Welcome to the week of November 30, 2014! After much deliberation and two tubs of ice cream, here are Stephanie's and my top new romance picks this week:
Twice Tempted by Eileen Dreyer
From the Blurb:
Fiona Ferguson's troubles began with a kiss . . .
It feels like a lifetime ago that Alex Knight saved Fiona from certain doom . . . and stole a soul-shattering kiss for good measure. Wanting nothing more than to keep her safe, he left her in the care of her grandfather, the Marquess of Dourne.
But Fiona was hardly safe. As soon as he could, the marquess cast her and her sister out on the streets with only her wits to keep them alive.
Alex has never forgotten that long-ago kiss. Now the dashing spy is desperate to make up for failing his duty once before. This time he will protect Fiona once and for all, from a deadly foe bent on taking revenge on the Ferguson line-and anyone who stands in the way . . .
Twice Tempted by Eileen Dreyer is a new historical romance from Forever, released on November 25, 2014 and available from Amazon.
New in Contemporary Romance - The Prince (The Young Royals, Book 1) by S.A. Gordon
From the Blurb:
Caitlin is an ordinary American girl, living a life she hopes will one day be extraordinary. Little does she know that she's about to meet the most extraordinary person of all ...
Prince David is enjoying his years of freedom while his father, King James, reigns and his older sister, Alexandra, performs her duties as heir to the throne. Temporarily relocated to Manhattan, David spends his time dating a succession of attractive young women, none of whom are suitable to be his wife.
But soon the day will come when the Prince has to settle on a purpose, and find a woman who can help him fulfil it. David has no idea where he'll find her—he only knows that he must.
When Caitlin and David meet by chance, their attraction to each other is obvious. But royal life is not as glamorous as it seems, and Caitlin will have to decide what she values more: her love or control over her own destiny.
The Prince may lose his princess before he even knows he has her ...
The Prince by S.A. Gordon is a new contemporary romance from Momentum, released on November 25, 2014 and available from Amazon.
A Furious Muse (The Golden Key Legacy, Book 1) by AJ Nuest
From the Blurb:
Since the day of her birth, Princess Faedrah Austiere has been defined by her place within the kingdom. As the single heir to the half-blood gypsy king and his prophesied white queen, she is fiercely protected, shuttered inside an ivory castle and well-trained in the art of war. Yet neither her obligations as future queen nor the black infestation threatening her kingdom fail to hinder the mysterious pull of the antique armoire hidden in her parents’ bedchamber. And stealing the golden key for a leap through time is the only way to confront the dark lord haunting her dreams.
One face. The image of one defiant, relentless woman has been stuck in Rhys McEleod’s head ever since he was old enough paint her luscious curves on the canvas. But the day she walks into his life off the street—sexier than hell and itching for a fight—he’s not convinced she’s the same women he’s envisioned since childhood. That is, not until he spots the golden key around her neck—an object he’d never fully shown in any of his paintings.
Now if he could just persuade his lovely muse he’s not the enemy. Unless the elusive Faedrah Austiere learns to trust him, he’ll never have her in his bed—the one place he’s convinced she belongs.
A Furious Muse by AJ Nuest is a new fantasy romance from HarperImpulse, released on November 27, 2914.
You can find our review of A Furious Muse by AJ Nuest right here, as well as an exclusive excerpt here!
As for the rest of the week:
Stephanie is back from holidays as of today - Hurray! This evening we ate our weight in ice cream and, sadly, I do have some regrets. I mastered the art of crocheting weird tiny dinosaurs, a life skill that will no doubt come in handy never... but they are quite cute. I went to a Jane Austen film marathon, in which we managed to watch the 1995 Pride and Prejudice miniseries, the 2007 Northanger Abbey film, and the 1995 Sense and Sensibility all in one afternoon/evening. As a group we decided that Mr Darcy is such a grump because he's secretly in love with Mr Bingley (the entire story makes so much more sense to me now), and I met the only other person I have ever known who believes the novel of Northanger Abbey is the best of Austen's collection. Due to its amazingness, I also want to mention again the erotic romance novel Unrestrained by Rhyll Biest, which I reviewed earlier this week. For the fantasy readers, I want to recommend the series Age of X by Richelle Mead, starting with Gameboard of the Gods. I love Richelle Mead's YA series, Vampire Academy (not the movie! *shudder*) and Bloodlines (Sydrian 4eva!), but have never gotten much into her adult novels til now. There are only two out in the series so far, but I'm totally hooked. The world is awesome - a kind of futuristic ancient Rome - and, while there is a romantic subplot, it's the action and intrigue that sells this series for me.
What have you read/watched/listened to/created/eaten this week?