BOOK CATALOGUE – MAY 2016 It’s a good time to stay inside and curl up with a good book and hot cup of tea: with trade paperback releases by Maya Banks (Dominated), Charlaine Harris (Night Shift), Sherrilyn Kenyon (Invision), Amanda Quick (‘Til Death Do Us Part) and Nora Roberts (The Obsession). There are also much-anticipated mass market paperback releases by Mary Balogh (Only Beloved), Christine Feehan (Fire Bound) and Stephanie Laurens (A Buccaneer at Heart) to enjoy! Top Books This Month Books Available Soon Mary Balogh Only Beloved Nadia Hashimi When the Moon is Low* Maya Banks Dominated* Elin Hilderbrand Here’s to Us* Christine Feehan Fire Bound Linda Howard Troublemaker* Charlaine Harris Night Shift* Elizabeth Hoyt Duke of Sin Sherrilyn Kenyon Invision* Madeline Hunter The Wicked Duke Stephanie Laurens A Buccaneer at Heart Lisa Kleypas Marrying Winterborne Susan Mallery Best of My Love Kat Martin Into the Whirlwind Amanda Quick ‘Til Death Do Us Part* Nora Roberts Bay of Sighs* Nora Roberts The Obsession* Gena Showalter The Darkest Torment* The Revolving Door of Life* Nalini Singh Allegiance of Honor* Alexander McCall Smith # Paperback Release * Hardcover/TPB & Anthology Please contact us if you would like to reserve a book Title: Only Beloved Author: Mary Balogh
Title: Fire Bound Author: Christine Feehan
Classification: Fantasy & Paranormal
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback Price: $20 Annotation: Survivors’ Club Series. For the first time since the death of his wife, the Duke of Stanbrook is considering remarrying. With that thought comes the treasured image of a woman he met briefly a year ago … Dora Debbins relinquished all hope to marry when a family scandal left her in charge of her sister. Earning a modest living as a music teacher, she’s left with an unfulfilled dream. Then one afternoon, an unexpected visitor makes it come true. For both George and Dora that brief first encounter was as fleeting as it was unforgettable. Now is the time for a second chance. And while even true love comes with a risk, who are two dreamers to argue with destiny?
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback Price: $20 Annotation: Sea Haven Series. Lissa Piner is a skilled glass blower whose delicate gift conceals a burning inner strength that can destroy as exquisitely as it can create. Commissioned to design chandeliers for a string of luxury hotels, her skills have taken her to Italy. But Lissa’s real mission there is a secret. For her entire life has been a lie, leading to a chance to avenge a terrible wrong … Enlisted as her bodyguard is Casmir Prakenskii, a trained assassin living off the grid. In Lissa, he sees a kindred spirit. But more than desire is about to bring them together: because both of their pasts cry out for revenge and someone is bound to get burned.
Title: ‘Til Death Do Us Part Author: Amanda Quick
Title: The Obsession Author: Nora Roberts
Book Type: Trade Paperback Price: $32 Annotation: Calista Langley operates an exclusive introduction agency in Victorian London. But now, a dangerously obsessed individual has begun sending her trinkets and gifts suitable only for those in deepest mourning. Each is engraved with her initials. Desperate for help, Calista turns to Trent Hastings, a reclusive author of popular crime novels, and the brother of one of her clients. As Trent and Calista comb through files of rejected clients in hopes of identifying her tormentor, it becomes clear that the danger may be coming from Calista’s own secret past and that only her death will satisfy the stalker.
Book Type: Trade Paperback Price: $34 Annotation: Naomi Bowes lost her innocence the night she followed her father into the woods. In freeing the girl trapped in the cellar, Naomi revealed the extent of her father’s crimes and made him infamous. Now a successful photographer living under the name Naomi Carson, she has found a rambling old house in need of repair, thousands of miles away from everything she’s ever known. Naomi wants to embrace the solitude, but Sunrise Cove’s residents keep forcing her to open up – especially the determined Xander Keaton. But the sins of Naomi’s father have become an obsession, and her past is never more than a nightmare away.
