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It’s that time of year when we just need an extra sweet treat to get us through to spring. Thank God for Valentine’s Day … Wait! When you love romance novels, it’s always time for love, right?
Bringing you some rich, sweet, and even spicy treats from the front lines of romance publishing.
I always like a box of chocolates instead of just one, so let’s start with an box of mystical romance tales.
Love & Magick, by Sarah Raplee, Diana McCollum, and Judith Ashley. Self-published. Sweet. (Feb 14, 2014)
ONCE UPON A TIME…in worlds where talismans wield power, spells enslave or protect and troublesome ghosts are captured for humane relocation, three intrepid authors spin mystical stories of romance.
Alongside strong, daring heroines you’ll fall in love with an enchanted prince intent on holding onto his humanity, a tough cowboy who has locked away his wounded heart, a spirit-hunting geek whose motto is Ghosts Are People, Too! And three more irresistible heroes.
A spring bouquet is always appreciated for that special Valentine.
Seasons Heartbeat: Spring, the first in a 4-book seasons of romance by Vella Munn. Sweet.
Can the wilderness heal two lonely hearts?
Warm days are melting winter’s snow at Lake Serene when Alisha arrives at the mountain cabin that is her parents’ legacy. The Oregon wilderness cabin holds many memories, wonderful and painful. Alone in the world, should she tackle overdue repairs or sell it and never again experience the peace of this place?
Lake Serene and the resort across from Alisha’s cabin represents one thing to Nate—a place to earn a living. He’s immune to the mountains’ magic. Once his work here is done he’ll again move on as he has done since a barred door unlocked years ago.
But when Nate realizes Alisha needs his expertise, he steps beyond his self-imposed isolation and goes to work. Watching this man tackle what she can’t, Alisha longs to learn more, but Nate doesn’t know how to share his emotions and Alisha carries her own inner burdens.
Are they capable of revealing their deepest secrets? Of asking for and receiving forgiveness?
And what is more beautiful than a lacy, traditional Valentine, the kind that is saved forever in a special place? Here’s one …
Scandalous Wager: A Whitechapel Wagers Novella by Christy Carlyle Only .99 cents! Sensual
Set against the backdrop of London's dangerous East End in 1888, Victorian propriety and passions collide when a spinster strikes a scandalous bargain with a detective caught up in the investigation of the Ripper mystery.
Elizabeth Ainsworth has decided she will never marry. Years spent on the shelf have taught her plain looks and a distinct lack of ladylike talents won't win a proposal from any of the eligible young constables or inspectors her Detective Chief Inspector father invites to their home. Most of them are too busy staring at her younger, prettier sister anyway. And Lizzy is content to be a spinster, especially if it means she can continue with her charity work in Whitechapel. But she has one lingering regret. She wants to experience passion at least once in her life and, most of all, she wants to experience it with Ian Reed.
Detective Inspector Ian Reed has aspirations to ascend the ranks of the Metropolitan Police, and he hopes proving himself to his superior, Detective Chief Inspector Ainsworth, will help him get there. A series of brutal murders plaguing Whitechapel have him working long hours, so when Ainsworth's daughter shows up on his doorstep and offers herself to him, he fears he might be dreaming. Fascinated with Lizzy from the moment he meets her, Ian is determined to spend more than one night in her arms, despite what it might cost both of them.
And then for that funny card—er, I mean book!
It's All Geek to Me, by J.L. Merrow, Riptide Publishing. M/M romantic comedy, sensual.
Jez is on a mission of mercy: to replace a tragically deceased comic book for his injured best mate, Tel. Venturing into the temple of geekdom itself, the Hidden Asteroid bookstore in London, Jez is bowled over by the guy behind the counter.
Rhys is the poster boy for hot geeks: tall, gorgeous, and totally cool. Jez is desperate to impress Rhys, but lacking in confidence after a bad break-up, so he bluffs his way through the comic book jargon—then dashes back to the hospital to beg Tel to teach him how to speak Geek.
Tel’s happy to oblige, and Jez is over the moon when Rhys asks him out. He’s even more thrilled when they discover a shared love of rugby, something he won’t have to fake for Rhys. The question is, how long can Jez keep up the deception—and what will happen when Rhys realizes he’s going out with Fake Geek Guy?
And if you’re into New Adult spice? I haven’t forgotten you.
The First Time We Met, Book 1 of Oxford Blue series by Pippa Croft. Sensual.
When US Senator's daughter, Lauren Cusack, arrives at the enchanting Wyckham College of Oxford University she hopes to mend her broken heart by throwing herself into her studies.
But then English aristocrat Alexander Hunt walks into her life and everything changes. Handsome, brooding, and with his own dark past to escape, Alexander is exactly what Lauren doesn't need - but she finds herself helplessly drawn towards him.
