February Books

Doesn’t it always seem as if new books come out in February?  I wonder if the publishing industry has a “sweeps” period like television and they choose to release more books during this time than in others because it makes their statistics look better.  Anyway, I’ve already posted about the new Karen Rose novel, which came out on the 4th, but there are several other books coming out this month.  (All publication dates are subject to change, so don’t blame me if you can’t get your book on the date I’ve listed.)

1. Concealed in Death by J.D. Robb.  (Available 2/18)  This is the latest in the In Death series, featuring Lt. Eve Dallas and her husband Roarke, a billionaire with a shady past.  I’ve posted about this series a lot and it is one of the only series that I’ve stuck with through all of its ups and downs.

2. Once in a Lifetime by Jill Shalvis. (Available 2/18)  As my long-time readers know, I’ve recently gotten into this series and I absolutely love it.  I pre-ordered this book back in December.

3. The Trouble with Honor by Julia London (Available 2/25)

4. Evening Stars by Susan Mallory (Available 2/25)

5. Tell Me by Lisa Jackson (Available 2/25)

6. All a Heart Needs by Barbara Freethy (Available 2/27) 5th book in the Callaway Series

7. City of Jasmine by Deanna Raybourn (Available 2/25)

8. Lost in Love by Kate Perry (Available 2/12)

9. Let the Dead Sleep by Heather Graham (Available 2/25)

10. Books 1-3 in the Fatal Series by Marie Force (Available 2/11)  (I reviewed the first book in the series Fatal Affair last year and didn’t like it very much–I DNF’ed it.)

11. All I Ever Wanted by Kristen Higgins (Available 2/25)

12. Mesmerized by Candace Camp (Re-issue, Available 2/25)–my first historical romance, which I read my senior year of high school.

13. The Rustler by Linda Lael Miller (Available 2/25)

14. Captive Embraces by Fern Michaels (Re-issue, Available 2/20)

15. When the Duke was Wicked by Lorraine Heath (Available 2/25)

16. The Bride Says Maybe by Cathy Maxwell (Available 2/25)

17. Borrowed Dreams by Debbie Macomber (Available 2/25–might be a re-issue as it is subtitled “Debbie Macomber Classic)

18. Vampire Most Wanted by Lynsay Sands (Available 2/18)

19. Sex for Beginners Box Set by Stephanie Bond (Available 2/15)

20. The Chase by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg (Available 2/25)

If you know of any other books that are coming out this month, please let me know.  You can send me a message on the facebook page.

New Karen Rose Novel On Sale Today!

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Today’s the day–the newest Karen Rose novel, Watch Your Back, hit American shelves (it has been out in the UK since November).  This book features Stevie and Clay, and I have been looking forward to this book since they first appeared together is You Belong to Me.  Here’s the synopsis from Ms. Rose’s website:

A cold case reopened. A murderer re-emerging more deadly than ever before…

Baltimore Homicide Detective Stevie Mazzetti has suffered losses no woman should have to endure. And, despite it all, she’s still a fighter. When she learns that her ex-partner might have miscarried justice, she’s determined to put the past to rights, even when she becomes a target.

It’s former Marine Clay Maynard’s job to see the risk in every situation, but he doesn’t have to look hard to find the danger surrounding Stevie. Since the minute he first saw her, Clay has wanted to protect the wounded officer, and he started loving her not long after that. So when Stevie attracts the attention of a vicious psychopath, Clay will do whatever it takes to keep her alive. That is, if he can stay ahead of a killer with everything to lose—and something terrifying to hide…

Sounds interesting.  I can’t wait to read it–I got my copy off of Amazon for $5.99 this morning.  What are you waiting for?

The Romance Reader Vlog #4

I know I’ve been a bit derelict in updating the blog/vlog over the last few weeks, but I have a good excuse–which you’ll learn by watching the vlog. :)  (You didn’t think I’d make it easy for you, did you?)

Guilty Pleasure Books

I was watching the newest episode of The Goldbergs earlier today and it featured the song The Safety Dance, which as far as I know has never been a cool song.  It is one of those songs that everybody knows, but no one ever admits to liking.  It was the Mmbop of the day (I will admit to having owned Middle of Nowhere, the CD that had Mmbop on it and it is even on my Ipod).

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Mmbop was one of my favorite songs when I was in 6th grade and I even had a t-shirt with their picture on it.  I know most people joked about these guys looking like a bunch of ugly girls–one of my classmate’s dads was horrified to learn that they were boys–but I loved them.  Unfortunately, I was one of the only ones and they never really took off.