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Contemporary Romance & Romantic Suspense The Player by Kresley Cole (Trade Paperback – $29). Game Maker Series. A madman with a shadowed past … In Las Vegas, Sin City, Dmitri Sevastyan finds her, Victoria Valentine – sexy, vulnerable, and in need of a protector. Obsession takes root deep inside him. Despite a history tainted with violation and betrayal, he will stop at nothing to possess her … A grifter with nothing to lose … Descended from a long line of con artists, twenty-four-year-old Victoria, a.k.a. Vice, needs the score of a lifetime to keep her loved ones safe. She sets her sights on gorgeous and rich Dmitri Sevastyan. Even as the irresistible Russian toys with her body and mind, he tempts her heart … Love is the ultimate wild card … When Vice and her associates maneuver Dmitri into a hasty Vegas wedding, he refuses to protect himself with a prenup, trusting her with all that he has. But can she trust him? As secrets unfold, the newlyweds share days of doubts and nights of the wickedest pleasures. Yet once Vice discovers her husband’s past, will she stay to fight for her marriage or cut her losses and run? The Girl from Summer Hill by Jude Deveraux (Hardcover – $45). Summer Hill Series. Breathtaking new series set in Summer Hill, a small town where love takes center stage against the backdrop of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Enter Elizabeth Bennet. Chef Casey Reddick has had it up to here with men. Arriving in the charming town of Summer Hill, Virginia, peace and quiet on the picturesque Tattwell plantation is just what she needs. But the tranquillity is broken one morning when she sees a gorgeous naked man on her porch … Enter Mr. Darcy. What Tate Landers, Hollywood heartthrob and owner of Tattwell, doesn’t need on a bittersweet trip to his ancestral home is a woman spying on him. His anger, which looks so good on the screen, makes a bad first impression on Casey – and she lets him know it … The plot thickens. Sparks fly when Casey is recruited to play Elizabeth Bennet opposite Tate’s Mr. Darcy in a stage adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. As they spar on and off stage, Casey begins to think she’s been too quick to judge. But then Tate’s handsome ex-brotherin-law, Devlin Haines, who is playing Wickham, tells Casey some horrifying stories about the man she’s falling for. Casey needs to figure out who to believe. Is the intense, undeniable chemistry between her and Tate real, or is this just a performance that ends when the curtain falls? Best of My Love by Susan Mallery (Paperback – $22). Fool’s Gold Series. To overcome her painful past, baker Shelby Gilmore goes on the hunt for a friend – a male friend – to convince her stubborn psyche that men can be trusted. But where in a town as small as Fool’s Gold will the petite blonde find a guy willing to not date her? … Dark, charming Aidan Mitchell puts the “adventure” in Mitchell Adventure Tours ... and into the beds of his many willing female tourists. Until he realizes he’s inadvertently become that guy – the one-night Casanova – and worse, everyone in town knows it. Maybe Shelby’s boy/girl experiment will help him see women as more than just conquests so he can change his ways and win back his self-respect … As Aidan and Shelby explore the secret lives of men and women, the heat between them fires up the Fool’s Gold rumor mill. If no one will believe they’re just friends, maybe they should give the gossips something to really talk about! The Marriage Contract by Katee Roberts (Paperback – $14). O’Malleys Series. Teague O’Malley hates pretty
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much everything associated with his family’s name. And when his father orders him to marry Callista Sheridan to create a “business” alliance, Teague’s ready to tell his dad exactly where he can stuff his millions. But then Teague actually meets his new fiancee, sees the bruises on her neck and the fight still left in her big blue eyes, and vows he will do everything in his power to protect her … Everyone knows the O’Malleys have a dangerous reputation. But Callie wasn’t aware just what that meant until she saw Teague, the embodiment of lethal grace and coiled power. His slightest touch sizzles through her. But the closer they get, the more trouble they’re in. Because Callie’s keeping a dark secret – and what Teague doesn’t know could get him killed. Pegasus by Danielle Steel (Paperback Release – $20). Nicolas von Bingen and Alex von Hemmerle, titled members of the German aristocracy, have been best friends since childhood. Both widowers, they are raising their children – Nick’s two lively boys and Alex’s adored teenage daughter – in peace