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Friday, May 11, 2012

Make Your Reservations!


It's time again to mark your calendars and Make Your Reservations for June!  Yay for summer reading! 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?



A Night Like This
By Julia Quinn

Anne Wynter might not be who she says she is...

But she's managing quite well as a governess to three highborn young ladies. Her job can be a challenge—in a single week she finds herself hiding in a closet full of tubas, playing an evil queen in a play that might be a tragedy (or might be a comedy—no one is sure), and tending to the wounds of the oh-so-dashing Earl of Winstead. After years of dodging unwanted advances, he's the first man who has truly tempted her, and it's getting harder and harder to remind herself that a governess has no business flirting with a nobleman.

Daniel Smythe-Smith Might be in mortal danger...

But that's not going to stop the young earl from falling in love. And when he spies a mysterious woman at his family's annual musicale, he vows to pursue her, even if that means spending his days with a ten-year-old who thinks she's a unicorn. But Daniel has an enemy, one who has vowed to see him dead. And when Anne is thrown into peril, he will stop at nothing to ensure their happy ending...

(Avon)


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Rescue Me
By Rachel Gibson

She's 33, unmarried, and stuffed into a Bubble Yum pink bridesmaid dress. And the whole town wants to fix her up with anyone with a dental plan...

Who's going to rescue Sadie Hollowell now?

Everyone in Lovett, Texas, knows Sadie has always been a "notional" kind of gal. She got a notion to leave town ASAP and never visit her daddy (bless his heart) again. Now she's back and got the notion to invite a good-looking, hard-muscled, total stranger to her cousin's wedding. Better a stranger than some of the losers she's dated.

Vince Haven got his muscles the hard way—as a Navy SEAL in Afghanistan. He's staying in Lovett to visit his crazy aunt—the proprietor of the local Gas and Go. Before he can get the heck back out of the small town, his aunt makes him an offer he can't refuse. Maybe he'll stick around Lovett for a while. Maybe he'll make a "go" of the Gas and Go. Maybe he'll rescue Sadie out of that pink dress!

(Avon)


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Bedding Lord Ned
By Sally Mackenzie

Determined to find a husband, Miss Eleanor “Nell” Bowman attends a ball put on by the Duchess of Greycliffe, fondly referred to as the Duchess of Love. But she roundly dismisses the suitors the matchmaking hostess has invited on her behalf. For it’s the duchess’s dashing son Ned, Lord Edward, who long ago captured Nell’s heart—and roused her desire. All it takes is a pair of conveniently misplaced silky red bloomers to set the handsome widower’s gaze on this unusual girl who is clearly more than meets the eye…

After more than a year of mourning, Ned longs to finally start anew. At first glance, the birthday ball his mother has thrown in his honor is decidedly lacking in suitable mistresses. But he senses something unexpectedly alluring beneath the veil of Nell’s plain exterior—something she’s anxious to reveal, and the lonely Lord is incapable of denying…

(Zebra)


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Lucky in Love
By Jill Shalvis

Mallory Quinn has had enough of playing it safe. As a nurse and devoted daughter, she takes care of everyone but herself. And as the local good girl, she's expected to date Mr. Right. But for once, she'd like to take a risk on Mr. Wrong. And who could be more wrong than Ty Garrison? The mysterious new guy in town has made it clear that he's only passing through, which suits Mallory just fine. Besides, his lean, hard body and sexy smile will give her plenty to remember once he's gone...

For the first time in his life, Ty can't bear to leave. Helping this sexy seductress-in-training walk on the wild side is making him desire things he shouldn't--including leaving the military for good. As their just-for-fun fling becomes something more, Mallory and Ty wonder if they could really be this lucky in love. After all...anything can happen in a town called Lucky Harbor.

