Thursday, May 8, 2014

Make Your Reservations!

It's time again to mark your calendars and Make Your Reservations for June! Summer is coming and there are a ton of great books coming out. 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?

A Long Time Gone
By Karen White

“We Walker women were born screaming into this world, the beginning of a lifelong quest to find what would quiet us. But whatever drove us away was never stronger than the pull of what brought us back….” 

When Vivien Walker left her home in the Mississippi Delta, she swore never to go back, as generations of the women in her family had. But in the spring, nine years to the day since she’d left, that’s exactly what happens—Vivien returns, fleeing from a broken marriage and her lost dreams for children.

What she hopes to find is solace with “Bootsie,” her dear grandmother who raised her, a Walker woman with a knack for making everything all right. But instead she finds that her grandmother has died and that her estranged mother is drifting further away from her memories. Now Vivien is forced into the unexpected role of caretaker, challenging her personal quest to find the girl she herself once was.

But for Vivien things change in ways she cannot imagine when a violent storm reveals the remains of a long-dead woman buried near the Walker home, not far from the cypress swamp that is soon to give up its ghosts. Vivien knows there is now only one way to rediscover herself—by uncovering the secrets of her family and breaking the cycle of loss that has haunted them for generations.



Stormy Persuasion
By Johanna Lindsey

James Malory sets sail for America to honor a promise he made to his in-laws: His and Georgina’s daughter, Jacqueline, will have her come-out in America. Judith and Jacqueline Malory are not simply cousins; they are inseparable best friends. Refusing to miss Jacqueline’s come-out in Connecticut, Judith convinces her parents to let her delay her London debut by a few weeks so she can accompany her cousin. Neither girl intends to fall in love during her first Season. But Judith’s plans are overturned when aboard ship she comes face-to-face with the ghost who has been haunting her dreams.

Unknown to the Malorys, deckhand Nathan Tremayne is a smuggler with a noose around his neck. Determined to carry out a covert mission in America that could gain him a pardon, Nathan senses that beautiful Judith Malory is trouble. Somehow the minx knows his secret—and now she’s blackmailing him into doing her bidding. While passions can soar on the high seas, Nathan knows this aristocratic beauty is merely amusing herself with a scoundrel like him.

When the unthinkable happens in Connecticut and the elder Malorys’ hands are tied, Nathan takes command of a dire situation. Captaining his own ship, he turns the tables on Judith, as he steers them into some intense Caribbean heat where he will fight with all his mettle to win the right to her heart.



Take My Breath Away
By Christie Ridgway

Poppy Walker has a plan to restore the family resort, and she's sticking to it. So when a good-looking guy with plenty of cash rents one of her half-repaired vacation cabins, she figures he's just what the handyman ordered. But when a storm blows through, it takes down some trees, her roof and then her self-control. Even though she's been burned before by a wealthy passer-through, she can't stay away from the brooding but gorgeous stranger in the bungalow next door.

Former teen idol turned Hollywood exec Ryan Hamilton wants a private place in which to endure his very personal heartbreak. Finally, at this rustic mountain cabin, he has all the seclusion one man could want—until sparks begin to fly with his sexy, formerly chilly landlady. By the time the weather dies down, they're both hot, bothered and certain they're still wrong for each other. But there's no telling how they'll face the new storm brewing on the horizon.



The Book Stops Here
By Kate Carlisle

You never know what treasures can be found in someone’s attic. Unfortunately for bookbinder Brooklyn Wainwright, some of them are worth killing for...
Brooklyn Wainwright is thrilled to be appearing on the San Francisco edition of the hit TV show This Old Attic as a rare-book expert and appraiser. Her first subject is a very valuable first-edition copy of the classic children’s story The Secret Garden, which is owned by a flower vendor named Vera.

Once she hears what her book is worth, Vera is eager to have Brooklyn recondition it for resale. But after the episode airs, a furious man viciously accosts Brooklyn, claiming that Vera found the first edition at his garage sale, and he wants it back—or else. Brooklyn is relieved that she’s put The Secret Garden in a safe place, but Randolph Rayburn, the handsome host of This Old Attic, is terrified by the man’s threats. He confides in Brooklyn that he fears he is being stalked. He doesn't know who might have targeted him, or why.

In the days that follow, several violent incidents occur on the set, and Brooklyn is almost killed, leaving both her and her security expert boyfriend, Derek, shaken. Is someone after Brooklyn and the book? Or has Randolph’s stalker become more desperate? And then Brooklyn visits Vera’s flower shop and discovers her dead. Is the murderer one of the two obvious suspects, or is something more sinistereven bizarregoing on? Brooklyn had better find the clever killer soon or more than her chance at prime time may be canceled permanently.



