Thursday, January 12, 2012

Make Your Reservations!

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

A Lady Never Surrenders
By Sabrina Jeffries

When the youngest Sharpe sister hatches a plan to gain marriage offers, the straight-laced Bow Street Runner Jackson Pinter knows he'll do whatever it takes to ruin her scheme...

Lady Celia Sharpe hopes that if she can garner offers of marriage from several eligible gentlemen and show her grandmother she is capable of gaining a husband, she can convince Gran to rescind the marriage ultimatum for her. And if that plan doesn’t work, at least she’ll have a husband lined up. But Bow Street Runner Jackson Pinter seems determined to ruin her plans by disapproving of every suitor she asks him to investigate. It’s only when she and Jackson work together to solve her parents’ murders, plunging them both into danger, that she realizes why--because the only man he wants her to marry is himself!



Celebrity in Death
By J.D. Robb

Lieutenant Eve Dallas is no party girl, but she's managing to have a reasonably good time at the celebrity-packed bash celebrating The Icove Agenda, a film based on one of her famous cases. It's a little spooky seeing the actress playing her, who looks almost like her long-lost twin. Not as unsettling, though, as seeing the actress who plays Peabody drowned in the lap pool on the roof of the director's luxury building. Now she's at the center of a crime scene-and Eve is more than ready to get out of her high heels and strap on her holster and step into the role she was born to play: cop.

(Putnam Adult)


A Scandalous Countess
By Jo Beverley

Lady May is back. And so is the scandal that sent her tumbling from her position as the toast of London, when her husband, the Earl of Maybury, was killed in a duel. Even a year of mourning hasn't quieted the rumors of her infidelity.

Georgia Maybury is determined to regain her position in the beau monde, but a scarred ex-naval officer threatens her plans...



The House on Butterfly Way
By Elizabeth Bevarly

Once upon a time, in Manitou Hills, there was a home so radiant and vivacious it was christened with its own name: Fleurissant. Now it's in ruins, forgotten and neglected-except by a woman who sees her own life reflected in the broken windows of that house on Butterfly Way...

As a child, from afar, Eugenie Dashner loved Fleurissant and the elegant, youthful fantasies it provided. Now, with a failed marriage behind her, a troubled son at her side, and a contentious and bitter mother to care for, Eugenie returns to the Louisville neighborhood of Manitou Hills to fulfill a dream: buy and renovate the house that once meant so much to her, and maybe, in the process, rebuild her own life.

Day by day, as the house reveals more and more of its forgotten beauty, Eugenie sees her dream come to fruition-especially when the attentions of two men help to reawaken in her feelings of romance and passion she thought were gone forever. As she navigates her rediscovered emotions, Eugenie comes to realize that there is no such thing as irreparable damage-not in herself, not in the house on Butterfly Way, and not in the family who now calls it home...



The Duchess Diaries
By Jillian Hunter

As headmistress of the Scarfield Academy for Young Ladies, Miss Charlotte Boscastle is tasked with keeping her charges free from notoriety. But when Charlotte's diary goes missing, she can't imagine having her most intimate secrets fall into the wrong hands.

Although the confessions in the diary he found spark his interest, the Duke of Wynfield has every intention of returning the journal. But when Gideon's encounter with Charlotte takes on an unexpectedly passionate nature, his indiscretion causes a scandal that only marriage can cure...



One Book in the Grave
By Kate Carlisle

Brooklyn's chance to restore a rare first edition of Beauty and the Beast seems a fairy tale come true-until she realizes the book last belonged to an old friend of hers. Ten years ago, Max Adams fell in love with a stunning beauty, Emily, and gave her the copy of Beauty and the Beast as a symbol of their love. Soon afterward, he died in a car crash, and Brooklyn has always suspected his possessive ex-girlfriend and her jealous beau.

Now she decided to find out who sold the book and return it to its rightful owner-Emily. With the help of her handsome boyfriend, Derek Stone, Brooklyn must unravel a murder plot-before she ends up in a plot herself...



How to Dance with a Duke
By Manda Collins

What’s a wallflower to do when she’s suddenly in need of a husband? Use all the pluck and moxie she can muster to get what she wants...

Miss Cecily Hurston would much rather explore the antiquities of Egypt than the uncharted territory of marriage. But the rules of her father’s exclusive academic society forbid her entrance unless she weds one of its members. To clear her ailing father’s name of a scandalous rumor, Cecily needs to gain admission into the Egyptian Club—and is willing to marry any old dullard to do it.

