Thursday, April 12, 2012

Make Your Reservations!



It's time again to mark your calendars and Make Your Reservations for May! (Can you believe it's already almost May?!?) Here are some of the great books we are looking forward to next month. Are any of these upcoming books on your list? If so, which ones? If not, which books are on your list?


The Last Boyfriend
By Nora Roberts

Owen is the organizer of the Montgomery clan, running the family’s construction business with an iron fist — and an even less flexible spreadsheet. And though his brothers give him grief for his compulsive list making, the Inn BoonsBoro is about to open right on schedule. The only thing Owen didn’t plan for was Avery MacTavish...

Avery’s popular pizza place is right across the street from the inn, giving her a firsthand look at its amazing renovation — and a newfound appreciation for Owen. Since he was her first boyfriend when they were kids, Owen has never been far from Avery’s thoughts. But the attraction she’s feeling for him now is far from innocent.

As Avery and Owen cautiously take their relationship to another level, the opening of the inn gives the whole town of Boonsboro a reason to celebrate. But Owen’s hard work has only begun. Getting Avery to let down her guard is going to take longer than he expected — and so will getting her to realize that her first boyfriend is going to be her last...

(Berkley)


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Lyon's Bride
By Cathy Maxwell

"When a Chattan male falls in love, strike his heart with fire from above..."

They call him Lord Lyon, proud, determined— and cursed. He is in need of a bride, but if he falls in love, he dies. His fervent hope is that by marrying— and having a son—without love, perhaps he can break the curse's chains forever.

Enter beautiful Thea Martin—a duke's headstrong, errant daughter and society's most brilliant matchmaker. Years ago, she and Lyon were inseparable, until he disappeared from her life without a word. Now she is charged with finding Lyon's bride—a woman he cannot love for a man Thea could love too well.

(Avon)


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Twisted
By Laura Griffin

Motive, opportunity, and no alibi—rookie detective Allison Doyle knows it’s as close to a slam dunk as most investigations get. But even though her small-town Texas police department has identified a prime suspect in a young woman’s vicious murder, she can’t rest easy. And when legendary FBI profiler Mark Wolfe shows up with a startling new theory, all her doubts are amplified. If Wolfe is correct, the real killer is an elusive psychopath who has left a trail of bodies behind him. And he’s just days away from his next kill...

Allison was supposed to be Wolfe’s way into the case, nothing more. But she’s ambitious, stubborn, and far too tempting. With the help of her contacts at the Delphi Center crime lab, Wolfe is within striking distance of the monster he’s pursued for ten years. Except the closer Allison and Wolfe get, the more reason there is to fear. Because with a predator this brutal, every thread of evidence can make a difference between hunting a madman—and becoming hunted yourself.

(Pocket Star)


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Somebody to Love
By Kristan Higgins

After her father loses the family fortune in an insider-trading scheme, single mom Parker Welles is faced with some hard decisions. First order of business: go to Gideon's Cove, Maine, to sell the only thing she now owns—a decrepit house in need of some serious flipping. When her father's wingman, James Cahill, asks to go with her, she's not thrilled…even if he is fairly gorgeous and knows his way around a toolbox.

Having to fend for herself financially for the first time in her life, Parker signs on as a florist's assistant and starts to find out who she really is. Maybe James isn't the glib lawyer she always thought he was. And maybe the house isn't the only thing that needs a little TLC….

(Harlequin)


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Too Tempting to Resist
By Cara Elliott

The Marquess of Haddan, Gryffin Owain Dwight (Gryff to his friends) has grown tired of his life as a rakehell rogue and he's ready to turn over a more serious leaf. But fearing that any serious endeavors from a man reputed to be a devil-may-care soldier would be laughed at, he keeps his essays on landscape design a secret. When invited to a country house party by a group of indolent young rakes who look up to him, he accepts only because the estate is famous for its magnificent grounds. Never does he suspect that a chance encounter in the garden will change his life forever.

A widow at just 24, Eliza, Lady Lampson, has already rescued her impoverished noble family by marrying for money once. Now that she's free, she has no interest in remarrying, and wants only to pursue her passion for gardening and botanical paintings on her family's ancestral estate. She is wary of her brother's rakish friends and goes out of her way to avoid any contact when they are visiting from London. But when she meets the infamous marquess in the gardens, she instantly senses their powerful mutual attraction. And though she tries to fight it, she and Gryff embark on an illicit affair.

