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Destined for an Early Grave by Jeaniene Frost Title: Destined for an Early Grave: Night Huntress, #4
Author: Jeaniene Frost
Pages: 400
Genre: Romance

Destined for an Early Grave is a fantastic addition to the Night Huntress series from author Jeaniene Frost. I must say, after the few sugary vampire romances I had been reading of late, this one took me by surprise. Even though it had been a while since the last book in the Night Huntress series, Frost lost no time in sucking me into the action packed romance. Yes, romance is a key part of the series but the lovers’ turmoil you come across in this series is never bad. Most issues that the couple faces seems authentic and very realistic.

Here’s a brief overview of the book:
“Half-vampire Cat’s deadly dreams leave her in grave danger.

Since half-vampire Cat Crawfield and her undead lover Bones met six years ago, they’ve fought against the rogue undead, battled a vengeful Master vampire, and pledged their devotion with a blood bond. Now it’s time for a vacation. But their hopes for a perfect Paris holiday are dashed when Cat awakes one night in terror. She’s having visions of a vampire named Gregor who’s more powerful than Bones and has ties to her past that even Cat herself didn’t know about.

Gregor believes Cat is his and he won’t stop until he has her. As the battle begins between the vamp who haunts her nightmares and the one who holds her heart, only Cat can break Gregor’s hold over her. She’ll need all the power she can summon in order to bring down the baddest bloodsucker she’s ever faced . . . even if getting that power will result in an early grave.”

Bones continues to be possessive, protective, and as sexy as ever! Frost’s writing is witty as always and will have you laughing out loud. Even the usually scary characters take on a silly twist in this one endearing them even more. I couldn’t help but praise Frost’s excellent writing style and imagination as the story progressed and the connections seemed to develop.

I simply loved following the characters of Destined for an Early Grave. I have both my thumbs up for this one!

Here’s a funny little excerpt:

“Then you remember the dream,” Mencheres stated. “That bodes ill.”

The fear of that made my reply snappy. “Hey, Walks Like an Egyptian, how about for once you drop the formal stuff and talk like you live in the twenty-first century?”

“The shit’s gonna splatter, start buggin, yo,” Mencheres responded instantly.

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May
28

Lover Avenged by J.R. Ward

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Lover Avenged by J.R. Ward Title: Lover Avenged: Black Dagger Brotherhood, #7
Author: J.R. Ward
Pages: 672
Genre: Paranormal Romance

Lover Avenged is the seventh novel in the Black Dagger Brotherhood paranormal romance series from author J. R. Ward. In this installment Ward delivers yet another highly intoxicating story. If you are new to the series, I’d suggest you start with the first book in the series (Dark Lover.) Ward has weaved an increasingly complex plotline – juggling with several stories at a time – making the book a little tricky to follow if you don’t know the background.

Here’s a brief overview of the book:
“The brothers are back-the latest installment in J. R. Ward’s sizzling #1New York Times bestselling series.

J. R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood novels have introduced readers to a “different, creative, dark, violent, and flat-out amazing” (All About Romance)world. Now, as the vampire warriors defend their race against their slayers, one male’s loyalty to the Brotherhood will be tested-and his dangerous mixed blood revealed…

Rehvenge has always kept his distance from the Brotherhood-even though his sister is married to a member, for he harbors a deadly secret that could make him a huge liability in their war against the lessers. As plots within and outside of the Brotherhood threaten to reveal the truth about Rehvenge, he turns to the only source of light in his darkening world, Ehlena, a vampire untouched by the corruption that has its hold on him-and the only thing standing between him and eternal destruction.”

Not only is Ward a fantastic story teller but she also has an imagination that can keep you reading late into the night. Her stories are quite unpredictable and take you by surprise. It’s as if her characters have come alive and are dictating their own stories! Although the earlier novels placed great emphasis on the romance between the central characters, the later ones are driven more by the fantasy elements of the Black Dagger Brotherhood world.

