It’s really a mid May release, but I would recommend Love the One You’re With by Emily Giffin, a suspenseful story of a newlywed who is torn between her new husband and the ex-boyfriend she never resolved her feelings for. As in Something Borrowed, Giffin writes a heroine we can understand even as she considers crossing moral lines we hope we would never cross. New York City photographer Ellen Graham is an insightful narrator who acknowledges her own flaws, and the two men she is drawn to have both good points and bad points. There are no bad guys here, just real, imperfect human beings. B+.
I would also recommend Megan Hart’s Spice Brief Reason Enough. I just read and enjoyed it. It continues the story of Dan and Elle from Dirty, and my main caveat is that I’m not sure if readers who haven’t read Dirty would be as moved as I was. I definitely recommend reading Dirty first, but this was an emotional long epilogue to their story. B.
This book can be purchased in ebook format only.
Moonstruck by Susan Grant (Otherworldly Men Book 4). One thing I’ve always enjoyed about your books is the fact that you make such use of you own experiences in the military, as an officer and as a pilot. It adds just that bit extra to ground the characters you write and the worlds you build. Brit Bandar and Finn Rorkken do a roll switch. Brit is the strong, silent type who keeps her past pain bottled up while she spends her career becoming a legend in the Coalition. Finn is astounded to find himself where he is. He’s had to scramble his whole life to survive and advance and has the brains to appreciate the cush job he’s landed in the post-war era. But he’s also determined to rise even further and knows that to do so, he and his crew, to whom he stays loyal, need to blend in and work together in the new Alliance. Read more here.
Sweet Love by Sarah Strohmeyer. When I opened a box of books Jane sent me, I clapped my hands when I saw your newest title, “Sweet Love.” From the book blurb, I thought this would be skewed a little more towards Chick Lit. A feeling that was confirmed as I read: first person heroine POV, works slightly drudge job and is under appreciated by her bosses, has family “issues,” loves hero but is unsure of his feelings. And yet, Julie is far more than a ditzy CL heroine, the family concerns are realistic, she does get satisfaction from doing her job well and is rewarded by peer recognition and the hero, Michael, is in the book far more than is usual for this subgenre. Plus the humor, which I loved, is more wry, gentle sarcasm rather than falling-on-her-ass slapstick. Read more soon (link coming tomorrow).
A Rake’s Guide to Seduction by Caroline Linden. I’m coming, more and more, to enjoy a sweet, more gentle character study Regency. Don’t cloud the issue with spies or former spies or endless speculation about dancing at Almacks. Just give me two people who are trying to work out that age old question of "Do you love me?" If you’re going to set it in a certain era, make the details believable and specific for that time frame -’ or why bother to set it then -’ then let it happen. Read more here. Jane would also recommend this book.
Trust Me by Brenda Novak. This is my first Novak book and I am happy to say it won’t be my last. I’ve been fortunate to read some good romantic suspense released this month and yours was right up there with the best of them. .. [T]he chemistry between Skye and David was obvious. I liked that Skye longed to be with David but was strong enough to tell him that he didn’t have enough to give her, that she deserved more than a man who was caught between his old life and maybe the one that he wanted in the future. As time progressed and the danger to Skye’s life became more pronounced, David and Skye were pushed together time and again forcing the attraction to come to a head. To be clear, I liked David and Skye as a couple and wanted them to be together. Read more here.
Pitch Black by Susan Crandall. This was another new to me author who has penned a good suspense with a well wove romance thread. My criteria for recommending a suspense is that it has to have a good romance and good suspense because it is hard to find both done well. Pitch Black actually weaves the romantic conflict into the suspense making the resolution of both inseparable. Madison Wade, a big city journalist, took in a foster boy Ethan at the age of 13. She decided that continuing to live in Philadelphia would endanger Ethan so they moved to a small southern town of Buckeye. Sheriff Gabe Wyatt has been slowly but steadily pursuing Madison since her arrival. She’s been reluctant to do anything about the simmering low level attraction because of being a new single mom with a teenage boy to parent.
Dark Desires After Dusk by Kresley Cole. As soon as I finished Dark Desires After Dusk, I went back to track rage demon Cadeon Woede’s character in Wicked Deeds on a Winter Night and Dark Needs at Night’s Edge (am I the only one who’s starting to feel these titles are blending into one long tongue twister?), curious to see if I would regard him differently now that I’ve read his whole story. Happily, the answer is no: Cade is still the swaggering, demon brew-swilling rage demon who loves his big old truck and his pay per view porn almost as much as he regrets the youthful decision that lost his brother crown and kingdom. Cade is no suave intellectual, no ethically upstanding Lore citizen. He is a blunt instrument, and one sexy demon, with, as Nix likes to point out, seriously "lickable horns." Read more here. Jane would also recommend this book.
From Jane, Jayne, Janine, Janet, and Jia:
Your Scandalous Ways by Loretta Chase. I feel like if you have to read only one novel this year, it would be Your Scandalous Ways. We here at Dear Author who have read it (only Jan has not) have graded at at least a B+ or higher. It’s a keeper that I will enjoy reading again and again.
Janet aka Robin and I did a conversational review of the book here and Jayne did one that will be posted this afternoon.