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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Make Your Reservations!



It's time again to mark your calendars and Make Your Reservations for February! Here are some of the books we're looking forward to next month. Are any of these upcoming books on your list? If so, which ones?



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The Perfect Mistress
by Victoria Alexander


Widowed Julia, Lady Winterset, has inherited a book—a very shocking book—that every gentleman in London seems to want. For a charismatic businessman, it’s a chance to build an empire. For a dashing novelist, it could guarantee fame. But to a proud, domineering earl, it means everything...

Harrison Landingham, Earl of Mountdale, can’t let the obstinate Julia release the shameless memoir that could ruin his family’s name. But the only way to stop her may be equally sordid—if far more pleasurable. For his rivals are intent on seducing the captivating woman to acquire the book. And Harrison isn’t the sort to back away from a competition with the stakes this high. Now the winner will claim both the scandalous memoirs and the heart of their lovely owner...


(Zebra)


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When Beauty Tamed the Beast
by Eloisa James


Miss Linnet Berry Thrynne is a Beauty . . . Naturally, she's betrothed to a Beast.

Piers Yelverton, Earl of Marchant, lives in a castle in Wales where, it is rumored, his bad temper flays everyone he crosses. And rumor also has it that a wound has left the earl immune to the charms of any woman.

Linnet is not just any woman.

She is more than merely lovely: her wit and charm brought a prince to his knees. She estimates the earl will fall madly in love—in just two weeks.

Yet Linnet has no idea of the danger posed to her own heart by a man who may never love her in return.

If she decides to be very wicked indeed . . . what price will she pay for taming his wild heart?


(Avon)


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Treachery in Death
by J.D. Robb


Detective Eve Dallas and her partner, Peabody, are following up on a senseless crime-an elderly grocery owner killed by three stoned punks for nothing more than kicks and snacks. This is Peabody's first case as primary detective-good thing she learned from the master.

But Peabody soon stumbles upon a trickier situation. After a hard workout, she's all alone in the locker room when the gym door clatters open; and-while hiding inside a shower stall trying not to make a sound-she overhears two fellow officers, Garnet and Oberman, arguing. It doesn't take long to realize they're both crooked-guilty not just of corruption but of murder. Now Peabody, Eve, and Eve's husband, Roarke, are trying to get the hard evidence they need to bring the dirty cops down-knowing all the while that the two are willing to kill to keep their secret.


(Putnam Adult)


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Notorious Pleasures
by Elizabeth Hoyt


Their lives were perfect . . .
Lady Hero Batten, the beautiful sister of the Duke of Wakefield, has everything a woman could want, including the perfect fiancé. True, the Marquis of Mandeville is a trifle dull and has no sense of humor, but that doesn't bother Hero. Until she meets his notorious brother . . .

Until they met each other.
Griffin Remmington, Lord Reading, is far from perfect - and he likes it that way. How he spends his days is a mystery, but all of London knows he engages in the worst sorts of drunken revelry at night. Hero takes an instant dislike to him, and Griffin thinks that Hero, with her charities and faultless manners, is much too impeccable for society, let alone his brother. Yet their near-constant battle of wits soon sparks desire - desire that causes their carefully constructed worlds to come tumbling down. As Hero's wedding nears, and Griffin's enemies lay plans to end their dreams forever, can two imperfect people find perfect true love?


(Vision - Grand Central)


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Scandal of the Year
by Laura Lee Guhrke


One tryst was all she wanted . . .

From their very first meeting, Julia knew that Aidan Carr, the oh-so-proper Duke of Trathen, had a bit of the devil in him, a devil who secretly yearned for what he could not have, a devil who harbored a desire for her. So when she needed to be caught in a compromising situation, Aidan was the answer to her prayers.

One tryst just wasn't enough . . .

Aidan is supposed to be looking for a bride, yet his scandalous liaison with Julia is all he can think about. Hot, erotic memories of kissing her skin, falling into her bed, pulling her naked body on top of his own continue to torment and tempt him. What is it about this brazen seductress that he finds so hard to resist? And how can he stop himself from falling into her bed a second time?


(Avon)


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Wild Man Creek
by Robyn Carr


Colin Riordan came to Virgin River to recuperate from a horrific helicopter crash, the scars of which he bears inside and out. His family is wonderfully supportive, but it’s his art than truly soothes his troubled soul.

Stung personally and professionally by an ill-advised affair, PR guru Jillian Matlock arrived in town via golden parachute. She’s bought an old Victorian with a promising garden and is looking forward to cultivating something other than a corporate brand.