Both Alexander and Lauren know that they should stay away from each other... but sometimes desire is so powerful that it conquers all else.
Now for a treat of a different sort … hot-blooded! And only .99 cents for a limited time…
Blood Guilt: Blood Hunters, Book 1 by Marie Treanor. Sensual.
Natural enemies, deadly attraction...
The first of a new vampire romance series, a sequel to the Awakened by Blood trilogy.
Mihaela, a fearless vampire hunter secretly haunted by loneliness and childhood tragedy, finds it difficult to adjust to the new world order where vampires are not always the bad guys. She's taking a much needed vacation in Scotland when she sees a little boy being chased through the streets of Edinburgh. Rescuing him brings bigger problems - two vampires from her past: Gavril, who killed her family; and the reclusive and troubled Maximilian, gifted Renaissance artist and one-time overlord of the most powerful undead community in the world. Maximilian once saved her life and now needs that favor returned.
The earth moves for Mihaela in more ways than one. From Scotland to Budapest and Malta, she races against time to prevent a disastrous, vampire-induced earthquake and save an innocent yet powerful child – all while fighting a dreadful attraction to Maximilian, her only ally, whom she can’t afford to trust. For Maximilian, the hunter becomes a symbol of renewed existence, as he struggles to accept his past and rediscovers his appetite for blood and sex - and maybe even happiness.
And for a sweet treat that may just have you reaching for your hanky …
Making Faces by Amy Harmon. A USA Today best-seller. Sweet.
He went marching off to war a beautiful, confident boy … and came home a man with scars so deep they may never heal. She stayed home and suffered tragedy of her own.
Ambrose Young was beautiful. He was tall and muscular, with hair that touched his shoulders and eyes that burned right through you. The kind of beautiful that graced the covers of romance novels, and Fern Taylor would know. She'd been reading them since she was thirteen. But maybe because he was so beautiful he was never someone Fern thought she could have...until he wasn't beautiful anymore.
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Making Faces is the story of a small town where five young men go off to war, and only one comes back. It is the story of loss. Collective loss, individual loss, loss of beauty, loss of life, loss of identity. It is the tale of one girl's love for a broken boy, and a wounded warrior's love for an unremarkable girl. This is a story of friendship that overcomes heartache, heroism that defies the common definitions, and a modern tale of Beauty and the Beast, where we discover that there is a little beauty and a little beast in all of us.
But not every soldier struggles to overcome the wounds of war. Some battle for acceptance … and learn to lead others to find it as well.
Bonds of Denial, Book 5 in Wicked Play by Lynda Aicher. Extremely sensual.
It's been twenty years since Rockford Fielding's father punished him harshly for kissing another boy. Now a grown man with a military career behind him, Rock continues to deny his true desires, even while working security at The Den, the most decadent sex club in town. But after a year of watching gorgeous Carter Montgomery come and go on the arms of other men, Rock can no longer resist the cravings he's denied for so long.
Carter has just four months left on his contract with an escort agency, and he doesn't know whether to feel relieved or afraid. Being an escort is all he knows. Adding to his confusion is the way his latest client, the sexy but stoic Rock, makes him feel things he hasn't wanted in years.
One charmingly awkward date turns into two and soon the men are meeting off the clock. But with Rock in the closet and Carter unsure how to pursue a real relationship, how can they build a future both in and out of the bedroom?
And because I’m all about helping you find those delicious free samples of romance …
License to Date, the ‘Better Date Than Never’ series by Susan Hatler. Sweet.
After discovering her fiancé cheated on her, Kaitlin is focused on two things: remodeling her new home and avoiding men at all costs. But her friends insist she get back in the driver’s seat and date again. They strike a hard bargain and agree to paint her house if she goes on five dates.
Anxious to get the paint job started, Kaitlin schedules five dates in five days, but her plan falls to pieces when a sexy bartender at her venue-of-choice makes her swoon. Even though he observes each of the dates from afar, she can’t help but want him to come a little closer.
The last person she should fall for is a mysterious bartender with a sinful smile, but Paul makes her want to take risks again. Will the charming man with electric blue eyes break her heart or will he prove to her that a license to date is what makes life worth the drive?
So there’s my picks for your eclectic box of sweet treats for this month!
I’ll be back in March with a new tale of my own, and a gathering of other romances, as well.
Columnist: Cathryn Cade writes red hot romance for Samhain Publishing. Her erotic paranormal romances will take you from Hawaii to galaxies far away, with heroes who are more than men, and heroines who are woman enough for any adventure.& She loves to hear from readers, and can be found on Facebook, Twitter and email. Stop by her website at http://www.cathryncade.com for these links, and to see her complete book list, read excerpts and fabulous reviews, and sign up for her newsletter.