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Sunday Spotlight: The Dark Highlander by Karen Marie Moning

Posted March 5, 2017 by Rowena in Features | 5 Comments

Sunday Spotlight is a feature we started in 2016. Each week, we will spotlight a book we’re excited about or love to death. We’ll be posting quotes and being total fangirls. You’ve been warned. 🙂

Sunday Spotlight

This week’s Sunday Spotlight is a book that is near and dear to my heart. It’s also a book that all of my sisters are reading right now and because of that, it’s been on my radar. Each of my sisters have loved this book and they all have good taste so of course this book is going to be featured.

The Dark Highlander is the fifth book in Karen Marie Moning’s Highlanders series and it follows the second MacKeltar twin Dageus MacKeltar. Here’s his book information:


The Dark Highlander (Highlanders #5) by Karen Marie Moning
Released on October 1, 2002 by Dell

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Journey to a world of ancient magic, breathtaking sensuality, thrilling time-travel…. Journey to the world of The Dark Highlander. Crisscrossing the continents and the centuries, here is a novel as gripping as it is sensual—an electrifying adventure that will leave you breathless….

I am Dageus MacKeltar, a man with one good conscience and thirteen bad ones, driven to sate my darkest desires…

From his penthouse lair high above Manhattan, Dageus looks out over a glittering city that calls to the darkness within him. A sixteenth-century Scot trapped between worlds, he is fighting a losing battle with the thirteen Druids who possess his soul, dooming him to an eternity of sexual pursuit. When Chloe Zanders, student of antiquities, is drawn into his world, she finds the insatiable alpha male an irresistible lure.Before long, she is caught up in an ancient prophecy that will sweep her back into time to medieval Scotland. Plunged into a world of timeless magic and dark seduction, she will soon face the challenge of a lifetime: fighting thirteen evil spirits for the heart of one irresistible man….

It’s been a long time since I read this book for the first time but boy do I remember that first reading experience well. I was obsessed with all things Highlanders and the MacKeltars were my jam. I loved every single book in this series for the sheer escapism it gave me. Time traveling druids who loved big and loved hard.

I didn’t think I’d love anyone more than I loved Drustan (or Thrustin’ Drustan as he’s known in my book club, ha!) but then I got to the end of his book and read his twin brother Dageus’ letter and boy was I a goner. There as no going back for me. I inhaled Drustan’s book and I adored everyone but I loved Dageus. I loved him for his sacrifice, for the love he had for his family. Especially his brother. I can’t imagine giving everything up the way that Dageus did just so his brother can have his shot at true love.

Going into his book, I was curious to see who he’d fall in love with and his Chloe was a pretty great fit for him. She loved her artifacts and damn did she love her some Dageus. His darkness, his struggle, she loved all of him and their story was another passionate and wonderfully romantic story that I fell in love with.

I won’t lie…I’ll never hear this song without thinking of Dageus.

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Memorable Quotes

He even moved like an animal, fluid strength and surety. And all the devil ever wants in exchange, a small voice said warningly, is a soul.

Oh, puh-lease, Chloe rebuked herself sternly. He’s a man, nothing more. A big, beautiful, sometimes scary man, but that’s all.

Graceful as a stalking tiger, the big, beautiful, scary man dropped into a crouch on the ground before her, his dark eyes glinting in the shadowy night. They knelt mere inches apart. When he spoke, his words were painstakingly articulated, as if speaking was an immense effort. His words were carefully spaced, tight, coming in rushes, with pauses between.

“I will give you every artifact I own. If you kiss me and ask no questions.”

“Huh?” Chloe gaped.

“No questions,” he hissed. He shook his head violently, as if trying to scatter something from it.

He can have all of my kisses without question.

“Keltar mates ne’er come easily to their men. Some travel distances too vast and strange to fathom, others travel but a short path, though a far distance in their hearts. Most resist every step of the way, yet for each Keltar, one woman will make that journey. ’Tis up to the Keltar to claim her.”

Oh, to be a Keltars mate.

