So, why do I read them? Perhaps it’s because I loved fairy tales (yes, I did), but I wasn’t drawn just to the HEA tales, but dug into the Brothers Grimm too. That’s translated into the present day as I love my romance novels with a bit of meat to them. While I desire the HEA, I prefer not to be able to connect all the dots beforehand and want to be twisting a bit inside as I read along, really wondering if the protagonists will achieve happiness together.
While i like surprises along the way, I most enjoy curling up with a book that I know will be fun and have the perfect (or almost perfect) happily-ever-after. But even if this qualifies as a “fantasy” (I don’t think it does, real life HEA romance does exist), I want that indefinable zing to occur. That moment when I’m reading where the author draws me into her or his world in such a way that it totally suspends disbelief. Now that’s a successful novel!
With that in mind, over the next few days I plan to make a list to post of my favorite reads. Most of these will be series – some paranormal, some historical, quite a few contemporary, and romantic suspense – that just hit the right notes for me. (Yes, that subjective “me.”) This isn’t to say that each book in the respective series is perfect, but overall this group of books is on my must-read (and re-read) shelf as it transmits that certain indefinable zing!
The other reason I realize I read romance novels is that they’re wonderfully subversive. Yes, you read that right. They are subversive – and I think always have been. While many of these books could simply be seen as “escapism”, in reality they and their authors convey quite a bit more than just happily-ever-afters.
One series that comes to mind immediately is Kim Harrison’s The Hollows. From the first book, I knew that the subtext I was finding was as important to me as Rachel’s journey as a witch/demon. Really where else could I find a book where the female protagonist not only accepted, but admitted attraction to, her lesbian partner? While they never consummated their relationship, and sometimes Rachel and Ivy’s friendship seems strained – they remained at heart a family, even if a dysfunctional one. Yes, Rachel has created a family by choice – with Jenks and his children, Trent and his kids, and Al and Newt. This new kind of family sends a message of inclusion into an inner circle irregardless of who you are, be you vampire, elf, witch, and demon (just substitute any group that is discriminated against) and you’ll see just how wonderfully subversive and fantastic Harrison’s series is.
Harrison isn’t the only author to be successfully subversive within the paranormal genre and push this boundary. In about fifty years, I imagine that it won’t just be a few fringe classes in literature departments that will be studying these books and authors, but they’ll have their own minor. And it’s not just the paranormal authors who provide this voice and vote for inclusion in their stories. Contemporary authors like Jayne Denker, Hope Ramsay, Brenda Novak, Tracey Alvarez, Sophie Moss, Jessica Scott, Sugar Jamison, Kate Pearce, Lauren Dane, and others are able to give voice to inclusion through humor, love, and acceptance within the communities of their protagonists – and thus within our homes too.
The other reason romances are so outstanding is that they truly, truly celebrate women as women. I truly admire the authors who are able to convey the strength of women in their novels. Both historically (thinking of the Brontes) to today’s authors. That’s subversive too. A friend shared this video from Maya Rodale and it definitely speaks to this issue:
Isn’t that a fabulous dissertation on what we love to read!
I will admit that there are certain stories I stay away from reading that fall under the romance novel category – and probably some of these are bestsellers too. What books are these? Well I’m not going to name names, but they’re the books that I feel are degrading to or denigrating of women. You know the type, where the alpha hero is just really – in my view – a serious master manipulator or an out and out skunk. You know, the guy who tells you what to do, what to say, what to wear – perhaps in the guise of being a billionaire or being a “master” – then will proceed to treat the woman like dirt. Sometimes the author includes a bit of redemption for this “hero,” but it usually isn’t plausible enough to counteract the way the character was drawn. Nope, I’m not reading these books and won’t (unless backed into a corner) review them either.
Other than that, my Kindle is pretty inclusive and books and genres find a home and shelf in it. I don’t have any quarrel with stories that have a BDSM theme or those that have wealthy protagonists, what I do have a problem with is idolizing control freaks so that women think this treatment of them is okay. Having volunteered at women’s shelters and seen the results of just these attitudes in action, these books are a no go for me. Authors, if you want to have a billionaire or master, please make them human, make them kind, let that control slip away so that your heroine is visibly in control of her destiny as well.
The other thing that gets my ire up as a reader is the sense of a story being plotted deliberately to fit into a certain criteria of a bestseller. When I’m reading the book, if I can picture the the writer having a list to check off with certain boxes/categories/criteria to include to will make the book a success, but forgetting the most important part – the story itself. Yep, no indefinable zing in these pages. I don’t find this happening often, but when I do, I will shout it out.
Okay, now let me address reviews. Why should I shout this or anything out? Wouldn’t it be better if I don’t mention it and just go on to review a book I do like? Well, first of all reviews aren’t by definition supposed to just be positive, but they’re supposed to be an honest evaluation of what is read. (Screen shot from Merriam-Webster)
I know that this may annoy some authors who could receive a less than glowing review on their Amazon or Goodreads pages, but you know, just suck it up. Oops, did I just say “suck it up”? Isn’t that harsh. Umm no, not really, any artist – really any person – who has the courage, yes courage, to put themselves “out there” will be open to criticism, it’s the nature of the beast. But reviews that are based on honesty and not in any way driven by malice should be read and taken on board. BUT please always remember that reviews are wholly subjective – what one person loves, another may hate, or be indifferent to – but that’s what makes the world go round. So what I might not like, another (and probably many others) will love. It’s really not the end of the world. Keep your sense of humor. It’s really just one person’s opinion (hopefully).
Now, what I do find tiring and kind of sad is the proliferation of “reviews” that are posted on bookseller pages that simply say “I LOVED IT” with a few non-explanotory additions to that phrase. Why, I ask myself did this person love the book. If you’re going to leave feedback, please, please, please say something more. Otherwise, I’ll simply disregard that “review” as being left by an author’s fan club (official or non-official) and start reading the critical reviews for a more honest take. Why? Because while authors may count their five star reviews and perhaps gloat silently that they’re equal to a “ka-ching” in the bank or rank on a bestseller list, if those opinions aren’t saying anything more than “I loved it. It’s a pretty book” they’re pretty darn meaningless and worthless to me.
Oh, that’s harsh isn’t it? Well, sort of, I guess, let me explain. I admire how online e-tailers have set up review systems for products – and believe me, I check them out when I’m buying electronic devices, books by new authors, and other things that I might not have familiarity with. But I’m reading the reviews that consist of more than one sentence – and if none of the five star, four star, three star, two star, or one star ones qualify their impressions beyond “I loved it” “I hated it” – I figure that either the manufacturer and/or author has drummed up support in a way that isn’t quite by the books (ha ha) or that there might be a campaign to negate a book or product, so I look to those reviews that actually “say” something.
