While reading a Jeaniene Frost novel, I have to prepare the space around me to ensure I have the optimal experience. Note: Do I have my tissues? Check. Is there plenty of chocolate for my sudden hormonal cravings generated by intense action scenes that leave my heart beating outside my chest? Check.
It’s a great week for historical, with new offerings from Sabrina Jeffries, Julia London, and Laura Lee Guhrke. If you prefer your reading in the here-and-now, you’re also in luck with the latest by Kristen Proby, Maya Banks, Carla Neggers and Sara Arden. Paranormal? We’ve got you covered with Jeaniene Frost. Enjoy!
In Glory, Kansas, a fairy-tale wedding has local tongues wagging. But through this false engagement, can a wounded warrior and the woman he's protecting find true love? Byron Hawkins doesn't want to be responsible for anyone ever again. The former Black Ops soldier is better at taking lives than saving them. But on mission in Tunisia to deliver a package to safety, Hawk is dismayed to find that the precious cargo is actually a hostage rescue, and that his orders are to take Princess Demara Petrakis back to US soil and hide her in plain sight—as his newlywed wife. Back in Hawk's hometown of Glory, Kansas, petite, fierce Demara keeps surprising him; she may be royalty, but she's fully trained in martial arts and will sacrifice anything for her country. As the town rallies around the returning hero and his bride, he's finding that it's way too easy to play the part, and after the hell he has seen, that terrifies him. Hawk didn't want another life to save, but the passionate beauty he's sworn to protect might just turn the tables and save him, instead.
We’re thrilled to be the second stop on the J.D. Robb In Death series re-read countdown to the publication of Book #40 Robb OBSESSION IN DEATH on February 10! All week long we have been obsessing over the book that started the phenomenon, NAKED IN DEATH. HEA launched the announcement last week, and our friends at Heroes & Heartbreakers and Smexy Books will take over the final two weeks, with excerpts, re-reads, conversations about the series. See below to enter to win grand prize package.
Hi, Kimberly! So glad you enjoyed AGAINST THE WILD. I think you’re going to like Nick Brodie and Samantha in AGAINST THE SKY. I think this one has a lot of heart. I was really happy with the book when I finished. Big sigh, hated to see it end. Thanks so much for having me on Romance at Random. Love ya, Kat
Cate Masters talks about the chilly inspiration for her hot romance, TWICE IN A BLUE MOON.
Arial knows the rules that keep her safe. She's been following them since she was a little girl: Do not tell. Do not show. But in a moment of terror, facing an attacker intent on taking more than just her life, Ari has no choice but to unleash the psychic powers she's been hiding since childhood. Now, with her abilities revealed, a bigger threat looms—something that makes her question everything she thought she knew about her parents and her secretive upbringing. But this isn't a fight she can face on her own. As the head of Devereaux Security, Beau Devereaux is no stranger to the strange. But when he takes on a new client—a beautiful young woman with an extraordinary gift—Beau isn't prepared for the extent of his attraction to her. What began as a simple assignment, just another job, quickly turns personal as Beau discovers he'll do anything at all to protect Ari. No matter what it costs him personally. Even his heart and soul.
Today we've got the first cover for the new Take the Fall series from New York Times Bestselling author Marquita Valentine. Drumroll please...
In snowy Swift River Valley, unexpected romance is just around the corner… Heather Sloan has landed her dream job—the renovation of Vic Scarlatti's stately 1912 country home overlooking the icy waters of Echo Lake in Knights Bridge, Massachusetts. It's the perfect project for the family business, but for once, Heather is in charge. Diplomatic Security Service agent Brody Hancock left Knights Bridge at eighteen, a few steps ahead of arrest and the wrath of Heather's older brothers. Though Brody had never planned to return, Vic, a retired diplomat and friend, needs his help.
The hero in my book HIS SMALL-TOWN SWEETHEART is Sam Ward. He was in the previous two books of my Ward Brothers trilogy. In this book, Sam finds his match, but I wondered what it would be like for Sam to have gone on a date prior to his own story. So I went to eHarmony and found a post on 10 First Date Questions You Probably Haven’t Thought Of. Bear with me as this is my first and probably only character interview. (BTW I can’t guarantee much, Sam’s a hard nut to crack.)
