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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Make Your Reservations!





It's time again to mark your calendars and Make Your Reservations for February! Here are a few of the ones we are looking forward to in the "month of love". Are any of these upcoming books on your list? If so, which ones? If not, which books are on your list?



The Temptation of Your Touch
By Teresa Medeiros

Maximillian Burke prides himself on being the man every mother wants her daughter to marry, but after his scoundrel brother steals his bride, Max decides there’s more satisfaction in being a rogue than a gentleman. He flees London for lonely Cadgwyck Manor, and though the tumbledown estate comes complete with a ghost, it’s Max’s no-nonsense housekeeper who haunts his dreams.

Prim and proper Anne Spencer could do without a new master, especially one as gorgeous and temperamental as the Earl of Dravenwood. Even as she schemes to be rid of him, she is irresistibly drawn into his muscular embrace. But when Max vows to solve the mystery of the White Lady of Cadgwyck, he risks both their hearts and tempts them to surrender to a pleasure as delicious as it is dangerous.

(Pocket)


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Crystal Cove
By Lisa Kleypas

ONE WOMAN WHO HAS BEEN CURSED NEVER TO FIND LOVE...

ONE MAN WITHOUT A SOUL WHO WANTS HER MORE THAN LIFE ITSELF...

THEY MEET IN A SMALL ISLAND TOWN IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST, WHERE MAGIC IS IN THE AIR AND FATE IS A FORCE TOO POWERFUL TO DEFY....


In New York Times bestselling author Lisa Kleypas's Crystal Cove, Justine Hoffman has made a comfortable life for herself on the island of Friday Harbor. She is the proprietor of a successful boutique hotel, and she has the safe, predictable life she has always wanted. Growing up with her flighty, nomadic mother, Marigold, has instilled in her a deep longing for stability. But in spite of everything Justine has achieved, there is still something missing. Love. And after years of waiting and dreaming, she is willing to do whatever it takes to change her destiny.

What Justine soon discovers is that someone cast a spell on her when she was born, with the result that she will never find her soul mate. Determined to change her fate, Justine finds a way to break the enchantment, never dreaming of the dangerous complications that will follow.

And when Justine meets the mysterious Jason Black, she accidentally unleashes a storm of desire and danger that threaten everything she holds dear...because Jason has secrets of his own, and he wants more from her than fate will ever allow.

(St. Marin's Griffin)


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One Good Earl Deserves a Lover
By Sarah MacLean

Lady Philippa Marbury is...odd

The brilliant, bespectacled daughter of a double marquess cares more for books than balls, for science than the season, and for laboratories than love. She's looking forward to marrying her simple fiancé and living out her days quietly with her dogs and her scientific experiments. But before that, Pippa has two weeks to experience all the rest—fourteen days to research the exciting parts of life. It's not much time, and to do it right she needs a guide familiar with London's darker corners.

She needs...a Scoundrel

She needs Cross, the clever, controlled partner in London's most exclusive gaming hell, with a carefully crafted reputation for wickedness. But reputations often hide the darkest secrets, and when the unconventional Pippa boldly propositions him, seeking science without emotion, she threatens all he works to protect. He is tempted to give Pippa precisely what she wants . . . but the scoundrel is more than he seems, and it will take every ounce of his willpower to resist giving the lady more than she ever imagined.

(Avon)


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The Good WomanThe Good Daughter
By Jane Porter

Love was given to all, except herself...

Kit Brennan has always been the most grounded of her sisters. A Catholic school English teacher for seventeen years and a constant giver, her decisions have been sound—just not very satisfying. Her fortieth birthday is right around the corner, causing Kit to consider some wilder notions, like skipping right past the love and marriage to raising a child all by herself...

A girls’ weekend away is just the reprieve Kit needs from school, Mr. Wrongs, and life-changing decisions. It’s there that she meets a man who’s dangerous; a man who challenges who she thought she was, or rather should be. Kit wants to indulge herself this once, but with one of her students in crisis and the weight of her family’s burdens weighing heavy on her heart, Kit isn’t sure if now is the time to let her own desires take flight...
 