“He was waiting, one strong hand outstretched. She had no idea what he was doing, or where he thought he was going. He was asking her to say “yes” without knowing. He was asking for that leap of faith Gwen had warned her about. For the second time in less than forty-eight hours, the man was asking her to throw all caution to the wind and leap with him, trusting that he wouldn’t let her fall.”

I’d leap anywhere for Dageus. Ha!

“A woman had to be kissed by Dageus MacKeltar to fully understand how devastating it was. How it could bring a woman to her knees.”

Well…hot damn.

Chloe-lass:

If I’m not here with you now, I’m beyond this life, for ’tis the only way I’ll ever let you go.

I hoped I loved you well, sweet, for I know even now that you are my brightest shining star. I knew it the moment I saw you. Ah, lass, you so adore your artifacts. This thief covets but one priceless treasure: You.

Dageus

Gah, his letter writing is second to none. I heart him so dang much.

If you haven’t read this book, you should fix that because there are hot druids, steamy romances and a whole lot of fabulous storytelling going on. It’s not to be missed. Want to try the series, check out the reading order below.

Happy reading!

Highlanders Series

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About the Author

Karen Marie Moning

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Karen Marie Moning is the #1 NYT bestselling author of the Fever Series and Highlander novels.

An alum of the Immaculate Conception Academy, at seventeen she attended Purdue University where she completed a BA in Society & Law, with minors in Philosophy, Creative Writing and Theatre, while working full time as a bartender and computer consultant. She intended to go to law school but after an internship with a firm of Criminal Attorneys, decided against it. For the next decade, she worked in insurance, where she wrote intercompany arbitrations and directed commercial litigation. At the age of thirty, she decided it was time to get serious and do what she’d always wanted to do: write fiction novels.

Beyond the Highland Mist was published in 1999 and nominated for two RITA awards. She then published six more novels in her award-winning HIGHLANDER series, and received the RITA Award in 2001 for The Highlander’s Touch.

In 2004, she began writing the #1 New York Times bestselling FEVER series. The books have been optioned twice for potential franchise development by Twentieth Century Fox and DreamWorks Studios, but the rights are currently held by Moning who has expressed a desire to one day see it as a television series. Her novels have been published in over thirty countries. She divides her time between Ohio and Florida and is working on two future projects for Random House Publishing.

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What Are You Reading? (321)

Posted March 3, 2017 by Casee in Features | 5 Comments

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Casee: I’ve been glomming Elle Kennedy’s Killer Instincts series. I am loving this series. I’m currently on book five, Midnight Captive. I’m only a chapter or so in, but it promises to be as good as the last few. My favorite book has been Midnight Games. I’m going to have a lot of reading time over the next few days and I can’t wait!

Holly: I had a pretty good reading week. I read Pipe Dreams by Sarina Bowen. It’s the best of the series so far, I think. I really loved Lauren and Mike. Red Wolf by Jennifer Ashley was good. Not my favorite book of the series, but still good. I re-read The Will by Kristen Ashley and Match Me If You Can by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. I tried to read Ice Wolf by Jane Godman, but I couldn’t get into it. I think this is a case of me and not the book. I’m going to go back to it at some point in the near future.

Rowena: I had a pretty strong reading week and I’m so glad because I haven’t been in the mood to pick up any books the last couple of weeks. So far, all of the books I read were solid reads. I read Archangels Kiss by Nalini Singh, Havoc by Jamie Shaw, Off the Ice by Julie Cross, When the Marquess Falls by Lorraine Heath and now I’m reading Isn’t She Lovely by Lauren Layne.

All of the books that I read this week were good but my favorite of the bunch is definitely Isn’t She Lovely by Lauren Layne. This book has me cracking up and sighing all over the damn place and I love that on Lauren Layne’s Pinterest profile, she’s got a board for each of her books that shows her inspiration behind the characters, certain aspects of the book and all of that because I can totally see Stephanie Kendrick as…Anna Kendrick and Chace Crawford is the perfect Ethan Price. Stephanie and Ethan have big time chemistry and I love their witty banter. Gah, Lauren Layne is my favorite. After this, I’m jumping right into Broken by Lauren Layne because it’s the next book in Layne’s Redemption series and I’m anxious for it.

What are you reading this week? Any new favorites or books that drove you crazy? Share!