and luxury on the vast Bavarian estates that have belonged to their families for generations. While Nick indulges in more glamorous pursuits, Alex devotes himself to breeding the renowned white Lipizzaner horses that enthrall audiences throughout Europe with their ability to dance and spin on command, majestic creatures whose bloodlines are rare and priceless. But it is Nicolas’s bloodline that changes everything, when his father receives a warning from a high-ranking contact inside the Wehrmacht. A secret from the past has left the family vulnerable to the rising tide of Nazism: Nick’s mother, whom he never knew, was of Jewish descent … Suddenly Nicolas must flee Germany, wrenching his sons away from the only home they have known, sailing across the Atlantic for a new life in America. Their survival will depend on a precious gift from Alex, their only stake for the future: eight purebred horses, two of them stunning Lipizzaners. In Florida, where Nicolas joins the Ringling Brothers Circus, he becomes Nick Bing, with Alex’s prize white stallion – now named Pegasus – the centerpiece of the show … This is the story of a family reinventing itself in America, while the country they left behind is engulfed in flames and madness, and men like Alex von Hemmerle are forced to make unbearable choices. Alex’s daughter will find sanctuary in England. In America, Nick will find love, his sons will find a future, and their left-behind world will eventually find them. Prodigal Son by Danielle Steel (Paperback Release – $20). In a matter of days, Peter McDowell loses everything he has worked so hard for – his wealth, his property, his livelihood as a star investment banker. And then it gets worse. The stock market crash not only plunges Peter into joblessness, it causes a rift in his marriage that he cannot repair. Stripped of everything, he has only one place to retreat: a lakeside cottage he inherited from his parents, who left most of their modest estate to Peter’s twin. With no other choice, the prodigal son goes home … A beloved smalltown doctor, a devoted family man, and a pillar of his community, Michael McDowell serves others without regard to personal gain. Only Peter knows how Michael manipulated their parents when the boys were young, ultimately driving Peter away. At first, he dreads seeing Michael again. But, to his surprise, their reunion is tender and real. Only later, as Peter mulls over his late mother’s journals, does the truth begin to emerge, as realization and panic begin to set in. Who is his twin?
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Is the facade real, or does something terrifying lie beneath? Imagination or a reality too terrifying to believe? … In a race for time, Peter throws caution to the winds to find the truth. What he discovers will change their lives forever, the lives of their children, and an entire town. A Better Man by Candis Terry (Paperback – $16). Sunshine Creek Vineyard Series. Meet the Kincade brothers: they’ll do what it takes to protect their legacy – but what happens when love gets in the way? Hockey star Jordan Kincade wasted no time ditching Sunshine Valley and everyone who mattered for a career in the NHL – a truth Jordan confronts when his parents’ deaths bring him home. Now he’s back to make amends, which begins with keeping his younger sister from flunking out of school. It’s just his luck that the one person who can help is the girl whose heart he broke years ago … Lucy Diamond has racked up a number of monumental mistakes in her life, the first involving a certain blue-eyed charmer. She has no intention of falling for Jordan Kincade again, but when he shows up asking her to help one of her students, Lucy just can’t say no. Worse, the longer he’s back, the more she sees how much he’s changed. And so when a blistering kiss turns to more, she can’t help but wonder if her heart will be crushed again … or if she’ll discover true love with a better man. Love of the Game by Lori Wilde (Paperback – $16). Stardust, Texas Series. With major league good looks and talent, Dallas Gunslingers relief pitcher Axel Richmond was living the good life. Even if the roar of the crowd could never distract him from the loss of his young son. But now, with an injured shoulder and his career on the line, Axel is stuck recuperating at a ranch in Stardust, Texas ... striking out only with his gorgeous physical therapist … Kasha Carlyle has one week to get Axel back in action, or she can kiss her much-needed job with the Gunslingers goodbye. And any chance to seek custody of the orphaned half-sister she never knew existed. She quickly learns that Axel’s guarded heart also needs healing ... requiring all kinds of sneaky plays and sexy moves in extra innings.
