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Monday, March 17, 2014

Make Your Reservations!


It's time again to mark your calendars and Make Your Reservations for April! There are a ton of really great books coming out this month. There are so many that it was hard for us to narrow our list down! Here are just a few of the ones we are anticipating. Are any of these books on your list? If so, which ones? If not, which books are on your list?





Three Weeks with Lady X
By Eloisa James

Having made a fortune, Thorn Dautry, the powerful bastard son of a duke, decides that he needs a wife. But to marry a lady, Thorn must acquire a gleaming, civilized façade, the specialty of Lady Xenobia India.

Exquisite, headstrong, and independent, India vows to make Thorn marriageable in just three weeks.

But neither Thorn nor India anticipate the forbidden passion that explodes between them.

Thorn will stop at nothing to make India his. Failure is not an option.

But there is only one thing that will make India his . . . the one thing Thorn can't afford to lose . . . his fierce and lawless heart.

(Avon)


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Waiting on You
By Kristan Higgins

Is your first love worth a second chance…?

Colleen O'Rourke is in love with love…just not when it comes to herself. Most nights, she can be found behind the bar at the Manningsport, New York, tavern she owns with her twin brother, doling out romantic advice to the lovelorn, mixing martinis and staying more or less happily single. See, ten years ago, Lucas Campbell broke her heart…an experience Colleen doesn't want to have again, thanks. Since then, she's been happy with a fling here and there, some elite-level flirting and playing matchmaker to her friends.

But a family emergency has brought Lucas back to town, handsome as ever and still the only man who's ever been able to crack her defenses. Seems like maybe they've got some unfinished business waiting for them—but to find out, Colleen has to let her guard down, or risk losing a second chance with the only man she's ever loved.

(HQN)


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Shadow Spell
By Nora Roberts

With the legends and lore of Ireland running through his blood, falconer Connor O’Dwyer is proud to call County Mayo home. It’s where his sister, Branna, lives and works, where his cousin, Iona, has found true love, and where his childhood friends form a circle that can’t be broken

A circle that is about to be stretched out of shape—by a long-awaited kiss.

Meara Quinn is Branna’s best friend, a sister in all but blood. Her and Connor’s paths cross almost daily, as Connor takes tourists on hawk walks and Meara guides them on horseback across the lush countryside. She has the eyes of a gypsy and the body of a goddess things Connor has always taken for granteduntil his brush with death propels them into a quick, hot tangle.

Plenty of women have found their way to Connor’s bed, but none to his heart until now. Frustratingly, Meara is okay with just the heat, afraid to lose herself—and their friendship—to something more. But soon, Connor will see the full force and fury of what runs in his blood. And he will need his family and friends around him when his past rolls in like the fog, threatening an end to all he loves.

(Berkley)


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Between the Devil and Ian Eversea
By Julie Anne Long

She might look like an angel . . .

The moment orphaned American heiress Titania "Tansy" Danforth arrives on English shores she cuts a swath through Sussex, enslaving hearts and stealing beaux. She knows she's destined for a spectacular titled marriage—but the only man who fascinates her couldn't be more infamous . . . or less interested.

But it takes a devil to know one . . .

A hardened veteran of war and inveterate rogue, Ian Eversea keeps women enthralled, his heart guarded and his options open: why should he succumb to the shackles of marriage when devastating good looks and Eversea charm make seduction so easy?

And Heaven has never been hotter!

When Ian is forced to call her on her game, he never dreams the unmasked Tansy— vulnerable, brave, achingly sensual—will tempt him beyond endurance. And fight as he will, this notorious bachelor who stood down enemies on a battlefield might finally surrender his heart . . . and be brought to his knees by love.

(Avon)


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Four Friends
By Robyn Carr

Gerri can't decide what's more devastating: learning her rock-solid marriage has big cracks, or the anger she feels as she tries to repair them. Always the anchor for friends and her three angst-ridden teenagers, it's time to look carefully at herself. The journey is more than revealing—it's transforming.

Andy doesn't have a great track record with men, and she's come to believe that a lasting love is out of reach. When she finds herself attracted to her down-to-earth contractor—a man without any of the qualities that usually appeal to her—she questions everything she thought she wanted in life.