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Monthly Reads: February 2017

Posted March 2, 2017 by Casee in Features, Giveaways | 8 Comments

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Casee: I loved February. I had a lot of time to read and I read some wonderful books. I glommed Lexi Blake’s Masters and Mercenaries series at the beginning of the month and I’m glomming Elle Kennedy’s Killer Instinct series right now. Both of them are amazing! I read 15 books in February, which is a record for me.

  1. Submission is Not Enough by Lexi Blake | 4.25 out of 5
  2. Dungeon Royale by Lexi Blake | 4.5 out of 5
  3. A View to Thrill by Lexi Blake | 4 out of 5
  4. You Only Love Twice by Lexi Blake | 4 out of 5
  5. Master No by Lexi Blake | 4.25 out of 5
  6. The Men With the Golden Cuffs by Lexi Blake | 3.5 out of 5
  7. The Secret by Julie Garwood (reread) | 5 out of 5
  8. Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh (reread) | 4.75 out of 5
  9. Silver Silence by Nalini Singh | 4.25 out of 5
  10. A Cold Dark Place by Toni Anderson | 3.75 out of 5
  11. Midnight Rescue by Elle Kennedy | 3.75 out of 5
  12. Midnight Alias by Elle Kennedy | 4 out of 5
  13. Midnight Games by Elle Kennedy | 4.25 out of 5
  14. Midnight Pursuits by Elle Kennedy | 4.25 out of 5
  15. After Midnight by Elle Kennedy | 3.75 out of 5.

Lexi Blake was definitely my favorite author of the month, though Elle Kennedy is definitely right up there. Of course Silver Silence is definitely is at the top of my list, too. There are just too many to pick a favorite.

Holly: I struggled to read anything during the first part of February. Life has been crazy buys lately. Thankfully my reading picked up the last two weeks of the month. I managed to read 13 books.

  1. Flirting Under a Full Moon by Ashlyn Chase | DNF
  2. Archangel’s Kiss by Nalini Singh (re-read) | 4 out of 5
  3. Match Me If You Can by Susan Elizabeth Phillips (re-read) | 4 out of 5
  4. Wild Embrace by Nalini Singh | 4.25 out of 5
  5. Devil in Spring by Lisa Kleypas | 4.5 out of 5
  6. Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs | 4 out of 5
  7. Games of the Heart by Kristen Ashley (re-read) | 4 out of 5
  8. Pipe Dreams by Sarina Bowen | 4.25 out of 5
  9. Silver Silence by Nalini Singh | 4.25 out of 5
  10. Bound Together by Christine Feehan | 3.75 out of 5
  11. Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh | 4.75 out of 5
  12. Caressed by Ice by Nalini Singh (re-read) | 4.5 out of 5
  13. The Bear Who Loved Me by Kathy Lyons | DNF

My favorite reads of the month were Silver Silence by Nalini Singh and Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs, though Pipe Dreams and Devil in Spring are close behind them. My least favorite read was Flirting Under a Full Moon. That book was beyond ridiculous. I couldn’t even finish it.

Rowena: I didn’t have a really good reading month and I blame that on basketball. Basketball was well under way in February with League and then Play-off disappointments, all of that factored into my reading slump. I did read some books and the quality of those books were pretty high so that makes me happy.

Here’s what I read last month:

  1. Act Like It by Lucy Parker | 4 out of 5
  2. Pretty Face by Lucy Parker | 4.25 out of 5
  3. Good Boy by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy | 4.25 out of 5
  4. Faking It by Jennifer Crusie (re-read) | DNF
  5. Silver Silence by Nalini Singh | 4.25 out of 5
  6. Archangels Kiss by Nalini Singh | 4 out of 5

My favorite reads of the month go to Silver Silence by Nalini Singh, Pretty Face by Lucy Parker and Good Boy by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy. All of those books were fabulous reads and I already want to re-read all of them. I won’t because I’m falling behind on my review pile again but I want to. 🙂

My least favorite read is a re-read that I just could not get into and that was Faking It by Jennifer Crusie. I remember reading it years and years ago and not loving it but I remember liking it okay. This time around, I couldn’t even finish it because I was so bored.