If you’re encouraged by an author / manufacturer to leave a review, DO! However if an author / manufacturer encourages you to only leave a five star review, even by implication, run fast and furiously the other way. They’re not looking for honest feedback then – and that’s just sad, because some way, some how, they know their product (whatever it might be) doesn’t really hold up to honest and open scrutiny – whether they admit it to themselves or not.
Speaking of reviews, Sunday was a red letter day for romances with the appearance of the New York Times Book Review’s special Love Stories issue and Sarah MacLean’s review of four romance novels.
Yes, New York Times Book Review “The Shortlist” was all Sarah’s and she offered reviews of Sherry Thomas’ The Luckiest Lady in London, Kristan Higgins’ The Perfect Match, Tracy Ann Warren’s The Last Man on Earth, and Karen Rose’s Watch Your Back (yes, historical, contemporary, and romantic suspense all covered in one great round-up). Now, the real test will be to see reviews like this appear in non-Love Story, non-Valentine’s Day-themed issues, but Sarah broke the proverbial glass ceiling. CONGRATULATIONS!
So, these musings are from an editor who will be writing and posting some reviews in a bit. Who’s been reading some seriously fun and interesting romances as well as having some fun pondering the why behind reading them. If any of these sentiments resonate with you, let me know. Please give me your honest feedback in the comments, shoot me an email, or find me on Facebook.
Since it’s a Monday – and a cold Monday in the Northeast – my treat to all of you is the chance to warm up, heck STEAM up, with two paranormal romances from Lea Barrymire. Yes, not just one, but TWO books that will set your eReaders on fire!
Lea has some kick-ass heroines and alpha hunks you can sink your proverbial teeth into. Oh, did I forget to say her Willie Krenshaw series has HOT and SEXY vampires and shifters.
In addition to the book spotlights for HALF IN LOVE and MADE WHOLE, there are steamy, no make that sizzling, excerpts AND the chance to win a $20 gift card.
So start your week off right and rock this Monday with Lea Barrymire’s Willie Krenshaw books! …………………….BOOK SPOTLIGHTHALF IN LOVE by LEA BARRYMIREWillie Krenshaw Book 1Siren Publishing ClassicASIN B008AYYQEEPrice $4.99 (on sale for $3.82)Publication Date: June 6, 2012
Willie Krenshaw wanted nothing more than a few minutes watching the waters of Lake Erie after a long workday. What she ended up with was a drugged male vampire and an itch to be a Good Samaritan.
When her inner kitty starts sniffing around at the male she’s helping, she knows Fate’s evil sense of humor is in full swing. Being a shifter-vampire hybrid is hard enough, but having a male vampire as her fated mate is just too much.
Nickola, the vampire she assists, finds her breathtaking and does all he can to push Fate’s agenda.
Stephen is the male vampire Nickola is investigating for the Council. He takes aim at the couple, intent on pulling Nick to his side or killing him. Between Stephen’s scheming and the Council’s interest in Willie, can they survive the chaos long enough to test the depths of their passions?
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………………………READ A HOT HOT HOT EXCERPT FROMHALF IN LOVE by LEA BARRYMIRE Strong arms made her feel safe, secure, and treasured. This was so different than the harsh mauling she endured earlier when the rage rode him. This was how a woman should feel in the arms of a man she was attracted to. Their breath mingled as he deepened the kiss, twining his tongue with hers. She was overwhelmed and on the edge of losing control. She kept her hands fisted in his coat, fighting the urge to wrap her arms around his neck and hold him tightly against her body. His lips burned a hot trail across hers, leaving heated and aching flesh behind. Lips moved slowly along her jaw and nipped at her earlobe. A sharp canine bit into the flesh. Pain and pleasure flashed through her mind. He licked the hurt before taking her mouth again in a bruising, captivating kiss. She moaned into his mouth when he sucked her lower lip into his mouth, nipping and licking his way across her mouth. Slowly her control slipped as the heat he created replaced her nervousness with need. She wasn’t focused anymore on what Nick was, just that he was the male that her animal wanted. Hell, if she was honest with herself, he was who she wanted. She wanted to delve into his mouth, suck his tongue into her mouth, taste every inch of his body. She wanted to wrap her body around his and invite him into all of her intimate places.
Her cougar was at the edge of her conscious mind, growling and pacing, looking for a way to take control and mark her mate. The cat was purring so loudly that Willie couldn’t hear anything else. The sound was making thought impossible. Her canines itched to elongate and take a nip at this male that had her at such odds with herself. Her clit was throbbing in time to her heart beat. Moisture was pooling in her slit, and the need to be filled by Nick was threatening to tear her sanity apart. She wanted to bite him, to leave her possessive mark on his body. The need to claim him as hers, so no other female would approach him, rushed through her. A growl rumbled in her chest before she could stop the sound.
“Easy. Keep it together, Willie. They’re already starting to leave. Just another minute or two and we can leave.” Nick’s voice was rough with passion as he breathed the words into her ear. A shudder raced through her body from the intimate sound. She wanted to hear him talk dirty to her in that voice. She wanted to hear him yell her name in passion with that voice as they climaxed together.
“I’m trying to keep your scent covered with mine so they don’t catch a whiff of your shifter side. You need to keep a handle on your animal because your scent is changing. Gods, but you smell hot and wet.”
………………………ENTER THE GIVEAWAYfor a $20 Giftcard for Amazon, B&N, ARe or StrandBucksa Rafflecopter giveaway………………………BOOK SPOTLIGHTMADE WHOLE by LEA BARRYMIREWillie Krenshaw Book 2Siren Publishing ClassicISBN 9781627410359Price $4.99 (on sale for $4.39)Publication Date: January 2, 2014Renae Gioli isn’t looking for adventure but it finds her in the form of an Italian speaking man named Alexandre DiMassone. The moment she hears his voice in a crappy dive bar she’s entranced. His strange behavior on the dance floor leaves her hot, wanting, and scared.
He’s captivated by her eyes and even as he fights it the vampire can’t help himself. Can he push aside his jaded attitude and embrace what Fate has given him before he loses her? His obsession spells trouble and lust for her. Kidnapping her was never in the cards, but he doesn’t have the willpower to let her walk away.
Rogue vampires, cougar shifters, and more intrude on their time. Can she forgive him for forcing his will on her and changing her entire life in a single bite? His arrogance knows no bounds but she catches a glimpse of the confusion beneath.
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MADE WHOLE by LEA BARRYMIRE
She watched a disgruntled male scowl at her, but then he nodded. “I will speak with you, but you will let me hold you as we talk. I feel the need to touch you. If you won’t allow me to kiss you, at least allow me to hold you against me.” “Fine. No hanky-panky, though. I want answers.”