Alexa Holland’s father was her hero—until her shocking discovery that she and her mother weren’t his only family. Ever since, Alexa has worked to turn her life in a different direction and forge her own identity outside of his terrible secrets,. But when she meets a man who’s as damaged by her father’s mistakes as she is, Alexa must help him. Caine Carraway wants nothing to do with Alexa’s efforts at redemption, but it’s not so easy to push her away. Determined to make her hate him, he brings her to the edge of her patience and waits for her to walk away. But his actions only draw them together and, despite the odds, they begin an intense and explosive affair. Only Caine knows he can never be the white knight that Alexa has always longed for. And when they’re on the precipice of danger, he finds he’ll do anything to protect either one of them from being hurt again...
We’re thrilled to be the second stop on the J.D. Robb In Death series re-read countdown to the publication of Book #40 Robb OBSESSION IN DEATH on February 10! All week long we will be obsessing over the book that started the phenomenon, NAKED IN DEATH. HEA launched the announcement last week, and our friends at Heroes & Heartbreakers and Smexy Books will take over the final two weeks, with excerpts, re-reads, conversations about the series. Today, our contributor Deb S. shares her love for the book that started it all, NAKED IN DEATH.
We usually go for more of the "ooh la la" moments than the "awww" moments on #HunkDay, but today is National Hug Day and we just couldn't help ourselves from doling out a big dose of cute. Prepare for some super sweet moments. You're going to wish you were the girl (or puppy) in his arms. And don't forget to celebrate by hugging your man or your bff or your mom! Hugs for everyone!
We’re thrilled to be the second stop on the J.D. Robb In Death series re-read countdown to the publication of Book #40 Robb OBSESSION IN DEATH on February 10! All week long we will be obsessing over the book that started the phenomenon, NAKED IN DEATH. HEA launched the announcement last week, and our friends at Heroes & Heartbreakers and Smexy Books will take over the final two weeks, with excerpts, re-reads, conversations about the series, and a grand prize package giveaway. Today, our contributor Liza Brown shares why she re-reads NAKED IN DEATH at least once a year.
Millions of women around the world have fallen for Christian Grey since the publication of E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey and now they (we) eagerly anticipate seeing him come to life next month in the film adaptation of the book. Admittedly, some of us get tingly all over just thinking of it. But in those less intoxicating moments, when the heady arousal induced by thoughts of this iconic book boyfriend subside, do you ever wonder how we fell so hard for Mr. Christian Grey? I spoke to Barna William Donovan, Ph.D., a communications professor at Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City, N.J., and an author and expert on fan behavior, about why Mr. Grey had us from, “I exercise control in all things, Miss Steele.”
Okay, this has been my least favorite episode so far this season, although not very many of them have been crowd pleasers. It starts out with an art restorer working on a painting of a man working on a painting. How meta. (There’s a term for this, but I’m too annoyed to Google.)The man in the painting starts bleeding; in fact the whole painting starts gushing blood and instead of running away the restorer tries to stanch it. No, dude. First rule of art restoration: get out of there if some antique piece you’re working on starts going all stigmata on you. Also, don’t use your fingers to touch said blood. Shouldn’t he be wearing gloves? The bleeding stops and the blood disappears, leaving the art restorer confused. Back at Corbin’s cabin, which Katrina… Continue
Today we get our first look at Dakota Johnson – aka Anastasia Steele – on the cover of the February issue of Vogue magazine! My only complaint is that she’s not blindfolded. The countdown to February 14 just gets better and better. To read more about the cover and Dakota’s plans for post-Fifty Shades, check out E! online… Continue
Jennifer Echols is the award-winning author whose latest YA novel, PERFECT COUPLE, is the second in her Superlatives series about seniors at a Florida high school who are selected for their class's superlative categories in the yearbook, and how the labels change the way they view themselves and alter the course of their lives. (Fun fact we learned from this interview: she works as a copy editor at Harlequin!)