This month we’re giving away:

Midnight Games by Elle Kennedy
Good Boy by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy
Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs

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Good Boy by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy
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Books to Binge On: March 2017

Posted March 1, 2017 by Casee in Features | 4 Comments

Books to Binge On


Bound Together by Christine Feehan.

For five years, Viktor Prakenskii has put his life on hold to take down the world’s most feared motorcycle club from the inside. But carrying out the insane violence and seeing their exploitation of the innocent has brought his traumatic past roaring back. And there’s only one cure. To see the wife he left behind…

Blythe Daniels never thought she’d see Viktor again—after he murdered her stepfather and left without a word. She rebuilt her life without him, becoming a personal trainer and physical therapist…becoming strong enough for others to lean on. But when Viktor comes back to Sea Haven, he’ll make Blythe question everything she thought she knew about good and evil—and the dark desires of the heart…

Casee: Viktor Prakenskii…the most elusive of the Parkenskii’s. I heart him.

Holly: I’m sad this series is coming to an end.


Wake a Sleeping Tiger by Lora Leigh.

Once, he was Judd—Bengal Breed and brother to the notorious fugitive Gideon.
After Gideon disappeared, Judd was experimented on until his tortured body knew nothing but agony.

Now he is Cullen Maverick, serving as the commander of the Covert Law Enforcement Agency in the small community of Window Rock, Arizona. Despite his genetics, Cullen is able to pass as human because his Bengal traits are recessed. But he lacks the abiliby to smell the emotions, bonds and fears that other Breeds take for granted. He remains tormented that he wasn’t able to mate the woman he loved—at the cost of her life.

He’s just a man. The genetics of the animal he was created to possess are forever silent, leaving no hint of the Breed he should have been. Or so he thinks. But his tiger is about to be awakened by the one woman destined to be his—Chelsea Martinez. And their world will never be the same…

Casee: The Breed series is the only series of Lora Leigh’s that I read anymore. I really enjoy it.


For His Eyes Only by Lexi Blake.

A night he can’t forget

Five years ago, Nick Markovic found himself consumed by his quest for vengeance. The one time he managed to find peace was in the arms of Hayley Dalton. Being with her was like bathing in sunlight, and he ached to feel that again, but he couldn’t. He gave his oath to Hayley’s cousin Desiree, his partner at McKay-Taggart and Knight, that he’d never let his darkness infect Hayley’s innocent world.

A spark she can’t put out

It was years before that Hayley offered everything she had to Nick. After that one amazing night, all she wanted was to be his forever. Unfortunately, Nick’s reaction was to walk away from her and never look back. The warm and caring man she’d discovered was gone, and after Des’s death, he’d only grown colder. But when Hayley finds herself in mortal danger, she’s forced to seek protection from the man who broke her heart.

A flame that threatens to consume them both

Haunted by the women he failed, Nick can’t allow himself to grow close to Hayley again. Running to stay ahead of the powerful forces that endanger their lives, they travel from the lush Garden in London to the glittering lights of Rio. As the threat against her becomes clearer, he realizes that to keep her safe he must confront the demons from his past, even if it costs him a future with the woman he loves.

Casee: I adore this series. Adore it.


Unwritten (Woodlands #5) by Jen Frederick.

After years of trying to hit it big with his band, Adam Rees’ dream is finally about to come true. A new lead singer brings with him a hot tour invite, but with a catch—his sister has to come with them. Despite an off-limits edict, Adam is instantly attracted the smart and beautiful Landry. But if he wants to claim his woman, it might be at the expense of all his ambitions.

Landry Olsen has had success at every stage of her life, except when it comes to men. She’s put her heart on the shelf, but one look at Adam and she’s a goner. The hot rocker heats her from the inside out, and she wants him as much as he wants her. The only thing standing in their way of their happiness is Landry’s brother—she ruined his musical hopes before, and she won’t do it again. Even if it means saying no to the one guy who makes her believe in love again.

There’s no fruit more tempting than the forbidden kind…

Rowena: I can’t believe we’re finally getting Adam’s book. I feel like I’ve been waiting forever and three days for it. That said, I’m super happy to finally get some one on one time with Adam. It’s been a while since I read the other books but I could have sworn that Adam was tatted up and real rock and roll bad boy with a heart of gold. Where’s this guy’s tattoos? Still, I’m looking forward to digging into this one.


