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Books to Binge On: March 2014

Posted March 3, 2014 by Holly in Features | 1 Comment

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Rowena: March is here and there are quite a few books to look forward to but here are the books that Holly and I are pretty anxious for.  All March releases. We’ll try not to sound too greedy but we can’t make any promises.

Night Broken (Mercy Thompson, #8)Holly: Night Broken by Patricia Briggs

An unexpected phone call heralds a new challenge for Mercy. Her mate Adam’s ex-wife is in trouble, on the run from her new boyfriend. Adam isn’t the kind of man to turn away a person in need—and Mercy knows it. But with Christy holed up in Adam’s house, Mercy can’t shake the feeling that something about the situation isn’t right.

Soon, her suspicions are confirmed when she learns that Christy has the farthest thing from good intentions. She wants Adam back and she’s willing to do whatever it takes to make it happen, including turning Adam’s pack against Mercy.

Mercy isn’t about to step down without a fight, but there’s a more dangerous threat circling. Christy’s ex is more than a bad man—in fact, he may not be human at all. As the bodies start piling up, Mercy must put her personal troubles aside to face a creature with the power to tear her whole world apart.

I didn’t love this book as much as some of her other Mercy Thompson books, but it’s still worth a read. Especially for fans of the series.

Between the Devil and Ian EverseaHolly: Between the Devil and Ian Eversea by Julie Anne Long

Julie Anne Long’s USA Today bestselling Pennyroyal Green series returns with the story of an heiress too wild to love and the Eversea rogue who dares to try.
Orphaned American heiress Titania “Tansy” Danforth receives two simple requests from her aunt before being shipped off to her distant cousin in England:

1) Make a spectacular, titled marriage.
2) Stay out of trouble.

But once thrown into Sussex society, Tansy’s less-than-angelic side emerges: the willful, wickedly witty beauty sets out to enslave hearts and steal beaux, and does so effortlessly. That is, until Ian Eversea sees right through her.

A veteran of war and inveterate rogue, Ian Eversea keeps his heart guarded and his options open: he has no interest in the shackles of marriage. But when Tansy appears to show interest in his sister’s suitor, Ian has no choice but to put the American in her place. The last thing he expects is to discover the true Tansy is the perfect match for his own fiercely protected heart.

Holly: I love Long’s Pennyroyal Green series. I’m really looking forward to Ian’s book. He’s been a favorite of mine since the series started.

Rowena: I’ve read some of the books in this series and really enjoyed them.  I should catch up and then read this book.  It looks good.

Her Kind of TroubleHolly: Her Kind of Trouble by Sarah Mayberry

It takes one to know one

The moment Vivian Walker spies Seth Anderson she knows they’re a match made in hedonistic pleasure. And everything that happens between them proves her right. Even better, they both agree their one night together is all they’ll share.

Now, years later, Seth remains one of Vivian’s favorite memories. Surely the sizzling chemistry has faded, though, right? Apparently not. Because when she sees him again he’s still sinfully attractive. More than that, she actually likes the man he is. When Seth suddenly becomes a full-time dad to a newborn, Vivian falls hard. Despite the changes, however, she knows Seth will never settle down. And he will definitely never commit to one woman. So she needs to strengthen her defenses before she gets into real trouble!

I love Mayberry’s books. I always get wrapped up in them. Plus, she has the unique talent of making me hate almost all her characters before I fall in love with them. I’m really excited about this new release.

Sweet Disorder by Rose LearnerSweet Disorder by Rose Learner

Political intrigue could leave his heart the last one standing…alone.

Lively St. Lemeston, Book 1

Nick Dymond enjoyed the rough-and-tumble military life until a bullet to the leg sent him home to his emotionally distant, politically obsessed family. For months, he’s lived alone with his depression, blockaded in his lodgings.

But with his younger brother desperate to win the local election, Nick has a new set of marching orders: dust off the legendary family charm and maneuver the beautiful Phoebe Sparks into a politically advantageous marriage.

One marriage was enough for Phoebe. Under her town’s by-laws, though, she owns a vote that only a husband can cast. Much as she would love to simply ignore the unappetizing matrimonial candidate pushed at her by the handsome earl’s son, she can’t. Her teenage sister is pregnant, and Phoebe’s last-ditch defense against her sister’s ruin is her vote—and her hand.

Nick and Phoebe soon realize the only match their hearts will accept is the one society will not allow. But as election intrigue turns dark, they’ll have to cast the cruelest vote of all: loyalty…or love.

Warning: Contains elections, confections, and a number of erections.

Holly: Lerner writes such vivid historical romances, I always feel like I’m living the tale along with her characters. I’m excited for this newest release.

Carolina Man by Viginia KantraCarolina Man by Viginia Kantra

Meet the Fletchers of Dare Island
Steady Matt, the son who stayed
Ambitious Meg, the daughter who never looked back
And warrior Luke, the Marine who never expected to return.

A heartwarming new novel in New York Times bestselling author Virginia Kantra’s beloved series about family ties, second chances, and the power of love…

Marine Luke Fletcher is determined to do his duty—first to his country and now to his ten-year-old daughter, the unexpected legacy of a high school girlfriend. But his homecoming to Dare Island in North Carolina’s Outer Banks challenges his plans for the future and forces him to face everything that’s missing in his life. He wasn’t prepared to lose his heart to this child he never knew. Or to fall hard for coolly reserved small town lawyer Kate Dolan.

Former military brat Kate knows Marines can make lousy fathers…and she’s got the scars to prove it. Giving her heart to a man who’s bent on leaving seems one sure way to have it broken.

Now, no matter what it takes, Luke must prove to Kate and to his daughter that Semper Fi is more than a motto—and to himself that there’s more than one way to be a hero.

Holly: I’m a behind in this series, but I still plan to buy this when it comes out. I really like Kantra’s contemporary voice.

Beneath the Patchwork Moon by Alison KentBeneath the Patchwork Moon by Alison Kent

Transforming the old Caffey property into Hope Springs’s new community arts center won’t be easy for celebrated weaver Luna Meadows, but she sees it as a labor of love.

The center will honor Sierra Caffey, the best friend Luna lost years ago in a car crash. But when Angelo Caffey—Sierra’s older brother and Luna’s first love—returns to his family’s former home demanding answers, Luna must also face her long-buried feelings for him.

Angelo left Hope Springs—and Luna—eight years ago. Handsome and headstrong, he suspects the beautiful Luna harbors a secret about the accident. Yet despite his best efforts, he can’t resist the heat that still simmers between them. Will the untold truth shatter their future? Or could a new beginning lie within the tangled threads of their past?

Part of the Hope Springs series, this charming romance follows two broken hearts on their long journey home.

Holly: Kent is an author I pick up every now and again when I want to read a quick, engaging tale. I’m glad to see she has another book releasing.

Hope Ignites by Jaci BurtonHope Ignites by Jaci Burton

From the New York Times bestselling author of Hope Flames and the hot new Play-by-Play novel, Melting the Ice, comes an all-new novel of small-town romance, second chances, and hope…

When a movie crew asks to film on his cattle ranch, Logan McCormack doesn’t expect Desiree Jenkins, the young star with the bad-girl rep, to be so open, so down-to-earth, or so intimately interested in him. But the last thing a loner like Logan needs is a distraction like Des, who wouldn’t understand what it’s like to live peacefully off the land.

But it’s Logan who doesn’t understand. What Des wants is an escape from paparazzi and gossip columns, and she’s found it at Logan’s ranch. Now it’s up to her to prove that she’s like any other girl looking to be accepted for who she is. And she’s hoping that it’s by this real-life cowboy who has everything it takes—and more—to give her the kind of happily ever after that can’t be found in the movies.

