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Romance November 2012
"To begin at the beginning..."
~ Dylan Thomas (1914-1953), Welsh poet and playwright, Under Milk Wood
New and Recently Released!
Red Hot - by Niobia Bryant
Publisher: Dafina Books
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 09/04/2012
Share Red Hot ISBN-13: 9780758265364
ISBN-10: 0758265360
Contemporary Romance. Between exotic vacations and unfettered use of the family credit cards, Kaitlyn Strong leads the life of a pampered princess -- until her wealthy parents cut her off without a cent. Now, Kaitlyn must find a job and a place to live, which leads her to Quinton Wells, a responsible single father who's also the superintendent of her apartment building. Now that all four of her brothers have found love, youngest child (and only daughter) Kaitlyn takes center stage in this sizzling 5th entry in the Strong Family series. For another contemporary African-American romance in which a pampered, childish adult is forced to grow up after meeting a hard-working and self-made perfect match, check out Michele Grant's Pretty Boy Problems.
Fool for Love - by Beth Ciotta
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 08/28/2012
Share Fool for Love ISBN-13: 9781250001320
ISBN-10: 1250001323
Contemporary Romance. Although it's taken her a long time to find her life's passion, Chloe Madison now knows that she was meant to be a chef. But as soon as she graduates from culinary school, her boyfriend dumps her -- prompting Chloe to seek a fresh start in Sugar Creek, Vermont. Although she enjoys her new position as personal chef to feisty 75-year-old Daisy Monroe, Chloe would love her job even more if it weren't for her client's attractive, meddlesome grandson, local businessman Devlin Monroe, who has somehow convinced himself that Chloe means to take advantage of Daisy. Fans of Donna Kauffman's Cupcake Club novels, starting with Sugar Rush, should enjoy the idyllic small-town setting, lovably eccentric locals, and sweet-yet-spicy romance in this opening installment of Beth Ciotta's Cupcake Lovers series.
The Last Renegade - by Jo Goodman
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 09/04/2012
Share The Last Renegade ISBN-13: 9780425250969
ISBN-10: 0425250962
Western Romance. Tired of watching the influential Burdick family run roughshod over the citizens of Bitter Springs, Wyoming, Lorraine "Raine" Berry, owner of the Pennyroyal Saloon and Hotel, hires a gunslinger to protect the town. Unfortunately, the man she hired -- who called himself "Nat Church" after the popular dime novel hero -- was stabbed to death en route to the job, leaving bystander Kellen Coltrane to take his place. Kellen, unwilling to back down in the face of injustice (not to mention captivated by the flame-haired beauty who's enlisted him to battle the Burdicks), undertakes a dangerous investigation in a lawless territory, with no guarantee that he'll survive long enough to have a future with Raine.
The Ugly Duchess - by Eloisa James
Publisher: Avon
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 08/28/2012
Share The Ugly Duchess ISBN-13: 9780062021731
ISBN-10: 0062021737
Regency Historical. After Theodora Saxby's guardian, the Duke of Ashbrook, embezzles her inheritance, he orders his son and heir, James, to marry the girl to prevent a scandal. James, who loves Theodora anyway, knows that she'll be heartbroken if she ever learns what prompted his proposal. And it's only a matter of time before she does. She banishes her new husband from their home, ignoring rumors that James fled because he couldn't stand the sight of her. James goes to sea and becomes a pirate, while Theodora -- known throughout London society as "the Ugly Duchess" -- applies her considerable talent for business into rebuilding the estate while indulging her passion for fashion. When James eventually returns, determined to win back his wife, Theodora is equally adamant that he'll never prevail. Who will win this battle of wills? Find out in this 4th engaging installment of Eloisa James' Happily Ever Afters series.
Archangel's Storm - by Nalini Singh
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 09/04/2012
Share Archangel ISBN-13: 9780425246580
ISBN-10: 0425246582
Paranormal Romance. The murder of rival archangel Neha's consort prompts the archangel Raphael to assign his spymaster, Jason, to the task of tracking down the killer. But in order to investigate the crime, Jason must take an ancient oath of fealty, "blood bonding" with a member of Neha's court so that he can move freely within its borders. Ritually bound to Neha's niece Mahiya, Jason finds himself drawn to the gentle angel -- especially once he discovers the quiet strength and courage beneath her demure exterior. However, Mahiya has learned the hard way that loving others can only lead to tragedy. Archangel's Storm is book 6 in the Guild Hunter series, which begins with Angel's Blood.
