by Joyce Lamb)
This week was chock full of awesome new romances. Just in case you missed them, here are some highlights to cuddle up with this weekend …
One of a Kind by Michelle Monkou. Acting CEO Dana Meadows is being groomed to one day take over her family's multimillion-dollar empire. She doesn't need a perfectionist executive coach to take her through the paces…even if he's the sexiest hunk she's ever laid eyes on. But Kent Fraser isn't taking no for an answer. Kent's orders were clear: transform Dana into an inspirational leader who sets an example for her employees. But is the fiercely independent heiress apparent tough enough to become a media mogul? And is Kent strong enough to resist the desire that's flowing between them? A tempting passion that could turn their collaboration into a partnership for life….
The MacGregor's Lady by Grace Burrowes. MacGregor Series. The last thing Asher MacGregor, newly titled Earl of Balfour, wants is a society wife, though he has agreed to squire Boston heiress Hannah Cooper about the London ballrooms. When he's met that obligation, he'll return to the Highlands, and resume the myriad responsibilities awaiting him there. At her step-father's insistence, Hannah Cooper must endure a London season, though she has no intention of surrendering her inheritance to a fortune hunter. When she's done her duty, she'll return to Boston and the siblings who depend upon her for their safety... or will she? The taciturn Scottish earl suits her purposes admirably-until genuine liking and unexpected passion bring Asher and Hannah close. For if the Scottish earl and the American heiress fall in love, an ocean of differences threatens to keep them apart.
Be with Me: A Novel by Jennifer L. Armentrout. Teresa Hamilton is having a rough year—she's in love with her big brother's best friend, but he hasn't spoken to her since they shared a truly amazing, mind-blowing, life-changing kiss. Then she got out of a terrible relationship. Now an injury is threatening to end her dance career for good. It's time for plan B: college. And maybe she'll have a chance to convince Jase that what they have together is real. Jase Winstead has a huge secret that he's not telling anyone—especially not his best friend's incredibly beautiful sister. Even though he and Teresa shared the hottest kiss of his life, he knows that his responsibilities must take priority. He certainly doesn't have time for a relationship. But it doesn't help that all he can think about is kissing the one girl who could ruin everything for him.
High Seduction by Vivian Arend. As the chopper pilot for the elite Lifeline search-and-rescue team, Erin Tate is used to handling power. Calling the shots in the air is one thing—in the bedroom it leaves her cold. What she wants is a man strong enough to strip away her control. Paramedic Timothy Dextor has a wild card reputation, and the dark appetites to prove it. The only thing missing is a woman he can share them with. Landing a position on the Lifeline squad puts his old flame back within reach. He already knows what Erin needs, and this time he's not letting her go. But when an emergency throws Erin and Timothy together in unanticipated ways, the stakes are raised—on the job and off. Now they'll both discover the real meaning of control…and the risks that come from falling in love.
"All You Need Is Love" by Marie Force.(Photo: Berkley)
All You Need Is Love: Green Mountain Book One by Marie Force. When Cameron Murphy heads to Vermont to build a website for a new client, she imagines a more relaxing trip than she gets. After wrecking her car by colliding with the town moose, she meets the most handsome hero she's ever seen. Unfortunately, her savior, Will Abbott, is also the son of her client—and he wants nothing to do with the new website or the city girl creating it. For all Will cares, Cameron can march her fancy boots right out of town and out of his family's business. But he can't seem to get her out of his head. As his family's dispute heats up, so does the chemistry between the two, leaving them wondering if simple is better after all—especially when it comes to matters of the heart.
Do or Die by Suzanne Brockmann. Navy SEAL Ian Dunn went rogue in a big way when he turned his talents to a lawless life of jewel heists and con jobs. Or so the world has been led to believe. In reality, the former Special Ops warrior is still fighting for good, leading a small band of freelance covert operatives who take care of high-stakes business in highly unofficial ways. That makes Ian the hands-down choice when the U.S. government must breach a heavily guarded embassy and rescue a pair of children kidnapped by their own father, a sinister foreign national willing to turn his kids into casualties. Shockingly, Ian passes on the mission for reasons he will not—or cannot—reveal. But saying no is not an option. Especially not for Phoebe Kruger, Ian's beautiful and unexpectedly brash new attorney. Determined to see the abducted children set free, Phoebe not only gets Ian on board but insists on riding shotgun on his Mission: Impossible–style operation, whether he likes it or not.
