“The Storm that is Sterling” by Lisa Renee Jones (paranormal, Sourcebooks, November 2011, $6.99, 352pp)
“Take Me at the Ballgame” by Cassandra Carr (contemporary, Ellora’s Cave, January 2012, $1.99, quickie): When Ellora’s Cave announced a new line of erotic novels for men, I was curious. What would the difference be? The only hint that I found was in the submission guidelines at Ellora’s Cave:
Stories written specifically for our male readers.
We are now accepting submissions (see submission instructions in the Author Information brochure).
~ 7,000 to 30,000 words
~ May contain relationships, but should focus more on the sex than the romance; Romantica is fine, Exotika is also encouraged
~ Realistic wording and dialogue for male characters (not the language women WISH men spoke); this extends to the male narrative
~ Written from male POV preferred
~ Should be aimed at male sexual fantasies (what men think of when they get off)
* Examples include, but are in no way limited to:
- Women taking the initiative during sex
- Female pursuit of the man
- Voyeurism of female/female sex (as well as F/M/F and F/F/M themes)
- Risky sexual situations or locations; a sense of the forbidden (e.g. the boss's mistress, the maid, the college professor, sex in public, etc.)
“Locked and Loaded” by Alexis Grant (romantic suspense, St. Martins, January 2012, $7.99, 288pp)
Series: Men of Delta Force
“My Ruthless Prince” by Gaelen Foley (historical, January 2012, Avon, $7.99, 384pp)
Series: the Inferno Club
“Sunrise with a Notorious Lord” by Alexandra Hawkins (historical, St. Martins, January 2012, $7.99, 304pp)
Series: the Lords of Vice
“Scrumptious” by Amanda Usen (contemporary, Sourcebooks, January 2012, $6.99, 320pp)
Do you ever wonder why you choose to read a book? I was looking for a paper book to read last week, and I saw this on my To Be Read shelf. Because it was an ARC from Sourcebooks, I know that I requested it. I found that a bit odd because this isn’t the type of book that would normally catch my eye – and because it is a book about food and chefs. I’m so not a foodie. I mean when my husband wants to make me happy, he takes me to McDonalds. I kid you not. I crave McDonalds’ hamburgers. Regardless of such low-brow food tastes, I did decide to give this one a chance. And I’m so glad that I did. Usen seamlessly blends raw emotion, humor, and sexual tension into one superbly enticing package.
“Nobody’ Hero” by Kallypso Masters (erotic, December 2011, self-published, $3.99, 626kb, ebook)
Series: Rescue Me
“Crash into You” by Roni Loren (erotic, Berkley, January 2012, $15.00, 336pp): I initially learned about Roni Loren and her debut book, “Crash Into You,” on Twitter. I’m always interested in debut authors, especially those in the erotic romance genre. So, I emailed Roni Loren and talked to her about the possibility of interviewing her for the RNN site (see interview). I was so excited when I received a review copy of the book. I devoured it almost as soon as it arrived in my mailbox, and I was impressed. With a mix of blistering (and kinky) sexuality, emotional angst and dangerous suspense, “Crash into You” made me a fan of Roni Loren.
“Melt” by Natalie Anderson (contemporary, Entangled, December 2011, $2.99, 97pp): When I noticed that Entangled was looking for people who could commit to a quick read and review of Natalie Anderson’s “Melt,” I couldn’t resist. I was very impressed by Anderson’s “Dating and Other Dangers” which I read earlier this year (unfortunately, this hasn’t been released in the U.S. yet). This led me to read more about “Melt,” a romance that takes place in Antarctica. I liked the sound of it. And I’m glad that I did. “Melt” is a great holiday read that is perfect for readers during this cold, holiday season (for those of us in the northern hemisphere at any rate).
“A Lady Awakened” by Cecilia Grant (historical, Ballantine, January 2012, $7.99, 368pp)
When there is significant buzz about a book, I can’t help but want to read it. There is nothing quite like the feeling of coming home to find an advance copy of a title that people are talking about waiting in the mailbox. This is exactly what happened with Cecilia Grant’s “A Lady Awakened.” I was so curious about this book and could not wait to read it.