :)

Say Yes to the Marquess by Tessa Dare
published by Harpercollins Publisher (Avon)
Your presence is requested at romantic Twill Castle for the wedding of Miss Clio Whitmore and... and...?

After eight years of waiting for Piers Brandon, the wandering Marquess of Granville, to set a wedding date, Clio Whitmore has had enough. She's inherited a castle, scraped together some pride, and made plans to break her engagement.

Not if Rafe Brandon can help it. A ruthless prizefighter and notorious rake, Rafe is determined that Clio will marry his brother—even if he has to plan the dratted wedding himself.

So how does a hardened fighter cure a reluctant bride's cold feet?

● He starts with flowers. A wedding can't have too many flowers. Or harps. Or cakes.
● He lets her know she'll make a beautiful, desirable bride—and tries not to picture her as his.
● He doesn't kiss her.
● If he kisses her, he definitely doesn't kiss her again.
● When all else fails, he puts her in a stunning gown. And vows not to be nearby when the gown comes off.
● And no matter what—he doesn't fall in disastrous, hopeless love with the one woman he can never call his own.
Genre: Historical romance
Series: Castles Ever After, Book #2

Ames: I still need to read Romancing the Duke but I'll still get this one. I need to have it on hand for when I do read RtD. LOL

Nath: I haven't been in the mood for historical romances this year... However, Ms Dare is always on my radar :)

Variables of Love by M.K. Schiller
published by Ominific Publishing
Meena Kapoor knows what life has in store for her. She’s in her senior year at Stanford where she’ll graduate summa cum laude, and then she'll begin her interviews…her marriage interviews. Meena is Indian, and she’s never questioned that she’ll have an arranged marriage like all the generations before her. Not until she meets gorgeous math major Ethan Callahan. Ethan’s sense of humor and free spirit stir feelings in Meena she didn’t know were possible outside of Bollywood movies. It doesn’t hurt that he’s charming and has the uncanny ability to make math sound like poetry, but Meena knows their equation makes no sense in the real world.

Ethan finds himself intrigued by the mysterious, beautiful girl, whose big, brown eyes reflect great pain. His goals are small at first—to make her smile and then to laugh. But he soon wants more, and though Meena is adamant they have no future, he convinces her to share the present. Ethan believes every problem has a solution, but with cultural expectations and family duty among the variables, they will struggle to solve the ultimate equation to find happiness.
Genre: Contemporary romance
Series: None

Ames: I've been buying anything that hints at geeky characters and Ethan sounds like one for sure. I also like that Meena is a woman of color. I've seen some positive reviews for Schiller's other books (average rating for books on GR is around 4) so I'm looking forward to this one.

Nath: Interesting one. I like geeky characters too!

December 31

Bounty Hunt by Kelley Armstrong
published by Subterranean Press
After the Australian Pack murdered Reese William’s parents, the young werewolf fled and took refuge with the American Pack. Three years later, the Australians have tracked him down and dispatched a bounty hunter to bring him back. That bounty hunter, though, isn’t the lone wolf who owes them a debt, but his twenty-one-year-old daughter, Madison. Maddie is determined to bring in the rogue Reese for her ailing father. Now Reese has to show her the truth behind her client's lies…and avoid being the cause of an all-out war for Elena and the rest of the American Pack.
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Otherworld Stories, Book #13.2

Nath: Fair warning, Bounty Hunt is a graphic novel. Not usually my genre, but it's Ms Armstrong. Plus, Reese is one character I've been wanting to know more about :)

Saturday, November 1

New Releases - November 2014

How was Halloween? Did you get scared? LOL. Can you believe I saw no kids?!

Well here we are, the beginning of a new month. Two little short months and it'll be the end of the year. Okay, that's scary! I'm so not ready for 2014 to be over! One thing I can't understand though is that the holidays are coming... so why are there so few new releases?! Don't they know that books make great gifts?

I think this is one of our shortest list ever! So make sure to point out any books we forgot!

November 3

Starstruck by LA Witt
published by Riptide Publishing
Hollywood is full of dirty secrets, but Carter refuses to be Levi’s.

Retired action star Levi Pritchard has made a quiet life for himself in the sleepy logging town of Bluewater Bay, Washington. But then Hollywood comes to film the wildly popular television series Wolf’s Landing, and Bluewater Bay isn’t so sleepy anymore. His retirement doesn’t stick, either, because he’s offered a part on the show—exactly the kind of complex role he’d always wanted, one that would prove him more than a glorified stuntman. The only catch? He has to stay in the closet—no matter how attractive he finds his co-star.

Carter Samuels is the critically-acclaimed male lead on Wolf’s Landing. And now, the man who inspired him to take up acting—and made him realize he’s gay—is joining the cast, and sparks fly between them instantly. But Carter is out and proud and determined to stay true to himself.

Remaining just friends is the only thing to do, as both the studio and Levi’s disapproving, dysfunctional family keep reminding them. Except their friendship deepens by the day, tempting them with what they can’t have but both desperately need.
Genre: Contemporary M/M Romance
Series: Bluewater Bay, Book #1

Ames: Eeeeeee!  I love Witt's writing and everything about this blurb makes me feel all grabby hands. Haha

November 4

The Kraken King by Meljean Brook
published by Berkley
A former smuggler and thief, Ariq—better known as the Kraken King—doesn’t know what to make of the clever, mysterious woman he rescues from an airship besieged by marauders. Unsure if she’s a spy or a pawn in someone else’s game, Ariq isn’t about to let her out of his sight until he finds out…

After escaping her fourth kidnapping attempt in a year, Zenobia Fox has learned to vigilantly guard her identity. While her brother Archimedes is notorious for his exploits, Zenobia has had no adventures to call her own—besides the stories she writes.

But when she jumps at the chance to escape to the wilds of Australia and acquire research for her next story, Zenobia quickly discovers that the voyage will be far more adventurous than any fiction she could put to paper…
Genre: Steampunk
Series: The Iron Seas, Book #4

Nath: The Kraken King serial was a good experiment, but seriously, nothing beats a complete, full-length novel!! A bit disappointed they chose that cover in the end... it's a bit generic and doesn't tell much about the story.

Ames: That is a bit of a weird cover, now that you mention it. I'm behind in this series, but not too badly so I hope I'll get to this book eventually. I didn't buy it while it was in installments because I was behind in the series. But I'll buy the completed novel.

Romancing the Billionaire by Jessica Clare
published by Penguin (InterMix)
The Billionaire Boys Club is a secret society. Six men of astonishing wealth. But there’s one thing money can’t buy. When it comes to love, success doesn't come so easily...

