JUST THE WAY YOU ARE by Beverly Barton

A tale of a woman torn between two brothers. . . Mary Beth Caine has always been the good girl in her small Mississippi town. But when a big, protective, shamelessly sexy stranger offers to console her on the night of her disastrous engagement party, Mary Beth lets him--only to discover that Parr Weston also happens to be the older brother of her fiancé, Bobby Joe.

ONE KISS MORE (U.S. Marshals #2) by Mandy Baxter

Emma Ruiz knows her father is innocent. But that doesn’t help her convince the law—not even smoking hot U.S. Marshal Landon McCabe. When McCabe bangs on her door demanding information about how her cancer-stricken father escaped from federal prison, she’ll have to distract him somehow—it may as well be with a stolen kiss.

RUNNING BLIND (One-Eyed Jack #3) by Cindy Gerard

Revenge. The One-Eyed Jacks have to watch their six while a sniper takes aim at three of them and nearly sends Eva to an early grave. While the team scrambles to find the sniper, another more lethal plan is in motion. A military research and development facility under siege. The only thing standing between the Russians and world domination are a black ops operative and a bombshell computer geek. They never meant to fall in love. However, intense situations tend to reveal courage and put life into perspective.

Romance vs. Reality

Every romance writer dreads hearing is that her books are fine and all, but they’re just not realistic. That they set up unfair expectations for love. That they’re setting women up for disappointment when they date a Mr. Darcy who turns out to be a Wickham, or a Jamie Fraser who turns out to be…not Jamie Fraser. (And really, are there any men who are Jamie Fraser? Diana Gabaldon, you’ve ruined my love life!)

What Makes a Hero an Anti-Hero?

Scandal here with a quick word about Tessa Bailey: I’ve been reading her books as long as Tessa Bailey has been publishing books. I love a good dirty-talking hero and I am of the opinion that Ms. Bailey writes dirty talkers better than most. Tessa Bailey never ceases to amaze me so I was not surprised when she dipped her toe in the anti-hero waters.
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TOUCH & GO (Dare to Love #2) by Mira Lyn Kelly

“Ava blinked up at her best friend of more than twenty years, her hardest crush and best-kept secret, about 98 percent certain the guy had just thrown down the gauntlet. Intentionally “

GAME PLAY by Lynda Aicher

One night, one time, nothing more. That's all it was supposed to be. They'd agreed their first night together would be their only night together—and Minnesota Glaciers defenseman Dylan Rylie was fine with that. Giant hickeys and claw marks on his ass had never been his style, even if the very memory of Samantha Yates's merciless sexual energy gets him hard within seconds. He needs to focus on getting a better contract, not mind-blowing orgasms.

GARRETT (Cold Fury Hockey #2) by Sawyer Bennett

Carolina Cold Fury star Garrett Samuelson never wants to miss out on a single minute of fun. Whether he’s playing hockey, hanging out with friends, or walking the red carpet with a new date on his arm, he lives every day to the fullest. When he meets Olivia Case, he sees someone who’s exactly his type—confident, sexy, smart . . . his next fling. But the more he pursues her, the more Garrett shares a side of himself that other women don’t normally get to see.

Great Sex: The Scenes I Can’t Forget

As we approach Valentine’s Day weekend, it seemed like a good time to share some of my favorite sex scenes. I thought I had this in the bag because I do have a small collection in my head. I could have chosen the down and dirty ones, but as I was going through the reel in my head, I realized that sexually explicit, raunchy romps aren’t always the most memorable. I love sex scenes when they’re the culmination of a particularly emotional moment between the hero and heroine, or when there’s some humor mixed in. So, in no particular order, I’d like to share a few of my favorites. ** warning explicit content.

REBOUND by Noelle August

Boomerang was one of my favorite feel-good romances of 2014. I couldn't wait to get my hands on REBOUND! I loved this book! Rebound was a sexy, romantic, tension-filled, happy romance (all the things!!) that left me smiling at the end. Veronica Rossi and Lorin Oberweger are such a great writing duo. I hope they keep working together because they are making me a very happy reader. They are taking the new adult genre to a wonderful place.

Excerpt: OBSESSION IN DEATH by J.D. Robb

J.D. Robb fans, the day has arrived! The 40th book in the In Death series is here. We know you can’t wait to feast your eyes on the first chapter, and we have it here for you!

