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The Trouble With Dukes by Grace BurrowesRegency Historical. While Hamish McHugh, the new Duke of Murdoch, has no use for an English title, he doesn't have the heart (or the guts) to refuse his sisters a London season. Thus he endures stuffy ballrooms and society gossip until he meets Miss Megan Windham, who sees him as neither a Highland heathen nor a meal ticket. Standing in the way of their future happiness is the vile Sir Fletcher Pilkington, who threatens to expose Megan's past indiscretions unless she weds him. The Trouble with Dukes is the 1st book in the witty and heartfelt Windham Brides series, which features a lively supporting cast drawn from the author's popular Windham novels (beginning with The Heir).
Rules of Contact by Jaci BurtonErotic Romance. Gold-diggers are part of the deal when you're Flynn Cassidy, the San Francisco Sabers defense end and budding entrepreneur. No matter how hard he tries, he can't seem to find a woman who wants Flynn for himself and not for his fame or his money. The notable exception is his new restaurant's head chef, Amelia Lawrence. But Amelia, still reeling from an ugly divorce, has no plans to get involved with anyone -- especially not her boss. Fans of sizzling sports-themed romances (such as Bella Andre's Bad Boys of Football series) should enjoy this 12th Play by Play novel.
Wild Wicked Scot by Julia LondonHighland Romance. Three years after she left him, Arran Mackenzie's wife has returned to Scotland. Lady Mackenzie -- née Miss Margot Armstrong -- claims that she only wishes to reconcile with her lawful husband, but Arran suspects that she has actually come to spy on him as part of an English plot to seize his lands. Until she reveals her true purpose, he'll just have to keep her close. No hardship there, as their intense physical connection was probably the best part of their arranged marriage. Wild Wicked Scot is the opening installment of the Highland Grooms series; if you enjoy rugged Highlanders and their headstrong brides, keep an eye out for the forthcoming Sinful Scottish Laird.
Wild at Whiskey Creek by Julie Anne LongContemporary Romance. Sheriff Eli Barlow has loved Glory Greenleaf since they were kids. But any chance of a relationship between them ended when Eli arrested Glory's brother for distributing meth. Now Glory won't speak to Eli, which is tough for both of them given the size of their hometown and the frequency with which he's called in to break up drunken brawls at the dive bar where Glory works. So when Glory, a talented musician, gets a shot at the big time, Eli is determined to make things right by ensuring that nothing goes wrong. And that's where the trouble begins. Wild at Whiskey Creek is the 2nd engaging novel in the Hellcat Canyon series, which begins with Hot in Hellcat Canyon.
The Bride Wore Pearls by Liz CarlyleHistorical Romance. At the request of her brother, Lord Ruthveyn, Lady Anisha Stafford, a half-Indian army widow with two young sons, leaves Calcutta and settles in London, where she's introduced to Ruthveyn's colleagues from the St. James Society, a secret brotherhood whose members rely on psychic gifts to help those in need. Although strong-willed Anisha is annoyed at being assigned a protector, she also can't deny that she's attracted to Rance Welham, the Earl of Lazonby. But Rance, living under the shadow of a false murder accusation, resists his desire for Anisha, not wishing to ruin her reputation. However, Anisha has a daring plan: to clear his name, thus clearing the path for a relationship. The Bride Wore Pearls is the 3rd volume of the Fraternitas Aureae Crucis trilogy, which begins with One Touch of Scandal.
Any Man I Want by Michele GrantContemporary Romance. Although some might call Katrina Montgomery spoiled, that's not how she sees it. As the beloved youngest Montgomery daughter, Katrina expects nothing but the best in life. After all, a princess deserves a prince. And having kissed a lot of frogs, she's pretty sure that Carter Evan Parks isn't one. A pro football player who has found success in the real estate business, Carter is busy man with no desire to play games -- even with a woman as tempting as Katrina. Any Man I Want is the 3rd book to feature the close-knit Montgomery family; Katrina's older brothers found love in two previous installments: Heard It All Before and Pretty Boy Problems.
Destiny's Embrace by Beverly JenkinsHistorical Romance. Desperate to escape a life of poverty and hardship in Philadelphia, Mariah Cooper answers a newspaper advertisement and heads west to become the housekeeper at Destino, the Northern California cattle ranch owned by Logan Yates. The son of a prosperous black rancher, Logan has had every advantage in life, thanks to his father's money and his Spanish stepmother's position in society. As such, he's accustomed to getting his way -- until beautiful, headstrong Mariah shows up. Set in 1880s California, Destiny's Embrace boasts appealing characters, sharp dialogue, and a glimpse at lesser-known aspects of African-American history.
Sugar Daddy by Lisa KleypasContemporary Romance. Life hasn't been easy for Liberty Jones. A dead father and an absent mother meant that Liberty raised her sister in a trailer park in Welcome, Texas -- a town that fails to live up to its name if, like Liberty, you're poor and half-Mexican. Now living in Houston, Liberty gets her big break when tycoon Churchill Travis hires her as his assistant. Churchill becomes a father figure to Liberty, although their rapport causes some people, including Churchill's son Gage, to think he's her sugar daddy. Despite Gage's chilly reception, things soon heat up between him and Liberty. If you enjoy getting to know the Travis family, you'll be pleased to know that some of the characters in Sugar Daddy return in Blue-Eyed Devil.
Guilty Pleasures by Deborah Fletcher MelloContemporary Romance. Former NBA star Alexander Barrett has just opened a gym in his hometown of Boulder, Colorado when his estranged twin brother, MMA champion Zachary, shows up. Years ago, the brothers had a falling out when Zach married Alex's college sweetheart, although that relationship ended badly. Now Zach wants to make amends. Soon enough, however, they find themselves in competition for the affections of Alex's personal trainer, the lovely Sarai Montri. Some things never change. Guilty Pleasures kicks off the Bad Boys of Boulder series, which continues with Perfect Pleasures.
My Beautiful Enemy by Sherry ThomasVictorian Romance. The illegitimate daughter of an English adventurer and a Chinese courtesan, Bai Ying-ying -- a.k.a. Catherine Blade -- grew up unwanted and unloved in Chinese Turkestan; to survive she became a martial arts expert and a spy. During an undercover mission that takes her into London society, she encounters her former lover, Leighton Atwood. Eight years ago, she left him to die in the Takla Makan Desert after he betrayed her. Not only is he alive and well, he's just become engaged to another woman. This discovery complicates matters, to say the least. Readers interested in the couple's (rather tumultuous) history should check out The Hidden Blade, a full-length prequel to this novel.
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