“Tangle of Need” by Nalini Singh (paranormal, Berkley, June 2012, $25.96, 432pp)
Series: Book 11 in the Psy/Changelings series
Adria, wolf changeling and resilient soldier, has made a break with the past--one as unpredictable in love as it was in war. Now comes a new territory, and a devastating new complication: Riaz, a SnowDancer lieutenant already sworn to a desperate woman who belongs to another.
“A Night Like This” by Julia Quinn (historical, Avon, June 2012, $7.99, 384pp)
Series: The Smythe-Smith Quartet
- “Just Like Heaven” – Honoria Smythe-Smith & Marcus Holyroyd
- “A Night Like This” – Anne Wynter & Daniel Smythe-Smith
“Wife 22” by Melanie Gideon (fiction, Ballantine, June 2012, $26.00, 400pp)
Maybe it was the five pounds I’d gained that I couldn’t seem to lose. Maybe it was because I was about to turn the same age my mother was when I lost her. Maybe it was because after almost twenty years of marriage my husband and I seemed to be running out of things to say to each other.
But when the anonymous online study called “Marriage in the 21st Century” showed up in my inbox, I had no idea how profoundly it would change my life. It wasn’t long before I was assigned both a pseudonym (Wife 22) and a caseworker (Researcher 101).
“The Taming of the Scottish Princess” by Karen Hawkins (historical, Pocket, May 2012, $7.99, 400pp)
Series: The Hurst Amulet
- “One Night in Scotland” – Mary Hurst & the Earl of Erroll
- “Scandal in Scotland” – Marcail Beauchamp & William Hurst
- “A Most Dangerous Profession” – Robert Hurst & Moira MacAllister
- “The Taming of a Scottish Princess” – Michael Hurst & Jane Smyth-Haughton
“Hot for Fireman” by Jennifer Bernard (contemporary, Avon, June 2012, $5.99, 384pp)
Series: Bachelor Firemen of San Gabriel
- “The Fireman Who Loved Me” - Melissa McGuire & Harry Brody
- “Hot for Fireman” – Katie Dean & Ryan Blake
Katie Dean is stuck running her Dad’s bar and hires Ryan Blake as her new bartender, but runs into trouble as she tries to keep the bar afloat and look for a way to torch it at the same time. How was she supposed to know Ryan is a former firefighter.
“The Girl’s Guide to Man Hunting” by Jessica Clare (erotic, Berkley Heat, May 2012, $15.00, 336pp)
- “The Girl’s Guide to Man Hunting” – Miranda Hill & Dane Croft
- “The Care and Feeding of an Alpha Male” – Beth Ann Williamson & Colt Waggoner (to be released)
Once, Miranda felt a little exposed...
Miranda Hill can't believe her eyes--her cocky ex-boyfriend, pro hockey player Dane Croft, is back in Bluebonnet, Texas, after all these years. He ditched her--and their little town--just as some rather shocking photos showed up on the Internet for everyone to see. Miranda wasn't so lucky. Stuck in Bluebonnet and left to fend for herself, she's never really shaken the scandal--or his betrayal. After nine long years, Dane's back, and she has the chance to turn the tables on him...
“Rescue Me” by Rachel Gibson (contemporary, Avon, June 2012, $7.99, 384pp)
Mercedes (Sadie) Howell is a successful realtor who returns to her small hometown in Texas to attend her cousin’s wedding. Seen as a maverick by the proper ladies of town, she hasn’t returned since her high school graduation. She arrives in town in time to rescue former Navy SEAL Vince Haven whose truck has broken down on his way to Lovett to visit his aunt. Will these two outsiders fit into Lovett, TX or cause a scandal?
Review: (This reviewer gives "Rescue Me" 3 of 5 stars)
This book was good, but while it had its funny moments in many ways it dragged. Vince and Sadie spend more time apart in the first half of the book than together. One thing that bothered me were all the current event references, which I believe will date the book quickly, and make this one not something to be picked up and enjoyed time and again. But all and all a decent read.
“Lucky in Love” by Jill Shalvis (contemporary, Grand Central, May 2012, $7.99, 400pp)
Series: Lucky Harbor
- “Simply Irresistible” – Maddie & Jax
- “The Sweetest Thing” – Tara & Ford
- “Head Over Heels” – Chloe & Sawyer
- “Lucky in Love” – Mallory & Ty
- “At Last” – Amy & Matt
- “Forever and a Day” – Josh & Grace
“Maid for Pleasure” by Lucy Rodgers (erotica, selfpublished, May 2012, $2.99, 26,000 words)
Insurance actuary Libby Beckett is the epitome of a successful, independent, modern woman. With her six figure salary, she has a condo overlooking the beach, a BMW, and a closet full of fabulous shoes. So why isn’t she happy? And why do her fantasies always involve whips, bondage, and sexual slavery? Her desires are impossible to explain her buttoned-down accountant boyfriend, which is why when she stumbles across a website for a quasi-dating service for submissive women called Maid for It, she signs up. She’s quickly “matched” to Gavin Huntley, an engineer and inventor possessed of a small fortune and his own private island off the Caribbean coast. After carefully weighing the risks and rewards, as any good actuary should do, Libby breaks it off with her boyfriend and heads to Gavin’s island for what she promises herself will be two weeks to explore her darkest, dirtiest desires. When her time is up, she’ll say her safe word and, as outlined in Maid for Its contract, Gavin will be required to release her.
“Let Me In” by Callie Croix (erotic, Carina, May 2012, $3.99, 87pp)
On leave for Thanksgiving, the last thing marine lieutenant Talia Barnett expects to find is Liam Brodie waiting for her at the airport. He’s had a starring role in her fantasies for the past two years, and although she’d love to make them a reality, she has a dark secret that prevents her from taking things further.
A former Marine, Liam’s specialty is planning tactical operations, and that’s just what he plans to do to win Talia. The woman has kept him at arm’s length for too long, and this time he’s finally going to claim her—body and heart.
What begins as comfort quickly turns hot. When Liam shows Talia a hint of the dominant nature inside him, the submissive part of her flares to life. Though she desires him, she’s going back on deployment and doesn’t want to dump all her drama on him. Will he find a way to break through the protective walls around her heart and convince her they have a future that goes far beyond the bedroom?
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