Thursday, 15 January 2015 19:27 Written by Jennifer Porter
I have felt rather disconnected from historical romance of late. I do not read nearly as many historical romances as I once did, and I often don’t even notice - well until I read some great ones that remind me of what I am missing out on. Recently, I had this experience with two books: Tessa Dare’s Say Yes to the Marquess and Miranda Neville’s The Duke of Dark Desires. Both were wonderful stories with heart despite being very different.
Say Yes to the Marquess by Tessa Dare is the lighter of the two romances. Clio Whitmore has been engaged to local lord, Piers Brandon, the Marquess of Granville, for eight long years. Piers has been absent for quite some time, working as a diplomat abroad. Clio is tired of waiting, and Piers really isn’t the husband she wants anyway. Determined to take control over her own life, Clio marches into a seedy area of London to find the only man who can free her from her engagement, Lord Rafe Brandon, her brother in law to be.
Dead No More by L.R. Nicolello (romantic suspense, HQN, January 2015, $3.89, 286pp)
Lily Andrews was once the most sought-after undercover operative at Unit 67, a Black Ops agency buried deep within the U.S. Intelligence Community. But then her partner—and fiancé—turned rogue, leaving her for dead after a mission gone horribly wrong. Disgusted with 67's attempt to cover up Jackson's traitorous actions, Lily walked away from everything she knew and loved…and swore she'd hunt her ex down on her own and bring him to justice.
When the handsome, undeniably alpha Derek Moretti needs her help to pursue a ruthless sociopath who is putting advanced weaponry into the hands of terrorists, Lily sees her chance to return to 67 with her pride intact. She didn't realize how much she'd missed the adrenaline rush of being undercover—or maybe that's the heat that races through her whenever Derek is near. But soon Lily will have to choose between the vengeance she craves and the country she's sworn to protect. And with the clock ticking down on a nuclear catastrophe, she knows that this time, if she's trusted the wrong man, she won't live to regret it…
Solving for Nic by Lexxi Callahan (contemporary, self published, December 2014, $2.99, 233pp)
Series: Self Made Men . . . Southern Style, book 2
He just gets a whole lot more than he bargained for with Lizzie.
Shadowed Heart: Luc & Summer book 2 by Laura Florand (contemporary, December 2014, self-published, $3.99, 216pp)
Series: Amour et Chocolat
Three words, to call on all a man's strength, all his courage, all his love, and all his ability to hope and dream...and trust.
Roulette by Megan Mulry (contemporary, Montlake, December 2014, $3.99, 296pp)
But when an unforeseen tragedy knocks her off cruise control, Miki finds herself leaving sunny LA for cosmopolitan St. Petersburg. With the fate of her father’s international business in her hands, she comes face-to-face with the ultimate temptation: corporate rival Jérôme Michel de Villiers. He’s everything she never thought she wanted, and their sizzling attraction soon sparks into an all-consuming flame.
Wednesday, 31 December 2014 19:19 Written by Jennifer Porter
A Gentleman in the Street by Alisha Rai (erotic, self-published, November 2014, $4.99, 315pp)
Billionaire businesswoman Akira Mori can get anything and anyone her heart desires. Anyone, that is, except for a certain aloof author who has been dominating her dreams for over a decade. Accustomed to Jacob Campbell’s stern disapproval, Akira has turned provocation into an art, using every trick in her arsenal to keep the man from guessing the depth of her filthy fantasies.
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 19:05 Written by Jennifer Porter
Two of HelenKay Dimon’s recent releases, Too Far Gone (contemporary, Berkley, December, 2014, $4.27, 249pp) and Running Hot (romantic suspense, Avon, December 2014, $1.99e, 22pp) are fantastic romances that have something in common - very strong relationships between male characters of the series. Ones that are actually rather funny.
Too Far Gone is the final book in Dimon’s Hanover Brothers series - a series about brothers who have to deal with the fallout of their con man father’s long years of fraud. In the first three books, the three Hanover brothers inherit a home in Sweet Water, Oregon and attempt to make a life there. Unfortunately, the people of the town are not thrilled to have Charlie Hanover’s sons around. The appearance of Walker Reeves, an FBI agent, is an added insult especially when it is revealed that he is actually another of Charlie’s children.
At the Billionaire’s Wedding by Maya Rodale, Caroline Linden, Katharine Ashe and Miranda Neville (contemporary, self published, November 2014, $3.99e, 400pp)
A stately home in the English countryside seems the ideal place for a bad boy billionaire and his bride to tie the knot. Until the Internet fails. And the oven breaks. And paparazzi invade. And police crash thebachelorette party. And four unlikely couples discover that passion
never waits for perfection, and happily ever after is just an "I do"
Wednesday, 10 December 2014 14:21 Written by Jennifer Porter
Tempting Boundaries by Carrie Ann Ryan (contemporary, Fated Desires, December 2014, $4.99e, 300pp)
Series: Book 2, Montgomery Ink
Miranda Montgomery might be the youngest of the Montgomery clan, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t know what she wants. Namely—Decker. She’s loved him for as long as she can remember and won’t walk away until she gives it her all.
Tuesday, 09 December 2014 20:00 Written by Jennifer Porter
Callie, Unwrapped by Amy Jo Cousins (erotic, self published, November 2014, $2.99, 97pp)
Series: book 1 in Play It Again series
Callie isn't sure just how kinky anyone can get on a Tuesday before Christmas, but she's willing to find out. That is, assuming this first drink at a pool hall with her ex, Gabe, and his girl, Kate, doesn't send anyone screaming from the bar. Newly divorced after years of sleep-walking through occasional sex, she's hoping to find her way back to the fiery confidence of her youth, when she saw what, or who, she wanted and grabbed it with both hands. It's a Callie she barely remembers and that Gabe is convinced is buried somewhere deep inside her still.