Sonja's lifelong pursuit of balance is shattered when her husband declares he's through with her New Age nonsense and walks out. There's no herbal tonic or cleansing ritual that can restore her serenity—or her sanity.

Miraculously, it's BJ, the reserved newcomer to Mill Valley, who steps into their circle and changes everything. The woman with dark secrets opens up to her neighbors, and together they get each other back on track, stronger as individuals and unfaltering as friends.

(Mira)


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The Winter Bride
By Anne Gracie

Damaris Chance’s unhappy past has turned her off the idea of marriage forever. But her guardian, Lady Beatrice Davenham, convinces her to make her coming out anyway—and have a season of carefree, uncomplicated fun.

When Damaris finds herself trapped in a compromising situation with the handsome rake Freddy Monkton-Coombes, she has no choice but to agree to wed him—as long as it’s in name only. Her new husband seems to accept her terms, but Freddy has a plan of his own: to seduce his reluctant winter bride.

Will Damaris’s secrets destroy her chance at true happiness? Or can Freddy help her cast off the shackles of the past, and yield to delicious temptation?

(Berkley Sensation)


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Far Gone
By Laura Griffin

Police detective Andrea Finch is a rising star in her department until a split-second decision derails her career. Disgraced and disillusioned, she’s on leave from her job when she gets an urgent call from her younger brother. She’d prefer to ignore his latest plea for cash, but this time instinct tells her something is very wrong. Andrea’s search for answers takes her to a dusty Texas border town where danger lurks in plain sight and nothing is quite what it seems.

FBI agent Jon North is working undercover in west Texas investigating an unsolved murder that may be linked to a broader plot. But when the evidence points to Andrea’s brother, Jon finds that persuading the stubborn cop to help will be harder than cracking his toughest case.

Andrea must find a way to do what’s right while protecting her only sibling. As the clock ticks down on a deadly plot, Andrea and Jon race to confront a heartless killer who will stop at nothing to deliver a final, terrifying message.

(Gallery)


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Confessions of a Royal Bridegroom
By Vanessa Kelly

Some men are born into scandal. Others pursue it with a passion. Griffin Steele, secret son of the Duke of Cumberland, is guilty on both counts. Yet somehow London's most notorious scoundrel has been saddled with an abandoned baby boy, and with the unflappable, intriguing spinster summoned to nurse him.

Justine Brightmore may be a viscount's niece, but she's also a spy's daughter, determined to safeguard the infant when his suspected royal parentage makes him a target. Yet how to protect herself from the rakish Griffin? Marriage might shield her reputation, but it can only imperil her heart, especially with a groom intent on delicious seduction.

(Zebra)


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The Day He Kissed Her
By Juliana Stone

He can't wait to leave

Mac Draper finally has everything he's always wanted: An amazing career. A New York City apartment. He's this close to being free of his past forever. But a mind-blowing encounter with the sexy yet tough-as-nails Lily St. Clare has him delaying his plans to put Crystal Lake in his rearview mirror for good.

She's finally found a place to stay

For Lily St. Clare the charming small town of Crystal Lake is her haven—a place she can hide from her famous, back-stabbing family. It's as close to happy as she's ever been. Until an unforgettable night with tall, dark and tortured Mac Draper gives her a glimpse of what true happiness feels like.

Lily can't help but melt a little under the sizzling heat of Mac's touch. But Mac's scars run deep, and Lily's afraid she may be falling for the one man who can never return her feelings...

(Sourcebooks)


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Moonlight on My Mind
By Jennifer McQuiston

To ruin a man's life once takes a regrettable mistake. To do so twice takes a woman like Julianne Baxter.

Eleven months ago, Julianne's statement to the authorities wrongly implicated Patrick, the new Earl of Haversham, in his older brother's death. The chit is as much trouble as her red hair suggests, and just as captivating. Now she has impetuously tracked him to the wilds of Scotland, insisting that he return home to face a murder charge and save his family from ruin. A clandestine wedding may be the only way to save her reputation—and his neck from the hangman's noose.

