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BLURRED by Kim Karr

When he lost the only woman he’d ever loved, it seemed there was nothing left to live for. Even as a boy, all Ben Covington ever wanted was to spend forever with Dahlia London, the beautiful girl next door…then one life-altering decision tore them apart and he was forced to leave her. Now, despite having returned to win her back, he’s still alone. She’s with someone else—someone she’s never going to leave. Resigned to a future without his former girlfriend, Ben numbs his broken heart in a haze of liquor and women. But then the only woman who ever even turned his head while he was with his girl reappears unexpectedly. And he’s never forgotten their one incredible night together. [...]

CRAVE THE NIGHT by Lara Adrian

Born and raised to be an emotionless killing machine, Nathan is one of the most lethal Breed vampires in existence. A key member of the Order—an elite group of warriors charged with protecting both mortals and vampires—Nathan executes each mission with flawless precision and a total lack of mercy. Now he must pursue a powerful, hidden enemy. But Nathan’s hard discipline and training are no match for the fierce pull he feels toward a young woman he has no right to desire—a woman of wealth and high social standing who has long been promised to another Breed male, and who may also prove to be the key to rooting out Nathan’s elusive quarry. Jordana lives a life of glittering privilege [...]

VIRGIN by Radhika Sanghani

“VIRGINVIRGINVIRGIN. I hated the word. I hated it just as much as I hated the fact that I was one. It wasn’t fair–why did I have to be the only non-deformed, non-religious girl stuck with an untouched inner lotus at the age of twenty-one?” Virgins and deflowering tales: Erotica ruined what historical romance worked diligently to romanticize for me during my formative years. I’m sure I’m not the only person who rolls their eyes when we see “virgin” attached to the heroine who ends up being unbelievably skillful in the sack. I don’t know about you, but virginity to me is almost sacred. I blame it on the nuns who raised me and were this short of saying that I [...]

ONE NIGHT PROMISED by Jodi Ellen Malpas

I’m not going to sugarcoat it. M, the hero of One Night: Desired, the newest novel from Jodi Ellen Malpas, the author of the bestselling This Man trilogy, is not likeable. There were so many times when I wanted to scream at Livy, the heroine, for continuing to return to him even when he acts like a complete jerk. But I think she kept going back to him for the same reason I enjoyed reading this – I was intrigued. Olivia “Livy” Taylor is twenty-four and a waitress in a London bistro. She had a rough childhood and was raised by her grandmother, with whom she still lives. One day, a handsome customer in a business suit orders a coffee [...]

HILLBILLY ROCKSTAR by Lorelei James

Devin McClain is every country music lover’s dream man, and he’s in danger. No one knows if the threat is coming from the “super” fans who basically stalk his every move, a jilted lover, or a jealous husband,. But management demands extra security measures be taken after a crew member is brutally attacked. Liberty Masterson is a former soldier, trained in elite personal security. She’s signed on to keep Devin safe posing as his personal assistant/girlfriend on their four month long tour.  While Liberty may not like the egotistical jerk, she’s more than up for the challenge of guarding him. Even if that means trading in her no nonsense style and combat boots for a look more suited to one [...]

THE GAME AND THE GOVERNESS by Kate Noble

This delightful romp of a story from the RITA Award-nominated author Kate Noble should be devoured in one sitting, if at all possible. The Earl of Ashby, an incorrigible sweetheart who immediately brings to mind the actor Simon Baker from The Mentalist with his lopsided, rakish smile, switches places with his secretary in order to prove that his easy life is due to good luck, not his title. The two wager a bet during a business trip to the town where Ashby was raised. The gambit: each man must win over the heart of a lady. For one man, it’s a silly distraction. For the other, the stakes are serious. Noble drops the two men at the Puffington Arms, home [...]

ONLY WITH YOU by Lauren Layne

I’m going to hazard a guess that every reader of romance has a list of Book Boyfriends (goodness knows I certainly do). But what I recently realized is that I never thought about creating a list of Book BFFs. The reason for this is because after I read Only With You by Lauren Layne, the first book in her “The Best Mistake” series, I knew who I was going to put at the top of my list—the heroine, Sophie Dalton. I laughed with her, and then felt her pain when the hero, Grayson (Gray) Wyatt, acted like a total jerk towards her. Don’t get me wrong. Gray isn’t always a jerk with her, but during their first encounter, he wins [...]