“Hanky-panky? I know not what that means, but I understand the implied request. I will not push for intimacy until I have answered some of your questions.”
Renae held her breath as he moved alongside her on the bed. He slowly reached out and pulled her into his arms until he was spooned against her. She couldn’t stop her body from snuggling against his. He felt so right, so strong, so safe wrapped around her. She breathed deeply, pulling the smell of him into her lungs. She’d never concentrated on anyone’s scent before, but watching Alex sniff the air all the time made her hyper aware of the scents around her. He smelled of soap and perhaps cologne. She didn’t care what the components were, she just relished it and sighed contentedly into his arms.
“Okay. Explain to me why I can’t go home.” She didn’t want the answer, but this was the most important question on her mind.
She felt him breathe deeply and shivered as his words tickled across her neck. “You have a very simple choice. You can either live as a vampire’s property or I will have to end your life.”
“Right. Like that’s a choice at all.” She sighed and pinched the bridge of her nose. “Plain English. What do I have to agree to so I can not be dead?”
“Now that you know of us, you are not allowed to go back to your life as you knew it. The Council demands that all humans that know of vampires must be taken as a charge by a vampire. That arrangement can vary greatly, but there are certain requirements that must be met.”
“Which means what to me? Alex, look, I can feel you skirting the topic. Just tell me. I’m a big girl and can handle it, I promise. I just need to know what is going to happen.”
His body stiffened behind hers and she tensed as well, waiting for the bad news to come. Here we go. “You must be marked by one of us.”
She waited a few heartbeats for more. When he didn’t continue she knew this was the part he didn’t want to share. She turned in his arms and looked into his troubled eyes. “What exactly does that mean?”
Lea Barrymire lives in Western New York with her hubby, three children, and miscellaneous critters. Before the rugrats, she lived a life of adventure, following her husband all over Europe with the US military. She’s slept in a car outside Paris, drove six hours just to see tulips in the Netherlands, and knocked ash from her shoes at Pompeii. Now she spends her time in life’s adventures at soccer games, PTA meetings and school plays.
Lea has loved reading from a very young age, spending many sleepless nights devouring books. Science fiction and paranormal were her favorite genres to read as a teenager, and that love bled into her adult life. She started writing during a bout of insomnia, to fill time, and found it filled a creative void. Now she communes regularly with the characters in her head and tries not to laugh out loud when they say something funny.
When Lea isn’t reading, writing or corralling kids, she enjoys watching movies and sciencey shows, or just kicking back and listening to some music.
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Jill Shalvis’ LUCKY HARBOR series is one of my all-time favorites. Believable, fun, quirky, and filled with laughter and, oh yeah, really HOT HUNKY HEROES these books top my list of must-reads, and I’ve read them again and again. So it is a red letter day for me when a new Lucky Harbor novel is released. You all should also mark your calendar as ONCE IN A LIFETIME (Book 9) will be live next week on 18 February.
To enliven the days till then, Jill has been kind enough to join in a pre-release celebration for her readers. She’s sharing an excerpt and there is a great giveaway for a $50 gift card and a copy of ONCE IN A LIFETIME too!
I’ll let you in on a secret, it’s a FABulous book. I really love Aubrey, the heroine whom we met in the last few books, but now she’s in the spotlight. And what can you say about Ben except – WOW!
Make sure to pre-order your book as that’s going to be the best imaginable surprise in your eReader.
Check it out and ENJOY!………………….BOOK SPOTLIGHTONCE IN A LIFETIME by JILL SHALVISLucky Harbor Book 9Grand Central PublishingISBN 9781478925606Price $5.69Release Date: 2/18/14SOMETIMES WRONG IS OH-SO-RIGHT
After a wrenching loss, Ben McDaniel tried to escape his grief by working in dangerous, war-torn places like Africa and the Middle East. Now he’s back in his hometown and face-to-face with Aubrey Wellington, the hot-as-hell woman who is trouble with a capital T. Family and friends insist she’s not the one to ease his pain, but Aubrey sparks an intense desire that gives Ben hope for the future.
Determined to right the wrongs of her past, Aubrey is working hard to make amends. But by far, the toughest challenge to her plan is sexy, brooding Ben – even though he has absolutely no idea what she’s done . . .
Can this unlikely couple defy the odds and win over the little town of Lucky Harbor?
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………………..READ AN EXCERPT FROM ONCE IN A LIFETIME by JILL SHALVIS “I don’t want to talk about it,” she said. Once again he was close. Too close. So damn close. “At all,” she added, hearing with some alarm that her voice had softened. Everything had softened, at just his proximity. “Ever,” she whispered, and found her gaze locked on his mouth.
He had a really great mouth.
“I don’t want to talk, either,” that mouth said very seriously. And then he lowered his head. They shared a breath for a beat, just long enough for her to know what was going to happen and feel the anticipation swamp her.
Then he kissed her, deep and slow and utterly mesmerizing. His hands were firm on her back. Needing an anchor, she reached out and grasped his shirt and leaned into him. He was warm and solid, so very solid, emitting the kind of strength that she herself was a pint low on today.
Leaning in more, she felt his body respond.
Someone moaned. I did, she realized, swamped with the sensation of being wanted, even just physically. She took in the delicious taste of him, the feel of him, the sound of his very male groan when she stroked her tongue to his.
Things got a little hazy then. A lot hazy. She felt his hands move over her, melting her bones away. She touched him, too. Her hands wandered all over his body—and good Lord, what a body.
She had no idea how long they kissed—and kissed—but she didn’t think about stopping until she ran out of air. Breathing hard, she slowly opened her eyes and stared directly into his.
They’d heated. Darkened. And something else. He wasn’t looking so relaxed now. In fact, he was looking the opposite of relaxed. He looked…feral.
And she was his prey.
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New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.
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It may not be Friday, but there is a FABulous selection of FREE & almost free ($0.99 / $1.99) books for your Kindle highlighted here. I curate this list on a weekly basis and have either read the title or highly respect the author.
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A cowboy, a baby, and a heart of gold . . . who could ask for anything more? This is a really feel-good romance that tugs just a bit at your heart. Keep a box of Kleenex’s nearby and check out this free book from Harlequin’s American Romance line.
Cowboy Dad by Cathy McDavid (Harlequin American Romance)
Publication Date: April 1, 2013
Welcome Home, Cowboy
As head of guest services at Bear Creek Ranch, it’s Natalie Forrester’s job to make everyone feel welcome. But from the moment they meet, it’s former rodeo champion Aaron Reyes who makes her feel special. The widowed cowboy may be kicking up some dust with his former in-laws, but he’s all warmth and tenderness when it comes to Natalie and her infant daughter.