“Jaci Burton’s books are always sexy, romantic, and charming! A hot hero, a lovable heroine, and an adorable dog—prepare to fall in love with Jaci Burton’s amazing new small-town romance series.”—Jill Shalvis, New York Times bestselling author

Holly: I’m really digging this new series by Burton. If you haven’t read one of the books yet, you really must. Go forth and buy.

Rowena: Yeah, I’m in for this one too.

The Innocent by Shiloh WalkerThe Innocent by Shiloh Walker

For a woman he can’t touch, he’ll turn Hell inside out.

FBI Psychics, Book 2

There’s only one reason Jay Roberts would set foot in a middle-of-nowhere town like Hell, Georgia. She’s got a bone to pick with her sort-of boyfriend. They only met online, but things got hot and heavy before their cyber link went silent.

She’s here to get in his face for an explanation. But no touching. Her psychic abilities make physical contact…complicated. Yet something about this relationship made her think things would be different. She’s not in Hell twenty minutes before bad vibes have her skin crawling.

Corruption has stained the very fabric of Linc Dawson’s town, and now it’s stolen something very dear to him. The last thing he has time for is nursing Jay’s broken heart.

But Jay isn’t going anywhere. Not only because she’s not giving up on him, because she’s got access to the kind of backup nobody wants on their bad side. And Linc discovers the woman who’s afraid to touch him could actually be his best chance. At salvation, at hope, at life. Maybe even love…

Warning: This book contains a not-so-naive virgin, a pissed-off former cop, lots of frustration, if you know what I mean, and more trouble than either of them know what to do with.

Holly: I really like psychic paranormals and Walker writes good ones. This novella is part of her FBI Psychics series.

Taken with You by Shannon StaceyTaken with You by Shannon Stacey

Hailey Genest has seen most of her friends marry and have babies, and she’s happy for them, but it was a lot easier before she hit forty. She’s spent her entire life in Whitford, Maine, and if she hasn’t found her Prince Charming by now, she has to accept she’s probably not going to. When a new friend suggests they go on an adventure and embrace being single, Hailey agrees.

Surviving in the woods is game warden Matt Barnett’s idea of a relaxing vacation. But when he meets two women in need of help, he leads them back to safety—a task that proves more fun than expected, thanks to a certain hot blonde. He can’t resist pushing her buttons, even though she’s made it clear that the rugged, outdoorsy type just isn’t for her.

Hailey is glad to see the back of her tempting-tour-guide-slash-pain-in-the-ass. When he shows up in her life again, she’s determined to avoid him, no matter how good he looks in his uniform. But that’s easier said than done in Whitford, especially when he’s renting the house right next door….

Holly: This is another Kowalski book. I love the Kowalski clan and look forward to every book that features one (or all) of them.

Cole's Redemption by J.D. TylerCole’s Redemption by J.D. Tyler

Once, they were Navy SEALS. Now they are the Alpha Pack: a top secret team of wolf shifters with Psy powers who take on the darkest dangers on Earth. But sometimes the greatest danger lies within their own hearts….

Healer and black wolf shifter Zander Cole has survived horrors that would have broken a weaker man. But when a battle leaves him deaf and his powers dimmed, Zan is devastated. Believing himself to be a burden to his team, he sees only one option: leave the Pack forever.

White wolf shifter Selene Westfall knows pain—she is certain her father was responsible for her mother’s death. And she lives to exact revenge. So when she is challenged by a savage black wolf, she puts up a vicious fight—only to become the black wolf’s Bondmate as a result of his bite.

Two damaged souls—one filled with hatred and one who’s lost his reason for living—are forced together as they come to terms with their unlikely, turbulent bond. A love neither expected may be all that stands between them and a killer trying desperately to keep the past dead and buried….

Holly: I read this book last month. It was my first book by Tyler and I really enjoyed it. Her world is interesting and I liked the romance. Definitely recommend.

Feel the Rush by Kelsie LeverichFeel the Rush by Kelsie Leverich

The New York Times bestselling author of The Valentine’s Arrangement continues her sizzling series with a new novel of a plan that goes awry—in the arms of a soldier….
 
Picking the wrong men is a talent Meagan Mitchell has perfected. She’s sweet, confident, beautiful— and single. With her thirtieth birthday sneaking up on her, she needs a new plan. No more Mr. Wrongs or Mr. Bads. It’s time to find Mr. Safe….
 
Army captain Reed Porter lives for the thrill—an Airborne Jumpmaster with a rush addiction. He’s sexy and playful, and he quickly tempts Meagan with his rich Southern drawl and sinful looks. But slowing down and settling down are not on his agenda, making him exactly the type of man Meagan wants to avoid.…
 
As their undeniable attraction heats up, Meagan has to decide if she’s willing to risk everything on a chance at love with a reckless charmer. Is she brave enough to bet her future—and her heart—on Mr. Thrill?  Or will Reed finally learn that the feeling of a safe landing is just as addicting as the rush of the fall?

Holly: I love military romances. Give me an airjumper and I’m happy. Really looking forward to this one.

It's Always Been You by Jessica ScottIt’s Always Been You by Jessica Scott

She plays by the rules . . . 

Captain Ben Teague is many things: a tough soldier, a loyal friend, and a bona fide smart-ass. He doesn’t have much tolerance for BS, which is why he’s mad as hell when a trusted colleague and mentor is brought up on charges that can’t possibly be true. He’s even more frustrated with by-the-book lawyer Major Olivia Hale. But there’s something simmering beneath her icy reserve–and Ben just can’t resist turning up the heat . . .

. . . and he’s determined to break them

The only thing riskier than mixing business with pleasure is enjoying it . . . and Olivia can’t resist locking horns–and lips–with Ben. He’s got more compassion in his little finger than any commander she’s ever met, a fact that makes him a better leader than he realizes. But when the case that brought them together awakens demons from Olivia’s past, she will have to choose between following orders–or her heart . . .

Holly: This is the next book in Scott’s Coming Home series. I have to admit, the last one pretty much laid waste to my emotions. I’m glad to see this one is releasing but I might need a minute before I can read it.

Rowena: I need to catch up on this series but I am interested in reading this one.  I liked the first couple of books that I read so on my list this book goes.

Death's Daughter by Kathleen CollinsDeath’s Daughter by Kathleen Collins

Book two of the Realm Walker series

Juliana Norris, Realm Walker with the Agency, is an Altered. A fact that she runs up against every time she’s forced to work with human police officers, and their species-ist commissioner, on cases they can’t solve themselves. Which happens more than they would like to admit.

Her gift—the quality that makes her the best Realm Walker in the business, without boast—is the ability to read magical signatures. Whether the gift came from her father, the dark fae god of death, or the mage mother she can’t remember, is anyone’s guess. And when Altered children start going missing with only wild magical signatures as clues, her heritage is the last thing on her mind.

Holly: I have book one in by TBR pile. I really like the premise of the series and look forward to reading it.

Billion Dollar Bad BoyThe Billion Dollar Bad Boy by Jackie Ashenden

The Billionaire’s Club: a fabulously sexy contemporary series about some of the world’s wealthiest, most powerful men and the women they claim…and keep.