Unfortunately for Eliza, her irresponsible brother is incurring staggering new debts and begging her to rescue him financially by wedding a rich friend-a debauched nobleman who has plans to force Eliza into using her art to help him with his criminal activities. Meanwhile she and Gryff continue to meet, and find that their physical passion is matched by a joining of their creative talents-a publisher is producing a fancy book of Gryff's essays and he's chosen Eliza to do the botanical illustrations. Eliza hopes that the money she earns will free her from her family's selfish demands,but an ultimatum from her brother and his friend makes her future seem increasingly grim...until Gryff decides to fight unscrupulous rivals and his own inner demons, hoping for the seed of a new life to take root between him and Eliza.

(Forever)


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Heart of Brass
By Kate Cross

Arden is an undercover agent for one of the most powerful organizations of this steam-powered world—the Wardens of the Realm, a group with extraordinary abilities, dedicated to protecting England against evil.

Arden Grey enjoys a life most women in 1898 London can’t even dream of: she has the social status, wealth, and independence of a countess. She also has the ability to witness the final moments of a murder victim’s life. But ever since the disappearance of her husband, Lucas, none of this means anything to her. Until one night, when Arden spies a man watching her—a man she recognizes as her missing husband.

He’s been ordered to assassinate Arden as retribution for her part in the killing of a Company agent. Luke remembers nothing of his life before The Company, a corrupt agency that has erased his memory. Even so, something prevents him from completing his assignment. There is something familiar about his lovely target, something that attracts him and fills him with dread. For he knows that if he doesn’t kill her, someone else will—and kill him as well.

(Signet)


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Barefoot in the Sand
By Roxanne St. Claire

When all you hold dear is taken away . . .

When a hurricane roars through Lacey Armstrong's home on the coast of Barefoot Bay, she decides all that remains in the rubble is opportunity. A new hotel is just what Mimosa Key needs, and Lacey and her teenage daughter are due for a fresh start. And nothing, especially not a hot, younger architect, is going to distract Lacey from finally making her dreams a reality.

A second chance is the only thing you have left.

Love has already cost Clay Walker everything. And if he's going to have any chance of picking up the pieces of his life, he needs the job as Lacey Armstrong's architect. What's not in the plans is falling for the headstrong beauty. Her vision of the future is more appealing than anything he could have ever drafted for himself. Will Clay's designs on Lacey's heart be more than she can handle, or will she trust him to build something that will last forever?

(Forever)


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Be My Prince
By Julianne MacLean

Attention one and all. His Royal Highness, Prince Randolph of Petersbourg, will set sail for London in early June and reside at St. James Palace for one full month…Some say the true motive for the prince’s visit to our fair country is to seek and marry his future queen. I will therefore pose the question to our devoted and reflective readers: Who among us will be the chosen one? —From the London Ballroom Society Pages


Lady Alexandra Monroe has been told in no uncertain terms that she must set her sights on a proposal from Prince Randolph to better her family’s situation. Instead, she finds herself falling for his charming but dangerous younger brother Nicholas, a man whose passionate nature—and irresistible good looks—makes it impossible to remember her duty. But while she is torn between ambition and desire, a wicked scandal brews, shocking secrets are revealed, and soon she begins to wonder: can true love really conquer all?

(St. Martin's)

35 comments:

  1. I'm a fan of Laura Griffin's Tracers series, so I'll be looking forward to "Twisted."

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  2. Too Tempting to Resist and Be My Prince have both been preordered. Can't wait. :)

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    1. Isn't the cover for Be My Prince gorgeous, Beebs?

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    2. Yep! Love the purple. :)

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    3. I finished an ARC of TOO TEMPTING TO RESIST last night. It's wonderful!

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  3. I have Kristan Higgin's books and Roxanne St. Claire's books on auto-order at Amazon.com. I didn't know about the new Nora Robert's book, though, so thank you. Is it in a series? If so, is it the first? (Gotta read them in order.) :)

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    1. Hi, Annie! Yes, The Last Boyfriend is the second book in Nora's Inn Boonsboro trilogy. The first book is The Next Always and the third book, The Perfect Hope, comes out in November. :)

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  4. I am definitely looking forward to The Last Boyfriend, so she what Nora's cooked up for Avery and Owen! :) (Though I admit the book I'm really anxious for is The Perfect Hope,despite my reservation that Hope came off a tad too Mary Sue in The Next Always).

