Thursday, September 9, 2010

Make Your Reservations!

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

Mad About the Duke
by Elizabeth Boyle

Level-headed Lady Elinor Standon will not allow her greedy stepfather to wed her younger sister to the highest bidder! The only way to stop this evil plan is for Elinor to to gain control of her sister’s guardianship, but to do that she needs to get married. Convinced that nothing less than a duke will do, she hires Mr. St. Maur, Esq. to help her land her lofty lord… However her plans go awry as she discovers that beneath her solicitor’s rumpled coat and haughty demeanor is a man all-too-desirable to ignore and she finds herself falling for more than his unconventional legal advice.

James Tremont, the ninth Duke of Parkerton, is astonished by the freedom and anonymity he’s gained simply by donning his brother’s ill-fitting jacket, especially when an exquisite, peer-hunting beauty mistakes him for a solicitor... Now he finds himself tangled up by more than her legal woes. For until he can undo the straight-laced yet delectable Elinor, his identity must remain a mystery—because by not having revealed it immediately, this dedicated bachelor may have already sabotaged his one chance for the madness of finding his one true love.


A Hellion in Her Bed
by Sabrina Jeffries

Furious at his grandmother's ultimatum to marry or lose his inheritance, Lord Jarret Sharpe wagers his luck—and his heart—at the card table against a most unlikely opponent.

Mired in scandal after his parents' mysterious deaths, notorious gambler Lord Jarret Sharpe agrees to tamely run the family brewery for a year if his Machiavellian grandmother rescinds her ultimatum that he marry. But the gambler in him can't resist when beguiling Annabel Lake proposes a wager. If she wins their card game, he must help save her family's foundering brewery. But if he wins, she must spend a night in his bed. The outcome sets off a chain of events that threatens to destroy all his plans . . . and unveils the secret Annabel has held for so long. When Jarret discovers the darker reason behind her wager, he forces her into another one—and this time he intends to win not just her body, but her heart.
(Pocket Star)


Sinful in Satin
by Madeline Hunter

When famed London courtesan Alessandra Northrope passes away, her daughter Celia Pennifold inherits little more than a hopelessly contaminated reputation, a house in a middle class neighborhood, and an education that prepared her to take her mother’s place the way Alessandra intended. Celia hopes to make her own life on her own terms, however, and moves into the house only to discover one more legacy—an enigmatic, handsome tenant who knows her mother’s plans for her future rather too well. It does not help that Jonathan Albrighton’s mere presence creates delicious excitements that remind her of the thrilling pleasure that Alessandra taught her to arouse in others and enjoy herself. When new claims on her mother’s estate threaten her hold on the property, she is forced to fulfill her deathbed promise to Alessandra—to give fair consideration to the future for which she was trained. Unfortunately, she discovers that the only man with whom she really wants to share the secrets of her erotic education is unsuitable for a role in any future she might claim.

Jonathan thinks he is on a simple mission to discover whether Celia’s mother left accounts of her lovers that might embarrass important men. Instead he finds himself embroiled in a mystery full of dangerous betrayals and secrets, old and new, that touch on his life as well as Celia’s. The chamber that he leases in Celia’s home becomes convenient for protecting her, but their proximity only fuels his desire to seduce the radiant, beautiful woman she has become. With his first touch and stolen kiss, he decides that she will have no lover except him, whether she considers him suitable or not.


Simply Irresistible
by Jill Shalvis

In one fell swoop, Maddie loses her boyfriend (her decision) and her job (so not her decision). But rather than drowning her sorrows in bags of potato chips, Maddie leaves L.A. to claim the inheritance left by her free-spirited mother-a ramshackle inn nestled in the little coastal town of Lucky Harbor, Washington.

Starting over won't be easy. Yet Maddie sees the potential for a new home and a new career-if only she can convince her two half-sisters to join her in the adventure. But convincing Tara and Chloe will be difficult because the inn needs a big makeover too.

The contractor Maddie hires is a tall, dark-haired hottie whose eyes-and mouth-are making it hard for her to remember that she's sworn off men. Even harder will be Maddie's struggles to overcome the past, though she's about to discover that there's no better place to call home than Lucky Harbor.