Scream for Me by Cynthia Eden. They were only supposed to have a professional relationship, but FBI agent Kyle McKenzie has been fantasizing about his sexy partner, Cadence Hollow, from the moment they first moment. It takes the darkest case of their careers to finally bring their hidden desire bubbling to the surface. Once they're in each other's arms, though, they swear that nothing short of death will part them. The Night Hunter—a cunning stalker whose four-state, fifteen-year abduction spree began in Paradox, Alabama, with Kyle's sister—may be only too happy to oblige. In the small town, Kyle must confront the painful past he's been hiding from Cadence. Kyle vows to put the Hunter behind bars…or in the ground. But the one thing that obsesses Kyle more than his sister's grim fate—his furious love for Cadence—is the weapon the Hunter will use to lure his pursuers into the mouth of a murderous trap.
His Love Match by Shirley Hailstock. Wedding planner Diana Greer still believes in happily-ever-after. She's just given up finding her own dream man. Until an internet dating site matches her up with her ideal mate. In college, Scott Thomas was the big man on campus—arrogant and full of himself. So why is one kiss from the high-flying bachelor making Diana's toes curl? A failed trip to the altar has cured Scott of believing in storybook endings. So he's stunned when someone meets his unattainable requirements for romance. But Diana isn't ready to trust him. And then Scott unveils his secret. Now Diana wonders if she'll forever plan strangers' weddings and never her own….
Letting Go by Maya Banks. The hotly anticipated first book in the Surrender Trilogy about three couples exploring BDSM relationships. This first book follows the story of young widow Josselyn Breckenridge as she decides to confront her submissive desires and finds that her late husband's best friend is the man who wants more than anything to possess her.
"Melting the Ice" by Jaci Burton.(Photo: Berkley)
Melting the Ice by Jaci Burton. New Play-by-Play novel. Everything's coming together for budding fashion designer Carolina Preston. Only months away from having her own line, she could use some publicity. That's when her brother suggests his best friend as a model—hockey player Drew Hogan. Carolina and Drew already have a history—a hot one, back in college. Unforgettable for Carolina, but for Drew, just another slap shot. This time, though, it's different. His perfect body would be for professional use only. This time, she could use him. Drew is all for it. He's looking forward to the exposure. Plus, it would give him a chance to prove to Carolina that he's changed. If only he could thaw her emotions, convince her to let down her guard and let him in just one more time…
Sinfully Yours by Cara Elliott. Though her plots might be full of adventure and passion, Anna Sloane would much prefer to leave such exploits on the page rather than experience them in real life…until she encounters the darkly dissolute—and gorgeously charming—Marquess of Davenport, a fellow guest at a remote Scottish castle. A series of mysterious threats leave the notorious rake no choice but to turn to her for help in stopping a dangerous conspiracy. As desire erupts between them, Davenport learns he's not the only one hiding his true talents—and he's more than ready to show Anna that sometimes reality can be even better than her wildest imaginings.
Kaleidoscope by Kristen Ashley. Sexy, gifted, and loyal, PI Jacob Decker has had Emmanuelle Holmes at "hello." His relationship with Emme's best friend kept them apart for yours, but things have changed. A case has brought him to Gnaw Bone, CO and the road is wide open for Emme and Deck to explore something hotter and deeper than Emme dreamed possible. But a dark chapter from Emme's past overshadows their future together. Now only Deck can help her turn the page—if she'll let him…
Night's Promise: The Children of the Night by Amanda Ashley. First in a new series. New York Times bestselling author Amanda Ashley, one of the originators of the vampire romance, introduces the next generation of Children of the Night with Derek Blackwood, the son of the infamous Mara, in a tale the will satisfy her large and loyal following.
Haunt Me by Heather Long. Recently divorced author MacKenzie Dillon has lost her writing mojo. When she inherits her great aunt's haunted house in Virginia, she is determined to make a new start. The creepy old house provides inspiration but at what cost? Successful architect and paranormal skeptic Justin Kent returns to Penny Hollow to fulfill his father's dying wish of revitalizing their small town. To do that, he needs the allegedly haunted estate at Summerfield. Mac, the new owner, may be gorgeous and spunky, but she refuses to sell. These two have a dangerous history that spans the ages, but will they discover the truth in time to save their lives?
"A Sweetheart for Jude Fortune" by Cindy Kirk.(Photo: Harlequin)
A Sweetheart for Jude Fortune by Cindy Kirk. Playboy rancher Jude Fortune Jones is convinced he has met the Woman He Is Going to Marry. (Again, his brothers tease.) But when petite brunette beauty Gabriella Mendoza arrives in Horseback Hollow, Jude knows he will never be the same. Keep things light, Gabi tells herself. She is in no position to think about settling down, particularly with the hopeless-romantic cowboy. As a heart-transplant recipient, she has plenty of reasons to avoid getting too intimate with Jude—plenty of reasons to feel less than worthy of his love. How can she trust that the flirtatious Fortune is playing for keeps?