    The new Stefanie Sloane is also on my list, but it comes out at the end of the month, so it may be considered a May release?

    As always, the rest of the books on this list look terrific! :)

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    1. Me, too, Lisa!! I can't wait to see what Nora does with Hope and Ryder!!! ;-)

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  5. Love Laura Griffin and Roxanne St Claire. And of course Nora Roberts. Looks like a good month coming up.

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  6. No more good books, PLEASE!!!! I can't keep up. I had not heard of Kate Cross, but the blurb sounds good. Have never read Steampunk and this sounds like a good place to start. All the other authors are on my "Watch List" and their new books will most likely be added to my ever growing TBR Mountain. A good problem to have - unless you are my husband trying to figure out where to build another bookcase.

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    1. I love the sound of the Kate Cross, too, librarypat. I plan to take the leap into steampunk with it. And Kate Cross is also known as historical author Kathryn Smith. :)

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  7. These look like some great reads, haven't read Nora Roberts for a while. Love Kristen Higgins books. So kind of looking forward to all of these.

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  8. I’ve already read the Higgins along with Robyn Carr’s Sunrise Point, Diane Chamberlain’s The Good Father, and Sherry Thomas’s Beguiling the Beauty, and Barefoot in the Sand is next in line on my Kindle. Kate Cross is new to me, but I agree with librarypat that the book sounds fascinating. All the rest are on my TBB list. Those not on your list that I’m most eagerly anticipating are Mary Balogh’s The Proposal (Gwen’s long-awaited book) and Mary Jo Putney’s Lost Lords #4—No Longer a Gentleman. Others I’m looking forward to include Crystal Gardens by Amanda Quick, The Saint Who Stole My Heart by Stefanie Sloane, The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani, Lady Maggie’s Secret Scandal by Gwen Burrowes, The Long Shot by Ellen Hartman, The Cowboy Sheriff by Trish Milburn, Marriage of Mercy by Carla Kelly, Unbuttoning Miss Hardwick by Deb Marlowe, and Lucky in Love by Jill Shalvis.

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    1. Janga, I am positive that Jill Shalvis's Lucky in Love will be on next month's list. I am so looking forward to revisiting Lucky Harbor for three months in a row! :D

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  9. I'm looking forward to SOMEBODY TO LOVE. Kristan Higgins's books are so much fun.

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    1. They are fun, Na! And if I'm not mistaken, I believe this is her first written in third person POV.

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  10. Oh my goodness, they all sound like wonderful reads. And such wonderful covers too.

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    1. They do, don't they, catslady? :)

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  11. Wow, so many great books!

    I still need to read the first in Nora's new series in addition to this new one.
    The new book by Kristan Higgins sounds good.
    I've never read anything by Laura Griffin before, but this book sounds really good. I love romantic suspense, so I'll have to check her out!

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    1. Trisha, feel free to borrow Nora's books anytime. *g* As for Laura Griffin, you'll have to talk to PJ about her books. ;-)

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    2. Trisha, I definitely recommend giving Laura Griffin a try!

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  12. I loved Nora Roberts Bride Quartet series and am looking forward to this new one too. I tend to try to wait until a series is complete (unless it's a rally long series) so I can read them all together. All of these books look good - there just isn't enough time to read all the books I want to.

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    1. Di, I loved her Bride Quartet, too! The third one in this new series releases in November, so you won't have too long to wait. ;-)

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  13. Ooh, Cathy Maxwell has a new book and it sounds good! Can't wait to read it.

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    1. I know! And this is the first in a new series!

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  14. Oh you Dishes are up to it again; it's April 12 and you are already tempting me with new books! The all look terrific to me!

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    1. LOL! We love to tempt, Flora. *g*

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  15. All the contemps listed. So glad to see you always present them.

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    1. Thanks, Pat! We love our contemps. ;-)

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  16. I can't wait to read Lyon's Bride and Heart of Brass. Kate Cross is a new Author for me. I loved the blurb. And Be My Prince. Thanks for this post and reminder of what to look forward to in May.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

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  17. Definetly Kristan Higgins. I'm also waiting for KMM's Ice and Jessica Sims'book.It's just hard to be patient for next months or year.
    Julianaekin@yahoo.com

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