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This all got me thinking about guilty pleasure books and what exactly makes them guilty pleasures.  Did they start out that way or did they becomes them as we got older?  I know that’s how I feel when Mmbop or Barbie Girl comes on the radio.  I cherished those songs as a kid, but now I take them for what they are: cheese.  Highly enjoyable cheese.  There aren’t all that many books that I consider guilty pleasure–I think the total might be 4 books.  The first three are a series by Candace Camp.

The Lost Heirs

I love this series, but it is so crazy that it can only be called cheese.  If you’re unfamiliar with the series, it follows siblings Alexandra, Marie Anne (a.k.a. Marianne), and John (a.k.a. Jack/Gil), who were presumed dead when their parents’ home was lit on fire during the beginning of The French Revolution.  The first book, A Stolen Heart, is Alexandra’s book, in which we learn that all three kids escaped the fire and were returned to London only to be taken away again before their grandmother could find out.  This book involves highway men, a runaway hot air balloon, and a bordello run by a woman who liked to dress in the pre-Revolutionary style (white face powder and all).

The second book in the series, Promise Me Tomorrow, is Marie Anne’s book, which isn’t quite as crazy as either the first or the third books in the series.  This one only has the highway man and a collapsed coal mine–and sex in said coal mine.

Last is, Promise Me Tomorrow, John’s book–although he doesn’t know he’s John and goes by Jack.  This guy is thought dead not once, but twice–how very soap opera-y of him.  First, his family thought he died in France and then his girlfriend thought he died when he was thrown off the side of a cliff into the rapids below.

Despite all of this, I love this series.  It is like crack to me.  I can’t not read it.  Even writing about it now has me wanting to delve into them again.  I can’t help it.

if looks could kill

The last book that I consider a guilty pleasure it Heather Graham’s If Looks Could Kill.  This book was about a young woman, who as a girl psychically connected with her famous mother at the moment of her death and who ever since has been able to see through the eyes of killers.  This is actually a really cool sounding plot, but there are things that just put it in the guilty pleasure category.  There is the fact that the hero is the heroine’s step brother and that they grew up together.  Plus, he thinks she’s a witch because she just so happened to see his dead wife’s death (he knows this because the dead wife saw her there and told him before she died).

The first time I read any of these books, I must have disregarded all of this because it was only in later readings that I even noticed them.  Maybe that’s how it starts.  What do you think?  Do you have any guilty pleasure books?

 

Free and Discount Books for 1/25/2014

If you’re a fan of cheap or even free e-books, this is your lucky day.  The good people at Book Gorilla sent me a list of discounted e-books and I’ve condensed it for you, my readers.  These deals are only through Amazon, but may be available elsewhere.

1. On A Night Like This by Barbara Freethy.  It is FREE.

From #1 NY Times Bestselling Author, Barbara Freethy, comes a romantic new contemporary series about the Callaways, a big, blended Irish family born to serve and protect.

The second oldest of the Callaway clan, Aiden Callaway veered from the family tradition of urban firefighting and became a smokejumper, never questioning his choice until the job took the life of his friend, Kyle, and left Aiden with injuries and fractured memories. Everyone blames Aiden for what happened, but he doesn’t remember, nor is he sure he wants to remember. The truth may clear Aiden of blame but destroy Kyle’s reputation and hurt the people he left behind.

Aiden seeks help from an unlikely ally …

Sara had always been untouchable, sweet, innocent, his sister’s best friend, and the girl next door. But one reckless night in their youth took their relationship to a new level. Sara has never forgiven or forgotten the way Aiden brought it crashing down, but she’s no longer that girl with the crazy crush. She’s a woman in search of her own truth.

The sparks between Aiden and Sara have been smoldering for a very long time. Sara is afraid to take another chance on a man who broke her heart, and Aiden knows better than anyone how dangerous an intense fire can be.

As teenagers they weren’t ready for each other. Are they ready now?

** ON A NIGHT LIKE THIS is the first book in an eight book connected contemporary romance series featuring the intriguing Callaway family. Love, mystery, adventure — the Callaways have it all!

I’ve read two of Freethy’s previous books and really enjoyed them, even reviewing The Way Back Home, which won the RITA for Best Contemporary Single Title Romance last year.  I gave the book a B when I reviewed it as part of the Smart Bitches’ RITA Reader Challenge.

2. Love and Other Scandals by Caroline Linden.  $1.99 for TODAY ONLY.

With Love and Other Scandals, bestselling and RITA Award–winning author Caroline Linden launches a scandalously sexy new historical romance series set in Regency England.

Joan Bennett is a breath away from being a spinster. She’s had four seasons without a suitor. After reading a shockingly sensuous book, Fifty Ways to Sin, Joan decides perhaps it’s time to stop being proper and start being sinful, while she’s still young enough to enjoy it. And what better partner than her brother’s drinking mate, Viscount Burke? He seems the type to know how to give a lady a lascivious adventure.

