“Still Hot for You” by Diane Escalera (contemporary, Lyrical Press, March 2012, $3.99, 23,000 words)
Dylan may be macho and stubborn, but he really does miss his wife. A little of Shay's pushing gets him past their estrangement and into her web of seduction. She seems to have an erotic week mapped out to perfection, and who is he to complain? Their marriage is meant to be, so they'll fight with each other, and they'll fight for each other.
“Taking a Shot” by Jaci Burton (erotic, Berkley, March 2012, $15.00, 336pp)
Series: Play by Play
“Forbidden Fantasies” by Jodie Griffin (erotic, Carina, March 2012, $3.99, 27,000 words)
State trooper Alex Meyers is a master at uncovering the truth–except when it comes to his sweet, shy wife. She’s clearly keeping something from him. An affair? She wants out? When he finally confronts Jess, he’s shocked to learn she wants to turn her forbidden fantasies into nightly realities. But when he takes her to a unique B and B–Bondage and Breakfast–catering to couples and multiples, Alex is about to find out just how far he’ll go.
“The Bro-Magnet” by Lauren Baratz-Logsted (contemporary, TKA Distribution, December 2011, $4.99, 757kb): This is one of those books that generated a great deal of buzz online – much of it positive. I admit I was intrigued. After all, this story is told entirely from the male perspective. It sounded different, and I love to check out books that are different. They might not always works so well, but they are often entertaining. And boy, this book is entertaining. It is funny, charming and odd, and it has much to say about the differences between men and women.
Johnny Smith is a guy that men love and that women don’t. He loves sports, is a fan of old cars, often makes stupid decisions, is a house painter and has never had a serious relationship with a woman. Now in his thirties, he has been a best man countless times as his male friends keep finding love, but is still alone. Johnny wants nothing more than to find someone to love, despite the fact that he believes it is unlikely that he will. After all, ever since he killed his mother (according to his aunt) shortly after his birth, women have had very little use for him.
“Lucky Penny” by Catherine Anderson (historical, Signet, January 2012, $7.99, 432pp): “Lucky Penny” is another Coulter family historical novel by Catherine Anderson. This book shows exactly how far a woman will go for her child. Brianna and David, the two main characters, are brought together by a fictitious story that Brianna tells to protect her daughter. Over time, she finds out how hard it is to keep the truth hidden.
In 1891, there were very few jobs available for a young mother. Brianna found one taking care of a widow’s son. When this man made advances, she kindly informed him that she was married. A bit later, he wants Brianna to write her husband and ask him to come get her and their child. He is about to remarry and has no use for Brianna’s services anymore. With her back against the wall, Brianna starts sending letters to David Paxton; a man she doesn’t think exists. For six years, Brianna and her daughter, Daphne, continue writing letters to the fictitious David. Over time, Daphne takes the story to heart and wishes that her papa would come to their rescue.
“Immersed in Pleasure” by Tiffany Reisz (erotic, Harlequin, March 2012, $2.99, 213kb): I read lots of erotic romance, and frankly, it isn’t often that I’m surprised by them. But a virgin, mermaid heroine? That certainly isn’t the norm. And, in her latest Harlequin Spice Brief “Immersed in Pleasure,” author Tiffany Reisz creates a watery world where these virgin mermaids tantalize and seduce.
Beneath an exclusive club resides a hidden world where a powerful businessman reigns over an underground fantasy world where women work as mermaids. The women are treated like queens. In return, they must remain virgins, have scales tattooed on their legs, swim in a large pool and flirt with the patrons. When they choose to lose their virginity, they lose their mermaid status.
Sunday, 04 March 2012 14:54 Written by Jennifer Porter
“Confessions of a Slightly Neurotic Hitwoman” by JB Lynn (contemporary, Avon Impulse, February 2012, $7.99, 400pp)
For those who might be looking for some levity to balance out the craziness of life, “Confessions of a Slightly Neurotic Hitwoman” by JB Lynn might be just the thing. Think Stephanie Plum (from Janet Evanovich’s Plum series), Charley Davidson (from Darynda Jones’ books) and Mrs. Smith (character played by Angelina Jolie in the movie, “Mr. & Mrs. Smith”) rolled up into the hilarious Maggie Lee who will have readers wondering if their friends might be moonlighting as bumbling hitmen and hitwomen. Be prepared to laugh, to shake your head in amazement and to root for this killer in training.
“The Husband Hunt” by Lynsay Sands (historical, Avon, March 2012, $7.99, 384pp)
“Fever” by Joan Swan (romantic suspense w/paranormal elements, Kensington, February 2012, $14.00, 352pp)
Series: Phoenix Rising
“A Rogue by Any Other Name” by Sarah MacLean (historical, Avon, March 2012, $7.99, 400pp)