The Deep End (Honey #1) by Kristen Ashley.

Enter a decadent sensual world where gorgeous alpha males are pleasure slaves committed to fulfilling a woman’s every desire. At the elite Honey club, no boundary will be left untested, and one’s darkest desires will become a sensual reality.

Olivier isn’t sure what he’s gotten himself into when he joins the Honey Club, only that a dark part of him craves the lifestyle offered by this secret, exclusive club.

When Amèlie invites Olivier to surrender, she pushes him to explore his deepest desires as a submissive. As they grow closer and find themselves falling harder than either of them anticipated, the truth about Olivier’s past could threaten the budding relationship they both long for.

Gripping and seductive, The Deep End is the first book in a sensational new series from bestselling author Kristen Ashley.

Rowena: Hmm, normally I wouldn’t be interested in a Honey club but this book is a Kristen Ashley book and she’s won me over countless times so I’m pretty sure I’ll be reading this one. It’s on my wish list anyway.

Holly: I’m on the fence about this series. I’m not sure how I feel about the BDSM aspect of it. But let’s not joke, we all know I’m going to buy it.


100 Hours by Rachel Vincent.

A decadent spring break getaway on an exotic beach becomes a terrifying survival story when six Miami teens are kidnapped and ransomed.

Maddie is beyond done with her cousin Genesis’s entitled and shallow entourage. Genesis is so over Miami’s predictable social scene with its velvet ropes, petty power plays, and backstabbing boyfriends.

While Maddie craves family time for spring break, Genesis seeks novelty—like a last-minute getaway to an untouched beach in Colombia. And when Genesis wants something, it happens.

But paradise has its price. Dragged from their tents under the cover of dark, Genesis, Maddie, and their friends are kidnapped and held for ransom deep inside the jungle—with no diva left behind. It all feels so random to everyone except Genesis. She knows they were targeted for a reason. And that reason is her.

Now, as the hours count down, only one thing’s for certain: If the Miami hostages can’t set aside their personal problems, no one will make it out alive.

Rowena: Ooh, this sounds like a basket full of drama and I’m low key here for it. This book is definitely on my wish list for this month.


Things I Should Have Known by Claire LaZebnik.

From the author of Epic Fail comes the story of Chloe Mitchell, a Los Angeles girl on a quest to find love for her autistic sister, Ivy. Ethan, from Ivy’s class, seems like the perfect match. It’s unfortunate that his older brother, David, is one of Chloe’s least favorite people, but Chloe can deal, especially when she realizes that David is just as devoted to Ethan as she is to Ivy.

Uncommonly honest and refreshingly funny, this is a story about sisterhood, autism, and first love. Chloe, Ivy, David, and Ethan, who form a quirky and lovable circle, will steal readers’ hearts and remind us all that it’s okay to be a different kind of normal.

Rowena: This sounds like such a cute story and I’m very interested in seeing Chloe and David fall for each other at the same time that Chloe is trying to hook her sister up with his brother. I’ve been wanting to read a contemporary YA for a little while now and this one definitely sounds like something I would enjoy.


Every Little Thing (Hart’s Boardwalk #2) by Samantha Young.

Hartwell, Delaware—the perfect place to get away from it all, and find what you never knew you needed…

Bailey Hartwell has many reasons to feel content—her successful business, a close circle of friends, and her steady boyfriend…even if their romance feels staid after ten years without a serious commitment. The only challenge in her life comes in the form of sexy businessman Vaughn Tremaine. She thinks the ex-New Yorker acts superior and that he considers her a small-town nobody. But when Bailey’s blindsided by a betrayal, she’s shocked to discover Vaughn is actually a decent guy.

Vaughn admires Bailey’s free spirit, independence, and loyalty. As his passion for her has grown, his antagonism toward her has only worsened. Every little thing Bailey does seduces him. But when Vaughn’s painful emotional past makes him walk away in fear he will hurt her, it opens an old wound in Bailey, and she uncharacteristically retreats.