Jonathan Lyons. Playboy, billionaire, and adventurer, he lives life on the edge. When he hears that his mentor, Dr. Phineas DeWitt, had a secret journal that leads to a legendary artifact, Jonathan takes action. It stirs his blood, but it comes with a heady challenge: DeWitt's daughter Violet. She has what Jonathan needs. And she’s not giving it up it to the man who broke her heart.

Violet is Jonathan’s weakness—he’s still in love despite their volatile breakup a decade ago. But Violet’s memories have a sharper edge. She’s never forgiven him for abandoning her. Or so she thought. When Jonathan’s attentions turn seductive, she’s in danger of falling for him all over again. And she can’t help but wonder... does he really want her, or just what she's hiding?
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Billionaire's Boys Club, Book #5

Ames: I'm really liking this series. I don't care so much for the secret society but meh, whatever brings hot guys together. haha

Make You Remember by Macy Beckett
published by New American Library (Signet)
He's about to make his own luck.

Ten years ago, Beau Dumont made the biggest mistake of his life by letting his high school sweetheart, Devyn Mauvais, slip through his fingers. Now the reformed bad boy will stop at nothing to get her back. Even if it means tricking her into taking a job on his family's riverboat, The Belle of the Bayou.

When Devyn's old flame offers her a stint at the boat's day care center, she sees it as a chance to prove she isn’t just the descendant of Louisiana's most infamous voodoo queen. Besides, it beats leading ghost tours around New Orleans. Yet when it comes to Beau, Devyn's all business. She won't give the sweet-talking playboy another chance to break her heart.

But there's no escaping temptation in such close quarters, and Beau won't be satisfied with a few hot nights with the girl he's always loved. As he strives to make Devyn remember the good times, will his passion and heart be enough to regain her trust?
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Dumont Bachelors, Book #2

Nath: Ms Beckett has been on my to-try list of authors for a while. Finally, I read the first book in this series, Make You Mine. While I didn't fall in love with it, I' curious enough about Beau and Devyn to mark this one down on my radar and I want to give another go at this author :)

Tainted Blood by M.L. Brennan
published by New American Library (ROC)
In the third Generation V novel, Fortitude Scott proves that working with family can be deadly…

Former film student Fortitude Scott is finally gainfully employed. Unfortunately, said employment happens to be with a group of sociopathic vampires—his family. And as much as Fort is loath to get too deep into the family business, when his brother, Chivalry, is temporarily unable to run the territory, it’s up to Fort to keep things under control.

So when the leader of a powerful faction of shifters turns up murdered, Fort finds himself tracking down a killer while navigating dangerous rivalries, longtime grudges, and hidden agendas. Even with the help of his foxy kitsune sidekick, Suzume, he’ll need to pull out all the stops to hunt for the paranormal assassin.

But as he calls on fairies, witches, and ghouls for help, he discovers that the problem is much bigger than a single dead werebear. The supernatural community is preparing for a massive shift in power within the Scott family leadership—and Fort has landed right in the middle of the gathering storm.…
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Generation V, Book #3

Nath: Speaking of the to-try authors list... Here's another author I've been wanting to give a chance. I'm always on the look out for new urban fantasy series and this one was brought to my attention as I've really heard good comments. Only three books behind, not bad :P

November 6

Closer than You Think by Karen Rose
published by Headline
Psychologist Faith Corcoran is desperate to escape the stalker who’s made her life a nightmare for the past year—desperate enough to run to the one place that has been her nightmare far longer. Both boon and bane, her recent inheritance of her grandmother’s old house in Cincinnati offers sanctuary in which she can start her life anew, but requires that she face the dark memories that still resonate to this day.

But she has no idea how close to home her fears still are.

Two college girls have gone missing in the area, and FBI Special Agent Deacon Novak is called to work on the case. When his inquiry unexpectedly leads him to Faith, he finds a beautiful and brave woman he can’t help but fall for. Soon they’ll discover that this seemingly simple investigation is anything but. Reaching back decades into Faith’s own past, it will shatter everything she believes to be true and will give terrifying new meaning to flesh and blood.
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Series: Faith Corcoran, Book #1

Nath: Woooohooo!! My Karen Rose fix of the year! Can't wait to get my hand on this book. Already pre-ordered and hoping it'll come early :) Happy that the book is Deacon's... He was a really interesting character.

Ames:  Ok, more than any other author, I feel so bad about falling behind on Rose's series. :( I still buy her books faithfully because its Karen Rose so I know I'll get this one. Maybe that'll be the author I glom in 2015. :P

Nath: I sure hope so, Ames!! Because Ms Rose is definitively one of my favorite authors!! Oh, P.S. This is the UK edition release... For the North American one, it only comes out in February 2015. No way I'm waiting that long ^_^;

November 10

There's Something About Ari by L.B. Gregg
published by Riptide Publishing
Buck Ellis’s future seems pretty damn bright. With a full college scholarship in hand, he’s going to ditch Bluewater Bay and pave the way for his kid brother Charlie to do the same. The only fly in Buck’s ointment is his ten-year addiction to his best friend since second grade, his true love, and his Achilles heel: Ari Valentine, Mr. Least Likely to Succeed.

But then Buck’s mother dies, changing everything, and five years later, his future is still on hold. It’s a struggle to keep food on the table, a roof over their heads, and Charlie on the straight and narrow. Buck can’t afford any temptation, especially in the form of the newly returned, super hot, super confident, super successful television star Ari Valentine.

ADHD poster-child Ari Valentine left for Hollywood and lost everything, including his bad reputation. Then the breakthrough role of his skyrocketing career lands him back in Bluewater Bay, to the stunned disbelief of, well, everyone. But there’s only one person Ari longs to impress—the only person who ever really mattered to him, the person he left behind: Buck Ellis.
Genre: Contemporary M/M Romance
Series: Bluewater Bay, Book #2

Ames: I like Gregg's writing. I like friends to lovers. And so I'm thinking I'm probably really going to like this book.  Also, this isn't the first series coming out of Riptide Publishing by various authors and I really enjoyed the other one, forget the name, but it was good.

November 11

Love, in Spanish by Karina Halle
published by Karina Halle
The companion to the highly emotional, scandalous and USA Today Bestselling love story - LOVE, IN ENGLISH - is finally here! Love, in Spanish is a Love, in English follow-up novel told from Mateo Casalles' POV. While Love, in Spanish touches on some events that happened in LIE (you know the ones!) it is a whole new story set a year later that continues with Vera and Mateo's "happily ever after."
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Lie, Book #2

Ames: I'm one of those sick people who likes to read about cheating in books. LOL So book 1 in this series, told from Vera's POV was one I enjoyed. I cannot wait to see how the HEA unfolds from Mateo's point of view.

November 17

Gifted by Kelley Armstrong
published by Kelley Armstrong
Contains two holiday stories, one Otherworld Pack and one Cainsville.