(Berkley)
 
 
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Governess Abigail Chantry will do anything to save her sister and two dearest friends from destitution, even if it means breaking into an empty mansion in the hope of finding something to sell. Instead of treasures, though, she finds the owner, Lady Beatrice Davenham, bedridden and neglected. Appalled, Abby rousts Lady Beatrice's predatory servants and—with Lady Beatrice's eager cooperation—the four young ladies become her “nieces,” neatly eliminating the threat of disaster for all concerned!

It's the perfect situation, until Lady Beatrice’s dashing and arrogant nephew, Max, Lord Davenham, returns from the Orient—and discovers an impostor running his household…

A romantic entanglement was never the plan for these stubborn, passionate opponents—but falling in love may be as inevitable as the falling of autumn leaves...
 
(Berkley)
 
 
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Lady Madeline Essex is the last of the unwed “ducklings” in her family—and by far the most outspoken. But when she boldly enters London’s most notorious gaming house in search of fodder for her novel, even her sharp tongue can’t save her from the horrible crime she stumbles upon there. As luck would have it, first on the scene is the last man she wants to see her vulnerable. The one man who could tempt her heart…

Christian Monteith, the new Earl of Gresham, isn’t much for card rooms and gaming hells. But as a favor to his former commanding officer, he's investigating a gamester for espionage on the night that Maddie ventures in looking more enticing than he's ever seen her. Suddenly, his feelings for his friend aren't so friendly anymore. And when her curiosity brings the impetuous novelist to the attention of a madman, Christian will stop at nothing to protect her—from a sinister plot that is far more dangerous than any stolen kiss…

(St. Martin's)


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That Night on Thistle Lane
By Carla Neggers

Librarian Phoebe O’Dunn deals in stories, but her passion for history has taught her that happy endings are rare. Her life in Knights Bridge, Massachusetts, is safe and uneventful…until she discovers the hidden room.

Among its secrets is a cache of vintage clothing, including a spectacular gown—perfect for a gala masquerade in Boston. In the guise of a princess, Phoebe is captivated by a handsome swashbuckler who’s also adopted a more daring persona. Noah Kendrick’s wealth has made him wary, especially of women: everybody wants something.

When Noah and Phoebe meet again in Knights Bridge, at first neither recognizes the other. And neither one is sure they can trust the magic of the night they shared—until an unexpected threat prompts them to unmask their truest selves.

After all, it takes more than just the right costume to live out your personal fairy tale. It takes heart…and the courage to be more than you ever dreamed.

(MIRA)


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 The Dark LadyThe Dark Lady
By Maire Claremont

The Victorian era was full of majestic beauty and scandalous secrets—a time when corsets were the least of a woman’s restrictions, and men could kill or be killed in the name of honor…

Lord Ian Blake has returned from India a broken man. Years ago, he pledged to Lady Eva Carin—his childhood companion and first love—that he would bring her husband back alive. His failure haunts him. But even his jaded soul can’t anticipate the shocking sight of beautiful, independent Eva confined in a madhouse.…

Locked in an asylum, forgotten by society, Eva is adrift in both body and mind. For Ian to break her free, they must cross a powerful enemy—and prove her sanity to England’s unforgiving aristocracy. But the biggest danger of all may come when the secrets of Eva’s tragic past are finally unlocked....
 
(Signet)
 
 
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Dallas TV morning show host Madelyn Cornish is poised, perfect, and unflappable, from her glossy smile to her sleek professionalism. No one knows that her iron will guards a shattered heart and memories of a man she’s determined to lock out. Until that man shows up at a morning meeting like a bad dream: Billy Wilkins, sexy hockey superstar in a tailspin—still skating, still fighting, and still her ex-husband.

Now the producers want this poster child for bad behavior to undergo an on-air makeover, and Billy, who has nothing to lose, agrees to the project. It’s his only chance to get near Maddy again, and to fight for the right things this time around. He believes in the fire in Maddy’s whiskey eyes and the passion that ignites the air between them. This bad-boy heartbreaker wants a last shot to be redeemed by the only thing that matters: Maddy’s love.
 
(Random House)

35 comments:

  1. Sarah Maclean, Anne Gracie (new series, yay), Manda Collins and Marie Claremont are on the list.

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    1. The MacLean book is exceptional; my favorite of all her books. The Autumn Bride from Anne Gracie is an absolute delight. Can't wait to read the rest of the series!