The Accidental Wedding
by Anne Gracie

When Nash Renfrew wakes in the bed of lovely Maddy Woodford, he thinks he's dreaming. Then he learns of his accident and the loss of his memory. But when it returns, Nash has no desire to leave Maddy's side and continues pretending he has amnesia. With each passing day, Nash's attraction to Maddy grows. But he's a diplomat and she's just a country girl. How can he even entertain thoughts of seducing her? (Berkley)


One Touch of Scandal
by Liz Carlyle

All Grace Gauthier ever wanted was the security of a good marriage, family, and home. Instead, despised by her aristocratic father’s family because of her mother’s foreign birth, she’s taken a “safe” position as a governess. Now, unprotected and alone in London, accused of the shocking murder of her employer, she has no one to turn to except the mysterious—and possibly dangerous—Lord Ruthveyn.

A dark-eyed Lucifer, Ruthveyn guards his secrets carefully. His shadowed past is a source of pain and rumors—only whispered. Grace’s plight—which echoes his own—moves him, as does her quiet beauty. Ruthveyn is determined to save Grace by unmasking a killer. But his growing passion places his own heart at risk and threatens to expose his dark gifts to the world.


The Making of a Gentleman
by Shana Galen

Twelve years in prison has stripped him of his humanity...

Armand, Comte de Valère has lost the ability to interact with polite society, until his family hires him a beautiful tutor, and he starts to come alive again...

Saving him is her only chance to escape a terrible fate...

Felicity Bennett vows she’ll do whatever it takes to help Armand fight back the demons that have held him captive for so long...

With Felicity’s help, Armand begins to heal, until a buried secret threatens to destroy their growing passion...
(Sourcebooks Casablanca)


Aching for Always
by Gwyn Cready

Ambitious and feisty Josephine "Joss" O'Malley has spent years fighting to keep her mother's map-making company alive. Just when she finds herself considering taking a risky next step with bad-boy entrepreneur Rogan Reynolds— whose generosity has helped keep the business afloat—Joss meets dark and mysterious Hugh Hawksmoor. Hugh's deft touch and old-world seduction stir Joss's desires like a storm at sea, and she has no clue that he has sailed three hundred years into the future to avenge the death of his brother at the hands of her father. Or that she holds the key to a map that will help him undo the destructive changes her father wrought in the past. When Hugh lures Joss into a treacherous journey through time, there's not a twenty-first-century trick that can save her. But when she applies her own instincts to a course she thought was set, she discovers that the high seas hold some scandalous surprises. (Pocket)


The Surrender of a Lady
by Tiffany Clare

Sold. With one word, Lady Elena Ravenscliffe’s destiny changes forever. Forced into Constantinople’s slave market to pay off her late husband’s debts and save her son, Elena reinvents herself as Jinan—a harem girl adored by the rich lords who bid on her favors. But one man instantly sees through her façade.

Griffin Summerfield, Marquess of Rothburn, let Elena slip through his fingers years ago. When he recognizes her on the auction block, he pays an outrageous sum to possess her even if it is for a short period of time. But when his deadline looms, Griffin will risk all in a desperate bid to make her his—and his alone...
(St. Martin's)


The Dangerous Viscount
by Miranda Neville

She is determined to find a husband. . . now!

Lady Diana Fanshawe’s impeccable bloodline doesn’t stop society from laughing at the antics of her eccentric family. She knows a proper marriage is her one chance to make her way in the world—which is precisely why she will marry Lord Blakeney, though she’s certain she’ll never love him. But then she’s kissed by the brilliant and unconventional Sebastian, Viscount Iverley . . . and her well-laid plans tumble into disarray.

Sebastian wants absolutely nothing to do with love or marriage. But when he arrives at his hated cousin Blakeney’s house party, Sebastian is smitten by the tantalizing Diana. But Diana is “the marrying kind,” and Sebastian has no wish to risk his freedom—though the passion between them is hard to resist. Should the lady follow her heart in an attempt to win Iverley’s, though it seems hardened against her—or should she sacrifice her love for respectability?