Gabriel’s Gargoyles - (Cainsville short story, Gabriel Walsh as 10 year old narrator.) Cainsville was where a boy could walk the streets safely at any time, day or night. Where everyone was genuinely glad to see you, and didn’t think you were odd if you wanted to keep to yourself. Because Cainsville was odd, too. For one thing, there are the gargoyles. Unlike the others, Gabriel doesn’t believe the carven creatures came to life to protect the town. It’s up to a boy to protect himself. Now he’s determined to find the last hidden gargoyle by winter Solstice. He’s also determined to get the perfect gift for his great-aunt Rose. And when Gabriel Walsh sets goals, he achieves them…one way or another.

The Puppy Plan (Otherworld novella, 9 year old Logan Danvers as narrator.) When Logan finds an puppy abandoned by the roadside a few days before Christmas, he knows it’s a sign. His sister Kate wants a dog more than anything. Their parents aren’t completely opposed to the idea. It’s just a bad time. A really bad time. Maybe next year. But now there’s this puppy in need of a home and a girl in need of a pet… So how does a boy who always plays by the rules give his sister what she wants most?
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: connected to Otherworld series and Cainsville series

Nath: Huge fan of Ms Armstrong :) This one sounds cute! Can't wait to read more about Logan and Kate. Jeez, they're 9 already?!

November 18

Captivated by You by Sylvia Day
published by Berkley
Gideon calls me his angel, but he's the miracle in my life. My gorgeous, wounded warrior, so determined to slay my demons while refusing to face his own.

The vows we'd exchanged should have bound us tighter than blood and flesh. Instead they opened old wounds, exposed pain and insecurities, and lured bitter enemies out of the shadows. I felt him slipping from my grasp, my greatest fears becoming my reality, my love tested in ways I wasn't sure I was strong enough to bear.

At the brightest time in our lives, the darkness of his past encroached and threatened everything we'd worked so hard for. We faced a terrible choice: the familiar safety of the lives we'd had before each other or the fight for a future that suddenly seemed an impossible and hopeless dream...
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Crossfire, Book #4

Ames: I just finished book 3 in preparation of this one. Oh man did I hate how that one ended so abruptly!!  And I can already guess at how book 4 will end the same way...and how.  But I'm going to have to wait and see how that'll pan out in the book. I just love the drama between Eva and Gideon. Coming from another writer, I don't think I'd put up with the back and forth but Day just has a way with words. :P

November 25

Black Widow by Jennifer Estep
published by Simon & Schuster (Pocket Books)
There’s nothing worse than a cruel, cunning enemy with time to kill—and my murder to plan.

With wicked Fire elemental Mab Monroe long gone, you’d think I could finally catch a break. But someone’s always trying to take me down, either as Gin Blanco or my assassin alter-ago. Now along comes the Spider’s new arch-nemesis, the mysteriously named M. M. Monroe, who is gleefully ...more
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Elemental Assassin, Book #12

Nath: Looking forward to see in which direction the series is heading in. While predictable, this series is still quite enjoyable.

Night Shift - Anthology
published by Berkley
Four masters of urban fantasy and paranormal romance plunge readers into the dangerous, captivating world unearthed beyond the dark...

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh delivers a smoldering story with Secrets at Midnight , as the scent of Bastien Smith’s elusive lover ignites a possessiveness in him that’s as feral as it is ecstatic. And now that he’s found his mate, he’ll do anything to keep her.

In #1 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews’ novella, Magic Steals , when people start going missing, shapeshifting tigress Dali Harimau and jaguar shifter Jim Shrapshire must uncover the truth about the mysterious creatures responsible.

From Milla Vane—a warrior princess must tame The Beast of Blackmoor to earn a place among her people. But she quickly discovers that the beast isn't a monster, but a barbarian warrior who intends to do some taming himself.

It’s seer Makenna Frazier's first day on the job at Supernatural Protection and Investigations, and her first assignment is more than she bargained for when bodyguard duty for a leprechaun prince’s bachelor party goes every which way but right in national bestselling author Lisa Shearin’s Lucky Charms .
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: various

Nath: It's rare that I'm interested in all the stories in anthology, but it's the case with Night Shift! :) Can't wait to read Dali and Jim's new story! They're one of my favorite couples in the Kate Daniels series. Ms Singh's novellas are always cute :P I've also enjoyed Ms Shearin's new series and looking forward to see what Mac is up to. As for those who are unaware, Milla Vane is Meljean Brook's new pseudonym... I'm intrigued by this new series of hers.

Ames: I'm looking forward to read this for the Singh and Vane stories. I'm still behind in the Kate Daniel's series. Is that a surprise?

Nath: No ^_^; LOL.

The Duke's Guide to Proper Behavior by Megan Frampton
published by Harpercollins Publisher (Avon)
All of London knows the Duke of Rutherford has position and wealth. They also whisper that he’s dissolute, devilish, and determinedly unwed. So why, everyone is asking, has he hired a governess?

When Miss Lily Russell crosses the threshold of the Duke of Rutherford’s stylish townhouse, she knows she has come face to face with sensual danger. For this is no doting papa. Rather, his behavior is scandalous, and his reputation rightly earned. And his pursuit of her is nearly irresistible—but resist she must for the sake of her pupil.

As for the duke himself, it was bad enough when his unknown child landed on his doorstep. Now Lily, with her unassuming beauty, has aroused his most wicked fantasies—and, shockingly, his desire to change his wanton ways. He’s determined to become worthy of her, and so he asks for her help in correcting his behavior.

But Lily has a secret, one that, if it becomes known, could change everything . . .
Genre: Historical Romance
Series: Duke's Behaving Badly, Book #1

Ames: I really really enjoy Meg's writing and I'm really looking forward to this book. I like when a no good dissolute rake is brought down by a child and a governess. LOL

Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover by Sarah MacLean
published by Avon
She is the most powerful woman in Britain,
A queen of the London Underworld ...
But no one can ever know.

He is the only man smart enough to uncover the truth,
Putting all she has at risk . . .
Including her heart.

The fourth book in New York Times bestselling author Sarah MacLean’s incredible Rule of Scoundrels/Fallen Angels series. These four dark heroes will steal the hearts of their heroines and the readers alike! This is the last in the Rules of Scoundrels series—Chase’s story

By day, she is Lady Georgiana, sister to a Duke, ruined before her first season in the worst kind of scandal. But the truth is far more shocking—in London’s darkest corners, she is Chase, the mysterious, unknown founder of the city’s most legendary gaming hell. For years, her double identity has gone undiscovered . . . until now.

