The Duke and the Domina: Warrick: The Ruination of Grayson Locke Danforth by Jenn LeBlanc (historical, time travel, self published, May 2015, $4.99, 344pp)
Series: Lord of Time, volume 2
Grayson Locke Danforth, in his wildest of dreams, never expected two things. The first was to be recalled from India by Queen Victoria where he worked for the quiet purposes of the crown. He must now become the Duke of Warrick after the tragic deaths of his father and brothers. However, tragedy is entirely in the eyes of the beholder, and Grayson doesn’t want the title, or to return to what remains of his family. Grayson wants to remain invisible, an outcast, a man in exile for the way his body and mind behave and the secrets he needs to keep. The second thing he never expected was to be forced into marriage to a woman from the twenty-first century. Lulu is no mere woman, however. She’s a switch who works as a professional Dominatrix—at least, she did. When she wakes up in a strange house, a strange world, a strange body, she isn't quite sure what to think and is certain she’s dreaming. She has less than a day to gain her bearings and make a decision that will dictate the rest of her life in this world—whether or not to marry this beautiful stranger. As Lulu and Grayson attempt to begin a life together, she discovers the true reason why this man is a stranger to his family. She can only hope she can persuade Grayson to accept who she is, and who he was born to be, before he forces her out of his life in order to maintain his well-kept secrets. Trust doesn’t come easily to either of them, but it’s the only thing they have. Grayson will have to give in to his need to submit in order to get his wife to open up and allow him to possess her fully in return. It’s a cautious dance between two people who have never known how to trust, or love.
All for You by Laura Florand (Book 1 in Paris Hearts Series, April 2015)
Laura Florand writes some of the most romantic contemporary romances on the market today. Most take place in Paris (or other locations in France) and feature chefs who create masterful chocolate concoctions. All for You was a bit different for me because the romance had a very sweet, first love feel to it. Celie is a Paris chocolatier, one who has made her own life after her brother’s friend Joss mysteriously disappeared one day, many years ago, to join the French Foreign Legion. He returns to Paris, having made something of himself in order to be worthy of Celie. However, Celie is not impressed. She loved Joss and wanted only to be with him. Joss has a hard time understanding this point and must transform himself to become the man that Celie needs. Celie is a strong and confident heroine who refuses to settle. It takes Joss several attempts to get it right, but he is adorable in his confusion. His love for Celie, however, is never in question. Unlike most books by Florand that I have read, All for You did not make me sob - it only made me tear up a bit. I recommend any and all books by Laura Florand; they are delightful, emotionally satisfying and deliciously heartfelt.
Off Base by Tessa Bailey and Sophie Jordan (erotic, self published, May 2015, $2.99, 285pp)
OFF BASE: Kenna and Beck
By Tessa Bailey
A welcome home he never expected...and will never forget...
Ripped, the second book in the Blood Money series by Edie Harris is out this week. Tobias, the eldest of the Faraday clan, is the hero of Ripped, and he is a man on a mission to exact revenge on behalf of his sister Beth (the details of this are told in the first book, Blamed). He has the woman he holds responsible, Chandler McCallister, in custody. Chandler is a disavowed British spy, but she has connections in Moscow to those responsible for Beth’s torture. Tobias needs Chandler’s help, and she agrees to help if Tobias will let her attend her sister’s wedding. Things do not go as planned, of course, and the two end up in Moscow ahead of schedule. Is Chandler a friend or foe? Does she return Tobias’ feelings? How will these two overcome their seemingly insurmountable obstacles?
Midnight’s Kiss by Thea Harrison (paranormal, Berkley, May 2015, $7.99, 304pp)
Series: Elder Races, book 8
Ever since their scorching affair ended years ago, Julian, the Nightkind King, and Melisande, daughter of the Light Fae Queen, have tried to put the past behind them—and distance between them. But when a war breaks out between Julian and Justine, a powerful Vampyre of the Nightkind council, they find themselves thrown together under treacherous circumstances…
Unworthy Heart by Dorothy F. Shaw (contemporary, Samhain, May 2015, $6.50, 340pp)
Series: The Donnellys, book one
Ryan Donnelly’s past relationship may have failed, but he’s determined to make single fatherhood and his career a resounding success. He’s got his eye on the top of the ladder at an L.A. marketing firm when his gaze snags on co-worker Maiya Rossini.
She’s a feisty, witty, tattooed redhead who’s nowhere near his type, but she pushes every one of his hot buttons.
Doubleback by Lissa Ford (Lissa Ford Books, March 27,, 2015, $3.99, 132pp)
After a tragic shooting left him wounded and in disgrace, all that remained of former deputy sheriff Jude Anderson’s life was a shattered femur, the standard disability package, and a host of issues. Jude seeks sanctuary in a remote upstate cabin and tries to get his life back on track.
Life has other plans when Jude finds a dead man draped across his front doorstep. The victim is the first hookup Jude’s had in, well, ever. Once Jude processes that shock he gets another when he learns that the homicide detective sent to investigate the murder is Rowan Muir, Jude’s ex. Their split was ugly, and Rowan isn’t the forgiving type.
Taking What’s His by Diane Alberts (contemporary, Entangled, April 2015, $2.99, 168pp)
Series: Shillings Agency
Some lines are meant to be crossed...
One explosive device was all it took to turn Holt Cunningham from ass-kicking Marine to IT technician. Hell, he's still not over it. So when the cute little strawberry blonde at the bar asks him to kiss her, Holt can't resist the temptation of a sexy distraction. Before he knows it, she's blown his mind...and then skipped out the next morning.
Changing His Game by Megan Erickson (erotic, Entangled, April 2015, $2.99, 175pp)
Series: Gamers, book one
He controls the game, but she's rewriting all the rules...
Snowcroft Safehouse by Christi Snow (Christi Snow, April 24, 2015, $2.99, 235pp)
Series: Men of Snowcroft Book 2
A year ago Declan Jasper was entertaining sold-out arena crowds as the lead singer of Black Rainbows. But that came to an explosive end when the band got caught up in a criminal cover-up, one that ended with the entire band dead. At least that’s what everyone is supposed to think.
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