Donovan Morrow, the charming, loveable, sexy face of the Morrow company, can’t seem to get a break. Despite all the wining and dining he does for his partners—both in business and in bed—he feels underappreciated. Always coming in second to big brother Jax, he’s considered the playboy of the family, and not someone to be taken seriously. Even more frustrating is when Victoria de Winter, the sexy, sultry manager of the Morrow’s company biggest rival, won’t give him the time of day or night. If only Donovan could show her how his darkest desires revolve around her, she wouldn’t keep blowing him off…

Victoria has always been a good girl. Working hard for the family business and engaged to a respectable man her parents approve of, Victoria thought she had her whole life figured out. That is, until Donovan Morrow entered her life. Victoria knows she shouldn’t lust after him—a direct competitor of her family and a notorious playboy, Donovan is all wrong for the stable life she has carved out for herself. But if this hot billionaire keeps pursuing her, Victoria can only resist for so long before she has to explore his darker, wilder side…

Holly: Okay, confession time. I’m kind of a Billionaire junkie. I don’t even know why, but if the title has Billion(aire) in it, I buy it. This series looks really good, though, so at least I have that going for me.

Thrown for a Curve by Sugar JamesonThrown for a Curve by Sugar Jameson

WHEN YOU’RE A big girl

Cherri has often wished she were thin and graceful like a ballerina instead of being a six-foot-tall blonde with curves that require serious caution. Surely a charming Irishman like her new boss Colin, with his throaty brogue and to-die-for bod, would never go for someone like Cherri. Unless maybe he’s looking for the exact opposite of a delicate lass?  

there’s more of you to love

When Colin hired Cherri to work in his furniture-restoration shop, he had his eyes, first and foremost, on her artistic talents. But now he can’t help but see Cherri for the lush, spirited beauty that she is…and, soon enough, he finds himself mixing business with pleasure. But Cherri turns out to be more vulnerable than she appears. Is she in need of more than Colin can give? Or could it be that a feeling stronger than lust has him thrown for a curve?

Holly: Irish hero. Enough said.

Rowena: This one looks pretty good so I might be interested. I’m definitely going to keep this one in mind.

Feral Heat by Jennifer AshleyFeral Heat by Jennifer Ashley

From the author of Lone Wolf comes a paranormal romance about two lovers torn between ecstasy and savagery… 

Jace Warden is sent to the Shiftertown in Austin to find a way to free all Shifters from their Collars. But pulling off the Collars can cause Shifters to go mad or kill them outright.

In Austin, Jace meets Deni Rowe, a wolf Shifter with troubles of her own—she was deliberately run down in the road, and while her body has healed, she still has episodes of total memory loss during which she retreats into her pure animal self.

Jace has never met anyone like Deni. Courageous and beautiful, she volunteers to help him test the Collar removal. And as Deni and Jace work together, they feel the mate bond begin. But can Jace help Deni believe she can heal enough to be anyone’s true mate?

This sixteen chapter novella includes a preview of the upcoming Shifters Unbound novel Wild Wolf.

Holly: I’m really enjoying this series. I can’t wait to see what happens next with these shifters.

The Summer I Found You by Jolene PerryThe Summer I Found You by Jolene Perry

Kate’s dream boyfriend has just broken up with her and she’s still reeling from her diagnosis of type 1 diabetes.

Aidan planned on being a lifer in the army and went to Afghanistan straight out of high school. Now he’s a disabled young veteran struggling to embrace his new life.

When Kate and Aidan find each other neither one wants to get attached. But could they be right for each other after all?

Rowena: I’m looking forward to reading this book.  I’ve read one other book by Jolene Perry and enjoyed it so I’m looking forward to seeing what she’s got cooking with Kate and Aidan.  This sounds like something I’d really enjoy. 🙂

Searching for Beautiful by Nyrae DawnSearching for Beautiful by Nyrae Dawn

Before it happened…

Brynn had a group of best friends, a boyfriend who loved her, a growing talent for pottery. She had a life. And then…she had none.

After it happened…

Everything was lost. The boy she now knew never loved her. The friends who felt she betrayed their trust. The new life just beginning to grow inside her.

Brynn believes her future is as empty as her body until Christian, the boy next door, starts coming around. Playing his guitar and pushing her to create art once more. She meets some new friends at the local community center, plus even gets her dad to look her in the eye again…sort of. But letting someone in isn’t as easy as it seems.

Now…

Can Brynn open up her heart to truly find her life’s own beauty, when living for the after means letting go of the before?

Rowena:  What the heck happened to Brynn? Why did she lose everything? I’m curious about that to want to read this book.  I’ve read other books by Dawn and have enjoyed them a lot so I’m looking forward to snagging this one and getting it read.

Maybe Someday by Colleen HooverMaybe Someday by Coleen Hoover

At twenty-two years old, Sydney is enjoying a great life: She’s in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her best friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers that Hunter is cheating on her—and she’s forced to decide what her next move should be.

Soon, Sydney finds herself captivated by her mysterious and attractive neighbor, Ridge. She can’t take her eyes off him or stop listening to the passionate way he plays his guitar every evening out on his balcony. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either. They soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one.

A passionate tale of friendship, betrayal, and romance, Maybe Someday will immerse readers in Sydney’s tumultuous world from the very first page.

Rowena: Ooh, friendship, betrayal and romance? I’m in!

Waiting on YouWaiting on You by Kristan Higgins

Is your first love worth a second chance…?

Colleen O’Rourke is in love with love…just not when it comes to herself. Most nights, she can be found behind the bar at the Manningsport, New York, tavern she owns with her twin brother, doling out romantic advice to the lovelorn, mixing martinis and staying more or less happily single. See, ten years ago, Lucas Campbell broke her heart…an experience Colleen doesn’t want to have again, thanks. Since then, she’s been happy with a fling here and there, some elite-level flirting and playing matchmaker to her friends.

But a family emergency has brought Lucas back to town, handsome as ever and still the only man who’s ever been able to crack her defenses. Seems like maybe they’ve got some unfinished business waiting for them—but to find out, Colleen has to let her guard down, or risk losing a second chance with the only man she’s ever loved.

Rowena: I’m really enjoying this series so I’m looking forward to digging right in to Colleen’s story.  It’s a the one that got away kind of story so I’m all over this one.

Side Effects May VarySide Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy

What if you’d been living your life as if you were dying—only to find out that you had your whole future ahead of you?

When sixteen-year-old Alice is diagnosed with leukemia, her prognosis is grim. To maximize the time she does have, she vows to spend her final months righting wrongs—however she sees fit. She convinces her friend Harvey, who she knows has always had feelings for her, to help her with a crazy bucket list that’s as much about revenge (humiliating her ex-boyfriend and getting back at her archnemesis) as it is about hope (doing something unexpectedly kind for a stranger). But just when Alice’s scores are settled, she goes into remission.

Now Alice is forced to face the con­sequences of all that she’s said and done, as well as her true feelings for Harvey. But has she caused irreparable damage to the people around her—and to the one person who matters most?

Julie Murphy’s Side Effects May Vary is a fearless and moving tour de force about love, life, and facing your own mortality.

Rowena:  I’ve been seeing this book around the blogosphere and I must admit that I’m curious.  This book sounds like The F-It List by Julie Halpern but it a little different so I’m up for checking it out.  I’m adding it to my wish list.

Best Kind of BrokenBest Kind of Broken by Chelsea Fine

SOMETIMES MOVING ON MEANS MOVING IN

Pixie Marshall wishes every day she could turn back time and fix the past. But she can’t. And the damage is done. She’s hoping that a summer of free room and board working with her aunt at the Willow Inn will help her forget. Except there’s a problem: the resident handyman is none other than Levi Andrews. The handsome quarterback was once her friend-and maybe more-until everything changed in a life-shattering instant. She was hoping to avoid him, possibly forever. Now he’s right down the hall and stirring up feelings Pixie thought she’d long buried . . . 

