Thursday, June 9, 2011

Make Your Reservations!

It's time again to mark your calendars and Make Your Reservations for July! Once again there are a lot of good books coming out! Here are some of the books we're looking forward to next month. Are any of these upcoming books on your list? If so, which ones?

Waking Up with the Duke
By Lorraine Heath

They are masters of seduction, London's greatest lovers...

Renowned for his bedchamber prowess, Ransom Seymour, the Duke of Ainsley, owes a debt to a friend. But the payment expected is most shocking, even to an unrepentant rake—for he's being asked to provide his friend's exquisite wife with what she most dearly covets: a child.

Living for pleasure, they will give their hearts to no one...

Lady Jayne Seymour, Marchioness of Walfort, is furious that such a scandalous agreement would be made. If she acquiesces, there must be rules: no kissing...and, certainly, no pleasure.

Until love takes them by surprise.

But unexpected things occur with the surprisingly tender duke—especially once Lady Jayne discovers the rogue can make her dream again...and Ransom realizes he's found the one woman he truly cannot live without.



Heartbreak Creek
By Kaki Warner

Edwina Ladoux hoped becoming a mail-order bride would be her way out of the war-torn South and into a better life, but as soon as she arrives in Heartbreak Creek, Colorado, and meets her hulking, taciturn groom, she realizes she’s made a terrible mistake.

Declan Brodie already had one flighty wife who ran off with a gambler before being killed by Indians. He’s hoping this new one will be a practical, sturdy farm woman who can help with chores and corral his four rambunctious children. Instead, he gets a skinny Southern princess who doesn’t even know how to cook.

Luckily, Edwina and Declan agreed on a three-month courtship period, which should give them time to get the proxy marriage annulled. Except that as the weeks pass, thoughts of annulment turn into hopes for a real marriage—until Declan’s first wife returns after being held captive for the last four years. Now an honorable man must choose between duty and desire, and a woman who’s never had to fight for anything must do battle for the family she’s grown to love...

(Berkley Sensation)


One Summer
By JoAnn Ross

When former U.S. Marine photojournalist Gabriel St. James arrives in Shelter Bay to help out a fellow Marine, the last thing he expects is to meet a woman like Charity. A veterinarian with a past that would have defeated a less resilient woman, Charity still possesses a heart as generous as her name. She's known men like Gabe before-but with a shared attraction impossible to deny, Charity and Gabe agree to a simple affair with no expectations. But as summer unfolds, and Gabe finds reasons to extend his stay in Shelter Bay, he and Charity realize that there's nothing simple about falling in love, and nothing easy about the choices of the heart.



A Lady's Lesson in Scandal
By Meredith Duran


When Nell Whitby breaks into an earl's house on a midnight quest for revenge, she finds her pistol pointed at the wrong man—one handsome as sin and naked as the day he was born. Pity he's a lunatic. He thinks her a missing heiress, but more to the point, he'll help her escape the slums and right a grave injustice. Not a bad bargain. All she has to do is marry him.


A rake of the first order, Simon St. Maur spent his restless youth burning every bridge he crossed. When he inherits an earldom without a single penny attached to it, he sees a chance to start over—provided he can find an heiress to fund his efforts. But his wicked reputation means courtship will be difficult—until fate sends him the most notorious missing heiress in history. All he needs now is to make her into a lady and keep himself from making the only mistake that could ruin everything: falling in love...

(Pocket Star)


Tamed by a Highlander
By Paula Quinn


Connor Grant left his first love in the Highlands, vowing to return after serving in the king's army. Seven years later, he is still fighting for the crown, and his victories are legendary-both in the battlefield and in the bedroom. Yet he's never forgotten his bonnie lass. And he certainly never expected to see her amidst the splendor of the British royal court: beautiful, breathtaking, and tempting him past the point of no return.


The night he left, Mairi MacGregor banished Connor from her life forever. Now her heart belongs only to Scotland. As part of a secret alliance, she journeys to London in search of information...only to find herself face to face with the one man she swore she'd never trust again. Though Mairi's body still craves Connor's touch, she can't forgive his betrayal. But a traitor lurks in their midst and to protect her beloved Highlands, Mairi must make a leap of faith and join forces with Connor-even if it means losing her heart to him again.



Burning Down the Spouse
By Dakota Cassidy

After discovering that her famous chef husband was cheating, Frankie Bennett lost her mind-on live TV. Now Frankie is broke, unemployed, and hiding out in her aunt's retirement village. That is, until Maxine Henderson-Barker-reformed trophy wife and owner of Trophy Jobs Inc. employment agency-arrives to give Frankie a much needed kick in the pants.

Soon, Frankie lands a job as a prep chef at a Greek diner in New Jersey, home to the world's best meatloaf and an owner who resembles an exquisitely chiseled Greek statue. Falling into bed with Nikos isn't the best idea, but after years of living in a man's shadow, this ex- trophy wife is ready to get busy cooking...



The Devilish Montague
By Patricia Rice

He wants to save Europe. She wants to save a foul-mouthed parrot. Marriage wasn't on their incompatible minds -- until they realized they each had what the other needed...

Blake Montague's one desire is to return to war on the Continent, where he hopes his exceptional skill at decoding French communications will help break Napoleon's stranglehold on Europe. But without his family's support, he lacks the funds to buy a commission. Bored, he unleashes his frustration by dueling and occasionally risking his life rescuing stolen parrots and mad maidens. His only hope is a marriage of convenience. Not surprisingly, wealthy women who want to send a husband to war are in short supply -- until he meets Jocelyn Carrington, a laughing Venus more interested in his house than him...

