Oct 272014
 

Meet “Hard-Hearted Hartwell” by Grace Burrowes

Joan had danced with Dante Hartwell and found him lacking many of the attributes she associated with a proper gentleman. He neither gossiped nor flattered nor took surreptitious liberties in triple meter.

In short, despite his many detractors—some called him Hard-Hearted Hartwell—she’d liked him.

Mr. Hartwell was honest, friendly, and kind, which to Joan was a significant improvement over handsome and charming.

One of the lessons we learn as we mature is that the pretty, shiny, eye-catching wrapping paper may not hide the gift we’ll treasure the most. Joan Flynn, from my new romance WHAT A LADY NEEDS FOR CHRISTMAS, can’t afford to be choosy—she needs a husband immediately—but she has sense enough to see that Dante Hartwell has a lot to recommend him, despite his plebian upbringing.

Joan knows what it’s like to be judged for her appearance and found lacking. She’s not beautiful in the eyes of most, or in her own eyes, and she tries to compensate by fashioning clothes that make her feel pretty. Dante can see past that, to her kindness with his children and his sister, to her family loyalty, to her honesty.

And yet, Dante is called hard-hearted by the aristocrats who seek to turn a profit by investing in his mills. He’s shrewd, and can afford to be generous only rarely when the livelihoods of hundreds rest in his hands. He’s hard working, even if that means he appears to be less of a gentleman.

Dante is also devoted to his children—he’s building not an empire for himself, but a more prosperous future for them—and yet that means from the outside looking in, he might be judged a distant or indifferent father.

Joan sees though, the children love their father, are secure in his affections, and delight in his company. She sees that Dante’s sister relies on him for everything, and that in his first marriage, Dante made the best of a difficult bargain—one most of Polite Society knows little about.

In short, Dante and Joan set aside what they’re expected to think of each other, and exchange the gift of making up their own minds about each other. Each gives the other the benefit of the doubt, each extends to the other good faith and good will.

Dante is not hard-hearted, he’s determined. He’s not miserly, he’s careful as a man should be when he’s known great want. He’s not a husband of convenience, but rather, when Joan takes the time to see the truth of him, he’s the very best possible gift she might have found under the Christmas tree!

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graceburrowesNew York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes’ bestsellers include The Heir, The Soldier, Lady Maggie’s Secret Scandal, Lady Sophie’s Christmas Wish and Lady Eve’s Indiscretion. Her Regency romances have received extensive praise, including starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist. Grace is branching out into short stories and Scotland-set Victorian romance with Sourcebooks. She is a practicing family law attorney and lives in rural Maryland.

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Oct 272014
 

What a Lady Needs for Christmas by Grace Burrowes
Series: McGregor Series (# 4)
Release Date: October 7, 2014
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Pages: 416
Source: book provided by NetGalley for review
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To escape a scandal, Lady Joan Flynn flees her family’s estate in the Scottish Highlands. She needs a husband by Christmas, or the holidays will ring in nothing but ruin.

Practical, ambitious mill owner Dante Hartwell offers to marry Joan, because a wellborn wife is his best chance of gaining access to aristocratic investors.

As Christmas—and trouble—draw nearer, Dante and Joan’s marriage of convenience blossoms into unexpected intimacy, for true love often hides beneath the most unassuming holiday wrapping…

 

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Oct 272014
 

What a Duke Dares by Anna Campbell
Series: Sons of Sin (# 3)
Release Date: August 26, 2014
Publisher: Forever
Pages: 400
Source: Book provided by NetGalley for review

 

 

What woman in her right mind would say no to marrying the dashing Duke of Sedgemoor? Miss Penelope Thorne, that’s who. She’s known Camden Rothermere since they were children — and she also knows she’d bring nothing but scandal to his name.

Cam can hardly believe Penelope turned down his proposal. But if she wants to run off to the Continent and set the rumor mill ablaze, he can’t stop her. Then her brother’s dying request sends him to bring home the one woman he thought he’d finally gotten over.

The only way they’ll both get back to London without their reputations in tatters is to pretend they’re married during the journey. That means kissing like they mean it and even sharing a bed-until it becomes hard to tell where the game ends and true desire begins . . .

 

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Oct 262014
 

Christmas at Twilight by Lori Wilde
Series: Twilight, Texas (# 5)
Release Date: October 28, 2014
Publisher: Avon
Pages: 400
Source: book provided by Edelweiss for review
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It’s Christmas in Twilight, Texas. The Cookie Club is baking, the town is decorated, and Delta Force Operator “Hutch” Hutchinson has finally, reluctantly, returned home . . .

. . . only to get pepper sprayed by the delicious- looking stranger who’s taken over his house. She says her name is Jane, and she immediately sets down ground rules. Top priority: no touching. For Hutch that isn’t easy—he was wounded in action, but one part is still working very well.

Then Hutch learns the truth. Jane harbors a frightening secret—she’s really Meredith Sommers, on the run from a dangerous ex-husband and desperately in need of the safety Hutch can provide. In that moment, he vows he’d do anything in his power to protect her. And as Christmas approaches, they discover that their love can conquer the past and overcome any obstacle—but what price will they pay?