Levi can’t believe he’s living with the one person who holds all his painful memories. More than anything he wants to make things right, but a simple “sorry” won’t suffice-not when the tragedy that scarred them was his fault. Levi knows Pixie’s better off without him, but every part of him screams to touch her, protect her, wrap her in his arms, and kiss away the pain. Yet even though she’s so close, Pixie’s heart seems more unreachable than ever. Seeing those stunning green eyes again has made one thing perfectly clear-he can’t live without her.

Rowena: I’m just hearing about this book, in the last week or so and I’m definitely interested in reading it.  It sounds like my kind of story.

Don't Even Think about ItDon’t Even Think about It by Sarah Mlynowski

We weren’t always like this. We used to be average New York City high school sophomores. Until our homeroom went for flu shots. We were prepared for some side effects. Maybe a headache. Maybe a sore arm. We definitely didn’t expect to get telepathic powers. But suddenly we could hear what everyone was thinking. Our friends. Our parents. Our crushes. Now we all know that Tess is in love with her best friend, Teddy. That Mackenzie cheated on Cooper. That, um, Nurse Carmichael used to be a stripper.

Since we’ve kept our freakish skill a secret, we can sit next to the class brainiac and ace our tests. We can dump our boyfriends right before they dump us. We know what our friends really think of our jeans, our breath, our new bangs. We always know what’s coming. Some of us will thrive. Some of us will crack. None of us will ever be the same.

So stop obsessing about your ex. We’re always listening.

Rowena: I like Mlynowski’s books.  They’re always a little quirky, a lot cute and even funnier than I thought they’d be so she doesn’t disappoint.  I have every faith that I’ll enjoy this one just as much as her other books.  I can’t wait to dig into this one.

Kissing in ItalianKissing in Italian by Lauren Henderson

Travel, romance, intrigue, and fun, set against the backdrop of the glorious Italian countryside! From the author of Kiss Me Kill Me.

In addition to her summer studies program, Violet loves the friendships and the shopping she’s found in Italy. Her lighthearted romance with handsome aristocrat Luca di Vesperi has developed into something deeper. For the first time in her life, she understands the true meaning of the word amore. Luca feels the same about her. But there are certain rumors circulating that if proven to be true, will forbid that they end up together. What they need are answers, but are they prepared for the truth?

Rowena: I read the first book in this series, Flirting in Italian and while it wasn’t my favorite read, it was still good and I’m curious to see where Luca and Violet are at in this book. So on my wish list it goes.

16 Things I Thought Were True#16thingsithoughtweretrue by Janet Gurtler

Heart attacks happen to other people #thingsIthoughtweretrue
When Morgan’s mom gets sick, it’s hard not to panic. Without her mother, she would have no one—until she finds out the dad who walked out on her as a baby isn’t as far away as she thought…

Adam is a stuck-up, uptight jerk #thingsIthoughtweretrue
Now that they have a summer job together, Morgan’s getting to know the real Adam, and he’s actually pretty sweet…in a nerdy-hot kind of way. He even offers to go with her to find her dad. Road trip, anyone?

5000 Twitter followers are all the friends I need #thingsIthoughtweretrue
With Adam in the back seat, a hyper chatterbox named Amy behind the wheel, and plenty of Cheetos to fuel their trip, Morgan feels ready for anything. She’s not expecting a flat tire, a missed ferry, a fake girlfriend…and that these two people she barely knew before the summer started will become the people she can’t imagine living without.

Rowena: I’m a fan of Janet Gurtler’s work so this was a no brainer for me. I’m going to read this book.  Like, this week.  Seriously.

My Life with the Walter BoysMy Life with the Walter Boys by Ali Novak

Jackie Howard does not like surprises. Chaos is the enemy! The best way to get her successful, busy parents to notice her is to be perfect. The perfect look, the perfect grades—the perfect daughter. And then…

Surprise #1
Jackie’s family dies in a freak car accident.

Surprise #2
Jackie has to move cross-country to live with the Walters—her new guardians.

Surprise #3
The Walters have twelve sons.
(Well, eleven, but Parker acts like a boy anyway)

Jackie is now surrounded by the enemy. Loud, dirty, annoying boys—who have no concept of personal space. Okay, several of the oldest guys are flat-out gorgeous. But still annoying. She’s not stuck-up or boring—no matter what they say. But proving it is another matter. How can she fit in and move on when she needs to keep her parents’ memory alive by living up to the promise of perfect?

Rowena: This sounds like it’d be a good read.  Something right up my alley so I’m interested.  I want to read this one.

We could go on and on but we’ll stop here.

What books are you looking forward to in March? Any books we missed?

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Books to Binge On: February 2014

Posted February 5, 2014 by Holly in Features | 0 Comments

btboHolly: There are so many books coming out this month I want to read. I can already hear my bank account whimpering.

Kaleidoscope by Kristen Ashley (Colorado Mountain, Book 6)

When old friends become new lovers…anything can happen.

Sexy, gifted, and loyal, PI Jacob Decker is a tall, cool drink of perfection who had Emmanuelle Holmes at “hello.” His relationship with Emme’s best friend kept them apart for years, but things have changed. Now that a case has brought him to Gnaw Bone, Colorado, the road is wide open for Emme and Deck to explore something hotter and deeper than Emme dreamed possible. So why is she sabotaging the best thing that’s ever happened to her?

It isn’t easy to catch Deck off guard, but Emme does just that when she walks back into his life after nine long years. The curvy brunette had her charms back in the day, but now she’s a bona fide knockout . . . and she wants to rekindle their friendship. Deck, however, wants more. Emme’s always been the one; she excites Deck’s body and mind like no other woman can. 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 . . .

Holly: I didn’t love the book before this one, Jagged. So I went into this one cautiously. I’m glad to say it was better than I expected. I had a few issues with the heroine, but that isn’t anything new with KA.

Melting the Ice by Jaci Burton (Play by Play, Book 7)

Carolina Preston has only one goal in mind—launching her new fashion line. She needs only one last thing to make it perfect—hockey phenom Drew Hogan. But Carolina and Drew have a history that goes back to their college days, and Carolina doesn’t want the embarrassment of her past to cloud the brightness of her future.

Drew is eager for the chance to show Carolina he isn’t the boy who hurt her back then, but a man now, with the skills necessary to melt the icy exterior of her cold heart.

Holly: I’m a few books behind in this series, which I need to rectify shortly. Even if I didn’t want to read the book I’d still buy it. Just because the cover is…yum.

Rowena: I haven’t started this series (yet) but I still want to read them all.  That’s my goal for 2014 (or one of them anyway), to start this series…and read this book.

Carnal Secrets by Suzanne Wright (Phoenix Pack, Book 3)

A pack Alpha and his estranged, true mate wrestle with painful secrets, ruthless enemies, and their own irresistible attraction, in the sexy third book of the Phoenix Pack series.

Half-shifter Shaya Critchley may hold a submissive role in her pack, but she’s done taking orders. After her Alpha wolf mate refused to claim her—but committed to interfering in her life—she took off. Now she hides from him, posing as a human in a town full of anti-shifter extremist groups. She thinks he’ll never find her again, and that suits her just fine. But she’s wrong.

Nick Axton can barely control his feelings for Shaya, but he could never claim her—not if he truly cares for her. The degenerative brain condition he keeps secret would ultimately leave her with a burden rather than a mate. But when Shaya runs away, Nick can’t bear the thought of never seeing her again. After tracking her down, he discovers Shaya’s feisty and passionate side in the process…a side he’d never seen before.