Brilliant, driven, handsome-as-sin Duncan West is intrigued by the beautiful, ruined woman who is somehow connected to a world of darkness and sin. He knows she is more than she seems and he vows to uncover all of Georgiana’s secrets, laying bare her past, threatening her present, and risking all she holds dear . . . including her heart.
Genre: Historical Romance
Series: The Rules of Scoundrels, Book #4

Ames: I read all three of the previous books in late summer (the only historicals I read this year practically) and I really enjoyed them. I had guessed Chase's secret so the grand reveal wasn't a big surprise. And I cannot wait to read her story!

Broken Open by Lauren Dane
published by Harlequin (HQN Books)
Beyond passion. And beyond their control…

Five years ago, Tuesday Eastwood's life collapsed and left her devastated. After an empty, nomadic existence, she's finally pieced her life back together in the small Oregon town of Hood River. Now Tuesday has everything sorted out. Just so long as men are kept for sex, and only sex…

Then she met him.

Musician and rancher Ezra Hurley isn't the man of Tuesday's dreams. He's a verboten fantasy—a man tortured by past addictions, whose dark charisma and long, lean body promise delicious carnality. But this craving goes far beyond chemistry. It's primal. It's insatiable. And it won't be satisfied until they're both consumed, body and soul…
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: The Hurley Boys, Book #2

Nath: I read the first book in this series. Rock stars seems to be a new trend in contemporary romance :P I'll probably pick this one up when I'm in the mood :)

Ames: I'm always in the mood for a Lauren Dane book!  LOL She's consistent and I love her writing. I really enjoyed book 1 in this series and I cannot wait to read this one. I really like the Hurley brothers.

The Shape of My Heart by Ann Aguirre
published by Harlequin (HQN Books)
Some people wait decades to meet their soul mate. Courtney Kaufman suspects she met hers in high school only to lose him at seventeen. Since then, Courtney's social life has been a series of meaningless encounters, though she's made a few close friends along the way. Especially her roommate Max Cooper, who oozes damaged bad-boy vibes from every pore.

Max knows about feeling lost and trying to move beyond the pain he's been on his own since he was sixteen. Now it's time to find out if he can ever go home again, and Courtney's the only one he trusts to go with him. But the trip to Providence could change everything because the more time he spends with Courtney, the harder it is to reconcile what he wants and what he thinks he deserves.

It started out so simple. One misfit helping another. Now Max will do anything to show Courtney that for every heart that's ever been broken, there's another that can make it complete.
Genre: New Adult
Series:2B Trilogy, Book #3

Ames: I really enjoyed book 1 in this trilogy and I'm waiting for book 3 to come out before jumping into the second one. Delayed gratification. But I hate waiting for books in a series to come out so I'd rather just read them all closer together. You know? But anyway, Max was introduced in book 1 and I really felt for the guy so I'm glad he's getting a story and a love of his own. Awwww.

Wednesday, October 1

New Releases - October 2014

And here we are, October... Yes, I'm going to sound like a broken record, but seriously, how did that happen? Soon, it's going to be the holidays! And you know I'm right. You can be in denial, but hey, the holidays books are starting this month! LOL.

As usual, October is a great month for book releases. Sooo many of them! Take a look at what we're thinking of picking up and let us know your choices :)

October 1

Your Bed or Mine? by Joss Wood
published by Mills & Boon
Breaking her man-ban!

Tori Phillips has spent years looking for The One. Unfortunately she’s never been able to find the right one – and when she catches her latest Mr Wrong in flagrante with another woman she imposes a man-ban. But Tori suddenly finds herself regretting her promise when a slight misjudgement finds her in the wrong bed with her new roommate, irresistibly sexy Matt.

Matt knows from experience how much trouble love can cause, so he’s steering clear of forever. But one night with sex-bomb Tori can’t hurt. After all, it’s only a fling – the hardest decision they have to make is her bed or his. Right… ?
Genre: Category Romance, Contemporary
Series: n/a

Nath: Ms Wood is an auto-buy for me as I really enjoy her category romance books. As such, picking this one up is a no-brainer :)

October 7

Otherworld Nights by Kelley Armstrong
published by Random House Publishing
It's been more than ten years since Kelley Armstrong began the Otherworld series and drew legions of fans to a realm roamed by witches, werewolves, necromancers, vampires, and half-demons. Many of the novels have become bestselling favorites, but not all of the Otherworld adventures have been easy to find. At last, "Otherworld Nights "shares short stories that have previously been available only online or in obscure collections. Fans have long been clamoring for this anthology and they won't be disappointed--they'll find plenty of surprises are in store.
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Otherworld Stories, Book #3

Nath: I love, love, love this series. Definitively one of my favorite UF series ever and I'll take any crumbs Ms Armstrong is going to give us :) I also really like these compilations because they complete series. You get a sense of accomplishment because now, you really have all of it. My only question is whether to get the Canadian or American edition ^_^; Because really, this cover... not my favorite :(

Reckoning by S.J. Harper
published by New American Library (ROC)
Join Agents Emma Monroe and Zack Armstrong.
She’s sacrificed. He’s suffered. They’ve both been betrayed.
Now it’s time for a reckoning.

Special Agent Emma Monroe has a secret. She’s a Fallen Siren, cursed by the gods and banished to Earth for her failure to prevent the kidnapping of Persephone. As an FBI agent she saves the lives of others believing redemption could be one rescue away.

Her partner Zack is a werewolf and former Black Ops sniper who once carried out a string of questionable assignments. Now he’s determined to atone for his past. Ironically, there’s a portion of his past Zack doesn’t remember—an affair with Emma. Giving into their attraction for one another almost led to their undoing. Now it’s back to business as usual.

While trying to unravel the mystery behind a series of kidnappings in Southern California, Emma and Zack become entangled with political tensions in the vampire and Were worlds. Not to mention the struggles they face in their relationship with one another. With so much uncertainty, they come to realize the only thing they can really count on is one another…or can they?
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Fallen Siren. Book #2

Nath: At first glance, this series really appeals to me. I like the cover, the premises, the characters and everything... Just need to read the first book that is in my TBR pile ^_^; In any case, Reckoning is definitively on my radar. Maybe it's the push I need to start the series :)

One Potion in the Grave by Heather Blake
published by New American Library (Signet)
Carly Bell Hartwell’s love potions are always in demand in Hitching Post, Alabama, the wedding capital of the South.…

When Katie Sue Perrywinkle walks into the Little Shop of Potions, Carly is surprised and delighted to see her old childhood friend. Katie Sue fled her hometown and a troubled family over a decade ago. But she’s not back for a social visit. She’s come to settle a score with Senator Warren Calhoun, who is in town for his son’s high-profile wedding.