Rehvenge the protagonist has been described as a drug-lord, a pimp, a sociopath and an impotent so far but with Lover Avenged, you see a totally different side to Rehv. And oddly, Rehv actually makes a fantastic romantic hero. You get a good look into Rehv’s back story and as Ward unmasks Rehv’s character you can’t help but empathize with his situation. We find out that Rehv is a victim of blackmail. The way he handles his sympathy side and his reasons for yielding to the blackmail only makes him even more lovable! I would recommend Lover Avenged by J. R. Ward in a heart beat!

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We’ve got some great romance books coming out in March. Some of my favorite authors like Christina Dodd, Lisa Kleypas, Shiloh Walker, Virginia Henley and Angela Knight all have new releases!

Here’s a quick peek of what March has to offer:

Thigh High by Christina DoddThigh High by Christina Dodd
Nessa Dahl always had the good sense to steer clear of trouble. Then Jeremiah MacNaught showed up in New Orleans, determined to get to the bottom of a string of bank robberies by two women wearing Mardi Gras masks. Little does Nessa realize that the handsome investigator is convinced she’s involved with the crimes-or that he’s willing to do anything to get the truth. Even if it means taking the beautiful woman he’s convinced is a liar and a thief straight to bed…


Too Wicked To Kiss by Erica RidleyToo Wicked To Kiss by Erica Ridley
Ridley’s debut is an enticing marriage of Regency romance and murder mystery. Desperate to escape her abusive stepfather, Evangeline Pemberton runs to family friend Lady Stanton, whose daughter, Susan, was recently disgraced. Unable to marry a reputable man, Susan wants to snare Gavin Lioncroft, owner of gloomy Blackberry Manor and reputed murderer, and she demands Evangeline’s help. When Evangeline meets Gavin, she is surprised by their mutual attraction and shocked to find that her psychic visions vanish when she touches him. After a mysterious death occurs in Blackberry Manor, Evangeline uses her gift to unearth the true culprit. Evangeline, a young yet determined heroine, is the true star of the novel as she allows herself to love while making serious plans for her future. Plenty of violence, romantic tension, and sensual love scenes will leave readers eager for the sequel.


The Wild Marquis by Miranda NevilleThe Wild Marquis by Miranda Neville
It would be hard to find a more unlikely pair than the close-to-outcast Marquis of Chase and the quiet Juliana Merton. But when their ambitions clash, sparks fly, in the first in a brand new series from Miranda Neville.






Once Upon A Project by Bettye GriffinOnce Upon A Project by Bettye Griffin
Elyse, Susan, and Grace couldn’t be happier when their friend Pat organizes a reunion for past residents of the Chicago housing project where they all grew up. It is, after all, celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of its opening, and like their long-ago home, the lifelong friends are also turning fifty. But none of them suspects the event will have life-altering changes . . .

Elyse plans to attend with her husband, but as usual lately, he bows out, pleading fatigue. He’s thirteen years her senior, and Elyse fears he’s slowing down. But does that mean she has to? Susan also arrives alone. Her marriage is faltering since her diagnosis of breast cancer. But when she runs into a former flame, it feels like time has stood still. Twice divorced, Grace needs a distraction, and she finds it in Eric. Once a cute kid four years Grace’s junior, Eric is now a handsome man whose age doesn’t matter–but their differences in financial status might. And forced by her parents to give up the love of her life after a family tragedy, Pat never again found love. When an old friend from law school sees a media report about the reunion and contacts her, will she at last find the love that’s eluded her?

Now it’s time for four friends to kick off a new chapter in each of their lives as past memories join with present temptations and future hopes . . .


Secrets of a Scandalous BrideSecrets of a Scandalous Bride by Sophia Nash
Her first secret: She is not a widow.Elizabeth Ashburton has never even married, and at this rate, she never will. But pretending to be a bereaved young wife was the only way she could escape her horrid fate—being forced to marry the man who destroyed her father.

Her second secret: She is not a prim young lady.