Once Vaughn begins to realize he’s made the biggest mistake of his life, he has no choice but to fight like he’s never fought before to convince Bailey that the love they’ve found together only comes around once in a lifetime.

Rowena: I’ve been curious about this series before the first book came out and I’ve been meaning to start that book but never got around to it. I need to fix that because I’m very interested in this book and getting to know both Vaughn and Bailey.


Dirty Doctor by Whitney G.

“Lean back on the table and spread your legs for me…”

Being a doctor in New York City has never been easy. Especially for someone like me who has a private practice and an incompetent staff who insists on leaving me to fill in for them.

Over the past six months, I’ve performed one too many pap smears, three too many “breast exams,” and scrubbed in on several reconstructive surgeries. (This would be acceptable if I was still interested in general medicine, but I’m not. I’m supposed to be a goddamn therapist…)

When my team finally came to their senses and decided to bring someone more competent into the practice last month, I was actually elated.

Until I realized that our new “doctor” was none other than the woman I was supposed to meet over dinner two weeks ago. The same woman who stood me up with nothing more than an “I can’t meet you anymore, sorry,” after we agreed to move our online talks into reality.

I haven’t forgotten any of the filthy fantasies she told me about, and I never deleted our dirty messages. And if she thinks that I’m going to act like a “professional” and pretend like that shit never happened, she has another thing coming…

Rowena: I read and loved Sincerely, Carter by Whitney G. but I haven’t gotten around to reading any of her other books. That doesn’t stop me from adding all of her new releases to wish list and this is no exception. I want to read this naughty little story and meet this naughty doctor. I’m so in.


When the Marquess Falls (Hellions of Havisham #3.5) by Lorraine Heath.

The long-anticipated and utterly extraordinary tale of the Mad Marquess that proves love truly does last forever

The Marquess of Marsden always follows the rules. Expected from birth to adhere to decades of tradition, he plans to marry a proper young woman from a good family. But when a beautiful, and completely unsuitable, woman snags his heart, he begins to realize that to get what you want, sometimes you have to break the rules.

Linnie Connor dreams of the independence of running her very own bakery. And while she may be allowed to be a marquess’ childhood companion, the baker’s daughter never ends up with the handsome nobleman. Determined to achieve at least one of her dreams, Linnie makes plans to leave her sleepy village for London, intent on purging him from her heart. And yet, when an invitation to the Marsden annual ball arrives, she can’t refuse her one chance to waltz in his arms.

It will be a night that stirs the flames of forbidden desires and changes their lives forever.

Rowena: I have adored every single book in this series and I’m so looking forward to getting the Mad Marquess story (finally!). He raised great gentlemen even though everyone in London thinks of him as a crazy man and I’m so excited to read his story and see him love the woman that would become his wife.


The Truth about Love and Dukes (Dear Lady Truelove #1) by Laura Lee Guhrke.

Dear Lady Truelove . . . I have fallen in love, truly and completely in love, for the first time. The man whom I hold in such passionate regard, however, is not of my station. He is a painter, a brilliant artist. Needless to say, my family would not approve . . .

Henry, Duke of Torquil, wouldn’t be caught reading the wildly popular “Dear Lady Truelove” column, but when its advice causes his mother to embark on a scandalous elopement, an outraged Henry decides the author of this tripe must be stopped before she can ruin any more lives. Though Lady Truelove’s identity is a closely guarded secret, Henry has reason to suspect the publisher of the notorious column, beautiful and provoking Irene Deverill, is also its author.

For Irene, it’s easy to advise others to surrender to passion, but when she meets the Duke of Torquil, she soon learns that passion comes at a price. When one impulsive, spur-of-the-moment kiss pulls her into a scorching affair with Henry, it could destroy her beloved newspaper, her career, and her independence. But in the duke’s arms, surrender is so, so sweet . . .

Rowena: Laura Lee Guhrke is a great historical romance author that I am drawn to. Her books are always charming and sweet so of course I’ve got this book on my wish list. I can’t wait to start this new series.


After I Fall (Falling #3) by Jessica Scott.

Her entire life has been a lie. Being with Eli is the most honest thing she’s ever done.