Aaron wasn’t expecting the folks at Bear Creek to roll out the welcome mat for him. And he certainly didn’t intend to fall for the caring single mother and her irresistible baby. He’d planned to skip town as soon as he took care of family business. But how can he leave with Natalie making him feel this is where he belongs…that he’s finally come home?
When I pick up a B.J. Daniels’ book, I know I’m going to get my Western romantic suspense fix. Get yours with this FREE book from Harlequin Intrique.
The New Deputy in Town by B.J. Daniels (Harlequin Intrigue)
Publication Date: April 1, 2013
New York Times bestselling author B. J. Daniels brings you back to Whitehorse, Montana for more edge-of-your-seat intrigue.
THIS NEW DEPUTY DIDN’T EXPECT HIS FIRST CASE TO INVOLVE A WEDDING AND A FUNERAL
Deputy Sheriff Nick Rogers found out small-town life meant adjusting to two things—gossips and Laney Cavanaugh. And neither was much help in solving a bridal shower murder.
Some days it appeared like everyone in Whitehorse had a secret—including their new lawman. And falling for Laney wasn’t a good way to maintain a low profile. Nick might have been new to Whitehorse, but he wasn’t above getting his hands dirty. Even if everybody in Laney’s family had it in for the victim, and they were fixing for a fight. Wedding bells were always trouble, and, unfortunately, trouble always had a way of hunting Nick down.
Here’s a short introduction to Emerald Springs Legacy, the first multi-author series from Crimson Publishing. This series promises to be a lot of fun and features some great authors. Check it out what’s in store with this FREE sample.
Trouble Brewing: An Emerald Springs Legacy Sampler (Crimson Romance)
Publication Date: February 3, 2014
Friends since college, Richard Whitman and Joe Sanders co-founded the WhitSand farm in bucolic Emerald Springs, Washington. But when the duo disagrees on a future direction for their thriving business, a feud brews that will span decades. Meet their families in this free prequel story, and enjoy some sneak peeks at the adventures of their children as they attempt to mend the rift between their bloodlines and protect the legacy of their farm. Don’t miss this exciting five-book continuity series releasing this spring from Crimson Romance.
Liliana Hart’s MacKenzie Family is a HOT addictive read. Here’s the first book in the series, to try for FREE!
Dane (Erotic Romance) Book 1 (MacKenzie Family) by Liliana Hart
Publication Date: January 1, 2014
In this novella, bad boy, Dane MacKenzie, is coming home to Surrender, Montana. It’s been ten years since he left the woman he loved behind to make a name for himself, and now he’s bound and determined to claim her once and for all.
But Charlotte Munroe has no desire to welcome home the Prodigal Son with a fatted calf. The bitterness of Dane’s betrayal runs deep, and she has no plans of letting him back into her life. Especially since she’s trying to protect the son Dane isn’t aware exists from heartbreak, since she’s sure he’s only going to walk out of their lives again.
Here’s a selection of historical romances by authors who ROCK (oh, perhaps WALTZ swiftly might be more apt)! These are all FREE for a limited time. ENJOY!!!
I really love this historical romance series by Courtney Milan. Check out the prequel, it’s FREE!
The Governess Affair by Courtney Milan (The Brothers Sinister, Book 0.5)
Publication Date: April 21, 2012
The start of a critically acclaimed historical romance series by New York Times bestselling author Courtney Milan…
Hugo Marshall earned the nickname “the Wolf of Clermont” for his ruthless ambition–a characteristic that has served him well, elevating the coal miner’s son to the right hand man of a duke. When he’s ordered to get rid of a pestering governess by fair means or foul, it’s just another day at work.
But after everything Miss Serena Barton has been through at the hands of his employer, she is determined to make him pay. She won’t let anyone stop her–not even the man that all of London fears. They might call Hugo Marshall the Wolf of Clermont, but even wolves can be brought to heel…
Dancing with the Duke (Landing a Lord) by Suzanna Medeiros
Publication Date: December 17, 2012
She’s loved him for years…
Charlotte Grant can’t remember a time when she didn’t love her best friend’s older brother.
He’s never noticed her…
The Duke of Clarington hadn’t spared a thought for his sister’s friend in years.
Their situations are about to be reversed…
It is the beginning of a new Season and Clarington intends to stay away from all the young ladies and eager mamas hoping to ensnare a duke. But that plan falls into tatters when his mother sponsors his sister’s friend and enlists him to dance with her at Almack’s. The beautiful vixen he meets that night bears little resemblance to the shy, gangly girl who used to follow him around. Now, instead of avoiding Charlotte, he finds himself frustrated when she seems to notice everyone but him.
Dancing with the Duke is a prequel novella to the Landing a Lord series.
Gift of Desire (Hot Christmas Love Stories from Samantha Kane and Kate Pearce)
Publication Date: November 5, 2013
Warning: This anthology contains m/f/m sex scenes.
THE GIFT by Samantha Kane
On Christmas Eve, 1817, Captain Jeremy Highsmith of the Royal Navy and his best friend Lieutenant Rhys Wilkinson return to England after almost a year in captivity. Their bond of friendship grew even stronger as they were tortured while being held for ransom by the Bey of Algiers. All that kept them going was the idea of returning to Jeremy’s wife, Cordelia, the woman they both courted and are both still in love with. But will Cordelia be willing to accept both of them…in her heart and her bed?
For Cordelia Highsmith, the greatest Christmas gift she could ever imagine is the return of her husband and his best friend. But can she accept the even greater gift they offer…the two of them, hers, forever?
MY HEART’S DESIRE by Kate Pearce
After a dreadful disfiguring accident and the loss of her husband, Caroline Lyndhurst has spent the last two years hiding away from society. One man has never forgotten her. Jasper, Lord Mansell is determined not only to see her again, but to persuade her that in the spirit of Christmas, true love can bloom again.
The MacKinnon’s Bride (The Highland Brides, Book 1) by Tanya Anne Crosby
Publication Date: January 24, 2014
Descended of the sons of MacAlpin, Iain MacKinnon refuses to bow to the English. When his young son is captured by a minion of the English king, the fierce Scottish chieftain vows to stop at nothing to secure the lad’s return. Retaliating in kind, he captures the daughter of his enemy, planning to bargain with the devil …
FitzSimon’s daughter has lived her entire life in the shadow of the man she called father–yet never would she have imagined he would forsake his only daughter. Even as Page blames her captor for welching on a contract with her father, she suspects the truth. But the shadows hold secrets … now only the love of her reluctant champion can save the MacKinnon’s Bride.