In Rides Trouble - by Julie Ann Walker
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 09/04/2012
Share In Rides Trouble ISBN-13: 9781402267161
ISBN-10: 1402267169
Romantic Suspense. A former Navy SEAL, 39-year-old Frank "Boss" Knight now runs a covert military contract agency out of Rebecca "Becky" Reichart's motorcycle shop. Tart-tongued, tattooed, and with a talent for designing custom bikes, Becky's constant back-and-forth bickering with Boss barely disguises their mutual attraction. Although Boss has many reasons for not getting romantically involved -- she's his co-worker and his best friend's sister and is 13 years his junior -- none of them matter once Becky gets abducted by Somali pirates. This 2nd volume in Julie Ann Walker's Black Knights Inc. series, after Hell on Wheels, is a fast-paced, red-hot read with a rollercoaster of a plot.
Series Starters
Born to Darkness - by Suzanne Brockmann
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 03/20/2012
Share Born to Darkness ISBN-13: 9780345521279
ISBN-10: 0345521277
Romantic Suspense. Michelle "Mac" Mackenzie is a "Greater Than," a super-powered operative at the Obermeyer Institute, which teaches biologically enhanced humans to harness their extraordinary powers for good. When Mac, who can heal physical injuries with sex, hooks up with blacklisted ex-Navy SEAL Shane Laughlin, their connection turns out to be deeper than a mere one-night stand. Soon, the two are investigating a criminal conspiracy involving human trafficking and a highly addictive street drug. Containing a hint of the paranormal, this fast-paced, action-packed romantic suspense story is the 1st novel in the Fighting Destiny series.
Devil's Bride - by Stephanie Laurens
Publisher: HarperCollins
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 03/01/1998
Share Devil ISBN-13: 9780380794560
ISBN-10: 038079456X
Regency Historical. Sylvester Sebastian Cynster, the sixth Duke of St. Ives, more than lives up to his nickname: "Devil." Which is exactly why the eminently sensible and independently wealthy governness Honoria Anstruther-Wetherby would never consider him as a potential mate. However, when the two are caught in a compromising position, Devil -- quite unexpectedly -- decides to save Honoria's reputation by marrying her. The only problem is that Honoria, whose sheltered life has prevented her from seeing the world, has little concern for her reputation and absolutely no desire to marry -- despite her powerful attraction to Devil. Devil's Bride is the 1st installment of the popular and long-running Cynster novels; the most recent addition to the series is book 18, The Capture of the Earl of Glencrae.
Fantasy Lover - by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 02/01/2002
Share Fantasy Lover ISBN-13: 9780312979973
ISBN-10: 0312979975
Paranormal Romance. Although down-to-earth sex therapist Grace Alexander is highly skeptical of her best friend's claims that the book she's just given Grace contains an actual love slave, she accepts the gift -- only to discover that its pages contain Julian of Macedon, the son of Aphrodite, who's under a curse. If you're new to Sherrilyn Kenyon's popular Dark-Hunter series and enjoy Fantasy Lover, rejoice! The 22nd installment, Time Untime, was released this past summer -- which means you won't soon run out of reading material. If you're already a die-hard Dark-Hunter fan and looking for more steamy paranormal romance, try Christine Feehan's Dark series or Gena Showalter's Lords of the Underworld books.
The Next Always - by Nora Roberts
Publisher: Berkley Books
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 11/01/2011
Share The Next Always ISBN-13: 9780425243213
ISBN-10: 0425243214
Contemporary Romance. When war widow Claire Brewster moves back to Boonsboro, Maryland with her two young sons, architect Beckett Montgomery immediately takes notice. Beckett, who spent much of high school desperately in love with Claire, was devastated when she married his best friend, Clint. As Claire, who now runs the town bookstore, keeps running into Beckett, who's busy restoring the town's historic bed-and-breakfast, old feelings rise to the surface. For a heartwarming tale of second chances at love, complete with an idyllic small-town setting and charming characters, you can't do better than this opening volume of Nora Roberts' Inn Boonsboro series, which continues with The Last Boyfriend.
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