THE MAN PLAN by Tracy Anne Warren

What’s a girl to do when the man she’s loved her entire life thinks of her as a little sister? Worse, her own big sister was the one who broke his heart years earlier. For Ivy Grayson, the chance to get him to see her in a different light comes when she receives an unexpected invitation to move into his luxury New York apartment building. Manhattan also just happens to be the perfect place to pursue her wish to become a successful artist. But how many dreams can one woman expect to come true? Billionaire financier James Jordon has everything a man could want—except love. When Ivy’s family asks him to keep an eye on their “little girl” in the [...]

JUST LIKE THE MOVIES by Kelly Fiore

Pretty and popular track star Marijke Monti is confident about almost everything – she’s got great friends, a great family, and she’s on her way to the State Track Championship. In fact, the only thing Marijke isn’t confident about is her relationship with Tommy Lawson.  Lily Spencer has spent her entire high school career preparing for the future – she’s participated in every extracurricular activity and volunteer committee she could. But, at home, she watches her mother go on date after date with dud-dudes, still searching for “the one.” Lily realizes that she’s about to graduate and still hasn’t even had a boyfriend. While they live on each other’s periphery at school, Lily and Marijke never seemed to have much [...]

The Wednesday Daughters by Meg Waite Clayton

It is early evening when Hope Tantry arrives at the small cottage in England’s pastoral Lake District where her mother, Ally, spent the last years of her life. Ally—one of a close-knit group of women who called themselves “The Wednesday Sisters”—had used the cottage as a writer’s retreat while she worked on her unpublished biography of Beatrix Potter, yet Hope knows nearly nothing about her mother’s time there. Traveling with Hope are friends Julie and Anna Page, two other daughters of “The Wednesday Sisters,” who offer to help Hope sort through her mother’s personal effects. Yet what Hope finds will reveal a tangled family history—one steeped in Lake District lore. Tucked away in a hidden drawer, Hope finds a stack [...]

A WEDDING IN PROVENCE by Ellen Sussman

If a trip to the south of France isn’t in your travel budget this year, don’t dismay. Ellen Sussman’s A Wedding in Provence will transport you – jet-lag free – to an inn surrounded by lush vineyards in the coastal town of Cassis.  Sussman’s descriptions of the scent of lavender,  taste of champagne, and the chill of seawater are equally matched by the complex interplay between the cast of characters. A wedding invitation on the very first page sets the tone, announcing the betrothal of Olivia, an artistic director of a theater company based in San Francisco, to Brody, a Wyoming veterinarian, set to take place at Olivia’s best friend’s picturesque inn, La Maison Verte. First off, Olivia is not [...]

LANDLINE by Rainbow Rowell

I was a Rainbow Rowell virgin before reading Landline – which qualifies me for reading idiot of the year. But it also let me come to this novel without expectations. Landline is Rowell’s first adult novel, after wowing readers with Eleanor & Park and Fangirl.  In a nutshell, Landline is about a woman named Georgie who has always been torn between her “work husband” Seth and her actual husband, Neal. But there’s a twist: while Georgia and Neal are separated during the Christmas holiday, and in the middle of an epic fight, she calls Neal from an old landline in her childhood bedroom, and finds herself in a conversational time machine. Confused at first, Georgie comes to realize that the [...]

THE GIRL IN 6E by A.R. Torre

I went into The Girl in 6E completely blind. I didn’t even read the plot summary. As a fan of Alessandra Torre, I’d heard a bit of internet buzz on this book but honestly, had no idea what I was signing up for, I just took a leap of faith and went with it. This book is in large part a dark thriller but there are some coming of age aspects in it —  oh, and it’s also part fetish instruction manual. Jessica is the screen name Deanna uses to make a living as a “camgirl” now that she’s locked herself away for humanity’s safety. Deanna has murderous urges that she initially feels she can only control by keeping herself [...]

STRADDLING THE LINE by Jaci Burton

I should tell you up front that I am a huge baseball fan. I go to games, I listen to baseball podcasts, I follow fan blogs for my home team, and I even play in a fantasy league. I’m also a romance fan, and I love when these two things merge well. When I first started reading romance again about eight years ago, there was a dearth of good sports romances, but thanks to authors like Ms. Burton, I am happy to report this is no longer the case. I should also probably tell you that when the baseball season ends, I turn to football to sate my sports fan needs. This works out, because the football season ends right [...]

HARDER by Robin York

Caroline still dreams about West. His warm skin, his taut muscles, his hand sliding down her stomach. Then she wakes up and she’s back to reality: West is gone. And before he left, he broke her heart. Then, out of the blue, West calls in crisis. A tragedy has hit his family—a family that’s already a fractured mess. Caroline knows what she has to do. Without discussion, without stopping to think, she’s on a plane, flying to his side to support him in any way he needs. They’re together again, but things are totally different. West looks edgy, angry at the world. Caroline doesn’t fit in. She should be back in Iowa, finalizing her civil suit against the ex-boyfriend who [...]