White Lion’s Lady (Warrior Trilogy) by Lara Adrian writing as Tina St. John
Publication Date: November 10, 2013
The Warrior Trilogy: Book 1
She was promised to another, but her heart belonged to him alone . . .
Abducted on the way to her wedding, heiress Isabel de Lamere is unaware that the scoundrel planning to use her for his own gain is the cherished champion of her childhood: Griffin, the White Lion. Yet even as she discovers his treachery, Isabel cannot deny that Griffin lingers in her dreams, awakening the passion in her steadfast heart.
Then a twist of fate puts a price on both their heads, embroiling them in a life-and-death chase that will force Griffin to choose between his own freedom and his fierce desire for the woman who would redeem his noble spirit. But to reclaim his lost honor, the White Lion could lose Isabel forever. . . .
Like paranormal romances? You’ll LOVE Lara Adrian if she isn’t already in your library. Here are two titles to kick off your collection and they are FREE for a limited time.
A Touch of Midnight: A Midnight Breed Novella (Midnight Breed Vampire Romance) by Lara Adrian
Publication Date: December 14, 2013
Midnight Breed Series, Book 0.5
USA Today bestseller!
Savannah Dupree is a freshman studying at Boston University on a full scholarship. But academic excellence is only one of her gifts. Savannah possesses something even more remarkable than her quick mind and insatiable curiosity for learning. With a simple touch, she can see an object’s past–a skill that puts her life in danger, when her studies bring her into contact with a centuries-old English sword and the terrible secret hidden within the blade’s history.
In all his three hundred years of living as one of the Breed, vampire warrior Gideon never dreamed he’d see the blade again that spilled his young brothers’ lives ages ago in London. Ever since the boys’ deaths, Gideon’s been on a personal quest to rid the world of Rogue vampires, but now he can’t help wondering if the brutal slaying was something more sinister–an act perpetrated by an unknown enemy. An enemy who is apparently living in hiding somewhere in Boston. There’s one certain way to prove Gideon’s suspicion, but it will mean using innocent, gifted Savannah to help uncover the full truth–a truth that will shatter everything she knows about herself and the world around her. And with danger closing in from all sides, the passion that ignites between Gideon and Savannah will tempt them to risk their hearts and lives for a love that might just last an eternity….
Heart of the Hunter (Dragon Chalice) by Lara Adrian (writing as Tina St. John)
Publication Date: November 10, 2013
The Dragon Chalice series: Book 1
Ariana of Clairmont would risk anything to save her kidnapped brother, a quest she knows is fraught with peril. Her only ally is Braedon le Chasseur, a formidable knight with a mysterious past, whose scarred face and brooding nature mask a soul filled with pain. Ariana fears this dangerous man and the secrets he strives to conceal–but Braedon’s touch is pure seduction, his kiss a potent lure that tempts her into a passion she is powerless to resist.
Once known as The Hunter, now haunted by a dark legacy he struggles to deny, Braedon lives in a world of shadow and isolation–until he is thrust together with an innocent beauty in need of his protection. Embarking on a journey that will lead them to a legendary treasure, Braedon will be forced to confront old enemies and the stunning secret of his true nature–or risk losing Ariana and the only happiness he has ever known. . . .
Cristin Harber’s TITAN Special Ops team rocks! These guys are one of my go to A-Teams of romantic suspense reads with a military edge. As a pre-celebration of the next book in the series, Savage Secrets, to be released soon, Cristin is offering the TITAN collection for just $0.99. YOU CANNOT BEAT THIS DEAL. So scoop up some heart-pounding, Kindle heating (and overheating) romantic suspense titles for the bargain of the year!
Read Emsy’s series review.
The Titan Series: Military Romance Box Set: (3 novels + 2 novellas) by Cristin Harber
Publication Date: December 7, 2013
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Sexy Alphas in a New Military Romance and Romantic Suspense Series
After putting her life on the line to protect classified intelligence, military psychologist Mia Kensington is on a cross-country road trip from hell with an intrusive save-the-day hero. She’d rather take her chances without the ruggedly handsome, cold-blooded operative who boasts an alpha complex and too many guns.
Colby Winters, an elite member of The Titan Group, has a single objective on his black ops mission: recover a document important to national security. It was supposed to be an easy in-and-out operation. But now, by any means necessary becomes a survival mantra when he faces off with a stunning woman he can’t leave behind.
When Titan’s safe houses are compromised, Colby stashes Mia at his home, exposing his secret–he’s the adoptive father of an orphaned baby girl. Too soon, danger arrives and Mia lands in the hands of a sadistic cartel king with a taste for torture. As hours bleed into fear-drenched days, Colby races across the globe and through a firestorm of bullets to save the woman he can’t live without.
Nicola is an injured CIA agent on the run from a failed undercover operation. Her escape plan shatters when she slams into the man who buried her a decade ago. Cash Garrison. Her first and only love. Now, sexier than her best memory and cradling a sniper’s rifle, he has questions she can’t answer. Why was she alive? And armed?
Cash is an elite member of a black ops organization, The Titan Group. He thought Nicola died his senior year of college and swore off love to focus on a decade of military missions. But when she shows up behind enemy lines, bleeding out and wielding a weapon, his heart and mind are unsure how to proceed.
Titan and the CIA join forces to uncover a mole hidden in a network of international terrorists and homegrown mobsters, teaming Cash and Nicola againWhen disaster strikes, Nicola’s hidden past makes her the hunted target and Cash’s best kill shot may not be enough to save them.
Jared Westin knows his reputation and likes it. He gets the job done. No emotion. No baggage. That’s why his elite ops company, The Titan Group, is better than the best. They complete projects classified as mission impossible.
And then, in walks a woman as tough as she is sexy. His counterpart in every way, should he choose to admit it.
Ousted undercover ATF agent Lilly Chase only answers to “Sugar.” Jared is the only man who can see past her leather-and-lipstick demeanor, and that revelation is terrifying. She was fired for helping Titan on a questionable arrest she should’ve ignored, then partnered with Jared’s rival on an assignment in Afghanistan.
Saving Sugar isn’t a normal rescue operation. It pits Titan against its rival, Jared against his nemesis. Chasing Sugar’s heart isn’t a simple task, either. She fights him, fights them, always ready to run. Jared must risk his life to save her–the woman whose bravado and surprising sweetness has given him the one thing he never had. Love.
Brock Gamble’s epic fall from the Titan Group labeled him a traitor, then his wife walks out the door. Can the couple survive if the only chance of redemption is a fall further into a world of guns and kidnappings?
Jenny Chase and Asher McIntyre: can two hearts on opposite career paths survive while Asher’s enemy seeks to destroy them both?