When Jillian finds Colin at his easel in her yard, there’s an instant connection. But both are holding romance at arm’s length— looking to simplify, not complicate, their lives. And Jill may yet be lured back to Silicon Valley...


(MIRA)


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After Dark with a Scoundrel
by Alexandra Hawkins


Young, tender, and highly impressionable, Lady Regan can’t help but be intrigued by her brother’s wayward friends—the wickedly charming Lords of Vice. One man in particular, the dashing Lord Hugh Mordare (known simply as “Dare” among the ton), utterly captivates her—in spite of his reputation as a notorious womanizer. But when she steals an innocent kiss from Dare, Regan is swiftly packed off to boarding school, safely away from danger...and desire.

Five years later, Regan returns—a proper lady and ravishing beauty. Miss Swann’s Academy for Young Ladies has taught her how to behave in polite society. But all the training in the world cannot extinguish her love for Dare. Now, she hopes to beat the master of seduction at his own game—by daring Dare to love her in return. This time, both of their hearts are on the line...and winner takes all.


(St. Martin's Press)


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Unveiled
by Courtney Milan


He was her bitterest enemy...

Ash Turner has waited a lifetime to seek revenge on the man who ruined his family, and now the time for justice has arrived. At Parford Manor, he intends to take his place as the rightful heir to the dukedom, and settle an old score with the current duke once and for all. But when he arrives, he finds himself drawn to a tempting beauty who has the power to undo all his dreams of vengeance...


And her dearest love

Lady Margaret knows she should despise the man who’s stolen her fortune and her father’s legacy—the man she’s been ordered to spy on in the guise of a nurse. Yet the more she learns about the new duke, the less she can resist his smoldering appeal. Soon Margaret and Ash find themselves torn between old loyalties—and the tantalizing promise of passion...


(HQN)


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Animal Magnetism
by Jill Shalvis


This alpha male is going to bring out her wild side...

Sunshine, Idaho, is a small and sunny town—the perfect home for man and beast. Well, maybe not for man, as pilot-for-hire Brady Miller discovers when his truck is rear-ended by what appears to be Noah’s Ark.

The co-owner of the town’s only kennel, Lilah Young has good reason to be distracted behind the wheel—there are puppies, a piglet, and a duck in her Jeep. But, she doesn’t find it hard to focus on the angry, gorgeous stranger she’s collided with.

Lilah has lived in Sunshine all her life, and though Brady is just passing through, he has her abandoning her instincts and giving in to a primal desire. It’s Brady’s nature to resist being tied down, but there’s something about Lilah and her menagerie—both animal and human—that keeps him coming back for more...


(Berkley)


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The Seduction of His Wife
by Tiffany Clare


Emma Hallaway has not seen her husband in twelve years—and that’s fine with her. As a young girl, she’d agreed to a simple marriage of convenience, allowing her to pursue her private passion for painting. And though unknown to the rest of polite society, Emma is now one of the most daring and sought-after artists in London. However, when her secret is threatened to be exposed, Emma is forced to open her heart—and her home—to a total stranger:her husband…

Richard Mansfield, Earl of Asbury, is all too familiar with danger. As a matter of fact, it is hard on his heels when he returns to England. Still, even he is shocked to learn of his wife’s scandalous double life as an artist. But once he sees the vibrant grown woman she has become—so passionate, so strong, and so alluring—his undeniable attraction to Emma stuns him. Suddenly Richard is determined to turn their sham of a marriage into a true and lasting love. But how exactly does a gentleman seduce his own wife?


(St. Martin's Press)

38 comments:

  1. Loved:
    - "Unveiled" by Courtney Milan (poor Margaret)

    Looking forward to:
    - "The Perfect Mistress" by Victoria Alexander
    - "When Beauty Tamed the Beast" by Eloisa James
    - "Animal Magnetism" by Jill Shalvis
    Actually, I'm looking forward to reading all of them!

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  2. Ooh, lots of delicious reads coming up in Feb! Can't wait!

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  3. To - many - books - to - choose - from - and - read.
    I can't keep up.

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  4. Some awesome books there I just adore Victoria Alexander's stories I gotta retire LOL

    Have Fun
    Helen

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  5. Wow, so many fabulous books! I'm looking forward to Notorious Pleasures by Elizabeth Hoyt. Can't wait!! :)

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  6. Once again...a whole lot of terrific books and not nearly enough time.

    I'd pick up the Jill Shalvis book based on the cover alone. Love it!

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  7. To - many - books - to - choose - from - and - read.
    I can't keep up.


