"He was everything he purported to be. Scandalous. Sinful. An utter scoundrel."
~ from Sarah MacLean's The Rogue Not Taken
Target Engaged: A Delta Force Novel by M.L. BuchmanMilitary Romance. With 104 candidates, six slots, and 30 days to fill them, the selection process for the elite Delta Force counter-terrorism unit is competitive, to say the least. Determined to make the cut are Sergeant Carla Anderson, Delta's first (and, so far, only) female candidate, and Green Beret Kyle Reeves. Despite mutual attraction, neither can afford the distraction of a romantic entanglement. But bonds forged in adversity only strengthen when a dangerous mission forces them to rely on each other. Steamy, suspenseful, and action-packed, Target Engaged kicks off the Delta Force series. If you enjoy M.L. Buchman's brand of compelling, well-researched military romance, you might also try Jessica Scott's Coming Home novels.
Dukes Prefer Blondes by Loretta ChaseGeorgian Romance. There's far more to Lady Clara Fairfax than frocks and flirtations with eligible gentlemen. In addition to being Maison Noirot's best customer, England's most fashionable heiress is a patron of the Milliners’ Society for the Education of Indigent Females. When one of the charity's wards begs Clara to find her kidnapped younger brother, Clara approaches Oliver "Raven" Radford, an acerbic barrister who's well acquainted with London's criminal underworld. As Clara and Raven risk life, limb, and reputation to rescue the missing child, they discover that their feelings for each other are as strong as their passion for justice. Dukes Prefer Blondes is the 4th book in the Dressmakers series.
Anything for You: A Blue Heron Novel by Kristan HigginsContemporary Romance. Jessica Dunn and Connor O'Rourke's longstanding on-again, off-again relationship of 20 years takes an unexpected turn when Connor suddenly proposes marriage. Jessica, the product of a dysfunctional family and sole caretaker of her severely disabled brother, won't even consider wedlock. That is, until Connor declares that if Jessica won't marry him, he'll find a woman who's willing to walk down the aisle with him. Will Connor succeed in calling Jessica's bluff? Will her troubled past prevent Jessica from pursuing a future with Connor? Anything for You is the 4th book in the Blue Heron series, which begins with The Best Man.
I Heard A Rumor by Cheris HodgesMulticultural Romance. After her cheating ex-fiancé lies about their reconciliation in a bid to boost support for his mayoral campaign, Charlotte attorney Chante Britt, besieged by the media, escapes to her grandmother's South Carolina beach house. While she tries to rebuild her life, she meets real estate mogul Zach Harrington, who's fleeing a messy situation of his own: his ex-wife is the "Harlem Madame," a tabloid fixture since her arrest for running a prostitution ring. For two people trying to avoid further scandal, there is no good reason to pursue a fling. Though, really, reason has nothing to do with it. Fans of Cheris Hodges' Rumor Has It, which focuses on Chante's friend Liza, will enjoy this 2nd book in the Rumors series.
The Rogue Not Taken: Scandal & Scoundrel, Book 1 by Sarah MacLeanRegency Historical. After impulsively shoving her sister's philandering husband into a fishpond during a garden party, Lady Sophie Talbot is in dire need of an exit strategy. Disguising herself in footman's livery, she hops aboard the Marquess of Eversley's departing carriage. Alas, Eversley is not London-bound; he's headed to his country estate. Whether she likes it or not, Sophie's traveling companion for the foreseeable future is the scoundrel whom Society has dubbed "the Royal Rogue," a man as attractive as he is infuriating. Loosely linked to author Sarah MacLean's previous Love by Numbers and Rules of Scoundrels series, The Rogue Not Taken shares its predecessors' sharp wit and steamy sensuality.
Focus on: Multicultural Romance
A Good Dose of Pleasure: A Morgan Man Novel by Zuri DayMulticultural Romance. After years of putting her own dreams on hold to care for her dying mother, Anise Cartier -- née Shirley Anne Carter -- leaves Nebraska for Los Angeles, where she's landed a coveted internship at the Creative Space, a prestigious artists' community. Her personal life is on the upswing, as well: newly single, she's enjoying getting to know attractive physician Gregory Morgan. Unfortunately, Anise's studio is located on the site where Gregory plans to establish a medical research center. Fate has brought them together, but will real estate tear them apart? Find out in this 2nd book in the Morgan Men series.
The Player & The Game: A Gibbons Gold Digger Novel by Shelly EllisMulticultural Romance. Turnabout is fair play, as professional real estate agent and semi-professional gold digger Stephanie Gibbons learns when one of her marks...er, wealthy beaus...swindles her. Hiring private investigator Keith Hendricks to track down the con man and retrieve her money, Stephanie's plans for revenge are complicated by her attraction to Keith, a good man who shows her what she's been missing all these years. Publishers Weekly praises the "smart, sexy dialogue and a hint of mystery" in this 2nd of the Gibbons Gold Digger novels, after Can't Stand the Heat.
Sweet Little Lies by Michele GrantMulticultural Romance. After three broken engagements, journalist Christina Brinsley swears off men -- well, except for a quick fling with the deliveryman who witnessed her last spectacular breakup, soon-to-be graduate student Steven Williams. Their paths cross again five years later when Christina (now a special correspondent investigating the misuse of funds earmarked for a transportation research project) starts following a money trail that leads to a nonprofit organization run by Steven, now a university professor. Can their renewed relationship withstand a possible scandal? Don't miss this sexy, spirited love story, which unfolds from both Christina's and Steven's viewpoints.
The Sweetest Thing by Deborah Fletcher MelloMulticultural Romance. Harper Donovan has recently inherited Just Desserts, her estranged father's Memphis, Tennessee bakery. She's also met his grown foster sons, Quentin and Troy Elliott, who had no idea she existed. Sparks fly between Harper and Quentin, but more practical considerations keep them from acting on their feelings. However, as Harper learns the ins and outs of the business, she and Quentin discover that they just can't keep their hands off each other. For more delectably steamy multicultural romances set in the food industry, check out Zuri Day's What Love Tastes Like or Janice Sims' Bryant Winery trilogy.
A Seductive Kiss: A Grayson Friends Novel by Francis RayMulticultural Romance. Known as "the Face," Dianne Harrington serves as the spokesmodel for House of Harrington, the fashion empire founded by her grandparents. But beauty, wealth, and international fame can't cure loneliness. Neglected by her self-absorbed parents since childhood, she's now surrounded by sycophants who seek to benefit from their association with her. No wonder Dianne cherishes her lifelong friendship with the boy next door, lawyer Alex Stewart. When Alex hints that he'd like to be more than just a friend, Dianne is tempted, yet terrified. If it doesn't work out, she'll lose a friend as well as a lover. A Seductive Kiss is the 5th book in the Grayson Friends novels.
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