Her third secret: She’s willing to risk all. Elizabeth knows she is playing a dangerous game, for her dreaded suitor will not give her up without a fight. Now she needs Rowland more than ever—to rescue her from a life of desperation, to drive her wild with desire, and to make her his scandalous bride.


Smart And Sexy by Jill ShalvisSmart And Sexy by Jill Shalvis
Noah Fisher has worked for months to make Sky High the most prestigious charter airline in California. He’s long overdue for a break – something involving ski slopes, cold beers, and hot ski bunny babes. The itinerary doesn’t include being hijacked by Bailey Sinclair, gorgeous widow of one of Sky High’s wealthiest (ex-) clients. But here they are, and being crammed in a cockpit with the scared, stubborn, unbelievably sexy former model he’s been fantasizing about invokes Superman tendencies that could get Noah in serious trouble. Bailey is desperate to find the stash of money hidden by her conniving, thieving late husband – before the bad guys he owed find her. It’s a long shot, but nothing compared to the gamble she’s taking by being so close to Noah. Every minute in his company has Bailey thinking about doing crazy, reckless things like touching, grabbing, kissing…and oh wow, being kissed right back.


And They'll Come Home by Charlene E. GreeneAnd They’ll Come Home by Charlene E. Greene
Eight years ago, Royce Phillip Jordan III wreaked havoc on the lives and the relationship of Katrice Vincent and Weston Porter. After nearly a year of hell, the two managed to find their way back to each other and resume being the loving couple they were before the damage was done. But the eight years that have passed have merely been the calm before the storm, because while Katrice and Weston have moved on with their lives, sore-loser Royce has not.

Dissatisfied with the way things ended with Katrice, Royce returns to try to conquer her once and for all, by any means necessary, and with no regard for who may get hurt in the process. This time, the journey is rougher, fiercer, and even more emotionally charged than the first, as Katrice and Weston fight-in very different ways-to keep their relationship and family intact, and out of Royce’s ruthless destruction zone.

Do they have what it takes to prevail for a second time? Or will Royce tear Katrice away from Weston for good, and finally win the heart of the woman of his dreams?


Desire In His Eyes by Kaitlin O'RileyDesire In His Eyes by Kaitlin O’Riley
She longed for adventure . . . For many, the London season is a whirlwind of sparkling ballrooms, fashionable gowns, and stolen glances. For Juliette Hamilton, the second of five sisters, it is nothing but scandal. Unable to contain her wild streak, Juliette is desperate for an escape from the watchful eyes of society. And then the perfect opportunity presents itself, in the form of dashing sea captain Harrison Fleming.

But he could give her so much more . . . When Harrison finds Juliette stowed away on his ship, he’d like nothing more than to return the infuriating, intoxicating woman to her family and get back to the business of amassing his fortune. But it’s too late to change course, so he gives her the next best punishment: the job of his personal servant! Now, Juliette’s at his beck and call, day and night. And both begin to realize that that in such very close quarters, her penance may be much more of a pleasure.


Highland Honor by Hannah HowellHighland Honor by Hannah Howell
Nigel Murray saw through her masquerade from the first: a young woman trying to pass herself off as a page. It almost worked—until she was unmasked in battle with the English, at the point of a sword. Recklessly, Nigel saved the beauty whose secrets now endangered them both. He spirited her off to Scotland, determined to erase the terror he tasted in her kiss.

Gisele knew the dark side of men, having barely escaped the brutality of her highborn husband, Lord Deveau. Now, with Deveau murdered and a price on her head, she was every man’s prey—hunted for a crime she did not commit. Nigel is her only refuge, a handsome stranger whose fiery sensuality burns all fear in its wake. But to truly trust him, Gisele must leave the past behind, and let her heart accept the simple truth—-of his undying love.


Lessons From A Younger Lover by Zuri DayLessons From A Younger Lover by Zuri Day
First grade teacher Gwen Smith was happily married—until her husband got himself a twenty-something mistress and filed for divorce. Now just months away from turning forty-one, Gwen is back in her tiny California hometown, caring for her ailing mother, convinced her life is over. Then she meets Ransom Blake.

