It's time again to mark your calendars and Make Your Reservations for August! It's another great month 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?
By Lisa Kleypas
Dream Lake takes readers once again to the exquisite setting of Friday Harbor, and tells the story of Zoe Hoffman, an innkeeper who has all but given up on love. She’s a gentle, romantic soul, but has been so hurt in the past that she dare not trust her heart with anyone. Especially not Alex Nolan. Alex is the most haunted of all the Nolan brothers. He drinks to keep his demons at bay and not only has he given up on love, he has never, ever believed in it. Zoe and Alex are oil and water, fire and ice, sunshine and shadow. But sometimes, it takes only a glimmer of light to chase away the dark. Dream Lake is classic Lisa Kleypas: romantic, powerful, emotional, and magical.
(St. Martin's Press)
Lessons from a Scandalous Bride
By Sophie Jordan
A life can change in an instant...
No one knows this better than Miss Cleopatra Hadley, who went from poverty to plenty when she discovered one of England's richest men was her true father who wanted her to share his wealth...if she married into the upper echelons of Society. A high price to pay for someone whose mother taught her just how dangerous a marriage could be.
An imposing yet impoverished Scots nobleman, Lord Logan McKinney knows he must wed some vapid title-hunter with a substantial dowry in order to restore his once-thriving estate. Having the vibrant Cleo nearby, however, makes his task even more unpalatable—for she tempts him like no other woman...just as he's precisely the sort of man she most fears: exciting, unpredictable, fiercely passionate. But when attraction proves too powerful, they succumb to a kiss that quickly leads to lessons too scandalous for even the darkest nights...
By Christina Dodd
As a young man, Aleksandr Wilder abandoned his duty—and for that lapse, he has been tortured, tormented…and transformed. Now he prowls the tunnels beneath the city, fighting on the frontline against the forces of hell, never daring to dream that he can live as a man again. After seven years fighting the world's ultimate evil, Chosen One Charisma Fangorn has become a tough, strong warrior without illusions or joy...even her gift of hearing the earthsong has faded. Deaf to her own instincts, she never suspects that a monster lurks in the dark underneath the streets.When Aleksandr finds Charisma under attack, he rescues and cares for her, and hope stirs once more in his heart…and in the world. But in the secret recesses of his soul, he knows the truth. A woman so exceptional could never love a beast…could she?
Forever and a Day
By Jill Shalvis
Grace never thought she'd be starting her life over from scratch. Losing everything has landed her in Lucky Harbor, working as a dog walker for overwhelmed ER doctor Josh Scott. But the day his nanny fails to show up, Grace goes from caring for Josh's lovable mutt to caring for his rambunctious son. Soon Grace is playing house with the sexy single dad...
With so many people depending on him, Josh has no time for anything outside of his clinic and family-until Grace arrives in town. Now this brainy blonde is turning his life inside out and giving a whole new meaning to the phrase "good bedside manner." Josh and Grace don't know if what they have can last. But in a town like Lucky Harbor, a lifetime of love starts with just one day...
All Afternoon with a Scandalous Marquess
By Alexandra Hawkins
Simon Jefferes, the Marquess of Sainthill, has done the unthinkable—he’s fallen in love. The so-called “Saint” has spent his life gambling, dallying with women, and satisfying his every whim. And he fully intended to continue his wicked ways, until he met the mysterious, exotic, and irresistible Madame Venna—the one woman he can’t have…and the only one he’s ever wanted for more than an evening.
The proprietress of the Golden Pearl, one of London’s most exclusive brothels, Madame Venna takes pride in the lush, decadent club she’s created. With a half-mask to conceal her identity, she’s careful to safeguard something even more valuable—her heart. But Saint is determined to tear down the walls she’s built around herself, and to finally expose the truth—that Madame Venna is a woman very much in love…with him.