Under the menacing gazes of territorial local packs and violent human extremists, Nick vows to finally claim the spirited Shaya…and despite her initial resistance, Shaya just might find his fiery determination to be the ultimate aphrodisiac.

Holly: I discovered this series a couple months ago and really enjoyed it. The books are a little long and could use an editor, but I liked the pack dynamics and the heroines. I’m looking forward to continuing.

Before You Break by Christina Lee (Between Breaths, Book 2)

A sexy, emotional New Adult romance about a bad boy on the edge and a good girl about to lose control…

The star catcher of the college baseball team isn’t supposed to have skeletons in his closet. But Daniel Quinn is hiding a guilty past so dark he refuses to let anyone get close. Except there’s something about gorgeous, studious Ella Abrams that goes beyond the electric attraction between them—something that makes him want to open up.

Ella has suffered enough heartache and guilt to fill one of her psychology textbooks, but she keeps that part of herself hidden behind a bubbly exterior. Until she receives an anonymous call while working the suicide helpline and the voice on the other end touches something inside of her that she can’t ignore.

Soon Ella and Quinn’s physical connection heats up, even as their deep and revealing hotline talks intensify. But by the time Ella realizes that her seductive jock and her sensitive caller are the same guy, it might be too late to save him—or to stop herself from falling too far.

Holly: I discovered Lee last year. I really liked her debut and am happy to report she delivered with this book as well. It deals with some pretty heavy issues and tended toward the dark, but the romance was good and I fell right into the story. I definitely recommend it.

Rowena: I read Christina Lee’s first book, All of You and I really liked it.  I’m definitely looking forward to reading this one.  Especially since Holly already read it and recommends it.

markedMarked by Vivian Arend, Lauren Dane and Kit Rocha

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Lauren Dane takes you into a brand new world in ALL THAT REMAINS. Summer Killian falls fast and hard when Charlie arrives in Paradise Village. But the heat turns all the way up when she learns Charlie is also with Hatch – the man she loved three years before. While she’s not sure she’s cut out for a triad, neither man is going to give her up.

Take a ROCKY RIDE with New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Vivian Arend as she leads you back to the Six Pack Ranch. Anna Coleman might be the law around Rocky Mountain House, but bad boy Mitch Thompson knows that under the stiff RCMP uniform is a woman with a passion for speed and pleasure that matches his own, and he’s not giving up until she’s his.

Kit Rocha returns to Sector Four in BEYOND TEMPTATION. A promise to a dying friend backfires when Noah Lennox finds that the girl he was supposed to rescue is all grown up–and wearing O’Kane ink. He wants to protect her from the secrets of their past, but she wants him. And an O’Kane woman always gets what she wants.

Holly: I love all three of these authors and admit to squealing a little when I saw they were doing an anthology together. I’m looking forward to Dane’s new series and I already love the Six Pack Ranch and Sector Four books. This is a Trifecta of Goodness.

Perfect Together by Carly Phillips (Serendipity’s Finest, Book 3)

In the picturesque town of Serendipity, New York, three siblings have grown up in the shadow of their proud and respected police chief father. But what do love, fate, and fortune have in store for the next generation of Serendipity’s finest?

Tired of being the easygoing daughter, always ignored in favor of her high-maintenance sister, and no longer interested in being her fiancé’s trophy wife, Nicole Farnsworth calls off her wedding. All she wants is to be herself. And where better to find her destiny than Serendipity? The place where she met the one man who made her heart beat faster, and gave her the courage to reinvent her life—even if he doesn’t know it.

Officer Sam Marsden calls Serendipity home and he loves it there—even though his childhood sweetheart was stolen by his best friend. After such heartbreak, Sam fears he can’t trust his instincts when it comes to love. Yet he’s so tempted by Nicole, a woman he met only briefly but who has starred in his dreams ever since. For Nicole and Sam, opening their hearts one more time could change their lives forever. But who’ll be the first to take that chance?

Holly: This is such a great series. I really like how Phillips balances humor and emotion. If you haven’t tried it yet, you’re definitely missing out.

Rowena: I really like this series and I’m sad that this is the last of the Serendipity Finest books.  I’m so looking forward to reading this book.

As Hot As It Gets by Elle Kennedy (Out of Uniform, Book 10)

Sea, air, land, the bedroom…this SEAL is always in command.

An Out of Uniform Story

After watching his teammates settle down one by one, Navy SEAL Jackson Ramsey is ready to say goodbye to the single life. He’s even met a woman who intrigues him, challenges him, and turns him right on—Mia Weldrick, the funny and beautiful gardener he can’t wait to get to know better.

Except Mia isn’t interested in dating him, which means it’s time for Jackson to unleash his Texas charm and do some serious wooing.

With a teenage brother to raise, two jobs, and, frankly, a complete disinterest in sex, Mia has no room in her busy life for a six-foot-five SEAL with a naughty streak a mile wide. But one hot kiss from Jackson has her imagining all the dirty ways she could fit him in.

It isn’t long before their no-string fling transforms into something more. As desire unearths emotions and deeply buried secrets, Mia has to decide whether to give love a chance to grow, or let it slip it away.

Holly: I really like this series. The books are light, fluffy reads and I tend to zip right through them. Plus, they’re hot. I privately refer to this series as the Threesome Series. I swear there’s a threesome in every book. They don’t generally end in a permanent threesome, but these boys love to share. Not that there’s anything wrong with that…

All for YouAll For You by Jessica Scott (Coming Home, Book 4)

Can a battle-scarred warrior . . .

Stay sober. Get deployed. Lead his platoon. Those are the only things that matter to Sergeant First Class Reza Iaconelli. What he wants is for everyone to stay out of his way; what he gets is Captain Emily Lindberg telling him how to deal with his men. Fort Hood’s newest shrink is smart as a whip and sexy as hell. She’s also full of questions—about the army, its soldiers, and the agony etched on Reza’s body and soul.

. . . open his heart to love?

Emily has devoted her life to giving soldiers the care they need—and deserve. Little does she know that means facing down the fierce wall of muscle that is Sergeant Iaconelli like it’s just another day at the office. When Reza agrees to help her understand what makes a soldier tick, she’s thrilled. Too bad it doesn’t help her unravel the sexy warrior in front of her who stokes her desire and touches a part of her she thought long dead. He’s the man who thinks combat is the only escape from the demons that haunt him. The man who needs her most of all . . .

Holly: Iaconelli has been an enigma in the previous books. I’m looking forward to discovering his secrets. Scott does a great job of balancing the real life issues that come with being in the military and emotional ties.

Rowena: I really want to read this book.  I remember Iaconelli from Until There Was You.  He was troubled and a little broken.  I’m curious to finally find out why.  Count me in!

Concealed in Death by J.D. Robb (In Death, Book 38)

The incomparable J. D. Robb presents the latest moving and suspenseful novel in the #1 New York Times–bestselling Eve Dallas series.

In a decrepit, long-empty New York building, Lieutenant Eve Dallas’s husband begins the demolition process by swinging a sledgehammer into a wall. When the dust clears, there are two skeletons wrapped in plastic behind it. He summons his wife immediately—and by the time she’s done with the crime scene, there are twelve murders to be solved.

The place once housed a makeshift shelter for troubled teenagers, back in the mid-2040s, and Eve tracks down the people who ran it. Between their recollections and the work of the force’s new forensic anthropologist, Eve begins to put names and faces to the remains. They are all young girls. A tattooed tough girl who dealt in illegal drugs. The runaway daughter of a pair of well-to-do doctors. They all had their stories. And they all lost their chance for a better life.