But before Katie Sue has a chance to voice any objections, she’s forced to forever hold her peace. After finding her friend dead, Carly vows to find her murderer. Were the corrupt Calhouns willing to go to any lengths to avoid a scandal? Did Katie Sue’s family take the term “bad blood” to a whole new level? And why did the bride-to-be come to Carly for a love potion? As Carly gets closer to the truth, a killer is planning a very chilly reception.…
Genre: Cosy Mystery
Series: A Magic Potion Mystery, Book #2

Nath: Another series on my radar that I haven't started yet. You know, so many books, too little time ^_^; At least, One Potion in the Grave has the advantage that I know and like the author's writing. Definitively going to pick this one up, just a matter of time.

Echoes of Scotland Street by Samantha Young
published by New American Library
Shannon MacLeod has always gone for the wrong type of man. After she drifted from one toxic relationship to the next, her last boyfriend gave her a wakeup call in the worst possible way. With her world shattered, she’s sworn off men—especially those of the bad-boy variety.

Cole Walker is exactly the sort that Shannon wants to avoid—gorgeous, tattooed, charming, and cocky. But his rough exterior hides a good man who’s ready to find “the one.” He’s determined to pull Shannon from her self-imposed solitude and win her heart.

As Shannon opens up in the face of Cole’s steady devotion, the passion between them ignites to blazing levels. But when Shannon’s past comes back to haunt her, her fears may destroy the trust Cole has built between them—and tear them apart for good…
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: On Dublin Street, Book #5

Ames: I recently re-read book 2 so I have some catching up to do. LOL But I love Samantha Young's writing (except for that one book, blech) and can't wait to read this one.

Promise Me This by Christina Lee
published by Penguin (InterMix)
A new love will test the boundaries of passion between a privileged boy next door and the tattooed, blue-haired girl who helps him embrace his wild side...

Nate has developed quite a playboy reputation around campus. It's not that he doesn't respect or trust women; he doesn't trust himself. The men in Nate’s family are prone to abusive behavior—a dirty secret that Nate’s been running from his entire life—so Nate doesn't do relationships. But he can’t help himself around one girl…

Jessie is strong, independent, and works at a tattoo parlor. Nate can’t resist getting close to her, even if it’s strictly a friendship. But it doesn't take long for Nate to admit that what he wants with Jessie is more than just friendly.

With Jessie, he can be himself and explore what he’s always felt was a terrifying darkness inside him. Even when Nate begins to crave her in a way that both shocks and horrifies him, Jessie still wants to know every part of him. Testing their boundaries together will take a trust that could render them inseparable… or tear them apart.
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary
Series: Between Breaths, Book #4

Nath: Seems like I'm in a NA mood. This one sounds very interesting!

Ames: I read the first book in this series and really enjoyed it. I know Holly and Wena really enjoyed the other two books as well so I'm wanting to read the whole series too.

Reaper's Stand by Joanna Wylde
published by Berkley
As Reapers Motorcycle Club president, Reese “Picnic” Hayes has given his entire life to the club. After losing his wife, he knew he’d never love another woman. And with two daughters to raise and a club to manage, that was just fine with him. These days, Reese keeps his relationships free and easy—he definitely doesn’t want to waste his time on a glorified cleaning lady like London Armstrong.

Too bad he’s completely obsessed with her.

Besides running her own business, London’s got her junkie cousin’s daughter to look after—a more reckless than average eighteen-year-old. Sure she’s attracted to the Reapers’ president, but she’s not stupid. Reese Hayes is a criminal and a thug. But when her young cousin gets caught up with a ruthless drug cartel, Reese might be the only man who can help her. Now London has to make the hardest decision of her life—how far will she go to save her family?
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Reapers MC, Book #4

Ames: I am thoroughly enjoying this series and feel like each book just gets better and better. Picnic has been a character that we haven't learned too much about. All we know is he did lose his wife, so he doesn't do relationships anymore. And you have to be some kind of hardcore badass to be the president of an MC...I'm assuming. haha

Carolina Blues by Virginia Kantra
published by Berkley
Jack Rossi is Dare Island’s new police chief. The laid-back North Carolina community is just what he needs to recover from a rocky marriage and a big-city police department. He’s learned his lesson: no more high-profile women or high-pressure jobs. The last thing he wants is an unconventional alt girl rocking his world.

Grad student Lauren Patterson made headlines when she kept a bank robbery from going bad. She’s fled to Dare Island to clear her head and focus on writing her story. However, sexy Jack Rossi is a distraction that’s too hot to ignore, and it’s igniting an affair too combustible to resist—or quit.

But when their pasts come looking for them, Jack and Lauren find themselves fighting for the future they deserve, whatever the price.
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Dare Island, Book #4

Nath: I recently read Carolina Man and liked Jack Rossi's character. This one could be interesting, especially since you're moving away from the main family.

Only by HelenKay Dimon
published by Berkley
Sebastian Jameson negotiates for high-end clients who need problems taken care of quickly and discreetly. Accustomed to being in control, he’s still reeling from his ex-wife’s decision to write a tell-all about their private life, one that highlighted their bedroom activities. The fallout left Bast’s love life in chaos, making him a magnet for women who thrive on risky fantasies, and a pariah to all others.

Kyra Royer knows all about Bast’s reputation—and is intrigued enough to try to change him into a one-woman guy. But getting him into her bed will be a challenge. He’s known her brother for years, and her brother, with his rough past and sniper abilities, is not a man you cross. Kyra knows Bast thinks she’s off-limits, so she’ll have to get creative to make him hers.

As Kyra turns up the heat, Bast struggles to resist the sexy young woman’s considerable charms. But when Bast’s job turns from tricky to deadly, keeping Kyra nearby might be the only way to keep her alive—even if it means getting closer than he ever intended…
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Holton Woods, Book #2

Ames: I recently read Mercy and really enjoyed it. Sebastian was an interesting character and I would like to see how he goes about wooing Kyra when her big brother is such a bad-ass and waaaay overprotective.

A Place Called Harmony by Jodi Thomas
published by Berkley
Desperate to escape his overbearing father, Patrick McAllen disappears with his bride, heading north to build a new town—discovering strength, honor and true love along the way.

After drinking away the grief from his family’s death, Clint Truman avoids jail by taking a job in North Texas and settling down with a woman he vows to protect but never love—until her quiet compassion slowly breaks his hardened heart wide open…

All Gillian Matheson has ever known is Army life, leaving his true love to be a part-time spouse. But when a wounded Gillian returns home to find her desperately fighting to save their marriage, he’s determined to become the husband she deserves.

Amidst storms, outlaws, and unwelcome relatives, the three couples band together to build a town—and form a bond that breathes life into the place that will forever be called Harmony.
Genre: Historical Romance, Western
Series: Harmony, Book #0.5

Nath: I'm a huge fan of Ms Thomas and her Harmony series. However, I'm not a huge fan of Western... and to go back to the story of how the town was built, you gotta admit it's a strange detour in a series. But if there's an author that can pull it off, it's definitively Ms Thomas :) While A Place Called Harmony was unexpected, I've read enough mentions of the three founding families to be interested in reading about the origins of Harmony!

