“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?
“The Runaway Countess” by Leigh LaValle (historical, Samhain, March 2012, $6.50, 299pp)
Her heart longs for justice, but her body clamors for sin.
Once the darling of high society, Mazie Chetwyn knows firsthand how quickly the rich and powerful turn their backs on the less fortunate. Orphaned, penniless and determined to defy their ruthless whims, she joins forces with a local highwayman who steals from the rich to give to the poor.
Then the pawn broker snitches, and Mazie is captured by the Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire. A man who is far too handsome, far too observant…and surely as corrupt as his father once was.
“Wicked Burn” by Beth Kery (erotic, Berkley, reprinted May 2012, $7.99, 336pp)
He wanted all of her…
Vic Savian knows what he wants when he sees it. And what he wants is his sexy neighbor, Niall Chandler. So when he sees her in the hallway of their building being harassed by an aggressive suitor, Vic makes his move—and finds himself greatly rewarded…
“Make Me” by Charlotte Stein (erotic, Mischief, May 2012, $3.99, 120pp)
An intense ménage leaves their friendship in tatters, but now, ten years later, things don’t seem quite as forbidden. Two guys, one girl … all possibilities. Maisie had no idea her best friends could be so kinky. But now, ten years after the most intense sexual encounter of her life, she’s about to discover just how sexually flexible they can be. Forced to face Brandon and Tyler, Maisie comes up against something she doesn’t expect: the intensity of her own desires for things best left in the past. But once Brandon’s confessed to her just how persuasive Tyler can be when it comes to kinky encounters, Maisie finds that some things can never be buried. She wants them both, and she’s no longer afraid to admit it…
“Holiday Affair” by Annie Seaton (contemporary, Entangled, March 2012, $2.99, 119pp)
Staid professor Lissy McIntyre believes that choosing a mate should be based on common sense, not runaway passion. And she would certainly never pick a rolling stone like Nick Richards for long-term love. But a red-hot, tropical romance? Oh, yeah. He’s got a body just made for sinning and his sizzling kisses leave her senseless.
When Nick blows into town, he’s stunned to discover that his no-nonsense new neighbor and co-worker is the same sultry creature he seduced for one night of forbidden island pleasure. He’s unaccustomed to staying in one place for long, but he just can’t seem to keep his hands off the multi-faceted woman. Will Nick break loyal Lissy’s heart or will she be the one woman he simply can’t walk away from?
“Game Misconduct” by Bianca Sommerland (erotic, self-published, February 2012, $0.99, 314pp)
Series: The Dartmouth Cobras #1
The game has always cast a shadow over Oriana Delgado's life. She should hate the game. But she doesn't. The passion and the energy of the sport is part of her. But so is the urge to drop the role of the Dartmouth Cobra owner's 'good daughter' and find a less...conventional one.
Playmaker, Max Perron, never expected a woman to accept him and his twisted desires. Oriana came close, but he wasn't surprised when she walked away. A girl like her needs normal. Which he can't give her. He's too much of a team player, and not just on the ice.
“Beguiling the Beauty” by Sherry Thomas (historic, Berkley Sensation, May 2012, $7.99, 304pp)
Series: The Fitzhugh Trilogy
- “Beguiling the Beauty” – Venetia Easterbrook & the Duke of Lexington
- “Ravishing the Heiress” – Millicent Fitzhugh & the Earl Fitzhugh
- “Tempting the Bride” – Helene Fitzhugh & David Hillsborough, Viscount Hastings
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