Ransom is a twenty-six-year-old hunk who pushes every one of Gwen’s buttons. Gwen has no intention of getting involved with a younger man, but he won’t take no for an answer. So when he shows up at her classroom unannounced, Gwen can’t help but tell him off—and then she realizes he’s come for his daughter. But Ransom isn’t shy about letting Gwen know how she can make it up to him. And if he gets his way, Gwen will lose all her inhibitions—and her heart . . .


Master Of Fire by Angela KnightMaster Of Fire by Angela Knight
A beautiful, brilliant chemist, Giada Shepherd is an immortal witch charged with saving the life of Logan MacRoy, the mortal son of a vampire. Passionately attracted to Giada, Logan has no idea that sex would turn him into a vampire. And no, as a killer sets deadly traps for them, the truth must come out, as must a weapon they never counted on: LOVE.



Most Eagerly Yours: Her Magesty's Secret Servants by Allison ChaseMost Eagerly Yours: Her Magesty’s Secret Servants by Allison Chase
First in a spectacular new series of historical romance-sexy with a touch of intrigue . . . Raised on their uncle’s country estate, the four orphaned Sutherland sisters formed a close friendship with the young Princess Victoria. Shortly before her coronation as queen, Victoria asks the sisters to serves her in matters requiring the utmost discretion.

They are to become her secret servants. The first to serve is Laurel- who poses as a widow to uncover a traitor, and discovers instead an irresistible rogue conducting his own undercover investigation.


Revenge Wears Rubies by Renee BernardRevenge Wears Rubies by Renee Bernard
First in a sexy new series of erotic passion set in Victorian London . . . Vengeance doesn’t always turn out the way you planned. Galen Hawk desires nothing but revenge against the woman who betrayed his dearly departed friend. Instead of mourning the loss of her fiancé, Miss Haley Moreland is merrily celebrating her upcoming nuptials to another man. Now, Galen has one mission: to seduce Miss Moreland and enslave her heart. And when she is completely his, he will destroy her.


Smooth Talking Stranger by Lisa KleypasSmooth Talking Stranger by Lisa Kleypas
Finding herself responsible for her troubled sister’s newborn son, advice columnist Ella Varner is determined to track down the baby’s father so she can get back to her own life. The first of her sister’s former dates she confronts is Houston playboy, Jack Travis-who disarms her with his charm and sincerity. Her growing affection for both the baby and Jack throws her ordered life and her relationship with her boyfriend, Dane, into upheaval.


Atlantis Redeemed by Alyssa DayAtlantis Redeemed by Alyssa Day
The fate of Atlantis is on the line-and the future of the world is at stake . . . Poseidon’s warriors have learned that the battle to protect humanity produces unexpected enemies-and alliances. But none more unexpected than the bond between a cursed Atlantean warrior and a woman whose sight surpasses any lie.




Broken by Shiloh WalkerBroken by Shiloh Walker
Quinn Rafferty is working as a bounty hunter for a private detective agency in St. Louis when a new neighbor catches his eye. He’s drawn to her-but he has his own soul to mend before he can worry about anyone else.

Sarah McElyea is on the run, but not for the usual reasons a woman goes on the lam. She has a plan for her future. And as much as she finds herself attracted to her gruff, tough neighbor, she can’t risk telling him the secrets she’s hiding.

But Quinn must get closer to Sarah when she turns out to be the target of his new missing persons case, and both Quinn and Sarah will have to expose their true feelings-as well as their fragile hearts-if their love is to survive.


In Bed With The Duke by Christine DoddIn Bed With The Duke by Christina Dodd
A return to historical romance from the New York Times bestselling superstar! Lady’s companion Emma Chegwidden avoids defying society’s rules-until she runs right into the arms of the seductive Reaper…a mystery man whose goal is justice. Or is it vengeance? Only one thing is certain: he’s far too dangerous for the demure Emma. But some challenges are too tempting to resist . . .



