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“Irresistible” by Liz Bankes (young adult/New Adult, Walker Childrens, February 2013, $2.99, 240pp)
When Mia gets a summer job at a prestigious country club, it's hard work, but fun, especially as a romance develops with fellow student Dan. However, from the beginning she is drawn to the sexy, rich and bored Jamie--he's got everything he could ever want, and enjoys nothing more than messing with people's lives for his own entertainment. Mia knows getting involved with Jamie is a bad idea, but there's something so dangerously exciting about Jamie she just can't resist.
“Dusk with a Dangerous Duke” by Alexandra Hawkins (historical, St. Martins, March 2013, $7.99, 320pp)
Series: Lords of Vice, book six
They were children when the Duke of Huntsley was introduced to Lady Grace Kearly. The young duke—nicknamed “Hunter”—took one look at his future bride and thought only of escaping his responsibilities to his family. Marriage was for grown-ups and Hunter still had years of skirt-chasing ahead of him. But now the time has come for Hunter to heed the call: if this Lord of Vice hopes to keep all of his inheritance, he’ll have to claim his long-neglected betrothed…
“Platinum” by Jeffe Kennedy (erotic, Carina, February 2013, $2.99, 117pp)
Series: Book 2, Facets of Passion
Althea Grant's Charleston gallery might be suffering from the bad economy, and her artistic aspirations have gone nowhere, but she's doing just fine, thank you. When bad-boy sculptor Steel rides up on his motorcycle looking to rent studio space, his infusion of cash is more than welcome. But his art is raw, visceral, sexual—and completely inappropriate for her pastel world of watercolor landscapes.
“How to Misbehave” by Ruthie Knox (contemporary novella, Loveswept, January 2013, $0.99, 121pp)
Series: a novella introducing the Camelot series
As program director for the Camelot Community Center, Amber Clark knows how to keep her cool. That is, until a sudden tornado warning forces her to take shelter in a darkened basement with a hunk of man whose sex appeal green lights her every fantasy. With a voice that would melt chocolate, he asks her if she is okay. Now she's hot all over and wondering: How does a girl make a move?
“Once Upon a Time in Bliss” by Sophie Oak (ebook)
This one features a CIA agent masquerading as a mild mannered, but dominant, professor in the nudist colony in Bliss, Colorado. This one is a prequel to the Nights in Bliss series. I enjoyed the book fine, but didn’t get to emotionally invested in the story.
“Platinum” by Jeffe Kennedy (ebook, review copy, NetGalley)
Review to come
“Crystal Cove” by Lisa Kleypas (review book)
“Eye of the Storm” by Monette Michaels (romantic suspense, Liquid Silver, April 2010, $5.99, 364pp)
Series: Security Specialists International, book 1
Keely Walsh has three doctorates, five older brothers and has never met a situation she couldn't handle. While consulting with the NSA, she discovers sensitive government information indicating her brother, a private security operative, is in danger. Keely travels to the dangerous Triple Frontier in South America to warn him and his colleagues and finds the last thing she expects--a man who sends icy shivers down her spine even as he lights every one of her fires.
“Die for Me” by Cynthia Eden (romantic suspense, Montlake, February 2013, $12.99, 358pp)
She thought her fiancé was the perfect man—until he turned out to be the perfect killer…
Katherine Cole is running for her life, desperate to escape the Valentine Killer—so-called because he stabs his victims through the heart and leaves them holding a telltale single red rose. Still he tracks her to New Orleans and begins carving a bloody path to her door. But this time, Katherine refuses to run any farther. This time, she’ll do anything to stop the madman she once loved, even trust the sexy cop promising to keep her safe…
“Crystal Cove” by Lisa Kleypas (contemporary w/ paranormal elements, St. Martin’s Griffin, February 2013, $14.99, 336pp)
Series: Friday Harbor, book 4
In New York Times bestselling author Lisa Kleypas's Crystal Cove, Justine Hoffman has made a comfortable life for herself on the island of Friday Harbor. She is the proprietor of a successful boutique hotel, and she has the safe, predictable life she has always wanted. Growing up with her flighty, nomadic mother, Marigold, has instilled in her a deep longing for stability. But in spite of everything Justine has achieved, there is still something missing. Love. And after years of waiting and dreaming, she is willing to do whatever it takes to change her destiny.
“Once a Brat” by Kim Dare (erotic, m/m, Riptide, February 2013, $3.99, 714kb)
Series: prequel to Kinky Cupid books
Experienced dominant Marcus Tremayne has a stalker. On the plus side, the boy following him around his local leather club is gorgeous and a self-professed submissive. Unfortunately, he’s also inexperienced, bratty, and liable to drive Marcus insane within his incessant chatter and questions.
“My Wicked Valentine” by Ann Mayburn (erotic, Loose Id, February 2013, $6.99, 198pp)
Series: Book 1 of Club Wicked books
Lucia Roa needs a miracle to keep her fledgling event planning business from going under. When she gets word about the opportunity of a lifetime to do a Valentine's Day party for an elite club in Washington D.C. she jumps at the chance. It's not until afterward, that she learns the party isn't for just any club, it's for the premier private BDSM club, Wicked. Desperate to make the social and professional connections that this job would offer, she agrees to a most unconventional and risqué business arrangement with the handsomest man she's ever met.
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