Safe at Last by Maya Banks (romantic suspense, Avon, June 2015, $7.99, 368pp)
They say young love doesn't last, but a girl from the wrong side of the tracks with unique abilities and the hometown golden boy were determined to defy the odds. For Zack Covington, Anna-Grace—his "Gracie"—was the one. Until one night forever alters the course of their future, when a devastated Gracie disappears without a trace, leaving Zack to agonize over what happened to the girl he loved. As the years pass, his desperate efforts to find her uncovered nothing.
Now working for Devereaux Security, he stumbles across a painting featuring a special place only he and Gracie would know. The image is too perfectly rendered for it to be coincidence. His Gracie must be alive. When he finally tracks her down, he is shocked—and heart-broken—to discover the wounded shell of the girl he once knew and still loves. Her psychic gifts are gone, and worse, she believes he betrayed her all those years ago.
Serving Pleasure by Alisha Rai (erotic, self published, June 2015, $3.99, 264pp)
Series: Pleasure series, book 2
Hungry for a touch...
Rana Malik is over being her family's resident black sheep. She's on a mission: ditch the casual hook-ups, revamp her bad-girl image, and fall in love with a proper Mr. Right even her conservative mama can't find fault with. Not on the menu? The beautiful, brooding Mr. Right Now who lives next door, and all the ways he whets her appetite.
Rules of Seduction by Joya Ryan (erotic, Entangled, June 2015, $2.99, 142pp)
He'll be the dream and the dirty fantasy…
Through with both her controlling ex and relationships, Ava Webber is determined to explore the spicy and sometimes forbidden appetites of the exclusive BDSM nightclub, Serve. Here, she'll get exactly what she needs...as long as it's from a man she doesn't know.
Nolan Hart ensures that Serve's clients get what they want, how they want it. But with one look at the curvy brunette, Nolan knows he's the man to fulfill her desires. As the anonymous lover, he's Ava's dirtiest fantasy. Outside of Serve, he's her charming, smartass friend.
Asking for It by Lilah Pace (erotic, Berkley, June 2015, $15.00, 330pp)
“This is who I am. This is what I want. Now I need a man dangerous enough to give it to me.”
Graduate student Vivienne Charles is afraid of her own desires—ashamed to admit that she fantasizes about being taken by force, by a man who will claim her completely and without mercy. When the magnetic, mysterious Jonah Marks learns her secret, he makes an offer that stuns her: they will remain near-strangers to each other, and meet in secret so that he can fulfill her fantasy.
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.
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