(St. Martin's Press)
How to Romance a Rake
By Manda Collins
You can lead a wallflower to the ball, but you can’t make her bloom—unless one daring young bachelor turns up the heat…
What’s a nice girl like Miss Juliet Shelby doing at a place like Lord Deveril’s ballroom? With her shy demeanor, she’s a total stranger to the dance floor and a source of mockery for the ton. So imagine her surprise when Deveril gallantly comes to her defense—and offers to teach her to dance! Juliet can hardly believe the most handsome bachelor in London would notice her, until he takes her in his arms and sets her heart ablaze…
Lord Alec Deveril has never felt such a spark of attraction for an unmarried lady before. Unlike the “fashionable” ladies he’s accustomed to, Juliet possesses a generous spirit, a fiery intelligence—and an explosive secret. Deep in the London underworld, a dear friend has vanished, and Juliet fears the worst. Deveril insists on helping, escorting her through the darkest alleys in town. But he too is hiding a shocking secret—and the only way he can defeat the devil in his past is to seduce the angel in his arms…
(St. Martin's Press)
Can't Hurry Love
By Molly O'Keefe
Victoria Baker, the penniless widow of a disgraced financier, is ready to stand up, be counted, and make a new life for herself and her beloved son in Texas. She’s taking over Crooked Creek ranch, her birthright, and turning it into something special. All that stands in her way is Eli Turnbull, a rugged, too-handsome cowboy who wants the land just as badly.
If Victoria wants a fight, Eli will give her one. He’s devoted his life to Crooked Creek, and he’s not about to let some pampered city girl—even one as brave and beautiful as Victoria—turn it into some silly spa. But Victoria’s and Eli’s burning anger and frustration only fuel heat of another kind: uncontrollable passion. And soon they each realize that the person standing in their way is the one they can never do without.
By Kris Kennedy
A dashing con man
Breaking and entering to reclaim her corrupt late father’s ledger comes surprisingly easily to Sophia Darnly. But is it mere coincidence that her misdeed unexpectedly reunites her with Kier, the outlaw lover who abandoned her years ago?
A lady skilled in trickery
Time has not erased Sophia from Kier’s heart, nor tamed her fiery spirit. She boldly insinuates herself into his plans. But Kier is on a mission of revenge, and can’t allow even the woman he once loved to stop him.
A game that could get them both killed
By Heather Snow
Lord Frederick Aveline, otherwise known as Derick, has successfully kept up appearances as an English nobleman. What no one knows is that he’s a full-blooded Frenchman—a double-agent for the British against the French. But there is something else no one knows about Derick. Deciding to leave behind his days of espionage, he’s arrived home in Derbyshire to finish one final order of business: to find and expose a dangerous traitor in the midst.
But Aveline castle holds its own share of secrets—including murder, and an unexpected lure in Emma Wallingford. Brilliant and feisty, her loyalty lies with acting as the town’s magistrate, and she doesn’t welcome an unanticipated, though appealing, intrusion like Derick. As the two of them are drawn closer, the sordid past of Derick’s family comes to light, as does the true nature of his arrival. But when deception, however sweet, is the name of the game no one can be trusted, and every love—and every life—is at risk.