I admit it, I couldn’t resist the cover of this Judith Arnold novella. On sale for $0.99 now.
Chocolate Kisses by Judith Arnold (novella)
Publication Date: July 12, 2012
Claudia Mulcahey has one day—Valentine’s Day—to cater the biggest social event Glenwood, Connecticut has seen in years. If she succeeds, her catering business, Fantasy Feasts, will flourish. If she fails, she may go bankrupt. But a lot can go wrong in one day: car accidents, spilled dip, crushed cakes…and the distraction posed by Ned Wyatt, sexy bachelor brother of the party’s shrewish hostess. Once he gets a taste of Claudia’s homemade chocolate kisses, he wants Claudia catering only to him.
I really enjoy Jayne Ann Krentz’s novels, don’t you? Here are two early stories that are just out in digital format and are on sale for $0.99 for a limited time.
The Ties That Bind by Jayne Ann Krentz
Publication Date: July 13, 2013
A Jayne Ann Krentz Classic. First time in eBook.
Shannon Raine’s Mendocino cottage offers a peaceful view of the Pacific ocean and the inspiration she needs to create her silkscreened artistic treasures. The only problem with her quiet, creative existence is the neighbors. Last year, the rental next door was occupied by two visiting mothers and their noisy brood. This year, however, seems much more promising. The new neighbor is a very interesting — very sexy — mystery man.
Garth Sheridan rented the cottage in Mendocino as an escape. The last thing he expected was a very curious neighbor who threatens to disrupt his carefully planned life. Still, an invitation to dinner seems harmless enough. And a weekend affair ought to be manageable… But Shannon Raine is about to turn his world upside down…
Connecting Rooms by Jayne Ann Krentz
Publication Date: January 27, 2014
Available for the first time as a standalone eBook novella, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jayne Ann Krentz’s Connecting Rooms.
Amy Comfort is a real estate agent on Misplaced Island, a quaint, remote town located off the coast of Washington. When she sells an old Victorian manse to the sultry, sexy Owen Sweet, a private investigator relocating from Seattle, sparks fly from the get-go, though both Amy and Owen decidedly ignore their natural chemistry.
Until, that is, Amy enlists Owen’s help in looking into her aunt Bernice’s fiance Arthur Crabshaw, who Amy suspects is not what he seems. To keep their cover intact, Amy and Owen pretend to be a lovestruck, newly engaged couple, as they travel to Villantry, Washington, to investigate Arthur. When the mystery surrounding Arthur begins to spin out of control, Amy and Owen must trust in each other to stay alive. But, when the lines between their make-believe courtship and reality begin to blur, will the faux-couple end up with something aside from what they had set out to find?
From a bestselling anthology comes the story of two people looking for answers, who happen upon something they never knew was missing…each other.
Here’s a fun collection of four full-length romances that will introduce you to the authors’ respective series. A great sampler package, dig in like it’s a box of chocolates and enjoy!
Heart Stealers by Julie Ortolon, Judith Arnold, Patricia McLinn, & Kathryn Shay
Publication Date: January 30, 2013
Let best-selling authors Kathryn Shay, Patricia McLinn, Judith Arnold and Julie Ortolon take you on the life-changing journeys of four men who find their soul mates in four very strong women. Four complete novels in one volume.
COP OF THE YEAR by Kathryn Shay, Book One of the Bayview Heights series–When Captain Mitch Lansing is assigned to Cassie Smith’s high school classroom, sparks fly. He’s by-the-book, and she’s unorthodox and innovative in her teaching methods. But when Mitch develops an unstoppable bond with her students, Cassie finds her attraction to him irresistible.
LOST AND FOUND GROOM by Patricia McLinn, Book One of the A Place Called Home series–Chasing a story, hardheaded journalist Kendra Jenner is caught in a vicious hurricane…and unexpectedly in the arms of a stranger who speaks no English. Fear leads to passion leads to their making a baby. Three years later, “Paulo” arrives at her Wyoming home, speaking perfect English, and with a new name. He announces he’s come for his son and for her.
SOMEBODY’S DAD by Judith Arnold, from the Daddy School series–Fund manager Brett Stockton wants love, commitment, maybe even marriage—but no kids, period. Falling in love with photographer Sharon Bartell is easy. She’s everything he could possibly want in a woman…except that she’s the single mother of a two-year-old son. Can Brett learn to love Max? Or for both Max and Sharon’s sakes, should he walk away?
FALLING FOR YOU by Judith Ortolon, Book One of the Pearl Island series–Propelled by a lifelong goal to buy the island home reportedly haunted by her colorful ancestors, Aurora St. Claire desperately needs Oliver Chancellor’s help in securing a business loan, and she won’t take no for an answer. In the midst of convincing the hesitant blue blood to take a chance on her dream, Rory unexpectedly lands in Chance’s arms. Now, the mismatched pair can’t keep their hands off one another, and something tells Rory she’s headed for trouble-trouble in the name of love.
In celebration of her new historical romance, Claimed by the Rogue (publication Mar 2014), Hope Tarr is offering Tempting to you for just $0.99!
Tempting by Hope Tarr
Publication Date: February 10, 2012
“Pretty Woman” Meets “My Fair Lady”…
Aspiring Member of Parliament, Simon Belleville knows he should take the pretty prostitute directly to Newgate Gaol. But one glimpse of Christine Tremayne’s lovely, tear splashed face finds him faltering. Staring into her pleading amber eyes, he cannot subdue the sense that she is not at all what she seems. Though her expectations are limited by birth and circumstance, she demonstrates a keen mind and a love of books and learning. Hoping to help her as once he was helped, he assumes the role of her guardian—and tutor. As the heat in their private lessons progresses from a fledgling spark to full flame, Simon allows he has never before been so intrigued—or so tempted.
Here are some more fun historicals that are “almost free” as they’re available for $0.99 now.
Taming the Wild Highlander (The Highlanders) by Terry Spear
Publication Date: March 19, 2013
The Highlanders Book 4
Edana Chattan senses concerns where people she knows could be in danger. When her brothers warn her they’re in trouble, she can’t convince her father to listen to her, so with an escort, she tries to locate them. Separated from her escort during a storm, she is discovered by Angus MacNeill, who is tasked to return her home.
Only Edana has other notions–and convinces him and his companions to allow her to use her abilities to locate her brothers who are manacled in a dungeon somewhere. That leads to a faux marriage and more dungeons and more trouble than Angus had ever thought possible. So why is the bewitching, fiery-haired lass making him think of marrying her for real?