Rules For a Proper Governess by Jennifer Ashley
published by Berkley
To Kiss A Thief...

Scottish barrister Sinclair McBride can face the most sinister criminals in London - but the widower’s two unruly children are a different matter. Little Caitlin and Andrew go through a governess a week, sending the ladies fleeing in tears.

Roberta “Bertie” Frasier enters Sinclair’s life by stealing his watch - and then stealing a kiss. Intrigued by the handsome highlander, Bertie winds up saving his children from a dangerous situation and returns them to their father. Impressed with how they listen to her, Sinclair asks the lively beauty to be their governess, never guessing that the unconventional lady will teach him a lesson or two in love.
Genre: Historical Romance
Series: MacKenzies & McBrides, Book #7

Nath: I've slacked off in this series a bit, but I'm really interested in Rules For a Proper Governess. The fact that the heroine is a thief and she'll have to deal with two unruly kids, it just sounds like the kind of books I like!

Ames: I'm not a fan of thieves but it's Jennifer Ashley so I'll still pick this one up.

The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan
published by Disney-Hyperion
Though the Greek and Roman crewmembers of the Argo II have made progress in their many quests, they still seem no closer to defeating the earth mother, Gaea. Her giants have risen—all of them—and they're stronger than ever. They must be stopped before the Feast of Spes, when Gaea plans to have two demigods sacrificed in Athens. She needs their blood—the blood of Olympus—in order to wake.

The demigods are having more frequent visions of a terrible battle at Camp Half-Blood. The Roman legion from Camp Jupiter, led by Octavian, is almost within striking distance. Though it is tempting to take the Athena Parthenos to Athens to use as a secret weapon, the friends know that the huge statue belongs back on Long Island, where it "might" be able to stop a war between the two camps.

The Athena Parthenos will go west; the Argo II will go east. The gods, still suffering from multiple personality disorder, are useless. How can a handful of young demigods hope to persevere against Gaea's army of powerful giants? As dangerous as it is to head to Athens, they have no other option. They have sacrificed too much already. And if Gaea wakes, it is game over.
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Series: The Heroes of Olympus, Book #5

Nath: Wow, I can't believe this is the last book... Can't believe 5 years have gone by already!! But wooohoo!!! Can't wait to read how Mr. Riordan wraps it all up! Hope it'll be as epic as The Last Olympian!

Whatever Life Throws at You by Julie Cross
published by Entangled Teen
Life loves a good curveball…

Seventeen-year-old Annie Lucas's life is completely upended the moment her dad returns to the major leagues as the new pitching coach for the Kansas City Royals. Now she's living in Missouri (too cold), attending an all-girls school (no boys), and navigating the strange world of professional sports. But Annie has dreams of her own—most of which involve placing first at every track meet…and one starring the Royals' super-hot rookie pitcher.

But nineteen-year-old Jason Brody is completely, utterly, and totally off-limits. Besides, her dad would kill them both several times over. Not to mention Brody has something of a past, and his fan club is filled with C-cupped models, not smart-mouthed high school “brats” who can run the pants off every player on the team. Annie has enough on her plate without taking their friendship to the next level. The last thing she should be doing is falling in love.

But baseball isn't just a game. It's life. And sometimes, it can break your heart…
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Series: n/a

Nath: Can't wait to get my hands on this one! I love Ms Cross' YA/NA books and I hope this one is no exception. In any case, the blurb is really promising :)

Ames: Indeed it is. I'm wondering how young Brody is though. I like sports romances...and the coach's daughter? haha Should be interesting!

Love and Other Unknown Variables by Shannon Lee Alexander
published by Entangled Teen
Charlie Hanson has a clear vision of his future. A senior at Brighton School of Mathematics and Science, he knows he’ll graduate, go to MIT, and inevitably discover solutions to the universe’s greatest unanswered questions. He’s that smart. But Charlie’s future blurs the moment he reaches out to touch the tattoo on a beautiful girl’s neck.

The future has never seemed very kind to Charlotte Finch, so she’s counting on the present. She’s not impressed by the strange boy at the donut shop—until she learns he’s a student at Brighton where her sister has just taken a job as the English teacher. With her encouragement, Charlie orchestrates the most effective prank campaign in Brighton history. But, in doing so, he puts his own future in jeopardy.

By the time he learns she’s ill—and that the pranks were a way to distract Ms. Finch from Charlotte’s illness—Charlotte’s gravitational pull is too great to overcome. Soon he must choose between the familiar formulas he’s always relied on or the girl he’s falling for (at far more than 32 feet per second squared).
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Series: n/a

Nath: Ohhh, this one sounds interesting Ames! Thanks for putting it on my radar!

Ames: I really like the cover for this one. I think it's cute and the premise sounds cute as well.

October 14

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
published by Balzer + Bray
A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.

Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.

Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.

So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Series: Snow Like Ashes, Book #1

Nath: I came across this cover a few months ago and it stuck with me. It sounds quite interesting and the kind of Fantasy YA books that I'd enjoy. Depending on reviews and possible cliffhangers, I might wait till a few more books are out in the series. But in any case, Snow Like Ashes is definitively, firmly on my radar :)

Delicate Ink by Carrie Ann Ryan
published by Fated Desires
On the wrong side of thirty, Austin Montgomery is ready to settle down. Unfortunately, his inked sleeves and scruffy beard isn’t the suave business appearance some women crave. Only finding a woman who can deal with his job, as a tattoo artist and owner of Montgomery Ink, his seven meddling siblings, and his own gruff attitude won’t be easy.
Finding a man is the last thing on Sierra Elder’s mind. A recent transplant to Denver, her focus is on opening her own boutique. Wanting to cover up scars that run deeper than her flesh, she finds in Austin a man that truly gets to her—in more ways than one.
Although wary, they embark on a slow, tempestuous burn of a relationship. When blasts from both their pasts intrude on their present, however, it will take more than a promise of what could be to keep them together.
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Montgomery Ink, Book #1

Ames: I've been wanting to try Carrie Ann Ryan's writing for a while now but I'm sick of paranormal romances as well so I haven't managed to pick anything up by her. But I am looking forward to checking this one out! It's a contemporary!

October 20

Someday Maybe by Ophelia London
published by Entangled Embrace
Some guys are impossible to forget.

Rachel Daughtry has a 10-year plan that leaves no room for mistakes. Or not-so-serious boys—including Oliver Wentworth, the freshman boyfriend she's never forgotten. Now she's back in San Francisco with an awesome-slash-scary new job. Unfortunately, The Plan doesn't cover things like meeting her best friend's new “secret” guy...Oliver.