Sunday night’s episode of Downton Abbey was chock full of juicy revelations, with a heavy focus on the women in the house. Despite Tony the Tiger’s best efforts, Mary is having buyer‘s remorse. While he may be a stud muffin between the sheets, out of bed it appears he bores Mary to tears. Still she’s not ready to cut him loose just yet. When he suggests announcing their engagement as quickly as possible, she tells him that she wants to do things right, her reputation has been tarnished once already. So Mary must have played true confessions and told Tony all about her dalliance with Mr. Parmuk. But did she also tell him that she killed Parmuk with her lady parts? Just as Mary is remarking to Tony how lucky they were that they haven’t… Continue
To put it simply, Burned is an adventure from the beginning to the end. Moning delivers an on-the-edge-of-your-seat story with her signature finesse. Enthralling, powerful, and downright sexy, Burned is everything you’ve been aching for and more.
We’re thrilled to be the second stop on the J.D. Robb In Death series re-read countdown to the publication of Book #40 Robb OBSESSION IN DEATH on February 10! All week long we will be obsessing over the book that started the phenomenon, NAKED IN DEATH. HEA launched the announcement last week, and our friends at Heroes & Heartbreakers and Smexy Books will take over the final two weeks, with excerpts, re-reads, conversations about the series. Today, we start with the unforgettable opening chapter of NAKED IN DEATH.
Fire Me Up is the fourth book in the Pine Mountain Series and what a treat it was!! Kincaid not only writes about beautiful scenery in Pine Mountain, but she also brings some amazing characters that you won’t be able to get enough of.
To help you get ready for BURNED, I’ve put together a Fever Series primer for you. Since each book is extremely layered and detailed I couldn't get every aspect into this primer but hopefully this will help either refresh your memory or encourage you to start the series. Enjoy!
It’s a big week; Lots of excitement for the latest in the Fever series by Karen Moning, a new Waverly Family novel by Sarah Addison Allen, book number two from Cecy Robson’s Shattered Past, and more. Happy reading!
As the proprietress of London’s most discreet house of pleasure, Madame Rouge—Ruby to her clientele—prefers to keep her own company. The first rule in her establishment? She never, ever personally entertains the customers. However, the tall, dark, and provocatively tattooed American sailor who shows up on her doorstep makes Ruby wonder whether some rules were made to be broken. If she indulges, even just once, Ruby’s loyal patrons might get the wrong idea. If she doesn’t, she may never stop fantasizing about where that tattoo leads. . . .
COME THE MORNING by Heather Graham is the first in her epic family saga that follows the Grahams (note: first published in 2000 under the name Shannon Drake). The story introduces us to the Laird Lion, Waryk de Graham, King David of Scotland’s fiercest fighter.
Ever since her mother kicked her out, twenty-year-old Robyn Gonzalez has been working the poles at the Devil’s Den, saving up to finish college and travel the world. With only her wits and her gorgeous body to rely on, Robyn has learned to be independent—fiercely independent. She’s never been tempted to let a man distract her from her dreams . . . until she meets the dead-sexy Garrick Dempsey.
Romantic suspense authors Patricia Rosemoor and Susannah Sandlin sat down to talk about their genre, real life experiences that influenced their writing and their latest releases, DANGEROUS and DEADLY, CALM AND COLD.
THE PRINCE, a novella by Sylvain Reynard, is a prequel to THE RAVEN, the first full-length novel in his new Florentine series. I find the term “novella” to be too dull and lifeless to describe THE PRINCE. I believe the word “prelude” would be much more appropriate because it effectively expresses the beauty and lyrical prose of this short work.
The Dallas SWAT team is hiding one helluva secret . . . they're a pack of wolf shifters. The team of elite sharpshooters is ultra-secretive—and also the darlings of Dallas. This doesn't sit well with investigative journalist Mackenzie Stone. They must be hiding something . . . and she's determined to find out what. Keeping Mac at a distance proves impossible for SWAT team commander Gage Dixon. She's smart, sexy, and makes him feel alive for the first time in years. But she's getting dangerously close to the truth—and perilously close to his heart.