Julianne has no objection to the match. More and more she's convinced of Patrick's innocence, though when it comes to igniting her passions, the man is all too guilty. And if they can only clear his name, a marriage made in haste could bring about the most extraordinary pleasure...

(Avon)


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Sweet Talk Me
By Kieran Kramer

HE’S SURE GOT A WAY WITH WORDS…

The last person True Maybank expected to run into while picking up her wedding gown was country music superstar Harrison Gamble. Years ago, when they were small-town teens in Biscuit Creek, South Carolina, they shared a forbidden night of passion. Now that she’s about to settle down, True’s love affair with the handsome crooner is a thing of the past. Or is it? From the moment he says hello, she has to fight swooning like an adoring fan.

CAN SHE RESIST HIS CHARMS?

Today he’s rich, famous, and on every woman’s hot list. But back in the day, Harrison wasn’t good enough for debutante True. Since then she’s had her fair share of marital prospects, including the perfect Southern gentleman she’s about to settle down with. Is Harrison the only one to realize the mistake True’s about to make? Can the society girl and the sexy singer make music together—this time around?

(St. Martin’s)




26 comments:

  1. I'm enjoying Vanessa's new series, so I'll be looking forward to Griffin's book. I'm also a big romantic suspense fan, so Laura's upcoming "Far Gone" in on my list.

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    1. I'm going to read Vanessa's book next, Jane. I can't wait!!

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  2. Any of the contemps you listed.
    patoct@yahoo.com

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  3. What a great list. I plan to read the books of several of these authors--James, Higgins, Long, Griffin, and McQuiston.

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    1. Thanks, LSUReader! I hope you enjoy!

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  4. What a great list! So many books, so little time. LOL

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  5. What is truly amazing is that six of the books you listed--the Eloisa James, Kristan Higgins, Julie Anne Long, Robyn Carr, Jennifer McQuiston, and Kieran Kramer all release March 25, along with new books from Meredith Duran, Elizabeth Essex, Julie James, Brenda Novak, and Shannon Stacey. These are just the ones on my list; there are others. I've already read Three Weeks with Lady X, Waiting on You, Between the Devil and Ian Eversea, Four Friends, Fool Me Twice (Duran), Come Home to Me (Novak), and The Day He Kissed Her and enjoyed them all. All the others you list are also on my TBB list. I'm equally excited about Jo Beverley's A Shocking Delight and Sarah Mayberry's Her Kind of Trouble, both April 1 releases and doubly excited (as a reader and a friend) about Terri Osburn's Home to Satay, an April 15 release. Nora Roberts also has another new book releasing the same day as HTS, The Collector, a romantic suspense title that sounds like vintage Nora. April really is going to be an awesome month for romance readers. I'm glad I saved some gift cards. :)

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    1. I wish I had some gift cards! LOL!

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    2. Janga, doesn't Julie James's come out May 6th? Or does she have a novella coming out?

      April is indeed an awesome month for romance readers!

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  6. Oops! That Terri Osburn title is Home to Stay. I'm having trouble getting fully awake on this rainy Monday.

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    1. Ruh Roh! I thought Home to Stay was a May 1st release. That's the only reason it isn't on this list. I'm very much looking forward to this one!

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    2. I just checked. You are right, PJ; it is May 1. It must have changed since I did my calendar at the first of the year. But I'll look forward to it all through April.

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    3. May is going to be an awesome month for romance readers, too!

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  7. So many good ones. I'm looking forward to Vanessa Kelly's because I loved the first story in this series!

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  8. I have five of these already pre-ordered. *LOL* One I got an ARC of; loved; and will still be getting. :)

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    1. I do the same thing (buy a regular copy) with ARCs that I *love*, Hellie!

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  9. Almost all of the above! Also, Terri Osburn's Home to Stay.

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    1. Terri's will most certainly be on our list for May, Sharlene!

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  10. Looking forwardto Julianne Stone and Robyn Carr

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  11. These all sound good. It will be a good month. And my Wish List grows. I wish the libraries carried more of the romances. I am running out of room in my house.

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  12. They all made my list. My list is ridiculous, but I wouldn't have it any other way.

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  13. What a fabulous list. I can't wait to start reading!!

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