(Forever)


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Bride of the High Country
By Kaki Warner

Margaret Hamilton escaped the Irish slums of Five Points as the ward of a wealthy Manhattan widow, but only marriage can make her future secure. Railroad mogul Doyle Kerrigan needs a well-connected wife. It seems a perfect match...until a shocking revelation sends her fleeing from the wedding reception.

Desperate to make a fresh start, Margaret takes on a new identity and heads West, finally stopping in Heartbreak Creek, Colorado, a dying mining town of little interest to anyone. Here, she finds new purpose, beloved friends to replace the family she’s lost, and a home at last.

But two men from Margaret’s past are on her trail. One is seeking vengeance, the other truth. When they both arrive in Heartbreak Creek, she must choose between the town she has come to love, and the man who might finally capture her heart…

(Berkley)


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Sea Change
By Karen White

For Ava Whalen, a new marriage and a move to St. Simons Island means a new beginning. But what she doesn’t realize is that her marriage will take her on an unexpected journey into the deep recesses of her past that will transform her forever…

For as long as she can remember, Ava Whalen has struggled with a sense of not belonging, and now, at thirty-five, she still feels stymied by her family. Then she meets child psychologist Matthew Frazier, and thinks her days of loneliness are behind her. After a whirlwind romance, they impulsively elope, and Ava moves to Matthew’s ancestral home on St. Simons Island off the coast of Georgia.

But after the initial excitement, Ava is surprised to discover that true happiness continues to elude her. There is much she doesn’t know about Matthew, including the mysterious circumstances surrounding his first wife’s death. And her new home seems to hold as many mysteries and secrets as her new husband. Feeling adrift, Ava throws herself into uncovering Matthew’s family history and that of the island, not realizing that she has a connection of her own to this place—or that her obsession with the past could very well destroy her future.
 
(NAL)
 
 
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Along Came a Duke
By Elizabeth Boyle
 
“A young lady with a fortune is subject to all sorts of untoward attentions by the worst sort of vagrants.” Aunt Allegra

A lesson Tabitha Timmons, a penniless spinster, has never needed to heed. That is, until she is left a vast fortune payable only upon her marriage to the very respectable Mr. Barkworth—a match that offers little chance of discovering exactly what her aunt means by "untoward attentions."

But the same can't be said when the Duke of Preston happens along Tabitha's path. He spies a rebellious streak in her that matches his own and he makes it his mission to save her from such a passionless match, interfering in her life at every turn. All too soon, Preston—whose very name spells ruin—has Tabitha caught between the good fortune that guarantees her security, and his kiss, which promises an entirely different kind of happily-ever-after.

(Avon)


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Jacked Up
By Erin McCarthy

She’s holding tight. He’s hanging loose.
Eve Monroe is a stock-car PR pro who puts her career first—until an on-track wardrobe malfunction reveals more than the sexy smile of jackman Nolan Ford. The video’s become an internet sensation, and it’s Eve’s job to calm the sponsors and put a spin on the unexpected exposure.

And they both have the same drive.

It may be a public relations job, but now that Eve’s seen what’s under Nolan’s crew suit, it’s gotten personal. After a few dates she has Nolan pretty revved up. If only she’d learn to relax and enjoy it. Nolan’s sure that the spontaneous birthday bash he’s throwing for Eve in Las Vegas should loosen her up. Somewhere between cocktails and a smoking-hot motel-room derby, it does more than that. Now Eve’s wrestling with feelings she never expected, as everything about her personal jackman gets harder than she ever imagined.

(Berkley)

32 comments:

  1. I'm always excited for Jill's releases.

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    1. Me, too, Jane! She has quickly become one of my favorite authors. :)

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  2. Oh this is going to be exciting, Julia Quinn, Rachel Gibson, and Sally MacKenzie start it all off and I have to have Elizabeth Boyle as well.

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    1. I know, Dianna! It is a VERY exciting month!

