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Jaci Burton, HelenKay Dimon & Christi Barth’s “Romancing the Holiday” anthology (Carina) Buy from Amazon
I can’t resist holiday romances. They are a great way for me to get myself into the holiday spirit. Plus, I will read anything written by Jaci Burton. I also enjoy HelenKay Dimon’s books and the one by Christi Barth that I read earlier this year. I will be reading this anthology – in the near future.
Anne Calhoun, KA Mitchell & Leah Braemel’s “Red Hot Holiday” anthology (Carina) Buy from Amazon
This anthology contains my favorite Holiday 2012 romance, “Breath on Embers” by Anne Calhoun. This story is an angst-ridden, deeply emotional and highly erotic experience. Fans of erotic romance must read this one. I do intend to read the additional stories in this anthology. I’ve never read anything by KA Mitchell, but am a big fan of Leah Braemel.
Eloisa James’ “To Wed a Rake” (Berkley) Buy from Amazon
I will anything and everything that Eloisa James writes. I cannot wait to get this book on my ereader on Tuesday.
“Bed, Breakfast & Bondage” by Riley Shane (ebook)
Anaya and Devlin have been lovers on and off for years. They grew up together, but Devlin wanted to be a celebrity chef and took off to find fame. Anaya remained home and followed her dream. Devlin returns home to help Anaya run her bed & breakfast with a new mission in life. He wants Anaya to give him eight nights to act out their mutual fantasies. This erotic romance has some great sexual tension between the hero and heroine. Also, it takes place during Hanukah, something I haven’t seen too much of in romances.
“A Perfect Trifecta” by Delilah Devlin (ebook)
Aiden and Jen are an established couple with Aiden as the dominant and Jen the submissive. Jen knows that Aiden can’t be as rough as he’d like with her. She believes Aiden needs more in order to open up. As a result, she pushes Aiden to check out Craig, a switch with a need to find a true dominant. This romance is really about how Craig fits into Aiden and Jen’s relationship – and how the relationship grows to include all three. I thought it was well done. And, this is seriously hot.
“Season for Surrender” by Theresa Romain (historical, Kensington, October 2012, $6.99, 368pp)
Series: Book 2 in the Seasons Quartet
Alexander Edgware, Lord Xavier, has quite a reputation - for daring, wagering, and wickedness in all its delightful forms. But the wager before him is hardly his preferred sport: Xavier must persuade a proper young lady to attend his famously naughty Christmas house party - and stay the full, ruinous two weeks. Worse, the lady is Louisa Oliver, a doe-eyed bookworm Xavier finds quite charming. Yet to refuse the challenge is impossible - he will simply have to appoint himself Miss Oliver's protector. Louisa knows her chance for a husband has passed. But she has no desire to retire into spinsterhood without enjoying a few grand adventures first. When Lord Xavier's invitation arrives, Louisa is more intrigued than insulted. And once inside the rogues' gallery, she just may have a thing or two to teach her gentlemen friends about daring.
Books Read: 46
Ebooks Read: 40
Paper Books Read: 6
Review Copies Read: 11
“Far from Perfect” by Barbara Longley (contemporary, Montlake, October 2012, $12.95p/$3.99e, 350pp)
Series: Perfect, Indiana, book one
Steal away on a journey to the heartland, where a wounded soldier meets the one woman who could be his new beginning…
Isabella Bradford’s “When the Duke Found Love” (Ballantine) Buy from Amazon
I haven’t had a chance to read any of the books in Isabella Bradford’s historical trilogy, but I want to. All three books appeal, especially this one which features a rake who is determined to save the heroine from an arranged marriage.
Celeste Bradley’s “Fallen” (St. Martins) Buy from Amazon
This historical romance has a hero who mistakenly falls into the heroine’s bed, ruining her in the eyes of society. This is a must read scenario for me.
Kresley Cole’s “Shadow’s Claim” (Pocket) Buy from Amazon
I adore Kresley Cole’s paranormal books. Her Immortals After Dark series is fantastic. It is brutal, filled with violence and emotional upheaval. I cannot wait to read this book which is an IAD spinoff.
“The Importance of Being Wicked” by Miranda Neville (historical, Avon, December 2012, $7.99, 384pp)
Series: Wild Quartert, book 1
The rules of society don't apply to Caro and her coterie of bold men and daring women. But when passions flare, even the strongest will surrender to the law of love....
“Leave Me Breathless” by Cherrie Lynn (ebook)
Twitter friends were talking about this book and the hero’s pierced penis. I had to read it. And Seth knows how to wield his pierced member. This is a very hot book. I enjoyed the romance as well. I went and bought the other books in this series after reading this one.
“Edge of Dawn” by Lara Adrian (ebook, review copy, edelweiss)
This book won’t be until February 26, 2013, so no review until then. But I will say I loved it!
“The Boss’s Daughter” by Jasmine Haynes (ebook)
This is the latest book in a series about hotwifing (don’t Google this word unless you are prepared). I’m a bit horrified by the series, but also addicted to it. I didn’t really care for the subject matter in the first book, but I was drawn to the characters and wanted to know what happened next. In this story, I didn’t really care for the heroine who seemed to treat the hero like crap.
Several weeks ago, I read Madeline Sheehan’s “Undeniable” (see review), a book which features a very unlikeable, un-heroic and criminal hero named Deuce. It isn’t a pleasant or fun story. It contains cheating, violence (so much violence, but the hero is violent toward the heroine), unlikeable characters and so much more. But it is a romance, in that it features two main protagonists who fall in love and get a happily ever after (although readers may or may not buy into it, but this can be true of any romance).
Several days later, Jane at Dear Author posted her review of this book. As is often the case, this review garnered lots of comments. I followed the thread with acute interest, especially when some of the commenters objected to the fact that “Undeniable” was considered a romance at all. One commenter in particular, pamela, asked “Why do books we read have to contain only main characters with noble motives and actions?” (comment #30). I was struck by this and even got into a great conversation on Twitter about this very question.
“Secret Sins” by Lora Leigh (romantic suspense, St. Martins, December 2012, $7.99, 384pp)
Series: The Callahans, book 3
Sheriff Archer Tobias has watched the Callahan family struggle to find peace and acceptance in the community—despite the murders that continue to haunt them. But his darkest suspicions grow worse when Anna Corbin, a member of one of the country's most influential families, becomes the next target…
Anna knows she’s in danger. She knows she’s on a trail of secrets and lies that could lead to a dead end. But no matter what, she’s determined to learn the identity of the killer—even if it’s someone she loves…
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