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Crime & Mystery & Thriller continued reveals a valuable first edition of Jules Verne’s A Journey to the Center of the Earth. Hidden in the book is a secret map that unveils an even greater hoard of treasures. As reporters and art appraisers flock to Sonoma to see the precious bounty, questions begin to rise. But not all crime is buried in the past. When a new presence threatens the town’s peace, Brooklyn decides to do a little excavating of her own. Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith (Paperback Release – $25). Cormoran Strike Series. When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman’s severed leg. Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible – and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality. With the police focusing on the one suspect Strike is increasingly sure is not the perpetrator, he and Robin take matters into their own hands, and delve into the dark and twisted worlds of the other three men. But as more horrendous acts occur, time is running out for the two of them. Orphan X by Greg Hurwitz (Trade Paperback – $34). Evan Smoak Series. The Nowhere Man is a legendary figure spoken about only in whispers. It’s said that when he’s reached by the truly desperate and deserving, the Nowhere Man can and will do anything to protect and save them. But he’s no legend … Evan Smoak is a man with skills, resources, and a personal mission to help those with nowhere else to turn. He’s also a man with a dangerous past. Chosen as a child, he was raised and trained as part of the off-the-books black box Orphan program, designed to create the perfect deniable intelligence assets i.e. assassins. He was Orphan X. Evan broke with the program, using everything he learned to disappear. Now, however, someone is on his tail. Someone with similar skills and training. Someone who knows Orphan X. Someone who is getting closer and closer. And will exploit Evan’s weakness – his work as The Nowhere Man – to find him and eliminate him.
A Fatal Chapter by Lorna Barrett (Paperback Release – $20). Booktown Mystery Series. While out walking Sarge, her sister’s bichon frise, bookshop owner Tricia Miles is led by the agitated dog to a man lying in a gazebo. She’s startled when she recognizes Pete Renquist, the president of the Stoneham Historical Society, who appears to be suffering from cardiac arrest. When Pete later dies at the hospital, the discovery of a suspicious bruise and a puncture mark on his arm suggests he may have been murdered … Haunted by Pete’s enigmatic last words to her, Tricia begins to consider who had a motive to kill her friend. Did Pete take his flirting too far, only to have a jealous husband teach him a lesson? Or did he discover something in the town’s historical records that his killer wanted kept secret? Tricia is determined to get to the bottom of things before someone else becomes history ...
The Ice Child by Camilla Lackberg (Trade Paperback – $34). Patrik Hedstrom Series. January, Fjallbacka. A semi-naked girl wanders through the woods in freezing cold weather. When she finally reaches the road, a car comes out of nowhere. It doesn’t manage to stop. By the time Detective Patrik Hedstrom receives word of the accident, the girl has already been identified. Four months ago, she disappeared on her way home from the local riding school, and no one has seen her since. It quickly becomes clear that she has been subjected to unimaginably brutal treatment. And it’s likely she’s not the only one. Meanwhile, Patrik’s wife, crime writer Erica Falck, is looking into an old case – a family tragedy that led to a man’s death. His wife was convicted of murder, but Erica senses that something isn’t right. What is the woman hiding? As Erica digs deeper, the past starts to cast a shadow over the present and Patrik is forced to see his investigation in a whole new light.
Ripped from the Pages by Kate Carlisle (Paperback Release – $20). Bibliophile Mystery Series. Excited to explore the secrets of the wine country, bookrestoration expert Brooklyn Wainwright attends a cave excavation deep under her parents’ commune – and the findings are explosive. A room is unearthed, and it contains a treasure trove of artwork, rare books, a chest of jewelry ... and a perfectly mummified body. A closer examination of the murdered man’s possessions
Dead Ice by Laurell K. Hamilton (Paperback Release – $20). Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Series. Anita Blake has the highest kill count of any vampire executioner in the country. She’s a U.S. Marshal who can raise zombies with the best of them. But ever since she and master vampire Jean-Claude went public with their engagement, all she is to anyone and everyone is JeanClaude’s fiancee. It’s wreaking havoc with her