Authors Who Inspired My Small Town Love Affair

I’m going to tell you a secret (looks over my shoulder warily): I loathe small towns. I’m a big city girl, through and through. Give me sushi and the symphony and traffic. Even driving through a small town gives me hives. Why should you care? Oh, because my small-town romance ALL FOR YOU released this week.

BEAUTIFUL BELOVED (Beautiful Bastard #3.6) by Christina Lauren

In Beautiful Stranger , finance whiz Sara Dillon met the irresistibly sexy Brit, Max Stella, at a New York City club. Through the series we’ve watched them learn to balance commitment with their less than private brand of playfulness. In Beautiful Beloved, Max and Sara take it to the next step. But the question is: Will they be able to find a balance between the wild sexcapades they aren’t ready to retire, and the demands of parenthood that come along with their new Beautiful bundle of joy? Parenthood: it’s not for the weak of heart.

Cover Reveal: UNTOUCHED by Claire Kent

We are pleased to present the super sexy cover for UNTOUCHED by Claire Kent today! This tale of romantic suspense is the first in a two part series and trust us, you're going to want to get your hands on this steamy tale.

The Allure of Mr. Nice Guy

The Alpha hero. He’s the face of romance, and with Fifty Shades of Grey in theaters next week, he’s getting even more attention than usual. But are Christian Grey and his fraternity of billionaires, bikers, Navy SEALS, dukes and various other domineering, macho types the only heroes we swoon over? Absolutely not, and I think it’s time to give a little love to my favorite hero, the Beta.
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THE FIRST KISS (Sweetest Kisses #2) by Grace Burrowes

James Knightley's brothers worry he spends too much time at the office. But personal failures have caused James to find solace in his work as a law expert… and in the unfailing comfort of his little black book. Vera is a twice-divorced mom, fiercely protective of her young daughter, and a world-class piano soloist. When threatening messages cause her to fear for her daughter's safety, she turns to James for guidance. Business becomes pleasure until Vera learns of his past. As danger looms, can James convince her that he's not the man he used to be?

LOVE BY THE BOOK by Melissa Pimentel

When I saw the description of LOVE BY THE BOOK on NetGalley, I knew I had to read it: As an ardent Anglophile from birth, I’m a sucker for books about Americans moving to London to meet hot British buys. LOVE BY THE BOOK is one part Bridget Jones’ Diary and one part Sex and the City, and 100% laugh out loud, fun.

ALL OF ME (Inside Out #6) by Lisa Renee Jones

A mini novel at 50,000 words: Passion. Mystery. It all collides in the breathtaking ALL OF ME. He's rich and famous, his past dark, but so is hers. Can they save each other? Or will the darkness tear them apart?
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WORTH THE RISK by Claudia Connor

Claudia Connor swept me off my feet again with this beautiful, heartfelt, and passionate romance. The epilogue was just so completely, and utterly perfect. I’m eagerly counting the days until her next story.

THE RAVEN by Sylvain Reynard

When I got to the last page of THE RAVEN before Christmas, I wondered just how I was going to be able to pull together a review to properly explain just how wonderful this book was. Even now, I’m not sure I could put words into print to do it any justice. It was, in a word, magnificent.


In the latest book, QUARTERBACK DRAW, Grant Cassidy and Katrina Korsova meet while on a magazine shoot. Grant is taken with the cool, professional model during the work and makes it his mission to bring some fun into Katrina’s time with him. Katrina is attracted to Grant, but nothing about him fits into her plans to care for her younger sister and brother. But one innocent night with Grant leads to visits to her place in New York, outings with her siblings and Katrina’s carefully constructed world being tossed upside.
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Now, What’s the Postman’s Name Again?

As my Eternity Springs world grows, new characters come to town, new dogs are acquired, and new buildings are built. It’s a challenge to keep them all straight... I realized I needed a system to keep track of their ages, names, occupations, and other things that make up who they are.

MORE by Lea Griffith

hree years ago, Ruthie Copeland ran away from an erotic connection that shook her to the core. Now she realizes that Tobias Edwards is the only man who can give her what she craves. Determined to reignite the dangerous flame between them, Ruthie seeks him out at The Underground—and discovers a changed man. Though Ruthie, blind since childhood, cannot see the scars on Toby’s face that forced him to seal off his heart, her gentle submission eases the pain of her body’s only Master.


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.
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Obsessed with NAKED IN DEATH: My Top Five Quotes

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.

Talking with Kat Martin

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