B&N Bookseller Picks: May
| Barefoot in the Sand by Roxanne St. Claire (Grand Central, May 1)
When a hurricane roars through Lacey Armstrong’s home on the coast of Barefoot Bay, she decides all that remains in the rubble is opportunity. A new hotel is just what Mimosa Key needs, and Lacey and her teenage daughter are due for a fresh start. And nothing, especially not a hot, younger architect, is going to distract Lacey from finally making her dreams a reality.
|Be My Prince by Julianne MacLean (St. Martin’s Press, Apr 24)
Lady Alexandra Monroe has been told that she must set her sights on a proposal from Prince Randolph to better her family’s situation. Instead, she finds herself falling for his charming but dangerous younger brother Nicholas. But while she is torn between ambition and desire, a wicked scandal brews, shocking secrets are revealed, and soon she begins to wonder: can true love really conquer all?
| Chasin’ Eight by Lorelei James (Samhain Publishing, May 1)
Hollywood actress Ava Cooper became the tabloids’ favorite target when her longtime boyfriend was outed as gay. She needs a place to lay low and a chance to prove to herself that she can satisfy a red-blooded man between the sheets. The sexy, rugged cowboy she finds holed up in her Wyoming hideaway seems like the answer to her every fantasy.
| Coveted by Shawntelle Madison (Random House, Apr 24)
For werewolf Natalya Stravinsky, the supernatural is nothing extraordinary. What does seem strange is that she’s stuck in her hometown of South Toms River, New Jersey, the outcast of her pack, selling antiques to finicky magical creatures. Recovering from her split with gorgeous ex-boyfriend, Thorn, Nat finds comfort in her obsessively collected stash of holiday trinkets. But complications pile up faster than her ornaments when Thorn returns home—and the two discover that the spark between them remains intense.
| Fireman Who Loved Me by Jennifer Bernard (HarperCollins, Apr 24)
News producer Melissa McGuire and Fire Captain Harry Brody couldn’t be more different, though they do have one thing in common: they’re both convinced they’re perfectly wrong for each other. But when Melissa’s matchmaking grandmother wins her a date with Brody at a Bachelor auction . . . Sparks fly. Passion flares. Heat rises.
| Heart of Brass: A Novel of the Clockwork Agents by Kate Cross (Penguin, May 1)
Arden Grey enjoys a life most women in 1898 London can’t even dream of: she has the social status, wealth, and independence of a countess. She also has the ability to witness the final moments of a murder victim’s life. But ever since the disappearance of her husband, Lucas, none of this means anything to her. Until one night, when Arden spies a man watching her—a man she recognizes as her missing husband.
| Midnight Rescue: A Killer Instincts Novel by Elle Kennedy (Penguin, May 1)
Abby Sinclair was adopted by a retired army ranger and molded into a master of self-defense. Now, she’s a cunning and fearless assassin. Her only rule: trust no one.
| No Longer a Gentleman by Mary Jo Putney (Kensington, May 1)
Cassie Fox lost everything in the chaos of revolution, leaving only a determination to help destroy Napoleon’s empire through her perilous calling. Rescuing Grey is merely one more mission. She hadn’t counted on a man with the stark beauty of a ravaged angel, whose desperate courage thaws her frozen heart. But a spy and a lord are divided by an impassable gulf even if they manage to survive one last, terrifying mission.
| Twisted (Tracers Series #5) by Laura Griffin (Pocket Star, Apr 17)
Detective Allison Doyle was supposed to be FBI profiler Mike Wolfe’s way into the case, nothing more. But she’s far too tempting. With the help of her contacts at the local crime lab, Wolfe is within striking distance of the monster he’s pursued for ten years. Except the closer Allison and Wolfe get, the more reason there is to fear. With a predator this brutal, every thread of evidence can make a difference between hunting a madman—and becoming hunted yourself.
| Under Fire by Catherine Mann (Pocket Books, May 1)
A decorated war hero, Liam McCabe lives to serve. Six months ago, he and Rachel Flores met in the horrific aftermath of an earthquake. They were tempted by an explosive attraction, but then they parted ways.