Sunday 14 December 2014

Romance Wrap Up - December 14 2014

Hello lovely romance readers!

Welcome to the week of December 14, 2014!

Here are Stephanie's and my top new release romance picks of the week:
New in Holiday Romance - A Touch Of Frost by Rhian Cahill  

From the Blurb:

International bestselling author Rhian Cahill kicks off a steamy new holiday series about a very Christmassy company and the three directors who need more than a little mistletoe.

Jack had a great reason to be over Christmas: it’s not seasonal blues, it’s his family business, and there’s only so much tinsel you can have in your life without feeling bah humbug about it.

But this year is different. He’s home after a long absence, with fences to mend, bridges to build and a commitment to change he intends to keep.

Elle loves Christmas, and she is not about to let an arrogant Scrooge like Jack Frost ruin it for her. He might have her libido flashing like fairy lights, but she’s been burned by a guy on the rebound before and she doesn’t need a Boxing Day-bargain boyfriend.

But there’s more than a little magic in mistletoe, and it may just see Elle and Jack ringing in a very happy new year.

A Touch Of Frost by Rhian Cahill is a new holiday romance from Escape Publishing, released December 8 2014 and available from Amazon.
New in New Adult Romance - Eyes Turned Skyward by Rebecca Yarros 

From the Blurb:

Life's too short to play it safe...

Since her sister's death, twenty-year-old Paisley Donovan, who shares her sister’s heart condition, is treated like delicate glass by her parents. But nothing will stop her from completing her Bucket List—even if it kills her. And it almost does, until Jagger Bateman pulls her from the ocean and breathes more than air into her lungs—he sets her soul on fire.

Jagger is enrolled in the country's toughest flight school. He's wickedly hot, reckless, and perfect for a girl looking to live life to the fullest. Except that Paisley is the commanding general's daughter, and her boyfriend is Jagger's biggest rival. Now Paisley must decide just how much to risk for a guy who makes her heart pound a little too hard.

They're flying through dangerous territory—and one wrong move could make them crash and burn...

Eyes Turned Skyward by Rebecca Yarros is a new adult romance from Entangled Embrace, released December 8, 2014 and available from Amazon.
New in Historical Romance - The Masquerading Mistresses Series by Robyn DeHart (Boxset)

From the Blurb:

No Ordinary Mistress

London, 1814

Remington Hawthorne, Earl of Latham, has spent his life protecting the Crown. When he's assigned to play the part of lover to Emma Masterson, one of the few female spies in England and the one woman he can't forget, he'll have to risk his heart as well as his life.

It isn't easy being an independent woman, much less a spy. Perpetually tasked with proving she is as valuable as any man in her profession, the last thing Emma needs is to be reunited with the one man who makes her want to forget her duties and get lost in passion.

Pretending to be his mistress isn't difficult - remembering that it is all a charade is a challenge. With every glance, every touch, every kiss, she is drawn deeper under his spell and pulled further from her goals. She refused him once, but it will take every ounce of strength to not give in to the passion that still burns strong...

For Her Spy Only

England, 1814

When Winifred is rescued from her snow-stranded carriage by the notorious and reclusive Alistair, Marquess of Coventry, she is instantly drawn to him. Jilted by her betrothed and socially ruined by untrue rumors, Winifred is tired of paying for crimes she didn't commit and decides to play the seductress London society claims she is. Thinking a night of passion shouldn't leave any lasting effects, she instead finds her heart marked forever.

Six years later, Alistair is working for the Regent as a spy. A search for Napoleon's English supporters leads him to the beguiling Winifred, recently widowed with a young son. He hasn't forgotten how the unconventional beauty warmed his bed, and the heat between them rekindles immediately. The spymaster is determined to uncover all of plucky Winifred's secrets. Especially the one regarding her son...

Misadventures in Seduction:

With five siblings to care for, Prudence Hixsby's duty comes first, even if it means becoming a spinster. When the eldest - and most cherished - of her younger brothers decides to join the war, however, Prudence is determined to keep him safe. So she strikes a bargain with an old acquaintance: her body in exchange for her brother's safety.

In the dead of the night, she slips into the bed of a man whose touch is both fierce and passionate... little knowing she's just seduced the wrong man.

Harrison Carlisle, the Duke of Sutcliffe, never imagined that the lovely Prudence would honour his bed, or just how bewitching those lush curves could be. Yet he keeps a gentleman's silence. After all, a spy for the Crown can ill afford to marry. But when Prudence's brother is killed, they find themselves uniting to track down the traitorous murderer. And while death lurks within the shadowy world of espionage, there is also passion... and the unbidden thrill of a seduction!

The Masquerading Mistresses Series by Robyn DeHart is a new historical romance boxset, of three previously published titles from Entangled Scandalous, released December 8, 2014 and available from Amazon.

As for the rest of the week:
I finally sorted all my Christmas shopping. And with ten days to go! I'm as amazed as you are. Somewhat predictably, almost all the presents I've bought are books, but I'm most excited about the two I found for my niece and nephew (Stephanie's kidlets!). For her nine year old boy I got Once Upon a Slime by Andy Griffiths, illustrated by Terry Denton. Around here, we're pretty big fans of Griffiths and Denton, especially their absurd yet hilarious The Treehouse Books series, so I was particularly excited to get this non-fiction writing advice book from the duo. It has the expected silliness, but also some genuinely good advice for young writers. I also found a pop up book for my five year old niece that I know she will love, mostly because it is pretty disgusting. It's called Icky Sticky Monster by Jo Lodge, and it's all about a snotty monster who eats worms and plays hide and seek in the loo - pretty much a guaranteed winner amongst the five year old crowd.

That's it from me. What have you read/watched/listened to/created/eaten this week? What books have you bought for Christmas?

Helena <3