Then Eve discovers a connection between the victims and someone she knows. And she grows even more determined to reveal the secrets of the place that was called The Sanctuary—and the evil concealed in one human heart.

Holly: I can’t believe this is book 38. I still need to read the previous book. I binged on the series last year and I haven’t been in the mood since. But I feel a slight craving for Eve and Roarke creeping back in, so I’m sure I’ll pick this up before too long.

Hope Smolders by Jaci Burton (Hope, Book 0.5)

A HOPE NOVELLA 

“Jaci Burton does raw, passionate romance like no other” (Joyfully Reviewed), and the New York Times bestselling author of Hope Ignitesand the hot new Play-by-Play novel Straddling the Line proves it again in this novella of second chances…

Jane Kline is a struggling divorcee and single mother with a social life on hold. Not only does Jane not have the time to date anyone, she’s not even going to consider making herself vulnerable to another man after being deserted by her husband. That’s why Will Griffin, her ex’s former best friend, takes her totally by surprise.

What would such a hot and sexy wild card see in a harried mother juggling two kids and two jobs? For starters, everything Jane no longer sees in herself. As she dares to take the flirtation to the next step, Jane finds herself back where she never wanted to be—falling for another man. Now it’s up to Will to convince Jane that she has everything he wants in a woman, and that the second time around can be the best time of all.

Holly: The first book in Burton’s new small-town series, Hope Flames, released last month. This is a prequel of sorts. I’m looking forward to the novella as I really liked the couple in the first book.

Rowena: I want to read this book because it’s a Jaci Burton and one of these days, I’m going to read a book by her.

Baby be MineBaby, Be Mine by Vivian Arend (Thompson and Sons, Book 2)

What the mind forgets, the heart remembers.

Since the moment Katy Thompson transformed from annoying tagalong to desirable woman, Gage Jenick has awaited his chance. When she kicks her boyfriend to the curb, he doesn’t hold back—in spite of the next day work assignment that will take him away for six long months.

After a head injury sustained on a storm-swept road, Katy can’t remember her own email password, much less how the little pink “positive” on the pregnancy stick got there. Barring an influx of midichlorians, she’s at a loss to explain what happened, or when…or with whom.

Suddenly Gage is back in her life as if he has a right to be there. While she vividly remembers the crush she had on him, she’s no one’s charity case. But another thing she’d forgotten was just how stubborn Gage can be—especially when her domineering ex tries to stake a claim…

Holly: I’m not a big fan of the amnesia, nor the secret baby plots. Though I admit if ever there was a good reason for a secret baby, amnesia is it. I trust Arend and look forward to seeing where she takes the story.

Once in a LifetimeOnce in a Lifetime by Jill Shalvis

SOMETIMES 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?

Holly:  Another Lucky Harbor book. It’s Jill Shalvis. What more do I need to say?

Rowena: I’m with Holly.  This is a Jill Shalvis.  Of course I’m reading this. Again.  I already read and loved it so you guys should definitely read and love it too.

Matchless RomanceA Matchless Romance by Christi Barth (Aisle Bound, Book 4)

Tabitha Bell is the face of Chicago’s premiere matchmaking service. At least, she hopes it will be someday, once business really takes off. What she needs is more clients, so when she meets a sexy gamer in need of help, it’s the perfect opportunity.

His discomfort talking to women almost cost Drew Watson his job. He’d be happy holed up in his office, designing blockbuster video games, but his boss considers talking to investors a nonnegotiable requirement. Who better than a matchmaker to teach him how to be comfortable around the opposite sex? Trouble is, Drew wants to get more than comfortable with Tabitha, while she’s determined to keep their relationship all business.

Soon Tabitha learns that beneath the geek-chic hoodie lies six feet of sexy physique—and the more time she spends with Drew, the more she appreciates his brainy brand of charm. Will she succumb to his sweet-but-nerdy charm offensive or will it be game over before he can win her heart?

Holly: Barth writes pretty solid contemporary romances. Sometimes they have some depth, but more often than not they’re just perfect for a sweet afternoon read.

Blue NotesBlue Notes by Carrie Lofty

For fans of Jamie McGuire and S.C. Stephens, a sizzling new adult novel featuring the tumultuous relationship between a young piano prodigy and a reluctant billionaire playboy—set against the vibrant backdrop of a New Orleans college campus.

After being bounced from foster family to foster family, Keeley, a talented pianist, is ready to start over as a junior at Tulane. But when she plays a small concert that attracts the attention of Jude, a brooding playboy and heir to an enormous fortune in the wake of his parents’ tragic death, suddenly Keeley’s life is thrown off balance once again.

Jude is the first person to confront her about the pain behind her music, and she struggles with whether or not to let him into her life, or to keep protecting herself from the hurt that relationships have caused her in the past. But Keeley’s about to learn that the melancholy young billionaire who appears to have everything can open her eyes to exactly what she needs…

Holly: Lofty has tremendous talent. I’m really excited about this book. I love musicians, especially when they’re well written. And Lofty always writes them well. I expect some angst and a lot of dark undertones, along with a really great story.

First RespondersFirst Responders by Donna Alward (First Responders, Books 1 & 2)

The only thing sexier than a man in uniform…is the same man out of it.

Off the Clock
When paramedic Gabe Brenner witnesses an accident and rushes in to help, he’s surprised to find his best friend’s sister is in the car. And she’s pregnant.

Carly’s never been so glad to see a friendly face. But having just closed the book on a crumbling marriage, she’s not too keen on opening herself up to hurt again. Not even for the one man who’s always seemed to be there when she needed him most.

Gabe knows he shouldn’t be falling for Carly, but the chemistry still simmering between them after all these years is no accident. All he has to do is convince her she belongs in the space he’s always held open for her.

Holly: I really like Donna Alward. Her stories are always well balanced and steady. I like to curl up with two or three at a time. Which makes this the perfect anthology, since it contains two of her books in one. Sexy firefighters and paramedics? Sign me up.

Be with MeBe with Me by J. Lynn (Wait for You #2)

Do Teresa and Jase have a real shot at getting together or will life get in the way?

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.

As they’re thrown together more and more, Jase and Teresa can’t keep denying their feelings for each other. But a familiar danger looms and tragedy strikes. As the campus recovers, the star-crossed couple must decide what they’re willing to risk to be together and what they’re willing to lose if they’re not. . . .

Rowena: I read the first book in this series and adored it. I cannot wait to jump right into this book since it’s the love interest from the first book’s sister who was going through some big stuff in Wait for You. I can’t wait to see what she goes through in this one and Jase? LOVE HIM.

Holly: I have the first book in my TBR pile. I hope to get to it soon. The premise of this one interests me to I’m going to add it to my pile as well.

When the Duke was WickedWhen the Duke was Wicked by Lorraine Heath (Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James, #1)

They are England’s most eligible bachelors, with the most scandalous reputations. But for the right woman, even an unrepentant rogue may mend his ways . . .

Lady Grace Mabry’s ample inheritance has made it impossible for her to tell whether a suitor is in love with her— or enamored of her riches. Who better to distinguish beau from blackguard than her notorious childhood friend, the Duke of Lovingdon?

With no interest in marriage, Lovingdon has long lived only for pleasure. He sees little harm in helping Grace find a proper match. He simply has to teach the lovely innocent all the ploys a scoundrel uses to gain a woman’s favor— by demonstrating his wicked ways. But as lessons lead to torrid passion and Grace becomes ensnared in another man’s marriage plot, Lovingdon must wage a desperate gamble: Open his heart fully—or risk losing the woman he adores …

Rowena:  I enjoy Lorraine Heath’s books so I’m really looking forward to what she brings with this new series.