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4 Fantasy & Paranormal Romance continued reputation as a hard ass to some extent. Luckily, in professional circles, she’s still the go-to expert for zombie issues. And right now, the FBI is having one hell of a zombie issue. Someone is producing zombie porn. Anita has seen her share of freaky undead fetishes, so this shouldn’t bother her. But the women being victimized aren’t just mindless, rotting corpses. Their souls are trapped behind their eyes, signaling voodoo of the blackest kind. It’s the sort of case that can leave a mark on a person. And Anita s own soul may not survive unscathed … Night Shift by Charlaine Harris (Trade Paperback – $32). Midnight, Texas Series. At Midnight’s local pawnshop, weapons are flying off the shelves – only to be used in sudden and dramatic suicides right at the main crossroads in town. Who better to figure out why blood is being spilled than the vampire Lemuel, who, while translating mysterious texts, discovers what makes Midnight the town it is? There’s a reason why witches and werewolves, killers and psychics, have been drawn to this place. And now they must come together to stop the bloodshed in the heart of Midnight. For if all hell breaks loose – which just might happen – it will put the secretive town on the map, where no one wants it to be. Due Mid May The Drafter by Kim Harrison (Paperback Release – $20). Peri Reed Chronicles Series. Detroit 2030. Doublecrossed by the person she loved and betrayed by the covert government organization that trained her to use her body as a weapon, Peri Reed is a renegade on the run. Don’t forgive and never forget has always been Peri’s creed. But her day job makes it difficult: she is a drafter, possessed of a rare, invaluable skill for altering time, yet destined to forget both the history she changed and the history she rewrote. When Peri discovers her name is on a list of corrupt operatives, she realizes that her own life has been manipulated by the agency. Her memory of the previous three years erased, she joins forces with a mysterious rogue soldier in a deadly race to piece together the truth about her fateful final task. Her motto has always been only to kill those who kill her first. But with nothing but intuition to guide her, will she have to break her own rule to survive? Invision by Sherrilyn Kenyon (Trade Paperback – $29). Chronicles of Nick Series. Think you have a lot of pressure on your shoulders? Nick Gautier was born to bring about the end of the world ... It’s not easy being the heir of a demon overlord. But in Invision, Nick is determined to thwart his destiny and get into a good college. To be more than his genetics and prophecy foretell … No one is ever going to tell this stubborn Cajun who and what he really is. Or how to live his life. Not even the Fates of the Universe. But now that he and his team of ancient gods and demons have claimed the Eye of Ananke and he sees the missteps of the future, he has to battle the demons within, which are far deadlier and more treacherous than any he’s battled before. All the while his archnemesis is back and determined to reclaim his place as the harbinger of Armageddon. Even if it means killing Nick and barbecuing everyone he loves to do so. Due Mid May Camp Alien by Gini Koch (Paperback – $20). Katherine ‘Kitty’ Katt Series. The President and First Lady, aka Jeff and Kitty Katt-Martini, don’t get any downtime once the Mastermind has been revealed to the world. Not only do they have myriad high-level government positions to fill, but the scrutiny and pressure on this Administration has gone into overdrive … The sudden reappearance of a long-forgotten adversary turns out to be the tip of the iceberg. New robots and androids attacking, old enemies
Fantasy & Paranormal Romance continued making new alliances, and new aliens with interesting abilities almost overshadow the fact that the U.S. still has to host a peace summit at Camp David between Israel and Iraq. It’s clear that while the Mastermind may be down, there are plenty of others ready to take his place – and all that stands between them and success are Kitty and Company … Kidnappings, rescues, creepy hideouts, a hidden black site, and a domestic dispute that could end Jeff and Kitty’s marriage are nothing compared to finding not one but two hidden labs where dangerous and deadly things are brewing … But when the President and his entourage finally get to the peace talks, things are no better. Mossad rightly suspects something’s wrong with both their Prime Minister and the President of Iraq. A hidden in-control superbeing, an android replacement, and an army of Fem-Bots turn the peace talks into a Battle Royale that the team might not actually survive. And if they don’t make it, Earth won’t make it, either … But no pressure.