By Sophie Jordan

What happens when a girl who always calls the shots meets a guy who's too wild for even her?

A born flirt and good-time party girl, Emerson has never had a problem finding a willing guy. She's always chosen her hookups carefully, and she's never broken her three cardinal rules:

Never let them see the real you.
Never fall in love.
Always leave them begging for more.

Then Shaw comes along. A hottie from the wrong side of the tracks, he's immune to her flirtatious banter and come-hither smile. After rescuing her from a disastrous night at a biker bar, he doesn't even try to take her to bed—he calls her a tease and sends her home instead. Unable to resist a challenge, or forget the sexy, dark-eyed, bad-boy biker, she vows to bring him to his knees.

But instead of making Shaw beg, Emerson finds herself craving him. For the first time in her life, she's throwing out her rule book. Suddenly, she's the one panting for a guy she can't control—a guy who won't settle for anything less than the real Emerson and who forces her to do things she's never imagined, including facing a past she thought she'd buried.

A guy who just might leave her wanting more. . .

(William Morrow)


The Glass Kitchen
By Linda Francis Lee

Portia Cuthcart never intended to leave Texas. Her dream was to run the Glass Kitchen restaurant her grandmother built decades ago. But after a string of betrayals and the loss of her legacy, Portia is determined to start a new life with her sisters in Manhattan . . . and never cook again. But when she moves into a dilapidated brownstone on the Upper West Side, she meets twelve-year-old Ariel and her widowed father Gabriel, a man with his hands full trying to raise two daughters on his own. Soon, a promise made to her sisters forces Portia back into a world of magical food and swirling emotions, where she must confront everything she has been running from. What seems so simple on the surface is anything but when long-held secrets are revealed, rivalries exposed, and the promise of new love stirs to life like chocolate mixing with cream.

The Glass Kitchen is a delicious novel, a tempestuous story of a woman washed up on the shores of Manhattan who discovers that a kitchen—like an island—can be a refuge, if only she has the courage to give in to the pull of love, the power of forgiveness, and accept the complications of what it means to be family.

(St. Martin’s Press)


The Once and Future Duchess
By Sophia Nash

A duchess in time saves a noble line …

In theory, the Duke of Candover is the most eligible peer in the realm. But in truth, he has a deep aversion to the merest hint of marriage, not to mention two botched engagements which have marked his jaded soul. Now, after a debauched bachelor party that causes public outcry, the Prince Regent is demanding that it's Candover's turn to be brought to heel. And Prinny secretly believes that Isabelle Tremont, the Duchess of March, is precisely the lady up to the challenge.

Isabelle must marry, but a day of reckoning with the man she's loved for years is her greatest fear. If Candover insists she's too young and innocent for a seasoned world-weary man like him, there's no shortage of other candidates. Gentlemen of prestige and position. Gentlemen whose attentions are driving Candover to jealous distraction. Yet one abandoned moment under the stars hints that if they can put aside pride and duty, then a love once denied might just be their destiny.



Dreamweaver Trail
By Emily March

After another lonely Valentine’s Day, Gabi Romano trades mountain snowfall for sunshine and sand at a luxurious Caribbean getaway. There she finds not one but two thrilling new passions: creating art glass, and Flynn Brogan, the sexy caretaker next door who brings her fantasies to life. But when violence interrupts their romantic interlude, she learns that Flynn is living a lie. Heartsick, she decides to concentrate on her craft. Playing with fire is safer than loving a man like Flynn.

Flynn is determined to make things right with Gabi—until his enemies interfere. Now damaged and driven by a need he cannot define, he seeks out Gabi’s Colorado community as a mystery man searching for peace, though not expecting redemption. But he never imagined a place like Eternity Springs, where lives are changed, second chances are given, and the possibility exists for two wounded souls to find their way home . . . to each other.



Wicked Temptation
By Zoƫ Archer


Newly widowed, Bronwyn Parrish’s fortune has been spent settling her late husband’s debts—thanks to an unscrupulous business manager—and now there’s nothing left. Society has no place for a woman without means, and with nowhere to turn, Bronwyn is lost…until, from out of nowhere, a handsome gentleman steps in and makes her an offer she can’t refuse.