Here are some other books that are coming out this month:

  • 2/1: This Time Around (Maybe #2) by Chantal Fernando
  • 2/4: Letting Go (Surrender Trilogy #1) by Maya Banks
  • 2/4: High Seduction by Vivian Arend
  • 2/4: Daughters of Rome by Kate Quinn
  • 2/4: All You Need is Love by Marie Force
  • 2/4: Falling Light by Thea Harrison
  • 2/4: Jaded by Anne Calhoun
  • 2/4: Explosive by Beth Kery
  • 2/4: Lord of the Rakes by Darcy Wilde
  • 2/4: Scarlet Devices by Delphine Dryden
  • 2/4: The Countess Confessions Jillian Hunter
  • 2/4: Take Two by Laurelin Paige
  • 2/4: Watch Your Back by Karen Rose
  • 2/4: Avenger’s Heat by Katie Reus
  • 2/4: Had to be You by Robin Kaye
  • 2/4: Tone Deaf by Olivia Rogers
  • 2/4: Saving Quinton (Nova #2) by Jessica Sorensen
  • 2/7: Unbeloved by Madeline Sheehan
  • 2/10: Untitled (Love and Games #3) by Rachel Games
  • 2/10: The Forbidden Ranch (Three River Ranch #4) by Roxanne Snopek
  • 2/18: Dungeon Royale (Masters & Mercenaries #6) by Lexi Blake
  • 2/24: Donners of the Dead Karina Halle
  • 2/25: Hard as You Can by Laura Kaye
  • 2/25: Kiss and Tell (Sisterhood #3) by Fern Michaels
  • 2/25: The Bride Says Maybe by Cathy Maxwell
  • 2/25: Recklessly Royal by Nichole Chase
  • 2/25: A Promise at Bluebell Hill by Emma Cane
  • 2/25: Devil’s Prize by Kat Martin
  • 2/25: Rules of Entanglement by Gina L. Maxwell
  • 2/25: The Problem with Promises by Leigh Evans
  • 2/25: The Scandalous Duke Takes a Bride by Tiffany  Clare
  • 2/25: Thrown for a Curve by Sugar Jamison
  • 2/25: Love Another Day by Gina Robinson
  • 2/25: The Eldritch Conspiracy by Cat Adams
  • 2/25: Take a Chance (Chance #1) by Abbi Glines
  • 2/28: Rare and Precious Things (The Blackstone Affair #4) by Raine Miller

What books are you looking forward to this month?

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Books to Binge On: January 2014

Posted January 9, 2014 by Rowena in Features | 13 Comments

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Holly: There are some great books coming out in January. A few I’ve already read, and many others I can’t wait to get to. Here are the books I’m anxious to binge on in January.

Rome by Jay Crownover (Marked Men #3)

Sometimes the wrong choice can be just right . . .

Fun and fearless, Cora Lewis knows how to keep her tattooed “bad boy” friends at the Marked in line. But beneath all that flash and sass is a broken heart. Cora won’t let herself get burned again. She’s waiting to fall in love with the perfect man—a baggage-free, drama-free guy ready for commitment. Then she meets Rome Archer.

Rome Archer is as far from perfect as a man can be. He’s stubborn, rigid, and bossy. And he’s returned from his final tour of duty more than a little broken. Rome’s used to filling many roles: big brother, doting son, supersoldier—but none of those fit anymore. Now he’s just a man trying to figure out what to do with the rest of his life while keeping the dark demons of war and loss at bay. He would have been glad to suffer through it alone, until Cora comes sweeping into his life and becomes a blinding flash of color in a sea of gray.Perfect may not be in the cards, but perfectly imperfect could just last forever . . .

Holly: I really enjoyed the first, Rule, and liked the second, Jet. I have high hopes for this one.

Rowena: I haven’t read either the first book or the third book in this series but I did read this one and you guys, it’s good.  I’m definitely going to read the other two now.

Before Jamaica Lane by Samantha Young (Dublin Street #3)

Despite her outgoing demeanor, Olivia is painfully insecure around the opposite sex—usually, she can’t get up the nerve to approach guys she’s interested in. But moving to Edinburgh has given her a new start, and, after she develops a crush on a sexy postgrad, she decides it’s time to push past her fears and go after what she wants.

Nate Sawyer is a gorgeous player who never commits, but to his close friends, he’s as loyal as they come. So when Olivia turns to him with her relationship woes, he offers to instruct her in the art of flirting and to help her become more sexually confident.

The friendly education in seduction soon grows into an intense and hot romance. But then Nate’s past and commitment issues rear their ugly heads, and Olivia is left brokenhearted. When Nate realizes he’s made the biggest mistake of his life, he will have to work harder than he ever has before to entice his best friend into falling back in love with him—or he may lose her forever….

Holly: Though I didn’t love On Dublin Street, I fell in love with book two, Down London Road. Though I found this book more problematic than DLR, I can’t deny it was a satisfying read.

Rowena: This is another book that I’ve read already but enjoyed so much that I wanted to feature it so that you lovely readers can binge on it this month. You can read my review for this book, here.

The Expert’s Guide to Driving a Man Wild by Jessica Clare (Bluebonnet #3)

Being out of control…

The product of a rigid upbringing, Brenna has grown into a sexy free spirit who does things her way. No possessions, no debt, no man, and no rules to tie her down. And if she has to work, what better way than as assistant in a wilderness expedition team? So many opportunities to go wild.

…can be risky when you’re falling in love.

One person who doesn’t “get” Brenna is her boss, Grant. He prefers order and emotions kept in check, which means Brenna loves to push his boundaries. He’d be impossible to work for if he wasn’t so infuriatingly hot. But when his overbearing, matchmaking mother arrives in town, Brenna volunteers to be Grant’s pretend girlfriend. After all, it’s the perfect opportunity to drive Grant crazy at every turn.

Brenna’s just a little surprised when Grant agrees to her wild, impulsive schemes. And she’s more than a little surprised when their games take them to the bedroom….

Holly: I didn’t read the previous two so I can’t compare. This was a fun book. It deals with some heavier issues but it isn’t a heavy read. Clare is an author I discovered and binged on in 2013. I look forward to carrying that over in 2014.

Perfect Stranger by Carly Phillips (Serendipity #3.5)

As dedicated a doctor as she is, Alexa Collins can’t help but feel exhausted trying to live up to her father’s expectations. And because of that unyielding commitment to her profession, Alexa has a built up a wall of defenses, especially when it comes to personal relationships. She simply hasn’t got the time—or the inclination. That was before she met pro football player Luke Thompson.

Luke was passing through Serendipity looking for a good time. And he was determined to show Alexa how good it could be. For Alexa, a one-night stand was a promising diversion. After all, Luke would be gone in a few days, no strings attached. But she never imagined how quickly he’d break down her defenses, and leave her vulnerable to feelings she was hoping, with all her heart, to avoid. Now, how can she possibly say goodbye to so perfect a stranger as Luke?

Holly: This is a great series. I’ve really enjoyed the previous releases and I look forward to this novella.

Rowena: I agree with Holly. This is a great series and I’m really looking forward to reading this novella. Carly Phillips is making me one happy reader this year.

Back to You by Jessica Scott (Coming Home #3)

He’s in for the fight of his life . . .