Scandal of the Season
by Christie Kelley

A Daring Charade...

For ten years, Anthony Westfield, Viscount Somerton, hasn’t been able to forget the woman with whom he spent one scandalous night. When their paths cross again, he’s shocked to discover Victoria Seaton is an accomplished pickpocket. But Somerton leads a double life of his own. Working on an undercover assignment, he makes Victoria a proposition: pretend to be his mistress or risk ruin. Yet soon he’s tempted to turn their charade into reality—and surrender to an explosive passion…

A Holiday To Remember...

Victoria can’t believe the man who almost destroyed her life a decade ago is now threatening to unravel her secrets. But posing as his mistress at a holiday country party is a game she can play well. For just one look into Somerton’s eyes still weakens her with lust. And with Christmas fast approaching, every kiss they share under the mistletoe only makes Victoria fall more deeply in love...


by Jennifer Estep

It's hard to be a badass assassin when a giant is beating the crap out of you. Luckily, I never let pride get in the way of my work. My current mission is personal: annihilate Mab Monroe, the Fire elemental who murdered my family. Which means protecting my identity, even if I have to conceal my powerful Stone and Ice magic when I need it most. To the public, I'm Gin Blanco, owner of Ashland's best barbecue joint. To my friends, I'm the Spider, retired assassin. I still do favors on the side. Like ridding a vampire friend of her oversized stalker—Mab's right-hand goon who almost got me dead with his massive fists. At least irresistible Owen Grayson is on my side. The man knows too much about me, but I'll take my chances. Then there's Detective Bria Coolidge, one of Ashland's finest. Until recently, I thought my baby sister was dead. She probably thinks the same about me. Little does she know, I'm a cold-blooded killer . . . who is about to save her life. (Pocket)


Trial by Desire
by Courtney Milan

She cannot forget the fire he ignited;

In the three years since her husband left her, Lady Kathleen Carhart has managed to forge a fulfilling life for herself. But when Ned Carhart unexpectedly returns, she finds her tranquility uprooted—and her deepest secrets threatened. Though she has no intention of falling for Ned’s charms, Kate can no longer deny the desire that still burns in her heart.

Or the promise of his love...

Ned is determined to regain his wife’s trust by using unbridled seduction. But just as Kate surrenders to Ned’s passion, her carefully guarded past threatens to destroy her. Now Kate must place her faith in the only man she’s ever loved, and the only one who has ever betrayed her...


Butterfly Swords
by Jeannie Lin

During China’s infamous Tang Dynasty, a time awash with luxury, yet littered with deadly intrigues and fallen royalty, betrayed Princess Ai Li flees before her wedding.

Miles from home, with only her delicate butterfly swords for a defense, she enlists the reluctant protection of a blue-eyed warrior...

Battle-scarred, embittered Ryam has always held his own life at cheap value. Ai Li’s innocent trust in him and honorable, stubborn nature make him desperate to protect her – which means not seducing the first woman he has ever truly wanted...
(Harlequin Historical)


Our Wicked Mistake
by Emma Wildes

When blackmail turns to murder, Madeline May turns to the notorious Viscount Altea, a man used to dealing with men of ill repute, and a man she despises with every fiber of her being.

From the very moment of their first meeting-and one unforgettable night of passion-Luke Daudet knew she was different. And when he received her fateful entreaty, he knew he would not be able to stay away...


  1. In my case all but two of them are on my list. Everyone wonders why I am always broke, because I am a book addict that's why..LOL

  2. Dianna I have to agree with you yes all of them except two are on my list as well and I can't wait to read them shame I can't afford to retire LOL

    Have Fun

  3. Dianna, I can so relate to being a book addict! *g*

    Helen, wouldn't it be nice to be able to stay home and read without having to worry about going to work?? Someday... LOL

  4. Already ordered my copy of Jeffries Hellion, now if would just show up ;) Also looking forward to reading Mad About the Duke & Sinful in Satin. One Touch of Scandal sounds good. Better quit or I'll be broke too ;)

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  6. A few of these upcoming books are on my list. If only there were more hours in the day so I could read them all!