The Irish Duke by Virginia HenleyThe Irish Duke by Virginia Henley
Lady Louisa scoffed when Lord Abercorn of Ireland first asked for her hand. She will be the mistress of her own destiny and no man can change that. As the greatest young beauty in all of England, she is pursued by every titled bachelor in the land, and refuses everyone, including the Irish lord. But a family scandal soon throws Louisa reluctantly into his arms, bringing consequences she never expected.


Strong, Sleek and Sinful by Lorie O'ClareStrong, Sleek and Sinful by Lorie O’Clare
Special Agent Kylie Donovan knows the evil that men do. After her sister’s murder went unsolved, she decided to work undercover for the FBI. Now, posing as a college student, she hopes to track down an Internet predator who is murdering teenage girls. Using herself as bait, Kylie is sure she can lure the killer out of the shadows…until her fascination with a drop-dead gorgeous cop threatens to blow her whole case.

With a rock hard body and seductive smile, Lieutenant Perry Flynn is a hard man to ignore. He makes it very clear that Kylie’s fierce attraction is mutual. But Kylie can’t afford to let Perry cloud her judgment, especially when she begins to suspect that his dark obsession with the case runs deeper than it should. Then, when disturbing new evidence points to a cop, Kylie wonders if her sinful thoughts about Perry have thrust her into the strong, sleek arms of a killer . . .


Tell Me Lies by Jennifer CruiseTell Me Lies by Jennifer Cruise
If you think small-town life can be boring–think again. There are complex social rules: there are certain people with whom you fraternize and those you don’t, and, of course, there is the all-powerful gossip. Everyone knows everything about everyone else. Don’t they? That’s what Maddie Farraday thinks until she finds a pair of black crotchless panties in her husband’s car that don’t belong to her. That’s it; Maddie’s had it. She’s ready for change, and the first thing she’s going to do is divorce her no-good, philandering husband Brent. But then everything goes haywire: Brent turns up dead, Maddie’s daughter wants a dog, her best friend is suddenly acting very strange, and Maddie’s secret boyhood crush, bad boy C. L. Sturgis, arrives in town after a 20-year hiatus–and he’s as sexy as ever. You may laugh out loud at the wild and crazy antics in Jennifer Crusie’s exceptional novel, but you’ll exclaim with delight over the sizzling, dynamic, passionate affair between Maddie and her first love.


In Serena's Web by Kay HooperIn Serena’s Web by Kay Hooper
At twenty-six, Serena Jameson is a handful—brilliant, manipulative, and passionate, at least when it comes to righting the wrongs of the world. Her father, a renowned computer magnate, is worried about Serena’s impetuous nature—as well as a far more tangible threat—and entrusts a colleague, handsome Brian Ashford, to ferry her on a trip across the country. But as usual, Serena has ideas of her own.

A novice in affairs of the heart, Serena asks Brian to give her a crash course in seduction so that she can tame the notorious womanizer Joshua Long. But what starts as a simple lesson in love becomes a complex erotic dance, as both men find themselves caught in the snares of Serena’s undeniable wiles. Is Serena trying to attract her declared target or her teacher? Who is really ensnaring whom? And can she finish weaving her web before the mysterious cabal eager to kill Serena’s father manages to succeed—over her dead body?


Bad Moon Rising by Sherrilyn KenyonBad Moon Rising by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Fang Kattalakis isn’t just a wolf. He is the brother of two of the most powerful members of the Omegrion: the ruling council that enforces the laws of the Were-Hunters. And when war erupts among the lycanthropes, sides must be chosen. Enemies are forced into shaky alliances. And when the woman Fang loves is accused of betraying her people, her only hope is that Fang believes in her. Yet in order to save her, Fang must break the law of his people and the faith of his brothers. That breech could very well spell the end of both their races and change their world forever.

The war is on and time is running out . . .