Another month to look forward to. I can see quite a few books I am interested in.ReplyDelete
There's always something for everyone, isn't there? :)Delete
I'm especially excited about Jill's "Forever and a Day." I love the Lucky Harbor books.ReplyDelete
Jane, I'm reading it right now and loving it! I hope Jill is able to write more books about Lucky Harbor.Delete
Lisa Kleypas, Alexandra Hawkins and Heather Snow, been waiting on all of those.ReplyDelete
Great choices, Dianna!Delete
Looking forward to the new Jill Shalvis, Lisa Kleypas and Heather snow! And I am counting down the days until Tessa Dare's A Lady By Midnight releases (though technically it's a Sept. release, like Eloisa's Ugly Duchess and Caroline Linden's The Way to a Duke's Heart)ReplyDelete
I'm so glad you're loving Jill's books, Lisa! Have you tried her Animal Magnetism series? I love it, too, and the last book of the trilogy (RESCUE MY HEART) comes out November 6. Plus, her Wilder series is being reissued back-to-back-to-back in October, November, and December! Lots of great books from Jill!Delete
I've read an ARC of Tessa Dare's next book (A Lady By Midnight) and it's terrific. Honestly, I don't think she's capable of writing a bad book!Delete
Sophie Jordon, Jill Shalbis, Heather Snow, Alexandra Hawkins and Lisa Kleypas have all been pre-ordered and I am anxiously awaiting their arrival! Like Lisa, I can't wait until September though for Tessa Dare's newest!ReplyDelete
Great list, Wendy! (Isn't Tessa's newest's cover gorgeous??)Delete
Bring on August, Andrea! LOL It seems as if every month is filled with treaure for romance readers.ReplyDelete
I've read and loved How to Romance a Rake, and I'm so-o-o looking forward to Dream Lake. It's been too long since I read a Kris Kennedy book, and I love Molly O'Keefe. The Snow and Shalvis are on my list too, as well as books by Beth Andrews, Janice Kay Johnson, and Sarah Mayberry. I'm also looking forward to the first Isabella Bradford book. I loved Susan Fraser Scott's historical fiction, but I'm happy she's giving us more romances--even if they are written under a new name. :)
And, Lisa, I've read those August 28 releases--all three of them--and they are worth waiting for. In fact, I plan to buy print copies and read them all again.
"It seems as if every month is filled with treaure for romance readers."Delete
Isn't that the truth?! That's a lovely way to put it, Janga. And it's wonderul that there's something for everyone! :)
Janga, like you, I'm looking forward to Dream Lake. I really enjoyed Rainshadow Road so much!Delete
I've read How to Romance a Rake (another winner!), am now reading an ARC of the new Kris Kennedy book and looking forward to the others on your list. So much good reading ahead!
So many delicious books to look forward to reading! they all sound like books I want to read. Oh My!ReplyDelete
Yes, there is, Laurie! It's like a smorgasbord!Delete
More wonderful books, and WILDER and HOW TO ROMANCE A RAKE are at the top of my list. :-)ReplyDelete
Those are GREAT choices to be at the top, Gannon!Delete
I can't wait to read Heather Snow's second book. I loved her first one. A new Lisa Kleypas book is always reason to celebrate.Delete
Gannon, clear your schedule. You're going to want to read WILDER in one delicious gulp. It's so awesome!Delete
Wonderful picks with the historicals being my favorite. I just started a Kris Kennedy book so looking forward to more!ReplyDelete
I'm a fan of medievals and really enjoy Kris Kennedy's books.Delete
I'm looking forward to Dream Lake, even though I didn't care for the paranormal aspect in the last book. I have Can't Buy Me Love in my TBR pile, so if I like that, then I'll have to try the sequel. I've never read Manda Collins, but I may give her book a try, too.ReplyDelete
Kim, this is Manda Collins' second book. Her debut, How to Dance With a Duke was wonderful and How to Romance a Rake is just as good! I highly recommend her books!Delete
Ladies once again You're making my TBR bulge!! I'm looking forward to Julie Garwood's newest book, the next installment of Sherrilyn Kenyon's DarkHunter books, Desire After Dark by Jo Carlisle, and Jodi Thomas' new book, too!ReplyDelete
Ladies once again You're making my TBR bulge!!.Delete
Our work here is done. ::grin::
Andrea, all these look fabulous! I read Manda Collins' debut and loved it, so I'm looking forward to this one, too.ReplyDelete
Nancy, I'm looking forward to the day when we can add your book title to our monthly MYR!Delete
I'm looking forward to all those books, especially Dream Lake.ReplyDelete
I can't wait for Dream Lake. The featured brother seems so tortured and if I recall there might be a ghost in the picture.ReplyDelete
They all look wonderful! I, too had the honor of an early look at Manda Collins' "How to Romance a Rake," and it is wonderful. I'll be looking forward to the next installment in her trilogy. Heather Snow, Christina Dodd, Lisa Kleypas and all the rest, it's going to be a great summer for reading!ReplyDelete
So many incredible books. Two books with Scandalous in the titles & both on my list.ReplyDelete