  7. Most of these books are on my auto-buy list. Some amazing stories coming up in October..can't wait!

  8. I am looking forward to Elizabeth Boyle's Mad About a Duke. I read Jack and Miranda's story and enjoyed it, and I was a bit intrigued by big brother, so it'll be good to perhaps catch up with them and read James' story! Jeannie Lin's Butterfly Swords looks interesting as well.

    And as a member of Eloisa and JQ's BB, I am of course looking forward to Courtney Milan and Tiffany Clare's books! :)

    Where am I going to find the time to read all these books!!!???? lol

  9. LOL @ Dianna! I'm a card-carrying member of that club!

  10. Helen, when I used to work outside the home, I used to say, "I can't wait to be a stay-at-home mom so I can read more." Oh, boy was I wrong! LOL

  11. gamistress66, Boyle's is at the top of my list!

    I hear you, Trisha!! So many books, so little time...

  12. Aren't there, Karen?! I hope you enjoy them!

    Lisa, I'm really looking forward to Courtney's and Tiffany's, too!

  13. Courtney Milan's Trial By Desire is on my TBR list. Ned was so desperate and depressed in the first book that I hope he gets his HEA in this novel.

  14. Courtney Milan's Trial By Desire is on my TBR list. Ned was so desperate and depressed in the first book that I hope he gets his HEA in this novel.

  15. I've already read Courtney Milan's Trial by Desire, and nine of the others on your list are also on my TBB list. September 28 is really going to be a Super Tuesday in Romancelandia. I have ten books on my list for that day alone. Tiffany Clare's debut novel, The Surrender of a Lady is at the top. Two 9-28 releases not on your list that I’ve read and enjoyed are Debbie Macomber's Call Me Mrs.Miracle and the anthology Bespelling Jane that includes a paranormal by Mary Balogh, something I never expected to see.

    October 5 is also starred on my book calendar because that’s the day both Anne Gracie’s The Accidental Wedding and Kate Moore’s To Save the Devil hit bookstores, and I can’t wait to read them. I’m also excited that a reissue of one of my favorite traditional Regencies, Jo Beverley’s Emily and the Dark Angel will be released that day. Julia London’s The Year of Living Scandalously (Oct. 19) is another book I’m eagerly awaiting.

    There are also some great categories being releases this month. I always look for Trish Milburn’s, Christie Ridgway’s and Karen Templeton’s books, and they all have new releases. Also, I’m loving Molly O’Keefe’s O’Neills. The third in that series, The Scandal and Carter O’Neill, will be out in October as well.

    Can you tell I’m really thrilled about October reads? I think romance readers are getting lots of treats well before Halloween arrives, :)

  16. Pretty much all are on my list, but I've been lucky enough to read two of them already! Mad About the Duke and the Dangerous Viscount are FABULOUS :)

  17. I am so addicted! All of these books are on my list. Yes, I need help. Anyone else want to join Bookaholics Anonymous with me? LOL

  18. I'm looking forward to all of the books on this list. I've already read advanced copies of three of them - The Surrender of a Lady, The Accidental Wedding and A Hellion in Her Bed - and they're terrific.

    I just finished writing my review of Tiffany Clare's The Surrender of a Lady (watch for the review on 9/19 and my interview with the author on 9/22) and spent almost four hours editing and re-writing it before it was short enough for the blog. There were so many things that I loved about this book that the first draft of the review was THREE pages long!

  19. Wow, there are a lot great historicals coming out. I'm really excited about Emma Wildes' new release. I've read a couple of her books and I'm now a big fan of hers.

  20. Wow, there are a lot of good ones here!!! I have a few of them in my review pile. Got to find the free time . . .

  21. So many books, so little time and money!

    I can't look at all those great October offerings; I haven't made a sufficient dent in my TBR pile. But as soon as I do... :)


  22. Helen we are both going to be able to retire someday so just keep buying the books, I am so addicted at this point if I don't have a stack as tall as me I panic.

  23. If I had the money I would buy them all. What a great line up. I am putting most of them on my wish list. Christmas will be here soon.

  24. There are several here I have been waiting for and a few new ones that sound promising. Thanks for previewing them.