Historical & Regency Romance The Untamed Earl by Valerie Bowman (Paperback – $20). Playful Brides Series. Lady Alexandra Hobbs, the daughter of the Duke of Huntley, has intended to marry Lord Owen Monroe since she first glimpsed him from the window of her bedchamber, back when she was just a girl. But the duke has already chosen Alex’s infamously spoiled elder sister, Lavinia, for Owen. And now there’s no turning back … Owen has spent most of his bachelor years drinking, gambling, and skirtchasing. He won’t see another pound from his parents, however, until he’s engaged to Lavinia. Desperate, he accepts an offer from her innocent and spirited – and absolutely beautiful – sister Alex: She will turn him into a perfectly tamed suitor, and show him how to woo the shrew. But when Alex’s true motives come to light, will their bargain lead to recriminations – or to a romance that defies everyone’s expectations? Dukes are Forever by Anna Harrington (Paperback – $14). The Secret Life of Scoundrels Series. Battlefields and barrooms hold much more interest for Edward Westover, Duke of Strathmore, than a little girl’s fondness for dolls and lace. When he takes possession of his enemy’s estate, everything that villain held dear – including his daughter – belongs to Edward. Hire a governess, arrange a dowry, give a few reassurances, and be off on his way – that’s Edward’s plan. But he’s in for the shock of his life. For his new ward is a beautiful, impetuous, and utterly irresistible woman … Kate Benton is stunned. Who is this arrogant, infuriating man who’s invited himself into her home and taken over her life? Her vow: to do everything in her power to convince him to leave her – and Brambly House – alone. Yet as chilly days melt into sultry nights, Kate sees glimpses of kindness underneath Edward’s cool façade … and a passionate nature that takes her breath away. There’s so much she doesn’t know about this man. But does she dare trust this devilish duke with her heart? The Earl Takes All by Lorraine Heath (Paperback – $16). Hellions of Havisham Series. One summer night, Edward Alcott gives in to temptation and kisses Lady Julia Kenney in a dark garden. However, the passion she stirs within him is best left in the shadows as she weds his twin, the earl of Greyling. But when tragedy strikes, to honor the vow he makes to his dying brother, Edward must pretend to be Greyling until the countess delivers her babe … After her husband returns from a two-month sojourn, Julia finds him changed. Bolder, more daring, and more wicked – even if he does limit their encounters to kisses. With each passing day, she falls more deeply in love … For Edward the embers of
5 Historical & Regency Romance continued desire sparked on that long-ago night are quickly rekindled. He yearns to be her husband in truth. But if she discovers his ruse, she will despise him – and English law prevents him from marrying his brother’s widow. Yet he must dare to risk everything and reveal his secrets if he is to truly take all.
Historical & Regency Romance continued despoiling a duke’s sister, especially since he’s never set eyes on her. When Esme’s six irate brothers demand a hurried trip down the aisle, he has no choice but to comply. He thinks he can forget about his inconvenient bride but Esme Byron is no ordinary woman and Gabriel is about to learn just how unforgettable she is.
A Buccaneer at Heart by Stephanie Laurens (Paperback – $20). Adventurers Quartet. After a decade leading diplomatic voyages and covert missions for the Crown, Captain Robert Frobisher decides that establishing a home – with hearth and wife – should be his next challenge. But when an urgent summons arrives, Robert puts his wishes aside and agrees to set sail immediately. His goal is clear: get to Freetown, determine the location of a slavers’ camp and return to London with the information … In Freetown, Miss Aileen Hopkins is determined to find her brother Will, a naval lieutenant who has mysteriously disappeared, and she will not allow anyone to turn her from her path. But all too quickly, that path grows dark and dangerous. And then Robert Frobisher appears and attempts to divert her in more ways than one … Joining forces with Aileen, Robert vows to complete his mission and secure the woman he wants as his wife. Compelled to protect the innocent and bring retribution to a heartless enemy, they plunge into the jungle with only each other to rely on, and with the courage of their hearts as their guide.
Dominated by Maya Banks (Trade Paperback – $30). Enforcers Series. In Drake’s shadowy world, his enemies would exploit any weakness he had in order to bring him to his knees, and so he’s never allowed himself to care about anyone ... never exhibited any vulnerability, and it made him a force to be reckoned with. Until Evangeline – his angel. A woman who slipped past his defenses like no one had ever managed. She was his to protect and ultimately, to do that, he had to do the unthinkable and drive the only good thing in his world away ... Devastated and destroyed, Evangeline doesn’t know what made Drake turn on her in such a shocking manner. She only knows she’ll never be the same. He once freed her from all her inhibitions, only now she is a prisoner to never-ending pain. But when Drake finds her again, she realizes there is more to his world than she ever imagined, and she must decide if she can once more trust – and submit – to the man who holds her wounded heart in his hands. And he must convince her how far he’ll go to regain her love and forgiveness.
Temptations of a Wallflower by Eva Leigh (Paperback – $16). Wicked Quills of London Series. In society circles she’s known as the Watching Wallflower – shy, quiet, and certainly never scandalous. Yet beneath Lady Sarah Frampton’s demure facade hides the mind of The Lady of Dubious Quality, author of the most titillating erotic fiction the ton has ever seen. Sarah knows discovery would lead to her ruin, but marriage – to a vicar, no less – could help protect her from slander. An especially tempting option when the clergyman in question is the handsome, intriguing Jeremy Cleland … Tasked with unmasking London’s most scandalous author by his powerful family, Jeremy has no idea that his beautiful, innocent bride is the very woman he seeks to destroy. His mission must remain a secret, even from the new wife who stirs his deepest longings. Yet when the truth comes to light, Sarah and Jeremy’s newfound love will be tested. Will Sarah’s secret identity tear them apart or will the temptations of his wallflower wife prove too wicked to resist?