 

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Oct 262014
 

The Red Serpent Club by Claudia Meyler
Series: Red Serpent Club (# 1)
Release Date: July 31, 2014
Publisher: self-published
Pages: 189
Source: Book provided by the author for review

 

 

When Lucie-May Adler starts work for the beautiful but mysterious owner of one of the largest companies in New York, she has no idea where the job will take her. Christopher Renton is beyond a control freak, and not what a naive girl who is just getting over her first break-up needs. But Lucie-May is drawn to him, despite others warning her off. Will she cope with Renton’s all-consuming need for her, or will she be drawn into something darker than she imagined?


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Oct 262014
 

Dark Redemption by Angie Sandro
Series: Dark Paradise (# 3)
Release Date: September 9, 2014
Publisher: Forever Yours
Pages: 384
Source: book provided by NetGalley for review

 

 

Deep in the Louisiana bayou, Mala LaCroix cannot escape the mysterious things she’s seen. Haunted by her otherworldly past, she only wants to hide her special abilities and care for the man she’s come to love. But the dark swamp she calls home holds more than just Mala’s secrets, for a killer is leaving behind ghosts trapped between worlds, hungry for vengeance . . .

Landry knows Mala could never turn her back on those in need. It’s part of what attracts him to her. But now that he’s wrestling with his own demons-and losing-he fears that just being near the woman he loves endangers her life. And that traps him in a terrible dilemma: leave Mala alone to catch a murderer by herself or stay close-and risk entangling her in the brutal battle for his very soul.

 

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Oct 262014
 

Captivating the CEO by Sara Daniel
Release Date:  September 24, 2013
Publisher: Decadent Publishing Company
Pages: 99
Source:  book provided by the publisher for review
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When live-for-the-moment massage therapist Willow Jeffries bursts into Colin Vanderhayden’s office, she makes it her mission to loosen up the future-focused CEO, knowing each moment of the present is too precious to waste. Despite her immediate attraction, the only future she can offer is one full of heartache.
The last thing Colin needs is a flighty woman messing up his carefully-constructed plans, but her heavenly massages and addictive personality prove hard to resist. But he has no idea how sick she is.

No longer able to ignore her life-threatening medical condition, Willow slips away to spare Colin a miserable future with her. Is Colin willing to sacrifice his well-laid future plans to get Willow back?

 

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Oct 252014
 

Sweet on You by Laura Drake
Series: Sweet on a Cowboy (# 3)
Release Date: August 26, 2014
Publisher: Forever
Pages: 384
Source: book provided by NetGalley for review

 

 

A Love as Bold as a Texas Sunset . . .Ex-army medic Katya Smith has always healed other people’s pain. Now she has to deal with her own. Taking a job as an athletic trainer on the Pro Bull Riding circuit seems like the perfect escape from her grief-except Katya doesn’t know anything about bulls, and even less about the tough men who ride them. She doesn’t expect to fall for the sport, or for one tantalizing cowboy who tumbles her defenses.For rodeo champion Cam Cahill, fifteen years of bucking bulls have taken their toll on his body. Before he retires, he wants a final chance at the world title-and he doesn’t need some New Age gypsy telling him how to do his job. But when the stunning trainer with the magical hands repairs more than his worn muscles, everything changes. Soon Cam finds himself trying to persuade Katya to forgive her past so she can build a future . . . with him.

 

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Oct 252014
 

My Haunted Gay Blender’s Love Affair, and Other Twisted Tales by Agibail Roux, Andrea Speed and Anne Tenino
Release Date: August 10, 2014
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Pages: 276
Source: book provided by publisher for review

 

 

Die Laughing.

A collection of not-so-chilling tales of love and laughter from three of the genre’s masters of pulp.

In The Bone Orchard by Abigail Roux, Pinkerton investigator Ezra Johns and US Marshal Ambrose Shaw have a lot to learn about life—and the afterlife—in their quest to bring a vicious murderer to justice. Fortunately, they’ve got all the time in the world to figure it out.

In City of Monsters by Andrea Speed, an ex-investigator turned some-kind-of-shifter (he doesn’t know, but with his luck, it’s probably nothing cool) is hired to find a missing reverse tooth fairy in the hellish dimension of Dev. But even simple things aren’t easy for a guy with more vices than virtues, and his situation gets even more complex when a hot newcomer to Dev with a taste for danger joins him on the case.

In Horny by Anne Tenino, a group of supernatural law enforcers enlist the help of a human, Ryan Caulfield, to catch Zeus: the god voted Least Likely to Keep It in His Pants. But there’s more to Ryan than even he knows, and the satyr searching for Zeus is tempting him with far more than simple justice.

 

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Oct 252014
 

Marine in the Wind by Heather Long
Series: Always a Marine (# 15)
Release Date:  June 27, 2013
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Pages: 65
Source: book provided by the publisher for review
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Freewill bound…

Greg Rainwater lost a piece of himself in the deserts of Iraq, a piece his Shaman great-grandfather would call his soul. Heading to Freewill, Wyoming, the retired Marine hopes to find what he’s looking for. After one meeting with the beautiful Georgia Crane, he thinks he has found the missing piece. She has other ideas.

Under her skin…

Georgia gave up her dreams to look after her stubborn, ailing grandfather in small-town Freewill. Newcomer Greg isn’t helping by enabling the old man to break her careful rules every chance he gets. That doesn’t stop her from lusting after the hot Marine—she simply refuses to give into the desire.

Sexual healing…

Paired together by Madame Eve’s 1Night Stand dating service, Georgia is mortified, while Greg can’t believe his good luck. Distrust turns to attraction and irritation to desire, but can they bridge their differences and find what they’re missing—each other?

 

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