Crazy For You by Jennifer CrusieCrazy For You by Jennifer Cruisie
High school art teacher Quinn McKenzie’s life is perfectly normal–and it’s making her insane. She’s living with Bill, the nicest guy in Tibbett, Ohio, and he’s crazy about her. Really crazy. Quinn is already having serious doubts about the future of their relationship when Fate intervenes, in the form of the scrawniest, squirmiest scrap of a dog you’d ever want to lay eyes on. She figures if the dog has the good sense to detest Bill on first sight, she ought to pay attention. And besides, there’s Nick Ziegler, local mechanic and totally unsuitable love interest. Of course, that only makes Nick all the more appealing, not to mention his phenomenal aptitude between the sheets, and against the wall, and in the car, and… But getting rid of Bill is harder than Quinn ever expected. In fact, Bill was the last person she would have thought would try to hurt her. Thank God Nick is as capable with a two-by-four as he is with an automobile engine! Jennifer Crusie’s second contemporary romance is a smash–literally! You’ll laugh while you’re tucking the covers around you a little tighter.


Night Tales by Nora RobertsNight Tales: Night Shield and Night Moves by Nora Roberts
The night is filled with mystery, danger . . . and romance. Here is the last Night Tales book, reissued for the first time, plus a bonus classic tale of passion and peril by the incomparable mistress of romantic suspense, #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts:

Night Shield — She was too much of a cop not to be suspicious of a shady character like Jonah Blackhawk . . . and too much of a woman not to be drawn into him. So working undercover in Jonah’s club was getting extremely complicated. For despite Allison Fletcher’s determined distrust, the smooth-talking tough guy was getting under her skin, and that was too close for comfort.

Night Moves — Some people had skeletons in their closets; Maggie Fitzgerald had one in her yard. She’d retreated from her fast-paced life, seeking peace and solitude. And if surly landscaper Cliff Delaney’s rude manner and irresistible sexuality weren’t disturbing enough, now an old murder shattered her peace entirely, imperiling her life and forcing her right into the protective arms of the most irritating man alive.


The Perfect Poison by Amanda QuickThe Perfect Poison by Amanda Quick
Amanda Quick delivers her reliable blend of sex and suspense in her latest Arcane Society novel. In Victorian London, spinster botanist and psychic Lucinda Bromley meets her match in Caleb Jones, a member of the Arcane Society and descendant of an alchemist family that makes him the stuff of myth and legend. Together, this paranormal pair of snoops sets out to track down a thief who made off with a dangerous plant implicated in the death of a wealthy lord, but wind up uncovering a sinister secret order. Quick invents two dazzling 19th-century sleuths who combine paranormal prowess and raw sexual heat. But if they excel at fooling Mother Nature, it’s their all too human nature that brings this uncommon Victorian duo to life.


Nine Rules To Break When Romancing A RakeNine Rules To Break When Romancing A Rake by Sarah MacLean
Lady Calpurnia Hartwell, a plain but wealthy 28-year-old who refuses to marry a man who only desires her fortune, acts on a long-held crush and flings herself at Gabriel St. John, Marquess of Ralston. Gabriel finds her antics more amusing than enticing, but his half-sister needs an impeccable chaperone and he chooses Callie for the role. Their proximity creates an infinite series of opportunities for the rake to practice his wiles on the more than willing wallflower. The 19th-century clothes are luscious, the 21st-century sensibility is raunchy, and it’s all implausible, escapist fun.


A Touch of Scandal by Jennifer HaymoreA Touch of Scandal by Jennifer Haymore
The last thing Garrett, Duke of Calton, expects to find while tracking his sworn enemy is the delectable, mysterious Kate. This beautiful servant girl rouses a longing the battle-scarred ex-soldier had never hoped to feel again. But when she turns out to be the sister of the man he seeks, he’s convinced he’s been betrayed.

Kate knows her duty to her family, yet how can she ignore Garrett’s powerful pull on her heart? Or the heady temptation of his stolen-and sizzling-kisses? Scandal has followed the duke since the war. Now the greatest shock of all is on its way-the one that can separate Garrett and Kate forever.

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Best Romance Books of 2010