THE GENTLEMAN JEWEL THIEF (The Hope Diamond Trilogy #1) by Jessica Peterson

In an era when ladies were demure and men courtly, one priceless treasure set England ablaze and incited unimaginable scandal and passion—the Hope Diamond. Heir to an impressive title and fortune, Lord William Townshend, Earl of Harclay, is among the most disreputable rakes in England. Desperately bored by dull heiresses and tedious soirees, he seeks new excitement—with a dangerous scheme to steal the world’s most legendary gemstone from its owner, Thomas Hope. To his surprise, however, it’s not the robbery that sets his blood burning but the alluring lady from whom he pilfers the gem. A string of bad luck has left the fate of Lady Violet Rutledge’s estate entirely in Hope’s scheming hands. So when his prized jewel disappears [...]

All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner

On the surface, Allison Weiss has it all—a handsome and successful husband, a beautiful daughter, a McMansion in the Philadelphia suburbs, and a burgeoning writing career. Look further and you will see that Allison’s husband is becoming increasingly distant and sleeps in the guest bedroom, her daughter is exceptionally needy and doesn’t give her a moment of peace, her father is suffering from early Alzheimer’s, and her mother acts more like a child than a woman in her golden years. Allison takes ownership of all of these problems and, with the help of doctor prescribed pain killers, convinces herself everything is fine, until a magazine quiz makes her question whether her reliance on pills has become an addiction. Many of [...]

REKINDLED by Maisey Yates

  Lucy Ryan got everything she thought she wanted, going from high school queen to Manhattan trophy wife. But none of it was worth staying in a loveless marriage. So now she’s back in Silver Creek—with no money and no place to stay, applying for a job cleaning someone else’s house. And her potential employer is the last person she ever expected to see again. Mac Denton can’t believe the mean girl who once tormented him in high school is now his housekeeper. He looks forward to making her squirm for a few days before she runs back to her rich husband. But Lucy has changed, and he is surprised to find himself attracted to the beautiful, courageous woman she [...]

THE TAILGATE by Elin Hilderbrand

The Tailgate is a short story set in the 1980s as a prequel to Hilderbrand’s upcoming present-day novel, The Matchmaker (June 24, Little, Brown). In the beginning, a few things slowed my enthusiasm: Hilderbrand is so skilled at capturing the nuances of marriage and adulthood, of playing with the complications that come with a mature life, it feels like her hands are tied writing such young characters. Dabney is incredibly fragile, and it’s irritating. But  just when I’m thinking this story doesn’t have any teeth – bam! It got me. Dabney Kimball and Clendenin Hughes have been inseparable since freshman year of high school “the same person in two different bodies.”  Now they are at Harvard and Yale respectively, and [...]

SEARCHING FOR PERFECT by Jennifer Probst

Looking for a lovable nerd hero? You’ll find your guy in SEARCHING FOR PERFECT. This is the second in Jennifer Probst’s Searching For series (the first is Searching For Someone), centering around three college friends who own the matchmaking company Kinnections.  In this book, we meet Kinnections’ lovely but troubled social director, Kennedy. Beautiful, charismatic  Kennedy Ashe (picture Julia Roberts circa My Best Friend’s Wedding), finds a pet project in transforming an unsuspecting, geeky client named Nate Ellison Raymond Dunkle (acronym, anyone?) into a total hottie.  Nate is an aerospace engineer who once worked for NASA but has now moved into the private sector. Never having had time for a personal life, he is now looking for The One. But from [...]

Weekend Reading EVERY PART OF YOU: TAUNTS ME (Every Part of You #3) by Megan Hart

“We’re all mad here.” – Simone, quoting the Chesire Cat. This installment brings Simone’s sexuality into focus. What she needs, the contradictions, within and her past is shaping her complicated relationship with Elliott. This insight comes from an encounter she has with Aidan, her previous lover. They were almost right for each other – he’s a classic Dominant. She likes pain. The problem is, she doesn’t like submission. But we’ll get back to that. First, we open at a party given by Trent Boudreaux (introduced in the first installment as the future governor of Louisiana). Trent invited Simone, and Elliott was invited by his friend Barry. Elliott knew Simone would be there, but that’s not why he’s at the party — [...]