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  3. oh yeah, Quinn, Mackenzie & Boyle -- gonna be a good fun month :)

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    1. There will certainly be a lot of happy readers in June! :)

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  4. I’ve read the Quinn and reviewed it Tuesday. I loved it! I also loved Susan Mallery’s Summer Days (Fool’s Gold #7). Gibson, Shalvis, Warner, White, and Boyle are all on my autobuy list; most of their books are preordered, as is Donna MacMeans’ The Casanova Code and new ones by Luanne Rice and Claudia Welch aka Claudia Dain. June will be especially generous with category romance from many of my favorites: Carla Kelly and Deb Marlowe have new Harlequin Historicals, and Beth Andrews, Karina Bliss, Jean Brashear, Geri Krotow, and Molly O’Keefe all have Superromance releases. Bring on the summer reading! LOL

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    1. Thanks for letting us know, Janga! Summer just wouldn't be the same without a Quinn book!

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  5. I'm looking forward to Julia Quinn's and Rachel Gibson's books. Jessica Bird (aka JR Ward) has a Harlequin reissue that I'll probably pick up, too. It's been renamed The Player.

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    1. Kim, I just finished Rachel Gibson's book (my first by her) and LOVED it!

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  6. Looks like a lot of great reads ahead. I'm partial to the historicals but the others caught my eye too and I've always enjoyed Jill Shalvis. And of course I love the cat on Sally's cover lol.

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    1. LOL, Catslady! I am really looking forward to Sally's book. It looks cute and funny!

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  7. I'm looking forward to JQ's new book! A night like this sounds fantastic!! And the Elizabeth Boyle sounds great too. Also, since I've been meaning to try Jill Shalvis ;) Lucky In Love might be the one. As for the Erin McCarthy cover. O.M.G. That is all, lol
    Great list as always Andrea! :)

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    1. "As for the Erin McCarthy cover. O.M.G. That is all, lol"

      I know, Lisa! Erin has been very blessed with the covers for her Fast Track series. All are very sexy. ;-)

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  8. This is a great list of books, can't wait to get Kaki's new book.

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    1. I need to read her books. PJ raves about them. :)

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  9. I am very excited for the Julia Quinn book. Love the Smythe-Smiths. Loved Honoria and can't wait for Daniels book.

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    1. Me, too, Chris. I love this series already. And I love books where there's a class difference. :)

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  10. Another good selection and my Wish List grows yet again. Bride of the High Country By Kaki Warner is at the top of the list followed by the other historicals and then the contemporaries.

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    1. Thanks, librarypat! I hope you enjoy them.

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  11. I already started my summer TBR list and A Night Like This by Julie Quinn, Bedding Lord Ned by Sally MacKenzie and Along Came A Duke by Elizabeth Doyle are all at the top of my list. Anyone know of a way we could just make summer and their books just come faster?

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    1. LOL! If you find a way, please let us know, Jeanne!

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  12. The Historical reads go automatically to my wish list.

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  13. I'd love to read all of these delicious sounding books.

    The only author I haven't read and enjoyed before is Karen White.

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    1. I haven't read her books before either, Laurie. But if her books are half as good as she is nice, then they're terrific!

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  14. I'm really counting the days until "A Night Like This" is published. I adore Julia Quinn's books. It's her signature humor she adds to her books that makes them so unique. The other authors and their upcoming books are on my Wish List as well. Looking at this list makes me feel like I'm in a sweets shop trying to decide which one to "eat" first!

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  15. I am so looking forward to getting my copies of the new books by Julia Quinn, Sally MacKenzie and Elizabeth Boyle...three of my all-time favorite authors.

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  16. Wow, some of my favorite authors have books coming out in June! Can't wait!!

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  17. I'd put all of them on my wish list if I could! Instead, I'll start with the new Julia Quinn, try Kaki Warner since PJ likes her so much, then
    Elizabeth Boyle and Jill Shalvis whom I have not yet read.

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  18. Whoo love Erin books so hot whoo also Jill books
    Kimh

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