"You know what I love about this book? Officer Brett Hale. He’s a small-town cop, he obeys all the rules, and he doesn’t smile or joke around. So you think that Ellie, the heroine, is supposed to get him to loosen up and relax, while he glares at her. But that’s not really what happens, because Brett secretly thinks Ellie is hilarious, and his dry sense of humor matches hers exactly. He doesn’t loosen up so much as let Ellie know that he gets her, which makes Ellie turn googly-eyed. And who can blame her?"
"Prudence started out kind of quiet and boring, because that’s how she’d been taught to act. But she was also tough, smart, and brave. I give a lot of credit to any debutante who can go for days without a maid or a change of clothes without complaining."
"A GOOD RAKE IS HARD TO FIND has fighting, fast driving, mystery, a super bad guy, and some sweet love..."
With the fourth (and final!) book in the Stage Dive series, DEEP, publishing on March 31, we have a primer to get you up to speed. (And just look at those covers!)
"This book goes on a journey from farcical to madcap to sweet, and it’s almost like I can’t wrap my head around the whole thing..."
I love a good woman-in-disguise novel. Jeanne, aka Jane, is a member of a French nobility family that was killed in the Revolution. She has vowed to track down the man responsible for their betrayal and then kill him. I was impressed with her singular focus and her commitment to murder. She wasn’t just out for revenge, which could be carried out in some vague way to be determined later. No, she has a knife and she plans to use it, once she finds the right man.
As we get down to the final days of 2014, we’re thinking back on all the books that have inspired our lust, our love, our laughter, and our tears. R@R contributors found it hard to pick just one; some just had to include a runner-up (or two!). Here are our picks for Best Books of the Year.
"Wonderful things happen in Tessa Dare novels. In this particular story, those wonderful things are cakes. A dining room full of them, in fact. There’s a fine story and delightful characters, but also cake."
Sara Charles is striking out on her own. With her dad out of commission, Charles Air has only one helicopter left—and only Sara to fly charters. With the family business in jeopardy, Sara needs all the clients she can get and the newest one is New York Saints team surgeon, Lucas Angelo. When an unexpected flirtation escalates into a night of pure blind passion, Sara is in agony over what she believes was extremely poor judgment on her part. She wants nothing more than to avoid Lucas. And keep her business her business. But she needs him—in more ways than one.
Calm. Cool. Collected. Gisele Whitby has perfected the art of illusion—her survival, after all, has depended upon it. Years ago, to escape an abusive husband, Gisele "disappeared." Now she must risk revealing her new identity to save another innocent girl from the same fate. But she needs a daring man for her scheme, and the rogue in question shows a remarkable talent . . . for shattering Gisele's carefully constructed façade and igniting her deepest desires.
At six foot one, Gwen Chambers has felt like a giant her whole life. She’s a calm, capable nurse saving lives in a busy London hospital, but healthy men give her heart palpitations. When larger-than-life rugby player “Little” John Sheldon convinces her to bid on him in his team’s fundraising auction, she discovers how pleasurable heart palpitations can be.