To Marry a Texas Outlaw by Linda BrodayStarring: a gunslinger on the lam, a beautiful sharpshooter with amnesia, plus an orphan and his dog.
Why you might like it: This 3rd book in the Men of Legend series boasts sympathetic characters, an evocative Old West setting, and a rip-roaring plot.
For fans of: Linda Lael Miller's emphasis on family ties and honor; Jo Goodman's action-packed historical Westerns.
A Duke in Shining Armor by Loretta ChaseWhat it's about: Runaway bride Olympia Hightower flees across London, accompanied by her groom's best friend, the disreputable Duke of Ripley, who has vowed to protect her until she can be safely returned to her fiancé. But can he convince her to go through with the wedding? And does he really want to?
Series alert: A Duke in Shining Armor kicks off the Difficult Dukes series. Fans of the author's Dressmakers series will appreciate this fast-paced novel's upbeat storyline and balance of witty banter and emotional intensity.
The Hunter by Kerrigan ByrneWhat it's about: London's most feared assassin, Christopher Argent has, never allowed emotion to interfere with business -- until he's hired to kill actress Millicent "Millie" LeCour. He offers her a deal: he'll provide protection for her and her young son in exchange for one night in his bed.
Series alert:The Hunter is the 2nd book in the Victorian Rebels series, after The Highwayman.
Try this next: Moody, steamy, and suspenseful, The Hunter may appeal to fans of Jennifer Ashley's Highland Pleasure series.
Shadow Rider by Christine FeehanIntroducing: Francesca Cappello, who moves to Chicago to start a new life and "Shadow Rider" Stefano Ferraro, head of the city's most notorious crime family, who claims Francesca as his own.
Read it for: a vulnerable but resilient heroine and an alpha male hero who will stop at nothing to protect the woman he loves.
Author alert: Mega-popular author Christine Feehan starts a new paranormal romance series sure to please fans of her bestselling Dark and Ghostwalkers series.
Duke of Sin by Elizabeth HoytStarring: Valentine Napier, the depraved Duke of Montgomery, and Bridget Crumb, the prim and proper housekeeper who's been sent to spy on him.
Is it for you? The Maiden Lane books are known for their troubled heroes whose motives are pure but whose activities may or may not be, strictly speaking, legal. This 10th series installment ups the ante with flamboyant Val, a blackmailer who puts a price on everything, even love.
Foreplay by Sophie JordanWhat it's about: College student Pepper has never been kissed. Since guys prefer girls with experience (right?), she enlists heartthrob and notorious player Reece as her tutor, planning to use her newfound knowledge to woo her longtime crush.
For fans of: Like Cora Carmack's All Played Out, this 1st book in the Ivy Chronicles pairs a straight-A student with a brooding hottie who dares her to walk on the wild side.
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