Once Upon a Winter’s Eve (Spindle Cove) by Tessa Dare
Publication Date: November 15, 2011
Some wallflowers bloom at night…
A Spindle Cove Novella
Violet Winterbottom is a quiet girl. She speaks six languages, but seldom raises her voice. She endured bitter heartbreak in perfect silence. The gentlemen aren’t beating down her door.
Until the night of the Spindle Cove Christmas ball, when a mysterious stranger crashes into the ballroom and collapses at Violet’s feet. His coarse attire and near-criminal good looks would put any sensible young lady on her guard. He’s wet, chilled, bleeding, and speaking in an unfamiliar tongue.
Only Violet understands him. And she knows he’s not what he seems.
She has one night to draw forth the secrets of this dangerously handsome rogue. Is he a smuggler? A fugitive? An enemy spy? She needs answers by sunrise, but her captive would rather seduce than confess. To learn his secrets, Violet must reveal hers—and open herself to adventure, passion, and the unthinkable… Love.
Warning: The heroine packs a pistol, the hero curses in multiple languages, and together they steam up a cold winter’s night.
Unlocked (The Turner Series, Book 1.5) by Courtney Milan
Publication Date: May 26, 2011
From New York Times bestselling author Courtney Milan…
A perpetual wallflower destined for spinsterhood, Lady Elaine Warren is resigned to her position in society. So when Evan Carlton, the powerful, popular Earl of Westfeld, singles her out upon his return to England, she knows what it means. Her former tormenter is up to his old tricks, and she’s his intended victim. This time, though, the earl is going to discover that wallflowers can fight back.
Evan has come to regret his cruel, callow past. At first, he only wants to make up for past wrongs. But when Elaine throws his initial apology in his face, he finds himself wanting more. And this time, what torments him might be love…
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PRE-ORDER NOW AND SAVELucky 7 Bad Boys Contemporary Romance Boxed Set looks like an absolutely amazing collection by some of great authors, including Charity Pineiro, Sophia Knightly, Tawny Weber, Nina Bruhns, Susan Hatler, Virna DePaul, and Kristin Miller. Right now, for a limited time, you can pre-order the entire seven book collection for just $0.99. Your eReader will then have a treat in store when these HOT bad boys arrive on 3 March 2014. Who can resist a bad boy? Not me!Lucky 7 Bad Boys Contemporary Romance Boxed Set Get lucky with a bad boy. . . .Whether he’s a rock star, a billionaire, or a playboy magician–whether he wears work boots or a suit and tie–bad boys have one thing in common: how good they can make a woman feel. This contemporary romance boxed set sizzles with SEVEN full-length novels by SEVEN bestselling authors, starring SEVEN unforgettable bad boys who will make you melt.
The Perfect Mix by Charity Pineiro, New York Times Bestselling Author.Contractor Rey Ramos has good looks, brains, money, and a heart of gold. But Rey also has a deep dark secret that could scare off his new client, Bianca Martinez, the woman who has captivated him. Rey isn’t eager to share the ugly reality of his past with Bianca and it would be totally foolish to fall in love with her, but Bianca is too tough to resist. . .
Heart Raider by Sophia Knightly, USA Today Bestselling Author.Stranded together during a rampaging hurricane, hot passion explodes between reclusive billionaire, Nick Cameron, and headstrong reporter, Veronique “Ronnie” Whitcomb. Ronnie is seeking Nick’s exclusive story…a story that could get her killed. Nick will risk his life – and his heart – to keep her alive. Try as he might to deny his feelings for her, keeping Ronnie at arm’s length becomes impossible.
Naughty Vegas Nights by Tawny Weber, USA Today Bestselling Author.Tired of her jinx-cursed love life, Natasha Stover figures the only way to fix it is to get naked and naughty with the guy who ruined her for all others. And Lady Luck is on her side…. A weekend in Sin City being a bad boy’s favorite toy just might be the cure Natasha’s been wishing for.
Warrior’s Bride by Nina Bruhns, International Bestselling Author.Bad boy lawyer Coleton Lonetree never expected to find the love of his life at an Indian powow. But when he takes the beautiful stranger into his arms, he is determined to make her his for all time, and stakes his claim in the most elemental way. The next morning, Rini Herelius finds herself hopelessly in love with her intriguing mystery-man–and pregnant with his child. More than anything she wants to keep him and her baby, but Fate has a way of spinning things out of control…turning heated lovers to passionate enemies.
Driven to Date by Susan Hatler, International Bestselling Author.Jill Parnell is all work and no play until her hard-earned promotion is handed to the boss’s nephew, Ryan Shaw. Ryan is gorgeous, has the office women swooning, and his blasé work attitude drives Jill insane. To get her mind off work and Ryan, she focuses on dating–every man except the one she can’t stop thinking about.
Bedding The Wrong Brother by Virna DePaul, National Bestselling Author.After a bad breakup, Melina enlists her childhood friend Max to tutor her in the art of passion. But she’s in for a surprise when Max’s twin brother Rhys steps up to the challenge…. Both sultry and sweet, this story is rated HHH (“Heat, Heart & HEA”) and involves a bed mix-up, hot identical twins, sex lessons, naughty word games, light restraint, a shy sex bomb who’s afraid she’s boring and a playboy hero determined to prove she’s got everything he’ll ever need.
Crazy in Love by Kristin Miller, National Bestselling Author.Historical inn owner Rachael McCoy has one simple rule: Don’t date guests. Too bad rock star playboy Cole Turner has come into town and is determined to change her mind. After botching his last performance, Cole’s looking for peace and quiet to regain focus, but finds so much more in the shy, but sexy innkeeper.
Ready to get lucky? Grab this fantastic boxed set and prepare to swoon!!
I adore the Gone South series by Alicia Hunter Pace. Right now, all three books in the series are on sale for just $1.99 as part of the Crimson Romance celebration. If you love romances set in the South and friends who support one another through thick or thin, you’ll adore this series too. Book four will be out later this month, so you should scoop these up now and get your Gone South read on!
Read Emsy’s review.
Book 1: Sweet Gone South (Crimson Romance)
Publication Date: November 26, 2012
Chocolatier Lanie Heaven has good friends, a booming business, and the adoration of the citizens of Merritt, Alabama. But she also has a secret. After the devastating breakup with her long time college boyfriend, she lost a baby and the hope of ever having a child – the thing she desires above all else.
Though still grief-stricken eighteen months after the accident that killed his wife and best friend, Judge Luke Avery is lonely for the company of someone other than his three-year-old daughter, Emma.
When Luke moves into the apartment above Lanie’s candy shop, Lanie and Emma fall in love at first sight and Luke finds himself along for the ride. It’s so easy for the three of them to slip into a life as sweet as the candy in Lanie’s shop.