Every Part of You: Resists Me (Every Part of You #2) by Megan Hart

The second installment in New York Times bestselling author Megan Hart’s erotic e-serial. The dance has begun. Simone’s ready to follow all her desires, but reluctant Elliott isn’t ready to take the lead. After teasing Elliott into going dancing with her, Simone seduces him. She knows what she wants and isn’t afraid of asking for it, and Elliott appears to be as eager as she is to see where their passion takes them. The sex is electric, but Elliott is taken aback by his response to her, and when Simone reveals her kink for pain to him, he’s unable to accept it and tells her he doesn’t want to see her again. Simone and Elliott are out dancing – a far different [...]

Weekend Reading: DECEPTIVE INNOCENCE, Part Three by Kyra Davis

In the third installment of this e-serial, Bell’s quest for revenge is complicated with the interference of her Russian Mafia “godfather,” Micah. (If you recall, Micah and his henchmen kidnapped Bell at the end of the last novella). He knows that she’s up to something with the Gables, and he doesn’t want it interfering with his financial investment with the family. Bell knows that this is a serious wrinkle in her plan: “Micah will make sure that I don’t temper with his interests. If that means he has to kill me, that will happen.” The only reason he’s not getting involved now is because he told her mother that he would look out for her.  Bell is more frightened than [...]

How The Autumn Review was Born

Please join me in welcoming our blog guest The Autumn Review. A fast growing site that delivers honest reviews – enjoy! I fell in love with reading when I was a child. I loved all the magical places the stories would take me. It’s been no different for me as an adult. A few years ago, I met anauthor who suggested I begin writing reviews and create a blog. So in the fall of 2011, The Autumn Review was born. Before I even started blogging, I was reading about a book per day. I’m a stay at home mom, so I have the flexibility to be able to read throughout the day. Once the blog took off, I was able [...]

Weekend Reading: Theirs to Cherish (A Wicked Lovers Novel) by Shayla Black

Theirs to Cherish is the eighth novel in Shayla Black’s Wicked Lover’s series, and the first I’ve read. I felt like I was jumping into the middle of a story, but the narrative quickly got me up to speed. The novel opens with Callie Ward, an heiress who has been on the run for nearly a decade, accused of killing her father and sister for her inheritance. She shows up on the proverbial doorstep of Logan Edgington, a former Navy SEAL who had no reason to help her “given how bratty she’d been to him.”  She tells him she needs his help to “disappear.”  It’s not the first time Callie has needed to disappear. For the past four years, she [...]

Review + Giveaway: Romance is My Day Job by Patience Bloom

Romance is My Day Job: A Memoir of Finding Love at Last by Patience Bloom February 6, 2014 Penguin Group $26.95 print/ $10.99 digital   As a teen she fell in love with Harlequin novels and imagined her life would turn out just like the heroines’ on the page: That shy guy she had a crush on wouldn’t just take her out—he’d sweep her off her feet with witty banter, quiet charm, and a secret life as a rock star. Not exactly her reality, but Bloom kept reading books that fed her reveries. Years later she moved to New York and found her dream job, editing romances for Harlequin. Every day, her romantic fantasies came true—on paper. Bloom became an [...]

Book Reviews: 5 Stars from Reading Under the Willow Tree for After the Kiss

Julie Greene loves flings. Loves steamy first dates, sizzling first kisses, and every now and then, that first sexy romp between the sheets. Comfy pants, sleepy Sundays, movie nights on the couch? Shudder. But when Julie gets assigned the hardest story of her career—a first-person account of that magical shift between dating and “I do”—she’ll need a man brave enough to give a total commitment-phobe a chance at more.

Book Reviews, what constitutes a good review for you? + Giveaway!!

There are lots of different romance websites out there, many of which offer book reviews. Looking though the different review formats, styles, contents of those reviews I wonder what really makes a review work for you? What type of review really resonates and makes you want to go and buy that book? A few weeks back, we talked about websites and the sites we gravitated to, and many of us responded that we enjoyed the sites that had book reviews. This post is primarily to find out, what you look for in a book review and what is the one thing that makes you buy that book? A book review in its simplest form is a description, critical analysis, and [...]

READING THRU THE BLUES + Giveaway!

There are many reasons people read romance. I read romance because it entertains me and makes me happy, plain and simple. Even when a romance novel makes me cry, I can always count on that happily-ever-after ending to lift me up and make me smile. But there are times when life throws a curve ball and a case of the blues seems inevitable. At times like these, I tend to read more romance, and I turn to specific sub-genres to “take me away”. Not just any romance novel will do though. While all romance novels involve a certain amount of fantasy, I find that I tend to read less contemporary and historical romance when I’m feeling down and instead I [...]