Army captain Trent Davila loved his wife, Laura, and their two beautiful children. But when he almost lost his life in combat, something inside him died. He couldn’t explain the emptiness he felt or bridge the growing distance between him and his family-so he deployed again. And again. And again…until his marriage reached its breaking point. Now, with everything on the line, Trent has one last chance to prove to his wife that he can be the man she needs …if she’ll have him

. . . to win back his only love.

Laura is blindsided when Trent returns home. Time and again, he chose his men over his family, and she’s just beginning to put the pieces of her shattered heart back together. But when Trent faces a court martial on false charges, only Laura can save him. What begins as an act of kindness to protect his career inflames a desire she thought long buried-and a love that won’t be denied. But can she trust that this time he’s back to stay?

Holly: I’ve been anxiously awaiting this story since I read the first book in the series. Trent fascinated and frustrated me in the previous books and I wanted to explore the mystery of him. Scott definitely delivered. I laughed, I cried, I felt warm-fuzzies inside my heart, I cried. I cried. I highly recommend this one. Highly.

Rowena: This series kind of fell off my radar but after reading the blurb for this book, I think I want to pick it back up.  I remember Trent from the books that I read and this one sounds like a good one.  Plus, if Holly liked it? I’m going to love it.

Hope Flames by Jaci Burton (Hope # 1)

When it comes to love, they already know the rules …by heart.

Thirty-two and finally setting up her veterinary practice in the town she once called home, Emma Burnett is on her own and loving it. Independent and driven, she’s not letting any man get in the way of her dreams. Not again.

That’s fine with Luke McCormack. Divorced and hardly lacking in female company when he needs it, he’s devoted to the only faithful companion in his life—his police dog. Still, there’s something about Emma he can’t shake.

When a series of local break-ins leaves Emma vulnerable, she seeks help from the first man to spark her desire in years. And now they’re giving each other something they thought they’d lost forever …hope.

Holly: The beginning of a new contemporary series set in a small town. A hero with commitment issues, a heroine who is just a little bit broken and a bunch of adorable animals. Trust me, this is a recipe for a great read.

Rowena: Ooh, this one sounds good.  And he’s a cop? Yum. Sign me up!

Unraveled by Jen Frederick (Woodlands #3)

Twenty-five-year-old Sgt. Gray Phillips is at a crossroads in his life: stay in the Marine Corps or get out and learn to be a civilian? He’s got forty-five days of leave to make up his mind but the people in his life aren’t making the decision any easier. His dad wants him to get out; his grandfather wants him to stay in. And his growing feelings for Sam Anderson are wreaking havoc with his heart…and his mind. He believes relationships get ruined when a Marine goes on deployment. So now he’s got an even harder decision to make: take a chance on Sam or leave love behind and give his all to the Marines.

Twenty-two year old Samantha Anderson lost her husband to an IED in Afghanistan just two months after their vows. Two years later, Sam is full of regrets—that she didn’t move with her husband to Alaska; that she allowed her friends to drift away; that she hasn’t taken many chances in life. Now, she’s met Gray and taking a risk on this Marine could be her one opportunity to feel alive and in love again. But how can she risk her heart on another military man who could share the same tragic fate as her husband?

Holly: Book two, Unspoken, was one of my favorite reads of 2013. I’m really looking forward to Gray’s book.

Rowena: I’m pretty anxious for this book since I freaking LOVED Unspoken.  Gray is a friend of Bo’s and I loved him so much that I want to read about his friends now…and hope he’s in their books. =)  This sounds like a good one, will he stay in or opt out? I can’t wait to find out.

When the Rogue Returns by Sabrina Jeffries (The Duke’s Men #2)

They are the Duke’s Men: an investigative agency born from family pride and irresistible passion, risking their lives—and sometimes their hearts—as they unravel shocking deceptions and scandalous transgressions!

Victor Cale never imagined that his sweet, shy bride, Isabella, would use her talent for creating exquisite imitation jewels in a criminal way. But there’s no denying that Isa’s handiwork was used in the brazen heist of the Dutch royal family’s diamonds—after she disappeared into the night.

Ten years later, still reeling from her betrayal and enraged that her duplicitous side was so undetectable, Victor is sent to Edinburgh to investigate a wealthy baron’s mysterious brideto- be. Simple enough—until the “fiancée” proves to be Isa, masquerading as an alluring young widow.

No longer the meek and mild girl he once knew, the bold woman vehemently asserts that it was Victor who abandoned her after he helped steal the royal diamonds! Piecing together the truth of the past reawakens their volatile passion, which burns hotter than ever. But with a decade of secrets between them, Victor and Isa must trust each other in order to bring the real thieves to justice—without getting burned themselves.

Holly: I’m a big fan of Jeffries. She writes fabulous historical romances with strong romances and even stronger family/friendship ties. I’m behind in this series (I still need to read book one) but this is still going toward the top of my TBR pile.

The Destiny of Violet and Luke by Jessica Sorensen (The Coincidence #3)

Luke Price’s life has always been about order, control, and acting tough on the outside. For Luke, meaningless relationships are a distraction-a way to tune out the twisted memories of his childhood. He desperately wishes he could forget his past, but it haunts him no matter what he does.

Violet Hayes has had a rough life. When she was young, she was left with no family and the memory of her parents’ unsolved murders. She grew up in foster homes, living with irresponsible parents, drugs, and neglect, and trying to fight the painful memories of the night her parents were taken from her. But it’s hard to forget when she never got closure-and she can’t stop dreaming about what happened that tragic night. To make it through life, she keeps her distance from everyone and never allows herself to feel anything.

Then Violet meets Luke. The two clash instantly, yet they can’t seem to stay away from each other. Although they fight it, they both start to open up and feel things they’ve never felt before. They discover just how similar they are. But they also discover something else: The past always catches up with you . . .

Rowena: I read the first two books in this series and have always been curious about Luke’s background.  He’s such an intense character (as a secondary character to boot) and I’ve been wanting to read this ever since I finished The Redemption of Callie & Kayden.  I’m hoping that I’ll love the hell out of this book the way I did with The Coincidence of Callie & Kayden.  It’s Luke!

Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare (Castles Ever After #1)

As the daughter of a famed author, Isolde Ophelia Goodnight grew up on tales of brave knights and fair maidens. She never doubted romance would be in her future, too. The storybooks offered endless possibilities.

And as she grew older, Izzy crossed them off. One by one by one.

Ugly duckling turned swan?
Abducted by handsome highwayman?
Rescued from drudgery by charming prince?
No, no, and . . . Heh.

Now Izzy’s given up yearning for romance. She’ll settle for a roof over her head. What fairy tales are left over for an impoverished twenty-six year-old woman who’s never even been kissed?

This one.

Rowena: I read this book not too long ago and enjoyed it so much that I want everyone to binge on Tessa Dare’s books this month.  She’s a great author and you guys won’t be disappointed!

The Bride Says No by Cathy Maxwell (Brides of Wishmore #1)

Lady Aileen never thought she’d be in this position—falling in love with her sister’s betrothed! Of course, her sister did run away rather than marry him, and he doesn’t seem to be all that interested in her sister either, but even so, such a match is impossible…isn’t it?

Aileen is certain she must turn away from the man she loves in order to protect her sister’s reputation. However, he’s not one to give up without a fight, and now that he’s met a woman he wants to marry, nothing on earth could convince him to let Aileen go.

Rowena:  Ooh, forbidden love! Well, almost.  This book sounds like all kinds of good and I want to read it!

Here are some other books that are coming out this month:

What are you looking forward to reading this month? See any books that we missed? Share your finds with us!

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