But when Emma calls Lanie “Mommy,” Luke realizes things have gone too far; he has to propose to Lanie or walk away. He isn’t ready for marriage, but engaged isn’t married. Lanie eagerly accepts but as the evidence stacks up, she must accept that Luke’s love is not equal to her own.
Can Luke find a way to slay his demons before the sweet life they have created goes completely south?
Book 2: Scrimmage Gone South (Crimson Romance)
Publication Date: May 13, 2013
Tolly Lee is pearls, debutant balls, and old silver on the breakfast table. She is ashamed of something she did thirteen years ago, but she was only sixteen and she didn’t set out to do it. Still, she should not have led college senior Nathan Scott to think she was his age. She never imagined a football star like him would keep calling her, but it was mostly a long distance relationship and it’s not like they had sex. In the end, she paid for her sins with her heart and she might not be done paying. When she moved to Merritt, Alabama, Nathan had been gone for over a decade. Now that he’s back, and if the good citizens of her adopted hometown learn of her part in costing their hometown hero his chance at an NFL career, she might as well pack up her law practice and move to Siberia.
A sports commentator christened Nathan Scott “The Angel” because of his flawless face and his ability to leap to catch a football, as if he had wings. He still has the face but his leaping days ended when he was injured after going on the football field distracted, only hours after catching the girl of his dreams in a terrible lie. He would never have accepted the job as head football coach of Merritt High if he’d known Tolly had set up shop on Main Street. Not that he still has feelings for her.
But a small town has a way of reviving the past and when common interest in an orphaned teenager forces Tolly and Nathan to agree to an uneasy truce, guilt and old resentments resurface.
With no end zone in sight, their mutual attraction leads to a Scrimmage Gone South.
Book 2.5: Take Me Out (Collection / Crimson Romance)
Publication Date: October 28, 2013
The crack of the bat, the roar of the crowd . . . Four rising star authors celebrate the love of the game with these sweet and seductive baseball romances.
Trade Off by Elley Arden: Traded and jaded, catcher Ben Border is considering stepping out from behind the plate. Then he runs into former flame Scarlett Dare. Turns out the sexy marketing executive still sends him into a fever pitch. But is she willing to trade Fortune 500 success for a happily ever after?
Slugger Gone South by Alicia Hunter Pace: When New York Yankee Marc MacNeal comes to Merritt, Alabama, for a charity golf tournament, he’s shocked to be reunited with his ex-fiancee Bailey Watkins. It could be the perfect chance to get some long-awaited closure—or the start of a whole new ball game . . .
That Ol’ Team Spirit by Bea Moon: Someone’s haunting the Sharks’ stadium and creating some major league mischief. So psychic Peg Noonan and her granddaughter Trish are determined to discover who’s menacing their concessions stand. With the help of Trish’s high school love, sportswriter Rob Hanks, they just might have a ghost of a (second) chance.
Safe at Home by Leslie P. Garcia: Amanda Warner hates baseball, but knows it’ll take a swing for the fences to save her dad’s hardware store. Hoping his star power will bring the crowds in, she sets her sights on Scorpions’ All-Star Josh “Hotstuff” Arrevalos brings unexpected surprises. But is her heart ready to play ball again?
Book 3: Simple Gone South (Crimson Romance)
Publication Date: November 4, 2013
The last time Brantley Kincaid had an argument with someone, he was eighteen years old – and he regrets it like he will never regret anything again. If only he had not balked at going to pick up his grandfather that day, his mother would not have driven into the path of a truck and there would be two fewer graves in Merritt Cemetery. Though a frequent visitor, he hasn’t lived in Merritt since burying his mother and grandfather. But now he’s coming back and it might not be so easy to hide behind his wit and charisma.
Outwardly, interior designer Lucy Mead is a beautiful, confident professional. Inside, she’s the friendless, overweight girl who spent her life following her archeologist parents all over the globe. And who could forget those teenage years of turmoil and unrequited love? It would have been kinder if Brantley had not known she was alive rather than treating her like Robin to his Batman. She carries the humiliation to this day.
Their friends and Brantley’s family are delighted when he sets his sights on Lucy, though Lucy isn’t so sure. She cannot deny the attraction, but something is wrong. Does he really love her, or does he see her as a refuge and another way to run from his grief?
If she can’t find answers, what could be a simple, sweet life might go completely south.
All this month, CRIMSON PUBLISHING, is offering many of its titles for just $1.99. That’s right MOST Crimson titles are ON SALE NOW. Just click here to access the list that includes all types of romances – contemporary, paranormal, and historical!
I love Kresley Cole’s historical romance titles and have collected the entire MacCarrick Brothers series. This is book three in the trilogy and it’s not on sale often (if at all), so snap it up while you can!
If You Deceive by Kresley Cole
Publication Date: May 22, 2007
Ethan MacCarrick was a heartbreakingly handsome rake until a powerful nobleman ordered him brutally beaten and his face scarred for a crime he didn’t commit. Ethan’s reprisal — bankrupting the nobleman and forcing his exile — does little to appease his wrath. Ten years later, a haughty, mysterious beauty enchants Ethan — the daughter of his enemy. At last, Ethan will have the revenge he’s craved; he’ll promise her marriage, seduce her, then cast her aside.
When Madeleine van Rowen’s family was suddenly plunged into destitution and dishonor, she steeled herself against further heartache. She never weakened, never trusted, until a towering, scarred Highlander relentlessly pursues her, breaking down her defenses.
At what price forgiveness?
The passion between them burns hotter than Ethan’s fury, and soon he finds he can’t let her go. But when Madeleine uncovers the truth about him, can Ethan convince her to accept all he now offers — when he once destroyed everything she had?
Did you join The Hollows Read-Along with Kim Harrison Goodreads? You should definitely check it out if you’re a fan or have an interest in this series. It’s great to connect with the other readers – and learn more about your favorite characters! Right now you can purchase book 9 in the the series for just $1.99.
Read Emsy’s review
Pale Demon (Hollows) by Kim Harrison
Publication Date: February 22, 2011
New York Times bestselling urban fantasy superstar Kim Harrison is back with Pale Demon—her ninth electrifying adventure featuring contemporary witch Rachel Morgan. This time Rachel’s leaving the Hollows, on a cross-country road trip with a pixy, an elf, and a vampire, as she races to clear her blackened name at a California witches’ convention in order to avoid an eternity of torment at the claws of a soul-devouring demon. Pale Demon is Kim Harrison at her gothic best—combining mystery, action, intrigue, paranormal romance, and breathtaking dark fantasy in a delicious witches’ brew that fans of Laurell K. Hamilton, Charlaine Harris, Stephenie Meyer, and Jim Butcher simply will not be able to resist.