Secrets and subterfuge are in Marco Black’s blood. As one of Nemesis, Unlimited’s most senior agents, Society women aren’t his usual cup of tea. But Marco’s sixth sense tells him that there’s more to Bronwyn than meets the eye…and he wants to help the brazen beauty retrieve her lost fortune. But is his attraction to her worth the risk? His mission will lead him all the way to Les Grillons, France’s most ruthless crime syndicate. Soon, Marco and Bronwyn will find themselves facing a danger that could cost them their lives—and a passion that is priceless.

(St. Martin’s Press)


All I Want Is You
By Toni Blake

Sometimes you have to create your own destiny . . .

Christy Knight grew up in Destiny, Ohio, but lately she feels that her future lies elsewhere. Her parents are gone and the beautiful jewelry she creates doesn't pay the bills. Maybe it's time for Christy to grow up and find a guy who's smart, sexy, and solvent. Her rugged handyman neighbor fits the first two categories, but he's all wrong for her. If only he didn't have such captivating blue eyes.

Wary of trusting others, Jack DuVall hasn't been entirely honest with Christy. He's not really a handyman. He's not really broke. And sharing the long drive to visit her beloved grandpa isn't just about gallantry—he finds gorgeous, feisty Christy completely irresistible.

When secrets are exposed, Jack and Christy struggle to find their way back to one another, but the quirky seaside town of Coral Cove could prove the perfect place to find a red-hot destiny of their own.



  1. Actually none of these books are on my radar. I've never read Zoe Archer, but her book 'Wicked Temptation' sounds like it's my kind of read. Going to put it on my buy list. The following books are on my summer buy list:
    Dorinda and the Doctor, a novella by Sabrina Jeffries (June)
    The Danger in Tempting an Earl by Sophie Barnes (July)
    The Wickedest Lord Alive by Christina Brooke (July)
    Why Lords Lose Their Hearts by Manda Collins (Aug)
    The Rogue with a Brogue by Suzanne Enoch (Aug)
    Love and Let Spy by Shana Galen (Aug)
    The Fortune Hunter by Daisy Goodwin (Aug)

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

    1. Karen, check out Zoe's books. They're very good.

      I have the Christina Brooke and Manda Collins books on my must buy list too.

  2. I know about all these authors but one but they all sound wonderful. I wish I could read them all!

    1. I wish I could find time to read them all! lol

  3. I've happily read the Ridgway, March, and Nash books, and I eagerly anticipate reading the White, Carlisle, Lee, and Blake. I'm also really looking forward to new books from Madeline Hunter, Beatriz Williams/Juliana Gray (one from each name), and Marie Force. And I'm super-excited that Elizabeth Bevarly has a new Harlequin Desire releasing in June. I rarely read Desires, but I always read Liz Bevarly books.

  4. All I want is You
    The Glass Kitchen (hadn't heard of of it; thank you)
    Dreamweaver Trail
    Take my Breath away.

    1. The Glass Kitchen is getting some great buzz. I'm looking forward to reading it!

  5. I have Stormy Persuasion by Johanna Lindsey and can't wait to read it.

    1. Terri, I just finished it and enjoyed it! I love the Malory family but I haven't been overly impressed with the last couple books in the series. Not so with this one! :)

  6. I like to read The Once and Future Duchess,By Sophia Nash, The Glass Kitchen,By Linda Francis Lee, Take My Breath Away,By Christie Ridgway, Stormy Persuasion,By Johanna Lindsey a have a long list of books to get for this summer.

  7. a return to the Mallory's -- once it comes out in paperback it'll be an auto buy (book budget doesn't include hard covers); Sophia Nash's book is already on my wish list

  8. A few of these are auto-buys for me - Christie Ridgway, Emily March & Toni Blake, but a few of the other ones look good to me, too! Also, Rusty Nailed, Until We Touch, The Accidental Duchess and Vixen in Velvet.

  9. We cannot be thinking about June already.

    I had to stop & admire the cover for "Stormy Persuasion" by Johanna Lindsey. Yummy!!!

  10. I have been waiting for just about all of them but I didn't know about Sophia Nash's book coming out! Good grief - where have I been? Another great month ahead. Enjoy, Everyone.

  11. Looking forwawrd to A LONG TIME GONE, TAKE MY BREATH AWAY, THE BOOK STOPS HERE, DREAMWEAVER TRAIL, ALL I WANT IS YOU and GLASS KITCHEN this is a good month for me!!! I have had Emily March's book in my cart at amazon for so long its ready to fly

  12. I'm in the middle of Marsh's series, so this one will definitely be on my TBR pile. I'll recognize my other favourites here as well: S Nash, S. Jordan, J. Lindsey, and of course C. Ridgway. And since I've heard so much about "The Glass Kitchen"...I'll throw this one on my TBR pile also. ;)