The Pearl That Broke Its Shell by Nadia Hashimi (Trade Paperback – $23). In Kabul, 2007, with a drugaddicted father and no brothers, Rahima and her sisters can only sporadically attend school, and can rarely leave the house. Their only hope lies in the ancient custom of bacha posh, which allows young Rahima to dress and be treated as a boy until she is of marriageable age. As a son, she can attend school, go to the market, and chaperone her older sisters … But Rahima is not the first in her family to adopt this unusual custom. A century earlier, her great-great grandmother, Shekiba, left orphaned by an epidemic, saved herself and built a new life the same way … Crisscrossing in time, The Pearl the Broke Its Shell interweaves the tales of these two women separated by a century who share similar destinies. But what will happen once Rahima is of marriageable age? Will Shekiba always live as a man? And if Rahima cannot adapt to life as a bride, how will she survive?
Kill or Be Kilt by Victoria Roberts (Paperback – $20). Highland Spies Series. It’s been three years since Lady Elizabeth Walsingham ended her childish crush on Laird Ian Munro, the fierce Highlander who scared everyone but her. She’s a grown woman now, heading to London to find a proper English gentleman. But when the wild Highland laird walks through the door, she’s breathless all over again … Ian tries hard to avoid the young lass who’s confounded him for years. But now that they’re attending court, he must keep watch on her night and day. Danger is at every turn, and advisers to the Crown are being murdered. Ian soon realizes that the girl he’s been protecting is a beautiful lady who needs his help almost as much as he needs her. Happily Bedded Bliss by Tracy Anne Warren (Paperback – $20). Rakes of Cavendish Square Series. When Lady Esme Byron happens upon a gorgeous naked man sleeping beside a secluded country lake, she can’t resist the impulse to sketch him. But when her highly improper drawing is mistakenly revealed at a party, she finds her once-pristine reputation in tatters … Gabriel, Lord Northcote, may be a notorious rakehell, but he is still stunned to find himself accused of
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The Revolving Door of Life by Alexander McCall Smith (Trade Paperback – $28). 44 Scotland Street Series. Things are looking up for seven-year-old Bertie Pollock. The arrival of his spirited grandmother and the absence of his meddlesome mother who is currently running a book club in a Bedouin harem (don’t ask) bring unforeseen blessings: no psychotherapy, no Italian lessons, and no yoga classes. Meanwhile, surprises await Scotland Street’s grown-ups. Matthew makes a discovery that could be a major windfall for his family, but also presents a worrisome dilemma. Pat learns a secret about her father’s fiancee that may shake up her family, unless she can convince the perpetually narcissistic Bruce to help her out. And the Duke of Johannesburg finds himself in sudden need of an explanation and an escape route when accosted by a determined guest at a soiree. From the cunning schemes of the Association of Scottish Nudists to the myriad expressive possibilities of the word aye, Alexander McCall Smith guides us through the risks and rewards of friendship, love, and family with his usual inimitable wit and irresistible charm.
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Summary of This Month’s Books Author
A Fatal Chapter#
The Untamed Earl
Ripped from the Pages#
The Girl from Summer Hill*
Fantasy & Paranormal
Career of Evil#
Laurell K. Hamilton
Fantasy & Paranormal
Dukes are Forever
Fantasy & Paranormal
Fantasy & Paranormal
The Pearl that Broke Its Shell
The Earl Takes All
Fantasy & Paranormal
Fantasy & Paranormal
The Ice Child*
A Buccaneer at Heart
Temptations of a Wallflower
Best of My Love
‘Til Death Do Us Part
The Marriage Contract
Kill or Be Kilt
Alexander McCall Smith
The Revolving Door of Life#
A Better Man
Tracy Anne Warren
Happily Bedded Bliss
Lori Wilde Love of the Game # Paperback Release * Hardcover/TPB & Anthology
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