Jocelyn's one desire is to reacquire her family's estate, which her despicable brother lost in a wager to Blake's father. Now, to win it back, she must wed the youngest Montague, a man with few visible social graces and an annoying habit of attracting trouble. Keeping her heroic future groom alive long enough to get him to the altar is challenging--and surprisingly enjoyable. Leading to a dilemma when she develops feelings for a man who might die tomorrow!



Heiress in Love
By Christina Brooke

Jane, Lady Roxdale, has endured one marriage of convenience decreed by the Ministry of Marriage. While she deeply regrets her late husband’s death, she is relieved to be free at last. But when a dissolute rake threatens everything Jane holds dear, she must contemplate marrying a second time...

Disgraced libertine Constantine Black inherits his cousin Roxdale’s land and title—while Roxdale’s prim widow is left all the wealth. Constantine is not a marrying man, but wedding Jane is the only way to save the estate from ruin. Jane resists the smoldering heat between them, desperate not to fall in love with an unrepentant rake. But for the first time ever, Constantine wants more than seduction. He wants all of her—body, heart, and soul...

(St. Martin's)


  1. I'm super excited about the new releases from JoAnn Ross and Meredith Duran.

  2. I do judge books by their covers & WOW!!! these are all beautiful.

  3. I am soo looking forward to Lorraine Heath and Cristina Brooke's books but really I do need more time LOL

    Have Fun

  4. I'm excited about Kaki Warner's new series and can't wait to read Heartbreak Creek, and I have an ARC of Waking Up with the Duke that I'll be reading soon. I'm also looking forward to the Duran, Rice, and Ross books. The description of Burning Down the Spouse makes me think it may be my first Dakota Cassidy read.

  5. All of the historicals!!

    Lorraine Heath I have a couple of her earlier books with Duke in the title.

    Paula .Quinn Love her Highlanders!

    Christina Brooke new author, like the storyline.

    Meridith Duran also new author, like the My Fair Lady type of romance.

    Lorraine Heath autobuy

  6. Jane, isn't Meredith Duran's cover gorgeous?!?!

  7. Yes, marybelle, they are!! Covers are so much prettier than they were 20 years ago.

  8. Me, too, Helen! I always love a good Lorraine Heath book (and this one has me intrigued!) and always love to try a new author. :)

  9. Janga, I really need to read a Kaki Warner book. I've heard such wonderful things about them!

  10. I love historicals, too, Laurie G!!

  11. Another great month for romance!

    I've read an ARC of Heartbreak Creek and fell in love with Kaki Warner's writing all over again.

    I've also read Heiress in Love by Christina Brooke and can't wait for more from this talented author!

    Looking forward to One Summer JoAnn Ross has been a favorite author for years and I enjoyed the first book in her Shelter Bay series.

    Paula Quinn writes such wonderful stories. Her last book hit my "best of the year" list. It breaks my heart that she recently lost her own hero. Her beloved husband, her "champion" and the inspiration for so many of her heroes, had a heart attack and died last week. She posted about it on her facebook author page.

    I'm looking forward to the rest of the books here too and, Janga, I'm with you on the Dakota Cassidy. I haven't read her before but this may be the book that changes that!

  12. I have to say, Burning Down the Spouse caught my attention right away, and I love the premise. As always, so many books to look forward to.

    I also have to say, Heartbreak Creek is especially interesting to me because most historicals coming out these days are regency and/or take place in Europe. It's great to see one taking place in another place in time.

    I've heard great things about Meredith Duran, and the Joann Ross book looks great, so lots of good reading ahead!

  13. looking forward to Patricia Rice's new book. Really enjoyed book 1 and was happy to see that this hero was next -- glad the long wait is finally gonna be over ;)

  14. Gee, how blessed we are to have so many wonderful books to look forward to!!!

  15. I am looking forward to the July releases but only a couple that are on my list are on yours. Joann Ross is an autobuy for me now as is Dakota Cassidy. I've loved what I've read of theirs so far. I also have Paula Quinn's Tamed by a Highlander on my list - just got into these type of historicals last year.

  16. I can't wait to read the books by Lorraine Heath, Cristina Brooke and Meredith Duran.

    In fact I think I'd like to read all the books you just blogged about. If I end up in debtor's prison because of my empty wallet, I'll know who to blame. ;) :P

  17. I am so sad for Paula Quinn, PJ. My heart breaks for her family.

  18. Lisa said: ...Heartbreak Creek is especially interesting to me because most historicals coming out these days are regency and/or take place in Europe. It's great to see one taking place in another place in time.

    I remember once upon a time, Lisa, when western historicals were all the rage. I really enjoyed them, so I'm sure to love this one!

  19. Isn't Patricia Rice's cover gorgeous, gamistress66?!

  20. Maria said: ...just got into these type of historicals last year.

    Aren't they wonderful, Maria? *g*

  21. LOL @ Antonia!! We'll all be in there with you!!

  22. I am really looking forward to July's releases. I will have to say that Heartbreak Creek by Kaki Warner is an awesome read and everyone need to get this book. I can't say enough about this authors books, they are fabulous.

  23. Virginia, I couldn't agree with you more on Heartbreak Creek!

  24. I think authors need to stop printing any new books for at least a year. My TBR pile and Wish List are just too long and everyone of these landed on my Wish List. I'll never catch up.

  25. librarypat I agree, I will never catch up and I am at the point now I am confused on what is next to read even.

    So many books, so little time.

  26. All of these books sound like great reads. i've added them to my list of books to get and read.
    Connie Fischer

  27. There is only one thing I can say.

    So many books, so little time!

  28. Meredith Duran and Paula Quinn! Of course, at this rate, I'm never going to catch up on my reading.