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BreathOnEmbers-150x250RNN hosts author Anne Calhoun whose holiday novella, “Breath on Embers” released this week in the “Red Hot Holiday” anthology from Carina. “Breath on Embers” is an RNN Recommended Read – and is one of Jennifer’s picks for best erotic romances of 2012.


Anne Calhoun is giving away one copy of “Breath on Embers” to a commenter. Read on for more details.


From Anne Calhoun:

I hate the holidays. There. I said it.

A love/hate relationship, maybe that’s a better description. I love the darkness, the lights struggling in the cold weight of the longest days. I love the quiet silences, I love cocooning in my house with books and tea. I love cookies and peppermint hot cocoa. Who doesn’t love cookies and cocoa? I love celebrating a time of year nearly every world religion recognizes as profound.


HoldingOn MD-662x1024Title: HOLDING ON
Publisher: Turquoise Morning Press
Release date: 11/27/12 (digital) ---trade paperback will release Jan/Feb 2013
Price: $4.99 (digital); approximately $16.00 (trade paperback)
Word Count: 90k
Genre: contemporary

Sunday, 02 December 2012 21:08

Book Picks for the Week of December 3, 2012

RomancingHolidayJaci 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.


Sunday, 02 December 2012 11:13

Review: Season for Surrender

Season-for-Surrender-186x300Season 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.


Saturday, 01 December 2012 21:05

Jennifer’s November 2012 Reads

Monthly Totals:
Books Read: 46
Ebooks Read: 40
Paper Books Read: 6
Review Copies Read: 11

StagingMurderTitle: “Staging Murder”
Author: Nora LeDuc
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Release Date: 11/30/12
Price: $4.99e / $12.99p
Page Count: 254
Genre: Romantic Suspense

Ava Ray returns home to put aside family grudges, never expecting to be swept into the mystery surrounding her stepmother's murder and the sinister fires lighting up the city's night skies.

Wednesday, 28 November 2012 21:08

Review: Far from Perfect

FarfromPerfect“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…


Long-way-home200-189x300Title: "The Long Way Home"
Publisher: Harlequin Superromance
Release Date: November 27, 2012
Price: $5.50
Page count: 282 pages (72,000 words)
Genre: contemporary/category


Book Blurb:
Life on the road suits Bruce Cole just fine. And after what he went through back in the day, he’s in no hurry to face his hometown again. Until his little sister asks him to return for her wedding. One brief visit can’t hurt, right? Especially when he meets a beautiful stranger at the reception.


Tuesday, 27 November 2012 19:46

Book Picks for the Week of November 26, 2012

when-the-duke-found-loveIsabella 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.


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