It seems that the viscount has qualms about trifling with a friend’s sister. That’s the way to end up betrothed. And he doesn’t want that—or does he?

3. According to Amazon, another of Linden’s novels, I Love the Earl, is also $1.99.

A single lady in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a suitor
Margaret de Lacey has accepted her unmarried state with dignity, if not delight. She had no suitors when she was young and starry-eyed, though regrettably poor, and it’s unlikely any man will court her now that she’s older, wiser, and still just as penniless. Until, that is, her brother unexpectedly inherits the dukedom of Durham and settles an enormous dowry on her, making her the most eligible heiress in town.
No gentleman in London is more in need of a wealthy bride than Rhys Corwen, Earl of Dowling. He contrives an introduction to Margaret because of her dowry, but she swiftly sets him right: no fortune hunter will win her heart or her hand. Far from put off, Rhys is intrigued. Interested. Entranced. And soon the only thing he needs more than Margaret’s fortune . . . is her love.

4. The Boss by Abigail Barnette is FREE on Amazon.

Sophie Scaife almost ran away once, trading her ticket to college for a ticket to Tokyo. But a delayed flight and a hot one-night stand with a stranger changed her mind, putting her firmly on track to a coveted position at a New York fashion magazine.

When the irresistible stranger from that one incredible night turns out to be her new boss – billionaire and publishing magnate Neil Elwood – Sophie can’t resist the chance to rekindle the spark between them… and the opportunity to explore her submissive side with the most Dominant man she’s ever known.

Neil is the only man who has ever understood Sophie’s need to submit in the bedroom, and the only man who has ever satisfied those desires. When their scorching, no-strings-attached sexual relationship becomes something more, Sophie must choose between her career and heart… or risk losing them both.

This sounds like it may be a BDSM romance, so be warned that if you don’t like those types of books, this may not be for you.

Snow Day Reading?

Here on the East Coast we had a pretty big snow storm yesterday–we got more than twice what was predicted and I know a lot of people stayed home from work and school today because of the snow and frigid temperature combination.  I actually managed not shoveling today (my aunt stayed home and used the snow blower instead), but I also didn’t do any reading.  Actually, I haven’t done much reading over the last few days–I’ve been working for my family’s accountant, who is in the process of copying his client files after everything was damaged in Hurricane Sandy (why he waited over a year is beyond me), so I haven’t been home much.  When I have been able to read, I’ve been re-immersing myself in the world of the Pink Carnation, the daring spy that kept Napoleon busy in Lauren Willig’s series.

As I mentioned in the Vlog, I recently purchased a used copy of the 3rd book in the series, The Deception of the Emerald Ring, which I lost in the hurricane (I refuse to call it “superstorm” because I feel that is a term made up by the insurance companies so they could get out of paying people the money they deserved).  I already had copies of The Secret History of the Pink Carnation (book 1 in the series) and The Masque of the Black Tulip (book 2), which I initially thought I lost in the storm and by the time I realized I hadn’t, I had already told the library I had, causing them to delete it from their system.  I also have a Kindle edition of The Orchid Affair, a much later book in the series.

This is my third time reading Pink I (as Willig calls the books) and I find myself noticing things that I hadn’t in the other two times I’ve read it.  For instance, Amy seems so much more stupid this time around.  How she could have thought that Georges Marston was The Purple Gentian is beyond me.  Never mind the fact that she didn’t recognize Richard’s voice when she heard it.  She actually seems younger this time around then she did in the other readings, but that might just be because I am older now than I was then.  Amy’s actions were always childish, but because I have grown up a bit since I first read it I can see it now.  I hope the same thing doesn’t happen when I move on to the next book, as Henrietta is one of my favorite romance novel heroines.  I would hate to see her differently because I’ve gotten older and she is still 19.  That would suck.  It is also the reason I prefer older (re: at least in their 30s) heroines over the much younger, sometimes teenage heroines that populate historical romances.  True, that is what one would have found in the early 19th century, which is when the Carnation novels take place, but it is hard for me to read about these very young heroines, knowing how actual 19 and 20 year olds behave and doubting that they have changed that much in two centuries.

Anyway, what have you guys been reading during the snow storm?

Books on Sale

It seems like Amazon is having one of those “Everything Must Go” Sale because there are a lot of books on sale right now.

1. Part of today’s Gold Box Daily Deals there are 40 romance novels (all 4 and 5 stars each) for $1.99 and under.  Here is the link.

2. Jill Shalvis’s Wilder Series (Instant Attraction, Instant Temptation, and Instant Gratification) are all on sale for less than $3.  I’ve never read this series, but based on how much I enjoyed the Lucky Harbor Series, I would say this is going to be fun.

3. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion is still on sale for $1.99.  The sale lasts until the end of the month.