What the Duke Doesn't Know by Jane AshfordRegency Historical. Kawena Benson has traveled all the way from Valatu to kill Captain James Gresham, the English naval officer whom she believes stole her father's life savings and sent him to an early grave. Although his former ship did once visit the tiny Polynesian island, James has stolen nothing. However, he agrees to assist her in tracking down the real thief -- or at least recovering the stolen jewels that are Kawena's inheritance. It will give him an excuse to avoid searching for a suitable wife, he thinks, not realizing that he may already have found one. This 2nd engaging installment of the Duke's Sons series, after Heir to the Duke, pairs a spirited heroine and an honorable hero in a swashbuckling tale of romance and seafaring adventure.
Do You Want to Start a Scandal by Tessa DareRegency Historical. Thanks to a colossal misunderstanding, Piers Brandon and Charlotte Highwood are now betrothed. Since Piers only offered to marry Charlotte to salvage her reputation, Charlotte (who believes in love) is determined to restore her good name and end the engagement. However, Piers (who prizes duty above passion) is the only one who can help her and spending more time with the man who allegedly compromised her may not be the way to achieve her objective, especially since he's a fine specimen of a man. Do You Want to Start a Scandal serves as a bridge between author Tessa Dare's beloved Spindle Cove novels and her equally popular Castles Ever After series.
The Rebel Heir by Elizabeth MichelsHistorical Romance. Firstborns inherit, of course. Second sons become clergy, while third sons become soldiers. And fourth sons? Well, when they're Ashley "Ash" Claughbane, they become con artists. But Ash has another goal: to seek revenge on Lord Rightworth, who ruined his family, by compromising Rightworth's daughter, Lady Evangeline Green. Posing as the fictitious Lord Crosby, Ash puts his scheme into action with the help of the Spare Heirs Society. There's just one problem: having once shared a scandalous kiss with Ash, Evie sees through his disguise immediately. Meanwhile, as Ash spends time with Evie, he begins to wonder if there's not more to life than vengeance. The Rebel Heir is book 2 in the Spare Heirs series, after The Infamous Heir.
Her Renegade Rancher by Jennifer RyanWestern Romance. An unexpected inheritance in the form of a ranch in Crystal Creek, Montana, transforms local waitress Luna Hill's hand-to-mouth existence. For the first time in her life, she dares to dream of happiness. But someone's displeased by this turn of events and begins threatening Luna. Handsome cowboy Colt Kendrick offers her his protection; Luna, who's long had a crush on Colt, is torn: should she tell him how she feels, or send him away to keep him safe from her enemies? Sizzling chemistry between sympathetic leads and an intriguing mystery subplot make this 5th book in the Montana Men series a must-read.
The One Real Thing by Samantha YoungContemporary Romance. Jessica Huntington, a doctor at a women's correctional facility, is on a mission to deliver a bundle of decades-old unsent love letters to their intended recipient in coastal Hartwell, Delaware. Although she's determined to carry out her mission and go home, sparks fly when she meets bar owner Cooper Lawson. However, secrets in Jessica's past threaten their budding romance. Should Jessica cut and run, leaving Cooper with happy memories of their seaside fling? Or should she risk telling him the truth and ruining any chance of a happily-ever-after? The One Real Thing is the 1st book in the Hart's Boardwalk series.
Focus on: Paranormal Romance
Darkest Flame by Donna GrantParanormal Romance. Sent to Scotland to gather intel on Dreagan Industries, MI5 agent Denae Lacroix realizes, too late, that she's bait. And, lucky girl, she's hooked Kellan, the shapeshifting Dragon King. Kellan hasn't seen a human in centuries and has never met a woman like Denae, who sets his heart and loins ablaze. But Denae, now on the run from the organization that set her up, must tread cautiously: dragons are even more dangerous than her former employer. If you enjoy steamy romance, an action-packed plot, and detailed world-building, check out this opening installment of the Dark Kings series.
Water Bound: A Sea Haven Novel by Christine FeehanParanormal Romance. Although she has a natural affinity for water, diver Rikki Sitmore has always struggled to relate to other people due to Asperger syndrome. So when she rescues amnesiac Lev Prakenskii from drowning, she's astonished by the ease with which they connect...and upset by how much her feelings for him disrupt her carefully ordered life. Although Lev can't remember much about himself, he's pretty sure that he's not a good guy -- and knows that Rikki deserves better. This opening installment of Christine Feehan's Sisters of the Heart series is a loose spin-off of the author's popular Drake Sisters books. And if you like Rikki's magic-infused hometown of Sea Haven, you might enjoy Virginia Kantra's Children of the Sea series, also set in an isolated coastal village whose close-knit community is rife with supernatural powers.
The Unleashing by Shelly LaurenstonParanormal Romance. By the power of Skuld, former Marine Kera Watson cheats death and lives to fight another day -- many days, in fact, as she's now effectively immortal. As a member of the Crows, Skuld's elite fighting force, Kera bonds with fellow warrior Ludvig "Vig" Rundstrom. But before they can fully explore their mutual attraction, they'll have to do battle with a band of human cultists using blood magic to render incarnate a dangerous and long-forgotten deity whose resurrection will ignite a worlds-ending war. The Unleashing kicks off the Call of Crows series. For more paranormal romance incorporating Norse mythology, check out Asa Maria Bradley's Viking Warrior series.
Dragon Fall by Katie MacAlisterParanormal Romance. A murder at a music festival places Aoife Dakar, an Irish-Senegalese American living in Sweden, in the path of attractive dragon shifter Kostya. Impending war between rival weyr (dragon) factions means that Kostya has no time for love, even with Aoife, who intrigues him like no other woman. For more dragon-themed paranormal romance that's equal parts steamy and humorous, check out Ashlyn Chase's Boston Dragons series, which begins with I Dream of Dragons.
Crystal Gardens by Amanda QuickParanormal Historical. After she's assaulted on the streets of London, psychic investigator Evangeline Ames retreats to the countryside to recuperate. She finds the grounds of nearby Crystal Gardens especially restorative, due to their abundance of psychic energy. She's also drawn -- much to her dismay -- to the estate's enigmatic owner, Lucas Sebastian, who inherited Crystal Gardens after the suspicious death of his uncle. This steamy and suspenseful novel is the 1st volume in the Ladies of Lantern Street series, a loose spin-off of the author's Arcane Society books.
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