Under Her Skin by Adriana AndersContemporary Romance. "Old hag in need of live-in helper to abuse. Nothing kinky." Although the job description is far from reassuring, the position is Uma's best option right now. On the run from her monstrously abusive ex-boyfriend, who tortured and then forcibly tattooed her, Uma arrives in Blackwood, Virginia, seeking a fresh start. As she adjusts to the eccentricities of her new employer, the cantankerous Ms. Lloyd, Uma gets to know her neighbor, Ivan, a gentle blacksmith with a troubled past. With its sympathetic characters and emotional intensity, this 1st book in the Blank Canvas series will make an indelible impression upon readers.
Someone to Hold: A Westcott Novel by Mary BaloghRegency Historical. Anna Snow has ruined everything. Thanks to her, Camille Westcott, eldest daughter of the Earl and Countess of Riverdale, has learned that her father's marriage to her mother was never valid, making Camille illegitimate, while giving Anna, her half-sister, the dowry that should have been Camille's. Refusing to accept charity from the woman who destroyed her life and prospects, Camille leaves London and settles with her sister in Bath. There, she falls into a flirtation with artist Joel Cunningham, who grew up in the same orphanage as Anna and, it turns out, still carries a torch for his childhood companion. Poor Camille. Will she never have anything -- or anyone -- of her own? Someone to Hold is the 2nd Westcott novel, after Someone to Love.
The Duke by Kerrigan ByrneVictorian Romance. By day, Imogen Pritchard is a nurse; she spends her evenings as a barmaid in a brothel, where she works to pay off her late father's gambling debts. While plying a battalion of soldiers with whiskey, Imogen meets and shares an unforgettable night with Collin "Cole" Talmadge, the Duke of Trenwyth. Soon after, circumstances send the lovers their separate ways, but fate will bring them back into each other's lives. If you enjoy The Duke's well-developed characters, steamy encounters, and dramatic twists and turns, be sure to check out the other brooding bad boys of the Victorian Rebels series: The Highwayman, The Hunter, and The Highlander.
Under Pressure: A Body Armor Novel by Lori FosterRomantic Suspense. Former MMA fighter Leese Phelps works for the Body Armor security agency, where he uses his size and strength to full advantage. But his martial arts skills may not be enough to protect his newest client, Catalina Nicholson, who witnessed a murder and is now on the run from an organized crime syndicate. Under Pressure kicks off the fast-paced, action-packed Body Armor novels. If you're a fan of steamy romantic suspense featuring alpha-male private security specialists, you may also enjoy Brenda Jackson's Protectors series or Julie Ann Walker's Black Knights Inc.
Accidentally on Purpose: A Heartbreaker Bay Novel by Jill ShalvisContemporary Romance. Elle Wheaton and Archer Hunt have a complicated past, which makes it difficult for them to even contemplate a future together. But they can't avoid their feelings forever, especially now that they work together at an upscale San Francisco apartment complex: Elle as a property manager and ex-cop Archer as head of building security. Like its predecessors, Sweet Little Lies and The Trouble With Mistletoe, this 3rd Heartbreaker Bay novel introduces a couple that must overcome numerous obstacles en route to happily-ever-after.
What We Find by Robyn CarrContemporary Romance. Reeling from a miscarriage, a bad breakup, and legal troubles that forced her to shutter their private practice, Denver neurosurgeon Maggie Sullivan returns home to her hometown, Aurora, and Sullivan's Crossing, her family's campground. Upon arrival, she meets Cal Jones, a handsome loner who's working part-time at Sullivan's Crossing while he prepares for a grueling long-distance hike. While she questions the wisdom of getting involved with a man who's determined to take off into the wilderness, she also can't ignore her heart. What We Find is the opening installment of the Sullivan's Crossing series, which continues with the forthcoming Any Day Now.
Carolina Home: A Dare Island Novel by Virginia KantraContemporary Romance. Dare Island has been home to the Fletcher family for generations. Fishing boat captain and single father Matt Fletcher divides his time between ferrying tourists around Pamlico Sound and raising his 16-year-old son, Josh. His life is busy but relatively uncomplicated, until Allison Carter, Josh's teacher, approaches Matt with her concerns about the teen, who's bright but not living up to his potential. Despite their strong mutual attraction, Matt and Allison are reluctant to get involved: gossip is the lifeblood of a small island community and, if things don't work out, they'll never escape each other. Carolina Home is the 1st of the Dare Island books, which follow the residents of a close-knit coastal North Carolina community.
Sugar Rush by Donna KauffmanContemporary Romance. Fed up with the hectic pace of life in New York City (and some nasty false rumors that she slept her way to the top of her profession), pastry chef Leilani Trusdale heads to Georgia's sleepy Sugarberry Island to open her own charming bakery. But her attempts to leave her old life behind fail when her former boss and mentor Baxter "Chef Hot Cakes" Dunne, culinary genius and media celebrity, shows up to film an episode of his TV show in Sugarberry -- commandeering Leilani's kitchen for a special program on cupcakes and attempting to woo his former colleague. In addition to well-matched leads, this sweet, heartwarming romance also features the Cupcake Club, baking addicts who offer Leilani support and matchmaking assistance.
Rainshadow Road by Lisa KleypasContemporary Romance. When her fiancé dumps her for her spoiled younger sister, glass artist Lucy picks up the pieces of her broken heart and retreats to peaceful Friday Harbor, where she meets adorable, geeky Sam Nolan -- who happens to be a friend of Lucy's ex. Unlike Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor, the novella that first introduced readers to this enchanting locale (an actual town located on San Juan Island, in Washington State), Rainshadow Road contains a touch of magical realism. If you enjoy visiting misty and mystical islands in the Pacific Northwest, you should check out Anjali Banerjee's Haunting Jasmine.
Chasing Perfect by Susan MalleryContemporary Romance. Nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, the tiny town of Fool's Gold, California, seems like the perfect place for Charity Jones to start over. But there's just one surprising little fact about her new community: men are fleeing from it like rats from a sinking ship, and part of Charity's new job as city planner is to attract members of the opposite sex. As she settles into her life in town, she can't help but take notice of former world-class cyclist Josh Golden, Fool's Gold's most famous resident -- and one of its few remaining males -- who definitely needs to be taken down a peg or two. This fun and witty story is the 1st book in author Susan Mallery's Fool's Gold series.
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