Celebration's Family by Nancy Robards Thompson. Liam Thayer would do anything for his twin daughters and for his beloved hospital. But a bachelor auction for the new children's wing was out of the question for the dignified doctor! He 'd already lost the love of his life. Why try again? Until he finally caved, no thanks to a pushy event planner. Rigging the auction to win his date was a piece of cake for organizer Kate Macintyre. Resisting the handsome doctor? A problem she hadn't expected! And as their fake romance slowly turned to real love, no dollar amount could keep Kate from wishing for a happily-ever-after with Liam and his children….
Special Delivery by Heidi Cullinan. Special Delivery, Book 1. Sam Keller knows he'll never find the excitement he craves in Middleton, Iowa—not while he's busting his ass in nursing school and paying rent by slaving away in a pharmacy stockroom. Then Sam meets Mitch Tedsoe, an independent, long-haul trucker who makes a delivery to a shop across the alley. Innocent flirting quickly leads to a fling, and when Mitch offers to take him on a road trip west, Sam jumps at the chance for adventure. Mitch is sexy, funny and friendly, but once they embark on their journey, something changes. One minute he's the star of Sam's every x-rated fantasy, the next he's almost too much a perfect gentleman. And when they hit the Las Vegas city limit, Sam has a name to pin on Mitch's malady: Randy.
Saving Quinton by Jessica Sorensen. Nova Reed can't forget him—Quinton Carter, the boy who made her realize she deserved more than an empty life. While she's been coming to terms with her past and healing, Quinton is out there somewhere, sinking deeper. She's determined to find him and help him—but Quinton knows he must keep her away, to maintain his self-imposed punishment for the unforgiveable things he's done. There's just one flaw in his plan: Nova isn't going anywhere…
Song of the Fireflies by J.A. Redmerski. Brayelle Bates's wild and carefree spirit has always intimidated everyone around her…except her best friend, Elias Kline. Bray tried to resist the pull of their bond, but now she's back and things have never felt more right—until one night changes everything. As the two try to make the most of their circumstance, Elias soon realizes there's a darkness driving Bray he can't ignore. Now in order to save her, he'll have to convince Bray to accept the consequences of their reality—even if it means losing her.
The Curl Up and Dye
"The Curl Up & Dye" by Sharon Sala.(Photo: Sourcebooks)
The Curl Up and Dye by Sharon Sala. Eleven years ago, LilyAnn Bronte was the Peachy-Keen Queen of Blessings, Georgia—the prettiest, smartest, and most popular girl in town, going steady with the star quarterback, a high school career on the fast track to success. Then Randy Joe was killed in Iraq, and somehow LilyAnn just let herself go to seed. Ruby, Mabel Jean, Vera, and Vesta of the Curl Up and Dye have been itching to give LilyAnn a makeover, but she knows it would make more than a new hairstyle for her to get her life back. Until one fateful day, when a handsome stranger roars into town, and LilyAnn has a revelation. Maybe the best is yet to come...
A Daughter's Homecoming by Ginny Aiken. Gabriella Carlini loves her family. But when she returns to Lyndon Point, Washington, to help save their restaurant, she's not sure she's the right person for the job. She's spent her adult life avoiding her heritage. What she needs is a new chef to take the heat off her. Talented and experienced, Zachary Davenport seems to be the answer to her prayers. But he's also a handsome complication. Gabi has always put love on the back burner. Will Zach show her that love and family should always be on the menu?
Ashes & Alchemy (The Gaslight Chronicles) by Cindy Spencer Pape. London, 1860. Police inspector Sebastian Brown served Queen and country in India before returning to England to investigate supernatural crimes. If his wifeless, childless life feels empty sometimes, that's not too great a price to pay in the name of duty. Minerva Shaw is desperately seeking a doctor when she mistakenly lands on Sebastian's doorstep. Her daughter Ivy has fallen gravely ill with a mysterious illness responsible for taking the lives of many of Ivy's classmates. Seb sniffs a case, and taking in Minnie and Ivy seems the only way to protect them while he solves it. But as mother and daughter work their way into his heart and Seb uses every magical and technological resource he can muster to uncover the source of the plague, it's he who will need protecting—from emotions he'd thought buried long ago.