Fortunately, no one knows that Rachel and Oliver were ever together, and endless bikini wax torture couldn't make Rachel hurt her friend. But it's killing Rachel. She's not over him. Not even a little. And as her 10-year-plan crumbles around her, Rachel realizes that maybe—just maybe—Oliver feels the same way.

Now Rachel is on the verge of losing all control. And her best friend. And the love of her life...
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary
Series: Definitely Maybe, Book #2

Nath: I like the cover, but I don't like this kind of story... Let me know what you think of it, Ames.

Ames: I like the idea behind this one. There's something about the drama of the situation that appeals to me.

October 21

Seventh Grave and No Body by Darynda Jones
published by St. Martin's Press
Twelve. Twelve of the deadliest beasts ever forged in the fires of hell have escaped onto our plane, and they want nothing more than to rip out the jugular of Charley Davidson and serve her lifeless, mangled body to Satan for dinner. So there’s that. But Charley has more on her plate than a mob of testy hellhounds. For one thing, her father has disappeared, and the more she retraces his last steps, the more she learns he was conducting an investigation of his own, one that has Charley questioning everything she’s ever known about him. Add to that an ex-BFF who is haunting her night and day, a rash of suicides that has authorities baffled, and a drop-dead sexy fiancĂ© who has attracted the attentions of a local celebrity, and Charley is not having the best week of her life.

A tad north of hell, a hop, skip, and a jump past the realm of eternity, is a little place called Earth, and Charley Davidson, grim reaper extraordinaire, is determined to do everything in her power to protect it.

We’re doomed.
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Charley Davidson, Book #7

Nath: Seriously, how is it possible that this is Book #7 in the series already?! Where does time fly? I'm a bit behind, but I know that I'll get to this one eventually. Need my dose of Charley :P

October 28

Archangel's Shadows by Nalini Singh
published by Berkley
In the wake of a brutal war, the archangel Raphael and his hunter consort, Elena, are dealing with the treacherously shifting tides of archangelic politics and the people of a battered but not broken city. The last thing their city needs is more death, especially a death that bears the eerie signature of an insane enemy archangel who cannot— should not—be walking the streets.

This hunt must be undertaken with stealth and without alerting their people. It must be handled by those who can become shadows themselves…

Ash is a gifted tracker and a woman cursed with the ability to sense the secrets of anyone she touches. But there’s one man she knows all too well without a single instant of skin contact: Janvier, the dangerously sexy Cajun vampire who has fascinated and infuriated her for years. Now, as they track down a merciless killer, their cat-and-mouse game of flirtation and provocation has turned into a profound one of the heart. And this time, it is Ash’s secret, dark and terrible, that threatens to destroy them both.
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Guild Hunter, Book #7

Nath: Finally, Ash and Janvier's book!! Can't wait! Really looking forward to it and to my autumnal dose of Ms Singh LOL.

Ames: I'm slooooowly catching up on this series. I recently re-read book 1 and 2 and then read Archangel's Consort for the first time. So I am looking forward to catching up!

Burn For Me by Ilona Andrews
published by Harpercollins Publisher (Avon)
Nevada Baylor is faced with the most challenging case of her detective career—a suicide mission to bring in a suspect in a volatile case. Nevada isn’t sure she has the chops. Her quarry is a Prime, the highest rank of magic user, who can set anyone and anything on fire.

Then she’s kidnapped by Connor “Mad” Rogan—a darkly tempting billionaire with equally devastating powers. Torn between wanting to run or surrender to their overwhelming attraction, Nevada must join forces with Rogan to stay alive.

Rogan’s after the same target, so he needs Nevada. But she’s getting under his skin, making him care about someone other than himself for a change. And, as Rogan has learned, love can be as perilous as death, especially in the magic world.
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Hidden Legacy, Book #1

Nath: Ilona Andrews and magic... enough said no? :P

Ames: I am jumping on this one because it's book 1 in a new series. Since I'm hopefully behind on the other series I figure I may as well start fresh. haha

Black Dog by Caitlin Kittredge
published by Harpercollins Publisher (Harper Voyager)
Ava has spent the last hundred years as a hellhound, the indentured servant of a reaper who hunts errant souls and sends them to Hell. When a human necromancer convinces her to steal her reaper’s scythe, Ava incurs the wrath of the demon Lilith, her reaper’s boss.

As punishment for her transgression, Lilith orders Ava to track down the last soul in her reaper’s ledger . . . or die trying.

But after a hundred years of servitude, it’s time for payback. And Hell hath no fury like an avenging Ava . .
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Hellhound Chronicles, Book #1

Nath: I've been meaning to read Ms Kittredge for years. With a new series, now seems the perfect time. Of course, it helps that the blurb sounds so intriguing :)

All Broke Down by Cora Carmack
published by Harpercollins Publisher  (William Morrow)
Dylan fights for lost causes. Probably because she used to be one.

Environmental issues, civil rights, corrupt corporations, and politicians you name it, she's probably been involved in a protest. When her latest cause lands her in jail overnight, she meets Silas Moore. He's in for a different kind of fighting. And though he's arrogant and infuriating, she can't help being fascinated with him. Yet another lost cause.

Football and trouble are the only things that have ever come naturally to Silas. And it's trouble that lands him in a cell next to do-gooder Dylan. He's met girls like her before fixers, he calls them, desperate to heal the damage and make him into their ideal boyfriend. But he doesn't think he's broken, and he definitely doesn't need a girlfriend trying to change him. Until, that is, his anger issues and rash decisions threaten the only thing he really cares about: his spot on the Rusk University football team. Dylan might just be the perfect girl to help.

Because Silas Moore needs some fixing after all.
Genre: New Adult
Series: Rusk University, Book #2

Ames: Wena and I enjoyed book 1 and reviewed it. It's funny because Silas was a douche in the first book. We both had faith that he could be redeemed though. I'm looking forward to seeing his character come around and then to see if another character from book 1 grows a bit as well.

Yes Please by Amy Poehler
published by Harpercollins Publisher (HarperAvenue)
In Amy Poehler’s highly anticipated first book, Yes Please, she offers up a big juicy stew of personal stories, funny bits on sex and love and friendship and parenthood and real life advice (some useful, some not so much), like when to be funny and when to be serious. Powered by Amy’s charming and hilarious, biting yet wise voice, Yes Please is a book is full of words to live by.
Genre: Non-Fiction, Humor
Series: n/a

Ames: I love Amy Poehler and her humor so I'm saying it will probably be a foregone conclusion that I will love her writing too. She's a funny gal.

The Viscount Who Lived Down the Lane by Elizabeth Boyle
published by Harpercollins Publisher (Avon)
She has no desire for love...