Parker Hauser lives the perfect life and knows exactly where she’s been and where she’s going. Parker has to be perfect. Perfect grades, perfect body, perfect life.

Until she meets Eli Winter.

Eli throws her entire life into chaos when he denies her the one thing she wants from him.

One chance encounter stokes her desire for the man who refused to touch her and left her questioning everything.

When Parker tries to help his new business, the spotlight turns on Eli’s military record. And sins from the war he’s tried to forget may come back to destroy them both.

Rowena: I need to catch up on this series because I really enjoyed the first book and this is book 3. This one sounds like a good one, so I’m definitely going to read it.


Havoc (Mayhem #4) by Jamie Shaw.

When Hailey Harper left her family farm to enroll in veterinary school, she had a plan: keep her head down, ace her classes, and most importantly… don’t upset the uncle paying her tuition. Translation? Don’t piss off his dramatic, self-absorbed daughter, Danica, even if she’s a nightmare to live with.

Falling in love with her cousin’s rock star ex-boyfriend was definitely not part of the plan.

As the drummer of a now-famous rock band, Mike Madden could have any girl he wants. He’s sweet, funny, romantic, talented—and the only guy that’s ever made Hailey’s heart do cartwheels in her chest. The more she gets to know him, the harder she falls, but Hailey knows they can never be more than friends… because Danica wants him back, and she’ll fight dirty to win.

Mike is falling for Hailey too, but Danica’s threats and his rock star life—music video shoots, international tours, obsessed fans—could tear them apart before they’ve even begun. Hailey isn’t sure she’s the one for him, but Mike’s waited years for a girl like her… and he’ll do anything to prove it.

Rowena: Oh man, Mike’s finally getting his girl! Figures that it wouldn’t be easy for the guy that has steered clear of all groupie activity throughout this series…especially if his toxic ex-girlfriend is thrown in the mix. Falling for her cousin should be an interesting read. I can’t wait!


Madly (New York #2) by Ruthie Knox.

An impulsive trip to New York City, a heartthrob from London, and a scandalous to-do list turn a small-town girl’s life upside down in this sultry romance from the New York Times bestselling author of Truly and About Last Night.

Allie Fredericks isn’t supposed to be in Manhattan, hiding in the darkest corner of a hip bar, spying on her own mother—who’s flirting with a man who’s definitely not Allie’s father. Allie’s supposed to be in Wisconsin, planning her parents’ milestone anniversary party. Then Winston Chamberlain walks through the door, with his tailored suit, British accent, and gorgeous eyes, and Allie’s strange mission goes truly sideways.

Winston doesn’t do messy. But after a pretty stranger ropes him into her ridiculous family drama with a fake kiss that gets a little too real, he finds out that messy can be fun. Maybe even a little addicting. And as the night grows longer, Allie and Winston make a list of other wild things they could do together—and what seems like a mismatch leads to a genuine connection. But can their relationship survive as their real lives implode just outside the bedroom door?

Rowena: I’ve been hearing good things about this series, and this book so I’m looking forward to reading both books. I should have the first book read by the time this book comes out and then, I’ll be digging right into it. I can’t wait!


15. Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs.

In the #1 New York Times bestselling Mercy Thompson novels, the coyote shapeshifter has found her voice in the werewolf pack. But when Mercy’s bond with the pack and her mate is broken, she’ll learn what it truly means to be alone…

Attacked and abducted in her home territory, Mercy finds herself in the clutches of the most powerful vampire in the world, taken as a weapon to use against alpha werewolf Adam and the ruler of the Tri-Cities vampires. In coyote form, Mercy escapes only to find herself without money, without clothing, and alone in the heart of Europe…

Unable to contact Adam and the rest of the pack, Mercy has allies to find and enemies to fight, and she needs to figure out which is which. Ancient powers stir, and Mercy must be her agile best to avoid causing a war between vampires and werewolves, and between werewolves and werewolves. And in the heart of the ancient city of Prague, old ghosts rise…

Holly: I just recently re-read the entire Mercy Thompson and Alpha and Omega series in chronological order, which means I was primed for this book. More from Adam’s POV, y’all!

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