Lucas Dalton, Duke of Winterson, is anything but dull. He’s a dashing and decorated war hero determined to help Cecily—even if that means looking the other way when she claims the dance card of Amelia Snow, this season’s most sought-after beauty. But Lucas has a reason for wanting Cecily to join the Egyptian Club: His brother went missing during one of Lord Hurston’s expeditions to Egypt. An alliance with the explorer’s bluestocking daughter could bring Lucas closer to the truth about what happened...or it could lead him to a more dangerous love than either he or Cecily could have imagined...

(St. Martin's)


A Town Called Valentine
By Emma Cane

Welcome to Valentine Valley—where broken hearts come home to mend, and true love may lie just across the range...

Emily Murphy never thought she’d return to her mom’s rustic hometown in the Colorado Mountains. But after her marriage in San Francisco falls apart, leaving her penniless and heartsick, she returns to her old family home to find a new direction for her life. On her first night back, though, a steamy encounter with handsome rancher Nate Thalberg is not the fresh start she had in mind...

Nate has good reason not to trust the determined beauty who just waltzed into town—he’s no stranger to betrayal. Besides, she’s only there to sell her family’s old property and move back out. But as Nate and Emily begin working side-by-side to restore her time-worn building and old family secrets change Emily’s perception of herself, both are about to learn how difficult it is to hide from love in a place known far and wide for romance, family ties, and happily-ever-afters: a town called Valentine.



  1. Another great line-up. I can see quit a few I would like to read. I look forward to your reviews.

  2. I've been waiting for Celia's book and I think Pinter is the perfect match for her.

  3. I'm looking forward to Sarah Maclean's A Rogue by Any Other Name and Lynsay Sand's The Husband Hunt. Both are out at the end of February.

  4. I am not done with January yet! I have to have Sabrina Jeffries, Jillian Hunter and Kate Carlisle.

  5. Love all of the historicals especially Jillian Hunter and Sabrina Jeffries!

  6. Thanks, librarypat!

    Jane, I would say that A LOT of people agree with you. *g*

    Beebs, I'm sure one or both of those will be on March's MYR. ;-)

  7. Dianna, I am reading Jillian Hunter's right now and really enjoying it. Good luck with those January books!

    You're in great company, Laurie G!

    I'm happy to introduce you to new authors, Eli! :)

  8. Oh my goodness! They are all on my Wish List. I'm so excited about the February line-up. Reading about these upcoming books is going to be so much fun. Cannot wait! :-)

  9. What a great list of books! The Sabrina Jeffries sounds great as does the Jo Bevarly. I'm looking forward to the new Lisa Kleypas, Sarah MacLean, Maya Rodale, and Katharine Ashe coming out at the end of February, but I think they are technically March releases.

  10. The Duchess Diaries sounds like a great story. I'm going to have to get that one when it comes out.

  11. Holy smokes! I'm going to have to build an extra room on my house just to keep all of my books. LOL

  12. I'm so excited about Manda Collins's How to Dance with a Duke that I smile and give a cheer every time I think about it. I can't wait to see it in all my favorite book venders.

    And I am beyond eager for Sabrina Jeffries's book. I'll probably go back and reread the series before reading this one.

    Yay, too, for The House on Butterfly Way. It's been way too long since we had a new single-title from Elizabeth Bevarly, and this one sounds great.

    And a new Jo Beverley book always gives me reason to celebrate. I love Kate Carlisle's mysteries too. I added A Town Called Valentine to my list. The summary makes me think it's my kind of book.

    Lots of book <3 for February!

  13. Looks like a great month ahead.

  14. I'm already reading "A Scandalous Countess" and loving it! I have Celebrity in Death and How to Dance with a Duke on my order list and I think I'll add a Town Called looks like a good book

  15. Tat's a great line up of historicals - looking forward to the Sabrina Jeffries book!

  16. Connie, they are great choices for Valentine's Day, huh? ;-)

    Yes, they are, Lisa, and I am looking forward to them, too!!!

    Rebekah E., I am really enjoying it!

  17. I hear you, Gannon!

    Janga, A TOWN CALLED VALENTINE is up next for me and I am really looking forward to it!

    It sure is, Virginia!

  18. I hope you enjoy them, Maria!

    Sabrina Jeffries is a favorite around here, Margay, so you're in good company. ;-)