Barnes & Noble buyer Jules Herbert is a driving force behind the excellent selection in Barnes & Noble’s romance section. Here’s his list of recommendations for the month of January:
| Beautiful Sacrifice by Elizabeth Lowell (HarperCollins, Dec 26)
Archaeologist Lina Taylor has devoted her life to studying ancient Maya artifacts. Burying herself in her work, Lina has had little experience handling men—especially one as fascinating, headstrong, and exasperatingly secretive as Hunter Johnston, who bursts into Lina’s world after some important, extremely valuable Maya relics have gone missing. To recover them, he’ll need the beautiful, brainy archaeologist’s help . . . and in the process, he sets her structured academic life spinning wildly out of control . . .
|Demon’s Curse by Alexa Egan (Pocket Books, Dec 26)
One of the mythical race of shape-shifting Imnada and a member of an elite military unit, Captain Mac Flannery suffers under a ruthless curse. As the result of a savage massacre on the eve of Waterloo, he and the men he served with are forced to live the hours of darkness trapped as their animal aspects. Now one of them has been murdered, and Mac suspects the existence of the Imnada may finally have been discovered. His only link to unearthing the truth—Bianca Parrino, the beautiful actress whom every man desires.
| Heat Seeker by Lucy Monroe (Kensington, Jan 29)
A former sergeant in the Marine special forces, Kaden Marks dreams of one day having a family. But he’s haunted by the deeds of his past and won’t let anyone get close. Then a new mission comes his way. A fellow operative has had her cover blown–and it’s up to Kaden’s team to bring her out safely. What he doesn’t realize is that the beautiful but stubborn Rachel Gannon has no intention of letting herself be rescued.
| Highlander Claimed by Juliette Miller (Harlequin, Dec 18)
Since her adoption by peasants of the Ogilvie Clan, Roses has been marked as an outsider. Her fair hair and golden complexion set her apart, as does a mysterious tattoo she keeps hidden at all costs. So when Laird Ogilvie corners her with an indecent proposal, Roses has no ties to stop her from fleeing. Outcast and alone, her escape across the Highlands is interrupted by Wilkie Mackenzie, the wild and handsome brother of nearby Clan Mackenzie’s leader, who sweeps her off her feet.
| Release Me by J. Kenner (Random House, Jan 1)
For fans of Fifty Shades of Grey and Bared to You comes an erotic, emotionally charged romance between a powerful man who’s never heard “no” and a fiery woman who says “yes” on her own terms.
| Sealed With a Curse: A Weird Girl Novel by Cecy Robson (Signet, Dec 31)
Celia reluctantly agrees to help Misha, the handsome leader of an infected vampire family. But Aric, the head of the werewolf pack determined to destroy Misha’s family to keep the region safe, warns Celia to stay out of the fight. Caught between two hot alphas, Celia must find a way to please everyone, save everyone, and oh yeah, not lose her heart to the wrong guy—or die a miserable death. Because now that the evil behind the plague knows who Celia is, it’s coming for her and her sisters. This Wird girl has never had it so tough.
| Shadow Woman by Linda Howard (Random House, Jan 1)
For Lizette Henry, everything seemed right until she looked in the mirror. The face that peered back at her is someone else’s and it isn’t long before she realizes that more than just her visage is missing: Two years have been erased from her life. Those harrowing discoveries are only the beginning of her descent into a volatile maelstrom in which clues about her past emerge only between threats from assassins. In the midst of this chaos appears a stranger whose mysteries are exceeded only by his allure. Rousing in several senses; another triumph by a queen of romantic suspense.
| The Trouble with Fate: A Mystwalker Novel by Leigh Evans (St. Martin’s Press, Dec 24)
My name is Hedi Peacock and I have a secret. I’m not human, and I have the pointy Fae ears and Were inner-bitch to prove it. As fairy tales go, my childhood was damn near perfect, all fur and magic until a werewolf killed my father and the Fae executed my mother. I’ve never forgiven either side. Especially Robson Trowbridge. He was a part-time werewolf, a full-time bastard, and the first and only boy I ever loved. That is, until he became the prime suspect in my father’s death…
| Unbound by Celeste Bradley, Susan Donovan (St. Martin’s Press, Dec 24)
When Boston museum curator Piper Chase-Pierpont unearths London’s most celebrated courtesan’s steamy memoirs, she’s aroused and challenged by what she finds. Could the courtesan’s diaries be used as a modern girl’s guide to finding love and empowerment? One curious curator—and one very lucky man—are about to find out…
| Wyoming Bride (Bitter Creek Series #10)
After three months in a mail-order marriage, Hannah Wentworth McMurtry is a widow—pregnant, alone, and near death in the Wyoming wilderness. Though she is saved by a man with a face cut from stone, she still grieves the husband who died on their journey west. Hannah needs a husband, but does she dare marry another stranger?
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