    LOL @ librarypat! You took the words right out of my mouth. ;-)

    PJ, I'm with you on the cover of Jill Shalvis' book. How can you resist that?? :-)

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  8. Such a yummy book month, several rsvp's are already made & now I need to do make some more ;) Looking forward to E Hoyt's book (have since finished the last one) as well as the releases by V Alexander, A Hawkins, & L Sands (new historical).

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  9. I'm definitely looking forward to the next installment in LLG's Abandoned at the Altar series. I'm reading Wedding of the Season right now and loving it! Eloisa's When Beauty Met the Beast is also at the top of my list as she's an auto-buy author for me.

    I've also read Tiffany Clare and Courtney Milan's debuts so may check them out out as well.

    As always, a great selection of books in store!

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  10. Good morning, Sheree! LOL, me, too! If only I could add some more hours to the day. Of course, if I could, they'd probably be spent doing something else. LOL

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  11. Aren't there, Anna?!?! And is it just me or do covers become more and more gorgeous? ;-)

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  12. Morning Ladies,

    The Hoyt book is my most anticipated!!

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  13. Oh, Helen, if only it was that easy, huh? We could all retire to just read. What a lovely idea. I'm looking forward to VA's, too!

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  14. Me, too, Trisha! Hoyt became an auto-buy for me with her first book and hasn't disappointed be at all. She's a terrific writer. :)

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  15. Isn't that cover hot and cute at the same time, PJ? I love Jill's books.

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  16. I have to say that I am amazed at the quality and quantity of great romance novels every month! Aren't we lucky that there are so many fabulous books . . . and authors!

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  17. Gannon, you'll have to let us know if the book is as good as the cover!

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  18. gamistress66, I am very much looking forward to Alexandra Hawkins's book, as well. I really like this series and hope that she'll be able to write books for all of the Lords of Vice!

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  19. Yes, it is, Lisa! And LLG is on my list, too. In fact, I bought Wedding of the Season and am holding on to it until Scandal of the Year releases so I can read them back to back. When I can find the time, that is. LOL

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  20. I knew it would be, Scorpio! Hoyt is terrific, isn't she?

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  21. We are extremely lucky, Buffie. We are so fortunate to have so many choices in so many sub-genres. Lucky, indeed!

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  22. What a list! I'm so excited for almost ALL of them. I've had a chance to read Unveiled (absolutely fabulous) and Scandal of the Year (also good) but there are about 7 on this list that are on my MUST read list.

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  23. Another great month of romance reads! I've already read Scandal of the Year, Wild Man Creek, Unveiled, and a pre-pub draft of The Seduction of His Wife, and I'll be adding paper copies of them all to my collection. I'm still looking forward to When Beauty Tames the Beast and Notorious Pleasures. I came late to Shalvis's books, so I'm still playing catch-up, but I know I'll read Animal Magnetism eventually. I agree with y'all about the irresistible quality of that cover.

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  24. I'm basically looking forward to everything in the historical romance category. What a great month! And on the same month as my birthday too :D

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  25. Don't they, susied? Thanks for stopping by!

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  26. Oh, you're lucky, Jennifer! Did you enjoy Unveiled and Scandal of the Year?

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  27. Janga, I'm the same way! If I really love a book after reading the ARC or galley, I still buy a regular copy. My husband thinks I'm crazy, but I want to support my favorite authors. Plus, it makes my bookshelves look good. *g*

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  28. Oh! Happy Birthday, Antonia! What great historical choices you have for your birthday. Enjoy!

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  29. I loved them both, but Unveiled was just awesome! Scandal of the Year was good, but left me sort of wanting in just a couple of places.

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  30. Thanks, Jennifer! Both are on my list. ;-)

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  31. Victoria Alexander, Eloisa James, Elizabeth Hoyt, and Laura Lee Guhrke are all auto buys for me. Oh and Alexandra Hawkins recently made that list as well. Looks like I will also have to add two more to that list. Hello, my name is Dianna and I am a bookaholic.

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  32. Thank you for the headsup about what is coming out in February. Looks like a lot of great books! I know for the month of January I am really looking forward to reading Susan Elizabeth Phillips's and Laura Moore's new books.

    Amber E.

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  33. Any time Eloisa James has a new book out, it's always at the top of my list. I'm looking forward to Courtney Milan's newest, and Elizabeth Hoyt's books too.

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  34. Dianna said: Hello, my name is Dianna and I am a bookaholic.

    LOL! Welcome to the club, Dianna. *g*

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  35. You're welcome, Amber! I hope you enjoy them. :)

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  36. Barbara, isn't Eloisa's cover gorgeous? Avon's art dept. is top-notch!

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