As she arrives in Mayfair, Louisa Tempest is horrified when her incorrigible cat bolts from the carriage and dashes into a neighbor's house, where she comes face-to-face with the reclusive Viscount Wakefield. But even more dismaying than his foul temper is the disarray in which she finds his home. Convinced his demeanor would improve if his household were in order, Louisa resolves to put everything to rights.

...until she meets the viscount who lives down the lane.

Much to his chagrin, Wakefield finds it impossible to keep the meddling Louisa out of his home, invading his daily life with her "improvements," and his nights with the tempting desires she sparks inside him. Wounded in the war, he's scorned society ever since his return . . . until Louisa opens the door to his heart and convinces him to give love a second chance.
Genre: Historical Romance
Series: Rhymes with Love. Book #4

Nath: I love meddling heroines LOL. Recently, Ms Boyle's books have been a bit of a miss for me, but I'm hoping The Viscount Who Lived Down the Lane will change the trend.

Ames: This one sounds really cute. I haven't read anything by Boyle in a long time. 

The Shocking Secret of a Guest at the Wedding by Victoria Alexander
published by Zebra (Kensington)
The bride and groom cordially request your presence for a wedding at Millworth Manor...

Guests will include Jackson Quincy Graham Channing, New York City banker, and Lady Theodosia "Teddy" Winslow, wedding planner to the finest families in England.

Introductions shall be followed by light conversation, dancing, flirtation, arguing, reconciliation, and an impulsive kiss that both parties are quite certain they will never repeat.

Until they do.

A mutually beneficial fake engagement will be accompanied by all manner of very real complications, scandalous revelations, nefarious schemes, and one inescapable conclusion:

That true love--unlike the perfect wedding--is impossible to plan. . .
Genre: Historical Romance
Series: Millworth Manor, Book #4

Nath: Ms Alexander is one of my favorite historical romance authors and as such, she's an auto-buy for me. Of course, it helps that so far, I've been enjoying the Millworth Manor series greatly :) I read the excerpt of The Shocking Secret of a Guest at the Wedding and I'm really excited for it!

Only Enchanting by Mary Balogh
published by New American Library (Signet)
The Survivors' Club: Six men and one woman, all wounded in the Napoleonic Wars, their friendship forged during their recovery at Penderris Hall in Cornwall. Now, in the fourth novel of the Survivors' Club series, Flavian, Viscount Ponsonby, has left this refuge to find his own salvation—in the love of a most unsuspecting woman…

Flavian, Viscount Ponsonby, was devastated by his fiancĂ©e’s desertion after his return home. Now the woman who broke his heart is back—and everyone is eager to revive their engagement. Except Flavian, who, in a panic, runs straight into the arms of a most sensible yet enchanting young woman.

Agnes Keeping has never been in love—and never wishes to be. But then she meets the charismatic Flavian, and suddenly Agnes falls so foolishly and so deeply that she agrees to his impetuous proposal of marriage.

When Agnes discovers that the proposal is only to avenge his former love, she’s determined to flee. But Flavian has no intention of letting his new bride go, especially now that he too has fallen so passionately and so unexpectedly in love.
Genre: Historical Romance
Series: Survivor's Club, Book #4

Nath: Well, well, well. I wasn't expecting a new installment in the Survivor's Club series quite so soon. I won't complain though since the hero is Flavian and I've been curious about him! While the books so far have been nice, it hasn't been Ms Balogh at her best. Wonder if a change of publisher mid-way in the series will make a difference. I do hope so.

Ames: I only ever read the first book in the series but MB is an auto-buy author for me. I'll wait and see what you have to say about this one.

Maybe This Christmas by Sarah Morgan
published by Harlequin (HQN Books)
This winter, ex-skiing champion, reformed heartbreaker and single dad Tyler O'Neil has only one mission—making sure his daughter, Jess, has the best Christmas ever. The fact that his best friend, Brenna, is also temporarily moving into his chalet at the overbooked Snow Crystal resort is a delicious distraction he's simply going to have to ignore. Theirs is the one relationship he's never ruined, and he's not about to start now.

Ski pro Brenna Daniels knows all about the perils of unrequited love—she's been in love with Tyler for years. But living with him is absolute torture…how can she concentrate on being his friend when he's sleeping in the room next door? Then when Tyler kisses Brenna, suddenly the relationship she's always dreamed of feels so close she could almost touch it. Could this be the Christmas her dreams of a happy-ever-after finally come true?
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: O'Neil Brothers, Book #3

Nath: I've been waiting for Tyler and Brenna's story. They were the most interesting characters in Sleigh Bells in the Snow for me.

Ames: Oh yeah I agree. And them being friends? Love it!

One In a Million by Jill Shalvis
published by Grand Central Publishing
As the brains behind wedding site, Callie sees it all: from the ring to the dress, the smiles . . . to the tears. It's that last part that keeps her single and not looking. Getting left at the altar will do that to a girl. But when Callie returns to her old hometown, she finds that her sweet high school crush is sexier than ever. And he makes it hard to remember why she's sworn off love . . .

Tanner is a deep-sea diver with a wild, adrenaline-junkie past—and now his teenage son is back in his life. How can Tanner be a role model when he's still paying for his own mistakes? It's hard enough that gorgeous Callie has appeared in town like a beautiful dream, challenging his best-laid plans to keep his heart on lockdown. Though there's something about being around her again that makes him feel like he can be the man she—and his son—deserve. Little Lucky Harbor holds their past; can it hold a beautiful new future?
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Lucky Harbor, Book #12

Nath: And here we are... the last book of the Lucky Harbor series. Who would have thought? I've heard great reviews so far for this one. Hope it'll measure up to the positive buzz!

Ames: Well maybe now that the series is coming to a close I will read it. Of course I have all the books...

Unleashed by Rachel Lacey
published by Grand Central Publishing 
What happens when you find the right one at the wrong time?

Cara Medlen has a serious case of animal attraction. And it's not because of all the foster dogs she's rescued. She's got it bad for her incredibly sexy neighbor. Her one rule: Don't get attached. It's served her well with the dogs she's given to good homes and the children she's nannied. Yet the temptation of Matt's sexy smile might just convince her that some rules are made to be broken.

Matt Dumont doesn't need his skills as a private investigator to detect disaster on the horizon. Cara is everything he thought he'd never find-gorgeous, funny, and caring. But there's no way he can start a relationship just as he's about to move to another state. Talk about bad timing. As their attraction sizzles too hot to deny, they'll have to make a decision: forget the consequences and let loose, or forget each other and let go...
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Love to the Rescue, Book #1

Nath: I don't know what it is about this one, but something pulls me to it. Will most probably give it a try :)

Ames: I'm all over this one. I almost lost track of this one! I didn't note it down anywhere so I'm glad you did Nath. :P There's a puppy on the cover, the heroine loves animals. There's a lot going on that I like already. I'm so shallow.

Nath: We all are, Ames LOL.