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    2. The Maire Claremont is up next for me, Beebs. The plot is so interesting!

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  2. I have been waiting for Crystal Cove, One Good Earl and The Autumn Bride

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    1. I'm looking forward to Crystal Cove too, Dianna. As I said above, the MacLean and Gracie books are wonderful!

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    2. Crystal Cove and One Good Earl are at the top of my list, Dianna!

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  3. A good time to try out a couple of new authors, O'Keefe, Collins and Claremont and some favorites, Porter,Gracie, Maclean, Neggers and Medeiros too.

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    1. I love O'Keefe's categories and am looking forward to catching up with her new single titles.

      I haven't read Claremont yet but I highly recommend Manda Collins!

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    2. Laurie, this is Claremont's debut, so I am really excited for a fresh new voice!

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    3. Laurie, this is Claremont's debut, so I am really excited for a fresh new voice!

      And that would explain why I've never read her! lol!

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  4. I'm ready to rave about the MacLean, the Collins, the O'Keefe, and Meredith Duran's new one, and I liked the Neggers as well as books from Brenda Novak and Mariah Stewart. I'm dancing with delight because an early copy of Crystal Cove is mine and Anne Gracie'sThe Autumn Bride is on my top ten most anticipated reads of 2013. I'm also eagerly anticipating the Medeiros and new books from Grace Burrowes, Christie Ridgway, and Maggie Robinson and a dozen releases on February 26 (which the Dishes count as March). I'm sure I'm forgetting some. February hasn't even arrived, and it's already been a great reading month. :)

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    1. Janga, I am reading the Medeiros right now and loving it! Wonderful book. :)

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  5. looking forward to Sarah McLean's new one -- ok, can hardly wait for it :)

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    1. I know, right?! It's been too long since our last MacLean fix. ;-)

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    2. Gamistress and Andrea, this is such a wonderful book. I think it's MacLean's best and that's saying something considering the rest of her books are all on my keeper shelf. :)

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    3. that's saying something :) of course hearing that makes me go from "can hardly wait" to "can not wait. want. it. now." :)

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  6. Wow, what a crop of books! I want to read them all!

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    1. Me, too! I wish I had the time! LOL!

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  7. As always you nailed my list for next month Andrea! :) Looking forward to the next Friday Harbor book, and Sarah Maclean's book. Have also heard good things about Maire Claremont's debut and I've been meaning to read Manda Collins!

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    1. Lisa, I'll let you know what I think about Claremont's debut after I've read it. Of course, that'll be a couple weeks. Lol

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  8. I've read the Gracie, Medeiros, MacLean and Collins books and highly recommend them all.

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  9. All of these upcoming novels simply make me drool. I guess at the top of my wish list are:

    The Autumn Bride
    How to Entice an Earl
    One Good Earl Deserves Another
    The Temptation of Your Touch

    Summed up, I suppose I'm first drawn to Regency novels. My first love!

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    1. Regency historicals were my first love and introduction to romance, too, Connie!

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  10. Oh my goodness! I forgot to add The Dark Lady!! Sigh...

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  11. YAY! Another Sarah MacLean book!!! I love her style of writing!

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    1. Me, too, Deb. And it's been too long. :)

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  12. For those of you looking forward to The Autumn Bride, just wanted to let you know Anne Gracie will be blogging with us on February 4th!

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  13. Also, Teresa Medeiros and Manda Collins will be here on January 28th and 29th respectively! :)

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  14. I always want to read all the historicals first lol.

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    1. There is nothing wrong with that, catslady!

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  15. I had only heard of a couple of these books. They all sound great and have been added to my wish list. There is a reason I avoid lists of upcoming books, There isn't enough time to read all the ones I want to.

    Thanks for the blurbs.

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  16. The Temptation Of Your Touch is the one that I'm looking most forward to. I fell in love with The Pleasure Of Your Kiss and can't wait to read how Max finds his HEA. The Pleasure Of Your Kiss (the first in the series) is one of my all time favorites and brought me to such gut wrenching crying that my dog came into the room whining thinking something was wrong with me, LOL!

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